LairdNYC Fantasy NBA Power Rankings, Take 2

Rankings are based on how I think the fantasy rankings will finish at the end of the year.

Previous week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Shawn Marion (1)
The team has been struggling a little bit, but Marion has still been filling the stat sheet.

2. Kevin Garnett (2)
The guy has been the definition of a beast, logging a double-double in every game so far.

3. Kobe Bryant (3)
Still getting his stats despite not being happy and he’s even winning a couple of games. Moves down only because Garnett has been so good.

4. Yao Ming (NR)
Yao is now the premier center in the NBA and not having him in the top 20 previously was simply foolish on my part.

5. Dirk Nowtizki (4)
He’s still getting burned for the loss in last year’s playoffs, but he’s coming back with a vengence.

6. Steve Nash (6)
The engine that makes the Suns run is still running and gunning like he’s still 29.

7. Gilbert Arenas (5)
His knee is clearly bothering him early on, but it’s only a matter of time before Agent Zero gets out of his funk and takes it out on everyone that’s been doubting him so far this year.

8. LeBron James (9)
Somebody forgot to tell LeBron that after last year’s Finals appears and this summer’s FIBA Americas Tournament that he was supposed to start slow.

9. Tim Duncan (10)
The big fundamental keeps filling up the stat sheet with what seems like 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks every night.

10. Tracy McGrady (NR)
Somehow I underestimated Yao and his teammate T-Mac, but with the way he has been playing so far, watch out for this tandem.

11. Chris Paul (11)
21 assists in one game??? If you own Paul, you own assists.

12. Paul Pierce (16)
It’s clear that KG and Ray Ray want to help P2 win, but it’s also clear that he’s ready to do the work himself.

13. Dwight Howard (17)
The only guy who will give Yao a run for his money as the best center in the NBA, is there anything this guy can’t do?

14. Carlos Boozer (13)
He’ll have his 30 and 15 nights, but is 1 block really too much to ask for?

15. Amare Stoudemire (7)
The knee is clearly bothering him; is he really only going to play one out of three games all season? I doubt it, but he definitely isn’t playing every game.

16. Vince Carter (8)
He was an injury risk to start and now he’s clearly living up to that belief.

17. Marcus Camby (NR)
When he’s healthy, he’s a beast…and right now, he’s healthy.

18. Deron Williams (18)
If you don’t have Paul, but do have Williams, you should be good to go on assists.

19. Allen Iverson (NR)
The scoring of Carmelo Anthony, but with steals, assists and threes? I’ll take it.

20. Josh Smith (NR)
How did this guy miss my first list? He’s a defensive MONSTER and will even put in a couple threes for you.

Dropped from the top 20: Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala, Jason Kidd, Baron Davis

Also receiving votes:
Ray Allen
Jason Kidd
Baron Davis
Andre Iguodala
Chris Bosh
Antawn Jamison
Caron Butler
Manu Ginobili
Kevin Martin
Rashard Lewis

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