Williams, Jack, Leonard rising

Updated: December 31, 2012, 2:54 PM ET
By Brian McKitish | Special to ESPN.com

With another month coming to a close, it's time for another game of fun with numbers, this time focusing on recent trends and splits for the month of December.

The Top 130

"Note: Brian McKitish's top 130 players are ranked for their fantasy value from this point forward in the 2012-13 NBA season. Previous rank is indicated in parentheses."

1. Kevin Durant, OKC (1)
2. LeBron James, MIA (2)
3. Chris Paul, LAC (3)
4. Russell Westbrook, OKC (4)
5. Kevin Love, MIN (5)
6. Kobe Bryant, LAL (6)
7. James Harden, HOU (7)
8. Kyrie Irving, CLE (8)
9. Serge Ibaka, OKC (9)
10. Nicolas Batum, POR (10)
11. Stephen Curry, GS (11)
12. Carmelo Anthony, NY (12)
13. Marc Gasol, MEM (13)
14. Rajon Rondo, BOS (14)
15. Joakim Noah, CHI (16)
16. Paul George, IND (17)
17. LaMarcus Aldridge, POR (18)
18. Jrue Holiday, PHI (15)
19. Damian Lillard, POR (19)
20. Brandon Jennings, MIL (20)
21. Josh Smith, ATL (21)
22. Al Jefferson, UTAH (22)
23. Dwyane Wade, MIA (23)
24. David Lee, GS (24)
25. Anthony Davis, NO (25)
26. Paul Pierce, BOS (26)
27. Deron Williams, BKN (27)
28. Dwight Howard, LAL (28)
29. Zach Randolph, MEM (29)
30. Rudy Gay, MEM (30)
31. Mike Conley, MEM (31)
32. Kemba Walker, CHA (32)
33. Ty Lawson, DEN (33)
34. Steve Nash, LAL (34)
35. Brook Lopez, BKN (35)
36. Ryan Anderson, NO (36)
37. Anderson Varejao, CLE (37)
38. Greg Monroe, DET (38)
39. Tim Duncan, SA (39)
40. Dirk Nowitzki, DAL (40)
41. Al Horford, ATL (41)
42. Chris Bosh, MIA (42)
43. Blake Griffin, LAC (46)
44. Tony Parker, SA (44)
45. Pau Gasol, LAL (45)
46. Monta Ellis, MIL (51)
47. Ricky Rubio, MIN (43)
48. Goran Dragic, PHO (47)
49. O.J. Mayo, DAL (52)
50. Andrei Kirilenko, MIN (53)
51. Kenneth Faried, DEN (54)
52. Wesley Matthews, POR (50)
53. Roy Hibbert, IND (55)
54. Kyle Lowry, TOR (56)
55. Paul Millsap, UTAH (48)
56. Luol Deng, CHI (57)
57. George Hill, IND (58)
58. Klay Thompson, GS (64)
59. Danilo Gallinari, DEN (59)
60. DeMarcus Cousins, SAC (60)
61. Gerald Wallace, BKN (61)
62. Evan Turner, PHI (62)
63. Omer Asik, HOU (63)
64. Andre Iguodala, DEN (65)
65. Greivis Vasquez, NO (66)
66. Joe Johnson, BKN (67)
67. Brandon Knight, DET (68)
68. J.R. Smith, NY (69)
69. Lou Williams, ATL (80)
70. Kevin Martin, OKC (70)
71. Larry Sanders, MIL (83)
72. Eric Gordon, NO (109)
73. Tyson Chandler, NY (71)
74. Kawhi Leonard, SA (84)
75. David West, IND (72)
76. Marcin Gortat, PHO (73)
77. Thaddeus Young, PHI (74)
78. Jeff Teague, ATL (75)
79. Kevin Garnett, BOS (76)
80. Jeremy Lin, HOU (85)
81. J.J. Hickson, POR (78)
82. Nikola Pekovic, MIN (81)
83. Carlos Boozer, CHI (82)
84. Manu Ginobili, SA (86)
85. Dion Waiters, CLE (77)
86. Jameer Nelson, ORL (87)
87. JaVale McGee, DEN (79)
88. Tyreke Evans, SAC (88)
89. John Wall, WSH (89)
90. Jamal Crawford, LAC (90)
91. Jarrett Jack, GS (101)
92. Marcus Thornton, SAC (91)
93. Arron Afflalo, ORL (92)
94. Amare Stoudemire, NY (93)
95. DeMar DeRozan, TOR (94)
96. Jason Kidd, NY (107)
97. Ersan Ilyasova, MIL (95)
98. Nene Hilario, WSH (96)
99. Jared Dudley, PHO (106)
100. Rodney Stuckey, DET (97)
101. Raymond Felton, NY (49)
102. Chandler Parsons, HOU (99)
103. Jose Calderon, TOR (100)
104. Derrick Favors, UTAH (102)
105. Jordan Crawford, WSH (103)
106. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, CHA (104)
107. Metta World Peace, LAL (105)
108. DeAndre Jordan, LAC (108)
109. Mo Williams, UTAH (98)
110. Nikola Vucevic, ORL (119)
111. J.J. Redick, ORL (110)
112. Andre Drummond, DET (120)
113. Jason Terry, BOS (112)
114. Andrea Bargnani, TOR (111)
115. Robin Lopez, NO (125)
116. Isaiah Thomas, SAC (NR)
117. Andrew Bynum, PHI (114)
118. Ramon Sessions, CHA (115)
119. Gerald Henderson, CHA (116)
120. Ray Allen, MIA (117)
121. Shannon Brown, PHO (124)
122. Tristan Thompson, CLE (127)
123. Darren Collison, DAL (NR)
124. Derrick Rose, CHI (122)
125. Chris Kaman, DAL (123)
126. Marco Belinelli, CHI (126)
127. Matt Barnes, LAC (130)
128. Kyle Korver, ATL (NR)
129. Kosta Koufos, DEN (NR)
130. C.J. Miles, CLE (128)

5.3: Three-point attempts for the Atlanta Hawks' new starting shooting guard, Louis Williams, in the month of December. Williams has always been one of my favorite fantasy players due to his incredible per-minute production as a bench player, and now fantasy owners are going to get a chance to see what he can do with starter's minutes. Lou has averaged 15.7 points, 4.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 41 starts over the course of his career, but I have a feeling he'll be even better than that in Atlanta.

4.0: Steals per 48 minutes for San Antonio Spurs forward and defensive extraordinaire, Kawhi Leonard. Outside of the steals, Leonard's stats don't look like much at first glance: 10.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 1.0 3-pointers, but they're much more impressive when you consider his percentages: 49.0 percent from the floor and 90.9 percent from the line. A plus rebounder and 3-point shooter, Kawhi is more valuable than many might think, particularly if (when) his minutes start to increase.

1.5: Steals per game for Blake Griffin after averaging just 0.8 per game in each of his first two seasons. Blake has had an interesting fantasy season thus far. His steals and free throw percentage (63.9) are up, but his points (18.2) and rebounds (8.9) are way down, mostly due to the fact that his minutes (32.3) are down as well. Credit the Clips' deep bench for Griffin's relative lack of minutes, but I'd actually argue that this version of Blake - the one who creates steals and shoots free throws at a semi-respectable rate - is more valuable than the one who put up 20/10 with no steals and shot 52.1 percent from the line.

30.3: Minutes per game for Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack in December. I liked Jack as a late-round or deeper-league pickup at the beginning of the season, mostly because of teammate Stephen Curry's injury history, but he's turned out to be a veteran leader off the bench for the upstart Warriors. Jack is one of the more underrated fantasy options at the moment, averaging 15.5 points, 5.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.7 3-pointers this month.

4.0: Offensive rebounds per game for J.J. Hickson in December. Hickson ranks fourth in the league in double-doubles with 17 and is averaging 13.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game this month. Hickson's overall value will continue to be capped due to his lack of blocks and poor free throw shooting, but he's still been a pleasant surprise in the Portland Trail Blazers' frontcourt.

18.5: Minutes per game for Ricky Rubio since his return from knee surgery. As expected, the Minnesota Timberwolves are taking it slow with their prized point guard, limiting his minutes in the early going. Expect his minutes to slowly start climbing into the high 20s shortly after the new year, which makes him a terrific buy-low target given his solid per-minute production of 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

0.4: Steals per game for Joe Johnson in December. JJ has never been a huge steal artist, but he did average over a steal per game for seven consecutive seasons early in his career. Still, he averaged just 0.7 in 2010-11 and 0.8 in 2011-12, so his lack of steals is becoming an alarming trend. The new and not-so-improved JJ has become mostly a shooter in recent seasons. Averaging 16.8 points, 3.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.0 3-pointers, Johnson is a solid fantasy shooting guard, but offers little statistical diversity at this stage of his career.

2.6: Three-pointers per game for 39-year-old Jason Kidd in December. Since he doesn't score much, Kidd is often overlooked in fantasy leagues, but there are few who can offer the versatile 9.9 points, 5.4 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.1 3-pointers he's been averaging this month. Given how well the New York Knicks have played thanks to Kidd's veteran leadership, we can expect him to remain fantasy-relevant with around 30 minutes per game going forward.

22.2: Minutes per game for Detroit Pistons rookie Andre Drummond, up from 17.3 in November. The increase in playing time is significant, as Drummond has posted huge per-minute numbers early in his rookie season. With 8.0 points, 8.3 boards, 0.9 steals and 1.8 blocks this month, Drummond would have major value if he were able to secure 30-plus minutes per night. And with the 10-22 Pistons struggling, we should expect them to cut Drummond loose in the second half of the season.

4.1: Free throw attempts per game for New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis who is shooting 84.8 percent from the line on the year. We knew Davis would be an immediate impact player on the defensive end but how many of us thought he'd be such an efficient offensive player this early in his career? With season averages of 15.1 points, 8.4 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.9 blocks while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor, Davis has not disappointed after coming in with high expectations. That said, let's keep a close eye on his shot attempts now that Eric Gordon is back in the lineup.

11.9: Rebounds per game for Nikola Vucevic in December. Vucevic has averaged 11.9 points and 1.1 blocks this month to go along with the impressive rebounding numbers and has been an undervalued fantasy option for a better portion of the season. Vucevic should have continued success this season, particularly while Glen Davis recovers from a shoulder injury.

110: Three-point attempts for Warriors second year guard Klay Thompson in December. Thompson has put together a great month with 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals and a ridiculous 3.3 3-pointers per game. Granted, those numbers are a bit empty with few assists and a 41.3 shooting percentage from the floor, but Thompson is dominating the 3-point category, and he's even adding in some steals this year. Look for Thompson to continue to provide points, steals and 3-pointers while leaving some to be desired from the remaining categories.

Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com and is a two-time Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year, as named by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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