By Bryan Jeon
While Chris Le and I are throwing out our All-Star opinions, I give to you the NBA All-Star team, based purely on total statistics in all fantasy-relevant categories, including turnovers, for the first half of the season and regardless of which conference the player is in but taking into consideration his position. I’m telling you, this team will make you fantasy lovers drool at the thought of owning several of these players on your team. (Number in parenthesis is current rank, according to Yahoo!)
Chris Paul, New Orleans (2) – CP3 is averaging 20.3 pts, 4.0 reb, 10.8 ast and a league-leading 2.5 steals per game in his third season in the NBA. Not only will he provide for you in every category applicable to a point guard, he’s near tops in all of them.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles (3) – Kobe is averaging 28.5 pts, 6.3 reb and 5.2 ast, consistent numbers for Kobe in his career and consistently among the fantasy best and highest drafted, year in and year out. Newly-acquired Pau Gasol is expected to eat into Kobe’s scoring but for now, Kobe trails just LeBron James in that category.
Caron Butler, Washington (6) – One of the biggest beneficiaries to an injury, Butler couldn’t be doing what he’s doing without Gilbert Arenas…out. He’s averaging career-highs across the board: 21.7 points on .478 shooting, 1.1 3 per game and .912 FT%, 2.4 steals and 0.4 blocks, all while pulling down his normal 6.9 rebounds per game. He just had his streak of 73 consecutive free throws made snapped, falling five short of the NBA record.
Shawn Marion, Phoenix (1) – A consistent No. 1 fantasy guy, you never would have guessed it if you never played fantasy. What appears like a mediocre 15.8 pts, 9.9 reb and 2.1 ast is enough to warrant the Matrix top billing, per Yahoo! I don’t try to figure it out, I’m just riding his wave this year and so far, I’m tops in my league.
Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix (4) – Ironic how the Suns are a small team yet have the two big men rule all of the NBA in fantasy. Those shaky knees from two years ago are a thing of the past, as the Suns’ big man is averaging 22.6 points, 9.0 reb and 1.1 ast per game.
Baron Davis, Golden State (5) – 21.9 pts, 4.8 reb, 8.1 ast
Allen Iverson, Denver (9) – 26.9 pts, 3.0 reb, 7.1 ast
Kevin Garnett, Boston (10) – 19.2 pts, 9.9 reb, 3.8 ast
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (7) – 22.3 pts, 8.7 reb, 3.8 ast
Marcus Camby, Denver (8) – 9.3 pts, 14.3 reb, 2.9 ast