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NBA Playoff Cheat Sheet: The King Checks in at No. 1

Andre' Snellings

Andre' Snellings is a Neural Engineer by day, and RotoWire's senior basketball columnist by night. He's a two-time winner of the Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

For most playoff leagues, the easiest and most common format is a points based system where, for example, a point is worth one point, a rebound worth two, a three pointer worth two, an assist worth two and a half and a steal or block worth four. Or something like that. For the sake of simplicity, we're going to assume that there are no averaging metrics or categories like field goal percentage, free throw percentage, etc.

We're going to further assume that players cannot be added, dropped or traded during the course of the playoffs. So there are but two components to a player's value: (1) how many fantasy points per game he's good for, and (2) how many games his team is likely to play. To the extent that a team is expected to play a lot of games, players on that team will have more opportunities to put up fantasy points.

Here's how we rank them:


1. LeBron James, SF, CLE
2. Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL
3. Pau Gasol, C, LAL
4. Dwight Howard, C, ORL
5. Dirk Howard, PF, DAL
6. Steve Nash, PG, PHO
7. Amare Stoudemire, C, PHO
8. Tim Duncan, PF, SAN
9. Manu Ginobili, SG, SAN
10. Joe Johnson, SG, ATL
11. Josh Smith, SF, ATL
12. Deron Williams, PG, UTA
13. Carmelo Anthony, SF, DEN
14. Kevin Garnett, PF, BOS
15. Rajon Rondo, PG, BOS
16. Lamar Odom, PF, LAL
17. Carlos Boozer, PF, UTA
18. Antawn Jamison, PF, CLE
19. Vince Carter, SG, ORL
20. Jason Kidd, PG, DAL
21. Dwyane Wade, SG, MIA
22. Al Horford, C, ATL
23. Mo Williams, PG, CLE
24. Rashard Lewis, PF, ORL
25. Kevin Durant, SF, OKC
26. Caron Butler, SF, DAL
27. Paul Pierce, SF, BOS
28. Ron Artest, SF, LAL
29. Andrew Bynum, C, LAL
30. Shaquille O'Neal, C, CLE
31. Jameer Nelson, PG, ORL
32. Jamal Crawford, SG, ATL
33. Jason Terry, SG, DAL
34. Tony Parker, PG, SAN
35. Ray Allen, SG, BOS
36. Chauncey Billups, PG, DEN
37. Nene, C, DEN
38. Michael Beasley, SF, MIA
39. Mehmet Okur, C, UTA
40. Jason Richardson, SG, PHO
41. Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC
42. Shawn Marion, SF, DAL
43. Anderson Varejao, PF, CLE
44. Brendan Haywood, C, DAL
45. Matt Barnes, SF, ORL
46. Marcus Camby, C, POR
47. Gerald Wallace, SF, CHR
48. Derrick Rose, PG, CHI
49. John Salmons, SG, MIL
50. Joakim Noah, C, CHI
51. LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, POR
52. Andre Miller, PG, POR
53. Brandon Roy, SG, POR
54. Luol Deng, SF, CHI
55. Anthony Parker, SG , CLE
56. Delonte West, SG, CLE
57. Mickael Pietrus, SG, ORL
58. Derek Fisher, PG, LAL
59. Channing Frye, C, PHO
60. George Hill, PG, SAN
61. Mike Bibby, PG, ATL
62. Grant Hill, SF, PHO
63. Richard Jefferson, SF, SAN
64. Kendrick Perkins, C, BOS
65. Brandon Jennings, PG, MIL
66. Andrei Kirilenko, SF, UTA
67. J.R. Smith, SG, DEN
68. Kenyon Martin, PF, DEN
69. Jermaine O'Neal, C, MIA
70. Marvin Williams, SF, ATL
71. Ray Felton, PG, CHR
72. Kirk Hinrich, PG, CHI
73. Jeff Green, PF, OKC
74. J.J. Hickson, PF, CLE
75. J.J. Redick, SG, ORL
76. Jared Dudley, C, PHO
77. Paul Millsap, PF, UTA
78. Dejuan Blair, C, SAN
79. Quentin Richardson, SG , MIA
80. Carlos Delfino, SG, MIL
81. Rasheed Wallace, C, BOS
82. Udonis Haslem, PF, MIA
83. Boris Diaw, SF, CHR
84. Leandro Barbosa, SG, PHO
85. Roger Mason, SG, SAN
86. C.J. Miles, SG, UTA
87. Wesley Matthews, SF, UTA
88. Rudy Fernandez, SG, POR
89. Taj Gibson, PF, CHI
90. Michael Finley, SG, BOS
91. Shannon Brown, SG, LAL
92. Erick Dampier, C, DAL
93. Arron Afflalo, SG , DEN
94. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, SF, MIL
95. Thabo Sefolosha, SG, OKC
96. Carlos Arroyo, PG, MIA
97. Jose Juan Barea, PG , DAL
98. Luke Ridenour, PG, MIL
99. Nenad Krstic, C, OKC
100. Ersan Ilyasova, SF, MIL
101. James Harden, SG, OKC
102. Tyrus Thomas, PF, CHR
103. Nicolas Batum, SG, POR
104. Tyson Chandler, C, CHR
105. Larry Hughes, SG, CHR

Games Projections by team:

Team Games Main fantasy players
Cleveland 22 (4,6,6,6) LeBron James Jamison Mo Williams Shaq Varejao Anthony Parker
Lakers 24 (6,6,6,6) Bryant Gasol Odom Artest Bynum Fisher
Magic 20 Howard Carter Lewis Nelson Barnes Pietrus
Hawks 16 Johnson Smith Horford Crawford Bibby M.Williams
Mavs 15 Dirk Kidd Butler Terry Marion Haywood
Suns 15 Nash Amare Richardson Frye Hill Dudley
Spurs 15 Duncan Manu Parker Hill Jefferson Blair
Celtics 14 Garnett Rondo Pierce Allen Perkins Sheed
Jazz 12 Deron Boozer Okur Kirilenko Millsap C.J. Miles
Nuggets 10 Anthony Billups Nene J.R. Smith Kenyon Martin Afflalo
Heat 9 Wade Beasley J. O'Neal Richardson Haslem Arroyo
Bucks 7 Salmons Jennings Delfino Mbah a Moute Ridnour Ilyasova
Thunder 6 Durant Westbrook Green Sefolosha Krstic Harden
Bobcats 6 Wallace Jackson Felton Diaw Hughes Chandler
Trail Blazers 5 Camby Aldridge Miller Roy Fernandez Batum
Bulls 4 Rose Noah Deng Hinrich Gibson