Best Fantasy Basketball Lineups

Wilson Kelsey

The NBA is full of stars – some old and some up and coming . Here are my picks for the best fantasy basketball team. The following player assignments are a rundown of the best possible lineup you could have along with some rising stars with great potential, according to current stats:

Point Guard: Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City)

Coming o an MVP season during which he averaged a triple dou- ble, Russell Westbrook
is already at the top of most fantasy basketball player rankings; however, there is potential for new additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony
to cause Westbrook to have a dropo in out- put. The two All-Stars could potentially hamper Westbrook’s production. Expect Westbrook to have slightly less impressive stats due to his new teammates.

Shooting Guard: James Harden (Houston)

James Harden, moving back to the shooting guard position after an exper- imental season at point guard where he averaged 29 points and 11 assists, has the potential to be
an even more explosive scorer. The Rockets’ addi- tion of Chris Paul should lead to many more scoring opportunities for Harden. Expect Harden to average more points and more assists this season as he attemps to win his rst MVP award.

Small Forward: Kevin Durant (Golden State)

With a big transition from OKC to Golden State, Kevin Durant has expe- rienced slightly less im- pressive scoring numbers. However, he still averages 25 points per game, above average for a small for- ward. Durant is coming o a year in which he earned Finals MVP. Expect him
to average more or less
the same numbers as last season due to the fact
that Golden State has not made many big changes to their championship-caliber roster.

Power Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)

“The Greek Freak,” as he is a ectionately called by NBA fans, is turning 23 this month and enter- ing his fourth season in the league. Each year, he has seen a signi ccant increase to his scoring numbers by four or more points. The 6-foot-11, 220 pound kid from Greece should have his best sea- son yet this year. Expect him to average some- where near 30 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals this year.

Power Forward/Center: Anthony Davis (New Orleans)

The rst three players were all veterans who played for the Western Conference Champions Thunder of 2012. Anthony Davis, however, is a younger guy who has potential to light up the league. He is only 24 and is coming o a season where he averaged 28 points and 11 rebounds. Despite his youth, he has already had multiple All-Star selections and All-NBA team selections. Expect him to continue to be great and even improve in the next couple of years.

Honorable Mentions: PG Kyrie Irving (BOS) SG Devin Booker (PHX) SF Kawhi Leonard (SA) PF/C Nikola Jokic (DEN) C Clint Capela (HOU)