If you’re into fantasy sports and have never played fantasy basketball, you should know that fantasy basketball is a great way to fill the void between football and baseball seasons. I actually like fantasy basketball the most because I think there’s less luck involved than football (10 weekends vs 81 games) and it isn’t as long as fantasy baseball.
That’s not to say luck isn’t involved in fantasy basketball. There are always surprise injuries to big name stars and when some players get traded, their stock shoots way up or down. You can’t account for luck though so you better be prepared to have a great draft.
After 5 years of fantasy basketball I can safely say assists and blocks are the two hardest categories to come by. Very few players put up numbers in either stat exceptionally well, and only two (Dwayne Wade and Lebron James) can do both.
For the record, if you have first pick, you pick Lebron James. No question about it. If you have second pick and he is somehow available, congratulations.
When it comes to assists, the players that do it better than the rest are Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo and Steve Nash. If you can get any of these players on your team assists suddenly won’t be such a concern.
If you are looking for someone who blocks well, Dwight Howard is far and away the best. His free throw percentage is extremely detrimental to your team though, so I’d go for someone else like Pau Gasol or Lamarcus Aldridge.
Another important stat to look out for is steals. Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul are great because in addition to their high assist numbers they are both top 5 in the league in steals (when healthy). Manu Ginobili is another great option who does a little bit of everything, including steals.
Lastly, turnovers are the stat that usually end up costing rookie GM’s a lot of ground. You want players on your team with a turnover rate of under 3.0 a game. If someone is averaging 2.0 turnovers a game, that actually helps your team. Anything over 3.0, however is trouble and will hurt your team in the long run.
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