The NBA regular season is over, and with it, the fantasy basketball season. For those that did well, congratulations! For those that didn’t, you were probably hit with the injury bug to a significant player on your roster, saying nothing about your true skill in playing pretend NBA. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. Sigh.
That said, let’s take a look at those players that exceeded expectations, as well as those that fell flat on their faces.
NOTE: All players needed to have appeared in 50 games in order to qualify below (so, no Jeremy Lin) and Yahoo! O-Rank represents the ranking of past and projected performance while Yahoo! Rank represents the ranking for this season.
Ryan Anderson, PF/C, Orlando Magic
Yahoo! O-Rank: 103; Yahoo! Rank: 8
61 G; 16.1 PPG; 43.9 FG%; 87.7 FT%; 2.7 3PTM; 7.7 RPG; 0.9 APG; 0.8 SPG; 0.4 BPG
Anderson didn’t exactly come out of nowhere, as he averaged double-digits in points (10.6) the previous season, as well as 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 three-pointers, all in about 10 less minutes per compared to this season. It seems all that he needed was some significant burn to produce, but who knew that he would beat out Glen Davis for the starting four spot from the get-go? Anderson is an excellent shooter but many say that his stats are only the result of playing with Dwight Howard. Well, in 10 April games without D12, Anderson averaged 16.3 points, 43.2 FG%, 96.0 FT%, 1.9 3PTM and 9.0 rebounds in 37.2 minutes. Not bad for someone who probably went undrafted in most leagues.