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2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings – Guards

A list of the top guards to draft for the 2013 fantasy basketball season.

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1. James Harden  Houston Rockets

2013-14 Projected Stats (per game)
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View James Harden's 2013 projected stats.

After failing to sign Harden to a long-term extension last offseason, the Thunder dealt him to the Rockets just days before the start of the regular season, sending ripples across the league. Freed from the shackles of the sixth man role, Harden showed right away why the Rockets chose to build their franchise around him, scoring 82 points over his first two games with the team and finishing with season averages of 25.9 points, 5.8 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.3 three-pointers per game. With the Rockets' point guard situation somewhat in flux following a disappointing season by Jeremy Lin, Harden figures to assume ball-handling duties more regularly than most shooting guards. Carrying those responsibilities in the fast-paced Rockets offense will continue to make Harden highly susceptible to turnovers (his 3.8 per game led the league last season), but he should only further bolster his assist totals moving forward, especially now that he's able to dump the ball off to the newly-signed Dwight Howard in the post. Although Howard's presence in the low block may cause congestion issues when his teammates attempt to drive the lane, Harden has proven to be an equally formidable weapon from both mid- and long-range and should make the necessary adjustments to accommodate Howard's game. Even if the arrival of Howard forces Harden to sacrifice some scoring volume, the 24-year-old still has room for growth in his shooting efficiency and as a distributor. He's clearly the top fantasy option at his position across nearly every format.

2. Stephen Curry  Golden State Warriors

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View Stephen Curry's 2013 projected stats.

Fantasy players that gambled on Curry last season won big. There was plenty of doubt as to whether or not Curry would live up to his near-limitless promise coming off major ankle surgery, but the Warriors' floor general quieted the doubters by playing in 78 games at a career-high 39 mpg average scoring 22.9 points and dishing out 6.9 dimes per game (also career bests) and shooting a ridiculous 45.3 percent from long range while canning 272 threes on the season. Something of a statistical oddity Curry actually shot better from three than he did overall (45.2 percent last season). For added value, he's one of the league's top free-throw shooters, converting 90 percent of his freebies last season. Of course, Curry will continue to be a gamble ankle problems like his don't simply "go away" he was slowed by another sprain during the Warriors' playoff loss to San Antonio - and every time he lands awkwardly, fantasy players will hold their collective breath until he starts running again. The departure of backup Jarret Jack is worrisome; his presence allowed Curry to play off the ball on occasion. Toney Douglas will take over the backup role this season, but he's not nearly as good a player.

3. Chris Paul  Los Angeles Clippers

2013-14 Projected Stats (per game)
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View Chris Paul's 2013 projected stats.

With a fat new contract, a highly-respected new coach and one of the most talented rosters he's ever been a part of, Chris Paul should continue his run as the top point guard in fantasy this season. Paul signed a five-year, $107 million contract to stay with the Clippers over the summer and will quarterback a team that seems poised to make a run at the top of the Western Conference, and maybe the NBA Finals. His scoring average took a slight dip in 2012-13 he scored under 17 points per game, down from 19.8 in his first year as a Clipper possibly because he played a bit less on a per-game basis (33 minutes per game versus 36 the previous season). Or maybe his teammates simply picked up the slack his assists per game jumped from 9.1 to 9.7. He doesn't rebound quite as much as he once did, but he remains among the league leaders in steals (2.4 spg in 2012-13) and shoots a very healthy percentage from the floor for a guard (48 percent in 2012-13). Paul and running buddy Blake Griffin clashed at times over the direction of the Clippers' offense last season, but new coach Doc Rivers has proven to be adept at getting star players on the same page. The addition of shooters like J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley to the rotation should help give CP3 plenty of room to operate this season.

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