Durant was fantasy's best in '09-10
The 2009-10 NBA regular season came to an end on Wednesday night with a slate of games full of meaningful fantasy players receiving DNP-CDs. At this point, we should be used to this sort of thing, as many teams have little to play for on the final night of the season and many others are doing their best to artfully lose for better playoff positioning.
For those of us who are happily obsessed with the numbers game within the game, it's a disappointing way to end things. Sure, it's nice to see Kevin Durant put up 31 points in 38 minutes in a game that did nothing more than get his Thunder to the 50-win threshold and guarantee him of a 30-point-per-game average on the season. On the other hand, it's a real bummer to watch LeBron James languish on the bench while his Cleveland Cavaliers get blown out by the Atlanta Hawks.
This, more than anything, is why Durant was the best fantasy player in the NBA this season; he played in 82 games and scored in double figures in all of them, while LeBron missed six games and played slightly fewer minutes on average than Durant did as well. It's an important reminder that fantasy basketball is not real basketball. Clearly, no player helps a real team win more than LeBron, but this season, no player helped your fantasy team more than Durant.
DeJuan Blair, Spurs: 27 points (12-21 FG), 23 rebounds, 3 steals against the Mavericks.|
Kevin Durant, Thunder: 31 points (12-18 FG), 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 blocks versus the Grizzlies.
David West, Hornets: 35 points (16-20 FG), 10 rebounds, 6 assists against the Rockets.
Ryan Gomes, Timberwolves: 2 points, 4 rebounds in 32 minutes versus the Pistons.|
Antawn Jamison, Cavaliers: 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist against the Hawks.
Terrence Williams, Nets: 2 points (0-4 FG), 4 rebounds versus the Heat.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.