By Justin Lyons
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April 26, 2007: That's a wrap, folks. It's been a long season, and while many players were in contention to make this prestigous team, only a few have what it takes to be the best. We'd like to introduce you to the inaugural All-NBA First Fantasy Team!
Most Valuable Player
It was there for taking in April. Gilbert Arenas fell to a knee injury that complicated his chances of winning. Meanwhile, Shawn Marion's production tapered off as the season wore on, likely due to the fact the Suns didn't need it at that point in the season. Kobe's rise during the last two months of the season secured his spot as the First Fantasy Team's Most Valuable Player. Gilbert's FSPI ranking fell to 0.22 points since we met last, while Kobe's only rose 0.06 points. Not only did that injury ruin Gilbert's breakout year and the Wizards' chance to win the Eastern Conference, it also cost him the First Team Fantasy's MVP award. That's too bad. You'll notice that many of the same players were in contention all season long for this award. One thing that's interesting is that the consensus number one pick in most fantasy drafts, LeBron James, did not make the top five.
Top Point Guard
He didn't get everything taken from him though. Gilbert Arenas takes home the Top Point Guard award, beating out the second place finisher, Steve Nash, by 0.33 points. Agent Zero had control of this award from Day 1. Many people were concerned in drafting Jason Kidd, but it was worth the risk this year. Kidd finished in third place. Apprehensive owners also were tentative in drafting Baron Davis this year, but his numbers were good enough for a fourth place finish. And would you look at that! Leandro Barbosa sneaks in at the fifth spot!
Top Shooting Guard
A second award for Kobe Bryant. KB24 contended all season for this award, and post-All-Star injury to Dwyane Wade solidified the award for Kobe. He was able to walk away with this award following injuries to D-Wade, Joe Johnson, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Mike Miller. Now, I'm not saying Kobe doesn't deserve this award because he certainly does. What I'm saying is that there are a lot of talented players at this position, and to come out on top in this category is impressive. You feel me?
Top Small Forward
Man, oh, man. What an exciting fantasy hoops draft we'll all have next season. With Arenas, Kobe, KG, Marion and LeBron, who would you pick first? Wow. I'm glad I don't have to seriously think about that until September. One of the top candidates for next year's No. 1 pick is Shawn Marion, who won the Top Small Forward award. If you looked up the definition of "fantasy goodness" in a dictionary, Shawn Marion's picture would be showing. Seriously though: 52.4 percent from the field, 81.0 from the charity stripe, 17.5 points, 9.8 boards 1.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 three-pointers made. Ridiculous. You really have to ball out at this position. Look at who finished behind the Matrix: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Rashard Lewis, and Ron Artest. Hey, I'd be cool with any of them on my fantasy team.
Top Power Forward
It was a KG party all season long here. I don't care how much you talk about whether KG should stay in Minnesota or not, you have to admire that he plays his heart out no matter what. Although Dirk Nowitzki competed, KG just does too much... and does it well. During the season, Antawn Jamison, Elton Brand, and Carlos Boozer stuck around, but no one could top The Big Ticket. When you are seeing players dominate these categories all season long, you begin to realize how truly good they are at what they do.
All right. Imagine if you're fantasy team consisted of Gilbert Arenas, Kobe Bryant, Shawn Marion, Kevin Garnett and this man. I'd probably stop playing fantasy hoops because there wouldn't be reason to play anymore. You would have reached the peak. Anyway, Big Timmy Stud takes home the hardware at the center spot. Although Marcus Camby surprised us and stayed healthy during the course of the season, he couldn't muster enough to upset Tim Duncan. Meanwhile, Jermaine O'Neal fell out of favor late, opening the door for Amare Stoudemire and Dwight Howard to step in as part of the top five.
In this contest, there can only be one "New Kid on the Block." The one who took this award is Brandon Roy. Hey, at least the whole Roy for ROY campaign worked here - and probably will in "real life" too. Rudy Gay, Andrea Bargnani and Jorge Garbajosa were in contention for most of the season, but Roy had a little too much too early and left the other rooks playing catch up. Oh, and the late season injuries didn't help either. Either way, you'll see many rookies that didn't make the top five here likely become solid players in this league - Tyrus Thomas, Randy Foye and Paul Millsap.
This award goes to Amare Stoudemire, who won in a landslide. You have to feel bad for the other competitors in this category. It wasn't that Amare broke out and had an amazing season; it's just that he didn't play last season due to an injury. Meanwhile, the other four players simply came out and made a statement this year, drawing their names from out of the land of the relatively unknown. Tough year to win this category, fellas.
For the 2006-2007 season, you couldn't do better than these stars. They'll go down in history as the inaugural All-NBA First Fantasy Team!
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Kobe Bryant took home the MVP and Top Shooting Guard award.
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Award Determination: All awards are based on player fantasy performance in NBA.com's FSPI. FSPI determines the best all-around fantasy players in standard eight category leagues, weighing averages and totals equally. Players are compared to the league average and league maximum to determine dominance in each category.
Position Eligibility: Position eligibility is based off of NBA.com Ultimate Fantasy Commissioner eligibility. Within that game, a player is eligible at a particular position if he started 10 games there last year or this year. Since many players qualify at multiple positions, players are shifted around to make the best possible All-NBA Fantasy Team.