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NBA Barometer: The King of Fantasy Hoops

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.

The Slim Reaper

Kevin Durant has been a top-2 fantasy player for the last six seasons, but there's been plenty of debate whether or he or LeBron James is the King of fantasy hoops. I've been in the Durant corner for the last the few years, but the fantasy community has been somewhat split on who to take with the No. 1 selection. After Durant's recent stretch of dominance, it's time to officially anoint him the King of Fantasy Hoops.

Since Russell Westbrook (knee) went down on Christmas, Durant has elevated his game to another level. Over those 15 games, Durant has averaged 36.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.6 treys, and 1.7 steals while posting stellar percentages (52.4 FG, 39.8 3Pt, 87.5 FT) across the board. His production has been even better over the past week, as Durant has evolved into the "Slim Reaper" with averages of 41.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 4.0 threes, 1.8

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