#10. Dirk Nowitzki
Nowitzki will have the entire off season to put his off the court problems behind him. Although he’s not getting any better with age, he remains a double double threat and can put up 30 points every couple of games. Nowitzki is a solid fantasy option.
#9. Rajon Rando
Although the Celtics supposedly put Rando on the chopping block in the off season, there is no denying Rando’s talent and uncanny rebounding ability that he showed during the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Rando is a triple double threat every night and is taking better care of the ball. Rando is worthy of a top ten pick for the 2009-2010 season.
#8. Brandon Roy
Although the Blazers feel cheated out of Turkoglu because his wife wanted to live in Toronto, they still will put a very competitive team on the court for the ’09-10 season. Roy is still getting better as he has increased his points per game every year in the NBA, last year reaching 22.6 points per game. Roy is a very good passer and solid rebounder, he could average close to triple double numbers in the ’09-10 season. If Odom starts being consistent and the Blazers get some solid post play to draw defenders away from Roy, he could put up top 5 numbers.
#7. Tim Duncan
Duncan is by far the most consistent player in the NBA as far as numbers are concerned. Over the last five years Duncan has averaged from 18.6-20.0 points per game and from 10.6-11.3 rebounds per game. His game isn’t getting any better, but a consistent center is not easy to come by in fantasy basketball. Duncan is a good late first round pick to build a solid fantasy team around.
#6. Pau Gasol
I like Gasol a little more than Duncan because of his surrounding teammates. With Artest in the picture, Gasol should get a lot more open looks and wide open layup opportunities. Gasol will put up 19 points and 9 rebounds a night which is good production from a fantasy center.
#5. Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard has lost his main man Hedo Turkoglu but has gained NBA All-Star veteran Vince Carter. I like Carter to help out Howard’s game more because Carter draws more attention than Turkoglu. Howard is still developing his shot and has a lot of upside, which at this point is scary because he is already the best center in the league as far as fantasy numbers are concerned.
#4. Dwyane Wade
Last year proved that Dwyane could stay healthy for an entire season as he played in a career high 79 games. The previous two years he had missed 30 games each year due to injuries. In ’08-09 Wade averaged over 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists, which would be MVP numbers if it wasn’t for Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. If Wade can stay away from injuries, he will be top 5 in fantasy production.
#3. Chris Paul
Chris Paul led the league in assists will 11 per game and threw in 22.8 points per game and over 5 rebounds per contest in the 2008-2009 season. Paul still doesn’t have a team he can contend with, but he creates his own shots well enough to stay consistent. I like Paul a little more than D. Wade due to his passing ability and he isn’t injury prone.
#2. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant can finally put to rest all of the media who said he couldn’t win a title without Shaq. Now he can concentrate on getting along with bad boy Ron Artest to win another Championship. Kobe is not getting any younger, but his production is not slowing down at all. Kobe remains the second best option come draft day for your fantasy league.
#1. Lebron James
Lebron James is the overall fantasy undisputed #1 pick. No matter what you think of him, you have to give his game some credit and the numbers he puts up even more. Now with Shaq at his disposal you should see more assists and possibly more points due to the attention Shaw will command down low leaving Lebron more wide open looks every game. Lebron averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game in ’08-09, and I wouldn’t expect anything less next season.