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While LeBron James and guards Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul grabbed all the pre-draft headlines, our TSN 2009-10 Fantasy Power Forward Award goes to the often overlooked superstar Dirk Nowitzki.
All the Dallas Mavericks' forward did was contribute in all eight categories beginning with a 25.0 ppg average along with 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Throw in 42.1% from three-point range and hitting 536-for-586 from the free throw line (91.5%) and you have a fantasy superstar. He was drafted in the back half of the first round (ADP 8) and his owners got everything they expected.
Zach Randolph owners got a lot more than they expected when they drafted him at the end of the fifth or early sixth round (ADP 63). Randolph was one of just three "20-10" players league-wide, all of whom were power forwards. But while Chris Bosh and David Lee put up comparable statistics, they were drafted three or four rounds earlier. It was Randolph's third 20-10 season in the last four years with three different clubs. I'm betting he stays put this time around as the Memphis Grizzlies have the nucleus for a winning club.
It's not that Kevin Garnett had a bad season, averaging 14.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 2.7 apg, it's just that so much more is expected of a second-round selection. It's not his fault that he's not the 24-point, 13-rebound guy he was in Minnesota, but fantasy owners apparently keep thinking he is and draft him like he is still 28-years-old. Until owners lower their expectations, Garnett will continue to be overvalued in fantasy leagues and for that reason "wins" the 2009-10 Most Disappointing Award at the power forward position. Early 2010-11 mock drafts have him selected at No.64, so the message must be starting to get through.
|2009-10 Power Forward Rankings