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2016-17 NBA Fantasy Recap: Every Team’s Best Player

Who was the best fantasy performer from each NBA team this season?

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It’s mid-May and the Warriors and Cavaliers have yet to lose a playoff game.

Right now, those teams seem like the only ones that matter. But not here. Not on Fake Teams. Not in the fantasy basketball world.

Time to crown the best statistical performer from each squad in 2016-17. Free agent status and age are included, so owners can better prepare for the future.

Let’s do it.

Atlanta Hawks

Player: Paul Millsap

Stats: 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks, 1.1 3PM, and 2.3 turnovers, shooting 44% from the field and 77% from the line

One-sentence summary: Not a flashy or loud player, but Millsap consistently gets the job done.

Age: 32

Free Agent: Yes, player option

Boston Celtics

Player: Isaiah Thomas

Stats: 28.9 points, 5.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 3.2 3PM, and 2.8 turnovers, shooting 46% from the field and 91% from the line

One-sentence summary: I will never be able to comprehend how a dude shorter than me managed to average almost 30 points for an entire season, but it happened.

Age: 28

Free Agent: No

Brooklyn Nets

Player: Brook Lopez

Stats: 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.8 3PM, and 2.5 turnovers, shooting 47% from the field and 81% from the line

One-sentence summary: There weren’t many things to cheer about in Brooklyn, but Brook Lopez (and his newly developed three-point shot) was one of them.

Age: 29

Free Agent: No

Charlotte Hornets

Player: Kemba Walker

Stats: 23.2 points, 5.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 3.0 3PM, and 2.1 turnovers, shooting 44% from the field and 85% from the line

One-sentence summary: The first-year All-Star continued to progress in 2016-17.

Age: 27

Free Agent: No

Chicago Bulls

Player: Jimmy Butler

Stats: 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.9 steals, 1.2 3PM, and 2.1 turnovers, shooting 46% from the field and 87% from the line

One-sentence summary: Jimmy G. Buckets, the G stands for “Got.”

Age: 27

Free Agent: No

Cleveland Cavaliers

Player: LeBron James

Stats: 26.4 points, 8.7 assists, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.7 3PM, and 4.1 turnovers, shooting 55% from the field and 67% from the line

One-sentence summary: This guy is still pretty good at basketball.

Age: 32 (but he’s a robot, so he doesn’t really age)

Free Agent: No

Dallas Mavericks

Player: Harrison Barnes

Stats: 19.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.0 3PM, and 1.3 turnovers, shooting 47% from the field and 86% from the line

One-sentence summary: In his first year with the Mavs, Harrison Barnes proved capable of carrying a heavier offensive load.

Age: 24

Free Agent: No

Denver Nuggets

Player: Nikola Jokic

Stats: 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 2.3 turnovers, shooting 55% from the field and 82% from the line

One-sentence summary: With his versatility and ridiculous dime-dropping skills, the Joker was one of the biggest stories of 2016-17.

Age: ONLY 22!

Free Agent: No

Detroit Pistons

Player: Tobias Harris

Stats: 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 1.3 3PM, and 1.2 turnovers, shooting 48% from the field and 84% from the line

One-sentence summary: It was a toss-up between him and Drummond, but the 39% efficiency from the line really hurt the big fella (as it does every year).

Age: 24

Free Agent: No

Golden State Warriors

Player: Stephen Curry

Stats: 25.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 4.1 3PM, and 3.0 turnovers, shooting 47% from the field and 90% from the line

One-sentence summary: Durant getting injured definitely assisted the daunting task of picking the “best” fantasy player on a team with so many gems.

Age: 29

Free Agent: Yes, unrestricted (but I don’t think he’s going anywhere)

Houston Rockets

Player: James Harden

Stats: 29.1 points, 11.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 3.2 3PM, and 5.7 turnovers, shooting 44% from the field and 85% from the line

One-sentence summary: The Beard was cooking all season long, finishing 1st in assists per game and 2nd in points per game.

Age: 27

Free Agent: No

Indiana Pacers

Player: Paul George

Stats: 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.6 3PM, and 2.9 turnovers, shooting 46% from the field and 90% from the line

One-sentence summary: Disappointing year for the Pacers, but not for Paul George (especially in the last few months, AKA the fantasy playoffs).

Age: 27

Free Agent: No (but some speculate that he may try to force his way out)

Los Angeles Clippers

Player: Chris Paul

Stats: 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 2.0 3PM, and 2.4 turnovers, shooting 48% from the field and 89% from the line

One-sentence summary: There are so many great PGs in the league today that Paul gets somewhat overshadowed, but the OG had another stellar fantasy season, finishing in the top 5 in assists per game for the TENTH consecutive year.

Age: 32

Free Agent: Yes, player option

Los Angeles Lakers

Player: Julius Randle

Stats: 13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 2.3 turnovers, shooting 49% from the field and 72% from the line

One-sentence summary: This was a tough one (Randle, Russell, and Clarkson all had similar lines), but Julius won out because of the efficiency.

Age: 22

Free Agent: No

Memphis Grizzlies

Player: Marc Gasol

Stats: 19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 steals, 1.4 3PM, and 2.2 turnovers, shooting 46% from the field and 84% from the line

One-sentence summary: I hate not giving this to Conley (just because he NEVER gets enough credit), but the fact that Gasol stretched his game to the three-point line won me over.

Age: 32

Free Agent: No

Miami Heat

Player: Hassan Whiteside

Stats: 17.0 points, 14.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 0.7 steals, and 2.0 turnovers, shooting 56% from the field and 63% from the line

One-sentence summary: The big man earned that big contract, finishing 1st in rebounds per game and 4th in blocks per game.

Age: 27

Free Agent: No

Milwaukee Bucks

Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Stats: 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, 1.6 steals, and 2.9 turnovers, shooting 52% from the field and 77% from the line

One-sentence summary: The Greek Freak put up freaky numbers all year and was crowned the fantasy MVP on another recap segment.

Age: 22 (Yeah, never ceases to amaze me either)

Free Agent: No

Minnesota Timberwolves

Player: Karl-Anthony Towns

Stats: 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 0.7 steals, 1.2 3PM, and 2.6 turnovers, shooting 54% from the field and 83% from the line

One-sentence summary: KAT’s numbers were even better after the All-Star break, so Minnesota fans and fantasy owners have a lot to look forward to.

Age: 21 (Yo, how is this dude younger than me?)

Free Agent: No

New Orleans Pelicans

Player: Anthony Davis

Stats: 28.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 1.3 steals, and 2.4 turnovers, shooting 51% from the field and 80% from the line

One-sentence summary: 2nd in the league in points per game and blocks per game, AD is bound for the All-NBA First Team.

Age: 24

Free Agent: No

New York Knicks

Player: Kristaps Porzingis

Stats: 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 0.7 steals, 1.7 3PM, and 1.8 turnovers, shooting 45% from the field and 79% from the line

One-sentence summary: Surprised not to see Melo?

Age: 21

Free Agent: No (don’t worry, Knicks fans)

Oklahoma City Thunder

Player: Russell Westbrook

Stats: 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.5 3PM, and 5.4 turnovers, shooting 43% from the field and 85% from the line (remember when they said no one would ever average a triple-double again?)

One-sentence summary: Tough to choose between Russ and Alex Abrines, but had to give the edge to The Brodie.

Age: 28

Free Agent: No

Orlando Magic

Player: Nikola Vucevic

Stats: 14.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals, and 1.6 turnovers, shooting 47% from the field and 67% from the line

One-sentence summary: Nikola’s production went down from last season, but the center was still a valuable fantasy contributor.

Age: 26

Free Agent: No

Philadelphia 76ers

Player: Robert Covington

Stats: 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.0 blocks, 2.0 3PM, and 2.0 turnovers, shooting 40% from the field and 82% from the line

One-sentence summary: This spot would’ve belonged to Embiid if the rookie had played 60+ games.

Age: 26

Free Agent: Yes, team option

Phoenix Suns

Player: Eric Bledsoe

Stats: 21.1 points, 6.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.6 3PM, and 3.4 turnovers, shooting 43% from the field and 85% from the line

One-sentence summary: Bledsoe just squeezed by Devin Booker, who averaged 22.1 points per game as a 20-year-old.

Age: 27

Free Agent: No

Portland Trail Blazers

Player: Damian Lillard

Stats: 27.0 points, 5.9 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 2.9 3PM, and 2.6 turnovers, shooting 44% from the field and 90% from the line

One-sentence summary: CJ McCollum gave Dame a run for his money, but DOLLA finished the season strong to take this spot.

Age: 26

Free Agent: No

Sacramento Kings

Player: Darren Collison

Stats: 13.2 points, 4.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.1 3PM, and 1.7 turnovers, shooting 48% from the field and 86% from the line

One-sentence summary: Since he was traded at the deadline, Boogie wasn’t eligible.

Age: 29

Free Agent: Yes, unrestricted

San Antonio Spurs

Player: Kawhi Leonard

Stats: 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.7 blocks, 2.0 3PM, and 2.1 turnovers, shooting 49% from the field and 88% from the line

One-sentence summary: The best two-way player in the league was a fantasy stud in 2016-17.

Age: 25

Free Agent: No

Toronto Raptors

Player: Kyle Lowry

Stats: 22.4 points, 7.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 3.2 3PM, and 2.9 turnovers, shooting 46% from the field and 82% from the line

One-sentence summary: It was a close race with DeRozan, but I gave the edge to Lowry because of the assists and three-pointers.

Age: 31

Free Agent: Yes, player option (will opt out)

Utah Jazz

Player: Rudy Gobert

Stats: 14.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 1.8 turnovers, shooting 66% from the field and 65% from the line

One-sentence summary: The Stifle Tower led the NBA in blocks per game and was 2nd in field goal percentage.

Age: 24

Free Agent: No (but his teammates George Hill and Gordon Hayward are)

Washington Wizards

Player: John Wall

Stats: 23.1 points, 10.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.1 3PM, and 4.1 turnovers, shooting 45% from the field and 80% from the line

One-sentence summary: Wall had his best season to date, finishing 2nd in assists per game and steals per game.

Age: 26

Free Agent: No