NBA All-Fantasy Team 1.0 - Western Conference
After each month of the NBA season we will compile our NBA All-Fantasy teams comprised of the top fantasy performers at each position along with a few honorable mentions that might break into the starting lineup next month.
For this month’s Western Conference All Fantasy Team there are few surprises. The players representing the best fantasy options at their respective positions are all well known guys. The real competition is among the guards and this speaks more to the depth of guard play in the Conference.
There is one player who figures to be a staple on the All-Fantasy teams throughout the season; Kobe Bryant continues to play at an all-world calibre in his pursuit of another championship. There will be close competition for the backcourt running mate as Chris Paul is pushing Russell Westbrook pretty hard so far.
If there is one player that might grab you as being a bit surprising it would be David Lee; however, this Golden State Warrior forward had a terrific month of November and would have been a tremendous contributor for your fantasy roster.
The player rankings used are from ESPN.com Fantasy Sports and are based on a fantasy point per game production.
Here is the November edition of the NBA All-Fantasy Team for the Western Conference.
Kobe Bryant – LA Lakers
Despite the horrid start to the season for the Lakers, the struggles cannot be blamed on Kobe Bryant. For the month of November, Kobe was a beast for your fantasy roster. He averaged 27 ppg, 5.6 apg, 5.4 rpg and 1.7 steals per game and the while shooting a solid .477 from the field, .400 from 3 point land and .876 from the charity stripe. All in all, Bryant is doing everything for your fantasy roster and he was the clear cut number one guard among all fantasy eligible players.
Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder
Westbrook just claimed the second backcourt spot here over incumbent Chris Paul. Westbrook’s month of November was a statistical dream for fantasy owners; he posted averages of 20.8 ppg, 8.6 apg, 5.1 rpg and 2 steals per contest. Fantasy GM’s had to be happy to see those assist numbers climb from last season where he averaged only 5.5 per contest; an increase of 3 per night is a huge difference maker. For Westbrook to hold onto this spot for next month he will have to continue to play solid defense and generate those steals and in turn keep those turnovers down.
Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder
If it not for the start to the season that Carmelo Anthony is having, Durant would be the front runner for league MVP; his month of November was just about as good as it can get. Durant has always been considered as a pure scorer and any assists or rebounds he gathered were a bonus to fantasy owners. This season Durant has obviously worked on becoming a more all around force on the court as evidenced by his stat line of 26.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 4.4 apg, 1.6 bpg and 1.6 spg. As a fantasy bonus, Durant recorded his season’s first triple-double of the year this month when he dominated the Golden State Warriors in throwing up 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. I don’t see anyone unseating Durant for the duration of the season, barring injury he will be a constant on the All-Fantasy team.
David Lee – Golden State Warriors
This selection might surprise a few people; however, Lee has been one of the most productive fantasy forwards in the West. He contributes nicely over the statistical categories with monthly averages of 18.2 ppg, 10.9 rpg and 3.9 apg all the while shooting.522 from the field. Lee is currently the fourth overall ranked forward; however, he is going to be pushed this season by Zach Randolph and Kevin Love. Statistically Lee gives fantasy owners approximately two more fantasy points a night over these guys but a hot month can change that around pretty quickly.
Tim Duncan – San Antonio Spurs
The 36 year Duncan continues to show that he has a lot left in the tank. Granted he doesn’t play as many minutes as he once did, his performance hasn’t dropped off that much. Despite his advanced age and reduced minutes, Duncan remains the top performing center in the West. His November averages were 18.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2.5 bpg and he recorded seven double-doubles during the month. The competition in the West at center is pretty stiff, with Dwight Howard and Al Jefferson closing the gap quickly but Duncan remains at the top.
Chris Paul – LA Clippers
Chris Paul had a pretty decent month of November; it just wasn’t good enough to supplant Westbrook or Bryant out of their starting spots. Fantasy owners would like to see Paul be more aggressive in the offense as he hasn’t been taking many shots and thusly his point per game production is down from what it could be.
Ryan Anderson – New Orleans Hornets
Anderson made a strong case for inclusion on this All-Fantasy squad; he had a solid November for your fantasy squad. I’d like to see some more rebounds and potentially a couple assists, but that really isn’t Anderson’s game. December is shaping up to be another strong month for Anderson as his points per game averages are on the climb.
Al Jefferson – Utah Jazz
Based on fantasy points per game, Jefferson was actually more valuable than Dwight Howard for the month of November. Now D-12 seems to be coming on strong in December; however Jefferson isn’t backing off his stat line. November saw eight double-doubles out of Jefferson and his is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds on the season so far.