We are at the midway point of the NBA season, and that means it is a good time to reevaluate where guys land in the ranking system of fantasy basketball.
It’s not an easy task to choose between some of these guys, but it can be very helpful for trading to know where each player ranks and who might be valued higher or lower than they actually are.
These rankings are pertain to now through the rest of the season and do not take into consideration long-term value.
So without further rambling, here is my own Top 100 for the second half, complete with a new No. 1 player:
- LeBron James—Miami Heat
- Kevin Durant—Oklahoma City Thunder
- Kevin Love—Minnesota Timberwolves
- Chris Paul—Los Angeles Clippers
- Deron Williams—New Jersey Nets
- Dwayne Wade—Miami Heat
- Russell Westbrook—Oklahoma City Thunder
- Kobe Bryant—Los Angeles Lakers
- Dwight Howard—Orlando Magic
- Derrick Rose—Chicago Bulls
- Dirk Nowitzki—Dallas Mavericks
- Al Jefferson—Utah Jazz
- Monta Ellis—Golden State Warriors
- Josh Smith—Atlanta Hawks
- LaMarcus Aldridge—Portland Trail Blazers
- Kyle Lowry—Houston Rockets
- Pau Gasol—Los Angeles Lakers
- Andrew Bynum—Los Angeles Lakers
- Stephen Curry—Golden State Warriors
- Blake Griffin—Los Angeles Clippers
- Rudy Gay—Memphis Grizzlies
- John Wall—Washington Wizards
- Marc Gasol—Memphis Grizzlies
- DeMarcus Cousins—Sacramento Kings
- Carmelo Anthony—New York Knicks
- Danny Granger—Indiana Pacers
- Rajon Rondo—Boston Celtics
- Marcin Gortat—Phoenix Suns
- Greg Monroe—Detroit Pistons
- Paul Millsap—Utah Jazz
- Steve Nash—Phoenix Suns
- Paul Pierce—Boston Celtics
- Tony Parker—San Antonio Spurs
- Kyrie Irving—Cleveland Cavaliers
- David Lee—Golden State Warriors
- Andre Iguodala—Philadelphia 76ers
- Ricky Rubio—Minnesota Timberwolves
- Amare Stoudemire—New York Knicks
- Marcus Thornton—Sacramento Kings
- Ty Lawson—Denver Nuggets
- Roy Hibbert—Indiana Pacers
- James Harden—Oklahoma City Thunder
- Chris Bosh—Miami Heat
- Serge Ibaka—Oklahoma City Thunder
- Joe Johnson—Atlanta Hawks
- Jeremy Lin—New York Knicks
- JaVale McGee—Washington Wizards
- Ryan Anderson—Orlando Magic
- Tyreke Evans—Sacramento Kings
- Gerald Wallace—Portland Trail Blazers
- Brandon Jennings—Milwaukee Bucks
- Kevin Martin—Houston Rockets
- Nikola Pekovic—Minnesota Timberwolves
- Luol Deng—Chicago Bulls
- Mike Conley—Memphis Grizzlies
- Nicolas Batum—Portland Trail Blazers
- Joakim Noah—Chicago Bulls
- DeAndre Jordan—Los Angeles Clippers
- Danilo Gallinari—Denver Nuggets
- Jrue Holiday—Philadelphia 76ers
- Tyson Chandler—New York Knicks
- Brook Lopez—New Jersey Nets
- Jamal Crawford—Portland Trail Blazers
- Paul George—Indiana Pacers
- Kris Humpries—New Jersey Nets
- Nene Hilario—Denver Nuggets
- Tim Duncan—San Antonio Spurs
- Antwan Jamison—Cleveland Cavaliers
- Jose Calderon—Toronto Raptors
- Kevin Garnett—Boston Celtics
- Marshon Brooks—New Jersey Nets
- Carlos Boozer—Chicago Bulls
- Jason Terry—Dallas Mavericks
- Luis Scola—Houston Rockets
- Ray Allen—Boston Celtics
- Darren Collison—Indiana Pacers
- Mo Williams—Los Angeles Clippers
- Dorell Wright—Golden State Warriors
- Manu Ginobili—San Antonio Spurs
- Caron Butler—Los Angeles Clippers
- Jeff Teague—Atlanta Hawks
- David West—Indiana Pacers
- Zach Randolph—Memphis Grizzlies
- Kemba Walker—Charlotte Bobcats
- Nick Young—Washington Wizards
- DeMar DeRozan—Toronto Raptors
- Al Harrington—Denver Nuggets
- Rodney Stuckey—Detroit Pistons
- Wilson Chandler—Free Agent
- Ersan Ilyasova—Milwaukee Bucks
- Isaiah Thomas—Sacramento Kings
- Drew Gooden—Milwaukee Bucks
- Channing Frye—Phoenix Suns
- Trevor Ariza—New Orleans Hornets
- Wesley Matthews—Portland Trail Blazers
- Chris Kaman—New Orleans Hornets
- Lou Williams—Philadelphia 76ers
- Jason Richardson—Orlando Magic
- Jared Dudley—Phoenix Suns
- Andrea Bargnani—Toronto Raptors
Kyrie Irving vs. Ricky Rubio
A lot of people are enamored with Ricky Rubio, and I am one of them. I love watching the guy play, almost more so than anyone else in the NBA. But when I step back and look at Kyrie Irving compared to Rubio for fantasy, I have to side with Kyrie by just slightly.
I think Irving is developing as a passer, and his assists totals will climb up to over six per game by the end of the season. He’s also improving defensively and will continue to add to his steals totals.
I would give an edge to Rubio long term because I think his game is still developing and he’ll continue to get better and better, but for the rest of this season it’s Irving for me.
The Mighty Has Fallen
I even surprised myself a little when I was trying to find a place to pencil Amar'e into my rankings, and I had to talk myself into working him into the Top 40—a guy who was a borderline top-10 pick before the season.
The more talent around Amar'e, the worse his stats get.
The presence of Tyson Chandler is taking away from his rebounding, and the presence of Carmelo Anthony and now Jeremy Lin is taking away from his points.
Until Amar'e finds a way to work in this system again, he’s going to be closer to the Roy Hibbert-type of centers than the Dwight Howard types.
The Rise of Pekovic
The NBA is enthralled with Linsanity and it is a ton of fun to watch, I have to admit. But meanwhile, there are other guys doing impressive things, and one of them is Nikola Pekovic in Minnesota.
Through 13 February games, Pekovic has averaged 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 0.9 steals.
Pekovic has quickly established himself as this year’s version of Marcin Gortat and just keeps piling up the stats. It’s amazing that anyone can average double-digit rebounds playing next to Kevin Love, but the big man from Yugoslavia is making it happen right now.
He may not have a team to play for yet, but it’s only a matter of time before Wilson Chandler is back in the NBA. I am expecting some very nice things from him in the second half.
Chandler was one of my favorite sleepers before getting trapped in China, and now that he is forgotten he may be an even bigger sleeper.
Wherever Chandler lands I anticipate he’ll put up 15-16 points, 5-6 rebounds and a block and steal per game. Don’t sleep on Chandler just 'cause he’s been gone for a while—he could have a very nice second half.
What do you think of these rankings? There’s nothing like a good ranking list to stir up some controversy, so tell me where I am wrong or where I am right. I would love your opinions either way.