2012 Fantasy Basketball Sleeper: Steve Nash
Eight-time All Star point guard, Steve Nash has been immensely undervalued in fantasy drafts this year. This is absolutely absurd since he is now playing with the Los Angeles Lakers and has joined a team of All-Stars in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard.
Shockingly Nash is ranked as the 9th best fantasy option at the point according to ESPN, while he is ranked 11th best by Yahoo Sports. He may not be putting up numbers like he was when he won two NBA MVP awards (2005 and 2006), but he is still a top-tier option at the position.
Last year he scored only 12.5 points per game, which was his lowest total since 1999 with the Dallas Mavericks. However, the change to LA will only help him post better numbers across the board, as he is surrounded by the best starting five he has ever played with. Nash will get more chances to make plays and thus more chances to post big numbers.
Nash has amazingly averaged 10.9 assists a season over the last eight years, which can single handedly carry a fantasy owners in that category.
Nash has also shot an outstanding 90.4 % free throw percentage over his entire 16-year career, which is another category that he will finish among the top players. Fantasy basketball is about having players that do everything well; and over his illustrious NBA career Nash has been one of the best examples of this.
The 38-year old is easily still a stating point guard in fantasy and should certainly be drafted ahead of hyped players such as; Mike Conley Jr. from the Memphis Grizzlies and Nash’s replacement, Goran Dragic, of the Phoenix Suns. After all, what other point guard, other than Nash, will average well over 10 dimes per game, shoot 90 percent from the charity stripe, and hit at least one 3-pointer a game. What more could you ask for from a starting fantasy point guard?
Nash will be a great value pick after the second round this season and may have even fallen farther than that in some leagues. He can easily average a double-double from the point guard position and nowadays that is a rare thing to come by. Do not sleep on Nash this season, because with all his new friends at the Staples Center, he could be in for another All-Star performance in 2012.
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