Fantasy Point Guard Pre-Season Rankings

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Russell Westbrook

How can you not put Westbrook at the top of almost every draft board? Even with the arrival of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, this should only increase his efficiency. While averaging a triple-double is probably not going to happen again, 25/7/9 is worth a top selection in drafts.

Stephen Curry

Remember when Curry was supposed to suffer from the Kevin Durant arrival? Neither do I. He still averaged 25 points, nearly seven assists and two steals per game last year. I didn’t even mention his legendary 3-point shooting, which he still put up 10 3-point shots per game last season.

John Wall

John Wall has increased his scoring and assist averages in three straight seasons. 56% of Wall’s field goal attempts came within 8 feet or less. While he will probably never be a good 3-point shooter (32.7% last year), it’s good that he doesn’t force the issue in games. His teammate, Bradley Beal, is right on his heals for the most shot attempts on the team, as well. No worries, though. Wall has an excellent shot at being a top-3 point guard this season.

Chris Paul

One of the best, if not, the best point guard this past decade teams up with James Harden and Mike D’Antoni in their explosive offense. Count me in! Last season saw Chris Paul not average a double-double for the first time in four years. It’s encouraging that he shot a career high 41% from 3-point range last season. The Rockets traded away half their team, so Paul’s scoring average should rise into the 20’s.

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is coming off a career year in which he averaged 25 points, three rebounds and nearly six assists per game. His 40% 3-point field goal percentage will head to Boston where he will look to be “the guy.” In three games where LeBron James did not play and Irving did, he averaged 25.3 points, 7.3 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game. Yes, he will have Gordon Hayward and Al Horford to compete for touches, but it goes to show what he can do when he is the No. 1 option.

Damian Lillard

Maybe the most underrated point guard in the league, Damian Lillard has increased his scoring average each season. It will be hard to increase on his 27 points per game from last season, which was good for 6th in the NBA. His usage rate was good for 12th in the NBA last season as well. Portland was 10th in the NBA in 3-point attempts, and with the departure of Allen Crabbe, this will give more opportunities for Lillard to capitalize.

Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker’s game has gotten better each season and he might be primed for an even better one with Dwight Howard in town. His three-point makes have increased each season along with his overall field goal attempts. As long as he stays healthy, Kemba Walker will remain a fine fantasy point guard for your team.

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry is now on the wrong side of 30 and last season might have been the start of his decline. He missed 21 straight games due to a back injury, but he had a career year in every major category. The Raptors will no doubt continue to feature DeMar DeRozan as their No. 1 option. His 37 minutes per game will for sure take a hit this season and he might not even average 20 points this year.

Eric Bledsoe

If the Suns ever let Bledsoe play a full season, or trade him, he may reach his full potential. He was on his way to 21.1 points, 6.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game, but the Suns decided to tank the remaining 15 games and they only won two of them. Bledsoe is now the No. 2 option in the offense behind Devin Booker, but he can still get overall production in assists and rebounds.

Dennis Schroder

Now with a full season under his belt as the starter and increased minutes, Dennis Schroder will look to increase his 17 points per game average from last season. The Hawks are in full re-build mode, so Schroder will get all that he can handle this year. Though, there’s a chance that his team endures a lot of blow outs, so the minutes might not be there.

Mike Conley

Mike Conley is not a flashy point guard, but he won’t hurt you either. He averaged a career high 20.7 points, grabbed 3.5 rebounds and shot 40.7% from the 3-point arc. He only had eight double-doubles last season, so that isn’t very enticing. The Grizzlies also ranked 28th in pace of play last season. Somehow, Conley leads the Grizzlies to the postseason each year, though.

Jeff Teague

Jeff Teague joins one of the more promising teams in the NBA. Surrounded by immense talent, his assist numbers should rise a little. Throughout his career, Teague has been surrounded by capable talent, so his scoring should remain around the 15 point mark. It will be interesting if Teague’s steals increase with no depth behind him, and Coach Thibs’ defensive minded schemes.

Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic impressed during the Eurobasket tournament this past summer. He took home MVP honors and averaged 25.2 points. Entering his age-31 season, there’s a chance the Heat might scale back his minutes this season. They have other players that can “get them through the season.” Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson are all expected to get increased playing time.

D’Angelo Russell

Playing on a horrible team, Russell should be a No. 1 option for the Nets. The team shot the 4th most 3-pointers in the league, so this style of play should benefit Russell, who shot 35% from the arc, but increased his attempts by two from the previous season. There isn’t much depth behind him, so you can expect minutes into the 30’s for the former No. 2 overall pick.

 

Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley should be a hot commodity in the fantasy world as formats are changing to points style scoring. His elite steals should be weighed in heavily on draft night. Danilo Gallinari and Blake Griffin are guaranteed to miss time due to injuries throughout the season. Beverley is a low key decent scorer, if need be.

George Hill

George Hill averaged a career high 16.9 points per game last season in a slow pace Utah Jazz offense. Now with the Kings’ run-and-gun offense, he has the potential to eclipse the 20 point mark. He is easily the best player on the team. There is the potential that he is traded to a contender later in the season.

Lonzo Ball

Like it or not, the kid can ball. No pun intended. The Las Vegas Summer League MVP averaged 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game. While those numbers aren’t sustainable in a real NBA game, it’s still exciting to think about his fantasy prospects. He’ll have to clean up the turnovers (23) to improve his fantasy value.

Isaiah Thomas

Draft at your own risk. He is expected to be out until January and who knows how much he will contribute prior to the playoffs.

Danny Stokes - Senior NBA Writer/Analyst for Legion Report

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