At least 1 game has occurred in each one of the NBA Playoff Round 2 matchups. For San Antonio versus Oklahoma City, 2 games have already been played. I'm going to discuss 2 players from each team whom I think that Daily Fantasy Basketball fans must consider putting into their starting line-ups. There are only 2 players that I think DFB fans must have in their line-up no matter the cost. The rest are just players that their various teams appear to be looking to lean on in their current series.
San Antonio Spurs
Kawhi Leonard – In Game 1 Leonard scored 25 points, dished 5 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. In Game 2, Leonard only dropped in 14 points. The Spurs lost Game 2 98 to 97. I think that Leonard sees a lot more looks in Game 3 on May 6. He should have his usual 5 to 10 assists and 5 to 10 rebounds in Game 3. So, he's close to being a must use.
LaMarcus Aldridge – Aldridge is 1 of 2 must use players still rocking in the NBA Playoffs. Aldridge was brilliant in Game 1 when scoring 38 points, grabbing 6 boards, dishing an assist and blocking 2 shots. OKC appears to be content with letting LaMarcus get his since he scored 41 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in Game 2. Aldridge again had 2 blocks. If Aldridge is open, San Antonio has to pass the ball to him. So, he's a must use in every game in the series versus the Thunder.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant – Durant isn't a must use player to me. Yes, he did score 28 points, grab 7 boards, and dish 4 assists in the Game 2 win. But, he also had 5 turnovers. Plus, when he's on the board, he's usually the least cost-effective player based on production.
Russell Westbrook – Durant's Oklahoma City teammate is a must use player. It's a given that Westbrook is going to get close to 30 points and at least 10 assists per game. In the Game 2 win over the Spurs, Westbrook went for 29 points, dished 10 assists, had 3 steals and grabbed 10 rebounds. Building your Daily Fantasy Basketball team around Westbrook makes sense on days when games in the Spurs vs Thunder Series take place.
Dwayne Wade – In Game 1 versus Toronto, Wade went for 24 points, delivered 4 assists and hit the boards for 6 rebounds. He also had 3 steals and 2 blocks. Wade is starting to assert himself in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. He's a tough guy to leave off, but be prepared to have some bad days with Wade on your team since like all good veterans, he knows how to pace himself.
Hasan Whiteside – Whiteside has been close to brilliant in almost every game during the NBA Playoffs. Even on Tuesday night when he scored only 9 points, he grabbed 17 rebounds, blocked a shot and stole the ball twice. For a center in a league driven by guards and small forwards, Whiteside is reliable for 30 to 40 points to your NBA Fantasy Team every night that he plays in the series versus the Raptors.
DeMar Derozan – Kyle Lowry was terrible in Game 1 save for hitting the desperation shot in regulation to send the game into overtime. What it means is that even though Derozan hasn't been spectacular, he's the go to guy on Toronto's team. He scored 22 points and was good for 6 boards and 4 assists.
Jonas Valanciunas – Miami's reliance on Whiteside, a lot of times they run their offense through him, has made Valanciunas the other players that daily fantasy players have to look at. Valanciunas did his part in Game 1 against the Heat by scoring 24 points. The 14 boards, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals weren't bad either.
Golden State Warriors
Kyle Thompson – Thompson scored 37 points, dished 5 assists and grabbed 5 boards in the Warriors 118 to 106 win over Portland in Game 1. As long as Steph Curry is on the bench, Thompson is going to be the guy that the Warriors lean on during an entire game. He's close to being a must use.
Draymond Green – Green's triple double in Game 1, 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, makes him close to a must use as well. The difference is that Green can fall into bad games almost as much as he falls into excellent games. For example, he only had 9 points through almost 3 quarters in Game 2.
CJ McCollum – McCollum only posted 12 points against Golden State in Game 1. In Game 2, he had 14 points by halftime. The Trailblazers understand that in order to beat Golden State their shooting guard has to have a big night. I don't expect that philosophy to change all that much as this series goes on.
Damian Lillard – It goes without saying that Portland is going to lean on Lillard to be their engine throughout the series with the Warriors. Damian Lillard, not counting Game 2 against Golden State, has a combined 58 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists and 5 steals. He's not necessarily a must use like Russell Westbrook, but DFB players have to consider.
LeBron James – LeBron had an excellent Game 1 versus the Atlanta Hawks. He scored 25 points. His 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals were terrific. He also shot 52% from the field and 50% from three. There's no reason to believe that King James won't keep it going in the series.
Kevin Love – I'm going with Love instead of Kyrie Irving. The reason I like Love more than Irving is because Love has posted 5 straight double-doubles in the Cavaliers last 5 playoff games. He's as solid as any player left in the NBA Playoffs if not a must use on all daily fantasy basketball teams.
Paul Millsap – Like Love, Millsap produced a double-double in Game 1 against the Cavaliers. He scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Millsap has to score and secure rebounds in order for Atlanta to have any shot against Cleveland. That makes Millsap the best player from Atlanta's team to put onto your fantasy basketball squad.
Dennis Schroder- Schroder took 30 shots, 20 from the field and 10 from behind the three-point line, in Game 1 against the Cavs. That's why he led the Hawks with 27 points. He also dished 6 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds. The problem with putting Schroder on a fantasy basketball team is that he has a tendency to turn the ball over. He had 5 turnovers in Game 1. That makes Schroder an iffy player for fantasy teams while the series continues. Then again, he might be a cost-effective option on most nights.