This article is part of our Numbers Game series.
With the real NBA All-Star Game now in the rear-view, let's check in on which players would qualify for the fantasy All-Star team.
This is more than just an academic exercise. To be a Fantasy All-Star, you have to be a player who's exceeding expectations. In most leagues, the bounty or dearth of these players have determined which teams are great, and which are not.
As the Fantasy trade deadline approaches, it is crucial to understand which of these players are still undervalued (potential "buy lows") and which have seen their perception rise too high (potential "sell highs").
Guidelines1. There are 18 Fantasy All-Stars: Why 18? Because standard Fantasy leagues have nine starters. An NBA game pitches 12 active players against 12 active players, so the NBA's All-Star Game features 24 players (12 + 12 = 24). A head-to-head fantasy matchup is a 9-on-9 affair (and 9 + 9 = 18).
2. Conferences don't matter: They have no impact on Fantasy Basketball. In their place, we'll focus on category representation. Each of the nine standard categories needs at least one representative in the All-Star squad.
3. We're focusing on per-game production: Obviously you have to play to qualify. Patrick Beverley exceeded expectations, but he only played 11 games. This rule more so accounts for certain teams playing more games than others. The Timberwolves, for instance, get no advantage over the Clippers for having played six extra games.