NBA stars not living up to rankings

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:23 PM ET

You thought you were the king of the world when you landed Kevin Durant, David Lee, Danny Granger or a number of other proven fantasy superstars near the top of your draft, right?

Well, a bunch of guys that were in the top 20 of Yahoo’s overall ranking heading into the season are off to poor to terrible starts. Don’t worry, all of these guys will turn things around, but a few of them probably were overrated heading into drafts.

Here’s a look at some of the surprises with their overall rank heading into the season and their current rank:

Durant: 1, 27; LeBron James: 3, 33; Dirk Nowtizki: 4, 20; David Lee: 11,132; Amare Stoudemire: 12,144; Brook Lopez: 15,102; Dwight Howard: 16,87; Deron Williams 9, 77.

On the other hand, some players ranked very high to start with are doing even better than expected. These include:

Pau Gasol: 10, 5; Josh Smith 14, 6; Carmelo Anthony 18, 3; Al Horford 24, 6.

n Last week we looked at the great crop of point guards, this time around, let’s consider the deeper and better-than-expected options at centre.

In terms of ranking by average, a remarkable six centres currently sit in Yahoo’s top 20.

Thought to be a carcass with a contract the past few years, Elton Brand is reborn and is fourth overall, Gasol is fifth, Joakim Noah is eighth and his former Florida teammate, the aforementioned Horford, is 12th. Even ageless Tim Duncan is 19th, emerging Roy Hibbert is 15th and Serge Ibaka has gone from 135th entering the season to 37th on the strength of great block, rebound and field goal percentage numbers.

n If you can’t get those big shots to fill the middle for your team, there are other good options out there. Glen Davis is benefitting from the broken down bodies of Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal in Boston. Davis is playing very well. Nene Hilario is back in action for Denver and is poised to move up the rankings. Andris Biedrins is healthy in Golden State and dominates in some categories (though his free throw shooting is awful). Suns C Channing Frye will also come around at some point, as will Drew Gooden of the Bucks.

n A few things of note around the league that might impact your team: Luke Ridnour is injured so Sebastian Telfair takes over as Minnesota’s starting PG. It will only be short term as Ridnour won’t miss much more than a week and ex-Syracuse star Jonny Flynn is nearing a return to action ... Dallas has moved G Jason Terry to the bench in order to spark the second unit. Terry, a former sixth man of the year, should thrive in his new/old role ... Grizzlies F Zach Randolph went off for 23 points and 20 rebounds on Monday night ... Raptors PG Jarrett Jack played 38 minutes to Jose Calderon’s 10 on Monday, but that doesn’t mean every game is going to be like that, especially since Jack is banged up and Calderon is finally healthy.

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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