Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Fantasy Front: Shooting Guards

By Anthony Peretore

Provided are the fantasy rankings of the Top 10 shooting guards based upon their play thus far in the 2004-05 season. Also included are a handful of guys that could have significant impact in the near future and those you should depend on only as viable backups.

We will base our rankings on a five category head-to-head league, thus, only points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks will factor into this list. Players averages for each category will be listed, as well as their ranking in that particular category compared to the rest of the top ten, denoted in ( ).
Note: Ranking will not always be determined by 'Total Ranking'

1. Kobe Bryant #8, Los Angeles Lakers
Stats: 42.4 mins, 28.1 PPG(1), 6.9 RPG(2), 5.8 APG(1), 1.25 SPG(6), 1.3 BPG(1)
Total Ranking: 11
Status: Not budging…MVP candidate, scoring should go up a bit


2. Paul Pierce #34, Boston Celtics
Stats: 38.8 mins, 23.0 PPG(4), 7.4 RPG(1), 5.4 APG(3), 1.6 SPG(4), 0.6 BPG(t-2)
Total Ranking: 14
Status: Staying in top 3...TMac is only threat to pass the heart and soul of the C's


3. Tracy McGrady #1, Houston Rockets
Stats: 40.5 mins, 21.5 PPG(5), 5.4 RPG(t-4), 5.7 APG(2), 1.2 SPG(t-7), 0.6 BPG(t-2)
Total Ranking: 20
Status: Rising? Numbers way down, should pass Pierce eventually


4. Manu Ginobili #20, San Antonio Spurs
Stats: 30.5 mins, 16.9 PPG(10), 5.1 RPG(6), 4.7 APG(4), 2.1 SPG(2), 0.5 BPG(t-4)
Total Ranking: 26
Status: Falling? Can't keep this up, can he? Will be an All-Star if he does


5. Ray Allen #34, Seattle Supersonics
Stats: 40.0 mins, 25.2 PPG(2), 3.9 RPG(t-8), 3.8 APG(8), 1.4 SPG(5), 0.0 BPG(10)
Total Ranking: 33
Status: Steady...May pass Ginobili, especially in a contract year


6. Larry Hughes #20, Washington Wizards
Stats: 33.8 mins, 18.4 PPG(t-7), 5.4 RPG(t-4), 3.9 APG(7), 3.3 SPG(1), 0.2 BPG(7)
Total Ranking: 26
Status: Slipping...Assist and Steal totals will drop off...expect Arenas to step up


7. Jason Richardson #23, Golden State Warriors
Stats: 36.6 mins, 18.4 PPG(t-7), 6.1 RPG(3), 3.5 APG(9), 1.2 SPG(t-7), 0.5 BPG(t-4)
Total Ranking: 30
Status: Rising...No surgery for JRich means a break out year


8. Michael Redd #22, Milwaukee Bucks
Stats: 40.1 mins, 23.1 PPG(3), 4.8 RPG(7), 2.9 APG(10), 0.8 SPG(10), 0.1 BPG(t-8)
Total Ranking: 38
Status: Staying put...Numbers will remain solid in a contract year


9. Richard Hamilton #32, Detroit Pistons
Stats: 39.9 mins, 21.0 PPG(6), 3.9 RPG(t-8), 4.3 APG(5), 0.9 SPG(9), 0.1 BPG(t-8)
Total Ranking: 36
Status: Slipping?...Career-highs in points and assists...Should remain in bottom 3


10. Jamal Crawford #1, New York Knicks
Stats: 35.5 mins, 17.6 PPG(9), 2.3 RPG(10), 4.1 APG(6), 1.8 SPG(3), 0.5 BPG(t-4)
Total Ranking: 32
Status: Dropping out?... If not soon, when Allan Houston returns (Dec.?) for sure


Just napping...

  • Vince Carter #15, Toronto Raptors
    Stat Line:
    30.9 mins, 15.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG
    Status: Number will rise upon his departure from Canada

Injured (Possible Top 10-caliber when healthy)...

  • Michael Finley #4, Dallas Mavericks
    Stat Line: 5 Games, 17.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG
    Status: Numbers should climb across the board...Back in one week

Sleeper (Could step up for a wounded team)...

  • Fred Jones #20, Indiana Pacers
    Stat Line:
    12.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG
    Status: With Artest suspended, Jones has stepped up with 47 points in his last 2

Tossing and Turning (Started off hot, may cool soon)...

  • Bobby Simmons #21, Los Angeles Clippers
    Stat Line: 35.6 mins, 16.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG
    Status: With Kittles back from injury, Simmons may be the odd man out

In a coma (Only use as backups)...

  • Ricky Davis (BOS), Kyle Korver (PHI), Jalen Rose (TOR), Cuttino Mobley (ORL), Bonzi Wells (MEM), Latrell Sprewell (MIN), Derek Anderson (POR), Joe Johnson (PHX)

Small Forwards coming soon...


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