FSWA members can now vote for the official fantasy basketball MVP and Rookie of the Year for the 2012-13 NBA season. This year’s ballot was shaped by Dennis Velasco, and contains five candidates for each award.
To vote, members must rank all players in each category (Nos. 1-5, with 1 being the best) and email their ballot to
. Results will be included in the May FSWA newsletter.
2012-13 FSWA Fantasy Basketball MVP Nominees
Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors
For those who drafted Curry in rounds three or four of their leagues, they were handsomely rewarded as he was a top five fantasy player. He remained one of the game’s best outside shooters, and dramatically increased his number of 3-point attempts this season from the average of 4.7 over the past three seasons.
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant was the consensus No. 1 fantasy basketball pick this season and he did not disappoint. You could make an argument that LeBron James was a safer pick, but Durant’s statistics speak for themselves. Although assists were his weakest statistic, he still ranked high among small forwards.
James Harden, SG/SF, Houston Rockets
Harden was another player that exceeded his average draft pick (second round). Harden’s strength is the number of free throws per game. He ranked among the league leaders in points, and had respectable averages for assists and rebounds, offering tremendous value for his draft slot.
LeBron James, SF/PF, Miami Heat
James is arguably the best player in fantasy basketball, with only Kevin Durant drafted ahead of him in most fantasy basketball drafts this season. In fact, the only knock on him this season was his free throw shooting.
Chris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers
Despite a drop-off in a number of categories, most notably outside shooting percentage and minutes played, Paul remained one of the most productive fantasy players on the court.
2012-13 FSWA Fantasy Basketball Rookie of the Year Nominees
Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans
Davis ended his rookie season on a down note with a sprained MCL but averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game.
Andre Drummond, PF/C, Detroit Pistons
Drummond had a 29-point outburst at the end of the year. Detroit’s young big man finished the year with 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Charlotte Bobcats
One of the league’s most exciting young players, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 9.0 points and 5.8 points for Charlotte. He had six double-doubles this season.
Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers
Lillard ranked among the rookie leaders in virtually every category – points, assists, minutes. That made him a bargain for a player who was selected in the 70s in most fantasy drafts this past offseason. Expect him to move up the draft charts in next season’s drafts.
Dion Waiters, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Waiters was Cleveland’s second-leading scorer despite averaging just 28.8 minutes a game. He had one of the best months of any rookie, registering 15 points in seven of 12 games in February.