Thursday, December 16, 2004

Fantasy Front: Centers

By Anthony Peretore

Provided are the fantasy rankings of the Top 10 Centers based upon their play thus far in the 2004-05 season. Also included are those players that could have significant impact in the near future as well as a select few 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. Player 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'



Shaq's been out-muscling all his opponents recently


1. Shaquille O’Neal #34, Miami Heat
Stats: 34.2 mins, 21.0 PPG(2), 11.1 RPG(2), 2.8 APG(2), 0.35 SPG(9), 2.9 BPG(3)
Total Ranking: 18
Status:
Sub-par thus far, but getting stronger (40 and 12 Monday at Wash)

2. Ben Wallace #3, Detroit Pistons
Stats:
39.5 mins, 11.4 PPG(8), 11.7 RPG(1), 2.0 APG(3), 1.83 SPG(1), 3.0 BPG(t-1)
Total Ranking: 14
Status: Solid all across the board, should get even better once Pistons get on track

3. Amare Stoudemire #32, Phoenix Suns
Stats:
36.8 mins, 26.1 PPG(1), 9.2 RPG(4), 1.4 APG(6), 0.71 SPG(6), 1.8 BPG(5)
Total Ranking: 22
Status: Really coming into his own...Will be top 3 all season

4. Brad Miller #52, Sacramento Kings
Stats:
35.8 mins, 15.9 PPG(5), 8.6 RPG(6), 3.6 APG(1), 1.20 SPG(2), 1.0 BPG(t-9)
Total Ranking: 23
Status: Making the Kings forget all about Vlade...Health his only real concern


5. Zydrunas Ilgauskas #11, Cleveland Cavaliers
Stats:
33.8 mins, 17.0 PPG(4), 7.8 RPG(8), 1.3 APG(7), 0.90 SPG(t-3), 1.6 BPG(6)
Total Ranking: 28
Status: May drop off a bit if the Cavs keep running...Contract year however


6. Marcus Camby #23, Denver Nuggets
Stats:
29.7 mins, 8.2 PPG(10), 9.0 RPG(5), 1.5 APG(5), 0.76 SPG(5), 3.0 BPG(t-1)
Total Ranking: 26
Status: Falling...Injured-proned and being shopped around

7. Yao Ming #11, Houston Rockets
Stats:
32.0 mins, 18.1 PPG(3), 8.3 RPG(7), 1.0 APG(8), 0.52 SPG(7), 1.5 BPG(7)
Total Ranking: 32
Status: Very disappointing thus far...Should be a top 3 center, may still be...

8. Nazr Mohammed #13, New York Knicks
Stats:
29.0 mins, 12.8 PPG(6), 9.5 RPG(3), 0.2 APG(10), 0.90 SPG(t-3), 1.0 BPG(t-9)
Total Ranking: 31
Status: Has been a pleasant surprise...Watch out, never received big mins before


9. Mark Blount #30, Boston Celtics
Stats:
31.6 mins, 11.8 PPG(7), 6.5 RPG(10), 1.6 APG(4), 0.45 SPG(8), 1.3 BPG(8)
Total Ranking: 37
Status: Classic case of getting a big contractl...Rebounding and hands are really bad


10. Alonzo Mourning #33, New Jersey Nets
Stats:
25.4 mins, 10.4 PPG(9), 7.1 RPG(9), 0.8 APG(9), 0.28 SPG(10), 2.3 BPG(4)
Total Ranking: 41

Status: Shown signs of still having it...Has missed the teams' last 3 games...

Injured List:

  • Jamal Magloire #42, New Orleans Hornets
    Stats: 11 games, 32.8 mins, 14.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.36 SPG, 0.8 BPG
    Status: Out approx. 3 months

  • Kelvin Cato #13, Orlando Magic
    Stats:
    14 games, 27.6 mins, 7.7 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.86 SPG, 2.3 BPG
    Status: Out at least 2 more weeks

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  • Samuel Dalembert #1, Philadelphia 76ers
    Stats:
    20.6 mins, 5.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.4 BPG
    Status: Starting the last 3 games: 32.0 mins, 9.7 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 4.0 BPG

  • Theo Ratliff #42, Portland Trailblazers
    Stats:
    28.6 mins, 4.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.1 SPG, 2.5 BPG
    Status: Usually a block machine, all his numbers are down...Should come around...

  • Mehmet Okur #13, Utah Jazz
    Stats:
    24.7 mins, 11.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.9 BPG
    Status: With Kirilenko out, Okur has started the last 7 games

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  • Primoz Brezec #7, Charlotte Bobcats
    Stats:
    31.0 mins, 12.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.35 SPG, 0.8 BPG
    Status: Has tailed off significantly with the emergence of Emeka Okafor

  • Erick Dampier #25, Dallas Mavericks
    Stats:
    27.3 mins, 8.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.27 SPG, 1.1 BPG
    Status: Foul trouble keeping him off the court

  • Eddy Curry #2, Chicago Bulls
    Stats:
    27.2 mins, 13.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.18 SPG, 0.7 BPG
    Status: Double digit boards just 4 times all year...Not yet dependable

  • Chris Mihm #31, Los Angeles Lakers
    Stats:
    26.3 mins, 11.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.32 SPG, 1.3 BPG
    Status: Too inconsistant...25 and 14 followed by 9 and 2...

  • Marc Jackson #25, Philadelphia 76ers
    Stats:
    28.4 mins, 15.4 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.90 SPG, 0.4 BPG
    Status: Lost starting spot, numbers will take a hit soon...


1 Comments:

At 12:27 PM, Blogger n00nz said...

Very dissapointing to see Yao fall as far down as he has. I have to believe that he is being affected by McGrady and Van Gundy's system significantly. I've watched a few houston games, and he doesn't get the ball nearly enough.

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