2021-2022 Fantasy basketball award winners

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As exciting as the start of the NBA Finals will be, it’s still sad that the fantasy basketball season is coming to an end. With that, it’s time to hand out some hardware.

Keep in mind that although most of these prizes bear the same name as the “real” prizes, we only take into account the players’ fantasy performances this season.

Let’s simply discuss some players who have earned some trophies.

This was an easy choice. Jokic has put up some monster numbers throughout his career, but he has taken it to a new level this season. He is in the process of setting career highs in points (27.0) and rebounds (13.7) per. match, while also averaging 7.9 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.3 three-pointers. He has also been extremely effective, shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 80.9 percent from the charity strip.

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Just as valuable as his overall production is the fact that Jokic has taken the mantle as the NBA’s prominent ironman. When many teams rest their stars down the stretch, Jokic has been in line almost every single night, much to the delight of his fantasy managers.

Jokic is not only a fantasy MVP, but he may also be on his way to winning his second NBA MVP Award in a row.

Honorable mention: Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo

This was the hardest prize to hand out.

This rookie class has been very special and has produced several players who will be imaginative in the years to come. Evan Mobley had the early lead, but an ankle injury that has forced him to miss five games in a row (and counting) has given fantasy managers a crushing blow when they need him most. Cade Cunningham has increased over the second half of the season, and has routinely put up big counting stats and demonstrated much more consistency than we saw early on.

For just as good as Mobley was at starting the season, and despite how well Cunningham have played lately, Barnes can win them both at this award.

Toronto Raptors striker Scottie Barnes (4) is becoming a fantasy basketball star

Scottie Barnes is this year’s fantasy basketball rookie. (Steve Russell / Toronto Star via Getty Images)

He has been a rock for the Raptors all season and they have needed him with all their different injuries. With an average of 15.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 three-pointers per game. fight, his versatile skill set will be fun to watch for many years to come. As of Wednesday, Barnes led all rookies in 8-cat total value (39th overall) – well ahead of Cunningham (63rd) and Mobley (66th).

Honorable Mention: Evan Mobley, Cade Cunningham, Franz Wagner

It’s all finally come together for Jackson. Injuries have plagued him early in his career and he went into this season after never appearing in more than 58 games. He’s well on his way to smashing that number (76 played and counting), and it’s no coincidence that the Grizzlies have crossed to one of the best records in the league.

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Although Jackson does not score a ton of points or pick up an insane number of rebounds, he has been amazingly defensive with an average of 2.3 blocks and 0.9 steals per game. match. He has also averaged 1.7 three-pointers, making him a bit of a unicorn in the imagination when you also consider his defensive contribution. Coming in Wednesday night, Jackson has 38 more blocks (172 in total) than any other player in the league.

Honorable Mention: Rudy Gobert, Robert Williams III

Morant ran away with this award in the beginning, but it has slipped through the fingers of him as he continues to miss time in the most important period of the fantasy season. He may have led his fantasy managers into the playoffs by posting 27.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 three-pointers per game. struggle, but not being available when it matters most is a crushing blow.

When Morant’s injury opened the door, Garland deserved this honor. He has an average career height across the board, including points (21.7), assists (8.7) and three-pointers (2.5) per game. What is also impressive is that his increased workload has not harmed his efficiency. In fact, his 46.1 percent field goal percentage and 89.0 percent shooting from the free-throw line are both the highest marks in his young career. The Cavaliers look like one of the best upcoming young teams in the league, and Garland is one of the main reasons for that. Garland is currently in 20th place in overall value – an increase of as many as 76 places compared to his 2020-21 finish.

Honorable Mentions: Yes Morant, Miles Bridges, Dejounte Murray

Biggest Surprise: Desmond Bane, Memphis Grizzlies

I so wanted to give this award to Drew Eubanks, which has been a revelation to the thought Trail Blazers. If you told me he won you your fantasy league, I would believe it. However big a surprise he has been, he has only done so for a short period of time. To truly win this award, it had to be given to someone who has been contributing for a long time.

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There were many deserving candidates to choose from, but Bane eventually gets a nod. After playing 22 minutes on average per. match during his rookie season, he has played 30 minutes per game. match this season. He has become one of the best three-point shooters in the league, with 3.0 per game and 42.9 percent behind the arc. It has helped him with an average of 18.3 points, while also putting up 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. match. After also staying healthy for most of the year (74 games played), Bane is about to finish as a top-30 player in 8-cat total value.

Honorable Mentions: Bobby Portis, DeMar DeRozan

Biggest disappointment: Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers

More players could win this award, but let’s remove those who had their seasons ruined by injuries. In these situations, leaders could at least replace them on their shift schedules.

With that reservation, the price goes up Russell Westbrook, who has slipped through one of the most disastrous and reputational individual seasons in NBA history. It is well documented that Westbrook has a huge upside, so even when he is struggling, it is not always an easy decision to put him in the imagination. He has had an outburst occasionally, but he has largely had a hard time with 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.0 steals per game. match.

This is the first time he has scored on average less than 20 points per game. match since the 2009-10 season, and just the second time in the last six seasons that he has averaged fewer than 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game. match. For those who played in category leagues, he also struggled with his efficiency, shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the penalty throw line – an unforgivable number for a guard. While his high number of games increases his value, Westbrook is likely to finish outside the top-100 in terms of fantasy value per game. game.

Honorable mention: Julius Randle

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