Fantasy Faceoff: Kevin Garnett vs. David West

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IOctober 6, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 02:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics encourages his teammates from the bench in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 2, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Bulls 109-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Both players have an ADP of the third-fourth round.


The Case For KG

Garnett underwent knee surgery in the offseason and could be a great buy-low candidate. He says his knee is pain-free and feels more flexible since the surgery. With the addition of PF/C Rasheed Wallace,  it will take pressure off him in the front court. 

KG is a year removed from 18.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.3 block, 54 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line. Before last season, he played in 71 or more games in nine straight seasons. Owners could be scared to draft the 12-time  All-Star, which means you could be getting a steal in the early rounds.


The Case Against KG

Due to a knee injury, he missed 25 games last season, which was the most since the '98-'99 season. He averaged 15.2 points, the second lowest amount in his 14-year career. Also, his 31.1 minutes per game was the lowest since his rookie season.

He is entering his 15th season in the league and his 20-10 days could be over.


The Case For West

West averaged a career high 21-points last year with 8.5 rebounds, .9 blocks, shot 47 percent from field and 88 percent from the foul line. He also set a career highs with 39 minutes per game and games played with 76. In 38 games after the All Star Break, he averaged 22.9 points and 9.9 rebounds in 41 minutes per game.

He turned 29-years-old and rebounded nicely from a slow start last season and is the safer pick.


The Case Against West

Even though his rebounding numbers picked up, he averaged just 7.2 in the first two months of the season. The Hornets traded C Tyson Chandler for C Emeka Okafor, which could mean less bounds for West. Even though his free-throw percentage is very high, I would like to see his field goal percentage higher. Also, he does not block many shots for a premier big man.