NBA Fantasy All-Stars: 10 standout players from the first half of the season

NBA Fantasy All-Stars: 10 standout players from the first half of the season

NBA Fantasy All-Stars: 10 standout players from the first half of the season

Jayson Tatum and Joel Embiid (right) are 2 of the stars of fantasy basketball this season.

Voting for the NBA All-Star Game ends Saturday, January 21. As the last ballots are about to be cast, let’s name the Fantasy All-Star team of players who stood out in the first half. Since there are usually two All-Star teams in the NBA, we’ll name four guards, four forwards, and two centers in our All-Star Fantasy Team.


Guards

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks: Even with all the garish numbers Doncic has already provided, he is in the midst of the best season of his career. His utilization is 38.1%, which allowed him to average 33.7 points and 2.8 3-pointers, to accompany 8.8 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He’s even shooting a career-high 49.7% from the field. The only real downside to his fantasy game is that he’s shooting 73.3% on the charity strip.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder actually have a shot at making the playoffs, and Gilgeous-Alexander is the main reason why. It took things to another level, with 30.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg 5.5 apg and 1.7 spg. He also shoots 50.1% from the field and 90.8% from the free throw line, which helps fantastic managers when he attempts 20.0 shots and 10.3 free throws per game. After being limited to 56 games due to injuries last season, he has only missed four games this season.

Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers: Haliburton could be the leader of the next wave of elite fantasy playmakers. Given the reins of the Pacers, he has rewarded fantastic managers with an average of 20.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 10.2 apg and 1.8 spg as well as three 3-pointers per game while shooting 48% since field. His average of 2.6 turnovers per game is also fantastic for those playing in nine-category leagues.

Donovan Mitchell, Cleveland Cavaliers: The move from the Jazz to the Cavaliers certainly didn’t hurt Mitchell. He’s averaging career-highs in points (28.4) and 3-pointers (3.7) while shooting 48.4 percent from the field. His assists were down slightly, but with 4.8 of them per game, he more than made up for it with his increased scoring and efficiency.


Attackers

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets: Before Durant injured his knee, he had an MVP-worthy season for the Nets. Over 39 games, he averaged 29.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5.3 apg, and 1.5 bpg while averaging 1.8 3-pointers per game. As impressive as that sounds, he also shot 55.9% from the field and 93.4% from the free throw line. There aren’t many holes in his game, if any.

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics: Notice a trend here? If you want to be a fantasy All-Star, you can’t just have good tally stats. Tatum certainly has them, delivering 31.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 4.3 apg along with 3.3. 3 points per game. However, when you combine that with him shooting 46.8% overall and 87.1% on free throws, he emerges as one of the best forwards in fantasy and one of the best players overall.

Domantas Sabonis, Kings of Sacramento: Sabonis is as stable as possible. His first full season with the Kings saw him average 18.9 ppg, 12.6 rpg and 7.1 apg while shooting 61% from the field. There was a brief scare when he injured his thumb on his non-firing hand, but he played through the injury and showed no signs of discomfort. As the Kings aim to end their playoff drought, Sabonis should continue to be heavily supported in the second half.

Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies: Jackson has made significant progress this season. Although he missed the first month of the season with a foot injury, he is still part of this team due to his unique skills, averaging 1.5 3-pointers, 1.1 steals and 3.3 blocks per game. The big man is also shooting 51.3 percent from the field and averaging a career-high 6.8 rebounds per game. Injuries have been a problem for him throughout his career, but if he can continue he will likely be on many fantasy league lists.


Centers

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: Jokic could be on the verge of winning another Kia MVP award. Simply put, he was once again dominant. His scoring is down a bit this season with a healthier roster around him, but he’s still averaging 25.1 points per game on a career-high 62.6% shooting from the field. He also threatens to average a triple-double with his 11.0 rpg and 9.9 apg. The first overall pick in numerous fantasy drafts also missed just four games, allowing him to appear in at least 72 games, which he has done in every season of his career.

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers: Unlike Jokic, Embiid has struggled to stay grounded throughout his career. He’s missed 11 games this season, but is averaging a career-high 33.6 points per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the field and 85.6 percent from the free throw line. His rebound numbers are down, but he’s not exactly struggling with 9.8 of them per game. Combine that with his 4.2 apg, 1.1 3 ppg, 1.0 spg and 1.7 bpg and Embiid deserves to be on this team.

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Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. In 2018 he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live , RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab and KFFL.com.

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