NBA All-Star rosters tend to consist of star players who elevate the play of winning teams on a regular basis. An All-Star fantasy basketball roster, while including many of the same names, has nothing to do with the record of a guy’s NBA squad.
It’s all about the stats.
The following fantasy All-Star team, like the NBA All-Star rosters, consists of five “starters”—two backcourt players and three frontcourt guys—and two backcourt, three frontcourt and two players regardless of position as “reserves”. Each of them is healthy enough to play now; there will be no Rajon Rondo or Anderson Varejao here, despite their statistical dominance in select categories.
This collection of players may or may not be the 12 best fantasy assets in a vacuum, but things are rarely absolute in fantasy, anyway. They’re meant to assemble an eight-category wrecking ball as a unit, because—let’s face it—guys with such high usage wouldn’t stand a chance to win the turnovers category against normal fantasy squads. Shooting efficiency, however, is another story.
Only two players on this list are shooting less than 44 percent from the field this season, but each of them makes up for it by converting well over 2.0 three-pointers per game. Two guys are converting less than 77 percent of their free-throw attempts; one leads the fantasy team in rebounding and the other is LeBron James.
You knew he’d be here.
Collectively, the following gaggle of stats effectively results in a roster full of position-less players with the following averages: 48.7% FG, 84.4% FT, 1.4 3PM, 20.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.1 BPG and 2.8 TOPG.
In other words, this is basically cloning Michael Jordan with a bit more in the threes and blocks categories—minus about nine points and a steal per game—but with a 12-deep roster of dudes dropping 20 (again, on average), you won’t be left wanting for buckets.