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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Point Guards

"That's where I'm going to jump. Just throw it to me."

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 15 and published a day later. If written today I would jump Kyrie Irving into the fourth tier, have Jarrett Jack in the sixth tier (since the Hornets haven’t procured another point guard), drop Toney Douglas a few spots (thanks to Baron Davis signing in New York) and take D.J. Augustin down a few notches in fear of a Kemba Walker coup d’etat. 

In the midst of a wild NBA offseason and uncertainty as far as the eye can see, Fantasy owners need the steady hand of a point guard to guide their team. The best NBA point guards are also some of the best Fantasy players, and no championship team is complete without at least a few of the top options on this list. The top Fantasy point guards anchor your team in assists and are often positive contributors in several other categories.

The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO), using Yahoo!’s positional eligibility. We break down players into tiers as well to help you organize them within your overall cheat sheets. Finally: this is a list of true point guards expected to play the majority of their minutes at this position this season. There are several combo guards, such as Dwyane Wade, who are eligible at point guard in some leagues but ranked on the shooting guard list for our purposes.In tumultuous times like these, it is best to write your own cheat sheets in pencil and be prepared to move things around as needed based on roles changing and injuries sprouting up. The Chris Paul trade is a great example of this. Luckily, CP3 doesn’t move much as he’s the top Fantasy point guard in the game.

These rankings take into account not just stat projections, but injury risk, competition for minutes and other intangibles.

ROTOEXPERTS.COM POINT GUARD RANKINGS

TIER 1

1. Chris Paul, LAC

Projected Stats: 17.8 PPG,  4.1 RPG, 10.9 APG, 1.0 3FG, 2.3 SPG, 0.1 BPG, 2.7 TO, 46.9 FG%, 85.5 FT%

Paul has finally been traded, and visions of CP3 setting up Blake Griffin for breathtaking alley-oops are dancing in the heads of everyone who is now claiming they’ve been a diehard Clippers fan all along. Paul should be thrilled to land in this spot where he has a pair of top-notch finishers underneath in Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and talent at other positions as well. In all the drama over where he was going to get traded, it’s easy to forget that he carries with him some risk due to his questionable knees. If he plays a full season at close to 100 percent, Paul is the top point guard and easy No. 3 pick in all formats. Continue reading


Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: New York Knicks

 

Greg hasn't handled being a Knick fan very well in recent years.

 

I’m a little embarrassed to admit how long I’ve been following the Knicks.  As a hint, when I was barely able to whine about my favorite teams I remember hearing on the radio that Dave DeBusschere broke his nose in a game and thinking that his nose was no longer attached to his face.  I’ve been following for so long that there is no need for me to look up the correct spelling of DeBusschere.

While the last decade has deterred even the staunchest of Knicks fans, I am looking forward to the 2010-11 version.  I really have no clue as to how Mike D’Antoni is going to use his bizarre roster, which is now filled with too many capable swing players and a few Golden State castoffs.  New York made three big moves in the offseason, signing America’s favorite semite, Amar’e Stoudemire, to a max contract, then flipping studly David Lee for Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike, then finally corralling Ray Felton from Charlotte to run the point.  Straight up, I would rather have the hard-working Lee than Stoudemire.  Same goes from a fantasy perspective as Lee averaged 20.2 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.1 steals to go along with top-shelf percentages, while Stoudemire, a first-rounder in most drafts, finished with 23.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and a disappointing 1.0 blocks.  Amare will no longer have Steve Nash at his disposal, so he may struggle to exhibit his patented “stand around and wait for his point guard to miraculously create a passing lane for him to dunk” move.

LIES
Last year, fantasy owners everywhere were frothing at the mouth at Randolph’s potential.  This year, those same owners are simply salivating as taking the long and lean Randolph is surely a crapshoot.  This is a player whose per minute numbers were staggering as he produced 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds 1.6 blocks and 0.9 steals in 22.7 minutes of daylight.  He will likely begin the year backing up both Stoudemire and Turiaf, and even with the fickle D’Antoni at the helm, I see the 21-year old playing 23-28 minutes per game as the hard-nosed Turiaf perennially is about as healthy as Hyman Roth.  Don’t discount Turiaf in your drafts, however. He will have a chance to play consistent minutes for the first time in his career and you could garner a couple of blocks per game before he makes medical history.  Take Randolph in the seventh or eighth round and Turiaf in the latter stages.

DAMN LIES
The Knicks point guard situation has left a little to be desired the past few years.  In comes Felton, a legitimate middle-of-the-road NBA starter at the position.  I don’t expect huge totals from him, but 12.0 points, 7.0 assists and decent steals seem reasonable.  D’Antoni won’t shut out second-year man Toney Douglas, who came on strong the final 18 games of ’09-10 and averaged 14.2 points, 3.8 assists and 2.2 threes over this period.  Keep an eye on Douglas in case of an injury to Felton.

STATISTICS
At shooting guard and small forward the Knicks have many interchangeable parts with Azubuike, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, newcomer Roger Mason and Bill Walker.  I even like rookie Andy Rautins, but he looks to be taxi-squad bound.  Azubuike is that athletic, 3-point shooting type who can excel in D’Antoni’s shoot first and ask questions later offense, but with all the congestion at his position, I wouldn’t touch him before round 11.  I expect Gallinari to go off our league’s draft board early as my Damn Lies colleague Tom is on the verge of proposing.  Even with inconsistent minutes, Gallo will knock down enough threes to help dominate the category.  He can also block a shot or two, rendering him a pretty valuable guy. I’m looking at him around the fifth or sixth round.  Chandler is a terrific athlete who does everything decently.  If he finds his way to 30 minutes a night, he could be a decent sleeper.  I’ll be staying away unless he lasts past the 11th round.  Mason and Walker are free agent fodder.

DEPTH CHART:
PG: Raymond Felton, Toney Douglas
SG: Kelenna Azubuike, Roger Mason
SF: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler
PF: Amare Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph
C: Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov

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