Points in the Paint

Fantasy Basketball Opinions, Strategy & Tips

Drafting by the Numbers: TOP 15 per STAT

Posted by Erik on October 2, 2007

In a previous post, Drafting by Position, I highlighted my view on what Tiers NBA players belonged in terms of Fantasy Basketball. Of course there’s another way to approach your draft strategy and that is to try to make your team as successful in each stat category (pretty much the goal in Fantasy Ball). It’s clearly possible to get contributions in categories from positions that don’t normally produce those numbers. e.g. FG% from Steve Nash (PG), Steals from BenWallace (C), Blocks from Josh Smith (G/F), FT% from Yao Ming (C), and more. . .

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top 15 players in the stat categories of POINTS, ASSISTS, REBOUNDS, BLOCK, STEALS, and 3PTs MADE. They are ordered by totals and are based on last season’s production. I also added their positions and AVERAGES per game. For assists, I added assist-turnover ratio (A/T), in case you’re like me and signed up in a league that plays with more than the regular 9 stat categories. This listing can serve as a useful resource when mapping out your team’s composition come draft day.

POINTS

  1. Kobe Bryant, SG (31.6)
  2. LeBron James, SF (27.3)
  3. Gilbert Arenas, PG (28.5)
  4. Vince Carter, SG/SF (25.2)
  5. Dirk Nowitzki, PF (24.6)
  6. Carmelo Anthony, SF (28.9)
  7. Ben Gordon, SG (21.4)
  8. Tracy McGrady, SG/SF (24.6)
  9. Allen Iverson, PG/SG (26.3)
  10. Kevin Garnett, SF/PF (22.4)
  11. Amare Stoudemire, C (20.4)
  12. Elton Brand, PF/C (20.5)
  13. Kevin Martin, SG (20.2)
  14. Zach Randolph, PF (23.6)
  15. Tim Duncan, PF/C (20.0)

ASSISTS

  1. Steve Nash, PG (11.6) (A/T: 3.080)
  2. Deron Williams, PG (9.3) (A/T: 3.028)
  3. Jason Kidd, PG (9.2) (A/T: 3.455)
  4. Andre Miller, PG (7.3) (A/T: 2.815)
  5. T.J. Ford, PG (7.9) (A/T: 2.576)
  6. Chris Paul, PG (8.9) (A/T: 3.534)
  7. Raymond Felton, PG/SG (7.0) (A/T: 2.370)
  8. Baron Davis, PG (8.1) (A/T: 2.673)
  9. Chauncey Billups, PG (7.2) (A/T: 3.586)
  10. Kirk Hinrich, PG/SG (6.3) (A/T: 2.618)
  11. Jamal Tinsley, PG (6.9) (A/T: 2.470)
  12. LeBron James, SF (6.0) (A/T: 1.880)
  13. Allen Iverson, PG/SG (7.2) (A/T: 1.746)
  14. Tracy McGrady, SG/SF (6.5) (A/T: 2.150)
  15. Rafer Alston, PG (5.4) (A/T: 2.612)

REBOUNDS

  1. Dwight Howard, C (12.3)
  2. Kevin Garnett, SF/PF (12.8)
  3. Tyson Chandler, C (12.4)
  4. Carlos Boozer, PF/C (11.7)
  5. Tim Duncan, PF/C (10.6)
  6. Ben Wallace, C (10.7)
  7. Marcus Camby, C (11.7)
  8. Amare Stoudemire, C (9.6)
  9. Shawn Marion, SF/PF (9.8)
  10. Andris Biedrins, C (9.3)
  11. Emeka Okafor, PF/C (11.3)
  12. Al Jefferson, PF/C (11.0)
  13. Elton Brand, PF/C (9.3)
  14. Chris Bosh, PF/C (10.7)
  15. Samuel Dalembert, C (10.7)

BLOCKS

  1. Marcus Camby, C (3.3)
  2. Josh Smith, SG/SF (2.9)
  3. Tim Duncan, PF/C (2.4)
  4. Jermaine O’Neal PF/C (2.6)
  5. Elton Brand, PF/C (2.2)
  6. Alonzo Mourning, C (2.3)
  7. Emeka Okafor, PF/C (2.6)
  8. Samuel Dalembert, C (1.9)
  9. Ben Wallace, C (2.0)
  10. Dwight Howard, C (1.9)
  11. Andrei Kirilenko, SF/PF (2.1)
  12. Darko Milicic, PF/C (1.8)
  13. Andris Biedrins, C (1.7)
  14. Tyson Chandler, C (1.8)
  15. Andrew Bynum, C (1.6)

STEALS

  1. Shawn Marion, SF/PF (2.0)
  2. Andre Iguodala, SG/SF (2.0)
  3. Ron Artest, SF (2.1)
  4. Gerald Wallace, SF/PF (2.0)
  5. Gilbert Arenas, PG (1.9)
  6. Baron Davis, PG (2.1)
  7. Caron Butler, SF (2.1)
  8. Monta Ellis, PG/SG (1.7)
  9. Rafer Alston, PG (1.6)
  10. Rajon Rondo, PG/SG (1.6)
  11. Jason Kidd, PG (1.6)
  12. LeBron James, SF (1.6)
  13. Allen Iverson, PG/SG (1.8)
  14. Smush Parker, PG (1.5)
  15. Chris Paul, PG (1.8)

NOTES:

  • Allen Iverson only played 50 games last season. So based on his averages, expect him to contribute higher totals in Points, Steals and Assists this year. (Well of course we hope his health permits him to play more than 50 games, that is.)
  • Chris Paul played in only 64 games last season. Similar to Iverson, expect higher totals in Assists and Steals.
  • Due to injury, Elton Brand is expected to be gone for the greater part of the season. Even though he is in the top of 3 categories, he won’t providing those totals this year.
  • In the Blocks Department, even though guys like Zo, Darko, and Bynum make the TOP 15 list, their contributions in other categories leave much to be desired, so they are at best late picks when you find team lacking in the blocks category.
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