Part III of a three-part series (maybe it’s episode VI, though?). Quick summary of what I’ve been doing for the last couple weeks in Run The Numbers: Now that you know your team, you can see which categories aren’t going to matter for you for one reason or another. So, ignore them and get better value in your pickups and trades. This week, I give you the rankings for punting threes, assists, and steals. But, remember, this isn’t that hard to do at any time if you want up-to-date ratings. If you’ve got a few minutes and can handle some excel work, paste the first few pages of the ESPN Player Rater into a sheet and subtract whatever categories you need to from the Rating. But in the interest of time, my list is straight from Basketball Monster’s per-game ratings through 12/19. I’ll provide 8-category and 9-category top 20s along with a few more players that rise significantly in each situation. The players in bold are the high-risers within the top 20s.

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Top 20 without three pointers made:

8-Cat

  1. LeBron James
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  3. Anthony Davis
  4. Kevin Durant
  5. James Harden
  6. Stephen Curry
  7. DeMarcus Cousins
  8. Chris Paul
  9. Joel Embiid
  10. Karl-Anthony Towns
  11. Victor Oladipo
  12. Andre Drummond
  13. Kristaps Porzingis
  14. Damian Lillard
  15. Nikola Vucevic
  16. Nikola Jokic
  17. Hassan Whiteside
  18. Ben Simmons
  19. Draymond Green
  20. Clint Capela

Others with big jumps

31. Rudy Gobert

33. Steven Adams

36. Enes Kanter

37. DeAndre Jordan

9-Cat

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  2. Anthony Davis
  3. LeBron James
  4. Kevin Durant
  5. Chris Paul
  6. Stephen Curry
  7. James Harden
  8. Karl-Anthony Towns
  9. Hassan Whiteside
  10. Nikola Vucevic
  11. Clint Capela
  12. Nikola Jokic
  13. Joel Embiid
  14. Jimmy Butler
  15. LaMarcus Aldridge
  16. Kristaps Porzingis
  17. Victor Oladipo
  18. Draymond Green
  19. Andre Drummond
  20. DeMarcus Cousins

Others with big jumps

26. Steven Adams

28. Enes Kanter

29. Rudy Gobert

32. DeAndre Jordan

34. Ben Simmons

Top 20 without assists:

8-Cat

  1. Kevin Durant
  2. James Harden
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. LeBron James
  6. Stephen Curry
  7. DeMarcus Cousins
  8. Karl-Anthony Towns
  9. Victor Oladipo
  10. Kristaps Porzingis
  11. Joel Embiid
  12. Chris Paul
  13. Nikola Vucevic
  14. Damian Lillard
  15. Hassan Whiteside
  16. Paul George
  17. Kyrie Irving
  18. Robert Covington
  19. Nikola Jokic
  20. Kevin Love

Others with big jumps

21. Clint Capela

35. Steven Adams

36. Rudy Gobert

9-Cat

  1. Anthony Davis
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  3. Kevin Durant
  4. Stephen Curry
  5. LeBron James
  6. James Harden
  7. Karl-Anthony Towns
  8. Kristaps Porzingis
  9. Chris Paul
  10. Hassan Whiteside
  11. Nikola Vucevic
  12. Victor Oladipo
  13. Kevin Love
  14. Clint Capela
  15. Robert Covington
  16. Otto Porter
  17. LaMarcus Aldridge
  18. Nikola Jokic
  19. Kyrie Irving
  20. Joel Embiid

Others with big jumps

30. Steven Adams

36. Rudy Gobert

37. Serge Ibaka

39. Enes Kanter

Top 20 without steals:

8-Cat

  1. Kevin Durant
  2. LeBron James
  3. James Harden
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. Stephen Curry
  6. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  7. DeMarcus Cousins
  8. Joel Embiid
  9. Karl-Anthony Towns
  10. Damian Lillard
  11. Kristaps Porzingis
  12. Chris Paul
  13. Victor Oladipo
  14. Nikola Vucevic
  15. Kyrie Irving
  16. Al Horford
  17. Kevin Love
  18. Nikola Jokic
  19. LaMarcus Aldridge
  20. Marc Gasol

Others with big jumps

21. Klay Thompson

27. Myles Turner

36. Rudy Gobert

9-Cat

  1. Kevin Durant
  2. LeBron James
  3. Anthony Davis
  4. James Harden
  5. Stephen Curry
  6. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  7. Karl-Anthony Towns
  8. Kristaps Porzingis
  9. Chris Paul
  10. Damian Lillard
  11. Nikola Vucevic
  12. Joel Embiid
  13. LaMarcus Aldridge
  14. Kevin Love
  15. Al Horford
  16. Klay Thompson
  17. Kyrie Irving
  18. Nikola Jokic
  19. Clint Capela
  20. Hassan Whiteside

Others with big jumps

23. Myles Turner

31. Serge Ibaka

36. Rudy Gobert

This week’s classic fantasy line:

For as much as I dislike how much triple-doubles get overrated, I really love the more elusive 5x5s (at least 5 in each of the 5 categories). I’d like to highlight the two that Julius Erving has to his name. At least, the two I could find.

Dr. J’s 1976 ABA 5×5: 31 points/19 rebounds/5 assists/5 steals/5 blocks

Dr. J’s 1979 NBA 5×5: 28 points/7 rebounds/10 assists/5 steals/5 blocks