2011 Fantasy Point Guard Rankings

Each season the point guard position continues to distinguish itself as the leagues most talented group.

One third of the starting point guards in the NBA have been selected to an All-Star team during their career.

Even though a majority of the players cut by the NBA amnesty rule were point guards, they only became expendable because four of the top-10 picks in the draft were also point guards.

The floor generals have taken center stage in fantasy basketball as well, compiling steals, assists and points, to make up five of the top-15 projected fantasy players in 2011-12.

30. Mike Bibby– New York Knicks

Bounced around the Southeast Division last season, Bibby suited up for Atlanta, Washington and Miami only to produce career lows in points (8.6) and assists (3.3) per game. New  York is actively pursuing another point guard, possibly Baron Davis, so Bibby’s time on the floor may be limited.

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29. Derek Fisher– Los Angeles Lakers

For six consecutive seasons, Fisher has started all 82 games but for the past four years, his scoring average has decreased. The Lakers are actively pursuing a replacement as the starter, so Fisher’s time on the floor may be limited.

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28. Ricky Rubio– Minnesota Timberwolves

Selected fifth overall in the 2009, Rubio is finally set to make his debut in Minnesota. There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the 21-year-old, as he shot just 37% from the field with FC Barcelona, but after just one practice, he excited his new teammates with his “crazy passes.”

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27. Jimmer Fredette– Sacramento Kings

The most electrifying scorer in college joins a crowded back court with two other guards that need the ball in their hands to score effectively. Fredette, Tyreke Evans, the NBA Rookie of the Year two seasons ago and Marcus Thornton all can score in bunches, so Sacramento should dramatically improve upon the 99.4 points per game it scored last season.

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26. Brandon Knight– Detroit Pistons

The Pistons back court faces lots of uncertainty. With Richard Hamilton having his contract bought out and Rodney Stuckey’s return to the team in doubt, Knight will see plenty of time on the floor. An explosive scorer during his lone season at Kentuck, Knight averaged 17.3 points per game and can get to the rim with ease.

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25. D.J. Augustin– Charlotte Bobcats

Without a reliable scoring option on the roster, along with constant personnel shuffling, Augustin quietly put together a career year. The third year point guard averaged 14.4 points, 6.1 assists per game, but his unreliable jump shot along with the Bobcats averaging just 93.3 points per game, second fewest in the NBA, lead to better fantasy options.

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24. Jeff Teague– Atlanta Hawks

Only starting seven times during the regular season, Teague was inserted as the starter during Atlanta’s post season run and he provided the offensive spark the team desperately needed. During the six game series with Chicago in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Teague tallied 21 points on three occasions while shooting over 50% from the field.

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23. Jose Calderon– Toronto Raptors

Calderon averaged 8.9 assists per game, fifth highest in the league last season. Limited to just 55 starts and 68 appearance because of foot and hamstring injuries, he still managed over 15 assists seven times, with a season high 19 coming during a 111-100 victory over Minnesota. Calderon has averaged at least eight assists per game three of the past four seasons.

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22. Jameer Nelson– Orlando Magic

Nelson finally started to become the distributor Orlando has desperately needed last year, averaging a career high six assists per game. With so much uncertainty on the roster, Nelson can either remain in his primary role of setting up the offense, or become the top scoring option if the Magic move center Dwight Howard.

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21. Chauncey Billups– Los Angeles Clippers

After New York used its amnesty clause to remove him from the roster, the Clippers claimed him despite threats of retirement if he wasn’t heading to a championship contender. Los Angeles has a talented young core and the addition of Billups can push the Clippers into the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

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20. Darren Collison– Indiana Pacers

Collison’s production slipped from his breakout rookie season with the Hornets, but he still is a viable fantasy option. In his first year with the Pacers, Collison averaged 13.2 points and 5.1 assists per game but he surged at the end of the year, scoring in double figures seven of his last eight games and dishing out 10 or more assists two times in his last four regular season contests.

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19. Kyrie Irving– Cleveland Cavaliers

The first overall selection of the 2011 NBA Draft may be inserted into the starting lineup immediately as Baron Davis has suffered a back injury and may be cut from the team before the season starts. Irving only played in 11 games as a freshman at Duke a year ago, but now is expected to lead the Cavaliers back into a playoff contender.

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18. Mario Chalmers– Miami Heat

Back in Miami’s starting lineup, Chalmers was the one player on the Heat roster capable of carrying the scoring load when the superstars on the team were struggling. Chalmers averaged 11.8 points per game, recorded nine steals, second highest on the team and had 21 assists during the Finals.

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17. Devin Harris– Utah Jazz

Dealt to Utah in a surprising mid-season trade, Harris quietly put together a solid season, averaging 15.2 points, 7.1 assists and one steal per game. Harris just couldn’t turn around the tailspin the Jazz were in to close the season, losing 20 of their final 28 contests.

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16. Mike Conley– Memphis Grizzlies

Thrust into the spotlight after signing a four-year $40 million contract extension last season, Conley produced the best season of his career. The 24-year-old point guard averaged 13.7 points, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game, transforming the Grizzlies into one of the most dangerous teams in the Western Conference.

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15. Brandon Jennings– Milwaukee Bucks

A broken foot limited Jennings to just 62 games last season and without him on the floor, the Bucks offense stalled. Milwaukee averaged a league worst 91.9 points per game. Jennings lead the team in scoring (16.2), assists (4.8) and steals (1.5) per game.

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14. Raymond Felton– Portland Trail Blazers

Felton started the season as a serious All-Star candidate in New York and then was traded twice in four months. Despite having to adapt to new teammates throughout the season, Felton produced career highs in scoring average (15.5), assists (8.3) and steals (1.7) per game. The only concern is if he is in basketball shape following the lockout.

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13. Jason Kidd– Dallas Mavericks

Fantasy owners know exactly what to expect from Kidd, plenty of assists, a few spot up three-pointers, a legitimate defensive presence and solid rebounding numbers for a point guard. The only concern is the dramatic decline of his jumper. Kidd connected on just 36.1% of his attempts from the field and shot 34% from beyond the arc, an 8.5% decline from 2010-11.

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12. Ty Lawson– Denver Nuggets

The biggest addition for Denver following its blockbuster trade came from a player already on the roster. Inserted into the starting lineup, Lawson scored 20 or more points on 11 occasions, including a 37 point, seven rebound six assist effort against the Timberwolves. Lawson will provide solid scoring, assist and rebound totals while posting a low turnover figure.

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11.Tony Parker– San Antonio Spurs

As San Antonio’s franchise power forward’s production slipped, Parker remained as efficient as ever. The 29-year-old averaged 17.5 points, 6.6 assists, 1.2 steals and connected on 51.9% of his attempts from the field. The only knock on Parker was he managed just 3.9 free throw attempts per game, his lowest in seven seasons.

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10. Kyle Lowry– Houston Rockets

Replacing Aaron Brooks, who injured his left ankle just two weeks into the season, as the starting point guard in Houston, Lowry made the most of his opportunity. He shot a career best 37.6% from three-point range while averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

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9. Jrue Holiday– Philadelphia 76ers

In his second season, Holiday started all 82 games, logged over 2,900 minutes on the floor and proved he could contribute in all areas for Philadelphia. Still just a 21-year-old, Holiday averaged 14 points, 6.5 assists, four rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

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8. Steve Nash– Phoenix Suns

There remains no better set-up man in the game than Nash. Once again leading the league in assists, for the fifth time in his career, he averaged 11.4 assists per game without a consistent scoring threat on the Phoenix roster. Nash is an effective shooter from anywhere on the court and he chipped in with 3.5 rebounds per game, his highest total in four years.

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7. John Wall– Washington Wizards

There is no question Wall is an electrifying point guard with All-Star potential, he just needs to limit his mistakes and become a more effective offensive player. Wall shot just 40.9% from the field and didn’t attack the rim as often as his speed should dictate. If he can shoot more efficiently, Wall could earn a place on an All-NBA team this year.

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6. Stephen Curry– Golden State Warriors

Producing nearly identical numbers to his rookie season, the only disconcerting figure was his 3.1 turnovers per game remained the same. If Curry can limit his turnovers and get to the foul line more often, where he shot a league best 93.4%, Curry could prove why the Warriors were so reluctant to part with him for a superstar.

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5. Rajon Rondo– Boston Celtics

After hearing his name floated in rumors once the free agency period began, Rondo has much to prove this season. Rondo is a flawed superstar. An excellent play maker and perhaps the best defensive point guard in the league, his horrendous free throw shooting has turned him into a liability in the fourth quarter.

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4. Russell Westbrook– Oklahoma City Thunder

In three years, Westbrook has yet to miss one contest. Selected to his first All-Star Game last season, the explosive 23-year-old averaged a career best 21.9 points, 8.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game. While Westbrook had a breakout regular season, his 108 assists and 78 turnovers in the post season drew plenty of criticism.

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3. Deron Williams– New Jersey Nets

In just 12 games, Williams showed exactly why the Nets gave away so much to obtain him. Williams dished out 153 assists (12.8 per game) and finally brought excitement to Newark. As the team prepares for its move to Brooklyn next season, Williams has yet to sign a contract extension, but the team is actively pursuing superstar talent to round out the roster.

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2. Derrick Rose– Chicago Bulls

The reigning MVP became the first player in Bulls history to score over 2,000 points in a season since Michael Jordan. His combination of speed and strength makes him nearly impossible to stop from attacking the rim. Rose spent the off season working on his three-point shot, making him a threat from anywhere on the floor.

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1. Chris Paul– New Orleans Hornets

Since the lockout ended, Paul has asked for a trade, but the league owned Hornets are refusing to part with him. It appears Paul will play out the final year of his contract in New Orleans, where he is an MVP candidate after leading the league in steals, in addition to the 15.9 points and 9.8 assists per game he averaged a year ago.

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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