Fantasy Basketball 2012-2013 All Fantasy Teams

Fantasy Basketball 2012-2013 All Fantasy Teams

By: Ron Leyba (@ronniedare)

With most fantasy basketball leagues already finished and post-season leagues nearing the end as the NBA Finals proceed, we can take a look back at the facts and figures of the 2012-2013 fantasy basketball season. We will examine which players met expectations and which ones made it to our All Fantasy Teams.

Like most seasons, this year was particularly tricky for fantasy GM’s because of several injuries to key players as well as unexpected surprises by rookies and veterans.  This led to boosts in performances and statistics by many unsung heroes.  Contrarily, there were also many players who failed to meet expectations.

We are going to reveal our First and Second All Fantasy Teams along with an All Rookie Fantasy Team.  Some of the selections are obvious choices and others may surprise you.  Either way, we’ll provide support for our selections based on statistics and practical evaluations.

First All Fantasy Team

Center – David Lee (GS)

David LeeIn the current NBA, there are very few centers who provide a combination of both offensive and defensive production.  David Lee stands out above the rest after he emerged as one of the premier big men in the league.  He compiled per game averages of 18.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 51.9 % shooting from the field.  Add all of this up and you have a very solid fantasy selection likely taken in the mid-to-later rounds.  Despite suffering an injury during the playoffs, Lee is expected to replicate these statistics next season with an up and coming Warriors teams.

Power Forward – Josh Smith (ATL)

After being the subject of trade rumors all season, the Hawks decided to hold on to Josh Smith.  That was a good decision for Atlanta but it is debatable whether that benefited fantasy owners.  Irrespective of what team he plays for, Smith was a solid contributor at the power forward position putting up per game averages of 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 46.5% shootingfrom the field.

Small Forward – LeBron James (MIA)

You may have heard of this player.   LeBron James technically could qualify at any position given how versatile he is, but for our purposes we will designate him as a small forward and the best one in the league at that.  James beat out a worthy competitor in Kevin Durant but it is indisputable who is better.   The four-time MVP carried fantasy GM’s with an incredible stat sheet of 26.8 points, 8 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 56.5 % shooting from the field – on average.  Hopefully for your sake you brought his talents to your fantasy team.

Shooting Guard – James Harden (HOU)

In one of the most controversial transactions of last off-season, James Harden was sent from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets.  It was unfortunate for the Thunder who simply could not afford to pay him along with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.  But from a fantasy perspective, this worked out wonderfully because Harden was able to shine with the Rockets in a more pronounced role.  He elevated his game from a great Sixth Man to one of the best players in the league averaging 25.9 points, 5.8 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 36.8 % three-point shooting.

Point Guard – Russell Westbrook (OKC)

Russell Westbrook suffered a devastating injury during the NBA Playoffs which ironically proved exactly how valuable he is.  Not even the great Kevin Durant could carry the Thunder all by himself.  Westbrook is not a traditional point guard simply because of how pronounced his offensive game is as opposed to being a ball distributor.  But there is no denying his offense makes him an elite fantasy point guard and he is expected to come back next season and return to form.  That form includes averaging 23.2 points, 7.4 assists and 43.8 % shooting from the field per game.

Second All Fantasy Team

Here is the starting five for the Second Team:

Center                                       Dwight Howard (LAL) 17.1 PPG, 12.4 RPG 2.4 BPG
Power Forward                    LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) 21.1PPG, 9.1 RPG 1.2 BPG
Small Forward                     Kevin Durant (OKC) 28.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 4.6 APG, 50.1% FG
Shooting Guard                   Kobe Bryant (LAL) 27.1 PPG, 6.0 APG, 5.6 RPG,
Point Guard                          Jrue Holiday (PHI) 17.7 PPG, 8.0 APG, 36.8% 3-PT

Jrue HolidayAfter being beaten out by LeBron James, Kevin Durant is a no-brainer to lead the second team.  He had another incredible season despite falling just short of the NBA scoring title to the one-dimensional Carmelo Anthony.  The rest of the front court is led by the controversial Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge.  Howard had a tumultuous debut season in Los Angeles and has become one of the most polarizing players in both real and fantasy basketball.  That being said, there is no denying his statistical production at the center position.  Going forward, health and team chemistry will always be a concern for the talented but frustrating star.  The back court is led by future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant and emerging star Jrue Holiday.  Bryant’s future is in question after suffering an Achilles injury towards the end of the regular season.  Assuming he can come back soon enough without any setbacks, he can be relied upon for continued offensive production that we have become accustomed to.  Holiday is one of the best young point guards in the league and will only continue to get better.  He is certainly a player to target in next year’s drafts.

All Rookie Fantasy Team

Center                                        Andre Drummond (DET) 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPB, 60,8% FG
Power Forward                    Anthony Davis (NO) 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 51.6% FG
Small Forward                       Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA) 9.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 45.8% FG
Shooting Guard                     Bradley Beal (WAS) 13.9 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.8 RPG, 38.6% FG
Point Guard                             Damian Lillard (POR) 19.0 PPG, 6.5 APG, 36.8% 3-PT

Damian LillardThe biggest surprise on this list is arguably Damian Lillard, the 2012-2013 NBA Rookie of the Year.  He lasted longer than expected during last year’s draft and proved many teams wrong for passing on him.  The NBA is slowly but surely getting filled with talented and explosive young point guards, and Lillard is leading the charge.  His back court counterpart on this list is Bradley Beal of the Wizards.  The options at this position were limited, but Beal finished the year with a respectable 13.9 points per game and should see those numbers increase with a full season from point guard John Wall.

Andre Drummond of the Pistons is the selection at center.  He has a bright future despite being limited with a less than desirable supporting cast in Detroit.  He will need to improve his scoring proficiency but demonstrated that he can play defense and make shots in the paint.   Anthony Davis, the first overall pick of last year’s draft, had a solid but unspectacular rookie year.  He did miss some time with injuries but he proved he belongs and should continue to progress as he gets bigger and stronger.   Finally, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist didn’t set the world on fire with his pedestrian numbers but he still earns a spot on this team.

About The Author

Ron is the lead editor and content manager of Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues blog. For more fantasy basketball updates, you can follow @nbafantasyinfo on Twitter.

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