|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM|
(This post was written up by Fan Duel) This is for the fantasy sports people out there. You can check out their site here FanDuel.com
As far as Boston standards go, the Celtics had a pretty rough regular season, finishing with the #7 seed. Thanks to an aging roster and an injured point guard, the team never really found their groove. However, now that the regular season is over, it is time to look at the top fantasy players, with projections for next year as well.
Obviously, the biggest issue when it comes to fantasy basketball and Rajon Rondo is his health. No one knows for sure how quickly he will come back, so while it already affected his numbers this year, it could do the same in 2013-2014.
When he was on the floor, Rondo averaged a solid 13.7 PPG, 11.1 APG and 5.6 PG. His shooting percentage is never going to be great, but he provides more than enough value to at least consider him as a draft and stash guy if he can’t play until later in the season.
Pierce continues to age, but his value is still strong. He was able to turn in yet another top 25 fantasy basketball season in 2012-2013, and no one can really doubt him heading into next season either.
The only somewhat concerning thing for Pierce this season was that he shot just 43.6% from the field. He takes a lot of tough shots, and since his athleticism is slowing going away, those are going to continue to get tougher. Do not reach for him next season in a draft, but somewhere in the 3rd-4th round on would be a nice spot to draft him.
When it comes to consistency, Kevin Garnett was one of the top players in the NBA. He is no longer an elite scorer or even rebounder, but that has more to do with his limited minutes than anything. He is still an excellent defender, but obviously in fantasy basketball that does not play a huge role.
In 2012, he finished with 14.8 PPG and 7.8 RPG. He still contributed about two steals/blocks per game as well, which can help a lot in those secondary categories. As for next season, will there be a next season for Garnett? Some rumors suggest he might be ready to call it a career. If he does come back, he is still easily a top 80-100 player in fantasy.