For 99% of the sports watching population, September is all about the start of the NFL and the pennant races in baseball. Fantasy football owners spend countless hours at work tinkering with the upcoming week's line-up while e-mails go unanswered.
There is just far too much going on in the sports world for most fans to even start thinking about the upcoming NBA season. But for the really hardcore NBA fans and fantasy basketball players, September is just the right time to start thinking about the upcoming season and your upcoming fantasy drafts.
For these rankings, we will be using the ESPN/CBS standard 8 category head-to-head scoring system: Points, Threes, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, FG% and FT%.
Daily fantasy basketball sites use variations of the categories systems depending on which site you are playing on.
#1 - Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Curry isn't the best PG in the NBA – that distinction still belongs to Chris Paul for the foreseeable future – but he is a fantasy superhero. Ranked third among all players in my projections (and possibly the top dog in dynasty drafts), Curry wins the top PG slot for his efficiency and bulk three point shooting. Curry isn't just good at all the important PG categories, he's great at all of them.
The only reason you should even consider not making Curry your top PG this year is his two bad ankles which always threaten to keep him out of some action.
#9 - Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Rubio has the tools to be an elite fantasy player. He can win you categories (assists, steals) on his own when he's hot, but he can be a category killer (FG%) when he's not. He will have to increase his abysmal 36% FG rate this year and stay healthy (Rubio has played less than 100 games in two years in the league) to be a top asset, but if he does these things, he could end the season as a Top 5 Fantasy PG.
Steal Of The Draft
#13 - Eric Bledsoe
I struggled with where to rank Bledsoe. I love the opportunity he's going to get in Phoenix, and I think he has the potential to be the best steals guy in the NBA. I really wanted to find a spot for him in the Top 10, but there's just too many proven point guards in the NBA.
What's most interesting about Bledsoe is he really provides in all categories, whereas you can't expect rebounds and steals from most point guards. It remains to be seen if he can become a more efficient scorer, but if you see Bledsoe slipping past the Top 15 PGs or Top 50 overall players, you're going to get a big steal that will provide value across all categories.