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2009-10 Final Small Forward Rankings

Carmelo Anthony wasn't chosen until the end of the third round in most leagues.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It wasn't hard to choose the 2009-10 TSN Fantasy Small Forward Award, because this player does everything for his team and will likely earn the NBA MVP Award in real life. Lebron James does everything well and contributes in all fantasy categories, which is what makes him this year's winner. His Cleveland Cavaliers went an NBA-best 61-21 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 are: Michael Jordan (1988) and Larry Bird (1987).

Carmelo Anthony wasn't chosen until the end of the third round in most leagues (ADP 34) and that "lack of respect" made him the 2009-10 TSN Best Bargain Award winner. "Melo" posted 28.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 3.2 apg in leading his Nuggets to a 53-29 record.

Coming off a stellar 2008-09 season (20.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.3 apg), a lot was expected of Caron Butler. Unfortunately, with all the distractions in Washington and then having to blend into a new team after being traded to Dallas in mid-February, caused Butler's numbers to slide in every category except rebounds and steals. Despite having a decent season for most small forwards, Butler "wins" the 2009-10 TSN Most Disappointing Award because of the high expectations. Playing for the more talented Mavericks team, he'll likely stay at this level next season too, so don't expect a return to 2008-09 levels.

2009-10 Small Forward Rankings
Rank Player Team PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PT% FT% ADP
1LeBron JamesCLE29.77.38.61.61.050.333.376.72
2Kevin DurantOKC30.17.62.81.41.047.636.590.07
3Carmelo AnthonyDEN25.54.05.32.20.444.933.875.345
4Danny GrangerIND24.15.52.81.50.842.836.184.86
5Gerald WallaceCHA18.210.02.11.51.148.437.177.626
6Paul PierceBOS.18.34.43.11.20.447.241.485.228
7Corey MaggetteGS19.85.32.50.70.151.626.083.5127
8Luol DengCHI17.67.32.00.90.947.338.676.4101
9Rudy GayMEM19.65.91.91.50.846.632.775.354
10Caron ButlerDAL16.36.22.11.60.342.829.083.816
11Mike MillerWAS10.96.23.90.70.250.148.082.4115
12Danilo GallinariNY15.14.91.70.90.742.338.181.8166
13Tayshaun PrinceDET13.55.13.30.70.448.637.071.4121
14Grant HillPHO11.35.52.40.70.447.843.881.7148
15Trevor ArizaHOU14.95.63.81.80.639.433.464.997
16Hedo TurkogluTOR11.34.64.10.70.440.937.477.457
17Richard JeffersonSA12.34.42.00.60.546.731.673.593
18Ron ArtestLAL11.04.33.01.40.341.435.568.886
19Marvin WilliamsATL10.15.11.10.80.645.530.381.994
20Rasual ButlerLAC11.92.91.40.40.840.933.684.1195


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