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Jul 10

Paul Millsap has a chance to shine in Atlanta

Paul Millsap will have  (Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE)

Paul Millsap signed a two year deal with the Atlanta Hawks making him a solid fantasy player this season. (Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE)

Officially today Paul Millsap has left an overcrowded frontcourt in Utah and signed a two year deal with the Atlanta Hawks. His numbers have declined over the past couple of years due to that frontcourt log jam, but I look for Millsap to get back to where he was in 2010-11 (17.3 points per game, 7.6 boards, 0.9 blocks, 1.4 steals and 2.5 assists to go along with a field goal percentage of .531). That same season he averaged just over 34 minutes a game with the Jazz, as opposed to only 30 this past season, and his numbers took a hit as a result (14.6 points per game and 7.1 rebounds). Millsap’s .490 shooting percentage last season was his worst in his 7 year career.

However, last season doesn’t necessarily mean Millsap is on the decline, and I fully expect him to get back on track in Atlanta as the Hawks are not nearly as deep in the front court. He joins an underrated Al Horford next season, and I expect both to be fantasy studs and worthy of being picked up. Look for Millsap around the 4th round in standard fantasy drafts – more minutes should mean better numbers for the 28 year old, which ultimately should make him a great fantasy option at power forward.

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