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With the top 20 and top 10 for 2011 fantasy basketball in the can, it’s time delve into the top 20 point guards for 2011 fantasy basketball. Grab a croissant and dip it in a seltzer drink, or don’t. I’ve decided to eschew (gazundheit!) all drama and went with the floor generals first. You can’t mess this position up on draft day or else you’re sunk. These guys have the ball in their hand more than 80 percent of the rest of the league and the elite among them often make up for the shortcomings of two or three other players on your team. No other position has as many players that can do that.

I’ve listed 2011 projections below. As always, I’ve ranked them according to 9-category, H2H/Roto hybrid. It’s like Frankenstein’s monster, with fewer neck bolts. Well, accept for Raymond Felton. He needs the neck bolts. If you want top 20 lists for the other positions, come back here tomorrow. Or if you can’t wait until tomorrow, just stay here until night turns into morning again. If you don’t fall asleep, it still counts as one long day.

Here are the top 20 point guards for 2011 fantasy basketball:

1. Chris Paul – See the top 10 for 2011 fantasy basketball post for Chris Paul’s projections.

2. Derrick Rose – See the top 10 for 2011 fantasy basketball post for Derrick Rose’s projections.

3. Deron Williams – See the top 10 for 2011 fantasy basketball post for Deron Williams’ projections.

4. Stephen Curry – See the top 10 for 2011 fantasy basketball post for Stephen Curry’s projections.

5. Russell Westbrook – See the top 20 for 2011 fantasy basketball post for Russell Westbrook’s projections.

6. John Wall – I’m seeing a few ‘perts slip John Wall’s name in on their lists of players who should surprise this season. I say bunk. John Wall surprised everyone last year. There are only two rookies in NBA history to average at least 16.4 pts/8.3 ast/ 1.4 steals and that’s Damon Stoudamire and Wall. Such rare company should tell you that the kid is special and he’s got room to improve. He turned the ball over 3.5 times a game and carried a shooting percentage that suggested he was doing it with both eyes closed. If he opens his eyes this year, he’ll open everyone else’s eyes, too.
Season Projections: .440/.770/0.5 3pt/19.5 pts/4.5 rbd/8 ast/1 stl/1 blk/3 tov

7. Tyreke Evans – Speaking of special rookies, Evans was one too in 2009. Last year, however, he came back down to Earth, regressing in almost every major stat category – especially his FG%. But he missed 25 games with injury. Injury, in this case, was plantar fasciitis and other nagging foot injuries, not the name of a woman he ran off into the desert to smoke opiates with. Nagging foot injuries tend to, well, nag; otherwise they’d be called “gently suggestive injuries” or “constructively critical injuries.” Still, Evans has had eight months off and should be healed. I’m giving him a passed on those 25 games and assuming he not only bounces back, but improves on his rookie season.
Season Projections: .449/.779/0.5 3pt/19.5 pts/5.5 rbd/7 ast/1.5 stl/0.5 blk/3 tov

8. Steve Nash – On the one hand, Nash has a bad back and will turn 38 in February. On the other hand, he’s the led the league in assists two years running and maintains one of the best sets of percentages of any player in fantasy basketball. And then on the third hand that you hide by wearing loose sweatshirts, the Suns are a bit of a wildcard that makes drafting anyone on that roster somewhat risky. If you draft Nash, I’d suggest drafting your second PG fairly quickly after him just to cover yourself. (Especially that gross third hand!)
Season Projections: .480/.935/1 3pt/14.5 pts/3 rbd/10 ast/0.5 stl/0 blk/3.5 tov

9. Rajon Rondo – Rondo reminds me of the girl you’re interested in until you hear all your friends talk about her big nose. Then that nose becomes your entire focus to the point where you’re almost not interested anymore. Then, after being stupid about the nose for a little while, you realize you can live with it and the upshot is that you’re not as intimidated by her as you once were. Rondo’s scoring is his nose, which is why you’re not drafting him in the top 5. Drop him down and peg and he’s beautiful.
Season Projections: .515/.600/0 3ptm/12 pts/5 rbd/10.5 ast/2.5 stl/0 blk/3 tov

10. Jrue Holiday – The Sixers made a respectable run at the Heat in the playoffs and much of the credit went to Elton Brand and Doug Collins’ hugs. And while the power of love is a curious thing, Huey Lewis, it’s not as curious as the general silence surrounding Holiday’s huge improvement between his rookie and sophomore seasons. He started in all 82 games, averegd 35 minutes in each of those contests and improved his per minute stats in almost every stat category. He’s 21. Don’t make me beg.
Season Projections: .460/.815/1 3pt/18 pts/3.5 rbd/7.5 ast/2 stl/0 blk/2.5 tov

11. Tony Parker – There’s not much to say about Monsieur Parker. He’s the youngest of San Antonio’s big three, he had a rebound year least season (his healthiest in his last four), George Hill is no longer an issue for either Spurs guard, he doesn’t shoot threes and only Derrick Rose has a teardrop layup on par with his own. I guess there was a little to say about Parker, after all. Still, you kinda know hat you’re getting with Parker. He’s exciting like vanilla ice cream and Adam Sandler movies. Hey, 50 million Americans love Adam Sandler and vanilla ice cream! Yes, which means 260 million don’t.
Season Projections: .494/.777/0 3pt/19.5 pts/3.5 rbd/5.5 ast/1 stl/0 blk/3 tov

12. Ty Lawson – Lawson is like that kid in high school who passed his driver’s test on the first attempt, aced his written exam, and was given a Mustang for his 16th birthday by his parents on the condition that he only drive it around the block and never going faster than 20 mph. Lawson spent all that time on the bench, backing up Billups, waiting to get the keys to the Nuggets only to have them finally ship him out … and bring in Raymond Felton. So he waited out the remainder of the season sharing time with Felton, sometimes playing alongside him, under the impression that they’d make an offseason move using Felton. Then, before the Lockout, they manage to ship Felton … in exchange for Andre Miller. Let the dude drive his Mustang as fast as he wants on the damn highway already.
Season Projections: .490/.790/1 3pt/15.5 pts/3.5 rbd/7 ast/1 stl/0.5 blk/2.5 tov

13. Brandon Jennings – I’m hopeful for Jennings’ third season in the league (or if you’re hungry, “seasoning the league.” Because let’s face it, the Central Division is a little bland). He missed 19 games himself and when he was healthy was surrounded by guys like Bogut (injured), Ilyasova (injured), Delfino (injured) and Maggette (healthier than anyone wanted). Amidst all that, the kid still managed to improve. I like his chances of not regressing, even with the addition of a sturdy Beno Udrih. “We’ll see bout that! Unleash Stephen Jackson!” – The Gods.
Season Projections: .422/.795/1.5 3pt/15 pts/4 rbd/6.5 ast/1.5 stl/0 blk/2.5 tov

14. Devin Harris – Whoa. Harris is ranked higher than Kidd. Well, we all saw this coming, didn’t we? Everyone except the Mavericks, I guess. Take that, Dallas! You traded away a slightly underperforming draft pick for an aging veteran who eventually brought your franchise a Finals championship! Uh, take THAT! The fact that I have not yet mentioned the team Harris currently plays for in this blurb says more about Utah than Jazz fans would like to admit.
Season Projections: .456/.824/1 3pt/17 pts/3 rbd/6.5 ast/1.5 stl/0 blk/3 tov

15. Darren Collison – I’m convinced that DarCo’s stellar play during his rookie season came at the hands of Chris Paul, who coached his understudy from the bench while he was injured. That’s no small coincidence, especially when you consider how rudderless the Pacers were to start the season last year. Indy appears to be in a position to turn that around this season, so I’m projecting slight improvements to Collison’s final line, but nothing like the phenom stats we were seeing in 2009. That was more Paul than Collison.
Season Projections: .470/.875/0.5 3pt/14.5 pts/3.5 rbd/7.5 ast/1.5 stl/0 blk/2.5 tov

16. Raymond Felton – On paper, Felton looks like he might help Portland just as much as Andre Miller did three seasons ago. e’s not on the fast-paced Denver an New York teams from last year, which will help his counting stats, but he’s still surrounded by enough talent to make him ownable. His defense is above-average, Portland’s pace should help him find higher efficiency numbers, and his pass-first style will find many ready and willing hands to toss balls at. And for those of you just joining us from Google search: “hands+willing+toss balls at” – welcome. And, I’m sorry. And also, gross.
Season Projections: .440/.800/1 3pt/13 pts/3.5 rbd/7 ast/1.5 stl/0 blk/3 tov

17. D.J. Augustin – The people drafting Augustin hoping for more than 16/3/7 must agree right now not to ask me in February if they should drop him for Mo Williams. A) no you should not (probably) and B) what were you hoping for when you grabbed a Charlotte Bobcat?
Season Projections: .435/.910/1.5 3pt/16 pts/3 rbd/7 ast/0.5 stl/0 blk/2.5 tov

18. Chauncey Billups – Pardon me, but I don’t like players who were alive during the Ford administration. Disco is in Billups’ blood. It’s not his fault. He can’t help it, but I can’t be drafting point guards born into disco as my first option. I just can’t do it. I WON’T do it, dammit.
Season Projections: .429/.925/1.5 3pt/16 pts/2.5 rbd/5 ast/1 stl/0 blk/2.5 tov

19. Kyle Lowry – This concludes our triplet of “Bubble-Butt PGs Still Worth Owning in Most Fantasy Leagues.” We opened with Felton, continued on with Billups and now present you with Lowry: a 6’0″, 175 lb. 25-year-old, with five full seasons under his belt and a 10/3.5/5.5 career average. He’ll get similar minutes to the 34 per contest he saw last year, but you’ve sniffed too much Kool-Aid if you think he’s set for some kind of break-out season. Lowry broke out last season, as in “Aaron Brooks is broke, out goes Lowry, I guess! … Also, don’t look at me like that. You can absolutely sniff Kool-Aid. Just don’t mix it with water. Duh.
Season Projections: .435/.805/1 3pt/14.5 pts/4 rbd/6 ast/1 stl/0 blk/2 tov

20. Mike Conley – Conley Direct Messaged me on Twitter asking me to IM him for his phone number so that I could call him. My call went straight to voicemail, so I texted him “Whut Up, Bro?” He BBM’ed me asking that I write about Conley having improved almost across the board in three of his first four seasons. He then asked that I mention he wants everyone to get off his back. I told him I was nobody’s puppet and deleted his texts. Showed him.
Season Projections: .454/.750/1 3pt/14.5 pts/3.5 rbd/6.5 ast/2 stl/0 blk/2.5 tov

 

18 Responses

  1. Eric says:
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    Hmm… the two biggest outliers I see compared to other rank sites are Devin Harris and Kyle Lowry. I guess I’ll have to take a look at some previous games and make a decision. I think Harris is a good buy, especially since his ADP is in the later later rounds which means the risk is lower but Lowry… man I was so set on this guy after I saw his stats when Brooke got hurt. And with Brooke gone, I thought his stats were going to be solid.

    Is it possible to get a little more indepth analysis/reasoning for Lowry’s low ranking?

  2. Tony says:
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    adam, so you thinking andre miller is running the show in Denver then? why wont they let Lawson frikkin run the show…. I might still look at buying him in my auction just for the fact that he might sneak in there at some point…

  3. JT says:
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    No Mo Williams? If I coul deal him for Andrew Bynum in a dynasty, should I?

  4. Tony says:
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    adam- we’ve talked on my keeps before, i have Paul George at $10, you’ve almost always said keep him, do u see him making a significant jump this year? He really didnt do much last year, he is young, and honeslty i dont watch much Pacer BB!

  5. DWRlovesKAR_OLR says:
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    @Adam

    What PG’s will be targeting in your drafts?

    Which ones do you feel based on were they should be going will be excellent bargains?

    Thanks!

  6. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Eric: I think some of the other sites imagine a lot more growth from Lowry than I do. Perhaps they assume his production from the month of March will carry over into 2011. I don’t. If you look at Lowry’s USG%, PER and per36 stats last year in comparison to his other four seasons, they’re not terribly different. You’ll notice I don’t have him dropping off much from last season’s output, I just have him staying relatively inert. Him being ranked 20th says more about the depth of the position than of Lowry.

    @Tony: Lawson’s running the show, but he’s got a capable backup nipping on his heels. Re: Paul George – it’s hard to say. If the Pacers’ roster remains as it is today, I DO think he makes a big leap, gets more playing time, etc. But Indy is likely to re-arrange itself enough between December 9 and December 25 that you’ll just have to wait and see. For $10 though, I’d keep him. The reward is higher than the risk.

    @JT: Yup. I’d prefer Bynum.

    @DWRlovesKAR_OLR: I’m surprised at how low some ‘perts are ranking John Wall. I’d start there. Augustin is another one. Harris and Jennings are two more. Other sites have these guys two, even three rounds later than I would be willing to take them. If you can get these guys at their ADP, I think they’ll be huge bargains by, say, February.

  7. xtremehulk says:
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    Where does Monta Ellis fit in? He is PG eligible in ESPN.

  8. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @xtremehulk: I’d slip him in between Westbrook and Wall.

  9. Migs says:
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    Hey Adam, any thoughts on whether Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, or Jimmer Fredette will be worth anything in late rounds? Or would it be safer to just leave them on the waiver wire until a PG/combo guard on their team gets injured?

  10. JP says:
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    I’m no fan of Kidd and most likely won’t draft him on any team but the dude has value unless you think his PT and production are going to fall off a cliff. Yes, his PTS are bad and the FG% is terrible too but it doesn’t hurt you that much because he doesn’t take that many shots. I’d rather have him than Parker (way overrated for fantasy), Jennings (FG% killer), Augustin (Kemba Walker will majorly cut into his PT), Harris, or Collison.

    Were you kidding about the Collison regression due to not having Paul on the bench to coach him? If not, I don’t know if I buy that analysis. The poor year was probably more due to him being a really bad fit in O’Brien’s system. He picked up his game after O’Brien got canned. I think he’s a good bounce-back candidate this year, although Hill could eat into his minutes.

    Your Lowry ranking is really low and bold – props to you if you nail it. He was never given a chance to be a starting PG until Brooks got hurt. He then took the opportunity and ran with it. He seems legit to me and will probably be in my top 10 (unless they sign another player at PG).

    Nice high rankings of Wall, Jrue, and Lawson. I think Wall along with one of those guys is a great foundation at PG if you miss out on someone in the top 5.

  11. JP says:
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    @Migs: I think Walker is a great late rd sleeper this year. The Bobcats have a serious lack of talent on that team. As it stands, their top players are Maggette, Diaw, Augustin, Henderson, and Tyrus Thomas. I’m not saying these guys are scrubs but there is definitely room for a young guy to step up and carve out a big role here. It may not work out that way but it’s worth a late rd flyer to me. Plus, I think Kemba will go at least 2-3 rds later than Irving and may even get drafted on average after Jimmer.

  12. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Migs: Depends on how late. I’ve got them all ranked in the top 200. Irving and Walker somewhere in the top 130. Ultimately, I think JP has it right.

    @JP: Kidd’s PT and production have already dipped past the point where he should be drafted before the seventh round. I’m a bit surprised how high everyone is on Lowry. You’ll notice that I didn’t predict a dropoff from him this season, I just don’t expect much advancement from his production last year.

  13. Nerdrock911 says:
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    Yo Adam!

    Got a H2H keeper league question for you. I get to keep any of the following 3 guys:
    Dwight Howard, Rudy Gay, Dominican Al, John Wall & Carmelo Anthony.
    Which 3 and why?

  14. Richie says:
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    Didn’t Lowry finish top 50 last year?

  15. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Nerdrock911: Dwight, Al, ‘Melo. They’re the three best players you listed.

    @Richie: Yahoo! ranked him 45th. Basketball Monster ranked him 46th. ESPN ranked him 52nd. I have him ranked somewhere in the early 60s.

  16. Shawn says:
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    Hey Adam, Someone wants to trade me Curry for Wall, Should I do it? my other keepers are Kobe/Bosh! thx man, love your stuff.

  17. JT says:
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    Hey, Adam:

    Here’s my complete team. I need to keep 11 of 14 (near dynasty). I finished 2nd of 12 last year.

    D.J. Augustin
    Jordan Crawford
    Ed Davis
    Paul George
    J.J. Hickson
    Al Horford
    Dwight Howard
    Brandon Jennings
    Joe Johnson
    Jason Kidd
    Andrei Kirilenko
    Amar’e Stoudemire
    Marcus Thornton
    Mo Williams

    I’m thinking Kidd/Kirilenko/Crawford are the three to drop. Do you agree?

    I’m also thinking of targetting Klay Thompson in the draft: I could use a 3-pointer specialist.

  18. Adam

    Adam says:
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    @Shawn: I like Wall, but I’d rather have Curry.

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