Feb. 17 - NBA All-Star Weekend offers rotisserie leaguers an opportunity to look back on the first portion of the NBA season and muse at what went right and what went wrong. Tinker with your lineup. Give up on an injured star who has been weighing your roster down for months. Make that one genius deal that will take you from fourth to glorious first place in your league. Brag, gloat, and boast all off-season. Slow down, my friend. You need to get there first.

I’d like to say that this article is going to help you get there. No, instead I am here to bring you a bit of a cliché. This is the time of the year when fantasy writers generally phone it in and take a mental vacation. No official games, so the writer ponders for something to write about. Hence, the birth of the Fantasy All-Star Squad. By itself, this type of article offers very little value. If you’ve been active in your NBA fantasy leagues this year, you know which players have been good and which have… well, not been so good.

The thing is, I’m a little excited. I have something new to offer you. You have just about everything you will ever need here at NBA.com if you’re a fantasy fanatic. Games, more stats than you can know what to do with, schedules, player news, and nearly 30 articles per week. What else do you need to help you bring home that championship? Ah, the rating system!

Welcome to the start of something big. Yes, this is only the beginning. Today, I unveil the Fantasy Sports Performance Index, otherwise known as the FSPI. It will be available for your use very soon, so consider this a preview. Designed specifically for roto-style leagues, but it can be used as a guide in other formats as well. More tools will follow in the future. Maybe not tomorrow. Maybe not next week. We are committed to your thirst for statistical knowledge. For the time being, let’s focus on the FSPI.

Your goal is to dominate in all of your league’s categories. The FSPI uses the standard eight categories of field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three-pointers made, points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. Ideally, you want your players to be great in each category. That’s not realistic. The measuring sticks are the league average and the league maximum. How does Player A compare to the average fantasy player? If he is above average, how close is he to being the best? And how does the best compare to the average? Lots of factors, but the FSPI factors it all for you. If you dominate a category the way Steve Nash does assists, your player will get a very high score for that stat (Nash has a .86). No player is dominant in every category. Sometimes, average is ok. In that case, your player gets a 0.0. Higher is good, lower is bad.

What better way to introduce a new rating system than with an NBA All-Star Rotisserie Team? I am not going to allow personal feelings to influence who will and won’t make this squad. If I did, Andrew Bogut and TJ Ford would be starting. No, I am relying solely on the system. The only liberties I have taken have to do with position. Several players have multiple position eligibility and I have used this to help formulate the roster. Unfortunately for Elton Brand and Kevin Garnett (the third and fourth rated players) the top two players (Shawn Marion and LeBron James) qualify at their positions. I did what I could, but I’m not about to slide Elton Brand in at point guard and hope you don’t notice. I started out with a roster of starters and back-ups. The sentimental side of me saw too many players left off of the squad. I moved to three deep. And then four. And now, here we are – the “keep everyone happy” version of the All-Star squad. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the Top 25:

* Also on NBA All-Star Team
POINT GUARD

Starter: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns (7th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.25 0.26 0.36 0.11 0.86 0.15 -0.08 0.42 0.29
Last season, some considered Nash’s official arrival a fluke. All he did this season was get better. His scoring is up nearly four points to 19.3 and he drops 1.8 three-pointers per game. This is in addition to his staggering number of assists (11.1) and unusually high percentages (48.9% from the field and 92.7% from the charity stripe). He doesn’t block many shots, but Nash is above the league average in every other major statistical category.

Backup: Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards (8th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.15 0.28 0.60 0.04 0.39 0.49 0.01 0.55 0.28
He may hurt you in field goal percentage, but Arenas easily makes up for that in points, steals, and 3-pointers in particular.

Honorable Mention #1: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers (12th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.03 0.21 0.72 0.01 0.50 0.57 -0.06 0.16 0.26
Funny how Iverson has been oddly “quiet” this year due to the attention drawn to Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Kobe and LeBron may be the media darlings, but Iverson may be putting up his best fantasy numbers yet.

Honorable Mention #2: Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets (13th Overall)
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.14 0.04 0.21 0.31 0.56 0.56 0.01 0.44 0.25
Heading into this season, I kept on hearing about Jason Kidd’s age and how he was bound for a down year. Not happening.

Honorable Mention #3: Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons (16th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.13 0.40 0.34 0.01 0.63 0.04 -0.09 0.53 0.21
He’s an MVP candidate, so Billups has to be on this list, right?

SHOOTING GUARD

Starter: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (5th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.07 0.37 0.79 0.17 0.26 0.46 0.02 0.49 0.31
Yes, Kobe scores a lot of points. A lot, and they keep on comin’. If he had maintained his prior levels of assists, steals, blocks and rebounds, Kobe would likely be 1st overall on this list.

Backup: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (6th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.31 0.16 0.58 0.22 0.47 0.55 0.17 -0.09 0.30
If Wade could only shoot some three-pointers, he would be the ultimate fantasy package. Not that you can get greedy with the sixth overall fantasy player.

Honorable Mention #1: Ray Allen, Seattle Sonics (9th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.05 0.25 0.50 0.08 0.16 0.39 -0.05 0.88 0.27
If you own Ray Allen, you are most likely leading your league in three-pointers made. If you don’t, you have to come up with more creative ways to fill up this category. And chances are that your Ray-less team is looking up at the leader in three-pointers.

Honorable Mention #2: Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets (20th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.06 0.20 0.46 0.21 0.27 0.25 0.07 0.26 0.21
There was a time when Vince Carter was compared to Michael Jordan. One poor season in Toronto put an end to that, but a change of scenery reinvigorated this superstar’s career.

Honorable Mention #3: Chris Paul, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (21st Overall)
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.08 0.17 0.24 0.18 0.54 0.64 -0.09 0.05 0.21
Ok, he’s more of a point guard, but he qualifies at the two as well. Paul is likely on more top rosters than any player due to the fact that he was most often acquired on the cheap as opposed to the high picks necessary to acquire most of these other studs.

SMALL FORWARD

Starter: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (2nd Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.31 -0.03 0.70 0.31 0.46 0.47 0.18 0.38 0.35
Even King James isn’t perfect. His sub-par free throw percentage prevents him from being the top fantasy player in the Association.

Backup: Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics (11th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.19 0.12 0.56 0.32 0.27 0.39 0.01 0.27 0.27
Paul Pierce was a fantasy force a few years back and then slipped back with a couple of off-years (for him anyway). His main liability in recent years was shooting percentage. Now that he’s making nearly 48% of his shots, Pierce has morphed into the total package – he is above average in every single category.

Honorable Mention #1: Rashard Lewis, Seattle Sonics (14th Overall)
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.13 0.17 0.41 0.18 0.08 0.32 0.11 0.45 0.23
While Pierce can help you with bigger numbers in individual categories, Rashard Lewis may be the most well-rounded player you don’t hear nearly enough about. He won’t dazzle you anywhere, but is one of those players who can be quietly yanked away in a season-saving deal.

Honorable Mention #2: Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks (24th Overall)
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.06 0.30 0.50 0.10 0.13 0.23 -0.12 0.44 0.19
You know what you get with Redd: points and three-pointers. May not be a stud anywhere else, but the guy won’t hurt you.

Honorable Mention #3: Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks (25th Overall)
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.05 0.06 0.35 0.07 0.40 0.30 0.01 0.26 0.19
Sometimes a point guard, sometimes a shooting guard… luckily, he also plays some small forward so that he can make this list. Another eight-category player who won’t dominate any categories but can be the difference maker.

POWER FORWARD

Starter: Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns (1st Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.39 0.05 0.41 0.70 0.02 0.59 0.50 0.23 0.36
Alright, maybe Marion is more of a small forward, but we’ve gotta fit everyone in here somehow. LeBron James is not the “King” of the fantasy world. That label – by a very small fraction – is given to Shawn Marion. Marion is posting career highs in points, blocks, rebounds and field goal percentage.

Backup: Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers (3rd Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.52 0.11 0.51 0.55 0.10 0.17 0.70 -0.12 0.32
After averaging 20.0 points for two consecutive seasons, Brand has taken his game to another level this season. Brand has always been an automatic 10 rebounds with 50% from the field, but now he’s filling it up at a 25-point per game clip.

Honorable Mention #1: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota T-Wolves (4th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.49 0.12 0.42 0.71 0.26 0.27 0.31 -0.09 0.31
Honorable mention? Really? In the past, Garnett was the fantasy king regardless of position. This season, he slips three slots but falls to honorable mention at his own position. Garnett’s numbers are down in just about every major statistical category, but not enough to keep him from being a perennial fantasy beast.

Honorable Mention #2: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (10th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.18 0.38 0.53 0.42 0.10 0.04 0.21 0.30 0.27
Dirk is another one of those rare eight-category monsters. His steals and rebounds are down and he lost center eligibility in most leagues, but Nowitzki is still a top-10 force.

Honorable Mention #3: Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz (17th Overall)
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.05 -0.11 0.20 0.36 0.20 0.37 0.70 0.04 0.21
Kirilenko is having a great year statistically when healthy, but what has gone unnoticed is his decline in the percentages. He’s a great player, but AK-47 has lost that all-around edge that he’s had in the past.

CENTER

Starter: Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors (15th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.37 0.22 0.45 0.49 0.09 0.04 0.24 -0.12 0.22
Who is the best fantasy center in the NBA? Tim Duncan? Shaquille O’Neal? Ah, no. It’s our man, Chris Bosh. The nice thing about Bosh as opposed to most big men is that he won’t hurt you from the charity stripe.

Backup: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs (18th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.22 -0.22 0.35 0.66 0.13 0.10 0.53 -0.12 0.21
Duncan’s Achilles’ heal has always been free throw shooting. It’s the skill that keeps him from being a top-10 fantasy performer.

Honorable Mention #1: Rasheed Wallace, Detroit Pistons (19th Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
-0.08 -0.02 0.23 0.28 0.09 0.23 0.43 0.50 0.21
He may not be scoring as many points as he once did, but Wallace qualifies at center in most leagues. It would be nice to see some more boards, but having a three-point shooting big man is a rare commodity.

Honorable Mention #2: Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets (22nd Overall)
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.13 0.00 0.14 0.53 -0.03 0.28 0.66 -0.12 0.20
Oh, if he could only stay healthy…

Honorable Mention #3: Pau Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (23rd Overall)*
FG FT Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3Pt Total
0.20 -0.14 0.37 0.49 0.25 0.00 0.54 -0.12 0.20
Points, blocks and rebounds are up for Gasol. The result? He’s a top-25 fantasy player.