It’s just about that time again. Less than a month away until the 2017-18 NBA season tips off. That also means basketball fantasy. Fantasy hoops! With teams pretty much having the cores of their rosters set, it’s time to start thinking who to pick and where to pick. Carmelo Anthony will join Paul George and MVP Russell Westbrook forming another offense powerhouse in the West. Other than that, the Warriors are still a juggernaut. LeBron finds a way to keep Cleveland relevant even though the franchise lost the best isolation scorer in the league. It looks as if Wade is heading over to help out his boy at one last title run together. Kyrie Irving set off to Boston to create his own legacy with a historic franchise that has 22 (soon to be 23) retired jerseys hanging from the rafters of Boston Garden (that should be a strong hint for you as to who should be at the very top near Russell Westbrook of your draft board). Pretty busy offseason, right. With all that being said, here are you top 10 fantasy picks for the 2017-18 season. You ready?
Let’s Get it:
#1: Russell Westbrook
An MVP who averaged a triple double for the season. You know what he is and what he can do. The dude plays pickup games at full speed. Yeah, he gets first pick.
#2: James Harden
Averaging 29 points per game, Harden also led the league in assists and free throw attempts. He’s just second to Stephen Curry in 3-point attempts and shooting 35 percent while doing so. The MVP runner-up averaged 8 rebounds a game as well. Punt TO’s and he’s a fantasy god.
#3: Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns goes into the season as one of this year’s MVP candidates, in my opinion. He averaged the same amount of points as Kevin Durant (25.1) and averaged three more shot attempts per game. He’s only going to get better. This guy is a leader and is what the NBA wants. He’s set up to succeed. He and his franchise are maturing together. He’s officially a star. Make sure he’s on your team and you’ll be pretty successful as well.
#4: Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant. Easy, Money, Sniper. He’s a true hooper. Just out there to do what he does best. Hoop. Get buckets. His approach to the game itself is what makes him such a high pick. As a member of the Warriors, his offensive production has gone down a tad, but he makes up for it for what he can do on the defensive side of the ball with rebounds and blocks. Last year he averaged 25 points, two blocks, five assists and eight rebounds in 33 minutes of action. This dude gave the best player in the world 35 points a game in the NBA Finals. Trust me, he’s worthy.
#5: Lebron James
How does the best basketball player in the world get to be picked number five? Even with a 3-5 NBA Finals record, Lebron could easily be picked at number 1 out of sheer respect. “The King” is a force and he does it all on the floor. He averaged a 26-8-8 stat line last season. Although 3 and 5 in the NBA Finals, it’s pretty convenient to have a guy on your fantasy roster who is the best player on a championship contending team every season. James has been to the NBA Finals 8 out of the 14 years he has been the league. #worthy
#6: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis comes in at #6 based off how high his ceiling is. He has the potential to be able to do it all. He averaged 5 assists last year with 3 turnovers. He did shoot 52 percent last year and average two blocks and two steals. It’s fun watching the “Greek Freak’s” maturation. He’ll be fun to watch in the fantasy world this year as he takes the next steps to NBA Superstardom.
#7: Kawhi Leonard
Sometimes if feels if Kawhi is limited by the system he is in. Granted Pop is an amazing coach and the success the San Antonio Spurs have endured over the years is not to be ignored or blamed in this case for Kawhi’s production. He averaged 26 points last year with six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. With that as your base stat line for whenever he suits up, it’s pretty nice to have guys who will perform every night. He’s number 7 because of his consistency.
#8: John Wall
This dude is going to be the steal of the first round. Going into his 4-year, 170 million dollar contract season, this dude is going to ball. You know you’re good when the greats are your fans. The recent Kentucky Hall of Fame inductee is due for a monster season. He hasn’t said it personally but he’s trying to be the best player in the league.
#9: Kyrie Irving
Kyrie’s Boston Celtics’ jersey will one day hang in the rafters of Boston Garden. I say that and he hasn’t played a single game in a Celtic uniform. I say that because he’s just that good. The move he made from Cleveland to Boston was brilliant move for his career. He’s a superstar and a superstar in a Boston Celtics uniform contends. He is a perfect fit for the Brad Stevens offense. As much as you Boston fans loved Thomas, Kyrie is a pretty significant upgrade. Uncle Drew is motivated and is going to put on a show for the Boston crowd. Expect career highs from him this year. Kyrie, stay humble. Boston fans and fantasy owners…enjoy the show!
#10: Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry takes the 10 spot for the simple fact that Anthony Davis is injury prone. The best ability is availability. With that being said, Stephen Curry is a bad dude. He’ll get you there. Averaging 25 points a game, seven assists and two steals a game, he still can stuff the stat sheet on a given night. He was first in 3-point attempts and makes last season.