Well, the 2022-23 fantasy basketball season is coming to an end, so it’s time to start looking ahead. And there’s no better way to kick off the new season than with an early look at potential first-round picks for the next go-around.

While it will be many months until drafts get underway, a lot can change in that amount of time. Still, this list provides a handy guide for the die-hards wanting to start early on next season’s planning.

Read on as we discuss the top players heading into next season.

The undisputed, unanimous and consensus 1.01 is Nikola Jokić. He’s on the cusp of averaging a triple-double this season, and that was alongside a healthy-ish Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr. and arguably the best version of Aaron Gordon we’ve ever seen.

Jokić will be an MVP candidate for the foreseeable future. Plus, he has never played fewer than 72 games in his career; his availability should be lauded, and it gives him a significant edge over most fantasy players heading into next season.

He’s firmly in his prime and will remain the best selection atop the draft.

Speaking of prime, Philadelphia’s center of attention and soon-to-be MVP of the 2022-23 regular season (crosses fingers), Embiid proved that he is one of basketball’s most dominant and physically imposing two-way threats. He played more than 65 games for the second consecutive season while leading the league in scoring (again) at a career-best 33.3 points per game.

He also is coming off a career-high 4.2 assists per game while shooting 55% from the field. His usage rate is an absurd 37.1%, trailing only Giannis Antetokounmpo by two-tenths of a percent (37.3%) for the highest in the league. Embiid will continue to be a force to be reckoned with, assuming James Harden decides to run it back, as they’re the deadliest pick-and-roll combo in the NBA.

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