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Changing of guards in L.A.

Chris Paul is back in the top 10 where he belongs after returning to action Sunday. Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports

With Kobe Bryant expected remained sidelined with a knee injury through the All-Star break, one has to wonder if the Los Angeles Lakers are really going to risk his long-term health in a season where they are 12 games out of playoff contention with an 18-33 record. It's Kobe, so anything is possible, but his fantasy owners should probably be looking to make alternative plans for the stretch run.

The Top 130

"Note: Brian McKitish's top 100 players are ranked for their fantasy value for the 2013-14 NBA season. Previous rank is indicated in parentheses.
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1. Kevin Durant, OKC (1)
2. LeBron James, MIA (2)
3. Anthony Davis, NO (3)
4. Stephen Curry, GS (4)
5. Kevin Love, MIN (5)
6. James Harden, HOU (6)
7. Paul George, IND (7)
8. John Wall, WSH (8)
9. Chris Paul, LAC (77)
10. LaMarcus Aldridge, POR (9)
11. Carmelo Anthony, NY (10)
12. DeMarcus Cousins, SAC (11)
13. Serge Ibaka, OKC (13)
14. Dirk Nowitzki, DAL (14)
15. Al Jefferson, CHA (15)
16. Kyrie Irving, CLE (12)
17. Blake Griffin, LAC (16)
18. Damian Lillard, POR (17)
19. Isaiah Thomas, SAC (19)
20. Goran Dragic, PHO (25)
21. Monta Ellis, DAL (20)
22. Kyle Lowry, TOR (21)
23. Nicolas Batum, POR (23)
24. Paul Millsap, ATL (24)
25. Ty Lawson, DEN (18)
26. Michael Carter-Williams, PHI (22)
27. Mike Conley, MEM (26)
28. Joakim Noah, CHI (27)
29. Dwyane Wade, MIA (33)
30. Rudy Gay, SAC (32)
31. Brandon Jennings, DET (29)
32. Chandler Parsons, HOU (31)
33. David Lee, GS (28)
34. Kemba Walker, CHA (51)
35. Josh Smith, DET (40)
36. Ricky Rubio, MIN (41)
37. Tim Duncan, SA (45)
38. Marc Gasol, MEM (30)
39. Dwight Howard, HOU (43)
40. Deron Williams, BKN (34)
41. Klay Thompson, GS (37)
42. Thaddeus Young, PHI (38)
43. Russell Westbrook, OKC (102)
44. Anderson Varejao, CLE (36)
45. Nikola Vucevic, ORL (49)
46. Tony Parker, SA (35)
47. Wesley Matthews, POR (47)
48. Gordon Hayward, UTAH (42)
49. Jeff Teague, ATL (48)
50. Spencer Hawes, PHI (39)
51. Chris Bosh, MIA (50)
52. Andre Drummond, DET (56)
53. DeAndre Jordan, LAC (55)
54. DeMar DeRozan, TOR (65)
55. Rajon Rondo, BOS (53)
56. Arron Afflalo, ORL (59)
57. Brandon Knight, MIL (61)
58. Victor Oladipo, ORL (52)
59. Luol Deng, CLE (54)
60. Nikola Pekovic, MIN (57)
61. Jimmy Butler, CHI (62)
62. Zach Randolph, MEM (63)
63. Roy Hibbert, IND (64)
64. Derrick Favors, UTAH (60)
65. Bradley Beal, WSH (58)
66. Kevin Martin, MIN (46)
67. Wilson Chandler, DEN (82)
68. Trevor Ariza, WSH (75)
69. Jeff Green, BOS (72)
70. Eric Gordon, NO (66)
71. Jameer Nelson, ORL (67)
72. Lance Stephenson, IND (74)
73. Greg Monroe, DET (71)
74. Evan Turner, PHI (68)
75. Pau Gasol, LAL (44)
76. Marcin Gortat, WSH (85)
77. Paul Pierce, BKN (70)
78. Tobias Harris, ORL (73)
79. Trey Burke, UTAH (69)
80. Jamal Crawford, LAC (81)
81. Andrew Bogut, GS (83)
82. Jose Calderon, DAL (79)
83. Joe Johnson, BKN (76)
84. Nene Hilario, WSH (89)
85. Jonas Valanciunas, TOR (88)
86. Terrence Jones, HOU (91)
87. Randy Foye, DEN (105)
88. J.J. Redick, LAC (80)
89. J.R. Smith, NY (94)
90. D.J. Augustin, CHI (90)
91. David West, IND (100)
92. Carlos Boozer, CHI (86)
93. Reggie Jackson, OKC (93)
94. Jrue Holiday, NO (84)
95. DeMarre Carroll, ATL (108)
96. Jared Sullinger, BOS (118)
97. Tristan Thompson, CLE (95)
98. Eric Bledsoe, PHO (96)
99. Kenneth Faried, DEN (109)
100. Avery Bradley, BOS (99)
101. Gerald Green, PHO (101)
102. Robin Lopez, POR (103)
103. Jeremy Lin, HOU (110)
104. J.J. Hickson, DEN (114)
105. Andre Iguodala, GS (87)
106. Taj Gibson, CHI (116)
107. Andray Blatche, BKN (107)
108. Tyreke Evans, NO (78)
109. John Henson, MIL (104)
110. Mario Chalmers, MIA (111)
111. George Hill, IND (120)
112. Khris Middleton, MIL (NR)
113. Terrence Ross, TOR (97)
114. Steve Blake, LAL (NR)
115. Kyle Korver, ATL (117)
116. Larry Sanders, MIL (125)
117. Kendall Marshall, LAL (115)
118. Courtney Lee, MEM (127)
119. Kawhi Leonard, SA (122)
120. Corey Brewer, MIN (NR)
121. Tyson Chandler, NY (129)
122. Channing Frye, PHO (113)
123. Jodie Meeks, LAL (98)
124. Patrick Beverley, HOU (NR)
125. Rodney Stuckey, DET (119)
126. Dion Waiters, CLE (126)
127. Daniel Green, SA (NR)
128. Chris Kaman, LAL (NR)
129. Gerald Henderson, CHA (NR)
130. Raymond Felton, NY (123)

The same argument can be made for teammate Steve Nash, who left Sunday's game with a minor knee injury. Nash, who turned 40 on Friday, is going to have a hard time keeping himself on the court, and the Lakers don't have much incentive to run him out for extended minutes. That said, Steve Blake and Kendall Marshall should have some staying power in fantasy leagues the rest of the way. Blake returned after missing 26 games to post 8.3 points, 9.7 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his past four games, while Marshall has managed to maintain some value with 9.4 points, 8.6 assists and 1.8 3-pointers over his past five. Jodie Meeks, by the way, should be held in all formats while he mends from an ankle injury. With the All-Star break coming up, Meeks should only miss a few games before returning to action.

Chris Paul returning before the All-Star break has to be considered great news for his fantasy owners. The 36-18 Clippers would have held him out until after the break if they weren't confident about his health. It may take him a week or two to get his game legs back, but he should resume his rightful spot in the top-5 in due time. Paul's return will push Darren Collison back to his reserve role where he's averaged just 8.3 points and 2.1 assists in just 18.3 minutes in 34 games off the bench. He can safely be dropped in fantasy leagues. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick (when healthy) played well with Paul in the lineup earlier in the season and should be able to retain their value.

Russell Westbrook is starting to pick up the pace in his workouts and is hoping to return shortly after next week's All-Star break. Westbrook posted 21.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 25 games prior to his knee injury, and he should be a major contributor for fantasy owners after the All-Star break provided that he can return to full health. Reggie Jackson, who has averaged 14.0 points, 5.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 27 starts, will lose some value as he returns to his sixth-man role, but should stick on all rosters as he will remain valuable nonetheless.

After missing 12 games with a concussion, Nikola Vucevic has picked up right where he left off with 14.6 points and 10.6 boards per game over his past five contests. Vucevic has been as solid as they come over the past two years, so his strong performance since the injury isn't terribly surprising. The more intriguing storyline in Orlando is that they finally have Vucevic, Jameer Nelson, Victor Oladipo, Aaron Afflalo, Tobias Harris and Glen Davis healthy for the first time all season. Davis is going to end up being the odd man out in terms of fantasy value, but don't be surprised if the added depth leads to some inconsistent production amongst the entire group after the All-Star break.

Don't look now, but there was a Danny Green sighting during the past week when he dropped 22 points on five 3-pointers on Wednesday night and followed that up with 17 points on three 3-pointers on Thursday before struggling with just 3 points on Saturday against the Bobcats. The Spurs are dealing with a variety of injuries at the moment, which could allow Green to break out of his season-long shooting slump. Given his upside when he's hot, Green makes for a nice gamble for the stretch run.

DeMar DeRozan has been on fire in recent action with 26.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-poitners per game over his past five. Most impressive has been his ability to get to the basket and draw fouls, shooting 80-plus percent in 10.0 free throw attempts per game during that span. This is just another example of how DeRozan has really improved his all-around game for fantasy owners in what has become a breakout season for the 24-year old.

Andre Drummond is on a roll again with 16.6 points, 15.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.6 blocks over his past five games, but he only climbs a little in the rankings due to his dismal 41.3 percent shooting from the free throw line. Like DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard, Drummond's overall value is capped due to his deficiencies at the line, but all three can be extremely valuable with the right strategy. It really makes you appreciate players such as Anthony Davis, Serge Ibaka and Roy Hibbert (despite his struggles) who can block shots while remaining respectable from the free throw line. In fact, of the top-10 shot-blockers this year, only these three shoot 75 percent from the line or better.

I'm not sure if we can completely trust Khris Middleton's 17.2 points, 1.2 steals and 3.0 3-pointers over his past five games, but he's still a must-add at the moment. The Milwaukee Bucks have been the league's most frustrating team from a fantasy perspective, but with their dismal 9-41 record one has to think that they'll continue to give their youngsters run after the All-Star break. It would be shocking if Middleton (22), Giannis Antetokounmpo (19) and John Henson (23) didn't continue to earn big minutes after the break.