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Mid-season Fantasy Hoop Evaluations

Chris Paul leads all guards at the halfway point of the season.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Most NBA teams have played just over 40 games making this the unofficial halfway point of the 2008-09 basketball season. So let's take a look at how our fantasy players have done in comparison to how we expected them to perform back in the preseason.

Guards

Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Dwayne Wade have been everything expected of them, but Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Allen Iverson and Baron Davis have disappointed owners.

At least Williams and Davis can use injuries as an excuse, but former league MVPs Nash (14.4 ppg, 9.0 apg, 3.3 rpg, 0.7 spg) and Iverson (18.0 ppg, 5.4 apg, 3.3 rpg, 1.6 spg) can't use that reasoning. All the minutes and physical play appears to have taken its toll on Nash and I don't expect him to return to "MVP" form. You can still probably get fair market value for Nash and I'd pull the trigger on a trade as soon as possible.

Iverson too, has taken a lot of hits over the years and his numbers can only go down. There is also talk that either Iverson or Richard Hamilton may be about to lose their starting spot and that could further erode Iverson's value if true. You probably can't get a fair price for him at this point, at least not equal to where you drafted him.

Forwards

Lebron James is truly the "King" and is only No.2 overall because his Cleveland Cavaliers have been so dominant that he sits much of the fourth quarter. Check his minutes played - he's down from 40.4 last season to 37.2 minutes this year. That has left him slightly down in points, rebounds and assists despite playing at an "MVP" level.

Elton Brand's change of scenery and then shoulder injury have him a huge disappointment for his owners, but that situation will eventually get better.

The same can't be said for Shawn Marion. He has had injuries, but he's just been mediocre in Miami. It seems like he can't find his niche. Management apparently agrees as they have been trying to trade him for a while now. Rumors have Marion headed for Toronto where playing with a "pure" point guard like Jose Calderon might get him back to his Phoenix production levels.

Centers

Most owners expected Dwight Howard's offensive game to continue to improve and see his scoring average climb as it has over the last four years (from 12.0- to-15.8-to-17.6-to-20.7), but his ppg seems to have leveled off this year. He could easily increase that scoring average if he would improve his free throw shooting percentage which hovers just under 60%. That's lower than Shaquille O'Neal's FT shooting average. Howard also gives you little or no help in assists, steals or three-point shooting.

Do Portland fans and management now wish they had picked Kevin Durant (24.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 apg) instead of Greg Oden? Oden is averaging 22.7 minutes a game and posting pedestrian statistics - 8.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.1 bpg. Those fantasy owners who drafted Oden as high as they did this season (57.9 ADP) are stuck with him for the entire season since he currently has very little trade value.

Preseason ADPGuardsTeamCurrent Overall Rank
12.0Kobe BryantLA Lakers7
22.3Chris PaulNew Orleans1
38.2Dwayne WadeMiami4
412.0Steve NashPhoenix44
513.1Deron WilliamsUtah62
613.2Allen IversonDetroit126
715.4Baron DavisLA Clippers63
818.2Chauncey BillupsDenver9
929.9Vince CarterNew Jersey34
1031.1Joe JohnsonAtlanta29
 
Preseason ADPForwardsTeamCurrent Overall Rank
12.8Lebron JamesCleveland2
23.6Amare StoudemirePhoenix10
36.1Dirk NowitzkiDallas5
48.2Kevin GarnettBoston8
59.6Shawn MarionMiami37
611.6Elton BrandPhiladelphia 213
720.2Danny GrangerIndiana3
820.7Tim DuncanSan Antonio30
920.9Josh SmithAtlanta94
1021.7Chris BoshToronto16
 
Preseason ADPCentersTeamCurrent Overall Rank
114.3Dwight HowardOrlando52
217.9Marcus CambyLA Clippers6
327.9Yao MingHouston14
428.8Pau GasolLA Lakers25
557.9Greg OdenPortland197
661.1Andris BiedrinsGolden State39
761.5Al HortfordAtlanta57
862.9Chris KamanLA Clippers35
963.5Mehmet OkurUtah26
1067.4Brad MillerSacramento73


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

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