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We continue our weekly fantasy analysis of the 2010-11 NBA season with our evaluation of the shooting guard position.
Dwyane Wade - When a team is completely revamped and only three of the 12 players on the new squad take more than 390 shots in an 82-game schedule, then those three players have a distinct advantage in the fantasy world. Wade's teammate LeBron James won the TSN Fantasy Small Forward position and Wade takes the shooting guard slot by filling up every boxscore beginning with the scoring column. He matched the best shooting guards in the league for scoring and of you then add in 6.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals-per-game with a high shooting percentage and you have the best fantasy shooting guard in the league. But then that's what you expected of Wade when you made him a top draft pick.
Monta Ellis - Ellis benefits from the high-tempo Warriors offense which features the guards running up and down the floor as quickly as possible at the expense of the big guys. Ellis and Stephen Curry are great fantasy values because of it. Ellis will remain a top-three fantasy value as long as he and Golden State love to run.
Kobe Bryant - Bryant's numbers continue to shrink as he gets older and plays less. His minutes have fallen over the last five seasons from a high of 41.0 mpg in 2005-06 to just 33.9 mpg this year. Bryant doesn't seem to care because he's only interested in championships, but fantasy owners have to be concerned. He was a second-round pick in 2010 and still left fantasy owners wanting more as he put up third-round value. His ADP should fall to around 22-25 next year.
Kevin Martin - When the team moved Carl Landry and then Aaron Brooks and Yao Ming didn't stay healthy, there was no one left to score for the Rockets except Martin. And that's what he did, to the tune of 23.5 ppg, making him a solid fantasy top-five shooting guard. He doesn't do a lot else, which is why this might be the upper limit to his value, but in 2010-11 he was the fourth- best at his position.
Manu Ginobili - Ginobili's play in October and November was out of this world as the Spurs opened a huge lead in the Western Conference (21.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.9 apg, 2.0 spg). But his game fell off in December and never returned to its earlier level. Ginobili is a boxscore filler, but had he kept up his early pace he would have finished above Martin.
Eric Gordon (ADP 86) earned the TSN "Best Bargain Award" for shooting guards after posting huge increases across the board. An eighth-round selection, Gordon's ppg leapt from 16.9 ppg in 2009-10 to 22.3 last season. His rebounds, assists, steals and blocks all increased from the previous season as well. You'll have to spend at least a third-round pick next season to get the Clippers guard, but he'll still be worth the higher cost.
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