This week I released my fantasy basketball rankings for each position. Today I release my top 50 fantasy players overall for the 2011-12 season.
1. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) – Durant is primes to win the MVP in my eyes. Last season Durant’s numbers decrease in every major category, but don’t worry his stat line is still one of the best in the game. Last season he averaged 27 .7 points pg, 6.8 rebounds pg, 2.7 assists pg, and 1.1 steals pg. Durant is also a great shooter; he made about 2 threes per game last season while shooting 88 % from the free throw line.
2.LeBron James (Miami) – Despite going to Miami last season too play with two other superstars his stats didn’t dip that much. His stat line from last year : 26.7 points pg, 7.0 assists pg, 7.5 rebounds pg, and 1.6 steals pg. James only lost about 1 shot attempt per game with his move to Miami. James stats across the board should increase as he builds more chemistry with his teammates. Still needs to shoot the three better.
3.Derrick Rose (Chicago) – Rose is by far the best point guard, thanks to his ability to score the ball. He is coming off a season where he averaged 25 ppg and 7.7 assits pg. He also averaged 4 rebounds pg, not bad for a guard. Rose also improved his three point shooting last season but he could do even better.
4.Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) – Paul was just traded to the Clippers. This will improve his stock that much more by playing with Blake Griffin and Caron Butler. Despite is scoring output he still produced 9.8 assists per game and 2.4 per steals game are his strong points.
5.Dwyane Wade (Miami) – Wade was the easiest choice for the top spot at all the positions in the NBA. Even with LeBron James and Chris Bosh Wade still averaged near 25 points per game. Last season his assists drops to about per game. However he posted a career high 6.2 rebounds per game. Wade is also good for a steal and block a game. His overall shooting still could improve.
6.Kevin Love (Minnesota) – Just call Love the double double machine. He is good for a double double about 90% of the team. Last season Love averaged 20.2 points per game. 15.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Love added the three point shot to his game last season; he made 1.2 threes per game. That is just another reason why he is a top my list, the ability to shot the ball. If you want rebounds Love is your guy.
7.Deron Williams (New Jersey) – This is a contract year for Williams, look for a big year from him. Williams averaged 12.8 assists when he came over to the Nets last season. He should average double figures assists this year as long as close to 20 points per game. Williams is also a good three point shooter and rebounder.
8.Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City ) – His scoring average improved to 21.9 points per game. His assist number also improved to 8.2 per game. His assists numbers should improve as he matures plus it doesn’t hurt that he has Kevin Durant. Westbrook’s shooting numbers also improved but they could be a whole lot better.
9.Dwight Howard (Orlando) – Last season Howard averaged the most points per game 22.9 in his career. Besides the points Howard was also good for 14.1 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, and 1.4 steals. While Howard struggles at the free throw line, his 59 % field goal percentage is one of the best in the NBA. Will Howard remain in Orlando through the season or will be traded maybe to the Los Angeles Lakers.
10.Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) – Anthony got his wish last season as he was traded to the Knicks. Just like James and Durant Anthony can score the ball averaging 25.6 points per game. He also averaged 7.3 rebounds and2.9 assists. While playing with the Knicks last season Anthony had his most success shooting the three making 2 per game while shooting 42%.
11.Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks) – Stoudemire’s scoring average went up about 2 points in his first season with the New York Knicks. He averaged 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, and 2.6 assists last season. If you want blocks go with Stoudemire. He also has the best field goal percentage of any of the top power forwards. The only problem with Soudemire might be the health of his knees.
12.Monta Ellis (Golden State) – Ellis plays in a great fast paced system geared for offense. Last season Ellis averaged 24.1 points per game, 5.6 assists per game, and 2 steals per game. Ellis hit about 1.5 three games last season while attempting about 4 a game.
13.Stephen Curry (Golden State) – Curry is a very consistent player, who plays in a offense that is fast pace. He is good for about 2 threes per game. He shoot 93 % from the charity strike last season. Look for his assists numbers to improve last season he averaged 5.8.
14.Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) – The pressure is finally off his back as the Mavs won the title last season, I think he will play more freely this season. All his numbers dropped a little last season but still his numbers are very respectable. Nowitzki averaged 24.2 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists last season. Nowitzki is a great shooter last season he nearly shot 40% from three and 89 % from the line.
15.Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) – Kobe’s age and knees are catching up to him but still he puts up great fantasy numbers. Last season Bryant averaged 25.3 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists. Those numbers are a little lower than what Bryant has put up in recent years, but still those are pretty darn numbers.
16.Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) – Griffin stock improved a ton when the Clippers traded for all star point guard Chris Paul. Last year as a rookie Griffin averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. That assist number is one of the best for a power forward. Now with Paul those numbers should be a little better. I can’t imagine how many alley oops Paul with throw to Griffin. Griffin is the best dunker in the NBA. His only downfall is his shooting especially from the line.
17.Al Jefferson (Utah) – Jefferson put up better numbers in his first year in Utah, than his last season in Minnesota. Jefferson finished the season averaging 18.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks. Jefferson’s minutes might go down a little bit because of draft pick Enes Kanter but still he should put up about the same numbers he averaged last season.
18.John Wall (Washington) – Wall had a pretty good rookie season, but there wasn’t much hype because the Wizards were horrible.Wall averaged 16.4 points per game, 1.8 steals per game and 8.3 assists per game. Look for those numbers to increase this season. He really needs to improve as a shooter.
19.Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) – Gasol is still a Lakers for now despite almost being traded to the Rockets. Last season Gasol averaged a double double with 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds. He also added 3.3 assists and 1.6 blocks. With Lamar Odom being traded you have to Gasol numbers will improve this season. Despite getting older Gasol is still a really consistent player.
20.Al Horford (Atlanta) – Last season averaged the most points in season in his four year career. He averaged 15.3 points per game along with 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1 block. Those assists numbers are probably better than any other center in the league. Horford is also a very good free throw shooter shooting 80 % from the free throw line.
21.Kevin Martin (Houston) – Martin was nearly traded to New Orleans but for now he still is a Rocket. Martin is one of the most underrated scorers in the NBA (23.4 ppg) he can flat out score the ball. Last season he attempted career high 5.7 threes per game. While making 2.2 threes per game.
22.Danny Granger (Indiana) – Granger’s shot attempts per game dropped by 2.5 last season but still Granger is still atop the small forward rankings. He averaged 20.5 points pg, 5.4 rebounds pg, 2.6 assists pg, and 1.1 steals pg last season. Granger also made 2 threes per game while shooting a respectable 39 % from three. The Pacers have brought in David West, however I don’t think this will hurt Granger’s output.
23.Eric Gordon (New Orleans) – Gordon just got traded to New Orleans. I think his numbers will stay about the same despite not having the playmakers in New Orleans. Last season Gordon had career highs around the board. Gordon produced 22.3 points per game, 4.4 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game. He also made 1.9 threes per game.
24. Rajon Rondo (Boston) – Despite the trade rumors Rondo is still a Celtic. Rondo is all about the assists and steals. He averaged 11.2 assists and 2.3 steals. Rondo really struggles shooting but he is a good driver. He will still average in double figures.
25.Paul Pierce (Boston) – Despite being 34 years old Pierce shows no signs of slipping. His game and stats have been consistent. Last season his points, assists, and rebound numbers all increased. He average 18.9 PPG, 3.3 APG, 5.4 RPG, 1.0 SPG. Last season Pierce averaged 1.5 threes per game.
26.LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland)
27.Josh Smith (Atlanta)
28.Rudy Gay (Memphis)
29.Joakim Noah (Chicago) – Despite some health issues Noah put up some pretty good stats last year in Chicago. Noah did it all he averaged 11.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1 steal, and 1.5 blocks. All were on all career highs except for the rebounds. With Derrick Rose becoming a better passer Noah’s point total should rise.
30. Steve Nash (PHO) – Despite his age Nash is still playing at a very productive level. He is still the best passer in the game; he averaged 11.4 assists last season. Nash had solid shooting averages last season 49.2 FG%, 39.5 3P% and 91.2 FT%. You have to wonder if this will be the year he wears down.
31.Zach Randolph (Memphis)
32.Chris Bosh (Miami)
33.Nene (Denver) – Nene has resigned in Denver, and that is good for his fantasy value considering the Nuggets lack of bigs. Last season he put up a solid stat line of 14.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1 block. His stat lines should increase with more playing time he should gets this and the development of point guard Ty Lawson will also help.
34.Tyreke Evans (Sacramento) – Evans is not a natural point guard, however he still plays it. Evans is first a scorer. He is a driver but misses too many shots. He only gets about 5 assists per game but averages about 5 rebounds per game.
35.Gerald Wallace (Portland)
36.Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia)
37.David West (Indiana)
38.David Lee (Golden State)
39.Manu Ginobili (San Antonio)
40. Joe Johnson (Atlanta)
41.Raymond Felton (Portland) – Felton is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. He is very consistent. Last year he averaged all career highs in the following categories. 15.5 points per game, 8.3assists per game, 1.7 steals per game and 1.5 3 pointers made per game, all career highs. This season he got the point guard job to himself.
42.Dorell Wright (Golden State)
43.Luis Scola (Houston)
44.Tony Parker (San Antonio)
45.Jrue Holiday ( Philadelphia)
46.Paul Millsap (Utah)
47.Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee)
48.Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee)
49.Stephen Jackson (Milwaukee)
50.Brook Lopez (New Jersey)