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Player Rankings

POWERED byrun-and-gun offenses such as the Bucks', Nuggets', Sonics' and Suns', scoringin the NBA is on the rise, which makes for more exciting fantasy basketballleagues. There are no fewer than 10 players who are threats for triple doubleseach night. According to SI's Player Value Rankings (PVR), these are the bestfantasy options at each position (with 2005--06 statistics).

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POINTGUARDS

Rank

Points

Assists

Steals

1. ALLEN IVERSON, 76ers

33.0

7.4

1.94

2. STEVE NASH, Suns

18.8

10.5

0.77

3. GILBERT ARENAS, Wizards

29.3

6.1

2.01

4. CHRIS PAUL, Hornets

16.1

7.8

2.24

5. TONY PARKER, Spurs

18.9

5.8

1.04

6. JASON KIDD, Nets

13.3

8.4

1.88

7. CHAUNCEY BILLUPS, Pistons

18.5

8.6

0.88

8. MIKE BIBBY, Kings

21.1

5.4

1.00

9. STEPHON MARBURY, Knicks

16.3

6.4

1.05

10. MIKE JAMES, Timberwolves

20.3

5.8

0.91

SHOOTINGGUARDS

Rank

Points

Steals

3-Pointers

1. KOBE BRYANT, Lakers

35.4

1.84

180

2. DWYANE WADE, Heat

27.2

1.95

13

3. RAY ALLEN, Sonics

25.1

1.35

269

4. VINCE CARTER, Nets

24.2

1.19

125

5. JASON RICHARDSON, Warriors

23.2

1.29

183

6. JOE JOHNSON, Hawks

20.2

1.26

128

7. MANU GINOBILI, Spurs

15.1

1.55

83

8. MICHAEL REDD, Bucks

25.4

1.19

163

9. BONZI WELLS, Rockets

13.6

1.81

10

10. RICHARD HAMILTON, Pistons

20.1

0.65

55

SMALLFORWARDS

Rank

Points

Rebounds

Assists

1. LEBRON JAMES, Cavs

31.4

7.0

6.6

2. ANDREI KIRILENKO, Jazz

15.3

8.0

4.3

3. PAUL PIERCE, Celtics

26.8

6.7

4.7

4. BORIS DIAW, Suns

13.3

6.9

6.2

5. CARMELO ANTHONY, Nuggets

26.5

4.9

2.7

6. TRACY MCGRADY, Rockets

24.4

6.5

4.8

7. RICHARD JEFFERSON, Nets

19.5

6.8

3.8

8. GERALD WALLACE, Bobcats

15.2

7.5

1.7

9. RON ARTEST, Kings

17.6

5.1

3.6

10. RASHARD LEWIS, Sonics

20.1

5.0

2.3

POWERFORWARDS

Rank

Points

Rebounds

Blocks

1. SHAWN MARION, Suns

21.8

11.8

1.69

2. KEVIN GARNETT, Timberwolves

21.8

12.7

1.41

3. DWIGHT HOWARD, Magic

15.8

12.5

1.40

4. ELTON BRAND, Clippers

24.7

10.0

2.54

5. DIRK NOWITZKI, Mavericks

26.6

9.0

1.02

6. TIM DUNCAN, Spurs

18.6

11.0

2.03

7. CHRIS BOSH, Raptors

22.5

9.2

1.13

8. CARLOS BOOZER, Jazz

16.3

8.6

0.24

9. JOSH SMITH, Hawks

11.3

6.6

2.60

10. CHRIS WEBBER, 76ers

20.2

9.9

0.83

CENTERS

Rank

Points

Rebounds

Blocks

1. YAO MING, Rockets

22.3

10.2

1.65

2. AMARÉ STOUDEMIRE, Suns

8.7

5.3

1.00

3. JERMAINE O'NEAL, Pacers

20.1

9.3

2.29

4. MARCUS CAMBY, Nuggets

12.8

11.9

3.29

5. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, Heat

20.0

9.2

1.76

6. BEN WALLACE, Bulls

7.3

11.3

2.21

7. ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS, Cavs

15.6

7.6

1.74

8. CHRIS KAMAN, Clippers

11.9

9.6

1..38

9. MEHMET OKUR, Jazz

18.0

9.1

0.89

10. BRAD MILLER, Kings

15.0

7.8

0.78

TOP TO BOTTOM

Check out SI's rankings of the top 30 NBA players ateach position, plus more fantasy basketball analysis at SI.com/fantasy.

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