By Adam McGill
With the NBA season tipping off in less than a week, this is the perfect time to start getting prepared for the fantasy season. This is the third installment of my fantasy basketball positional rankings, small forwards.
1. LeBron James, MIA – “Bron Bron” is the most dynamic player in the game, and is the only person who has the ability to average a triple-double in the modern era.
2. Kevin Durant, CHA – Durant is the best pure scorer in the game and the 23-year old can carry a fantasy team on his back.
3. Carmelo Anthony, NY – Melo will flourish in his second season in the Big Apple, so owners should expect him to post career numbers in 2011.
4. Josh Smith, ATL – “J-Smooth” can do everything down in “Hot-lanta”, and has become a roto-league MVP.
5. Danny Granger, IND – Granger is one of the youngsters making a difference from the forward position and will continuously score over 20 points a game in the Pacers’ bleak offense.
6. Paul Pierce, BOS – The aging Pierce may be entering his 13th season, but it hard to find such a consistent scorer at the three-spot.
7. Gerald Wallace, POR – Wallace is one of the premier defenders in the NBA and can average nearly a double-double from the small forward position.
8. Rudy Gay, MEM – Gay will only build on his 19.8 points a game last year, as the struggling Grizzlies’ didn’t address any of their needs this off-season.
9. Dorell Wright, GS – Wright averaged 16.3 points with 5.3 boards per game in 2010, but more impressive was the league leading 194 3-pointers he knocked down.
10. Lamar Odom, DAL – Odom will have a career season in his first year in Dallas, as the veteran will finally get a guaranteed 33 minutes a game, something that was not so in Los Angeles.
Just missed: Caron Butler (LAC), Luol Deng (CHI), and Rashard Lewis (WSH).