Fantasy Basketball for Dummies: Picks 9-12

Picks 1 through 3 can be found here, and 4-8 can be found here

#9- Deron Williams

40.7% FG, 84.3% FT, 2.1 3PG, 3.3 RPG, 8.8 APG, 4.0 TO,1.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 21.0 PPG

Deron Williams kills you in the stats he isn’t good at and he kills it in the stats he is good at. Since his days in Utah his field goal percentages have been absolutely terrible. Last season with New Jersey he averaged 34.9% shooting over twelve games. This year he averaged 40.7% over 55 games. An incomplete season and awful shooting on 17.5 attempts. He led the league in turnovers and to cap it all off he played a season low minutes since his rookie year.

Risky right?

Well nothing is set in stone until the free-agency period ends, and odds are he won’t be a Brooklyn Net next season. For now though he’s a Net, so let’s pretend that he’s a Net next season too. This year he made 2.1 threes per game, a career high despite his drop in field goal percentage. As the only reliable scoring option his points per game also went up while his assists took a hit.

For the sake of Deron Williams I hope he leaves the Nets for a better team, his assists dropped like a stone when he was in New Jersey so it would be nice to see him back on a team that can put the ball in the hoop.

#10- Carmelo Anthony

43.0% FG, 80.4% FT, 1.2 3PG, 6.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 2.6 TO, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 22.6 PPG.

The New York experiment has failed.

After bringing in piece after piece after piece the Knicks still don’t seem to be winning at the pace their roster suggests they should. The return of Lin may bring the Knicks back to prominence but it is hard to pin much hope on a pair of knees that gave out after a month of play.

Anthony is an absolute beast on the offensive end, the only other person who can score as easily as him is probably Kevin Durant. That’s why it’s surprising to see his points per game fall by nearly 4 a game while still shooting around the clip per game. He has been a better 3-point shooter but that can be chalked up to his increase in three-point attempts as well. If you shoot more you’re bound to get one in right?

Carmelo still rebounds and assists well and he keeps his turnovers reasonably low for his usage rate.

The state of the Knicks is in a flux right now, I expect them to make some more moves to get the perfect team. Will Carmelo Anthony be a part of it? Most likely, but, it’s the other parts that will determine his fantasy value.

#11- Andrew Bynum

55.8% FG, 69.2% FT, 0.0 3PG, 11.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 2.5 TO, 0.5 SPG, 1.9 BPG, 18.7 PPG

Andrew Bynum put together a career year this season. Nominated to be the starting center of the Western All-Star Team, many people felt that he should be taking the game-winning shots instead of Kobe.

Bynum gives you stellar big man numbers. Excellent field goal percentages, double digit rebounds, and well-above averages in blocks and points.

Some people think that he may be on his way out of Los Angeles to make room for an even bigger Magical center, and if that were to happen his usage in Orlando would sky-rocket. However you always have to be aware that his knees aren’t in the best shape. He has only played a single full season in his second year and since then he has missed 130 games over 5 seasons. He did look very-good on court this year though and dominated in the paint.

Next to Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum is the best pure center in the game. If you get a late draft pick and like building around big-man numbers then you better get your hands on Andrew Bynum. Just cross your fingers that he doesn’t try to go all Ray Allen on you.

#12- Al Jefferson

49.2% FG, 77.4%FT, 0 3PG, 9.6 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.0 TO, 0.8 SPG, 1.7 BPG, 19.2 PPG

Al Jefferson puts up amazing numbers while never really hurting you anywhere. He doesn’t get any threes but we can let that slide considering the position he plays.

After missing much of the 08-09 season from injury, Jefferson has come back strong to play consistent minutes without missing many games. The best thing about Big Al, is that he averages just a single turnover a game. For someone who scores at that rate while still managing to throw in a few assists, it’s really amazing that he is able to do that. An increase in free-throw percentages really put the icing on the cake and the fact that he is only 27 this year puts him at his prime.

Rumours that Paul Millsap is on his way out only boosts Jefferson’s value on the Utah Jazz. Although incredibly underrated, Al Jefferson gets my pick because of his ability to do everything efficiently under the radar.



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