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Early Top 10 Fantasy Basketball Rankings for 2014-15

BMF-Fantasy-Logo-11. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant will most likely be named the MVP of the 2013-14 season. He does it all, but his scoring is what separates him from all competition. This season he has averaged a spectacular 31.9 points per game, 4.5 points higher than his career average. He is shooting 51 percent from the floor, 40 percent from long range, 7.5 rebounds per game, 5.5 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game. You can expect similar numbers next season.

2. LeBron James

LeBron James has to be another top pick in all drafts. Although he doesn’t always score as much as Durant does, he is also very consistent with his contributions. During the 2013-14 season, he has averaged 27.1 points per game, shooting 57 percent from the floor and 38 percent from downtown. He fills the stat sheet with 6.9 rebounds per game, 6.4 assists per game, and 1.6 steals per game. Of course, he can still just pour points onto a team, as evidenced by his 61-point performance against the Charlotte Bobcats this year.

3. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is a sharpshooting point guard that contributes game in and game out. He rarely misses a game, missing only three contests so far this season. He has averaged 23.6 points per game in 2014, shooting 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from long range. He will help you out in getting assists, averaging 8.5 assists per game this year, and also grabs a good helping of rebounds at 4.3. He is also averaging 1.6 steals per game. If you can’t get LeBron or Durant, you’d be just as fine with Steph on your team.

4. James Harden

James Harden used to be the sixth man to Durant’s Thunder squad, but has transitioned into Houston’s go-to guy. He brings it all, including lots of scoring and lots of free throws. He is averaging 25.4 points per game this season, shooting 46 percent from the field and 37 percent from the three-point range. He grabs 4.8 rebounds per game and dishes 6.0 assists per game. The best stat you’ll receive with Harden on your team is free throws. He is averaging around eight free throws made per game and shooting 86 percent from the stripe.

5. Kevin Love

Kevin Love is the ideal power forward for any team. He consistently scores a lot, rebounds with the best of them, and can shoot the three-pointer very well. This season, he is averaging 25.8 points per game, shooting 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from long range. He grabs 12.5 rebounds per game, dishes 4.4 assists per game, and is averaging around seven free throws made a night (shooting 82 percent from the free-throw line). If you have a mid-lottery draft pick, it would be smart to go with Love; he has a lot to offer.

6. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony is known best for his scoring, but he can also rebound at a pretty high rate. He has shown flashes of pure dominance this season, but for the most part has been consistently great. Throughout the 2013-14 season, he has averaged 27.6 points per game, shooting 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from downtown. He is also averaging 8.2 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game. In addition, he can also get to the line and makes good use of the time he is given there. He is averaging 6.0 free throws made per game and shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line.

7. Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis has consistently gotten better as his career continues. Although he has recently been deemed out for the rest of the season, he will still be a force next year. Through the 67 games this year, he has averaged 20.8 points per game, shooting 52 percent from the field and 79 percent from the free-throw line. He is averaging 10.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He brings you a lot on defense, averaging close to three blocks per game and 1.3 steals per game. He has the talent to go for 40 points and 20 rebounds any night.

8. Paul George

Paul George was the 2013 Most Improved Player, and was at one point considered a top MVP candidate in 2013-14. He has become a dominant scorer who plays great defense and rebounds well. This season, he is averaging 21.7 points per game, shooting 43 percent from the field and 36 percent from the three-point territory. He is also averaging 6.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. He also does a great job at the line, shooting 86 percent from there.

9. Dirk Nowitzki

Even at the age of 35, Dirk Nowitzki continues to be a heavy threat to opposing teams. Before last season, he averaged 20+ points per game in 12 straight seasons. Last year, he dropped to 17, but this year he is back up there. He is averaging 21.6 points per game, shooting 48 percent from the field and 38 percent from three. He is also averaging 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, one block, and one steal per game. He is as consistent as it gets.

10. Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin is one of the most enjoyable players to watch in the NBA, and for good reason. He’s completely healthy and his numbers support that. He is averaging 24.1 points per game this season, shooting 53 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free-throw line. He is also grabbing 9.6 rebounds, dishing 3.8 assists, and recording 0.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.

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