NBA Primetime's Top 10 Small-Forwards for the 2010-11 Season
1. Kevin Durant- Thunder [Age: 22] [Ht: 6'9"] [Wt: 230] [NBAPT Rank: 1]
2009-10 stats: 30.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 48.0 FG%, 3.3 TO
Outlook: At just 22 years of age, Durant has already emerged as the top fantasy player for the 2010-11 season. We expect KD to continue to climb the ladder as far as overall production, making him the most attractive piece to any fantasy team.
2. LeBron James- Heat [Age: 25] [Ht: 6'8"] [Wt: 250] [NBAPT Rank: 2]
2009-10 stats: 29.7 PPG, 8.6 APG, 7.3 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 50.0 FG%, 3.4 TO
Outlook: Joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat will certainly take a hit on James' fantasy impact, but not too devastating of a hit. Expect James' points per game average to drop to the low 20s, while his assists and rebounds per game take a slight increase. Averaging a triple-double is definitely not out of the question.
3. Carmelo Anthony- Nuggets [Age:26] [Ht: 6'8"] [Wt: 230] [NBAPT Rank: 3]
2009-10 stats: 28.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.2 SPG, 45.8 FG%, 3.0 TO
Outlook: While it looks like Melo could be parting ways with the Nuggets after seasons end, don't hesitate to draft the fantasy scoring machine during the first round of your draft. Expect Anthony to average very similar numbers to last years averages with a point or two less per game.
4. Danny Granger- Pacers [Age: 27] [Ht: 6'9"] [Wt: 228] [NBAPT Rank: 4]
2009-10 stats: 24.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 43.0 FG%, 2.5 TO
Outlook: Granger's PPG dropped from the 2008 season to last year. Even worse, his field goal percentage fell to a whopping 43.0 percent. The small-forward can definitely light up the scoreboard on any given night, but aside from that he is just an average rebounder at the small-forward position. On a brighter note, Granger made 153 three-pointers last season on a 36.1 percent shooting clip. The five year player out of New Mexico is worthy of a high second round draft pick.
5. Gerald Wallace- Bobcats [Age: 28] [Ht: 6'7"] [Wt: 228] [NBAPT Rank: 5]
2009-10 stats: 18.2 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 48.0 FG%, 2.3 TO
Outlook: Wallace is without a doubt the best rebounding small-forward in the NBA, averaging a career-high 10.0 boards per contest last season. The forward has the ability to fill up the entire stat sheet night in and night out. With starting point-guard Raymond Felton and center Tyson Chandler gone, you can expect Wallace to post career-highs in every statistical category during the upcoming season.
6. Andre Iguodala- Sixers [Age: 26] [Ht: 6'6"] [Wt: 207] [NBAPT Rank: 6]
2009-10 stats: 17.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 44.0 FG%, 2.7 TO
Outlook: With second overall draft pick Evan Turner stepping into the starting shooting-guard role, Iguodala could find his fantasy numbers dropping a bit. A.I. was rumored to be on the trading block earlier this offseason but with talks dying down, it looks like he will remain a Sixer this season. Expect Iguodala to increase his field-goal percentage, in addition to his rebounding and assists per game. A.I makes for a solid early third-round pick.
7. Rudy Gay- Grizzlies [Age: 24] [Ht: 6'8"] [Wt: 230] [NBAPT Rank: 7]
2009-10 stats: 19.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, 47.0 FG%, 2.1 TO
Outlook: At the age of 24, Rudy Gay still has much room to grow before he becomes the polished forward we anticipate him to be. Expect Gay's scoring and rebounding numbers to continue to rise. His only downfall is that he has never averaged more than 2 assists per game in his career.
8. Paul Pierce- Celtics [Age: 33] [Ht: 6'7"] [Wt: 235] [NBAPT Rank: 8]
2009-10 stats: 18.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.2 SPG, 47.0 FG%, 2.3 TO
Outlook: Even though Pierce is 33-years-old he still has the ability to produce at a high level. While his season averages of 20 points per game are likely over and done with, you can expect "The Truth" to give you a serviceable amount of fantasy production worthy of selecting in the late third or early fourth round of your fantasy draft.
9. Danilo Gallinari- Knicks [Age: 22] [Ht: 6'10"] [Wt: 225] [NBAPT Rank: 9]
2009-10 stats: 15.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 42.0 FG%, 1.4 TO
Outlook: Gallinari is a very young forward that can drain three-pointers from left and right. Last season he ended the year with the second most 3PM, draining 186 trey balls on an impressive 38.1 percent shooting clip. With Amare Stoudemire in town expect Gallinari's scoring and 3PM to rise, but that's about it.
10. Rashard Lewis- Magic [Age: 31] [Ht: 6'10"] [Wt: 230] [NBAPT Rank: 10]
2009-10 stats: 14.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 43.0 FG%, 1.5 TO
Outlook: Matt Barnes signing with the Los Angeles Lakers gives the Magic an opportunity to slide Rashard Lewis to his natural small-forward position. At the three spot Lewis will be able to post his career scoring averages after having a down year this past season. Expect Lewis to be a top contender for most three-pointers made next season.
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