LeBron James edged out Dirk Nowitzki for the Sports Network NBA Fantasy MVP Award.
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In past articles we have selected our fantasy award winners and losers at center, power forward, small forward, shooting guard and point guard. Now it's time to choose from among those players our TSN Fantasy Award winners for the 2009-10 NBA season.
In a close battle between superstars, LeBron James edged out Dirk Nowitzki for the 2009-10 Sports Network NBA Fantasy Most Valuable Player Award. Despite his playoff failures, James did not let down fantasy owners. James did everything well and contributed in all categories, which is what makes him this year's winner. His Cleveland Cavaliers went an NBA-best 61-21 during the regular season with "King James" putting up monster numbers across the board. Including James, only three players have ever averaged 29-7-7 in a single season while shooting over 50% from the floor. The other two players were: Michael Jordan (1988) and Larry Bird (1987). For this reason, James is the 2009-10 NBA Fantasy Player of the Year.
The "2009-10 Best Bargain Award" goes to Golden State Warriors rookie point guard Stephen Curry. Curry is one of the "new" breed of point guards who score as well as dish the ball. Benefiting from running in the up tempo Warriors offense, Curry put up astounding numbers for an 11th-round pick (ADP 125). Though his scoring and rebounding totals were slightly less than runner-up Tyreke Evans, he beat the Sacramento guard's numbers in five other categories, including all three shooting percentages.
Normally this category, 2009-10 Most Disappointing Award, is won by a very good player who for one reason or another, usually injury, has a down season. This year is no exception. Coming off his finest statistical season in 2008-09 (23.1 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.6 apg) despite playing just 50 games, much was expected of Al Jefferson. Fantasy owners made him a first-round selection (ADP 12) because they expected he would continue to give them 20 points and 10 rebounds per night he had produced for two consecutive years. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way as Jefferson's numbers sank in four of the eight fantasy categories (ppg, rpg, bpg, FT%). Jefferson dealt with off-season knee surgery and an Achilles and ankle problem, so despite playing in 76 of 82 games, was never at 100%. He may never be 100% again which explains why early 2010-11 rankings have him falling to the fourth round (ADP 39). That's probably more in line with his performance level, but since he was drafted at the end of the first round this season, Jefferson is the "winner" of this year's Most Disappointing Award.