Honorable Mentions: No, not the second round for Brandon Roy; Corey Brewer is what we thought he was; Shawn Marion can only be called the Matrix if we are talking about this version; and Michael Beasley was more SuperInconsistentBeas this year.
The Top 5
5. Derrick Rose – I just did that. At the risk of being put on Nels’ shit list for the rest of time, I think Rose demonstrates the gap between real life and fantasy sports. Rose is getting a ton of (deserved) praise in the media for already being one of the best point guards in the league and possibly being one of the main reasons that Chicago might win the LeBron sweepstakes. However, there are some significant gaps in his fantasy game, such as the fact that he doesn’t take threes and only averaged 0.7 steals a game this season. From a fantasy perspective, those shortcomings hurt his value and clearly place him in the – dare I say – third tier of point guards. I’m not saying he can’t surpass Chris Paul and Deron Williams as the top fantasy PG in the league, it’s just that isn’t close to being there yet.
4. Mike Bibby – Unlike Rose, we all know that Bibby was awful this season, averaging 9.1 points and 3.9 assists while shooting 41.6% from the field. But considering he finished the year ranked #145 on the GMTR rater, he was close to being not even worth owning in the average 12 team league. Bibby’s closest fantasy match this year was actually Steve Blake, which says a lot about how much his game has regressed over the past couple of seasons.
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3. Antawn Jamison – The Cavs turned Jamison into a jump shooting power forward and, in their series with the Celtics, he was repeated abused on defense by Kevin Garnett. Overall, Jamison is a good rebounder and can be a decent scorer when not playing alongside Lebron, but the soon-to-be 34 year old is weak defensively, a bad free throw shooter, and if Lebron stays with the Cavs, he’ll be an afterthought in Cleveland’s offense next season.
2. Emeka Okafor – Okafor has already seen his stock fall like the Greek financial system (MBA analogy alert) but considering he’s still a mid-round draft pick in a lot of leagues is a testament to one thing: the fact that he’s a center. It obviously can’t be the stats, which at 10 points and 9 rebounds a game, are the worst he’s put up since he entered the league.
1. Tony Parker – Parker had a down year full of injuries, no doubt, but being ranked at #165 on our rater puts him below Mike Bibby in fantasy value. I always thought Parker was overrated to begin with, but take away his scoring (he averaged 16 points a game this season compared to 22 in 2008-09) and he pretty much loses all fantasy value. Parker’s “friends” are already speculating on his future with the Spurs and with George Hill a capable replacement for Parker, I’d stay far away from him in fantasy drafts next year.
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