Here’s the rest of my 2010-2011 top 50 keepers.
22. Chauncey Billups
Billups is getting a bit long in the tooth, but remains one of the best point guards in the league. As I mentioned with Kobe, his guile and skill should enable him to be effective well into his 30s.
23. Jason Kidd
It may be hard to justify taking Kidd this early in a keeper league, but I don’t see why. He really hasn’t slowed down that much, and is still playing 36 minutes a game.
24. Al Horford
Horford’s move to PF this year should help him, as he was a bit undersized to be a center. Horford is a walking double-double with great percentages.
25. Monta Ellis
People were concerned he would never be the same player following his moped accident. Well, they were wrong.
26. Andrew Bogut
Bogut made big strides last season before demolishing his hand. The biggest boon may have been his shot blocking, which seemingly came out of nowhere. He averaged 2.5 blocks a game, after barely managing one a game in years prior.
Nenê brings great percentages and efficient game. Though he is often drafted in the 50s, he belongs here.
28. Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson is now the most overpaid player in the league. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a solid fantasy threat. His versatility makes him a great option here.
29. Antawn Jamison
Jamison figures to benefit now that LeBron is gone. While Cleveland will certainly struggle, Jamison should return to the 20-10 threat he was in Washington.
30. Tim Duncan
Although he turns 34 this year, his production hasn’t dropped off. And since he doesn’t rely on athleticism to do his thing, I don’t see why it would.
31. Evan Turner
Turner is the highest ranked rookie on this list because he is the most NBA ready.
32. Carlos Boozer
Boozer should remain a 20-10 player in Chicago.
33. Rudy Gay
Gay received a monstrous max-contract this summer, but it is because he is one of the game’s budding stars. While the Granger comparisons may have been a bit lofty, Gay promises to be a star for many years to come.
34. Tyreke Evans
20-5-5. Only the fourth rookie to do it. Although, I don’t see him improving much on it.
35. Steve Nash
The departure of Amare will hurt Nash, plus he is aging.
36. Marc Gasol
Pau’s younger brother came into his own last season.
37. Kevin Love
Minnesota chose to go with Love as its future big man instead of Jefferson. Let’s hope they’re right.
38. LaMarcus Aldridge
Aldridge appears to have reached his ceiling, but it isn’t a bad one. 18-8 is pretty solid.
39. Derrick Rose
While Rose’s game isn’t tailored for fantasy production, he and Joakim Noah form a good, young nucleus and figure to only get better.
40. OJ Mayo
While Mayo didn’t make big strides from his rookie year to sophomore campaign, he scores in heaps and is a good three-point shooter.
41. Paul Pierce
Pierce is getting up there in years. Like Duncan, he turns 34 this year, but he remains Boston’s go to guy.
42. Manu Ginobili
The game’s best sixth man produces well off the bench for San Antonio. His free-throw percentage is a nice add on, and he gets 1.4 steals a game too.
43. Joakim Noah
Other than Dwight Howard, Noah is probably the best rebounder in the league. He averaged 11.0 RPG last season, to go along with 1.6 BPG.
44. Andrew Bynum
His knees are a concern. Buyer beware.
45. Andrea Bargnani
With Bosh gone, his shots will increase, and he is a great three-point threat.
46. DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins should get plenty of playing time in Sacramento and was the most skilled big man in this year’s draft.
47. Troy Murphy
A great rebounder and good three-point shooter, Murphy is a much better fantasy player than he is a real life player.
48. Marcus Thornton
He absolutely exploded last year. Despite being the 45th pick in the draft, he put up early first rounder numbers and is an excellent shooter.
49. Russell Westbrook
His field goal percentage is an absolute killer, but his other stats make up for it.
50. Blake Griffin
We’ll see what Griffin brings to the table in his first NBA season. It’s hard to rank a former No. 1 pick this low, but until he makes his debut, he remains an unproven rookie.
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