2010 – 2011 Fantasy Ballers Small Forward (6-10)
The top 5 small forwards are top heavy. The bottom 5 holds their own. There is usually a huge drop off in talent from 6-10. That is not the case thus far. Even Linas Kleiza earned some recognition right here. Andrei Kirilenko’s mug shot on the big official site is scary. You want basket? He get basket. If they die, they die. The picture is intimidating.
10 – Luol Deng – 20.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and +14 PER. The man from Sudan had a 40 point game against Portland. He had a crappy start until that 40. Asides from scoring and defense, he does not do much of anything else. His rebounds took a tremendous hit this year. It’s because of Noah’s emergence as a rebounding genius that put Deng at this level. Mister Softee has a lot to prove because he does the same things as in previous seasons, and that is, he disappears in the fourth quarter. He had a great preseason shooting the ball. Let’s see if he can build on that 40 point game.
9 – Gerald Wallace – 19 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and +16.75 EFF. Not much to say about the man. He keeps it real. He gets the job done. He’s playing for Michael Jordan’s team! Isn’t that great? Wow. I wonder if he gets Air Jordans to build a collection at home… or watches Predator every night.
8 – Dorell Wright – 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and +19.75 EFF. What a breakout start for Wright. That’s what happens when one plays in Golden State. Is this a fluke? I do not think so. Pick him up if he’s still on the waiver wire. You can buy low, but the odds of that happening now are slim to none. People already know what’s up. The reason why he is not ranked any higher is because Wright is a new guy. The others are established. That’s it. Look for him to maintain this.
7 – Richard Jefferson – 20 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2 assists, and +19.50 EFF. He was not on my list last season. RJ stepped up a bit. The Spurs need him to maintain this course to provide the Lakers with any sort of challenge. Remember those Nets days where he was averaging above 22 points per game? Wow. Can he get that back? Yes. Just play harder. Dudes all over the internet are clowning Jefferson over his fashion sense. Well, on the court, he’s nothing but business.
6 – Danny Granger - 22 points, 5 rebs, 2.3 assists, and +18 EFF. The Indiana Pacer star did not even break 20 EFF, which lands him at number 6. One would think that the addition of Darren Collison would increase Granger’s numbers. Nope. Sorry. That is not working so far. He’s still a great stat player to have. It’s just many people over reached for him during the first 10 picks of the draft. Do not trade him just yet. Keep him for another month. If his numbers do not improve, trade his ass.