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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Rankings – Guards

A list of the top guards to draft for the 2014-15 fantasy basketball season.

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1. Stephen Curry  Golden State Warriors

2014-15 Projected Stats (per game)
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Curry avoided significant injury for the second straight season in 2013-14, playing 78 games for the second consecutive season. Concerns about his wobbly ankles are slowly fading. He averaged a team-high 24.0 points on 47-percent shooting with 4.3 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 37 minutes per game. Curry also led the league in three-pointers made for a second straight season with 261. Not only is he one of the better field-goal shooters in the league, Curry is an excellent free-throw shooter. He made 89 percent of his freebies last season, and he's getting to the line more often, averaging a career-high 4.5 free-throw attempts per game. Curry can score from anywhere. Turnovers can be a problem, but he has improved his point-guard skills from when he first entered the league. Curry continues to hone his court vision, making those around him a little bit better. The 8.5 apg last year were good for sixth in the NBA. Heading into the new season, the Warriors added a competent backup point guard in Shaun Livingston, and we could see Curry playing a few minutes less per game at point guard, but he should continue to lead the Dubs in assists. A new head coach means some tweaks to the game plan, but Steve Kerr is a smart enough guy to leave Curry alone. Perhaps Kerr will give him some guidance in the finer points of point-guard play, but nothing needs to be done in terms of Curry's scoring or shot selection.

2. James Harden  Houston Rockets

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During the 2013-14 season, James Harden was able to reward the fantasy owners who drafted him and posted impressive numbers in his second season with the Rockets. He finished the year averaging 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers made, while playing 38 minutes per game. Although the loss of Chandler Parsons in free agency initially felt like it might sting a bit, the Rockets bounced back with the signing of Trevor Ariza, so the starting lineup didn't take as big of a hit as originally thought, and the team will still have a decent shooter to open the lane for Harden to drive to the hoop. Harden also continued his consistent shooting last season by slightly improving his field goal percentage from 44 percent in the 2012-13 season, to 46 percent last season. While his field goal percentage increased, it stayed the same from behind the arc, as he shot 37 percent from deep for the second season in a row. Look for Harden to continue to get plenty of shots up again this season, and post scoring averages in the mid to upper 20's, as most of the roster is pretty similar to last year, and the Rockets will be in the playoff hunt once again. While it seems strange to say, Harden could carry an even larger load on offense this season with Jeremy Lin having been traded to the Lakers this offseason.

3. Damian Lillard  Portland Trailblazers

2014-15 Projected Stats (per game)
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Damian Lillard emerged as a bonafide star in his second season in the league, averaging 20.7 points (on 42-percent shooting), 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 36 minutes per game. Despite logging nearly three fewer minutes per game, the first-time All-Star increased his efficiency by improving his three-pointers made from 2.3 to 2.7, while still boosting his efficiency from beyond the arc (37 to 39 percent). Moreover, Lillard's decision-making improved in lockstep, as he posted a 2.33 AST/TO versus his rookie mark of 2.17. While it isn't necessarily reflected in his overall line, the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year leaves much to be desired on the defensive end of the court. In any case, his primary offseason aim, improving his conditioning, may actually be achieved by failing to land a roster spot on Team USA and avoiding the extra miles placed on a player in international play.

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