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Fantasy Basketball: Top 10 NBA Small Forwards 2014-15

2014-15 NBA SEASON PREVIEW CONTENT LIST

Atlantic: Celtics | Nets | Knicks | 76ers | Raptors |Division Preview
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Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

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Here are the top 10 NBA small forwards in Fantasy Basketball for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Rankings are based on projected per-game averages of the standard nine statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists, threes made, steals, blocks, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, and turnovers.

  1. Kevin Durant, OKC – Points, percentages, and peripheral statistical categories, Durant does it all. He’s the uncontested top pick in fantasy basketball this season.
  2. LeBron James, CLE – It doesn’t matter whether he’s in Cleveland, Miami, or Timbuktu. James is an elite beast in fantasy basketball. He has a lot to prove this season since moving back to Ohio, so expect him to personally make sure the Cavaliers will get those wins.
  3. Carmelo Anthony, NYK – While Anthony’s stat line is not as diverse nor as tantalizing as Durant’s, he still is a fantastic source of points, threes, and rebounds at the small forward position.
  4. Chandler Parsons, DAL – The Mavericks’ offensive  system should benefit Parsons this season and he looks ready to step up as the team’s “third star.”
  5. Nicolas Batum, POR – Batum does a little of everything, especially when it comes to the counting categories. If he did more, he would easily crack the Top 3 of this list.
  6. Kawhi Leonard, SAS – We all witnessed his coming out party during the 2013-14 Finals series against Miami. That could actually have been the tipping point that takes Leonard’s regular season value over the top. If so, he’s underrated at No. 6.
  7. Rudy Gay, SAC – Rudy acclimated quite well since being traded to the Kings in 2013-14. His stat line now more SF-centric, making his role in fantasy teams better defined. Gay is a good source of points, threes, and steals. We just hope he can keep up his improved field goal percentage of 48.2%.
  8. Gordon Hayward, UTA – We saw an across-the-board improvement in Hayward’s stat line last season and expect to see similar leaps this 2014-15. The only things currently holding down his value are his field-goal percentage (41.3%) and turnovers (2.7).
  9. DeMar DeRozan, TOR – DeMar is the Raptors’ go-to guy on offense and that’s reflected in his No. 10 finish in the scoring leaderboard last season. However, his 22.7 points per game came with the drawback of hurting fantasy team field-goal percentages at 42.9%. The rise in his threes (2.5) and assists (3.7) erased his former “vanilla player” stigma.
  10. Trevor Ariza, HOU – Trevor had his best fantasy season in 2013-14 with the Wizards. It is difficult to imagine that he will replicate the feat in his new environment. Still, Ariza should be a good source of treys and steals in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this season.
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