James Harden and the Top-Scoring Fantasy SGs in the NBA

Pete SchauerCorrespondent INovember 28, 2012

November 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) gestures to the crowd during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

If you were lucky enough to draft any of these guys, you deserve an Adrian Peterson-like handshake.

Shooting guards are a fantasy basketball gem because every team needs that one guy who's just a downright scorer, and that's exactly what these three men are.

Dirty. Filthy. Nasty. Scorers

Let's meet the candidates:


Kobe Bryant

Even at the age of 34, Kobe Bryant is still leading the NBA in scoring (26.9 PPG) and is doing it by shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.

Already in this young season, Kobe already has one 40-point game and five games in which he scored at least 30 points.

Bryant is even hot shooting it from downtown, launching it at 41.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Clearly the addition of Dwight Howard isn't effecting Kobe's scoring abilities, and that shouldn't change when Steve Nash returns to action either.

O.J. Mayo

If you were fortunate enough to draft Mayo, you're probably still trying to wipe the grin off your face.

Mayo ranks No. 3 in scoring among SGs and sixth overall with 21.5 PPG and has been a pleasant surprise for a Dallas Mavericks squad without superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

What's most impressive about Mayo this season is his three-point range, which he's shooting at an ungodly accurate 53 percent and averaging three three-pointers made per game.

Fantasy owners are especially giddy about Mayo's scoring streak in the beginning of November, when he averaged 25.8 PPG.


James Harden

James Harden may have hurt his NBA championship hopes by moving to Houston from Oklahoma City, but he certainly improved his scoring opportunities.

For his efforts, the bearded man is the second-highest scorer among SGs (tied for fourth overall) with 25.2 PPG.

Harden's shooting percentages are down, but that's to be expected with a player moving from a sixth man to a starter's role.

Regardless, fantasy owners will have a hard time forgetting what Harden did in his first two games as a Rocket, exploding for a combined 82 points while shooting 64 percent from the field and 43 percent from three.

By season's end, don't be surprised to see Harden lead all shooting guards in scoring during the 2012-2013 season.


*All statistics accumulated before games on Nov. 27.

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