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All-Star Break Fantasy Evaluations

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - With the All-Star break at hand, it's time to look at how everyone is performing against their pre-season fantasy expectations.

We'll pick out three players at each position - the best producer of fantasy statistics across the board, the best value based on pre-season ADP (average draft position) and the most disappointing performer.

Point Guard

Best Overall -

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (Yahoo ADP 3) - The move to a new team on the the left coast hasn't hurt Paul's numbers at all. He's shooting a better percentage from the field and from three-point range while averaging 19.2 ppg, up from 15.9 in his last season with New Orleans. If his knee isn't at 100- percent, it doesn't show up in the box score. The Clippers have better rebounders, so Paul isn't needed to help out on the glass, but he's still pulling in 3.6 rebounds to go along with 8.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game. His scoring has risen in each month this year and he seemes poised for a big finish.

Best Value -

Ricky Rubio, Minnesota (ADP 115) - Few knew what to expect from the 21-year- old given our limited knowledge of his game. At most our information consisted of a few televised games with the Spanish National team. Rubio has been a pleasant surprise, averaging 11.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 8.4 apg and 2.4 spg. He's not a great shooter, so he may never be a big-time scorer, but he consistently fills up the stat sheet well above what you expected from this 10th-round selection.

Most Disappointing -

Rajon Rondo, Boston (ADP 25) - It's been a crazy year for the Celtics' point guard and it has definitely had an effect on his game. There were pre-season trade rumors involving Paul, a wrist injury and a two-game suspension. There has also been inconsistent play from Rondo and the aging Celtics which has caused the point guard's statistics to waver across the board. He was already a questionable shooter from both the three-point line and the free throw line but a drop in his assist rate and steal rate makes his third-round draft slot an overly optimistic selection.

Shooting Guard

Best Overall -

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles (ADP 17) - Bryant continues to defy the aging process by posting better numbers across most categories in his 16th season for the Lakers. His shooting percentages may be slightly lower because the lack of offense on the Lakers has forced him to take a few ill-advised shots, but his numbers are up in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.

Best Value -

James Harden, Oklahoma City (ADP 62) - Harden is the third leg of the Thunders' scoring tripod that has them averaging 102.7 ppg. As his minutes have grown, so has his statistical production. He's averaging 16.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 3.6 apg in less than 32 minutes of court time. As the favorite to win this year's Sixth Man Award, Harden takes over the Oklahoma City offense when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are on the bench and the Thunder rarely miss a beat.

Most Disappointing -

Dorell Wright, Golden State (ADP 24) - As a third-round pick in pre-season drafts, a lot was expected from Wright and he's failed in almost every category. After seeing his game take a big jump last year, fantasy owners were hoping for more improvement in 2012, but are instead seeing a regression. His scoring has dropped from 16.4 ppg to 10.7 ppg and with it he has lost almost nine minutes per game in court time. His shooting percentages are not improving so there is no expectation that he'll regain his production anytime soon.

Small Forward

Best Overall -

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (ADP 1) - Durant is a pure scorer who has added new parts to his game. He has grown stronger since his rookie season and nearly doubled his rebounding totals in that time to 8.1 rpg. He's averaging a career-high 3.4 assist per contest along with career bests in steals (1.4) and blocks (1.2). Add in great shooting percentages across the board and you have the best fantasy player in the game.

Best Value -

Nicolas Batum, Portland (ADP 72) - Batum started the season slowly, primarily due to a lack of playing time, but that has improved in each month since the December start of the season. For the month of February he's averaging 18.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.5 apg while keeping his shooting percentages at a high level. The seventh-round selection is playing at a third-round value and still getting better.

Most Disappointing -

Carmelo Anthony, New York (ADP 13) - While Jeremy Lin is getting massive media attention, its hidden the fact that Anthony is not playing up to expectations. As a late-first or early second-round selection, Anthony is throwing up five points-per-game less than last season along with fewer rebounds. But he's not the only Knicks frontcourt player hiding behind the Lin hype machine - see Most Disappointing Power Forward.

Power Forward

Best Overall -

LeBron James, Miami (ADP 2) - In 2011-12 James has continued to post gaudy statistics across the entire range of fantasy categories. He's even improved his three-point shooting percentage to 41.3-percent, though he's dome that by taking fewer of them. He is the complete player, both in fantasy and real life, though the latter will require a championship ring to get fans off his back. Fantasy owners have no such problems with the "King."

Best Value -

Ryan Anderson, Orlando (ADP 103) - Anderson's improvement this season puts him near the top of the list for the year's biggest surprise. His improved play shows increases in every single fantasy category. He's averaging 16.1 ppg and 7.3 rpg, to become the No. 2 option supporting Dwight Howard. Not bad for a ninth-round draft choice.

Most Disappointing -

Amar'e Stoudemire, New York (ADP 15) - Like his running mate Anthony, Stoudemire has not come anywhere near his 2010-11 statistics. Stoudemire averaged 25.3 ppg last season, but is hitting for just 17.5 ppg this year. He's shooting a much lower percentage from the field and his rebounding and assists are slightly lower. All in all, you are getting about ninth-round production from your second-round selection.

Center

Best Overall -

Kevin Love, Minnesota (ADP 4) - Love blossomed into a great fantasy option last season and has continued this year. He's averaging a career-high 25.0 ppg with 14.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He can hit the three-point shot and shoots 80-plus percent from the charity stripe. The addition of Nikola Pekovic into the starting lineup may take some rebounds from Love, but that shouldn't keep him from being the No. 1 guy at his position.

Best Value -

Marc Gasol, Memphis (ADP 53) - The injury to Zach Randolph has allowed Gasol more room in the paint and he has rewarded fantasy owners with a career-high 15.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 3.1 apg and 2.2 blocks. Unfortunately, the return of Randolph to the lineup in a few weeks may spell the end of this bargain.

Most Disappointing -

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (ADP 22) - Griffin is a human highlight film almost every night, but the facts are that he can only contribute in a few categories - primarily points and rebounds. He contributes nothing to your three-point shooting and is a detriment in free throw shooting at 53.9- percent. This is more likely a case of fantasy owners expecting too much, than Griffin not performing up to expectations. Fantasy owners were blinded by the dunks.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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