The top 5 surprises in fantasy basketball (2010-2011)
People are getting hyped over the film “Fast Five” starring Vin Diesel as opposed to even thinking about the big surprises in fantasy basketball this season. I am doing just that. I’m here for you guys. I got your back. Go check out the film and tell me where Michelle Rodriguez ends up. Then come back and read this article to prepare for next season. Some money is on the line. Get some advantage right here if you’re lazy to do some research for yourself.
5) Marcus Thornton (Sacramento Kings’ numbers) – 21.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.7 steals
Once the kid was traded to Sacramento, it was lights out. He blew the f*ck up. He was cash in tight games. Clutch shot after shot, he pulled the trigger with ease. Thornton is becoming the team’s best shooter since Mitch Richmond. Tyreke Evans has to become the point guard making them a deadly backcourt duo. I’m telling people that Thornton can score from anywhere like Carmelo Anthony. This dude is serious.
4) Greg Monroe – 9.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals, FG% .655
No one expected anything out of this rookie. He worked for 21 double-doubles. The Detroit Pistons’ roster is all messed up. Monroe was the only gem. I took him off the waiver wire as an afterthought since I was losing anyway. I monitored his progress making him a keeper. He is the only Piston worth drafting, but do not overrate him. Wait later in the draft to take him depending on size of league.
3) DeMar DeRozan – 17.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1 steal
DeRozan gave Raptor fans something to cheer about when he produced six 30 point games. His numbers increased mainly because of the minutes. He got more. His jump shot still needs work. He will improve. Expect him to be a 20+ points per game scorer next season. I’d take him in the 4th-5th round if he’s hanging around.
2) Kevin Love – 20.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, FT%. 850
64 double-doubles, another Beach Boy reference, and The Most Improved Player award later, Kevin Love woke up many with his loud play. He is a legit late first rounder or early second round pick. I bet some of you are anticipating that he averages 23 points and 17 rebounds next year, correct? That’s not a bad projection.
1) Blake Griffin – 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, FG% .506
Did you know that he was going to be like this after that knee injury? No one knew what he was going to become this good right out of the gate. Griffin has become a top 10 fantasy player in my book. I’m not even mad if you took him within the top 5 picks of any draft. Blake Superior is a triple double every night. If you cannot get LeBron, settle for Griffin. With him, if he cannot get a triple double, a double-double is fine. The only thing is that he does not get enough blocks to become a certified top 5. I hope that changes.