After starting off the position rankings with point guards, we hit up the shooting guards. We all dig scoring, slams, and all that good stuff that makes you get up from your seat, and the two-guard position is where a lot of that happens. For your fantasy hoops team, points are the primary objective, but the top guys a little more than just score. Peep it!
1. Dwyane Wade, PG/SG, Miami Heat
2009-10: 77 G; 26.6 PPG; 6.5 APG; 4.8 RPG; 1.0 3PTM; 47.6 FG%; 76.1 FT%; 1.8 SPG; 1.1 BPG; 3.3 TO
2010-11: 76 G; 25.5 PPG; 4.6 APG; 6.4 RPG; 0.8 3PTM; 50.0 FG%; 75.8 FT%; 1.5 SPG; 1.1 BPG; 3.1 TO
Wade is the best two-guard going in the game right now and the additions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh last season didn’t mess up his mojo at all. D-Wade still put up some stellar numbers across the board and there’s no reason he can’t repeat those statistics. If he could actually hit from the perimeter better than the upper 30s percentages he usually does, we’re talking scoring title and an even more convincing case that the Heat are Wade’s team and not LeBron’s. I’ll tell you this much, if Miami makes it to the Finals again, you’ll see Wade with the rock at the end of the game a lot more. However, that has no bearing on fantasy hoops where Wade is a strong consideration in the 2-5 slots of the first round.
2. Monta Ellis, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors
2009-10: 64 G; 25.5 PPG; 5.3 APG; 4.0 RPG; 1.2 3PTM; 44.9 FG%; 75.3 FT%; 2.2 SPG; 0.4 BPG; 3.8 TO
2010-11: 80 G; 24.1 PPG; 5.6 APG; 3.5 RPG; 1.7 3PTM; 45.1 FG%; 78.9 FT%; 2.1 SPG; 0.3 BPG; 3.2 TO
Ellis is like Latrell Sprewell when Spree busted out with the Warriors about 20 years ago — a big-time talent stuck on an overlooked squad. However, with the advancement of fantasy sports and technology on the internets, Ellis is a known commodity. Not the household name as the player before him or the player after, but if you know ball, you know Monta. And what does Monta like? Putting the ball in the hoop and ripping rocks with the best of them. If he stays healthy, he’s a top dozen or so player in fantasy.
3. Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers
2009-10: 73 G; 27.0 PPG; 5.0 APG; 5.4 RPG; 1.4 3PTM; 45.6 FG%; 81.2 FT%; 1.6 SPG; 0.3 BPG; 3.2 TO
2010-11: 82 G; 25.3 PPG; 4.7 APG; 5.1 RPG; 1.4 3PTM; 45.2 FG%; 82.9 FT%; 1.2 SPG; 0.2 BPG; 3.0 TO
Bryant is still rocking rims and making defenders look stupid, however, he’s also getting older. There’s a lot of games on those legs and eventually things will start to give. It may not be this season, but a decline of some sort should probably be expected of the 33-year-old. Right? Uh oh, see what I did there? I doubted Kobe, which probably means he cements his place as a top three player once again. Sorry, but it’s not happening. Bryant is mentally strong enough to not let his divorce or any failed trades for Chris Paul and possibly Dwight Howard get in the way with his hooping. However, physically, it’s only naturally to break down. I mean, Kobe isn’t Jesus, is he? Is he?!?!
4. Manu Ginobili, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs
2009-10: 75 G; 16.5 PPG; 4.9 APG; 3.8 RPG; 1.8 3PTM; 44.1 FG%; 87.0 FT%; 1.4 SPG; 0.3 BPG; 2.1 TO
2010-11: 80 G; 17.4 PPG; 4.9 APG; 3.7 RPG; 1.9 3PTM; 43.3 FG%; 87.1 FT%; 1.5 SPG; 0.4 BPG; 2.2 TO
The past two seasons indicates that Ginobili is a durable player and a lot of that plays into this ranking. Maybe last season’s significant drop in shot attempts at the rim (3.0 versus 3.8 the previous season) and increase in shots from 3-9 feet (1.6 versus 1.2) shows that Ginobili is holding back a bit from his trademark twisting and turning at the rim. It would certainly preserve his health and the proof is in the playing, as he appeared in all but two games last season. Manu has the talent to be a jack-of-all-trades type of player that only really hurts you in one category, but even then his field goal percentage isn’t terrible for a shooting guard per se. Other than that, expect solid production and Manu goodness for your team.
5. Eric Gordon, SG, New Orleans Hornets
2009-10: 62 G; 16.9 PPG; 3.0 APG; 2.6 RPG; 1.9 3PTM; 44.9 FG%; 74.3 FT%; 1.1 SPG; 0.2 BPG; 2.3 TO
2010-11: 56 G; 22.3 PPG; 4.4 APG; 2.9 RPG; 1.9 3PTM; 45.0 FG%; 82.5 FT%; 1.3 SPG; 0.3 BPG; 2.7 TO
Gordon was the main piece going back to the Hornets in what will forever be known at the Chris Paul Trade. However, Gordon is one CP3 knee injury away from having it called the Eric Gordon Trade. That’s how good he is. OK, fine, maybe it’s a bit of a speculation and exaggeration, but EJ (for Eric Junior for those not in the know) is that good. His problem, however, has been his health. After playing 78 games his rookie season, he’s played in 62 and 56 games, respectively, the following two seasons. This is where you weigh risk versus reward. The potential of 20 points, excellent dime stats for a two-guard, high amount of treys, very good shooting percentages and steals says to take the risk and reap the reward as Gordon should be the main man in The Big Easy.
6. Kevin Martin, SG, Houston Rockets
2009-10: 46 G; 20.9 PPG; 2.4 APG; 3.6 RPG: 1.5 3PTM; 41.7 FG%; 87.6 FT%; 1.0 SPG; 0.1 BPG; 2.0 TO
2010-11: 80 G; 23.5 PPG; 2.5 APG; 3.2 RPG; 2.2 3PTM; 43.7 FG%; 88.8 FT%; 1.0 SPG; 0.2 BPG; 2.3 TO
Martin is a straight-up scorer, who when given starter minutes, averaged 20+ points. He did it with Sacramento, with Houston, and this season he’ll do it again with the New Orle … VETO! Poor guy. Not only is K-Mart in limbo in regards to being traded, but he doesn’t even have an original nickname. However, that won’t stop him from getting buckets, come hell or high water, because that’s what Martin does. He’s a third-tier two guard in fantasy that will give you points, treys, and an excellent percentage from the charity stripe, so don’t be all David Stern about it.
7. Ray Allen, SG, Boston Celtics
2009-10: 80 G; 16.3 PPG; 2.6 APG; 3.2 RPG; 1.8 3PTM; 47.7 FG%; 91.3 FT%; 0.8 SPG; 0.3 BPG; 1.6 TO
2010-11: 80 G; 16.5 PPG; 2.7 APG; 3.4 RPG; 2.1 3PTM; 49.1 FG%; 88.1 FT%; 1.0 SPG; 0.2 BPG; 1.5 TO
Want to feel old? “He Got Game,” a movie in which Allen gave a tour de force performance as Jesus Shuttlesworth came out in 1998. It also proved that I’m not the worst at puns as Rick Fox’s character’s name is Chick Deagan. As Chuck would say, “Turrible, just turrible.” Oh, and he’s in it too! Check the cast. Richard Pitino is the best. Back to fantasy. Rosario Dawson and Milla Jovovich are in the movie too! OK, back to fantasy basketball. If you want excellent percentages, triples galore, and a steady amount of everything else, Allen got game. OK, maybe I am the worst.
8. Tyreke Evans, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings
2009-10: 72 G; 20.1 PPG; 5.8 APG; 5.3 RPG; 0.5 3PTM; 45.8 FG%; 74.8 FT%; 1.5 SPG; 0.4 BPG: 3.0 TO
2010-11: 57 G; 17.8 PPG; 5.6 APG; 4.8 RPG; 0.8 3PTM; 40.9 FG%; 77.1 FT%; 1.5 SPG; 0.5 BPG; 3.2 TO
Evans took a bit of a dive last season after a very promising rookie campaign the previous year. Reke still put up nice numbers for a player drafted in the middle rounds of fantasy hoops drafts, however, in all likelihood he was an early round pick and bad value. Can he turns things around and head for that upward trajectory? The talent says “yes,” but a crowded backcourt says “maybe.” How will the rotation look with heralded rookie Jimmer Fredette, kind-of-awesome Marcus Thornton, really-good-when-healthy Francisco Garcia and Reke? Evans probably starts at the lead guard position so that Thornton gets solid minutes, but if Evans falls off, there’s someone to pick him up, which is good for the Kings, but not so much for fantasy owners. However, at this point, let’s bank on Reke’s skills and not guessing split minutes amongst players.
9. Jason Richardson, SG/SF, Orlando Magic
2009-10: 79 G; 15.7 PPG; 1.8 APG; 5.1 RPG: 2.0 3PTM; 47.4 FG%; 73.9 FT%; 0.8 SPG; 0.4 BPG; 1.2 TO
2010-11: 80 G; 15.6 PPG; 1.8 APG; 4.1 RPG; 2.4 3PTM; 44.7 FG%; 73.0 FT%; 1.2 SPG; 0.2 BPG; 1.2 TO
It seems like Richardson has been around forever, but he’s still only going to turn 31 years old in January. His game has definitely come full circle as he used to be a terror attacking the rim like it owed him money, to now just throwing up triples. He still has hops, but J-Rich is going the MJ route and relying more on his stroke than his slams. He didn’t seem to do too well in his short stint with the Magic last season (55 G; 13.9 PPG; 43.3 FG%) after 25 games with the Suns to start the season where he averaged 19.3 points on 47 percent shooting. However, he was still hitting treys at a good clip for Orlando (2.3 versus 2.5 with the Suns). There are some questions still lingering in regards to Dwight Howard’s destination until the trading deadline in March, but if D12 stays, theoretically, J-Rich is open for more shots beyond the arc. If D12 leaves, Richardson possibly becomes the No. 1 scorer, so there’s still a bit of upside with J-Rich on your fantasy squad.
10. DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors
2009-10: 77 G; 8.6 PPG; 0.7 APG; 2.9 RPG; 0.1 3PTM; 49.8 FG%; 76.3 FT%; 0.6 SPG; 0.2 BPG; 0.8 TO
2010-11: 82 G; 17.2 PPG; 1.8 APG; 3.8 RPG; 0.1 3PTM; 46.7 FG%; 81.3 FT%; 1.0 SPG; 0.4 BPG; 1.8 TO
DeRozan broke last season after the All-Star break, averaging 19.9 PPG in 26 games. The last month of April, he averaged 23.1 points in eight games, ending the season with excellent production. I expect a 20+ point campaign with very good percentages and upping the intensity on defense because DeRozan seems to be one of those players that constantly wants to improve. He’s an upside pick at this point, but I’m taking the chance and ranking him in the top ten to both appease my instinct and all of the Toronto Raptors fans that proliferate throughout TBJ’s audience. How’s that for pandering?
Next up, we hit the small forwards where there will be a surprise at number one… last name Deagan, first name Chick. Word to your moms, he came to drop bombs because that’s how he rolls.
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