Which other NBA fantasy stars should bounce back this season? Check out part two of our series here.Here's part two of the bargain hunter guide to nabbing an underrated fantasy NBA player or two. You can check out part one here. - PF Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks The big 7-footer with the unblockable fade away might not be the MVP candidate he was as recently as two years ago, but he can still produce at the venerable age of 35. He’s no longer a perennial top 10 fantasy player, but that could prove advantageous going into a draft this year especially if his rankings drop, as I suspect they will going by last year’s poor showing. Never 100 percent healthy and never really out of first gear during the season, neither Dirk or his Mavericks really did anything noteworthy in 2012-13. Built more like a collection of spare parts and cast aways, the one lone constant for the Mavericks over the last 15 years has been Nowitzki, and once again he will enter the season as the alpha dog. Monta Ellis will likely lead the team in scoring, hoisting up shots en masse like a 7-year-old with a spud gun and a slow neighbor, but his field goal percentage has gone down the drain culminating with a career low 41.6 percent last year. While Ellis could wind back the clock for Dallas back to his old Warriors’ days, it is Nowitzki who the offense will be the first assist option for new point guard Jose Calderon. Dirk’s overall production should improve on last season’s numbers – his lowest scoring campaign since his rookie year. Tim Duncan drunk from the fountain of youth last season, and Dirk is two years younger with a much less physically demanding game, so I can see his scoring and improving his overall efficiency. There were flashes of the old Dirk, a handful of 30 point games and even a 20 rebound night, but this is not the double-double machine we are all use to. It is true his per 36 minute stats dropped across the board and his scoring dipped for the fourth straight season, but that could all help in getting him around the 30-40 range. The Mavs will be competitive this season so Dirk will play 30 minutes minimum, and he’s a great source of free throw percentage and points that is the perfect player to pair with Andre Drummond or Josh Smith. 2012-13 Numbers: 31mins 17.3pts 6.8reb 2.5asst 0.7stl 0.7blk 1.2x 3s 47%fg 86%ft 2013-14 Projection: 31mins 19.8pts 6.6reb 2.6asst 0.8stl 0.8blks 1.3x 3s 47%fg 88%ft C Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers Another big European often criticised for being soft and for being on the wrong end of a Blake Griffin poster. Pau’s still got some of the best low post moves in the game and despite age creeping up, he will still contribute heavily for the Lakers. His game isn’t reliant on athleticism like most other NBA bigs, so being grounded allows Pau to take his time and get good looks around the hoop. While Gasol and Kobe Bryant never really meshed with Steve Nash, it has become apparent that if Kobe isn’t ready when the season tips off, the scoring will have to come from somewhere, and Gasol is primed to be the number one option early on. The twin towers experiment with Dwight Howard didn’t work either, but that was more to do with the poor usage of the talent assembled by Mike D’Antoni than it was either player not wanting to buy into the concept. Now Gasol will have the freedom to operate down-low as his likely frontcourt mate, the now well travelled Chris Kaman, has more range on his jumper than Howard and he won’t demand the ball or become a sulking, pouting, annoying 6’11” immature millionaire. Had to get that off my chest, even though this isn’t about Howard - that was for you Magic, Lakers and basically all NBA fans who had to read/listen/watch that putrid Howardgate saga. Gasol’s passing ability has always been underrated, and even though his free throw percentage dropped slightly last year, he is a rare power forward/center that contributes positively in those two predominantly guard dominated categories. In addition to the likely points and rebounds increases, Gasol’s shot blocking should improve on last year, as Howard blocked his fair share, despite the Lakers’ often porous defense (no surprise under D’Antoni). It remains to be seen where he gets ranked going into the season, but don’t be surprised if he’s outside the top 30, where he could very well outperform his draft position. His last 11 games he averaged 16.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists (more than Nash!), 1.2 blocks, whilst shooting 52.7 percent from the field and 74.2 percent from the line. The Spaniard essentially replicated those numbers in the playoffs as well, and that was playing next to a rather lackadaisical Howard and no Kobe. With impending free agency looming, Pau without doubt realises he’s got one more good paycheck left in him, so don’t be surprised if he approaches 20-10-5 until Kobe is healthy and taking all the shots again. 2012-13 Numbers: 34mins 13.7pts 8.6reb 4.1asst 0.5stl 1.2blk 47%fg 70%ft 2013-14 Projection: 34mins 16.8pts 10.2reb 3.4asst 0.6stl 1.6blks 51%fg 78%ft 6th Man Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns As an unabashed Suns fan, I am looking forward to this season. They’re going to be awful – likely more awful than their historically bad season last year – but coupled with their offseason moves, they will be entertaining to watch. Ok so some of the excitement is knowing that the ping pong balls could bounce their way and they’ll likely land a top three pick in the star studded 2014 draft, which means a premier rookie we can be excited as hell about for the first time since Amare Stoudemire. Anyway, that’s a different kind of fantasy, back to the topic at hand. Dragic is to be paired with another bright sleeper option in mini-Lebron, Eric Bledsoe. Who will handle the ball more will be determined by new coach Jeff Hornacek, but Dragic appears likely to man the point guard spot more than Bledsoe because of both his experience, and his passing ability. Hornacek need look no further than himself and Kevin Johnson for a successful Suns backcourt employing a short but very athletic PG without legit three point range, and a taller combo guard (Horny). Looking at Dragic’s splits last season, few people realise he was 2nd in the NBA in assists (to Chris Paul) after the All Star break, averaging 9.5 per game. He put up these stats despite having a coaching change that saw Dragic fan Alvin Gentry replaced by woefully out of his depth Lindsey Hunter. Dragic is ideally situated going into his prime at 27 years old, as a combo guard cut from the mould of his coach who is already stressing that he wants the Suns to run and score a boatload. I fully expect Dragic to be more assertive on the offensive end, because really, he has to score for the Suns to at least look like they’re not tanking. If given the freedom and minutes to produce, The Dragon could put up a prime Manu Ginobili type season, minus the solar panel and team success. 2012-13 Numbers: 34mins 14.7pts 3.1reb 7.4asst 1.6stl 0.3blk 1.1x 3s 44%fg 75%ft 2013-14 Projection: 34mins 16.8pts 3.7reb 6.8asst 1.8stl 0.3blks 1.6x 3s 46%fg 78%ft 7th Man JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets Finally, a list McGee can be on that doesn't involve include ‘dumb’, ‘talent wasted’, or ‘Shaqtin a Fool’. There are very few athletes as supremely impressive as McGee. He has the wingspan of a condor and more hops than a good beer. His performance in the 2011 Slam Dunk competition where he was runner up to Blake Griffin should have made the world take notice that there was a new shot blocking and rebounding wunder-athlete in town, but alas it wasn't to be – yet. Both of McGee’s biggest hindrances to minutes last year were ‘removed’, in coach George Karl, and his competition at center, Kosta Koufos. McGee will be thrust into the spotlight as the defensive anchor and starting centre on the highest scoring team for the 2012-13 season, a job he should hold down despite having the always underrated JJ Hickson backing him up. His production on a nightly basis was inconsistent, but over the course of the season he showed outstanding production on a per minute basis which should be reflected when he gets 30 minutes a night – something he hasn’t done due to mental lapses, foul trouble, and just being JaVale. In his last full season as a starter for the Wizards in 2011-12 he put up 10.1 points, eight rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 27.8 minutes a night, even registering ‘that’ triple double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks versus the Bulls. He was a valuable fantasy performer in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage, helping out teams much like Larry Sanders last year. With Ty Lawson and Andre Miller throwing him lobs, McGee should easily score 10+ points nightly, and it wouldn't surprise me if he hit a career high this season considering his peak so far has been just 11.9 points per game. He should also pair with Kenneth Faried to be a strong rebounding duo up front, with both players likely to approach 10 rebounds a night. What separates McGee from Faried in terms of likely fantasy value is the projected blocks he should get, and it wouldn't surprise many pundits if he topped his previous high of 2.4 per night, considering he swatted shots at a career high rate of 3.9 per 36 minutes last season. 2012-13 Numbers: 18mins 9.1pts 4.8reb 0.3asst 0.4stl 2blk 58%fg 59%fg 2013-14 Projection: 29mins 13.6pts 9.3reb 1.0asst 0.8stl 2.5blks 57%fg 62%ft - So there you have it, some well known names who should be easier to get than in the past, as always please let us know what you think!