2012 Fantasy Point Guard Rankings

No position has been more consistently infused with talent over the past 15 years than point guard.

With inspiring play from a rookie from Spain a season ago to the emerging front runner for Rookie of the Year honors this season, no position will produce more quality fantasy options than point guard.

Even without a representative selected in the top-5 of the 2012 NBA Draft and only one rookie slated to be the full time starter, there is plenty of emerging talent at the position.

Three of the top-7 fantasy prospects play point guard and owners can find plenty of production throughout their draft.

30. Greivis Vasquez– New Orleans Hornets

During his college career, Vasquez established himself as a legitimate threat on the perimeter, but it hasn’t carried over during his first two seasons in the NBA, as he has connected on just 30.8 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. His days as a starter may be limited as New Orleans is hoping to convert Austin Rivers, the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, into a point guard.

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29. Jameer Nelson– Orlando Magic

After signing a three-year contract extension to remain in Orlando, the Magic have placed its point guard on the trading block in a continued effort to rebuild the roster. Nelson had just five games with over 10 assists last season, with this two best performances coming against Philadelphia, but without a dominant post player, Nelson’s 5.7 assists per game will likely drop significantly.

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28. Mo Williams– Utah Jazz

Back to where his career began, Williams is hoping a return to the starting lineup and Utah will enable him to play at an All-Star level. Williams is still a capable scorer, as he scored 33 points on 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point range against San Antonio last season proved and with the Jazz in desperate need of point production from its back court, the 30-year-old could be an impact player.

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27. Mario Chalmers– Miami Heat

No player has a more thankless job than Miami’s point guard. When Chalmers would excel, the rest of the team struggled and then there were plenty of games when the Heat won despite poor production from its point guard. Even with a trio of All-Stars on the roster, Chalmers failed to register a 10 assist performance, a distributor is a necessity for the team as Miami went 7-1 in games when he dished out six or more assists last year.

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26. George Hill– Indiana Pacers

No longer forced to split time with Darren Collison, Hill must prove he can handle the role of distributor. In four seasons, Hill has posted just one game with over 10 assists. There are few questions about his decision making though, as he averaged over 25 minutes but never committed more than three turnovers in a game last season.

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25. Kemba Walker– Charlotte Bobcats

Charlotte is desperate for a superstar and no player on its roster has more potential to blossom into just that more than Walker. Last season, he was the only rookie to record a triple-double, as he posted 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds against Washington. The triple-double was the second in franchise history and first since Stephen Jackson’s on Nov. 20, 2010 against the Suns.

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24. Raymond Felton– New York Knicks

In 54 games with the Knicks, Felton averaged 17.1 points, 9.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game, but since being the focal point of a trade for Carmelo Anthony, no player has underwent a more tumultuous stretch. Felton left Denver as a free agent, was run out of Portland and is once again seeking vindication in New York.

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23. Isaiah Thomas– Sacramento Kings

Sacramento may have found its point guard of the future and it’s not Jimmer Fredette. In his first career start, Thomas torched the Cavaliers for 23 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, but Kyrie Irving’s free throws with 0.4 seconds stole a victory away from the Kings. Despite being just 5-foot-9, Thomas was able to convert 63 percent of his tries at the rim, a higher percentage than Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose.

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22. Darren Collison– Dallas Mavericks

Following a disappointing two-year stint with Indiana, Collison arrives to a completely revamped Mavericks roster that will play more uptempo, a pace that suits the former UCLA point guard well. By spending his summer working with former teammate Chris Paul, Collison is hoping to put up numbers similar to his rookie year when he averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 assists per game and shot 40 percent from 3-point range.

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21. Jeremy Lin– Houston Rockets

The Rockets gave up two legitimate starting point guards this summer to clear room for Lin. As its pursuit of Dwight Howard fell short, Lin rejoins the team that cut him on Christmas Eve last season facing big expectations, not only to his three-year $25 million contract, but proving his 18.7 points and 7.7 assists, his averages as a starter, weren’t a fluke.

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20. Damian Lillard– Portland Trail Blazers

Portland is hoping the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft can duplicate the gaudy numbers he posted in the Summer League. Lillard was named co-MVP in Las Vegas as he averaged 26.5 points and 5.3 assists per game, solidifying himself as a serious contender for Rookie of the Year honors.

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19. Brandon Knight– Detroit Pistons

Entering his sophomore season, Knight is hoping to become a more vocal leader on a young Pistons team. As a rookie, Knight quietly put together an effective season, averaging 12.8 points and 3.8 assists per game while connecting on 38 percent of his attempts from 3-point range as he was selected to the All-NBA Rookie First Team.

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18. Mike Conley– Memphis Grizzlies

Only two players averaged more than two steals per game, Chris Paul led the league with 2.5 take-aways per game as Conley posted 2.2 per outing. Combine his defensive prowess with his 6.5 assists per game, the 11th highest average in the league, and Conley is a solid fantasy option.

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17. Jeff Teague– Atlanta Hawks

As Atlanta transitions from a predictable isolation offense that relied heavily on Joe Johnson, no player should benefit more than Teague. The Hawks can now feature him in the pick-and-roll, an asset for Teague as he has displayed elite explosiveness to the rim and without Johnson, he should have more opportunities to improve upon his 4.9 assists per game.

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16. Goran Dragic– Phoenix Suns

After excelling as a backup to Steve Nash, Dragic returns to Phoenix faced with the impossible task of trying to replace to future Hall-of-Fame point guard. In 28 starts, Dragic averaged 18 points, 8.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 49 percent from the field.

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15. Kyle Lowry– Toronto Raptors

The only thing capable of slowing down Lowry last season was a bacterial infection that forced him to miss 19 games. When he was on the floor, Lowry was playing the best basketball of his six year career, averaging 14.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

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14. Jrue Holiday– Philadelphia 76ers

For the first time in his career, Holiday is playing beside a dominant post scorer. With Andrew Bynum anchoring the paint, his presence will allow Holiday more opportunities to attack the rim. For Holiday to turn into the star the 76ers need, Holiday must find a way to finish more effectively at the rim, drawing contact and becoming an extra point player.

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13. Brandon Jennings– Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee may have a limited time to prove the back court pairing between Jennings and Monta Ellis can be effective. The Bucks have until Oct. 31 to sign Jennings to a contract extension but he ranked 17th in the league despite playing for the highest scoring team in the NBA since Ellis was acquired at mid-season.

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12. Ty Lawson– Denver Nuggets

The fastest point guard in the league serves as the floor general for the highest scoring team. Denver scored 104.1 points per game as Lawson led the team by averaging 16.4 points and 6.6 assists. As Lawson’s minutes have increased, his effectiveness has remained constant, as Lawson connected on 48 percent of his attempts from the field.

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11. Stephen Curry– Golden State Warriors

Finally healthy, Curry is ready to help the Warriors snap a five-year playoff drought. After missing 41 games with an ankle injury last season, as the Warriors went 12-14 in games played by the 24-year-old guard and 11-30 without him. Curry is a threat from anywhere on the floor, shooting 47.3 percent from the floor, 90.1 percent from the foul line and 44.1 percent from 3-point range during his career.

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10. Ricky Rubio– Minnesota Timberwolves

Rubio wasted no time proving Minnesota was right to patiently wait for his arrival. The Timberwolves selected Rubio with the fifth overall pick in 2009 and after playing two years in Spain, he quickly proved to be one of the best pure point guards in the league. In 41 games, he recorded a double-digit assist total 15 times before tearing the ACL in his left knee in March and expects to be back on the floor by December.

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9. John Wall– Washington Wizards

Knee injuries keep piling up for top picks in the NBA Draft. Every No. 1 overall selection from 2007-11 has missed time because of a knee injury and a stress fracture in Wall’s left patella is expected to keep him sidelined for at least eight weeks and he won’t play for the first month of the season.

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8. Kyrie Irving– Cleveland Cavaliers

The reigning Rookie of the Year proved to be a complete point guard, averaging 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game but it was his play late in games that was truly impressive. In the final five minutes of close games, Irving shot 54 percent from the field, 67 percent from 3-point range and his averages would equate to 40.4 points and 6.1 rebounds if stretched over the course of a game.

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7. Tony Parker– San Antonio Spurs

There is no telling how a fluke eye injury will impact Parker’s career. Parker served as France’s leading scorer at the 2012 Olympics, but forced to play with goggles, his shooting percentage significantly dipped, connecting on 40.7 percent of his attempts from the field while shooting 26.3 percent from 3-point range.

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6. Steve Nash– Los Angeles Lakers

Even with a weak supporting cast during his final season in Phoenix, Nash led the league in total assists, was named an All-Star ad had the Suns flirting with the post season. From anywhere on the floor, he was a deadly shooter, finishing tied for 10th as he connected on 53.2 percent of his attempts form the field, 89.4 percent of his free throws and 42.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. Now, Nash has a championship caliber roster playing aside him.

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5. Derrick Rose– Chicago Bulls

The opening game of the 2012 post season had already been decided, but as Rose drove to the basket in the final minute of the contest, his season came to an early end. The Most Valuable Player in 2011 tore his left ACL and is hoping to return by the All-Star break.  Once he returns, Rose is looking to provide the explosive scoring impact the Bulls desperately need.

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4. Russell Westbrook– Oklahoma City Thunder

In each of his first four seasons, Westbrook has seen his scoring average increase, ranking fifth in the league averaging 23.6 points per game, and has yet to sit out a game in his career. If Westbrook can improve his shooting efficiency, continue to cut down on his turnovers and find increase his assist average, he may be the top fantasy player.

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3. Rajon Rondo– Boston Celtics

Thirteen players registered a triple-double during the 2011-12 season, only Rondo was able to do it on more than one occasion, logging six in just 53 games, the highest total since LeBron James posted seven in 2008-09. Rondo is now the undisputed focal point in Boston’s offensive attack and he has proven he can dominate the game in any way he wants, averaging nearly as many assists (11.7), the highest average in the league, as points last season (11.9).

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2. Deron Williams– Brooklyn Nets

Williams should be able to return to his natural point guard position as the team debuts in Brooklyn. While he never played a game at another position, the lack of talent forced Williams to shoot a career-high 17.5 shots per game as he connected on just 40.7 percent from the field, the lowest of his career. With teammates capable of scoring, Williams can focus more on setting teammates up than shooting.

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1. Chris Paul– Los Angeles Clippers

No point guard can dominant the game in more ways than Paul. For the fifth time in his career, the 27-year-old led the NBA in steals, ranked third in assists and was the 13th leading scorer and posted a lower turnover ratio than 26 other starting point guards in the league last season. Add the fact Paul is playing for a new contract, his eighth season in the NBA could be his best yet.

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