The 2012-13 NBA regular season is over. We have compiled the Top 10 point guards of the season that was. These rankings are based on the head-to-head format and are filtered based on the standard nine categories of points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, three-point shots made, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and turnovers committed.
Player ratings are based on “Wins Above Replacement Player” or WARP and is an estimate of the number of wins a fantasy player is worth on a per week basis in H2H leagues compared to a replacement, or free agent, player. This is the amazing system is the brainchild of one of this site’s contributing authors, Patrick. The score inside parentheses beside the players’ names are their WARP scores for the season as a whole.
So without further ado…
1. Stephen Curry, GSW (0.98) – Curry finished the season strong enough to unseat last season’s top dog, Chris Paul. There were concerns about his ankles being prone to sprains, dropping his ADP down to the late second to early third rounds of most drafts. He finished the season playing 78 games to quash those concerns with extreme prejudice. He also now holds the NBA record for most threes made in a regular season, with 272. He’s more than a three-point specialist. He brings 22.9 PPG; 6.9 APG; and 1.6 SPG to the table to round out his contributions to your fantasy team’s point guard needs. Imagine what he can do when he hits puberty?!?
2. Chris Paul, LAC (0.94) – We’ve seen a drop in his points per game (16.9), down from 19.8 PPG last season. He’s still a stud though and few point guards can boast of his unique steals (2.4) and assists (9.7) combination while shooting at a big man-esque FG% of 48.1.
3. Russell Westbrook, OKC (0.72) - There’s a significant drop in WARP value between the first two guys and Westbrook’s. His 43.8% shooting from the field and his 3.3 turnovers per game put a slight damper on his value. He does bring good contributions to the categories of PTS (23.2 PPG); AST (7.4 APG); and STL (1.8 SPG). Russell’s special sauce when it comes to fantasy is his insane durability. This kid just doesn’t miss any games, something that can play a key role in the head to head format.
4. Kyrie Irving, CLE (0.68) - In spite of his logging only 59 games this season, Irving has brought a solid, well-rounded game to the party. The Cavaliers have fired Byron Scott. So let’s hope his replacement can keep Irving’s stellar career on track and even improve on his 22.5 PPG; 5.9 APG; 1.5 SPG; and 1.8 3PPG. Expect another bump in his averages this 2013-14 NBA season.
5. Deron Williams, BKN (0.66) - In spite of getting banged up this season, D-Will manned up and managed to produce some good numbers for his owners to appreciate. He’s established an on-court rapport with Brook Lopez and should be ready to bring more of his 18.9 PPG; 7.7 APG; and 2.2 3PPG next season.
6. Kemba Walker, CHA (0.54) - To be perfectly honest, Walker took me by surprise this season. What’s the reason for his big splash into this Top 10 list this season? Simply put, it is his across-the-board improvement in ALL categories. One significant jump is in the steals category where Walker improved to 2.0 SPG from 0.9 SPG last season. He’s made waves this season and look for his ADP to rise accordingly.
7. Mike Conley, MEM (0.53) - Call him “Chris Paul-lite.” What’s not to love from your PG when he averages 2.2 SPG; 6.1 APG; and 1.3 3PPG? They key thing to note about Conley is improvement post All-star break when he stepped up his game as he helped offset the Grizzlies’ loss of former top scorer, Rudy Gay, at the trade deadline. Conley became more aggressive and scored 16.7 PPG in the second half of the season.
8. Brandon Jennings, MIL (0.52) - Jennings showed that he can be a solid contributor of the key point-guard categories of AST (6.5 APG); STL (1.6 SPG); and 3PTM (2.2 3PPG). His 39.9 FG% is his major stinger in his stat line. An interesting thing to look out for this summer when it comes to Jennings is to see where he actually ends up playing. He may or may not be returning to the Bucks. Stay tuned to see if he finds a team (Bucks included) that is a good fit for his game.
9. Tony Parker, SAS (0.51) - This is arguably the best season of his career. What Parker lacks in the threes and steals departments, he makes up for with his ridiculously high FG% (for a PG) of 52.2% at 20.3 PPG. That’s like a solid power forward’s scoring and FG% impact in your fantasy team’s PG slot who just happens to also add 7.6 APG to the table. He’s a useful asset when you’re drafting a team that value’s percentages.
10. Damian Lillard, POR (0.50) - He’s likely the Rookie-of-the-Year award winner this season and it was all about a perfect alignment of talent meshing with an insane amount of opportunity as Portland gave him the PG reigns from the get-go. Considering this was his first year as a pro, expect DL to only get better as he gets more accustomed to his team in 2013-14. Draft him next season if you need PTS (19.1 PPG); Threes (2.3 3PPG); and of course AST (6.5 APG).