The Non-All-Star Fantasy All-Stars
Well, here's how you can rectify things.
Make your own big deals.
If your fantasy basketball league is still allowing trades for another week or two, now might be a great time to grab some last-minute bargains at high-value returns.
We just had the All-Star Game. The trading deadline is now behind us. And there are plenty of good hoopers out there who have been quietly flying under the radar, while the big names have been dominating headlines all month long.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the men who got no All-Star love this year. These guys don't have the superstar names, so unlike the stars that owners glom on to, you might be able to get them at a good rate.
With that said, meet the best of the rest: the 2012-13 Non-All-Star Fantasy Stars squad, selected from the top fantasy hoopers who didn't play in the 2013 All-Star Game last Sunday.
C AL JEFFERSON, JAZZ: Big Al is an 18 & 9 guy, whose point and rebound totals both rate in the Top 20 (954 points rank 19th, while 507 rebounds rank 11th). Perhaps most impressive, though, is how the 28-year-old center only averages 1.2 turnovers a game. Jefferson's name is on the trading block this next week, but don't worry too much about it--the Jazz center will put up numbers wherever he goes ... 21.24 Player Efficiency Rating, 1775 minutes
C GREG MONROE, PISTONS: The 16 & 10 Piston is a monster on the boards, y'all, grabbing 538 rebounds this season to rank 8th in the NBA. That takes some of the tarnish off his 164 turnovers that are 7th worst in the league. But his overall numbers make him worth it, not to mention his valued youth (22 years old), if you happen to be in a keeper league ... 19.82 PER, 1841 minutes
C DEMARCUS COUSINS, KINGS: Speaking of youth, Cousins has keeper value as well, putting up 17 & 10 every night, ranking 12th in the NBA with 496 total rebounds. Also like Monroe, the King center is heavy on the turnovers, making 154, which is 12th worst in the league. But he is an uncharacteristic big who gets steals too, logging 78 thefts, which ranks 17th in the NBA ... 20.37 PER, 1567 minutes
C MARC GASOL, GRIZZLIES: The 2012 All-Star is only a 14 & 8 guy, but the Grizzly center is on this list because he fills up stat sheet with volume and efficiency, best noted by his 89 blocks, which ranks 8th in the NBA. Don't be surprised if the 28 year old's scoring average rises with the second-half absence of Rudy Gay ... 18.72 PER, 1825 minutes
PF PAUL MILLSAP, JAZZ: Millsap may be the most balanced player in the NBA, doing everything and doing everything very well. That's why the power forward was such a hot trading commodity at the deadline and why the Jazz ultimately refrained from trading him. Millsap averages 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block per game. The 28-year-old power forward, like his teammate Jefferson, may be traded, but he too is sure to put up good numbers wherever he lands ... 20.56 PER, 1675 minutes
PF DAVID WEST, PACERS: The two-time All-Star is a 17 & 8 power forward, who--like MIllsap--can fill up each category, also averaging 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block per game. The 32-year-old Pacer's durability has been amazing in Indiana. Since signing on the dotted line two seasons ago, he hadn't missed a game until Wednesday ... 20.08 PER, 1776 minutes
SF PAUL PIERCE, CELTICS: The 10-time All-Star might be someone you might want to pursue. The 35-year-old Pierce has always been able to score this season, averaging 19 points per game for a total of 996 points, which ranks 14th in the NBA. But with Rondo out, Pierce has seen his rebound (from 6 to 8) and assist averages (from 4 to 7) both rise in the past 11 games before the break ... 18.12 PER, 1838 minutes
SF NICOLAS BATUM, TRAIL BLAZERS: The 24-year-old Batum is filling up the stat sheet this season at a career-best level in every category, averaging 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block per game. Unfortunately, he is making turnovers too, with 154 that ranks 13th worst in the league. Thankfully, his ability to make 3s (122, which ranks 5th) and free throws (.856 percentage ranks 17th) makes him more asset than liability ... 16.37 PER, 2053 minutes
SG O.J. MAYO, MAVERICKS: It's been interesting to see O.J. Mayo's scoring average barely drop since the return of Dirk Nowitzki to the lineup. The 25-year-old Mav averages 18 for a total of 942 points, which ranks 21st. Mayo will also help you at the free-throw line, making 85.6 percent, which ranks 20th in the NBA. That said, keep in mind he can hurt you with 148 turnovers this season, which is the 19th worst . But all in all, he's the best non-Star shooting guard you'll find in fantasy basketball ... 16.33 PER, 1899 minutes
SG RAMON SESSIONS, BOBCATS: Sessions, who has been a point guard his whole career, is converting nicely to the shooting guard role he has to assume when playing alongside Kemba Walker. The 26-year-old combo guard is averaging a career-high 15 points per game, and he's getting a third of those points at the free-throw-line, where he is shooting a career-best 84.6 percent ... 18.71 PER, 1497 minutes
PG STEPHEN CURRY, WARRIORS: Curry is averaging 21 points and 7 assists, with numbers that resonate with the leaders--1056 points ranks 9th in the NBA, while 331 assists rate 14th. And while running the point position properly, the 24-year-old Warrior is also putting on a shooting clinic, with a league-leading .905 free throw percentage, along with 155 three-pointers, which ranks 2nd in the NBA ... 20.00 PER, 1880 minutes
PG KEMBA WALKER, BOBCATS: Walker has to be on the short list of candidates you have to watch for the Most Improved award, with his 302 assists ranking 19th and 100 steals rating 7th in the NBA. After all, his 17 point and 6 assist averages are a significant improvement from his rookie numbers of 12 & 4. It's even more significant when you consider the 22-year-old point guard is putting up his 2012-13 statistics more efficiently ... 18.88 PER, 1871 minutes