Midseason Fantasy Awards
Eastern Fantasy All-Stars
PG – Deron Williams Nets – Williams gets the nod over Derrick Rose for not only posting monster numbers all season, but because he has played in 34 of his team’s 35 games.
Runner up – Derrick Rose Bulls – Rose has missed 10 games with toe and back issues.
SG – Dwyane Wade Heat – Wade’s missed nine games and only hit one 3-pointer this season, but his steals and blocks are gold, Jerry. Gold!
SF – LeBron James Heat – LeBron and Wade have been the only folks capable of slowing down the Jeremy Lin train thus far, and no one has been able to slow LeBron down. James was brilliant last season, and his numbers are up in every single category with the exception of turnover and assists, which are just barely off last year’s pace. It’s early, but we’re witnessing LeBron’s best season.
PF – Ryan Anderson Magic – Anderson was drafted very late, or not at all, and has given his owners first-round value all season. His scoring is up from 10.6 to 16.1 points per game, he’s averaging 7.3 rebounds, nearly a steal and three 3-pointers on the season. He’s also shooting 44 percent from the floor, 43 percent from downtown and 84 percent from the line.
Runner up – Josh Smith Hawks – Smith has been pretty awesome this season and could have a monster second half after his All-Star snub. Smoove’s numbers look great all the way across the board, except that he’s hitting just 55.4 percent of his free throws and 28.6 percent of his 3-pointers.
C – Dwight Howard Magic – Yes, I know his free throws and turnovers hurt, but you can lose those two categories and still win with Dwight, who has seven games this year of 20 & 20 games, including the one when he ate Andris Biedrins, had Ekpe Udoh for dessert and dropped 45 & 23 on the Warriors.
Runner up – Tyson Chandler Knicks – Chandler’s quietly averaging nearly 12 points, 10 boards and a steal and block per game.
Western Fantasy All-Stars
PG – Kyle Lowry Rockets – Lowry has cooled off after a hot start, but has missed just two games and is at 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.8 threes per game.
Runner up: Chris Paul Clippers & Russell Westbrook Thunder – Paul has missed five games and Westbrook, along with Deron Williams and John Wall, leads the league in TOs at 4.2 per game.
SG – Kobe Bryant Lakers – Despite a painful wrist injury that would have shut some guys down, Kobe hasn’t even missed a single game, is leading the league in scoring at 28.4 points per game, with most of his other numbers up across the board.
SF – Kevin Durant Thunder – Durant is second in scoring at 27.7 points to go along with 8.1 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks, 1.7 threes and is shooting over 50 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the line. Wow.
PF – Kevin Love Timberwolves – Love’s averaging 25 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and 1.5 3-pointers per game. Remember when Kurt Rambis was messing with his minutes last year? Yeah, that was cute.
Runner up – LaMarcus Aldridge – Aldridge has turned into a beast with 22 points, eight boards, three assists, a steal and nearly a block per game, along with shooting 50 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the line.
C – Marc Gasol Grizzlies –Gasol just might be better than his brother and is at 15 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and two blocks per game. He’s shooting it 49 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the line and hasn’t missed a game.
Runner ups: – Al Jefferson Jazz, Andrew Bynum Lakers & Marcin Gortat Suns – All three have been great, although a suspension slowed Bynum down early, and Jefferson’s tender ankle remains a minor concern going forward.
LeBron James Heat – Not much to say here, other than that he is a beast on a mission.
Fantasy Rookie of the Year
Ricky Rubio Timberwolves – Rubio is much better than most of thought he would be and is averaging 11 points, four boards, eight assists, 2.4 steals and a 3-pointer per game. His field goal shooting is poor at 37.5 percent, but he’s better than 81 percent from the line.
Runner up: Kyrie Irving Cavaliers – Irving is scoring, but Rubio’s numbers are better across the board in fantasy, in my opinion.
Fantasy Sixth Man
James Harden Thunder – Harden’s at nearly 17 points, four boards, four assists, a steal and 1.7 3-pointers per game, while shooting it well across the board. The fact he’s doing that off the bench and for a team with Durant and Westbrook is nothing short of amazing.
Fantasy Coach of the Year
Erik Spoelstra Heat – This was a no-brainer, but finding a coach that NEVER screws with his fantasy studs isn’t all that easy to do.
Runner up: Keith Smart Kings – Smart has managed to make DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton fantasy studs, as well as allow the guy taken with the last draft pick (Isaiah Thomas) to run the point and put up monster numbers over the past 10 days.
Worst Fantasy Coach of the Year
Kevin McHale Rockets – His handling of Kevin Martin and Samuel Dalembert is simply a head scratcher, but at least he’s got the Rockets winning.
Runner up: Scott Skiles Bucks – Skiles has ruined Stephen Jackson and is starting Shaun Livingston. Enough said.