Arenas is the No. 1 point guard in fantasy. He is a deadly outside shooter and absolutely fearless and fast. Arenas uses his speed and aggression to constantly pressure the defense and finishes anywhere from the 3-point line to the rim, which helped him average 28.5 points per game last season. When the opposition sends two defenders, Arenas will dish. He has been good for six-plus dimes a game each of the past two seasons. His aggression on offense carries over defensively, as Arenas regularly uses his long arms to reach into passing lanes, resulting in two thefts a game. Free throws: Check; 84.4 percent on 9.7 attempts per game. Oh, and he tied for the league lead in 3's (205) with Raja Bell. If your league doesn't count turnovers, the only weakness left is Arenas' field-goal percentage. Expect 43.0, build around it, and you can still do very well in this category.
Bottom Line: Arenas is top-5 material, especially in leagues without turnovers. He delivers elite numbers in 3's, points, steals, and free-throw percentage, and is a plus for assists and rebounding. He is the best point guard in fantasy.
No one dominates a single category the way Nash dominates assists. His 884 dimes were 139 more than second-best Deron Williams. A quick search of YouTube will yield dozens of "Oh my God, how did he see that?" passes. Aside from his Jedi mind tricks, Nash's greatest strength lies in his ability to get down the court quickly and lead the fast break. He doesn't sacrifice his own offense and can be counted on for 17-18 points, two 3's and some truly beautiful percentages. Last season was the third in row in which Nash hit better than 50 percent from the field. His charity work was as efficient as ever, hitting 89.9 percent from the stripe. You wish would Nash would occasionally take as much as he gives, but the crafty Canadian has never averaged more than a steal per game.
Bottom Line: You wonder if age will ever catch up to Nash, but he has been remarkably durable (averaging 76.6 games a season since joining Phoenix) for a guy you see stretching his back on the floor every game. You own assists if you own Nash.
Durable and reliably spectacular, Kidd is an excellent pick to end the first, or start the second round. He dominates multiple categories with his Oscar Robertson-style stat line. Last season, he averaged 13.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game. He also dropped 1.6 3-pointers and picked 1.6 steals. You will have to endure the dismal field-goal percentage (40.6), but he'll make you happy as he flirts with triple-doubles on a nightly basis. He's not shy about involving his teammates and with proven scorers like Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson and even Nenad Krstic on his side, he'll again be in the top 3 for assists. Kidd will never be a great scorer, but his dominance in so many other areas makes him a safe selection
Bottom Line: Don't be fooled, even at 34 years of age, Kidd still has gas left in the tank. Draft him with confidence in the second round. He has played in 80 games each of the past two seasons.
After an impressive rookie campaign, Paul suffered from injuries last season, culminating in a stress fracture in his left foot that required the surgical placement of a pin. He still put up 17.3 points, 8.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 54 games. With a throbbing left foot, Paul drove to the hoop a bit less in the second half and shot more 3's, making 1.1 per game in his final 28 games of the season. His free-throw shooting was again valuable for both the accuracy (81.8) and frequency (5.6 attempts per game). Paul is an excellent rebounder (4.4) for his size and position. CP3's 282 boards were seventh-best at point guard and that's with him missing 18 games. The word is the foot is feeling good and Paul is ready to get back to dominating. We like Paul to improve in all the counting categories now that he is healthy.
Bottom Line: Injury questions will drive down Paul's draft value slightly. If he slips to the second round in your league, grab him and enjoy the first-round production.
Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
Age: 23 Ht: 6'3" Wt: 210 School: Illinois Years in League: 2 Role: Starting PG
I hope you enjoyed getting him on the cheap last season because it isn't going to happen again for a very long time. Deron broke out in a big way and led a much-improved Jazz team to the Western Conference Finals. He averaged 16.2 points, 1.0 3's, 3.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting well from the field (45.6). Williams plays with great poise and is intelligently aggressive on the court. He identifies open men with a speed that reminds some of a former Jazz great. But he is a better scorer than Stockton. Williams can absolutely fill it up when needed. He twice, scored 30-plus points against the Spurs in the conference finals, and from what we understand they are a decent defensive team.
Bottom Line: If anything, Williams will log even more than the 36 minutes per game he received last season. With more minutes come more points and assists. The Jazz are a far better team with him on the floor, and with his youth he can run all night.
It's a very close call between Williams and Billups once you have cleared the top four point guards. We give Williams the slight nod because of age and assists. However, Chauncey is a great point guard to build around. Last season, he put up his second phenomenal fantasy season under Flip Saunders, averaging 17.0 points, 1.6 3-pointers, 7.2 assists and 1.2 steals. He is one of the best from the line, hitting 88.2 percent for his career (88.3 last season). In turnover leagues, Billups has added value as his 140 turnovers were by far the least among the top-10 point guards. We'd love to see more steals, but the 3's, assists and his near 90 percent shooting from the line will make up for his lack of thefts.
Bottom Line: Draft Billups with four categories in mind: points, assists, 3's and free-throw percentage. He'll dominate those areas but needs to improve his field-goal percentage and steal totals in order to be mentioned in the same breath as the rest of the elite fantasy point guards.
If you watched any of the Dallas-Golden State playoff series, you know Davis is one of the most exciting and entertaining players in the NBA … when he's playing. However, Davis has averaged just 56 games per season over the past five years. Davis is big-time when he's on the court, averaging 20.1 points, 1.4 3-pointers, 8.1 assists, and 2.1 steals in 63 games last season. If not for the injuries, he's in the top 5 easily. Davis is not a good free-throw shooter (career 68.1) but improved last season, hitting 74.5 percent. If he can maintain this, you will be fine. He is dangerous in turnover leagues as he turns the ball over at an extremely high rate (3.1 per game last season). Still, if you can stomach the uncertainty of his health and the turnovers, he'll be a dominant force in points, assists, steals and 3's.
Bottom Line: Know that Davis could be playing for a contract if the Warriors don't extend him. If that is the case, look for more 3's and scoring, a little less discipline at the line, and a little more sitting with injuries.
The job is all his now. After two years of sharing the point guard duties with veteran Brevin Knight, Felton is the unquestioned starter at the point for the Bobcats. He will log more minutes and we expect a bump in his value this season. In 2006-07, Felton disappointed many as we all wanted a breakout season. He averaged 14.0 points, 1.3 3-pointers, 7.0 assists and 1.5 steals with a bottom-feeding field-goal percentage of 38.4. If Raymond is going to make the jump to the next tier of point guards, he needs get his percentage to the 42.0 range. That may not happen this season, but we do like Felton to improve his assists. He is already a superior passer and with Jason Richardson in the backcourt, Felton has a perfect partner to pass to on drive and dishes.
Bottom Line: Felton may slip a bit on concerns that he did not build on his rookie season. His field-goal percentage may not improve much, but his assists should rise. He is a good value in the fifth round.
Though not typically thought of as "elite," Hinrich has everything you are looking for in a fantasy point guard. Solid scoring (16.6) to go along with 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.8 3-pointers and 83.5 percent from the free-throw line makes for a nice No. 1 point guard in fantasy leagues. Hinrich improved his shooting last season, reaching a career high in points and field-goal percentage (44.8). If he can maintain that level of shooting, Hinrich will make his owners very happy. Ultimately, though, we do not see Hinrich's ceiling getting too much higher than it was last season. For that, we can blame the Bulls' deep bench, which allows Scott Skiles to limit his starters' minutes. With Thabo Sefolosha emerging and Chris Duhon's steady production, Hinrich will again play around 35 minutes per game. His 3-point shooting was excellent in the second half and we like that to carry over as defenses commit to stopping Luol Deng.
Bottom Line: Look for Captain Kirk to build on last season's numbers slightly. If you miss out on the top-tier point guards, Hinrich is a fine option as a No. 1 fantasy point guard.
Williams is the best point guard no one's ever heard of. OK, some of you have heard of him, especially if you were smart enough to grab him in the late or middle rounds last season. In 2006-07, he started 68 games for the Bucks and posted 17.3 points, 1.2 3-pointers, 4.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game. His percentages were excellent, as he canned 44.6 percent of his field-goal attempts and 85.5 percent from the line. We like Mo to end his flirtation with anonymity and deliver another season of excellent numbers. Another season as the starter and better team health on the Bucks will boost his numbers considerably. This will be the last season the 24-year-old will be available in the middle rounds. Be sure you snag him.
Bottom Line: Williams is young, gifted and in line for the lion's share of minutes at the point in Milwaukee. He will help in scoring, assists, 3's, the percentages and steals, and he even rebounds very well for his position.
Bibby burned a lot of owners last season and his stock has fallen considerably. He is going in the late-fifth and early-sixth rounds in 12-team leagues (average draft position of 59.8). This will happen when you are projected as a third-round point guard yet post career lows in assists (4.7) and field-goal percentage (40.4). You expect a lower field-goal percentage from many point guards but they should make up for it with assists. Bibby shot well under his career average (44.1) and couldn't even clear five assists. Bibby did contribute points (17.1) and 3-pointers (2.1), but this is part of the problem. Bibby has jacked six 3's a game over the past two seasons. If he can lower this to, say, 4.5 and work on involving his teammates a bit more, he should return to his excellent career norms.
Bottom Line: Bibby did play through a thumb injury last season and never shot his way out of his season-long slump. With a healed thumb and less focus on the 3-ball we should see Bibby return to his former value.
Miller was a great middle-round point guard last season while he was with Denver. He put up 13.0 points, 9.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 47.2 percent shooting from the field. His value fell off after moving to the city of Brotherly -- but not basketball -- Love. It was a little different dishing to Willie Green and Co. than to a scoring machine like Melo. Miller's assists fell to 7.6 per game. So, what will this year look like? With training camp to get used to where his teammates like the ball, Miller should be good for 13.0 points, 8.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals and excellent percentages. As with Tony Parker, you will need to buttress your 3-pointers from other spots. Miller will disappoint in this category
Bottom Line: Miller is a quality point guard, especially for assists. He doesn't score much and will not get you 3's, but his percentages are always above par. Understand his limitations and strengths and you should be quite happy with him in the middle rounds.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
Age: 25 Ht: 6'2" Wt: 180 School: None Years in League: 6 Role: Starting PG
Parker is one of the best scoring point guards. He is a fantastic addition to any roster, especially if you have assists coming from other positions. Last season, Parker averaged 18.6 points, 5.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals. However, what sets him apart from all point guards not named Steve Nash is his shooting percentage. Last season, he shot 52 percent from the field. In large part, the high percentage from the floor is due to his reluctance to shoot the 3-ball. Be sure you draft for 3-pointers elsewhere if you take Parker. He also corrected his free-throw shooting, hitting a career-high 78.3 percent from the line. We expect more of the same this season from Parker.
Bottom Line: With the Spurs lineup virtually unchanged, Parker should continue to be a solid fantasy performer. He'll contribute in points, assists, field-goal percentage and steals, and makes for a solid No. 1 point guard after the top-tier options are taken.
Ford improved his numbers across the board from his second to third seasons despite playing five fewer minutes per game. If it were not for his time-share with Jose Calderon, Ford would be higher on this list. Expect the time-share to continue, with Ford getting slightly fewer than 30 minutes a game. This was enough time last season for him to average 14.0 points, 7.9 assists, and 1.4 steals on 43.6 percent shooting from the field and 81.9 percent from the line. The dimes are going to be there for Ford, who is expert at dribble penetrating and locating the open man as defenses shift to cut him off from the rim. The biggest threat to his value is the emergence of Calderon, who would start on many other teams.
Bottom Line: Ford improved his game in all areas last season -- even raising his field-goal percentage -- and he will have to keep improving if he is to stave off Calderon's threat to his playing time.
Other than a very hot March, Marbury turned in one of his worst fantasy seasons ever last season. Isiah Thomas asked that Marbury share the ball more on the Knicks and, if defined by shot attempts, Marbury agreed. He shot just 12.9 times per game last season, down from a career average of 16.2. The problem is that we expected fewer shots to lead to more assists. They did not. Marbury notched a career low in assists with just 5.5 per game. Marbury did hit 1.7 3-pointers per game, but this dragged down his field-goal percentage. All in all, it was a poor season for Marbury and it doesn't seem likely that he'll turn it around after several years of decline. Despite his scoring, Zach Randolph won't help the assists. Passing to Randolph doesn't naturally lead to assists because he dribbles the ball too much post-pass for the passer to be credited.
Bottom Line: Once a top-5 fantasy point guard, Marbury's downfall will leave him available in the middle rounds. Expect similar numbers to last season.
Foye is a young, score-first style point guard who could pay big dividends this season and beyond. The youth movement is afoot in Minnesota, where Garrison Keillor tells us all the children are above average. Well, Randy Foye certainly is. There is no point-guard controversy here. Sebastian Telfair is the backup. Period. Make no mistake, Foye will score. He has a nasty first step and is very strong, finishing plays despite contact. Foye is an excellent catch-and-shoot threat whose 3-point stroke looked much improved this summer. He is also an aggressive defender who can generate steals. With 30-plus minutes, Foye should put up 17.0 points, 1.5 3-pointers, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game with 43 percent shooting from the field and 85 percent from the line.
Bottom Line: Year 2 is when Foye will deliver on his talent. He is not going to get you many assists but we love his scoring potential and his ability to help in points, free-throw percentage and 3's.
If you follow the fantasy basketball -- and if you are reading this, we are guessing you do -- you know that Rondo is getting pimped like Mad Mike's rides. Rondo is in a great spot. He is an extremely athletic, pass-first point guard with three superstars as targets. We caught a glimpse of his abilities last season. In 25 starts, he averaged 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.4 steals, while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the line. He has great hops and hands that could palm a pumpkin, so the rebounds are for real. So are the steals. The assists will climb with Allen, KG, and Pierce alongside him. The question is his shooting. He should be fine here so long as doesn't shoot too many of the jumpers defenses will give him.
Bottom Line: We like Rondo and think he is good selection in the eighth round or later. Expect low points but excellent assists, rebounds and steals. His jump shot isn't suspect, it's convicted. So long as his shots come from breakaways and drives, his percentage won't hurt you.
Nelson did not live up to his breakout billing last season and, consequently, has been slipping down cheat sheets all fall. His numbers last season just didn't meet the hype: He averaged 13.0 points, 0.8 3-pointers, 4.1 assists and 1.0 steals on 43.0 percent from the field and 82.8 percent from the line. The problem with Jameer is that, for a scoring point guard, he just doesn't score that much. We can live with four-plus assists if he scores in the upper teens, but he has not shown the ability to do that. With Rashard Lewis, a great catch-and-shoot scorer, joining the team, Jameer should see more assists. His owners will have to hope that Stan Van Gundy is able to create better spacing -- Lewis should help here -- to free Nelson for more scoring and dishing opportunities on his drives.
Bottom Line: Jameer underachieved last season and will never be a great point guard for assists. However, with Van Gundy going more up-tempo, there is reason to think Nelson will bounce back.
Atkins played admirably as part of the point-guard tandem in Memphis last season. Even when he wasn't starting, Atkins often found himself playing starter's minutes. He will be starting at the point for the Nuggets this season. He will not be the main guy initiating the offense, however. Allen Iverson will be taking care of much of that. Look for Atkins to do what he does best, bomb away from deep to help spread the floor for his teammates. This isn't to say Atkins can't pass. His numbers as a starter last season were quite solid. In 23 games he averaged 14.1 points, 1.7 3-pointers, 5.3 assists and 0.8 steals. Look for slightly lower numbers all around this season, except in 3's, where he could top two per game.
Bottom Line: Atkins will be a nice fill-in fantasy guard available later in your drafts. He is a good source of 3's who will also help with points and assists.
Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors
Age: 26 Ht: 6'3" Wt: 210 School: None Years in League: 2 Role: Backup PG
You are looking at the best backup point guard in fantasy basketball. Calderon has a couple of things going for him. First, he puts up numbers in limited minutes. In just 21 minutes per game, he averaged 8.7 points and 5.0 assists and 0.8 steals with eye-popping percentages: 52.1 from the field and 81.8 from the line. Second, he plays behind T.J. Ford, whose slight frame and fearless style make him an injury risk. It looks like this is turning into a true time-share. The Raps want both players out there and certainly want to keep Ford healthy. If Ford is injured, Calderon will be money. In 11 starts last season, he put up 13.3 points, 8.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 57.6 percent shooting from the field and 85.4 percent from the line.
Bottom Line: Calderon is a nice point guard for your fantasy bench. He should see minutes in the mid-20s and deliver solid points, exceptional percentages and plenty of assists. Ford owners will have to consider handcuffing Calderon.
Armed with a contract extension and blazingly quick first step, Harris steps in as the opening day starter for the Mavericks. He started 61 games last season and averaged 10.4 points, 3.9 assists, and 1.3 steals in 27 minutes per game. With increased minutes, we will see all these numbers increase. Make no mistake, however, that Harris is no more a pass-first point guard than Jason Terry, who moves to 2-guard. He is a slasher who will use his incredible speed to finish inside and convert three-point plays. Harris will always have a high field-goal percentage because his offense comes from attacking the rim, not shooting jumpers. Starting will not convert Harris into a superstar, but with his speed he will be a very nice guard on your fantasy bench.
Bottom Line: Now anointed the starter, Harris should put up solid numbers in points, steals and field-goal percentage. We also like the assists to improve, but don't expect much more than five per game.
If healthy, Tinsley is a fantasy force in the assists and steals categories. Unfortunately, that's a big "if". Shockingly, Tinsley played in 72 games last season. This was cause for celebration among owners who were used to his career average of 59.8 games per year. Tinsley was solid with the increased time, averaging 12.9 points, 0.9 3-pointers, 6.9 assists and 1.6 steals. Unfortunately, he was horrid with his percentages. Tinsley shot a lowly 38.9 percent from the field and 72.0 percent from the line. Note that new coach Jim O'Brien favors the long ball and this could help Jamaal get more than one trey per game.
Bottom Line: With major injury concerns, Tinsley shouldn't be drafted until the later rounds in fantasy drafts. He is good for assists, steals, 3's and modest scoring, but the broad side of barns will always be safe around Jamaal.
There are three point guards vying for playing time in Seattle this season, but only one of them has the size to play shooting guard as well, and that's Delonte West. This is one of the reasons we give Delonte the nod above Luke Ridnour and Earl Watson. As a combo guard for the Celtics last season, West averaged 12.3 points, 0.9 3-pointers, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks on 42.7 percent shooting from the field and 85.3 percent from the line. West is a better shooter and defender than either Watson or Ridnour. He has a solid all-around game and should not be overlooked by you or the Sonics coaching staff.
Bottom Line: West's defense and ability to play under control will earn him minutes on a young Seattle team. He should be a good source of 3's and steals and will score in the mid- to low-teens and dish 4-5 dimes per game.
Despite being a freshman, Conley Jr. was the unquestioned leader on the Ohio State team that played for the 2007 national championship. There are more questions now that he has joined the Grizzlies. Conley is facing a time-share at the point. Kyle Lowry and Damon Stoudamire have enough skills to take minutes from the No. 4 pick. Conley's greatest assets are his speed, ballhandling, and decision-making. He excels on the fast break and can blow by most defenders one-on-one. However, he is very young for an NBA point guard and his outside shot (30.4 from 3-point range) and free-throw shooting (69.4) must improve if he is going to dominate the NBA level as he did as a college freshman.
Bottom Line: There are too many questions about Conley -- outside shooting, experience and strength -- to give him a ringing endorsement as a fantasy point guard. We think he will be quite good in time, but this year is a bit of a gamble.
Who said you can't go home again? Oh yeah, Thomas Wolfe. Well, he didn't know squat about basketball. Fisher rejoins the Lakers and will again run the point in Phil Jackson's triangle offense. He will start ahead of Jordan Farmar and Javaris Crittenton and should be in line for about 30-plus minutes per game. With this kind of playing time, Fish should average around 10.0 points, 1.1 3-pointers, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals. This level of production will see him go undrafted in most 10-team and smaller leagues, but he can be modestly useful in deeper leagues. His 3's and steals can be hard to find at the end of drafts. Fisher gives you a little of each.
Bottom Line: Fisher won't wow you with his production but he will be steady, supplying owners with at least a 3-pointer and steal per game. Consider him decent bench material.
Smush has a great name and isn't that all you are looking for on your fantasy team? No? OK, well Smush can help out in other areas as well. Specifically, he is a nice asset for steals and 3-pointers. Last season for the Lakers, Smush put up 11.1 points, 1.3 3-pointers, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals. He is far from a typical point guard in that he does not hand out many assists. This won't change that much on the Heat, especially once Dwyane Wade is back and initiating most of the offense. He will split time with Jason Williams and his numbers will decline slightly.
Bottom Line: For steals and 3's late in your draft, there aren't many better options than Smush. Parker makes for fine selection in the late rounds for his ability to help the two said categories.
Law has landed on a team in desperate need of a point guard in the Atlanta Hawks. Law showed that he was a clutch shooter in college, unafraid to put a team on his back and to take the big shot. He shouldn't have to do either of those things in Atlanta. Instead, he will be asked to provide steady guidance and not turn the ball over too often. He was very solid in summer league ball, scoring well and passing better than expected. He is not a great athlete and needs to work on his passing, but he should be a decent bench option for fantasy teams, especially in the second half as he gets up to speed.
Bottom Line: Law will be moderately productive in his rookie season. His confidence and calm should serve him well, but he will need to adjust to the league's speed to become a fantasy starter.
Stuck in time-sharing situations for most of his career, James must be very familiar with the crowded scene in the Rockets backcourt. With four potential point guards -- what Rafer Alston's fate will be this season is unknown -- one wonders how the minutes will be doled out. James can be effective in a time-share. His last stay in Houston (27 games in 2004-05) was exactly that when he averaged 25 minutes, 12.4 points, 1.6 3-pointers, 2.9 assists and 0.9 steals. James is a shoot-first point guard and will never tally big assists. Still, he can useful for his 3's and scoring.
Bottom Line: He will not get the minutes he enjoyed in his breakout season with Toronto in 2005-06. Expect around 25 minutes and modest production in points and 3-point shooting. Ah, time-shares; don't you just love 'em?
Brevin Knight, Los Angeles Clippers
Age: 31 Ht: 5'10" Wt: 170 School: Stanford Years in League: 10 Role: Backup PG
What? Brevin Knight a backup with a chance for starter's minutes again? Yes, Knight finds himself in a familiar situation but a different uniform this season with the Clippers. Knight will do what he always does: dish a boatload of assists, grab steals and get hurt. We like Brevin to improve his assists this season for a couple of reasons. First, Sam Cassell is 38, will need to be rested often and is guaranteed to miss games. Second, Brevin is joining a very assist-friendly division. Golden State (28th), Seattle (25th), Sacramento (24th) and the Lakers (20th) are among the worst teams for assists allowed. However, Knight isn't the healthiest cat himself (58.1 games per season for his career) and owners can't count on him for more than 60 games this season.
Bottom Line: Injury concerns and a backup role will again depress Knight's draft-day status. Don't sleep on him. Even in a time-share with Cassell, Knight can put up huge numbers in assists and steals in limited minutes.
Luke Ridnour, Seattle SuperSonics
Age: 26 Ht: 6'2" Wt: 175 School: Oregon Years in League: 4 Role: Starting/Backup PG
Starter or benchwarmer? Either way, he is not going to see big minutes. While he is the best passer (or at least the flashiest) of the Sonics' three point guards, he is by far the worst defender. P.J. Carlesimo replaces Bob Hill, who had a poor relationship with Ridnour, but he will not go easy on Luke's open-door policy on defense. Unless Luke can find a way to slow or stop opposing point guards, P.J. will sit him for someone who can. Ridnour will get playing time for his offense and we think his shooting could improve as Jeff Green and Kevin Durant seem more likely to get the ball back to him when he is open than Ray Allen or Rashard Lewis.
Bottom Line: Ridnour is fantasy bench material and will help a bit with scoring and assists. Still, with so many point guards in Seattle, you may be better off passing.
Talk about making the most of a minute. Gibson was given his chance to shine in the playoffs and jumped all over it. He drained multiple 3's against Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals and managed to average 10.8 points per game in the Finals. There were no assists to speak of (1.2 per game for the playoffs), but that's not his game. Gibson is a catch-and-shoot guy who will park himself behind the arc and make teams pay when they collapse on LeBron. If you are thinking this sounds a lot like what Damon Jones does for the Cavs, you have the right idea.
Bottom Line: Gibson could be a nice source of 3-pointers if his playoff performance gets him into the regular-season rotation. Don't expect anything more than 3's because it won't be there.
Kyle Lowry, Memphis Grizzlies
Age: 21 Ht: 6'0" Wt: 175 School: Villanova Years in League: 1 Role: Backup PG
You are looking at the guy who is pushing Mike Conley Jr. down our rankings. A lot of people have forgotten about Lowry, as will happen when you break your wrist 10 games into your first season. Lowry had an excellent showing at the Las Vegas Summer League, aggressively driving the ball to the rim and being his usual disruptive self on defense. He, like Conley, has the speed needed to run the up-tempo style coach Marc Iavaroni desires. We expect Conley to get the start and for Lowry to spell him early in games, especially when Iavaroni is looking to generate turnovers. In just 17 minutes per game last season, Lowry racked up 1.5 steals.
Bottom Line: He's not a good jump shooter but, man, is he fast. He will earn minutes with his defense and aggressive play in transition, contributing in steals and assists.
Sam Cassell, Los Angeles Clippers
Age: 37 Ht: 6'3" Wt: 185 School: Florida State Years in League: 14 Role: Starting PG
Old Man River is still balling in L.A. Cassell is coming back after an injury-riddled 2006-07 season. Just as he has always done, Cassell will get by with smarts and an effective jumper. It is amazing how he can still get young players to bite on his fakes to free himself for open looks. Expect numbers similar to last season: 13.0 points, 0.7 3-pointers and 5.0 assists to go with good percentages. Cassell should play reduced minutes this season to better preserve him during the season.
Bottom Line: Cassell's fantasy value relies on his health which tells you why the Clippers brought in Brevin Knight. Cassell may be a nice surprise if he stays healthy, but you can't count on him due to his age.
Jason Williams, Miami Heat
Age: 31 Ht: 6'1" Wt: 190 School: Florida Years in League: 9 Role: Starting PG
Williams is the starter, in name, for the Heat but will concede some playing time to free-agent acquisition Smush Parker. Knee tendinitis limited Williams last season and this year Pat Riley promises to give him 12 "off-days" to keep him pain-free. Williams will see a lot of action early as the team waits for Dwyane Wade's return. His scoring and assists will be higher during these weeks. Don't be seduced into thinking this will lead to a completely revitalized J-Will. When Wade returns, he will again dominate the ball, leaving Williams to distribute and take spot-up 3's. He should average around 12.0 points, 1.6 3-pointers, 5.5 assists and a steal per game with poor field-goal shooting (career 39.7) and excellent charity work (career 81.2).
Bottom Line: Williams is a decent option for 3-pointers and a handful of assists and steals, but don't expect much more from the once-flashy point guard. It is a contract year for Williams, and we have noticed that this has a funny way of helping players.
Rafer Alston, Houston Rockets
Age: 31 Ht: 6'2" Wt: 170 School: Fresno State Years in League: 8 Role: Backup/Starting PG
The offseason. Some guys work on their jumpers or hit the weights, others get arrested for assault. Twice. Suffice it to say, there is something of a cloud hanging over Skip coming into this season. Legal issues aside, it doesn't help that the Rockets signed three new players who can play the point. With minutes, Alston is a great source of 3-pointers (his 192 were second-best among point guards last season). He's solid with assists (5.4 per game) and steals (1.6), but his percentages can induce retching: 37.9 from the field and 73.5 from the line. Alston has value but it is contingent on playing time and this season that is no sure thing.
Bottom Line: Alston doesn't come without risk. His legal issues and the almost certain loss of playing time in Houston knock him down our boards. Alston's owners better hope for a trade and a good lawyer.
Another team, another point guard cluster. With Jarrett Jack and Taurean Green also in the backcourt, Blake's fantasy value is somewhat diminished. Last season, for a guy most owners grabbed off waivers, Blake put up strong numbers with the Nuggets, averaging 33 minutes, 8.3 points, 1.0 3-pointers, 6.6 assists and 1.0 steals. This season, he looks like the front-runner for the starting point guard job. He won't score a lot of points or even dominate minutes played, but he will hand out free passes to SportsCenter highlights for his teammates.
Bottom Line: He won't put up the same numbers he did in Denver. He isn't passing to scorers as prolific as Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony and he won't play the same minutes in Portland's point guard time-share.
Jarrett Jack, Portland Trail Blazers
Age: 24 Ht: 6'3" Wt: 202 School: Georgia Tech Years in League: 2 Role: Backup/Starting PG
Jack was a solid point guard on a bad team last season. But, really, there wasn't much competition as Nate McMillan wasn't ready to hand the reigns to the mercurial Sergio Rodriguez, and still isn't, saying he prefers rookie Taurean Green. Jack looks to be second in line for point-guard minutes behind Blake and will not equal his numbers from a season ago. Expect something like 25 minutes, 10.0 points, 0.7 3-pointers, 4.5 assists and a little less than a steal per game. In deeper leagues, there is a place for this level of production. For everyone else, just watch for any injuries or personnel moves that would change his playing time.
Bottom Line: Jack is unlikely to equal his '06-07 numbers with the increased competition at point guard in Portland, but could be worth a waiver pickup if his minutes increase.
Charlie Bell, Milwaukee Bucks
Age: 28 Ht: 6'3" Wt: 200 School: Michigan State Years in League: 4 Role: Backup PG/SG
Bell may not be happy about it, but he is back in Milwaukee. After the Bucks matched the offer by the Heat, Bell's fate was sealed. Bell put up good numbers from the bench as a sometimes starter for the Bucks and is a quality grab for your fantasy bench. He averaged career highs across the board with 13.5 points, 1.6 3's, 3.0 assists, and 1.2 steals. He also kept the turnovers low with just 1.3, playing nearly 35 minutes per game. Bell will again back up Mo Williams and Michael Redd and has shown he is a worthy asset in mid-sized and larger leagues.
Bottom Line: Bell is a solid fill-in who qualifies at a variety of positions while helping in points, 3's, and steals. Don't worry about his wanting to leave Milwaukee. He remains a hard worker and will help filling in for fantasy squads as he does for the Bucks.
Chris Duhon, Chicago Bulls
Age: 25 Ht: 6'1" Wt: 185 School: Duke Years in League: 3 Role: Backup PG
While he is not a great scorer, Duhon is valuable for his ability to create shots for his teammates, hit 3's and steal the basketball. In 24 minutes, Duhon averaged 7.2 points, 1.1 3-pointers, 4.0 assists and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 75.3 percent from the line. Since head coach Scott Skiles likes to get his deep bench involved in the game, Duhon should see plenty of minutes in Chicago, even as a backup to Kirk Hinrich. Still, his fantasy value is somewhat limited considering he cannot create his own shot and won't shoot well from the floor.
Bottom Line: Duhon is far from flashy, but his defense earns him playing time. Duhon will be a solid end-of-the-draft option for assists, steals and 3's this season.
Speedy Claxton, Atlanta Hawks
Age: 29 Ht: 5'10" Wt: 185 School: Hofstra Years in League: 6 Role: Starting/Backup PG
Speedy never woke up from his sleeper status last season as he once again fell prey to injury. This season, he is looking to bounce back but has company in the Hawks' backcourt with Acie Law and Tyronn Lue. Claxton's upside relates to only three categories: points, steals and assists. Limited range will keep him from breaking out in a big way, but if he can keep his health and average in the upper-20s for minutes, he should put up around 10.0 points, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals. In deeper leagues that's worth owning.
Bottom Line: Consider Claxton a year-after-the-hype sleeper. He won't break out with all the company he keeps in Atlanta, but has modest value for deeper leagues.
Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
Age: 23 Ht: 5'9" Wt: 180 School: Washington Years in League: 2 Role: Backup PG
Robinson compensates for his small stature with incredible quickness, explosiveness and athleticism. He's a feisty competitor and will be backing up Stephon Marbury at the point. He worked on proving he could be a point guard in the Las Vegas Sumner league, earning MVP honors. Still, he'll never be a great player for assists and we think he'll again be used as a spark plug off the bench, providing some value in points, steals and 3's if he can earn enough playing time. Marbury isn't getting any younger and Nate should be able to capitalize.
Bottom Line: Robinson has upside and could be a good source of points, steals and 3-pointers if he can cajole Isiah into giving him more than the 21 minutes per game he has averaged the past two seasons.
Earl Watson, Seattle SuperSonics
Age: 28 Ht: 6'1" Wt: 195 School: UCLA Years in League: 6 Role: Staring/Backup PG
As you all know, King Ghidorah was the three-headed arch-nemesis of Godzilla. He was nasty, destroyed cities and benefited no one. Except for the destroying cities part -- though Seattle fans may disagree if the team bolts -- the Sonics point guard situation is very similar. Watson could be the biggest loser of the three. Too bad, because he has some skills. In 25 starts last season, Watson averaged 9.6 points, 1.4 3-pointers, 7.6 assists and 1.5 steals. Watch the preseason closely to see how P.J. uses his point guards. We think all three will suffer, but a trade or injury could change everything.
Bottom Line: Consider Watson in the later rounds of fantasy drafts for help in assists, steals and 3-pointers. If he somehow plays 30 minutes a game, he is worth owning for sure.
Earl Boykins, Free Agent
Age: 31 Ht: 5'5" Wt: 133 School: Eastern Michigan Years in League: 8 Role: Backup PG
Never lacking energy, Boykins uses his intensity and quickness to compensate for what he lacks in size. And when he gets minutes, he's a game changer. He's great at getting into the lane to create scoring opportunities for himself and others. Last season, in 30 minutes per game he averaged 14.6 points, 1.4 3-pointers, 4.4 assists and 0.9 steals. Boykins won't see the same playing time this season, whether he's backing up Mo Williams in Milwaukee or serving as a backup elsewhere, but when he is out there he will fill it up. He has averaged double-digit scoring four seasons in a row and cannot be seen as a fluke.
Bottom Line: Since he's unlikely to earn more than 30 minutes a game, Boykins has fairly limited fantasy potential. He'll be a solid option for points, assists and steals and should be considered a late-round option.
Jordan Farmar, Los Angeles Lakers
Age: 20 Ht: 6'1" Wt: 195 School: UCLA Years in League: 1 Role: Backup PG
Farmar will back up Derek Fisher this season, making his role this season very similar to the one he played last season. The biggest difference this year is that he has more competition for minutes off the bench. Javaris Crittenton is younger and rawer but may ultimately win out because he possesses the size Tex Winter and Phil Jackson prefer in a point guard. That said, Farmar is a smart player who has surprising athleticism, and he could end up with a good share of minutes coming into the season. If he does, look for modest contribution in 3's and steals.
Bottom Line: Farmar is strictly waiver material in most leagues right now. Even if he does wrestle minutes out of Phil Jackson, point guards have never put up great fantasy numbers on his teams.
Damon Stoudamire, Memphis Grizzles
Age: 34 Ht: 5'10" Wt: 174 School: Arizona Years in League: 12 Role: Backup PG
Stoudamire came back from a brutal knee injury to put up very mediocre numbers last season. It's not as if the competition was that fierce at point guard, either, yet Chucky Atkins managed to have the most fantasy value there. This season looks tougher for Stoudamire. Mike Conley Jr. is being hailed as the point guard of the future and Kyle Lowry is a phenomenal defender and far better athlete than Stoudamire. The best thing going for Damon is his outside shooting, where he enjoys a clear advantage over the kids. Still, it won't be enough to get him significant playing time.
Bottom Line: Floor time is the major concern and if Stoudamire suffers any sort of health setback, the Grizzlies have the depth to bury Damon on the bench. He is waiver material.
Tyronn Lue, Atlanta Hawks
Age: 30 Ht: 6'0" Wt: 175 School: Nebraska Years in League: 8 Role: Backup PG
Lue had his moments of fantasy relevance last season and will again this year. The challenge is figuring out when. The preseason will tell us a lot but it is pretty clear from his past two seasons with the Hawks that Lue will come into the season as a backup. He has averaged more than 11 points, one-plus 3-pointers and three assists per game as such, so he will have value. Claxton is far from an iron man and Law is untested. Look for Lue to step in and get you numbers when they falter.
Bottom Line: In all but the deepest leagues, you won't need to draft Lue, but be ready to jump on him for 3's and modest scoring when Speedy gets hurt.
Marcus Williams, New Jersey Nets
Age: 22 Ht: 6'3" Wt: 215 School: Connecticut Years in League: 1 Role: Backup PG
Jason Kidd is the star point guard of the Nets but he has an understudy who showed glimpses of promise last season. Williams was a better scorer than advertised and had several games with double-digit scoring. While his numbers didn't show it last season, he is a superior passer, averaging 8.6 assists his final season at UConn. His play needs to be more consistent, but he should see more minutes this season. Kidd isn't any younger and the Nets will do what they can to preserve him for the playoff run. The bad news is that it's Williams, not Kidd, who is proving more fragile already this season. Williams could be out until late November after undergoing surgery on his right foot.
Bottom Line: Keep an eye on Williams' recovery and, if all goes well, don't forget about him on draft day in the later rounds. We're just saying -- and we are not trying to jinx anything -- if Kidd goes down, this kid will put up some numbers. He should help in assists and points with increased minutes.
Louis Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
Age: 21 Ht: 6'1" Wt: 175 School: South Gwinnett HS (GA) Years in League: 2 Role: Backup PG
Coming off a strong summer league showing, Williams is looking to grab some more of that precious playing time this season. He ended the season well in '06-07, averaging 11.0 points and 4.4 assists per game in April as the primary backup to Andre Miller. He must battle Kevin Ollie for that role this season, but youth may finally win out and earn Williams some marginal fantasy value.
Bottom Line: Williams could win the backup job at point guard in training camp. If he does, he could supply modest points and assists.
Travis Diener, Indiana Pacers
Age: 25 Ht: 6'1" Wt: 175 School: Marquette Years in League: 2 Role: Backup PG
Travis Diener is Jamaal Tinsley's backup and as such he will start at some point in the season. As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, so will it shine upon a hobbled Jamaal Tinsley. Jamaal has averaged fewer than 60 games a season in his career. Diener is a good outside shooter (40.2 percent for his career from beyond the arc) and Jim O'Brien will be looking to him to extend defenses with his shooting.
Bottom Line: Diener is one to watch in Indiana. Tinsley owners in deep leagues should handcuff Diener if possible for the 3's, assists and insurance.
Sergio Rodriguez, Portland Trailblazers
Age: 21 Ht: 6'3" Wt: 170 School: None Years in League: 1 Role: Backup PG
We liked Rodriguez this summer as a deep sleeper. He showed great flair on his ballhandling and passing last season, reminding some of a young Jason Williams. Unfortunately, his defense was even worse than White Chocolate's and this earned him the ire of Nate McMillan. McMillan has said that Rodriguez will have to play his way back into the rotation and is behind both Steve Blake and Jarrett Jack on the depth chart. He has promise, but without playing time, Spanish Chocolate will not satisfy your sweet tooth.
Bottom Line: If he gets playing time during the season, Rodriguez will be a nice pickup for assists.
Sebastian Telfair, Minnesota Timberwolves
Age: 22 Ht: 6'0" Wt: 165 School: Lincoln HS Years in League: 3 Role: Backup PG
So much promise, so little delivery. Telfair, now in his fourth season and on his third team, looks to be the primary backup to Randy Foye in Minnesota. Although he possesses great ballhandling skills and knack for getting to the tin, Telfair has yet to put it all together. He should get some chances this season with Minnesota as he is the only true point guard on the team.
Bottom Line: Telfair has upside and another opportunity. In deep leagues he will help in assists, steals and points.
Aaron Brooks, Houston Rockets
Age: 22 Ht: 6'0" Wt: 160 School: Oregon Years in League: R Role: Backup PG
Brooks dominated Las Vegas this summer, putting up 21.4 points, 2.4 3-pointers and 5.2 assists. Where this puts him in the Houston rotation remains to be seen, but he has some experienced company with which to battle for minutes. Watch preseason games to get a sense of how Adelman uses Brooks. We can see a Bobby Jackson-type role for Brooks, who is the fastest of Houston's point guards and can really put pressure on a defense.
Bottom Line: We think a trade is inevitable for one of the Rockets point guards. Brooks could carve out an instant offense role for himself if things shake out right.
Jannero Pargo, New Orleans Hornets
Age: 28 Ht: 6'1" Wt: 175 School: Arkansas Years in League: 5 Role: Backup PG
Pargo was primarily a scorer off the bench last season for the Hornets. This season, Byron Scott is looking for more playmaking, but fantasy owners will be happy if he just straightens out his shot. Last season he averaged 9.2 points but shot just 40.9 percent from the field. Pargo is a marginal talent, but with Bobby Jackson's penchant for injury he will have chances to score and perhaps help in assists and steals as well.
Bottom Line: Pargo is a solid fantasy bench player with limited upside, but he can score, hit some 3's and dish a bit.
Carlos Arroyo, Orlando Magic
Age: 28 Ht: 6'2" Wt: 200 School: Florida International Years in League: 6 Role: Backup PG
While Stan Van Gundy has not promised Jameer Nelson the starting job, you can bet Nelson will end up with it by the end of the preseason. Arroyo will again have modest value as a bench player. Arroyo has a flair for big plays but, between Nelson and Keyon Dooling, we don't see him getting the minutes he needs to maximize his value.
Bottom Line: Look for Arroyo on the waiver wire if Nelson goes way south or gets injured. Otherwise you can pass; he won't play enough to add value off the bench.
Anthony Johnson, Atlanta Hawks
Age: 32 Ht: 6'3" Wt: 195 School: College of Charleston Years in League: 10 Role: Backup PG
What? Another Atlanta point guard? Yup. Johnson has had moments -- 2005-06 in Indiana comes to mind -- where he had fantasy value, so we know he is capable. However, Atlanta doesn't seem like a good fantasy fit. There are just too many point guards for him to get the minutes he needs to be roster-worthy, even in deep leagues.
Bottom Line: Johnson will need multiple injuries to warrant fantasy consideration this season.
Gabe Pruitt, Boston Celtics
Age: 21 Ht: 6'4" Wt: 170 School: USC Years in League: R Role: Backup PG
Pruitt benefits from the Celtics being thin at the point. With only second-year man Rajon Rondo ahead of him, one can see Pruitt getting some run. Pruitt was more of a scoring guard at USC than a true point and teams will pay if they sag off of him as they do when Rondo brings the ball up. It is unlikely that Pruitt will help much in assists, but he has NBA range and is an excellent athlete.
Bottom Line: Pruitt could be a surprising source of points and 3's as a backup in Boston. The sprained ankle suffered at the start of training camp does not appear serious.
Eric Snow, Cleveland Cavaliers
Age: 34 Ht: 6'3" Wt: 205 School: Michigan State Years in League: 12 Role: Backup PG
While Snow will see minutes at point guard once he returns from meniscus surgery, he will have a hard time putting up fantasy-worthy stats with LeBron James doing most of the playmaking in Cleveland. Snow is an adequate assist man (4.0 per game) and a solid defender, but doesn't do enough in any category to be considered anything other than a specialist in assists.
Bottom Line: He could average in the mid-20s in minutes when healthy. Unfortunately, he is one of those rare players where minutes do not translate into production.
Marcus Banks, Phoenix Suns
Age: 25 Ht: 6'2" Wt: 200 School: UNLV Years in League: 4 Role: Backup PG
Signing an offseason contract with the Suns, Banks seemed like a good fit as Steve Nash's backup in Phoenix. Other than a pair of 20-point games in February, he contributed little in terms of fantasy value. Mike D'Antoni would like to rest Nash and give Banks some run, but he never earned it last season. See if anything changes in the preseason games.
Bottom Line: He's got the potential to help in steals (0.9 per game in limited minutes over his career), but hasn't shown much elsewhere.
Javaris Crittenton, Los Angeles Lakers
Age: 19 Ht: 6'5" Wt: 200 School: Georgia Tech Years in League: R Role: Backup PG
Crittenton has a couple of things going for him as he battles Jordan Farmar for the right to back up Derek Fisher. First, he is bigger than Farmar. Second, he is more explosive. On the other hand, Farmar is the better shooter and that is critical in the triangle. We think Crittenton will earn more minutes as the season progresses, and that he could contribute some assists and steals.
Bottom Line: Not worth drafting even in deep leagues, he could be decent for deep-leaguers in the second half if he can earn minutes.
Bobby Jackson, New Orleans Hornets
Age: 34 Ht: 6'1" Wt: 185 School: Minnesota Years in League: 10 Role: Backup PG
Jackson doesn't need too much playing time to be a factor in fantasy leagues. What he needs is to stay healthy. A change-of-pace guard who can fill the stat sheet in limited minutes, Jackson's injury history severely limits his fantasy potential. However, even averaging just more than 22 minutes per game last season, he still put up a 3-pointer per game.
Bottom Line: He'll need more minutes to make a big fantasy impact and health is always a concern, but he could surprise and be useful for 3-pointers and scoring.
Lindsey Hunter, Detroit Pistons
Age: 36 Ht: 6'2" Wt: 195 School: Jackson State Years in League: 14 Role: Backup PG
Hunter is primarily a defensive specialist these days, harrying second-unit point guards into mistakes and turnovers. He can still hit the occasional 3-pointer (0.7 in 14 minutes per game), but not enough to be fantasy worthy. It would take an epidemic of injuries to render Hunter attractive to fantasy owners, but he still has some skills (steals and 3's) that could be useful in ultra-deep leagues.
Bottom Line: He won't get the minutes, but if he ever did, he could put up some 3's and steals.