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Best Point Guards Available in 2011-12 Season: Fantasy Basketball Report
Fantasy basketball point guards aren't as easy to draft as they used to be, because there simply aren't a large number of them that get double-digits in assists. It's been like that for a couple of years, and it has forced fantasy basketball owners to sometimes sacrifice easy assists in order to get more scoring from the position.
It's still important to make sure that if a fantasy point guard isn't getting a lot of assists, that he is at least getting a high number of three-pointers and shooting a good percentage from all spots on the floor. Steals are a bonus and if it is a point guard that doesn't turn the ball over, that is just further icing on the cake.
Below are the five best all-around point guards that should come off the board first in fantasy basketball drafts. It's a deep position, probably the deepest in the NBA, so missing the top-tier isn't going to kill your fantasy team this year either.
5 Best Fantasy Basketball Point Guards
Williams has been turned loose in the Nets offense, and he is ready to have his best statistical season in the NBA. That could make him the most valuable point guard out there, especially because he could easily average more than 20 points and more than 10 points per game this year. His only downside is the turnovers he commits, but he could really fill up the stat sheets for a Nets team that needs points.
If Paul stays healthy, he will likely put up really good statistics once again. Last year he saw dips in his averages though, scoring just 15.9 points, dishing 9.8 assists and posting 2.4 steals per night. There is a risk with Paul though, especially if he gets traded, because he could go to a team that takes away scoring opportunities.
Rose won the NBA MVP Award with averages of 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. There is no reason to think that those numbers won't remain pretty good, especially because he is the sole leader of that team. Expect him to fill up the stat sheet and not miss any games during the 2011-12 season.
A lot was made about Westbrook attempting so many shots last year, but he still knows how to score points. He averaged 21.9 per game to go along with 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds. The bigger problem for fantasy owners is that he doesn't shoot three-pointers at a good percentage, and only made 34 over 82 games last year. That makes him a liability for that category as well as for turnovers (3.9 per game) so approach him with caution and a Plan B.
Curry is more valuable than he gets credit for, especially because he shoots 48 percent from the field, 93 percent from the line and hit 151 three-pointers last year. He needs to get more assists than 5.8 per game, but the addition of Klay Thompson(notes) could certainly help spread the floor even more for Golden State this year. With a healthy David Lee(notes) down low, it should also increase the second-chance points for the team.
Players to Keep an Eye On
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