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Fantasy Basketball 2012 December 7 Best Performers

December 7
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From great scoring performances to solid showings on defense featuring plenty of steals and blocks, elite individual performances can help owners win categories in Week 6 matchups. On Thursday, December 6, SF/PF LeBron James, PG/SG Raymond Felton and PF Markieff Morris made up the top three studs from yesterday. From James being one assist shy from yet another triple-double against the New York Knicks to Felton’s great outing in a huge win over the Miami Heat without Carmelo Anthony, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 6.

With 12 games on Friday, December 7, 2012, fantasy squads had plenty of opportunities to improve their statistics in different categories. Who else provided fantasy owners with great numbers on this day of NBA action?

Friday, December 7, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. PG Stephen Curry – 28 points (five made 3-pointers), five assists, two steals

9. PG Russell Westbrook – 33 points (4-6 free throws, five made 3-pointers), eight assist

8. SG/SF James Harden – 29 points (6-7 free throws, three made 3-pointers), five assists, four steals

7. SF/PF Rudy Gay – 28 points (6-8 free throws, two made 3-pointers), eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks

6. PF/C David Lee – 30 points, 15 rebounds

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Friday, December 7, 2012. Player ranks are determined according to ESPN’s Daily Leaders list. FGM-A = Field Goals Made-Attempted, FTM-A = Free Throws Made-Attempted, 3PM-A = 3-Pointers Made-Attempted, GP = Games Played, PTS = Points, REB = Rebounds, AST = Assists, STL = Steals, BLK = Blocks, TO = Turnovers.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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5. PF/C Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

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5. PF/C Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 100% owned)

Statistics: 35 minutes, 10-19 FGM-A, 14-18 FTM-A, 2-5 3PM-A, 36 PTS, 13 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 9 GP, .382 FG%, .674 FT%, 1.2 3PTM, 21.2 PTS, 14.2 REB, 2.1 AST, 1.0 ST, 0.4 BLK, 2.3 TO

After one of his worst outings of the season on Tuesday, Love has certainly bounced back with a season-high 36 points against the Cavaliers. Unmatched by Cleveland’s big men, he went to the line plenty of times in this game and was also able to earn his eighth double-double in nine games this season.

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4. PG Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

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4. PG Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (at Philadelphia 76ers, 100% owned)

Statistics: 42 minutes, 8-14 FGM-A, 0-2 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 16 PTS, 13 REB, 14 AST, 3 STL, 3 BLK, 5 TO

Season averages: 16 GP, .514 FG%, .615 FT%, 0.4 3PTM, 13.4 PTS, 4.9 REB, 12.9 AST, 1.9 ST, 0.2 BLK, 3.4 TO

Just a couple days removed from his two-game suspension, Rondo posted his first triple-double of the season in overtime action against the 76ers. Still playing at an elite level, he was unfazed by his time off. He is currently on pace to put up some of his best numbers of his career.

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3. SG Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

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3. SG Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (at Oklahoma City Thunder, 100% owned)

Statistics: 44 minutes, 11-24 FGM-A, 9-10 FTM-A, 4-5 3PM-A, 35 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK, 5 TO

Season averages: 20 GP, .488 FG%, .871 FT%, 2.0 3PTM, 28.4 PTS, 5.2 REB, 5.0 AST, 1.7 ST, 0.1 BLK, 3.9 TO

Just two days after joining the 30,000-point club, Bryant continued his scoring run with 35 more points onto his career total. Putting up good numbers with regards to free throws and 3-pointers, his game was well-rounded with seven assists, three steals and two blocks.

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2. SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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2. SF Kevin Durant, Thunder (vs. Lakers, 100% owned)

Statistics: 44 minutes, 10-19 FGM-A, 14-16 FTM-A, 2-4 3PM-A, 36 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 20 GP, .515 FG%, .901 FT%, 1.6 3PTM, 27.0 PTS, 8.6 REB, 4.4 AST, 1.5 ST, 1.5 BLK, 3.3 TO

While Bryant had an excellent all-around game against Oklahoma City, Durant one-upped him with an even better offensive showing that resulted in a winning effort. While his scoring numbers are expected, his contributions in the other categories this season have made him the best fantasy player of the year.

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1. PF/C Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

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1. PF/C Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls (at Detroit Pistons, 96% owned)

Statistics: 43 minutes, 12-19 FGM-A, 6-7 FTM-A, 0-0 3PM-A, 30 PTS, 23 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK, 2 TO

Season averages: 18 GP, .480 FG%, .787 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 13.9 PTS, 10.8 REB, 4.3 AST, 1.4 ST, 2.2 BLK, 2.6 TO

Noah was nearly unstoppable against the Pistons, as he set new career-highs in both points and rebounds on Friday. With this huge double-double, he has continued to grow as both a threat on offense and defense. Off to a great start this season, Noah is a player who has overachieved his draft rank this season.