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Drafting by Position: Top Tier Players

Posted by Erik on September 24, 2007

I wanted to provide a fresh perspective in terms of looking at NBA players. Instead of just looking at them in terms of their Y! Rankings, I wanted to provide a tier system and categorized the players based on the positions they are eligible (so there may be some duplication of players who qualify for different positions) to play in and whether I would rate them as a tier 1, 2 , or 3. I have placed players in particular tiers based partially on their Y! Rankings and my subjective view on the outlook for their fantasy performance this season.

You can find that you can get relatively similar overall fantasy value from players within the same tier. For example, Steve Nash and Jason Kidd may give you different stats, but give you a similar level of quality in the PG slot. However, you may notice a clear divide between Gilbert Arenas (Tier 1) and say Chauncey Billups (Tier 2). If you want a balance of player quality across the positions you can fill in your roster you can use these lists as a resource to aid you in drafting a “balanced” lineup.


Tier 1:

Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Gilbert Arenas, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, Deron Williams

Tier 2:

Chauncey Billups, Allen Iverson, Joe Johnson, Brandon Roy, Jason Terry, Andre Miller, Baron Davis, Kirk Hinrich,

Tier 3:

Leandro Barbosa, Tony Parker, Mike Bibby, Mo Williams, Raymond Felton, Monta Ellis, Stephon Marbury, Luke Ridnour, T.J. Ford, Rajon Rondo


Tier 1:

Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala, Ray Allen, Paul Peirce, Allen Iverson, Joe Johnson

Tier 2:

Vince Carter, Jason Richardson, Jason Terry, Michael Redd, Tracy McGrady, Josh Howard, Brandon Roy, Kevin Martin, Mike Miller, Kirk Hinrich, Monta Ellis, Kevin Durant

Tier 3:

Manu Ginobili, Luol Deng, Ben Gordon, Ricky Davis, Raja Bell, Richard Hamilton, Cuttino Mobley, Jamal Crawford, Anthony Parker, Raymond Felton


Tier 1:

Kevin Garnett, Shawn Marion, LeBron James, Rashard Lewis, Josh Smith, Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala,

Tier 2:

Vince Carter, Gerald Wallace, Caron Butler, Jason Richardson, Michael Redd, Josh Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Tracy McGrady, Antawn Jamison, Mike Miller, Andrei Kirilenko, Lamar Odom, Luol Deng, Richard Jefferson, Kevin Durant

Tier 3:

Ricky Davis, Shane Battier, Tayshaun Prince, Danny Granger, Stephen Jackson, Corey Maggette, Andres Nocioni, Andrea Bargnani


Tier 1:

Kevin Garnett, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh, Pau Gasol, Carlos Boozer, Jermaine O’neal

Tier 2:

Al Jefferson, Emeka Okafor, Antawn Jamison, Rasheed Wallace, Gerald Wallace, Mehmet Okur, Andrei Kirilenko, Lamar Odom

Tier 3:

Danny Granger, Al Harrington, Zach Randolph, David West, Nene Hilario, Zaza Pachulia, Andres Nocioni, Andrea Bargnani, LaMarcus Aldridge, Darko Milicic, Luis Scola


Tier 1:

Amare Stoudemire, Pau Gasol, Yao Ming, Tim Duncan, Marcus Camby, Chris Bosh

Tier 2:

Al Jefferson, Carlos Boozer, Jermaine O’Neal, Emeka Okafor, Dwight Howard, Ben Wallace, Tyson Chandler

Tier 3:

Mehmet Okur, Samuel Dalembert, Andris Biedrins, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Chris Kaman, Zaza Pachulia, Brad Miller, Andrew Bogut, Nene Hilario, Andrew Bynum, Alonzo Mourning, Darko Milicic, LaMarcus Aldridge, Nenad Kristic, Shaquille O’Neal, Jamaal Magloire, Kurt Thomas, Al Harrington, Chris Wilcox


10 Responses to “Drafting by Position: Top Tier Players”

  1. glen said

    “You can find that you can get relatively similar overall fantasy value from players within the same tier.”

    i just find it funny that looking at your tier 2 point guards-

    “Tier 2:

    Chauncey Billups, Allen Iverson, Joe Johnson, Brandon Roy, Andre Miller, Jason Terry, Andre Miller, Baron Davis”

    yep. andre miller can definitely get the same fantasy value from someone say… andre miller


  2. glen said

    i think al jefferson deserves to be in tier 1 this year considering the very few options available for centers.

    aldridge will be worth a tier 2 based on speculation.

  3. Erik said

    Well I placed Andre Miller in Tier 2 because he was 4th in total assists last year and i expect him to do the same, if not produce better stats this year as he gets better acquainted with his new team.

    Re: Al Jefferson – He has yet to prove that he CAN carry a team’s front court duties. The other Tier 1 guys are blue chips in that position with the probable exception of Camby who still has to prove that he can consistently play 70+ games a season. In terms of totals, Al is nowhere near Camby’s ballpark when he does play a significant number of games.

  4. glen said

    you posted andre miller’s name. twice. hence the comment about him having the same stats. πŸ˜‰

  5. Al Jefferson tier 1? No way. If you are in a keeper league then he holds value due to his age and the fact that he is now top dawg on the team. However, he is in a stronger conference that has better skill players at his position. I think he is ready for a rollercoaster ride this season. Tier 1 players should have consistency in their games (This is why I don’t put Camby in Tier 1 either).

  6. Erik said

    Oops! My bad, Glen. Thanks for pointing it out. I’ll make the correction. πŸ™‚

  7. Rick said

    I dunno about you but I’m definitely leery of Wade that early. He’s hurt right now, and the way he plays he’ll always be an injury risk. On a team with no other threats (that includes the aging injury-prone 40-game vacation half-speed regular season Shaq) teams can clamp down on him and dare Penny Hardaway and Antoine Walker to beat them. He’s got first-round talent, but no sale here.

  8. Erik said

    I agree with you on that point Rick. I’m actually on the fence and am halfway to bumping him down to a Tier 2. It’s just that his past seasons’ productions are just worlds apart from his other potential companions in Tier 2. He’s more like in Tier limbo right now for me. I am still going to pass on him during the 1st round. If I can get him late 2nd or early 3rd, I think he’ll be worth it.

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