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Top 20 Point Guards

Sunday, June 05, 2011




11. Kyle Lowry Rockets – Lowry was the unquestioned waiver-wire steal in many leagues last year and had a monster season. I'm not sure if he can do it again, but with Aaron Brooks in Phoenix, the ball is in Lowry's court. Goran Dragic will back him up, but Lowry should be primed for another big year.

12. Steve Nash Suns – Nash would obviously be higher on this list if he wasn't so dang old, but his minutes should take a hit this season and his turnovers, along with age and playing time issues don't make him the fantasy stud he once was. I might have him listed much higher than this once the season rolls around, but as of now, I think this is the year the slide starts for Nash.

13. Mike Conley Grizzlies – Conley was great in the playoffs and solid all season. He's not the most exciting point guard to own, but still qualifies as a No. 1 fantasy point guard, and will be available in Rounds 3-5. Value pick.

14. Chauncey Billups – I'm not sure I'd feel too comfortable drafting Billups next year for the Knicks, but as of now, he's their starting point guard. And despite his age, he's still a viable option in both fantasy and reality.

15. Brandon Jennings Bucks – Jennings is not a great shooter and injuries were an issue last season. But he started and finished the season on high notes and should pick up where he left off. He averaged 18 points, four boards, five assists, a steal and 1.6 three in 16 March games, and should be able to do that over an entire season next year. Just know that he'll probably come in around 41 percent shooting again, which is not ideal.

16. Jason Kidd Mavericks – Jose Juan Barea and Roddy Beaubois are pushing Kidd for minutes and he's not getting any younger. I'm also not a huge fan of point guards who don't score and Kidd averaged eight points and eight assists this season. However, he still hits threes and racks up steals, so the value is still there. But with the young guns pushing him, and his lack of scoring, I will not be targeting Kidd very high next year.

17. Tony Parker Spurs – Parker is another guy being pushed by young guns as the Spurs' window is closing quickly. Parker is still the man, but a lack of threes and zero blocks, along with the Spurs running out of gas, I'm not going to be targeting him very high in drafts.

18. Devin Harris Jazz – Harris was injured again, as usual, and had to deal with being traded to the Jazz. Maybe he'll stay healthy and flourish in Utah next year, but until he proves he can make it through a full season, he's not a guy I'd spend a very high pick on in fantasy.

19. Darren Collison Pacers – Collison was quite underwhelming, as well as a big fantasy disappointment last season after a huge year filling in for Chris Paul. He did, however, come on late in the season and expectations will be high again in Indy. And given where he'll likely be drafted this year, he could end up being a steal.

20. Raymond Felton Nuggets – I guess No. 20 is as good a place as any for Felton, who will likely split time with Ty Lawson again. Lawson is a true young gun and is going to demand more playing time, but based on what we saw this season, Felton is still the guy – for now.

Just Missed

Jeff Teague finally broke out in playoffs for Atlanta and I toyed with putting him in the Top 20, but we'll have to see how he looks in training camp before going there. But unlike last year, Teague should make for a solid sleeper pick this time around.

Others To Consider

Ty Lawson, Jose Calderon, Baron Davis, Ramon Sessions, Jameer Nelson, Rodney Stuckey, D.J. Augustin, Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe, Ricky Rubio, Andre Miller, Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight, Luke Ridnour and Jonny Flynn are all guys to keep an eye on.



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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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