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Top 10 Fantasy Basketball Picks

Top 10 Fantasy Basketball Picks

Table of Contents


  1. Giannis Antetokompo
  2. James Harden
  3. Anthony Davis
  4. LeBron James
  5. Luka Doncic
  6. Damian Lillard
  7. Karl Anthony-Towns
  8. Kawhi Leonard
  9. Nikola Jokic
  10. Russell Westbrook

1. Giannis Antetokompo

Giannis Antetokompo has emerged as one of the most dominant all around players in the NBA in the last few seasons. He has the size of a center and the court vision and ball handling abilities of a point guard which makes him one of the most unique players in NBA history. In fact, he is nicknamed "The Greek Freak" because of how unprecedented his abilities are. What makes Giannis stand out from a fantasy standpoint is his ability to excel in all 9 of the fantasy basketball statistical categories which is extremely rare. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Giannis was the number one fantasy point earner in the league, ranking top 5 in points per game and rebounds per game. He averaged 29.6 points per game, 13.7 rebounds per game and 5.8 assists per game.


2. James Harden

James Harden is a shooting guard for the Houston Rockets and is one of the most explosive scorers that the league has ever seen. Harden is known for his offensive abilities and in particular, his three point shooting. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Harden was leading the league in points per game averaging 34.4 points per game which is 4 more than the runner up. Harden was also leading the league in three pointers made per game with 4.4. Although Harden is known for his scoring, he also averages 6.4 rebounds per game and 7.4 assists per game which is way above average for a shooting guard. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Harden was the number two fantasy point earner in the league. Harden is an electrifying offensive player and the most dangerous scorer in the league.


3. Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is a power forward that plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. Playing alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis has developed a three point shot to add to his identity of being a dominant interior defender, rebounder and scorer. Standing at 6'10", Davis is one of the most dominant interior players in the NBA. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, he was top five in blocks per game and averaging 9.4 rebounds per game. Davis is not limited to being a rim protector, he was also top ten in points per game, averaging 26.7. Since joining the Lakers and teaming up with LeBron James, Davis has also added a three point shot to his arsenal averaging 1.2 per game. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Davis was the number five fantasy point earner in the league.


4. LeBron James

LeBron James is a small forward who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James is widely regarded as the best player in the NBA, and at 35, he still shows no signs of slowing down. LeBron is an all around superstar and like Giannis, excels in all 9 fantasy basketball categories. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, LeBron was leading the league in assists per game with 10.6. LeBron was also averaging 25.7 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game and shooting 49.8% from the field. LeBron's experience and consistency make him one of the most reliable players in fantasy basketball. In addition, his partnership with Anthony Davis is one of the best in the NBA and has enabled both of them to excel. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, LeBron was the number four fantasy point earner in the league.


5. Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic is a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks and is one of the most unique players in the NBA. At just 21 years old, the Slovenian born superstar is living out his dream of playing in the NBA. Doncic is a 6'7" point guard which in combination with his incredible skill and intelligence, helps him excel in a lot of different fantasy categories. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Doncic ranked top 6 in points per game and assists per game. He averaged 28.7 points per game, 8.7 assists per game and 9.4 rebounds per game, almost averaging a triple double. His versatility and intelligence as a player is unprecedented and he is emerging as one of the biggest stars in the NBA. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Doncic was the number three fantasy point earner in the league.


6. Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard is a point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers and is one of the most exciting guards in the league. Lillard is one of the best shooters in the league. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Lillard ranked second in the league in three pointers made per game and shot an impressive 39.4% from three. In addition, Lillard shot an impressive 88.8% from the free throw line and averaged 7.8 assists per game. Lillard is a dominant offensive player and has proven that he can earn fantasy points in a lot of different ways. When he is on his game, Lillard is one of the most unstoppable forces in the league. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Lillard was the number ten fantasy point earner in the league.


7. Karl Anthony-Towns

Karl Anthony-Towns is a center who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since breaking into the league, Anthony-Towns has been one of the most consistent big men in the game. He is a well rounded big man who is just as good at passing and scoring as he is at rebounding and defending. This allows him to earn fantasy points in a lot of different ways. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Anthony-Towns ranked 11th in both points and rebounds per game, averaging 26.5 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game. In addition, Anthony-Towns shot an impressive 50.8% from the field and averaged 4.4 assists per game. Anthony-Towns has also added a three pointer to his game, ranking 10th in three pointers made per game with 3.3. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Anthony-Towns was the number six fantasy point earner in the league.


8. Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard is a small forward who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. Kawhi is nicknamed "The Claw" because of his enormous hands which have helped him become one of the most dominant defensive players of all time. Kawhi is a two way star whose contributions do not always show up on the stat sheet despite being widely regarded as one of the top players in the NBA. Kawhi does it all and earns fantasy points from every angel. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Kawhi ranked top 10 in the league in points and steals. He was averaging 26.9 points per game and 1.8 steals per game. He also averaged 7.3 rebounds per game, 5 assists per game and shot 88.9% from the free throw line, proving his versatility. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Kawhi was the number eight fantasy point earner in the league.


9. Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal is a shooting guard who plays for the Washington Wizards. Beal is a dynamic scorer and has emerged as one of the best guards in the NBA in recent years. Beal is an offensive star who can score inside, outside, and from the free throw line. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Beal ranked number two in points per game, trailing only James Harden. Beal averaged 30.5 points per game and averaged 3 three pointers per game. Beal also averaged 10.4 made field goals per game, showcasing all the different ways that he can score. He also tacked on an impressive 6.1 assists per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Beal was the number twelve fantasy point earner in the league.


10. Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is a point guard who plays for the Houston Rockets. Westbrook is one of the most explosive players of all time. Westbrook has unmatched athleticism and a relentless drive that makes him one of the most dynamic scorers and tenacious defenders in the league. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Westbrook was nearly averaging a triple double. He was averaging 27.5 points per game, 8 rebounds per game and 7 assists per game. Westbrook also averaged 1.7 steals per game, proving he can bring in fantasy points on the defensive end as well. In the 2017-2018 season, Westbrook became the only player in history to average a triple double for an entire season and has not slowed down since. Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, Westbrook was the number seven fantasy point earner in the league.


FAQ

What is the best position to draft in NBA fantasy?

In the past, guards and small forwards were primarily responsible for scoring and making three pointers and the power forwards and centers were primarily responsible for playing defense and rebounding. However, in today's day and age, a lot of big men have developed three point shots and a lot of guards have begun to focus on rebounding. With that being said it is important to focus on the player and what they bring to the table rather than the position they play.

Who is the best NBA fantasy player?

Before the 2020 NBA season was put on pause, the best NBA fantasy player was Giannis Antetokoumpo. NBA fantasy is a game that is solely based on statistics which means that the player who is regarded as being the best player in the NBA will not always be the best player in fantasy. There is a definite answer to this question, however it will likely be different every season.

What are the 9 categories in fantasy basketball?

There are 9 categories in fantasy basketball. These categories are: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, three pointers, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage and turnovers. In recent years, some leagues have begun to adopt the 8 category format which leaves out turnovers. However, the 9 category format that includes all of the aforementioned categories is still considered standard for fantasy basketball and it comes down to the preference of your league.

What does ADP stand for fantasy basketball?

In fantasy basketball, ADP is an acronym that stands for Average Draft Position. ADP is a statistic that represents the average spot that a player is being selected in fantasy basketball drafts across all leagues. ADP has grown in popularity in recent years as it is a useful tool to help determine a player's value as a potential selection and the appropriate time to select a player on draft day.



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