The start of the NBA season is just around the corner and it’s time to take an early look at the top 10 overall picks in your 2014-2015 fantasy basketball draft. If you have any draft day questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Basketball Forum.
1. Kevin Durant
The reigning scoring champion takes the top spot overall for our fantasy basketball rankings. With that said, Kevin Durant does much more than score the basketball. He shot over 50% from the field, grabbed over seven rebounds, and dished out over five assists a game. It is close with LeBron James but Durant just edges him out slightly and should be the first player taken no matter your league settings.
2. LeBron James
A slimmed down LeBron James is returning back home to Cleveland this year but a new home/new physique will not change his statistics too much. Expect another monster year out of James. I foresee his scoring to stay relatively flat but his rebounding taking a hit due to playing with Kevin Love. Regardless, he is as safe as it gets in fantasy basketball.
3. Anthony Davis
The Brow (that is his nickname and he loves it) represented the United States this summer and was the best player on the court. The former number one overall pick is primed for his best season ever. His injury history should be a little bit of factor when drafting Davis but should he stay healthy he is a lock for over 20 points, 10 boards, and close to 3 blocks a game. As a bonus Davis can shoot over 80% from the free throw line making him one of the best big men at that category.
4. James Harden
James Harden has been so solid ever since he put on a Houston Rockets jersey and this year should be no different. Not only is shooting guard extremely shallow this year but Harden is a stud player no matter his position. Harden can score in every way possible, hitting 2.4 threes and an incredible 7.9 free throws a game. Harden is typically slipping down draft boards so if you can get him anywhere past pick five feel like you are getting a deal.
5. Stephen Curry
A few years ago Stephen Curry was considered a huge injury risk due to his ankles. After two years of relatively healthy seasons he comes in as our top point guard and out fifth ranked overall fantasy basketball player this year. Two of the greatest assets he brings to a team other than his scoring is his assists (8.5 per game) and three pointers made (an incredible 3.3 a game).
6. Chris Paul
Chris Paul should again be a league leader in assists and steals. Often overlooked is his rebounding as he grabs over four a game which is quite impressive considering he has Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on his team globing up most of them. Last year he was a little banged up playing only 62 games but you still have to grab him if you have a chance in the second half of the first round.
7. Carmelo Anthony
The triangle offense has arrived in New York and that should benefit Carmelo Anthony quite a bit. Maybe the league’s best one on one player, Anthony will have plenty of room to work. If anyone can take the scoring championship away from Kevin Durant it is Anthony. Throw in over eight boards a game and you have our seventh ranked overall player.
8. LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge is the most underrated player in the NBA. I am not sure if it because the majority of his games start so late but he does get the respect he deserves. Do not disrespect him in your fantasy drafts and allow him to slip too far. Aldridge averaged 23 points, 11 boards, roughly one steal, and one block a game last season and there is no reason why he will not repeat those exact numbers this year.
9. Kevin Love
Kevin Love left Minnesota to go play with LeBron James in Cleveland. While that is a great career move for him as he should make the playoffs for his first time, the move should hurt his fantasy stats. I believe his scoring will take a dip this year but his rebounds should still float right around 12 a game. He is such a great fit with James as his range will be able to spread the floor quite a bit. While his overall scoring might take a hit he could average over three 3-pointers a game making him an extremely intriguing player this season.
10. DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins is our top center overall this fantasy basketball season. His game has steadily improved each passing year and there is no reason to think he will not improve again this season. He has great low post moves making him a fantastic scoring option for your fantasy team. There is a real chance he can top 25 points, 12 boards, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks a game. Should he yield those numbers you might get a top three player at the end of the first round this season.