With the 2010-11 NBA All-Star game in the books, it is time to look ahead to the second half of the NBA season and who you should keep an eye on as you head into the fantasy basketball playoffs.
To start it off, here is a look at the top 10 fantasy basketball forwards heading into the rest of the season.
1. LeBron James, Miami Heat
LeBron James proved how great he is at the NBA All-Star game, putting up a triple-double. That was just showing off, though. On the season, King James has averaged 26.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.3 assists a game while sharing time with his All-Star teammates. Over January, he averaged 30.6 ppg and should be making his fantasy basketball owners very happy.
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant won the scoring title last year and is well on his way to his second straight this season. He is averaging 28.9 points on the season. Russell Westbrook has taken a few points per game away from Durant but KD is still the best shooter in the NBA right now and is one of the fantasy basketball MVPs.
3. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
The rookie forward from Oklahoma is tearing up fantasy basketball right now. He averaged out to be a fourth round pick in most fantasy basketball drafts but is playing like a No. 1 fantasy player. Blake Griffin has averaged 22.8 points and 12.6 rebounds a game this season. He ranks second in scoring among forwards and is second in total double-doubles, behind only Kevin Love.
4. Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
Will Denver trade him or won’t they? It doesn’t seem to matter when Carmelo Anthony’s fantasy basketball production is concerned. Anthony is averaging 25.2 points and 7.6 rebounds a game so far this season. He even hit 50 on Feb. 7, so if the trade distractions don’t slow him down, nothing will.
5. Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks
Amar’e Stoudemire is a fantasy basketball player I would be weary of. He is averaging 26.1 points and 8.6 rebounds a game so far, one of the best performers in the NBA. The problem lies if Carmelo Anthony comes to New York. I believe if Carmelo joins the team, Stoudemire’s numbers will drop.
6. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Kevin Love is the most disrespected man in the entire NBA. He was left off the NBA All-Star team completely and was only added by the commissioner as Yao Ming’s replacement. With 21.1 points and an astonishing 15.5 rebounds a game, the NBA leader in double-doubles deserves much more accolades than he receives.
7. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
If it wasn’t for an extended stretch where Dirk Nowitzki sat out with injuries, he would be ranked higher. Nowitzki has only played in 47 games this season but has 22.7 points during those games. In the five games leading into the All-Star break, Nowitzki looked to be back, averaging 19.2 points a game, and hopes the All-Star rest will help him heal up.
8. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
LaMarcus Aldridge has heated up recently and is one of the top performing forwards in fantasy basketball. He set the record at Portland for being the only player to score 36 points or more in three straight games and is averaging 22.3 for the season. He has averaged 27.9 per game over the last ten.
9. Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
Josh Smith has averaged 16.7 points and 8.8 rebounds over the season and shot even better heading into the All-Star break. He is shooting a career high in both 3-pointers and free throws and has broke 20 points in 20 of the 55 games he has started this season. He ranks No. 11 among forwards in scoring in standard fantasy basketball leagues.
10. Danny Granger, Indiana
Danny Granger is averaging 21.1 points a game on the season and remains a must-start in most fantasy basketball leagues. He is also averaging 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists to make him a slightly over-average three category player.
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