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Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 2:59 pm  |  14 responses

2011 Fantasy All-Stars!

Where three Warriors happens.

by Charles Peach / @Charles_Peach

Since the All-Star squads have been named, the moment is right to shout-out those who have earned stardom in the fantasy realm. No fan voting, superstar reputations, or ‘lifetime achievement’ nominations will skew these lineups. Players are rewarded for their stats, plain and simple.

I love putting these together to see who deserves All-Star nods based completely on production. Looking back at last year’s column, I was shocked to see that Mo Williams and Troy Murphy both made the Eastern reserves. Believe it or not, they were both ballin’ at this time last season. This year… well, let’s just say it’s not their year.

A few things to know before reading:

A) These are based on the standard nine fantasy categories: Field Goal Percentage (FG%), Free-Throw Percentage (FT%), Points Scored (ppg), Assists (apg), Rebounds (rpg), Steals (spg), Blocks (bpg), Three-Pointers Made (3pg), and Turnovers (tpg).

B) Amount of games played is strongly considered. No one who misses a huge chunk of time (e.g., Joakim Noah) is eligible. Also, if a player has missed a few games it might mean the difference between being a starter or a reserve (looking at you, Steph Curry).

C) Just like the real All-Stars, each conference has its five starters along with seven reserves. I try to stay true to the position requirements, though it’s easier in fantasy because players like LaMarcus Aldridge qualify as centers.

D) Look, I’ll just tell you now; you won’t find Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin on these All-Star rosters. If you punt free throws, more power to you. But the following players don’t necessitate any punting – sorta like Aaron Rodgers.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Starters:

G Chris Paul [49.1 FG%, 90.5 FT%, 16.7 ppg, 9.7 apg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 spg, 0.1 bpg, 1.1 3pg, 2.4 tpg] What more can you say about this guy? He’s right back to being the highest-ranked fantasy player. Somehow he manages to minimize his turnovers while dropping dimes at an elite rate. He also leads the league in steals.

G Deron Williams [46.4 FG%, 85.8 FT%, 21.9 ppg, 9.5 apg, 3.6 rpg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 1.8 3pg, 3.6 tpg] Another fantastic year for DWill. As you can tell from the two starting guards in the West, assists are very important. Lots of guys can score, but when you have one of the few guys in the league that’s consistently dishing it out like this, your fantasy team is in good hands.

F Kevin Durant [47.1 FG%, 88.3 FT%, 29 ppg, 2.8 apg, 7 rpg, 1.1 spg, 1 bpg, 1.8 3pg, 3.2 tpg] The number one pick in most drafts is rewarding his owners for making the commitment. He started the season slowly, but has been on a tear lately. It took until Christmas for him to drop his first 40-point game, and since then he’s had four more.

F Kevin Love [47.1 FG%, 87 FT%, 21.3 ppg, 2.5 apg, 15.6 rpg, 0.6 spg, 0.3 bpg, 1.4 3pg, 2.3 tpg] Don’t worry, Kevin. You don’t have to wait for a phone call later in the week to get on this roster. You are a fantasy stud. Whoever stole this guy in your draft is likely sitting around the top of the standings. Yes, the rebounding is absolutely remarkable, but how about that three-point shooting? He has to be the League’s MIP this year.

C Pau Gasol [52.5 FG%, 82.3 FT%, 18.7 ppg, 3.6 apg, 10.5 rpg, 0.6 spg, 1.9 bpg, 0.0 3pg, 1.9 tpg] Pau gives you exactly what you want from a center, and then some. Along with the points, boards, and blocks, he’s a great passer and free throw shooter at the center position.

Reserves:

F Dirk Nowitzki [52.7 FG%, 88.4 FT%, 23.4 ppg, 2.5 apg, 6.8 rpg, 0.6 spg, 0.8 bpg, 1.1 3pg, 2 tpg] Rebounding is down a bit, but his three-ball is back.

G Stephen Curry [48 FG%, 93.8 FT%, 19.1 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 spg, 0.3 bpg, 1.9 3pg, 3 tpg] Hampered early by ankle injuries, but is starting to light it up.

G Monta Ellis [45.9 FG%, 77.3 FT%, 25.3 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 spg, 0.3 bpg, 1.6 3pg, 3.3 tpg] Having a huge season. The steals are especially satisfying.

F Dorrell Wright [43.8 FG%, 77.6 FT%, 16.8 ppg, 3.2 apg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 spg, 0.8 bpg, 2.5 3pg, 1.9 tpg] Filling it up, and leading the League in threes made.

C LaMarcus Aldridge [48.5 FG%, 77.8 FT%, 21.2 ppg, 2 apg, 9.1 rpg, 1.1 spg, 1.2 bpg, 0.1 3pg, 2.2 tpg] Welcome to Fantasyland, LA, where you are a center!

F Rudy Gay [46.7 FG%, 80.7 FT%, 20 ppg, 2.8 apg, 6.2 rpg, 1.7 spg, 1.1 bpg, 1.1 3pg, 2.5 tpg] Terrific combination of steals, blocks, and threes.

G Russell Westbrook [43.8 FG%, 85.3 FT%, 22.5 ppg, 8.6 apg, 5.1 rpg, 1.9 spg, 0.4 bpg, 0.3 3pg, 3.8 tpg] Outside the arc is the only area where he lacks.

Notable Snub (besides Griffin):

G Manu Ginobili [43 FG%, 87.6 FT%, 18.5 ppg, 4.9 apg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 spg, 0.4 bpg, 2.2 3pg, 2.4 tpg] Deserves to be on the roster, and uhhh… yeah, I really don’t have a good reason why he’s not.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Starters:

G Derrick Rose [44.5 FG%, 82.5 FT%, 24.4 ppg, 8.2 apg, 4.5 rpg, 1 spg, 0.7 bpg, 1.6 3pg, 3.5 tpg] The ’10-11 MVP? Looking like a strong possibility. He’s quieted those who’ve doubted his three-point shooting. He hit 32 threes in his first two seasons combined and has already made 77 this season.

G Dwyane Wade [49.7 FG%, 73.3 FT%, 25.4 ppg, 4.3 apg, 6.9 rpg, 1.4 spg, 1.1 bpg, 0.9 3pg, 3.2 tpg] Just your typical DWade numbers. Free throw percentage is a little low, turnovers a little high – but he does plenty elsewhere to make you forget about that quickly.

F LeBron James [48.2 FG%, 76.6 FT%, 26.1 ppg, 7.3 apg, 7.2 rpg, 1.5 spg, 0.6 bpg, 1.3 3pg, 3.7 tpg] Heading towards finishing with at least 20-7-7 for the fourth straight season. Those numbers put him in a class with guys named Oscar, Magic, Larry, and Air. Recently, he gave owners 51 reasons to be happy. When you look at where Cleveland was last season and look at them now, it’s difficult to not call Bron the MVP.

F Amar’e Stoudemire [50.5 FG%, 78.7 FT%, 26.3 ppg, 2.7 apg, 8.7 rpg, 1 spg, 2.2 bpg, 0.2 3pg, 3.4 tpg] Part of me believed his numbers would take a hit without Steve Nash feeding him the rock, but Mike D’Antoni and Raymond Felton have squashed all of that logic. In fact, Stoudemire is enjoying a career-high scoring average this season.

C Al Horford [56.9 FG%, 82.0 FT%, 16.2 ppg, 3.6 apg, 9.9 rpg, 0.7 spg, 1.1 bpg, 0.0 3pg, 1.4 tpg] Has to be the most quietly effective player in the game. You hear so little about him, but he’s such an efficient, young talent that keeps improving. He leads all centers in the NBA in assists.

Reserves:

F Kevin Garnett [53.2 FG%, 84.3 FT%, 15 ppg, 2.3 apg, 8.9 rpg, 1.6 spg, 0.7 bpg, 0.0 3pg, 1.6 tpg] The guy just gets it done. Posts sturdy numbers and doesn’t hurt you anywhere but in the three-point department, which is reasonable.

F Paul Pierce [50.8 FG%, 84.8 FT%, 18.9 ppg, 3.3 apg, 5 rpg, 1 spg, 0.6 bpg, 1.4 3pg, 1.9 tpg] Much like his aforementioned teammate, very solid across the board and really has no weakness.

C Elton Brand [52.5 FG%, 78.6 FT%, 15.6 ppg, 1.4 apg, 8.7 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg, 0.0 3pg, 1.4 tpg] Great to see the Sixers finally getting a return on their investment.

F Josh Smith [47.1 FG%, 73.4 FT%, 16.3 ppg, 3.5 apg, 8.9 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.8 bpg, 0.7 3pg, 2.7 tpg] His career-highs in free throw percentage and three-point percentage are encouraging.

G Raymond Felton [42.3 FG%, 86.5 FT%, 17.2 ppg, 8.9 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 spg, 0.2 bpg, 1.6 3pg, 3.2 tpg] He’s been a tremendous fit, running the point for the Knicks.

G Ray Allen [50.6 FG%, 85.5 FT%, 17.3 ppg, 2.9 apg, 3.6 rpg, 0.9 spg, 0.2 bpg, 2.3 3pg, 1.5 tpg] Anytime you see a guy that hits two threes per game and shoots 50 percent, it’s a good sign.

F Danny Granger [42.2 FG%, 84.9 FT%, 20.9 ppg, 2.8 apg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 spg, 0.9 bpg, 2.1 3pg, 2.7 tpg] Despite his poor shooting, he still makes the roster in the East.

Notable Snub (besides Howard):

G Rajon Rondo [51.6 FG%, 54.8 FT%, 10.9 ppg, 12.4 apg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 spg, 0.2 bpg, 0.2 3pg, 3.9 tpg] The assists have been gaudy. However, the lack of threes, high turnovers, poor free throw shooting, and the 11 games he missed are all working against him.

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  • AJ Moghaddam

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Although I understand why you would leave Howard out. I can’t help but think you can counter it with people like Kevin Martin, Eric Gordon, Westbrook, or even Lou for bench. I think I will try that next year and see how it goes. Hhaha.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    I really think Dwight Howard should be on there. Sure he’s an albatross with his FT shooting and TOs, but he helps dominate in other categories for H2H leagues.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Pooh looks like he’s picking his nose in that pic.
    And Moghaddam it might help if you had an actual cell phone number dude.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Three Warriors, no wins. Real wins, anyways.

  • Michael

    Isn’t Kobne averageing 25, 5, and 5 in 33 minutes.

  • Bojangles

    If you had more notable snubs I think my man Eric Gordon should get some love.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    @AJ Moghaddam: unfortunately all my money is going to a Nigerian banker who promised me a gold bracelet. Otherwise I would.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    @Charles: Waiver Wire All Stars? For me they were Wesley Mathews and DJ Augustine (post Larry Brown). Anyone else have others? Criteria: once picked up, they were never dropped.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    @Michael NZ. Dorrell Wright, Antawn Jamison. lol

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Jamison AND Wright off waivers?! Nicely done. You’d be first place I hope niQ.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    In one league I’m second. In another league I’m like 6th. Sad.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Charles Peach

    @niQ: I agree that you can counter his bad ft %, but he requires you to build a team based around his bad ft % instead of just building an all-around, strong team.
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    @JL: He dominates rebounds & blocks. Decimates ft’s & to’s.
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    @Michael: Yeah, Kobe’s on the long list of Western Conf. players who are very deserving but there’s not enough room.
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    @Bojangles: Yup, Eric Gordon would’ve been an easy pick… if he was in the East.
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    @Michael NZ: Good call. Gortat, Humphries, Afflalo, Monroe, Fields – would be a few that I’d toss into that group.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    ” If you punt free throws, more power to you. But the following players don’t necessitate any punting – sorta like Aaron Rodgers.” Nice with the nouns, slick with the verbs.

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