Imagine what kind of dominant fantasy basketball force Dwight Howard would be if he just made his free throws. If he was simply average in the category and didn’t hurt you, he would be a more positive fantasy influence than LeBron James.
With that in mind, some big-name guys have taken statistical strides in areas of weakness. Serge Ibaka, for example, has done damage from the free-throw line to opposing NBA teams rather than his fantasy owners’ lineups this season—and still manages to swat 3.3 shots per game.
That’s why he’s the best big man in fantasy basketball.
Ibaka is one of 10 players to have made noticeable improvements in the fantasy game from last year to this year. Other guys have improved in shooting efficiency, scoring, assists, steals and blocks. The following list is ranked by how dramatic their respective improvement has been since last season.
All statistics are accurate prior to games played on Dec. 5, 2012.