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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