Creature Vs Creature: Lorge & Ribak Hand-Out Fantasy Basketball Awards

John LorgeSenior Writer IApril 15, 2009

Recently the Bleacher Report’s fantasy basketball experts John Lorge and Brandon Ribak handed out some metal for the top fantasy players of the 2008-09 fantasy basketball season.

Take a closer look and make your picks.

Fantasy Basketball MVP

Lorge: Dwyane Wade

This might have been the most competitive fantasy basketball MVP race we've seen in a long time.  LeBron James posted outstanding numbers all year, Chris Paul had the highly coveted assists, and Dwight Howard made sure you won the rebounds and blocks categories.

That being said, Wade's season highs of 55 points, 16 assists, 10 rebounds, seven steals, and five blocks are outstanding.  Although James deserves the regular season MVP, Wade's career highs in PPG, APG, SPG, BPG, and 3PTM, make him the narrow winner.

Ribak: LeBron James

He is forever the King of the NBA. Simply the best fantasy player in the NBA, end of story.

Fantasy Rookie of the Year

Ribak: Derrick Rose

He was second in rookies in scoring with 16.8 PPG, and led in assists 6.3. Rose is the only rookie to lead his team to the playoffs and is clearly most deserving of the award. He has shown that he was worth the number one overall pick in the draft.

Lorge: O.J. Mayo

This has been one of the most impressive rookie classes in fantasy history.  The two players that stick out in my mind are Derrick Rose and O.J. Mayo.  Both guards started off the season hot, hit a little wall, and are finishing strong. 

Although Rose had more assists per game (6.3 to 3.7), Mayo was the better scorer and is already one of the leagues top three point and free throw shooters.

Fantasy Sleeper of the Year

Lorge: Nate Robinson

Under Mike D'Antoni's tutelage, Nate Robinson has developed into one of the most explosive combo-guards in the NBA.  Coming off the bench Nate-Rob does a little bit of everything, he even recorded 10 rebounds three times this year. 

Ribak: Jeff Green

I drafted him in the tenth round of my draft before the season started with high hopes for the dude. He became one of the most consistent fantasy players on my team throughout the entire season. He improved from 10.4, 4.7, and 1.4 to 16.5, 6.8, 2.0. Green will be a top notch kind of pick next fantasy season for sure.

All-Fantasy NBA Team

PG - Chris Paul - The man is absurd, posting 22.7 PPG, 11 APG (lead the NBA), 5.5 RPG, and 2.7 SPG (lead the NBA) this season.
SG - Dwyane Wade - Lead the league in scoring with 30 PPG and carried this team all season long. Top 2 best fantasy players this season.
SF - LeBron James - They don't call him the King for no answer, posted MVP type fantasy numbers this year.
PF - Dirk Nowitzki - Having an outstanding season putting up big numbers.
C  - Dwight Howard - Simply the best center in the entire NBA today, top 5 best fantasy players this season.

PG - Chris Paul
SG - Dwyane Wade
SF - LeBron James
PF - Dirk Nowitzki
C  - Dwight Howard

The only pick that is even in question here is Nowitzki but the future Hall of Famer only had two single-digit scoring nights and missed one game all-year.

All-Fantasy Rookie Team

PG - Derrick Rose
SG - O.J. Mayo
SF - Michael Beasley
PF - Kevin Love
C  - Brook Lopez

Although Eric Gordon and Russell Westbrook deserves a shout-out, these five guys were at the head of their class for their respective positions.  You can expect all five of these guys to be fantasy stars next year.

PG - Derrick Rose
SG - O.J Mayo
SF - Michael Beasley
PF - Kevin Love
C  - Brooke Lopez

All-Fantasy Sleeper Team

PG - Nate Robinson
SG - Roger Mason
SF - Wilson Chandler
PF - Tyrus Thomas
C  - Chris Anderson

To me, the deeper the sleeper, the more impressive their success is.  There may have been some "sleepers" that had better statistical seasons then the guys on this list but if you look at their success in comparison to their value at the start of the year these guys are no-brainers.

PG - Rajon Rondo
SG - Kevin Durant
SF - Jeff Green
PF - Paul Millsap
C  - Shaquille O'Neal