Which Players Are Primed for Fantasy Stardom in 2009?

John LorgeSenior Writer IDecember 17, 2008

In the 2008 portion of this NBA season two point guards have already elevated their game into stardom. 

In fantasy leagues Devin Harris was seen drafted behind Mo Williams, Lamar Odom, and Hedo Turkoglu.  Rajon Rondo was drafted behind Leandro Barbosa, Kirk Hinrich, and T.J. Ford. 

There is still a lot of basketball to play this season and there are more players vying to climb into the fantasy elite.

Let's take a closer look.

Al Harrington, F/C, New York Knicks

Since joining the Knicks, Harrington has taken his game to another level.  He is averaging career highs of 24.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in 38 minutes of play.  He is making 2.6 threes per game at a respectable 37.8 percent and is hitting 88.9 percent of his free throws, which is amazing for a 72.0 percent career shooter. 

Harrington is inspired to be back in the New York area and his play shows it.  He is an extremely valuable fantasy option because of his ability to fill the center slot.  Although Harrington has blown-up, he is still under-valued and off the radar of many fantasy owners.  Trade for Harrington now and watch him thrive under Mike D'Antoni in 2009.

Jeff Green, F, Oklahoma City Thunder

Not only has Green shown a big improvement since last season, but every month Green's numbers have been escalating this season.  In December, Green has averaged 17.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 53.2 percent from the field in 36 minutes of play.  Green will also get you one steal and one three per night on average. 

After the firing of P.J. Carlesimo, Green's game has really taken off.  Along with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook he makes up one of the best young trios in the NBA.  Green encounters many mismatches and has the green-light to shoot.  The Thunder's season will ride on Durant and Green, so go Green before it's too late. 

D.J. Augustin, G, Charlotte Bobcats

The emergence of Augustin is one of the main reasons the Bobcats felt comfortable trading away Jason Richardson.  Raja Bell has been playing terrible since becoming a Bobcat, and along with Gerald Wallace and Raymond Felton, might be on his way out.  Through all of the transition Larry Brown has begun to trust the rookie Augustin, and although Brown can restrict players’ style, Augustin is allowed to play freely. 

He will provide points, threes, assists, and accurate foul shooting to your roster.  Many owners still see Augustin as one of the last few men on their roster when he actually deserves playing time.  I've seen him bouncing on-and-off the wavier wire, you should be able to snatch him with ease.

Spencer Hawes, F/C, Sacramento Kings

There are rumors circulating that Brad Miller is on his way out in Sacramento.  Right now Hawes has solidified himself in the starting lineup, and he has double-double potential every night.  If Miller gets dealt before the trade deadline, Hawes should average a double-double for the remainder of the season.

Hawes provides fantasy owners with more than just points and rebounds however.  He is averaging 1.9 blocks per game and has shown the ability to hit the occasional three.  He is an above average free-throw shooter for a center and most importantly he is dedicated to developing his game.  If the trade goes through, jump all over Hawes.