Hey, how are ya, man? I was actually planning on getting around to this in September but, well, that didn’t happen. Life, you know how it is! Anyway, we’ll kick off the free 2014 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide with the Top 40ish Point Guards with comments but, for the time being, no projections because I don’t just give projections willy nilly you know! After that we’ll move to the Top 30ish Shooting Guards, then the Top 25ish Small Forwards, then the Top 30ish Power Forwards and, finally, the Top 25ish Centers. Then I’ll give you my Top 70ish Guards and Top 60ish Forwards. After that I’ll see if I can get you a Top 200ish Overall but, honestly, I’m not sure if I’ll have time so let’s see. Lots of ishes!
Moving to the point guard rankings, what I’m seeing up in here is some depth. I go down the list and say to myself, “Self, this list is pretty deep!” Of course, this ranking is subjective and to be used a guide and not a hard and fast ranking when drafting. For example, if you feel Patrick Beverely is better than George Hill then draft him first! Your team, man! Anyhoo, let’s get to the rankings, shall we?
1. Stephen Curry – Last year I ranked him second just behind Chris Paul because “I still can’t rank him number 1 based on injury history but you can if you want. Hey, it’s your team!”
2. Chris Paul – All I know is I owned CP3 in one H2H league last year and I really enjoyed it. He was even more fun than a cheap hooker!
3. Russell Westbrook – It’s hard to believe he’s just 25 or maybe it’s not. He does it all, he even turns it over a lot!
4. John Wall – Here’s what I told you last year when I ranked him 6th best PG: He’s still lacking the threes to get to the next level so plan accordingly if he’s your number 1 PG. Well, last year he got to the next level averaging 1.3 threes per! His career FG% didn’t even suffer. Impressive!
5. Kyrie Irving – 51, 59, 71. Those are the number of games he’s played in since 2011 not to mention he hardly played his one season at Duke due to injury. If you feel he’s going to stay healthy then bump him up ahead of Wall. If you feel he’s going to continue to be a pussy then bump below Damian Lillard. Your call. I’m taking the easy way out!
6. Damian Lillard – I don’t believe he’s ever missed a game in his career so that means I just jinxed him! Anyway, for a guy who plays around 36-37 mpg, his TOV’s are impressive. Only 2.4 per last year. Not bad! His ranking is based on that awesome durability. I like durability.
7. Mike Conley – You might be thinking, “Oh, it’s just Mike Conley, ho hum.” And you might be right! I’ll let him ho hum me to the money any day!
8. Derrick Rose – Is he better than Mike Conley? Hellz to the yes, son. But it goes without saying that Derrick isn’t exactly a pillar of health. Personally, I’m passing on him unless he really slides and that’s probably not going to happen.
9. Jeff Teague – Here’s what I told you last year when I ranked him 14th best PG: He’s not a sexy name but has a sexy game! I see him leaping a bit. Like a frog! Or something like that. He jumped! Ribbit.
10. Deron Williams – If you like names, then here you go. I got Deron Williams, yeah baby! Oh, wait. Anyway, I can see slight value here. Maybe.
11. Ty Lawson – He brings nice percents for a point guard which makes him attractive but he’s only played in 61, 73 and 62 games the last three years and that really concerns me, said Kyrie Irving. I could see some value here.
12. Kyle Lowry – Here’s what I told you last year: Kyle broke many a heart last year and like a cheated on girlfriend, I’m willing to give him one more chance because “I love him, Maury”. Value pick! Hey, if you listened to me last year and grabbed Goran Dragic and Lowry late, you probably did pretty good! (Well).
13. Goran Dragic – Here’s what I told you last year about Goran: Could be looking at a nice value pick here. I like value. This year, um, not so much. You gots to pay! Don’t reach, with Eric Bledsoe healthy and ball hog Isiaih Thomas on board to steal some minutes I expect some slight regression. He still aaigght though!
14. Jrue Holiday – Not that I’m down on Jrue but don’t forget that his one really big year in 2012-13 was on a pretty bad Philly team that also starred Spencer Hawes. Thee Spencer Hawes! He still solid though! Yo and what not.
15. Kemba Walker – He’ll bring you nice points, dimes, steals and threes. His FT is even solid! His TOVs are solid! His FG isn’t solid. Not solid, not solid, said Rainman. Rainman says there is a lot more good than bad so don’t be so damn picky!
16. Brandon Jennings – If you can stomach his 39ish FG then I see slight value with Jennings this year. His numbers took a dip last year across the board (except for the dimes) and I think that’s his floor. He also has a gold tooth and everyone should have at least one player with a gold tooth and their fantasy team!
17. Tony Parker – Tony Parker’s shit doesn’t stink! Really, it’s true. He’s that good! An oldie but goodie. Here you’re trading off steals and threes for his percents. I know. Boring!
18. Victor Oladipo – A true rising fantasy star. Don’t look at his overall numbers from his rookie year when evaluating him. In the 44 games he started last year he averaged 35.5 mpg/14.7 ppg/4.5 apg/4.6 rpg/1.9 spg/.9 3pg/.5 bpg/.400 FG/.789 FT/3.4 TOV. Consider that his floor and he should easily exceed those numbers, health permitting. Keep an eye on that knee! Just one eye is sufficient. Maybe both eyes!
19. Rajon Rondo – Yeah, I know this ranking is a bit on the low side for the great Rajon Rondo but I thought to myself, how can I justify throwing Rondo so much higher than a guy like Ricky Rubio? I mean, aren’t they kind of similar players? If you value those elite dimes and want to take the short term hit in November then go ahead and bump him up. You so cray.
20. Ricky Rubio – At this point in his career, even though he’s still a youngin’, we pretty much know what we’re going to get. He’s not suddenly going to become a 14 ppg guy and his FG% is worse than a 7th grade girl’s hoops game. He’s tremendous for steals though! Oh, and his dimes are pretty good too, not elite but good at 8ish per. Oh, and discount his 80% FT while you’re at it since he only goes to the line around 3.5x per. He’s like a butter face. Nice body though!
21. Eric Bledsoe – Here’s what I said (warned!) about Eric last year: I see him being over drafted, I really do. I don’t know, maybe it’s me but I see position and size issues. If he was so good as a two then why didn’t he play regularly alongside CP3 last year? Hmmm. I’m not reaching but that’s just me. It’s all about me! It’s still about me. Listen to me! While I do like him, with his injury history and now with IT2 on board, I’m not reaching … again. He’s a fantasy media darling but I suggest you let the game come to you!
22. Trey Burke – Poor steals and FG slightly diminish his value but would it surprise me if he can get to close to 1 spg and his FG over 40? Naw. I like his upside! Who doesn’t like upside?
23. Michael Carter-Williams – Here’s what I told you about MCW last year: Remember what Jrue Holiday did last year in Philly? Now MCW fills those shoes. Or at least he’ll have every opportunity to do so. His numbers are a bit hard to project because the kid turns the ball over more than 4 year olds playing a soccer game. Boom or bust, I’d love to have him late for the large upside. Oh, and I also correctly predicted he would win the NBA Rookie of the Year! But it’s a new year, man and he’s probably not back before December 1 at this point. Grab and stash, y’all! If you want a sneaky pick in the meantime, take a look gander at Tony Wroten and in deeper leagues, Alexey Shved.
24. Jose Calderon – Don’t let his paltry 4.7 dimes per last year fool you. He’s closer to 7 in New York. Throw in solid percents and a three or two per and you’ve got yourself a nice play. Bueno!
25. Brandon Knight – Last year I told you to grab him while other, um, experts largely laughed and ignored him. Here were my exact words: Let’s not forget that BK burger is still just 22 and outside of Luke Ridnour has little competition at point guard for the Buckaroos. Well, who’s laughing now!? Hope you listened to me and grabbed him late. That said, I see some regression this year. It’s a year to year thing! It’s called value picking, y’all.
26. Isaiah Thomas – IT2 will get enough run in that Phoenix backcourt to slightly annoy Dragic and Bledsoe owners but that’s life, man. Just don’t draft him based on his silly fantasy friendly numbers from last year!
27. Jeremy Lin – I really wouldn’t let the specter of the ghost of Steve Nash prevent me from drafting Jeremy. In fact, Jeremy Lin can run as fast as the speed of light … backwards!
28. George Hill – His numbers last year, how can I say it … blew! Ok, they didn’t completely blow but underwhelming would not be an inappropriate description! I see value here based on what Indiana is running out there this year.
29. Mario Chalmers - I’m not gonna lie, Mario is one of my favorite sleepers this year. Help fill that void, Mario! That crevice is pretty fucken’ deep! Yeah, I cursed. Deal with it!
30. Reggie Jackson – I likes me some Reggie this year! He has a nice all around game except he doesn’t block. He’s short!
31. Patrick Beverely - Based on draft boards and given a choice between Patrick and say, Mario Chalmers, I’d rather go with Mario for where they will be drafted. Just saying!
32. Darren Collison – I’m not a big fan but the guy should get minutes in Sacramento. I’d rather see Ramon Sessions get all the minutes but that’s probably because I’m half hispanic and biased! In any event, I think Ramon is going to cut into DC’s minutes enough to make Collison an annoying guy to own.
33. Jameer Nelson – Jameer should see 27-30 mpg as Dallas’ starting point guard. Some nights he’ll see more but, for me, he’s not much more than a late round fill up that roster type with a “starter”. As a late grab, you could do worse though. Just ask Raymond Felton or Devin Harris!
34. Marcus Smart – If you’re feeling adventurous I have no problem if you wanted to leap frog Smart ahead of more established guys like Collison and Nelson for the upside. He’ll have his chance to make a dent in November and if he plays well then the season bodes well for him to get minutes even when Rajon Rondo comes back. If he blows, well, then it’ll probably be a bit of a longer season for him. Insert sad face emoticon here.
35. Ramon Sessions – When he plays he produces. Problem is he never gets long term burn with starter’s minutes. Sigh. That said, he’s in a pretty decent position to get 20-25 minutes of burn per so that makes him draftable late in 12 teamers and beyond.
36. Elfrid Payton – Because he’s so raw it’s hard for me to put a lot of fantasy faith in Elfrid at the moment so, for me, he’s definitely someone you want to target late but not reach for. The dreaded Luke Ridnour looms to cut into his minutes but also keep an eye on Evan Fournier. Evan could be a little sleeper I tells ya.
37. Randy Foye – He’ll get his usual combo minutes and have his moments. He’s Randy Foye, damn it! Don’t be fooled by his numbers and minutes per last year, that was opportunity knocking and the door seems closed … for now.
38. DJ Augustin – DJA is another one like Randy Foye whose minutes and stat line from last year isn’t going to be a repeat. So why is he on this list you ask? I really don’t know, man.
39. Raymond Felton – He’s nothing more than a hurt back up point guard at the moment but should see enough minutes to aggravate Jameer Nelson owners! Sigh.
40. Isiaah Cannon – Houston doesn’t really have much behind Patrick Beverley at the point so keep him on your list in deep leagues.
41. Steve Nash – Sadly, his fantasy career looks all but over. Just ranking him out of habit. Let’s call it an honorary ranking!
Next up: Top whatever number I decide Shooting Guards.