Top 10 NBA Fantasy Point Guards

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2009

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(Without question, Chris Paul is tops at PG)

The NBA season starts in two weeks, and you've just begun to plan your first mock draft. And when is your draft, you say? Tomorrow?

Instead of dragging and dropping your auto-pick lineup, take some advice and gauge the best players the league has to offer at each position.

Be ready for your draft. Know the players who are going to kill in 2009.

1. Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)

Last Year: 22.8 Ppg, 11 Ast, 5.5 Reb, 2.8 Stl, 50.3% FG, 36.4% 3PT, 86.8% FT.

Paul led the league in assists by over 130 to the next guy (second on this list, too), Deron Williams. Paul brings everything to the table. He's durable, consistent, and booming with confidence.

If he doesn't drop 20 points, he has the talent to drop 20 dimes. The tides have turned. Jason Kidd is still nice, but it's time to accept it. Both in the NBA and in the fantasy realm, Paul is the ticket to success.

2. Deron Williams (Utah Jazz)

Last Year: 19.4 Ppg, 10.7 Ast, 2.9 Reb, 1.1 Stl, 47.1% FG, 31.0% 3PT, 84.9% FT.

Williams got off to a rough start last year, missing 13 of the season's first 15 games, but once he was healthy and got back into the mix of things, he was a blessing on your fantasy roster.

Williams, like Paul, can do it all, but simply isn't at Paul's level when it comes to the numbers and doing it consistently. Forgive him for his weak shooting percentage beyond the arc, but the rust he had to shake off early last year kept his percentages low until later in the season.

Trust me, if you land Williams, you won't be disappointed.

3. Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns)

Last Year: 15.7 Ppg, 9.7 Ast, 3.0 Reb, 0.7 Stl, 50.3% FG, 43.9% 3PT, 93.3% FT.

Nash has seen his points and assists numbers drop noticeably in the past year and a half, but very little due to age or slowing down.

When Steve Kerr switched coaches, offensive philosophy, and added the big, bulky Shaquille O'Neal to the team, it messed with Nash's rhythm and ability to create.

With the offense back in his hands, running things at full speed, and no Shaq to clog the lanes, it should be business as usual for Nash and the Suns.

4. Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets)

Last Year: 21.3 Ppg, 6.9 Ast, 3.3 Reb, 1.7 Stl, 43.8% FG, 29.1% 3PT, 82.0% FT.

Harris exploded into an elite scoring point guard last year, while he also found a better grasp of the Nets' offense, nearly dishing out seven assists per game.

With Vince Carter in Orlando, Harris will be fully in charge of the Nets and will assume the leadership duties that were once split between Richard Jefferson, Jason Kidd, and Carter.

Harris is a budding star that can help you out all over the stat sheet, so don't hesitate to pick him over aging point guards like Chauncey Billups or Jason Kidd.

5. Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)

Last Year: 16.8 Ppg, 6.3 Ast, 3.9 Reb, 0.8 Stl, 47.5% FG, 22.2% 3PT, 78.8% FT.

Rose was quite a sensation in his rookie season, as he nearly chipped in 17 points a game while adding six assists and almost four rebounds. All this, while leading the Bulls to the playoffs and a near-win in a series against the Boston Celtics.

His maturation in the playoffs offers even more room for optimism, as he is clearly already on his way to becoming one of the league's young stars.

Pluck the next Chris Paul/Deron Williams out of the draft pool before someone else catches wind of his rising value.

6. Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets)

Last Year: 17.9 Ppg, 6.4 Ast, 3.0 Reb, 1.2 Stl, 42.0% FG, 41.0% 3PT, 91.3% FT.

Billups is starting his second full year with the Nuggets, which should only help the team's chemistry and his overall numbers.

He's unlikely to ever get back to averaging more than eight assists in a season, but he's still a quality, well-balanced point guard who will get you excellent percentages at the charity stripe as well as beyond the arc.

7. Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)

Last Year: 22.0 Ppg, 6.9 Ast, 3.1 Reb, 0.9 Stl, 50.6% FG, 29.2% 3PT, 78.2% FT.

Parker has turned himself into a remarkable scorer and mid-range shooter, and has also slowly developed an average three-point shot throughout the years.

With the team around him aging and growing more susceptible to injury (Manu Ginobli last year), he should continue to take on a heavy scoring load as well as being the main distributor on offense.

Parker has a knack for penetrating defenses and finishing at the rim, keeping his overall shooting percentage near the top of the league. He's only this low due to average defensive numbers and weak three-point and free throw percentages.

8. Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics)

Last Year: 11.9 Ppg, 8.2 Ast, 5.2 Reb, 1.9 Stl, 50.5% FG, 31.3% 3PT, 64.2% FT

Here's to hoping last season's huge jump in assists and three-point shooting wasn't a mirage. With the return of a healthy Kevin Garnett and a more balanced attack, it's possible we may not see a huge rise in scoring for Rondo, but we can fully expect the field goal percentage and assists to stay the same.

Rondo, like Tony Parker, is excellent at penetrating and getting to the rim, and also uses his elite athleticism and good size to overpower inferior guards, as he can rack up the steals in any given game.

Rondo isn't a first-rounder, but he's oozing with potential, and already offers a balanced stat line on the surface.

9. Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks)

Last Year: 9.0 Ppg, 8.7 Ast, 6.2 Reb, 2.0 Stl, 41.6% FG, 40.6% 3PT, 81.9% FT.

With all the hype surrounding this Dallas team, is it actually possible for Kidd's numbers to get better? To a certain degree, I sure hope so.

Kidd has never been an elite scorer, but his points average hasn't been respectable in years and his shooting percentages have always left something to be desired.

However, the Mavericks should be able to get up and down the floor even better with Shawn Marion added to the team, and dependable scoring options like Josh Howard, Dirk Nowtizki, and Jason Terry around him should easily keep Kidd among the league leaders in assists.

Besides, how can you pass on a guy who has the potential for a triple double every time he plays?

10. Baron Davis (L.A. Clippers)

Last Year: 14.9 Ppg, 7.7 Ast, 3.7 Reb, 1.7 Stl, 37.0% FG, 30.2% 3PT, 75.7% FT.

Don't blame Davis for an under-whelming 2008-'09 season. His team was in shambles due to injury, and despite their roster loaded with talent, they never had a chance to get the chemistry right.

Now that everyone has their roles more defined, Davis will be able to step up and regain his clutch ability as well as distribute the ball and score with the best of them.

His percentages were low last year, but judging by his history, he deserves a bit of a mulligan. Count on Davis (if healthy) to get back to where he was when he was in Golden State.

Outside Looking in

Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, Russell Westbrook, Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas, and Mike Bibby.

Injuries last season to Ellis, Nelson, and Arenas (last few years) keep their stock down, but all three could improve and surprise some people. Buy low, if possible.

Calderon has great percentages and helps out in assists, but doesn't score much, while Bibby has weak percentages, low assists numbers for a PG1, and is fairly inconsistent at this stage of his career.

For more rankings, news, and advice for your fantasy basketball season, head over to Roberts Roundball Report.


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