We break down the top players at each position in terms of how valuable they will be to your fantasy team this upcoming season. With injuries, coaching moves, and off-season transactions, things certainly change from season-to-season. What's the forecast for your top stars, duds and sleepers from last season? First time playing NBA.com Fantasy Basketball? Use these rankings, combined with all the other insightful information at the NBA.com Draft Center, to help plot your strategy come draft day.
Ahh, the one spot. What you need is someone who is going to get you dimes, shoot threes, be a known thief in steals, and - oh yeah - scoring points is nice too. We know what you're thinking. MVP Steve Nash. Not a bad choice. In fact, a very good one. However, there are a number of point guards that you could appoint as the field general for your fantasy squad. Mike Bibby? Luke Ridnour? Mike James? Find out where they fall in the point guard rankings.
Well, you could go with a man who scored 81 points in one game last season. His name is Kobe Bryant. He is kind of good at basketball. Or... you could pick the NBA Finals MVP in Dwyane Wade. Word on the street is he's pretty talented with the basketball too. Or you can simply choose from the plethora of shooting guards come draft day. Hey, all you have to do is hit the "Draft Player" function and he's all yours. No contract negotiations. No salary cap considerations. He does all the work (hopefully), and all you have to do is sit on your couch and watch. It's magic, baby.
With so many talented players at this spot, it's not really hard choosing here. LeBron James, Rashard Lewis, Lamar Odom, Josh Smith, Carmelo Anthony. OK, we'll stop. We know... we're hyperventilating too at this moment. You need a player who can do it all (see Shawn Marion): rebound, score, dish, and so on. You know the drill. Check out where your favorite small forward ranks.
Yes, you've got the regulars: Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan. But now it's time to throw in some new kids on the block:Dwight Howard, Boris Diaw and Chris Bosh. They're moving on up like the Jeffersons. Do you roll with a consistent fantasy producer? Or do you lock down a young stud who might light up the box score night in and night out? Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. Who's it going to be? Hey, don't look at us. You're the GM...you make the moves!
Going once. Going twice. Going three times.... SOLD! To the man in the back with the Napoleon Complex. You have to have a solid big man at center to get you easy points, good percentages, and of course, those lovely rebounds. The supply of all-around, fantasy-productive centers is scarce, so get 'em while they're hot. Plus, It's always nice to have a 6'9''-plus person helping you out when you're in desperate need (of points and rebounds), right?