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Who is the Best Fantasy Basketball Point Guard in the NBA?

Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Thunder

Mark D. Smith – USA Today

The point guard position has seen an influx of young talent in recent years, especially this season.

Guys like Jrue Holiday and Greivis Vasquez have reached the next level, while top stars such as Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Tony Parker are all playing at a high level.

Some, however, have struggled. Deron Williams is averaging over a full assist less per game than his career average and his steals and scoring are down as well. Kyle Lowry, who has shown tons of potential at times this season, just can’t seem to stay healthy. There are plenty of great fantasy options at the position, but when it comes down to it, the overall best point guard in fantasy basketball is easily Westbrook.

First off, Westbrook is the best scorer at the position, as he is averaging 22.7 points per game and is leading all qualifying point guards. While his field goal percentage of 42 percent obviously leaves something to be desired, and is way behind Parker’s 52 percent, it is a product of him shooting the ball much more than any other PG and the amount he scores works to counteract that.

Westy also gets to the line more than any other point guard, as he is shooting close to seven free throws per game. He not only leads the position in scoring, but he is also the top rebounder at his position by grabbing 5.3 boards per game. His 211 rebounds are 32 more than any other point guard.

While he doesn’t lead the game in assists, and isn’t going to any time soon as long as Rondo is healthy, Westbrook is still tossing 8.3 dimes per game and ranks fifth best in NBA. He is in the top five in steals (two per game) and has already recorded 15 double-doubles.

Critics will talk about his poor shooting percentage or turnovers, and rightfully so, but when it comes to fantasy basketball no point guard produces numbers across the board like Westbrook.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rants Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rarleo and add him on Google+