This article is part of our Preseason Observations series.
As a fantasy owner, it can be difficult to gauge the importance of NBA preseason. The games are low-stakes and the sample of games is small, so it's important to keep in mind that a bad preseason showing is not the end of the world. Still, preseason can be a great way to get a look at young players, players in new roles, or players who have switched teams. In many cases, preseason can be a first chance to see how a player is going to respond to a new situation or how he developed over the offseason.
With that in mind, here is a look at some players whose preseason showings could have an impact on their fantasy basketball stock in the final days of draft season:
On The RiseDeandre Ayton - C, Phoenix Suns
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the consensus First Team All-American and first overall pick in the 2018 Draft is having a smooth transition to the NBA. Still, it's hard not to be impressed with Ayton's first efforts as a Sun. The rookie big man has made a splash on both ends of the court, crushing the competition with averages of 18.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks in five preseason games. Shooting over 61 percent from the field, Ayton's offensive game looks far ahead of the curve. While he already should have been on fantasy owners' radars, Ayton's preseason showing has vaulted him up draft boards.
Jarrett Allen - C,