Which NBA players should be on your fantasy basketball team?
With the preseason over and the NBA playoffs in full swing, we finally have an official starting point for the fantasy basketball season.
To help you make the most of your league, we’ve rounded up a list of the best players on your team.
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls (via: ESPN) The Bulls will host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, giving Derrick Rose a chance to start his second straight postseason game.
Chicago has lost four of the past six, but it still has the makings of a legitimate playoff contender.
They’re going to have a great matchup against the Brooklyn frontcourt, and they should be able to run the table in the first two quarters.
The Bulls are a solid floor spacing team, but they can’t afford to have Rose in foul trouble.
The problem with Rose is that he is one of the few players on this list who can consistently get in fouls and keep the game close.
Even if Rose misses a couple of foul shots, he will still score at least 19 points, and he should be one of your best fantasy players.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (via theScore.com) If you are looking for a reason to start a Curry-led team, there is no better time than now.
Curry is coming off a triple-double against the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Warriors should have no trouble rolling to a win in Portland.
He is averaging 20.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 7.7 assists, and his plus-8.6 shooting percentage should be enough to push him into the top five in fantasy scoring.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (via DraftExpress.com, ESPN) Durant is one play away from breaking the NBA’s single-season scoring record for most 3-pointers in a season, and that record currently sits at 10,387.
Durant’s ability to score at a consistent level should keep him locked in as a top-three fantasy point guard.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings (via Basketball Reference) The Kings have a few holes on their roster, but Cousins should still be a top five fantasy point scorer in the league.
He has averaged 17.4 points and 5.2 assists in his past five games, and this will be the Kings’ first opportunity to take on the Spurs since they lost to the Thunder in the Western Conference finals in January.
Derrick Favors, Dallas Mavericks (via BleacherReport) The Mavericks have a strong bench, and Favors should be an ideal player for a team that desperately needs some help up front.
Dallas has won eight of its past 10 games and is currently third in the East.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazer (via SB Nation) Lillard is an elite fantasy point-guard who can be an elite scorer.
His scoring average of 18.2 points per game is well above the NBA average, and Lillard should be a fantasy stud in his own right.
Kevin Love, Chicago Blackhawks (via NBA.com/ESPN) Love’s production is not as spectacular as his shooting, but the former Golden State point guard is still one of his league’s most efficient scorers.
He should be worth starting in a number of formats, but he is a top six fantasy scorer for your fantasy team.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (via ESPN) Antetakounmpos is the best pure shooter in the NBA right now, and I expect him to take over as the Milwaukee Bucks’ starting point guard this season.
The 22-year-old is averaging 16.6 points, 5.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds, and in a league that needs some shooting, he should score in the 40-50 range.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves (via Sports Illustrated) Wiggins should be ready for a big season.
He’s already posted career-highs in scoring, field goal percentage, assists, steals and blocks, and should be more than ready to score over 20 points per contest.
Derrick Brooks, Portland Blazers (via RotoWire.com and Bleacherreport) Brooks has been a fantasy star for the past few years and should finally get a big chance to prove that he belongs in the top 10 in fantasy points.
He scored 21 points in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks last week, and if he can keep up the scoring pace and the rebounding, he could be a very solid fantasy player.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks (via B/R Mag) Millsap is coming back from a torn ACL that sidelined him for much of last season, but this should be the second straight season in which he is the MVP candidate.
Millsap has averaged 22.5 points and 11.7 rebounds in his last four games, so he should easily be a solid fantasy contributor.
Andrew Bogut, Denver Nuggets (