Fantasy Basketball Player Profile: Ty Lawson

By andrewmorton
Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

There are several young point guards around the NBA looking to make a fantasy difference this season.  Denver Nuggets’ Ty Lawson is probably the best source of a solid point/assist/three-pointers combo after Chris PaulRussell Westbrook, and Deron Williams are off the board.

When the Carmelo Anthony trade happened two seasons ago, the Denver Nuggets also sent starting point guard Chauncey Billups to the  New York Knicks, creating a battle to take over the PG spot between Raymond Felton – who had been having a phenomenal year in New York at the time, and Ty Lawson. As a surprise to many, Lawson looked like the much better player. With an average of 14.4 points per game and 6.9 assists per game after the trade, he was the unquestioned starter, and it looked as if 2011-2012 would be a continuation of what was a breakout; and that it was. Without too much of a drop-off in assists (6.9 to 6.6 in 2011-2012), Lawson enjoyed an uptick in points – 16.4 per game. With Denver being a high-scoring offense (#1 amongst the league last year), there is little doubt Lawson won’t be able to repeat.

Lawson is currently being drafted at 19.2 (according to ESPN ADP), and it seems as if he’s sort of an afterthought to fantasy players. He shouldn’t be an afterthought, though, as he is eligible at both guard positions – a very valuable trait. Lawson is being underrated, and in my opinion, he should be going at least five spots higher. He’s currently a draft-day steal and he should be on your fantasy basketball team.

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