2010 NBA Fantasy Basketball's Top 10 Trios: The Miami Heat Are No. 1, Duh...

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2010 NBA Fantasy Basketball's Top 10 Trios: The Miami Heat Are No. 1, Duh...
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We know who you are. You’re the same guy (or gal) who drafts for consolidation and of course, well, just plain convenience. You’ve drafted the entire Dallas Cowboys offense and the Yankees batting order so that you could watch your fantasy teams perform in one fell swoop. Here we’ve compiled the top ten NBA trios, so if your hope is to avoid changing the channel to keep up with your fantasy players, then this list is for you.

As we enter week two of the NBA season, most leagues have already drafted, but look to land some of these marquee trios through early season trades, making your team even stronger—and even easier to watch.

*(Average player draft position displayed in parenthesis)


1. Miami Heat: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh

Not much of a surprise here. LeBron James (3) may not be the first player off the board thanks to monster seasons from Kevin Durant and Chris Paul, but James will again provide owners with near triple-double production.

Trailing LeBron on draft boards is Dwyane Wade, (5) who is expected to be the scoring leader for the Heat. Wade won’t have to worry about facing double-teams now that he’s playing alongside Bosh and James, which makes him a very attractive buy for owners looking for scoring production.

Chris Bosh (22) was a Top 10 fantasy player last year, but his stock takes a hit with Miami. Owners know that Bosh’s touches will decrease, but sit hopeful that his efficiency will increase. Bosh is certainly a premiere forward and his ability to play center makes him a viable candidate for a first-round or early second-round pick.


2. Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, Caron Butler, Jason Kidd

The Maverick’s trio features three deadly shooters as well as players who can contribute in all facets of the game.

Nowitzki (4) will again be one of the league’s most productive shooters (25 PPG) and can be a reliable rebounder (8.5 RPG career) for owners looking for multi-category production.

Trailing Nowitzki is point guard Jason Kidd, (17) who continues to hold strong as one of the league’s best perimeter players. What Kidd has lost in speed and scoring, he’s been able to compensate for with lights-out shooting percentages (42.5% 3-PT) and as always, gaudy assist totals.

Caron Butler (74) is the perfect fit for the up-tempo Mavericks offense and will be the beneficiary of open looks created by Nowitzki, Jason Terry, and Kidd. His statistics did take a dip after being traded to Dallas at mid-season, but Butler will find his shots regardless of this star-studded Dallas lineup.


3. Boston Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett/Ray Allen


The Boston Three Party is now four as Rajon Rondo (19) enters the season with an average draft position in the top 20. Rondo will again finish among the league leaders in assists (fourth last season with 9.8 APG) and steals (first with 2.3). Playing with a full (healthy) complement of stars will only boost his stock.

Paul Pierce (35) will again be a Top 50 pick with steady scoring production and above average shooting percentages.

Both Garnett (53) and Allen (59) are a toss-up for the third member of this trio since Garnett’s injury history drops his average draft position to the fourth and fifth rounds, while Allen’s declining scoring rate has a similar affect on the veteran guard.

The addition of both O’Neals won’t figure to affect Garnett’s production much, since the veteran forward saw over ten shot attempts per contest in ’09-’10 and has always found a way to get his points.

Conversely, Ray Allen has seen his shot attempts decline the past three seasons, although Allen will always be a buy for owners looking to boost their shooting percentages.


4. Atlanta Hawks: Josh Smith, Al Horford, Joe Johnson


Josh Smith (14) does a bit of everything at both ends of the floor that justifies a first round selection. Owners will again see Smith contribute impressive rebounding totals (8.7 RPG last season) and he will provide enough blocked shots and steals to make up for his dismal 61% free throw rate.

Al Horford (24) will look to build off of his inaugural All-Star selection last season and provide a bountiful supply of rebounds (9.9 last season) and continue to chip in offensively (14.2 PPG).

Joe Johnson (27) will try to make good on his recently inked max contract this season while also improving on his well rounded ’09-’10 production (21.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.9 APG).


5. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green


Kevin Durant (1) won’t disappoint as the first player drafted in your league. At only 22 years old, Durant has achieved at a level only known to a small stratus of players.

Durant’s scoring average is higher than those of both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant at the same age. Durant has also been able to stay healthy even after logging nearly 40 minutes per game last season.

Westbrook (40) has shown signs that he’s able to do it all. His averages of 16.1 PPG, 8 ASG, and 4.9 RBG puts him in an elite class of point guards known to only players like Jason Kidd and Magic Johnson. This high praise for the young Westbrook comes with the expectation that he’ll be able to build off his strong ’09-’10.

Jeff Green (61) has quietly asserted himself as one of the more dependable players in the league. Green scored double figures in 71 of 82 games for the Thunder while also proving himself as a dependable rebounder with just over six boards per contest.



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