Steve Nash (right) contributed in almost every fantasy category.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash wins the 2009-10 TSN Fantasy Award for point guards, edging out preseason No.1 choice Chris Paul.
Nash, who led the Suns to a 54-28 record which was good enough for second place in the Pacific Division, contributed in almost every fantasy category. Despite being just eighth among point guards in scoring, Nash led the NBA is assists-per-game (11.0 apg) and free-throw shooting (93.8%). He also shot over 50% from the field and 42% from beyond the arc. He played in 81 of 82 games and that was another major factor in his beating out Paul, who missed 37 games.
Paul played well, it's just that a knee injury and then a ligament tear in his right hand forced him to miss too many games. An 18.7 ppg, 10.7 apg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 spg effort is normally a pretty good season for a point guard, but for Paul it represents a drop in all four categories. Still, those statistics are slightly better than those of Utah guard Deron Williams.
The 2009-10 "TSN Best Bargain Award" for point guards goes to Golden State Warriors' rookie Stephen Curry. Curry finished fourth among all point guards despite not being selected until the 11th round in most leagues (ADP 125). He benefits from playing in the Warriors' "run and gun" offense, but the solid numbers he produced across the board are because he's very good, not because of the system. Unless the team changes it's offensive philosophy, he'll be a top- five point guard next season and for the foreseeable future.
The 2009-10 "TSN Most Disappointing Award" for point guards was "won" by the New Jersey Nets' Devin Harris. Harris was coming off a spectacular 2008-09 season in which he averaged 21.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.9 apg and 1.7 spg. Each of those categories saw a drop in production as well as drops in all three shooting percentages. Harris also missed 18 games due to injury.