By Sever Whalen, RotoWire
Special to Yahoo Sports
Earlier this week, the NBA announced the beefy rosters for the 2021 All-Superstar Game speak to be performed in Atlanta on Sunday, March 7. LeBron James and Kevin Durant will captain their respective conference’s groups.
With the damage hasty drawing advance, it’s time to dispute our personal All-Superstar rosters — with a fantasy twist, for sure. Fancy the staunch All-Superstar Game, these rosters are, in a whole lot of ways, entirely arbitrary. However using the lens of fantasy stats and rankings as a guide, it’s a chunk more straightforward to parse by which avid gamers belong and which don’t moderately assemble the reduce. Overall, extra consideration modified into given to total cost rankings (as towards per-sport), however per-sport rankings were additionally utilized to wait on standardize for video games overlooked because of COVID-19.
It modified into namely complex to slim down the rosters for the Jap Convention, which accounts for dramatically extra top-halt fantasy avid gamers to this point. By manner of total eight-category cost — the normal scoring frail for this disclose — most effective 10 of the head 40 general avid gamers hail from the Western Convention. Since the imbalance, a handful of deserving avid gamers from the East were left off the roster.
Heart: Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
The no-brainer of all no-brainers, Jokic is the No. 1 general participant in eight- and 9-category leagues in both total and per-sport cost. He’s averaging occupation-highs in parts (27.0), rebounds (10.9), assists (8.4) and steals (1.7) per sport, while additionally setting occupation-excessive marks in all three capturing classes.
Forward: LeBron James, Lakers
James has been in a essential capturing stride over the final couple of weeks, however he’s peaceful hitting better than 50 percent of his discipline dreams for the fifth time within the final six seasons. Free-throw capturing remains James’ #1 downfall, however he remains a counting-stat monster at age 36. While he’s nearer to a gradual-2d-spherical cost on a per-sport foundation, James’ sturdiness — zero overlooked video games to this point — is what locations him excessive for a starting living.
Forward: Kawhi Leonard, Clippers
James is basically one of the top Western Convention forward sooner than Leonard in total cost, however Leonard (26 video games performed) leapfrogs James (33 video games) and ranks eighth general in per-sport cost. By manner of counting stats, Leonard is matching final season’s production practically to a tee, and he’s upped his effectivity all the way in which thru all three capturing share classes. The stamp towards him is he’s overlooked seven video games, however the majority of these were because of legitimate injuries, as Leonard has surprisingly pulled support on his load administration belief.
Guard: Stephen Curry, Warriors
Curry and Damian Lillard are the obvious starting guards out West, with Luka Doncic looming as essentially one of the top just correct challenger. Coming off of a lost season, Curry ranks 2d general in total cost, and he’s lapping the discipline by a humorous margin in three-point cost. The 32-yr-used is capturing nearly 42 percent from deep on a occupation-excessive 11.9 makes an strive per sport. In the month of February, Curry is hitting a jaw-dropping 5.8 threes per sport, while adding 33.8 parts, 6.6 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Most importantly, he’s overlooked most effective one sport and it modified into because of an illness.
Guard: Damian Lillard, Path Blazers
While Lillard isn’t moderately as prolific from past the arc, he’s the next-closest thing to Curry, and he’s adding extra cost in assists (8.0 APG) and free throws (7.5 FTA/G, occupation-excessive 93.4% FT). Fancy Curry, Lillard has overlooked most effective one sport, serving to propel him to a top-5 general outrageous and the No. 7 general living in per-sport cost.
Reserve: Luka Doncic, Mavericks
Doncic (11th in total cost) isn’t a long way within the help of the Curry/Lillard duo, however there’s a essential gulf between him and the next-top-ranked guard within the Western Convention (Chris Paul), so if we’re ranking the reserves, he’d fetch the head living. The preseason MVP current got off to a boring originate up, however he’s been severely better since mid-January and is now on plot for the absolute top statistical yr of his younger occupation. The most easy downside is Doncic’s factual-no longer-great free throw capturing (77.2% FT), which is the one real real factor conserving him from pushing Curry, and namely Lillard, for a starting living.
Reserve: Brandon Ingram, Pelicans
On a per-sport foundation, Ingram settles in spherical the heart of the third spherical, however the actual fact that he hasn’t overlooked any time pushes him up nearer to mid-2d-spherical cost. In some ways, it feels savor Ingram has stagnated following final yr’s breakout, and while it’s just correct he’s striking up nearly the same production all the way in which thru the board, there hasn’t been noteworthy for fantasy managers to complain about.
Reserve: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Command
The guard depth within the West in all equity skinny, however Gilgeous-Alexander will get the nod over names savor DeMar DeRozan, Devin Booker, and Tyrese Haliburton in conserving with his superior per-sport output. Six overlooked video games isn’t ultimate, however it indubitably wasn’t moderately sufficient for me to wait on it towards him. In 26 appearances, Gilgeous-Alexander is striking up a occupation-excessive 23.5 parts per sport on 51.4 percent capturing, along side 41.9 percent from three (up from 34.7% final season).
Reserve: Jamal Murray, Nuggets
This living nearly went to Donovan Mitchell, however Murray will get the runt edge for ranking correct sooner than Mitchell in per-sport cost. A significant surge over the final two weeks has been key for Murray, who’s averaging 30.1 parts, 5.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 4.4 made threes (47.7% 3PT) over his final seven video games.
Reserve: Paul George, Clippers
George has overlooked a factual chunk of time (10 video games), however as the No. 10 general participant in per-sport cost, he’s peaceful a lock for a reserve living. George has made tangible leaps in nearly every category, and he’s peaceful capturing correct below 49 percent from three on the season, serving to push his general discipline plot share up to a occupation-absolute top 51.7 percent.
Reserve: Chris Paul, Suns
Paul’s effectiveness at his age is barely extraordinary for some extent guard, and he’s been even better this season than he modified into in Oklahoma Metropolis a yr within the past. While his scoring is a petite bit down, Paul is averaging his most assists (8.6 APG) since 2016-17, while preserving a 49-40-96 capturing line. Most definitely most impressive is the actual fact that Paul has overlooked most effective one sport to this point. Courting support to the originate up of ultimate season, he’s performed in 97 of a possible 100 video games.
Reserve: Zion Williamson, Pelicans
We’re in need of one other corpulent man, so this living came down to Williamson versus Rudy Gobert. It’s just correct that Gobert, who hasn’t overlooked a sport but, has the runt edge in total cost, however Williamson has been better on a per-sport foundation, and he continues to style upward as the All-Superstar damage approaches. Williamson has been the one most-worthwhile participant within the FG% category, and while his free-throw capturing (71.0%) leaves loads to be desired, Gobert (64.1%) has undoubtedly been the extra unfavorable participant at the line.
Heart: Joel Embiid, 76ers
The No. 2 general participant in per-sport cost, Embiid is having with out articulate the absolute top season of his occupation. He holds occupation-bests in parts (29.8), steals (1.3), made threes (1.2), and made free throws (10.0) per sport, while additionally setting new highs in all three share classes. Embiid’s shot-blocking is down (1.3 BPG), however the excessive-quantity free-throw capturing, especially, has better than made up for it.
Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
The elephant within the room, for sure, is that Antetokounmpo has been the one most unfavorable free-throw shooter within the league, however the actual fact that he’s peaceful a top-10 participant speaks to how dominant he’s been in numerous areas. He’s essentially repeating final yr’s MVP advertising and marketing campaign while tacking on better defensive numbers and a occupation-excessive 6.0 assists per sport.
Forward: Nikola Vucevic, Magic
A top-eight participant in total cost, Vucevic grabs different frontcourt living sooner than Kevin Durant, who’s performed 13 fewer video games. Vucevic has been one of essentially the most loyal avid gamers in fantasy basketball for years, however he’s raised his sport to new heights this season, along side hitting 2.5 threes per sport at a 39.7 percent clip — both occupation bests.
Guard: James Harden, Nets
No matter a tumultuous originate up to the season, Harden is support on plot in Brooklyn and has climbed the total manner up to No. 3 general in per-sport cost, within the help of most effective Jokic and Embiid. After doing most of his damage in parts, threes, and free throws the outdated couple of years, Harden has taken a tiny step support as a scorer and as an different dominated as a passer (11.2 APG), while peaceful offering elite all-spherical numbers.
Guard: Zach LaVine, Bulls
LaVine is a lock for different guard living, ranking sooner than Harden in total cost and correct about a spots within the help of him in per-sport production. Through 31 video games, LaVine is averaging 28.8 parts, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.6 threes to plod with an extremely-ambiance friendly 52-44-87 capturing line. The most easy just correct knock on LaVine is his elevated turnover rate, which pushes him out of first-spherical cost in 9-category leagues.
Reserve: Fred VanVleet, Raptors
VanVleet hasn’t overlooked any video games and he ranks within the head-seven in total cost, so his case in all equity airtight. In his fifth NBA season, he’s averaging occupation-highs in parts (20.0), rebounds (4.5), assists (6.7), and made threes (3.3), while leading the league in fantasy cost derived from steals.
Reserve: Julius Randle, Knicks
The emergence of Randle as a legitimate, staunch-life All-Superstar has been one of essentially the most surprising tendencies of the season. In fantasy, he’s a top-20 general participant who supplies managers with 23.3 parts, 10.9 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per sport with unbelievable percentages.
Reserve: Bradley Beal, Wizards
There’s no longer noteworthy to verbalize here. Beal is at a downside from a video games-performed perspective due to Wizards’ COVID-19 components, however he’s most effective overlooked two contests. The league’s scoring leader is up to 32.7 parts per sport on better effectivity than final season.
Reserve: Myles Turner, Pacers
For essentially the most part, Turner’s numbers are on par with his occupation averages, attach for a huge jump in blocked shots. Turner leads the league by a mile at 3.4 swats per sport — sufficient to single-handedly elevate fantasy managers to first speak within the category.
Reserve: Khris Middleton, Bucks
Middleton modified into snubbed from the staunch All-Superstar Game, however he’ll fetch no such treatment here. Once extra, the 29-yr-used is striking up unbelievable counting stats and flirting with a 50-40-90 capturing line. Evening-to-night, avid gamers savor Jayson Tatum or Domantas Sabonis would possibly per chance maybe maybe personal a elevated ceiling, however Middleton’s consistency and sturdiness are worthwhile in fantasy basketball.
Reserve: Bam Adebayo, Warmth
A top-20 participant in total and per-sport cost, Adebayo has been Miami’s most consistent participant this season. While his rebounding and shot-blocking numbers are down a petite bit, he’s up to 19.6 parts and 5.5 assists per sport, and his free throw capturing (84.4%) is vastly improved.
Reserve: Trae Young, Hawks
The closing living came down to Young, Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Domantas Sabonis, and Tobias Harris. The East is highly deep with deserving avid gamers, however Young will get the nod because of a superior ranking in total cost (9 spots sooner than Harris). He’s performed seven extra video games than Irving and is the league’s 2d-most-worthwhile source of assists and third-most-worthwhile free throw shooter (10.2 FTA/G, 87.5% FT).