First Half Fantasy Awards

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IFebruary 14, 2010

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Fantasy MVP: LeBron James (Cavs)

James is leading the league in points per game (29.9) and is sixth in assists (8.3).  He also is averaging 1.9 three-pointers, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game.  He is shooting 50 percent from the field and has the second-best free throw percentage of his career at 77.6 percent.

Runner up: Kevin Durant (Thunder)


Least Valuable player: John Salmons (Bulls)

Salmons was traded to the Bulls last season and was expected to carry some of the load this year with Ben Gordon gone.  In 26 games with the Bulls last season, Salmons averaged 18.3 points and 1.9 three-pointers per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line.  This season, however, he is averaging just 12.8 points, 1.4 three-pointers, and is shooting 41 percent from the field and 78 percent from the line.

Runner up: Gilbert Arenas (Wizards)


Biggest Fantasy Surprise: Zach Randolph (Grizzles)

Randolph has not missed a game this season, playing in 51.  He is one of the main reasons Memphis is 26-25 and just three games out of the Western Conference's eighth seed. The most games he has played in a season were 81 back in 03-04.

"Zeb"o made his first All-Star team of his career, averaging 20.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.  He is shooting 49.8 percent from the field (the second-best percentage of his career) and 79.4 percent from the line.

Runner up: Rajon Rondo (Celtics), Gerald Wallace (Bobcats), David Lee (Knicks) and Stephen Curry (Warriors), Chris Kaman (Clippers)


Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans (Kings)

Evans is on pace to average 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.  Only three rookies in league history have every done that (LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson). He also is averaging 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.  He is shooting 46 percent from the field and 79 percent from the line

Runner up: Brandon Jennings (Bucks), Curry, Darren Collison (Hornets)


Fantasy Bust: Jose Calderon (Raptors)

Calderon was drafted in the second round in most "snake" drafts.  Owners expected him to have a high field goal percentage and a high assist rate.  But he is playing just  27 minutes per game and is averaging 5.9 assists.  The last two seasons, he averaged 8.3 and 8.9 assists. 

He had some injury concerns in the preseason, but owners expected him to bounce back after he missed 14 games last year. He has missed 12 games so far this season and has not started since Dec. 5.

Runner up: Hedo Turkoglu (Raptors), Charlie Villanueva (Pistons), Ben Gordon (Pistons), Richard Jefferson (Spurs), Devin Harris (Nets)