NBA Fantasy Focus

by Brad Shulkin (ChicagoSportsWeekly)

Josh Smith (Power Forward, Atlanta Hawks)- With Al Horford’s injury and Joe Johnson playing the inconsistent basketball that he does year after year, Smith has been given the opportunity to be the man in Atlanta. He is averaging 16 points per game (ppg), 9.6 rebounds per game (rpg) and a career high 3.7 assists per game (apg). Although his free throw percentage is awful, shooting 55 percent from the line, Smith still holds a ton of value when it comes to defensive statistics. He continues to light up the stat line every night, putting up 2.1 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.

LeBron James (Small Forward, Miami Heat)- Playing at an MVP level, James is averaging 27.6 ppg, 8.1 a
pg and 6.8 rpg so far this season. He is a threat to get a triple double every night, especially when he plays almost 37 minutes a game. He ranks atop the NBA in field goal percentage, averaging 55 percent from the floor, and has really improved his shot selection. James is probably the best fantasy player this year, and as long as he can stay healthy, he will continue to put up great numbers on a daily basis.

Marcin Gortat (Center, Phoenix Suns)- Gortat is averaging career highs in almost every statistical category. His 56 percent from the floor and 10.4 rpg are a huge plus, considering his average draft position was 56. He is a consistent double-double machine and, according to ESPN, is the third best center in the NBA. Look for Gortat to keep up the numbers he has been putting up all season long, but always be open to dealing him, as his value is at an all time high.

Jeremy Lin (Point Guard, New York Knicks)- From the end of the bench to the starting point guard for the New York Knicks, Jeremy Lin has risen to fame in a short period of time. With the whole world watching, he has continued to put up huge numbers and make huge buckets day in and day out. He is averaging 14.8 ppg and 5.9 apg this season and looks to be the missing piece the Knicks have been waiting for. Although Linsanitydoes make a great team name, my advice is to trade him now. At any time, Jeremy Lin could fall just as fast as he rose to fame.

Top 10 NBA Fantasy Players

1. Lebron James
2. Kevin Durant
3. Kevin Love
4. Kyle Lowry
5. Deron Williams
6. Dwight Howard
7. Josh Smith
8. Andre Iguodala
9. Marc Gasol
10. Rajon Rondo

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One response to “NBA Fantasy Focus

  1. Glenn Shulkin

    And you call yourself a Chicago fan? No Derrick Rose?

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