2013 Fantasy Basketball: Small Forward Report

By Adam McGill
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The 2013 fantasy basketball season is just about underway and it is the perfect time to start going over each position. So before drafting this season, make sure to check out my positional ranking report. Here is the third report on small forwards.

Average Draft Position (According To ESPN):

1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder – 1.5

2. LeBron James, Miami Heat – 1.6

3. Paul George, Indiana Pacers – 7.9

4. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks – 8.6

5. Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers – 14.6

6. Josh Smith, Detroit Pistons – 22.5

7. Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors – 35.1

8. Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets – 43.6

9. Jeff Green, Boston Celtics – 50.8

10. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs – 56.2


Top 5 Sleepers

1. Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors

2. Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls

3. Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers

4. Gerald Wallace, Boston Celtics

5. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats


Top 5 Busts

1. Jeff Green, Boston Celtics

2. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors

3. Chandler Parson, Houston Rockets

4. Metta World Peace, New York Knicks

5. Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets


Small Forwards Still Rule First Round

Of all the players grabbed in the first round this season, small forwards will once again rule the early part of the draft this year. Stars like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony will all be taken within the top-10 picks, so make sure to plan your draft accordingly this fall.


Value After Big Names

Everyone locks onto the big names at the small forward position, but there is still some value to be had after the big names come off the board. For instance, I think Harrison Barnes is in for a big year. His average draft position is 107 overall, which makes him a pretty good value pick in the middle of the draft. Don’t be too discouraged if you can’t get your hands on KD this year, there are other players in the NBA.


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Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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