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NBA Barometer: Fantasy Awards

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown is the VP of Advertising Sales and Basketball Editor for He's a two-time FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year. He also covers the Pistons and Tigers for the site.

Handing Out the Hardware

The 2012-13 NBA regular season draws to a close Wednesday night, meaning it's time to take a look back at the campaign from a fantasy perspective. Instead of focusing on the regular risers and fallers from a week-to-week basis, I'll hand my year-end awards.

These awards will primarily focus on the statistical output of each player, but the draft-day cost of players is also factored in.

Most Valuable Player of the Year Kevin Durant

While LeBron James could end up being the unanimous MVP selection in real life, he gets slightly edged out for the award on the fantasy side of things by Durant. Entering Wednesday night, Durant is the top-ranked player on Yahoo Sports' and ESPN's player raters. He's a great across-the-board contributor who doesn't hurt your fantasy team in any one category, but it's his scoring and extremely proficient percentages that elevate Durant

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