Fantasy Basketball for Dummies: 17-20

Picks 1 through 3 can be found here, and 4-8 can be found here, 9-12 can be found here, 13-16 can be found here.

#17- Danny Granger

41.6% FG, 87.3% FG,  2.0 3PG, 5.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 2.8 TO, 1.0 SPG, 0.7 BPG, 18.8 PPG

Another year and another poor year for Danny Granger. Since his stellar year in 08/09, Granger’s overall game has further fallen. Long been heralded as a top 10 for his all-around game, it’s sad to see this versatile player become worse and worse.

Statistically it’s hard to believe that Granger has peaked in his 4th year in the league. The resurgence of the Pacers has occurred without the aid of Granger so it may be time to see him on his way out of Indiana. With blossoming young guns in Paul George, George Hill, Darren Collison, and Psycho-T  Tyler Hansborough expect this versatile swingman to be playing for another team next season.

This change in venue is probably a good thing for Granger though, hopefully he can bring his field goal percentage up a bit and further utilise his skills in the paint. Although Granger can sink three’s like the best of them, he is a very under-rated post player. This season he settled for too many jump shots and it can be seen in the drop in his field goal percentage. His drop in turnover is evened out by his drop in assists, but his overall stat-line is still too good to go any later than this.

#18- Rudy Gay

45.5% FG, 79.1% FT, 0.8 3PG, 6.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.5 TO, 1.5 SPG, 0.9 BPG, 19.0 PPG

Rudy Gay’s stat line is very similar to Danny Granger’s. If it were to come down to choosing between the two it would really be who do you want to risk it on? Granger is the riskier choice with more volatility in his numbers but with the higher upside.

Gay on the other hand is the safer bet. However his status next season is in a flux so it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up. Nothing really stands out in Gay’s stats but it’s ok cause nothing looks insignificant either. Chipping in efficiently at every category is a nice luxury to have with Rudy Gay on your team.

#19- LaMarcus Aldridge

51.2% FG, 81.2% FT, 0 3PG, 8.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 2.0 TO, 0.9 SPG, 0.8 BPG, 21.7 PPG

People have heralded LaMarcus Aldridge as being an absolute monster this year. With Brandon Roy and Greg Oden destroying any hopes the Trailblazers had of emerging as a championship contender. LaMarcus has stepped up to be that franchise player for the Blazers. As a power-forward/ center. He gives you everything you could want. With nearly a block and steal per game, don’t be surprised to see his numbers move up even more this season as Nicolas Batum and Wes Matthews continue to improve.

Be wary of his injury though, he went down late last season and required season ending hip surgery so don’t be surprised if he’s a bit rusty out of the gates.

#20-Demarcus Cousins

44.8% FG, 70.2% FT, 0 3PG, 11.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 2.7 TO, 1.5 SPG, 1.2 BPG, 18.1 PPG

Demarcus Cousins has improved in almost every singly aspect of his game. His percentages are up from last season as are his points, steals, blocks. Only his assists took a bit of a hit, but he alleviates that by also lowering his turnovers.

My biggest fear with Cousins is his personality and foul trouble. Last season he was sent home for his poor practice attitude and many believe that the coaching change-up in Sacramento was because of Cousins. He also averages 4 fouls a game, constantly having so many fouls against you can drastically alter your on-court demeanour so it would be nice to see him cut back on the fouls.

Considering it’s only his second year, he still has endless potential. Expect his mediocre field goal percentage to rise and his fouls to decrease as he continues to learn the game.

Recap

  1. Lebron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Chris Paul
  4. Kevin Love
  5. Dwight Howard
  6. Russell Westbrook
  7. Dwyane Wade
  8. Kobe Bryant
  9. Deron Williams
  10. Carmelo Anthony
  11. Andrew Bynum
  12. Al Jefferson
  13. Dirk Nowitzki
  14. Pau Gasol
  15. Josh Smith
  16. Paul Millsap
  17. Danny Granger
  18. Rudy Gay
  19. Lamarcus Aldridge
  20. Demarcus Cousins
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