by Will Overton
With October approaching draft day will be coming for fantasy basketball owners. With that in mind it’s time to get down to business and start looking at some rankings and position breakdowns. We are going to get started with the point guard position. One of the deepest in the league and essential to fantasy teams given how many categories your point guard can contribute in.
I am going to give you my top 25 point guards and then break down who my sleeper, bust and deep sleeper is at the point guard position this year. Here is the breakdown:
- Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
- Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers
- Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder
- John Wall – Washington Wizards
- Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
- Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers
- Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors
- Ty Lawson – Denver Nuggets
- Mike Conley – Memphis Grizzlies
- Goran Dragic – Phoenix Suns
- Derrick Rose – Chicago Bulls
- Kemba Walker – Charlotte Hornets
- Michael Carter-Williams – Philadelphia 76ers
- Rajon Rondo – Boston Celtics
- Jeff Teague – Atlanta Hawks
- Deron Williams – Brooklyn Nets
- Ricky Rubio – Minnesota Timberwolves
- Jrue Holiday – New Orleans Pelicans
- Tony Parker – San Antonio Spurs
- Brandon Jennings – Detroit Pistons
- Brandon Knight – Milwaukee Bucks
- Elfrid Payton – Orlando Magic
- George Hill – Indiana Pacers
- Jose Calderon – New York Knicks
- Isaiah Thomas – Phoenix Suns
Sleeper: Jose Calderon – The Knicks dealt Tyson Chandler and Ray Felton to Dallas in the offseason and the biggest return, aside from the cap space, was Jose Calderon. This isn’t a knock on Ray Felton, but Calderon is the true point guard the Knicks could have used last season. When you look at Calderon’s numbers from last year he averaged only 4.7 APG in Dallas. That had a lot to do with Monta Ellis though and the Knicks don’t have a secondary ball handler, they have Calderon and only Calderon. I expect that Calderon will get back to the 7 – 8 assists per game he used to get. Pair that with a bunch of threes, better than average FG% and a great FT% and you have a solid sleeper to be your number two PG.
Deep Sleeper: Jarrett Jack – Last season the Brooklyn Nets made strides in rejuvenating the career of Shaun Livingston. Livingston wound up starting for much of the season next to Deron Williams in a dual point guard kind of system. Livingston left town for Golden State this offseason and in to Brooklyn came Jarrett Jack. We’ve seen Jack have success in the kind of role he’ll play in Brooklyn as a second point guard playing shooting guard basically. The Nets have playmakers, including Deron Williams, and so he can run the point on occasion and rack up a fair amount of assists to go with solid rebounding and his fair share of points. Jack shouldn’t be your first or second point guard, but he’s going to be a solid depth guy on a lot of fantasy teams.
Bust: Isaiah Thomas – I honestly hope that I am wrong about this, but I am worried about Isaiah Thomas joining a crowded Phoenix Suns rotation coming off a career year in Sacramento. Thomas won’t start, and that’s fine because he can light it up off the bench just as well as he can starting. The problem is playing time might be tough to come by. Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe are a really sound starting duo which is going to be tough to crack. On the bench Thomas is the best player, but they just signed Zoran Dragic and already have Gerald Green competing for minutes. Thomas will be worth owning in all leagues, but I don’t think he’s going to play up to his draft value.
Keep an eye out for the RotoProfessor Basketball Draft Guide to be released next week, where we will go even more in depth with our rankings and projections on over 50 point guards and much more.