Back in November, I gave you my early NBA Fantasy All-Star Ballot. Now that a couple of months have elapsed, I will revisit the All-Star selection, fleshing out a full 12 man roster for both conference based purely on their fantasy value. Guys who are currently injured and are unlikely to play in the All-Star game will be left off my final 12-man squads. So, let’s have at it.
Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors
15.9 points, 2.3 threes, 4.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 42.9 FG%, 80.7 FT%, 2.2 turnovers
John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards
19.7 points, 1.2 threes, 4.1 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.4 blocks, 42.1 FG%, 85.1 FT%, 3.5 turnovers
Without doubt, Wall and Lowry have been the best two point guards in the Eastern Conference over the course of the season. Since Rudy Gay was traded, Kyle Lowry has been an absolute machine, ranked as the number 11 player in nine category fantasy leagues over the last month. His name is always on the tips of tongues regarding trades, but he is getting this Raptors squad to play exciting basketball in the Eastern Conference and they should be able to make it into the playoffs if he keeps up this form. The only issue Lowry gives you in fantasy is his crippling field goal percentage, but with what else he has been giving you, it’s a minor nuisance.
John Wall is having the sort of season a lot of fantasy pundits predicted from him in the preseason. He is clearly the best player on the Wizards and should be able to make it to his first All-Star game in New Orleans this year. Like Lowry, his shooting isn’t of the highest quality, but somewhat surprisingly, he’s been able to add a three point shot to his game this season. His form over the last four games hasn’t been the best, slipping to 15.5 points with 7.5 assists, which is good for only 53 in the player rankings.
Paul George, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers
23.0 points, 2.5 threes, 6.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.3 blocks, 45.8 FG%, 85.7 FT%, 2.6 turnovers
LeBron James, SF/PF, Miami Heat
25.5 points, 1.4 threes, 6.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, 58.9 FG%, 75.4 FT%, 3.4 turnovers
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, New York Knicks
26.3 points, 1.6 threes, 8.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks
In the frontcourt, the real life most likely All-Stars are also the fantasy All-Stars. LeBron is a no brainer in any way you think of it, but for all the talk of his improved free throw shooting, he’s sitting at the same percentage as last season and actually lower than his 2011-12 season, so that obviously hasn’t come to fruition. ow in saying that, his insane 58% shooting from the field more than makes up for it as do his other contributions across the boards and he is clearly the best basketballer on the planet. If you were lucky enough to get LeBron in your draft, I have no doubt you are happy with the results.
Paul George started the season off scorching hot, but has cooled off of late, ranking only 56th in the last two weeks. He is slated to be a top 10 guy for the rest of the year and he is the best player one of the top three teams in the league, which is always a boon for fantasy sports. His field goal shooting has been steadily dropping over the past few weeks/months, which is cause for slight concern, but if his shot starts dropping with more regularity, his fantasy stock will rise back to the top of the rankings quick smart.
Is there a more derided ‘star’ than Carmelo Anthony? He is constantly in the news in trade rumours (to the Clippers), or for his free agent decision coming at the nd of the year and if te Bulls trade of Luol Deng was in order to clear cap space for Melo. Yet, if you bring his name up to these teams, or any teams in the NBA, most people will say they wouldn’t touch him with a 10 ft. pole. Thankfully for fantasy purposes, all that matters is the numbers, not the offensive black hole and suspect defense. Melo is putting up a top 10 fantasy season and has been consistent all year, amidst the mess that is the Knicks – part infirmary, part loony bin.
Eastern Conference Reserves
Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, Philadelphia 76ers
17.8 points, 1.0 threes, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks, 50.2 FG%, 73.1 FT%, 1.8 turnovers
Spencer Hawes, C, Philadelphia 76ers
14.2 points, 1.7 threes, 8.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.5 blocks, 48.9 FG%, 76.0 FT%, 2.2 turnovers
Dwyane Wade, SG, Miami Heat
19.5 points, 0.3 threes, 4.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.5 blocks, 53.8 FG%, 73.4 FT%, 3 turnovers
Paul Millsap, PF, Atlanta Hawks
17.2 points, 1.0 threes, 8.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.1 blocks, 46.5 FG%, 73.0 FT%, 2.4 turnovers
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, Atlanta Hawks
12.3 points, 2.8 threes, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks, 49.5 FG%, 90.0 FT%, 1.3 turnovers
Chris Bosh, PF/C, Miami Heat
15.9 points, 0.6 threes, 6.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.1 blocks, 53.0 FG%, 80.0 FT%, 1.4 turnovers
Trevor Ariza, SF, Washington Wizards
14.3 points, 2.4 threes, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.3 blocks, 44.7 FG%, 75.4 FT%, 1.8 turnovers
Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors
23.1 points, 3.1 threes, 4.5 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, 44.0 FG%, 86.9 FT%, 4.4 turnovers
Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers
21.6 points, 3.3 threes, 3.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks, 42.3 FG%, 89.8 FT%, 2.4 turnovers
First things first, Chris Paul would be starting but for his separated shoulder. I haven’t included him here as I’m not sure he’ll be back for the All-Star festivities. In saying that, Steph Curry, is a lock to make his first All-Star game this season, whether as a starter or as a reserve. His turnovers are troubling, but otherwise his numbers are fantastic. Like a lot of the top level players, his form has dipped over the past couple of weeks, but it’s nothing to be worried about, especially considering the Warriors just ended a 10 game winning streak.
Also a near lock for his first All-Star game, Damian Lillard has taken his Rookie Of The Year play and taken it to another level. When he was being drafted in the third or fourth round this preseason, I was a little hesitant and didn’t draft him anywhere. I’ve been proven wrong on that front as he is borderline top 10. The downside on his play is that a lot of his value comes from points, threes and free throws and his assists and steals aren’t commensurate with other top point guards.
Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
19.2 points, 0.0 threes, 10.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 3.1 blocks, 52.6 FG%, 76.0 FT%, 1.6 turnovers
Kevin Love, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
26.1 points, 2.5 threes, 13.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks, 46.1 FG%, 82.0 FT%, 2.4 turnovers
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
29.5 points, 2.0 threes, 8.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.9 blocks, 49.2 FG%, 88.4 FT%, 3.0 turnovers
Three out of the top four players in fantasy reside right here in the Western Conference frontcourt and I don’t think anyone could really argue their position here (cue Blake Griffin fans). Davis has returned from his hand injury and though not quite were he was pre-injury, all signs are looking like he’ll be back there soon enough. He’s ranked 17th in the past two weeks and his percentages along with blocks and boards are fantastic and he is a nightly threat to go for a 5×5 or a triple double. He is probably in the top five of players GM’s would want on their team to build a championship.
Love has always been known for his scoring and rebounding, but this season he’s adding a healthy dose of assists to his fantasy repertoire. To go with his threes and great free throw percentages, Love is the poster boy for out of position stats amoung elite fantasy players. There seems to be a lot of hate out there for Love, which I don’t understand. All I know is that if you took the gamble and drafted him, possibly in the second round, your fantasy team is rewarding you now.
KD was the consensus number one player in drafts. He is the number one player for the season so far. He is the number player in the last month. He is the number one player in the last week. He is awesome. He does everything for his team and your team and whatever you paid for him in an auction league, it was worth it and if somehow he slipped past the first pick, you must be counting the lucky stars. Now, without Russell Westbrook, he is somehow taking his game to another level.
Western Conference Reserves
Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks
20.7 points, 1.4 threes, 5.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks, 48.6 FG%, 89.5 FT%, 1.5 turnovers
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
23.7 points, 0.0 threes, 10.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.0 blocks, 47.3 FG%, 80.8 FT%, 1.7 turnovers
James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets
24.9 points, 2.1 threes, 4.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.5 blocks, 45.3 FG%, 84.7 FT%, 3.8 turnovers
Isaiah Thomas, PG, Sacramento Kings
19.4 points, 2.0 threes, 2.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.0 blocks, 46.1 FG%, 85.4 FT%, 2.6 turnovers
Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, Portland Trail Blazers
16.5 points, 2.6 threes, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.2 blocks, 48.0 FG%, 82.0 FT%, 1.2 turnovers
DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Sacramento Kings
23.5 points, 0.0 threes, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.9 steals, 1.0 blocks, 49.1 FG%, 70.9 FT%, 3.4 turnovers
Serge Ibaka, PF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
14.1 points, 0.2 threes, 8.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 2.3 blocks, 52.1 FG%, 76.0 FT%, 1.5 turnovers