LeBron James

Here are all of Tim Finnegan’s top 150 players ranked for the 2019-20 fantasy basketball season. He also provides an analysis on why you should draft LeBron James, Steph Curry and Jrue Holiday at these respective spots.

1) Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
2) James Harden, PG/SG, Houston Rockets
3) Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry is set to begin the season in position for huge volume in the Warriors’ offense given Kevin Durant’s departure to Brooklyn and Klay Thompson’s ACL injury. While newly acquired guard D’Angelo Russell will likely fill Thompson’s usage, Curry posted a heavy 36% usage rate in minutes with Durant off the court in each of the Warriors’ last two seasons, up from his average of 29% in each season. The last time the Warriors played without Durant for an entire regular season, Curry had one of the greatest seasons in NBA history, posting a player efficiency rating of 31.5, eighth best in history, and concluded the season with the first ever unanimous MVP award.

4) Anthony Davis, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers
5) LeBron James, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers

A report from Yahoo Sports during the summer indicated that LeBron James is a candidate to begin the season as the starting point guard for the Lakers. James has always been a ball-dominant forward who plays a lot of point, but has been reluctant to handle that role full-time because he says it is more taxing on him physically. If James plays more point this season, it likely means more opportunities for assists. James created 16 potential assists per game last season, second most in the league, and that number will be a candidate to rise given more time playing point. In addition to acquiring star PF/C Anthony Davis, the Lakers have also built more shooting around James—including stud shooter Danny Green–which will help more of those potential assists fall to covert to assists. More shooting will also help give James more floor-spacing to score around the basket. The Lakers built a poor roster around James last season because James thrives with shooters around him, and the Lakers lacked good 3-point threats, clogging up floor spacing and reducing 3-point shooting efficiency.

6) Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves
7) Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets
8) Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers
9) Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers
10) Kawhi Leonard, SF, Los Angeles Clippers
11) Kyrie Irving, PG, Brooklyn Nets
12) Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards
13) Russell Westbrook, PG, Houston Rockets
14) Paul George, SF/PF, Los Angeles Clippers
15) Jrue Holiday, PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans have a new head of basketball in David Griffin, who is best known for being the Cavaliers GM during their championship run from 2015-2017. Griffin was also in the Suns’ front office during the Steve Nash years. Griffin has a strong reputation and built one of the greatest offensive teams in NBA history with the Cavs in 2017, as his Cavs set a playoff scoring efficiency record by scoring 120 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs. Griffin believes that Jrue Holiday can become an MVP candidate and compared Holiday to Steve Nash, who immediately flourished in Phoenix with the right role and supporting cast around him. Nash won the MVP in his age 30 and 31 seasons in his first two seasons in Phoenix, something that Griffin believes Holiday can also do in his first season under Griffin.

16) Trae Young, PG, Atlanta Hawks
17) Luka Doncic, PG/SF, Dallas Mavericks
18) Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz
19) Andre Drummond, C, Detroit Pistons
20) Ben Simmons, PG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers
21) Jimmy Butler, SF, Miami Heat
22) Pascal Siakam, PF/C, Toronto Raptors
23) Devin Booker, SG, Phoenix Suns
24) Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic
25) Kemba Walker, PG, Boston Celtics
26) De’Aaron Fox, PG, Sacramento Kings
27) Donovan Mitchell, PG/SG, Utah Jazz
28) Blake Griffin, PF/C, Detroit Pistons
29) D’Angelo Russell, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors
30) Chris Paul, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
31) DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs
32) Kevin Love, PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
33) Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns
34) Myles Turner, PF/C, Indiana Pacers
35) John Collins, PF/C, Atlanta Hawks
36) Draymond Green, PF/C, Golden State Warriors
37) Clint Capela, C, Houston Rockets
38) LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
39) Jayson Tatum, SF/PF, Boston Celtics
40) Zion Williamson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans
41) Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Philadelphia 76ers
42) Kristaps Porzingis, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks
43) Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors
44) Julius Randle, PF/C, New York Knicks
45) Buddy Hield, SG, Sacramento Kings
46) Mike Conley, PG, Utah Jazz
47) Eric Bledsoe, PG, Milwaukee Bucks
48) Lauri Markkanen, PF/C, Chicago Bulls
49) Mitchell Robinson, C, New York Knicks
50) CJ McCollum, PG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers
51) Zach LaVine, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls
52) Khris Middleton, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
53) Bam Adebayo, PF/C, Miami Heat
54) Jamal Murray, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets
55) Malcolm Brogdon, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers
56) Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies
57) Otto Porter, SF/PF, Chicago Bulls
58) Enes Kanter, C, Boston Celtics
59) Aaron Gordon, SF/PF, Orlando Magic
60) Derrick Favors, PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
61) Al Horford, PF/C, Philadelphia 76ers
62) Robert Covington, SF/PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
63) Jonas Valanciunas, C, Memphis Grizzlies
64) Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies
65) Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Sacramento Kings
66) Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Pacers
67) Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Phoenix Suns
68) Terry Rozier, PG, Charlotte Hornets
69) Danilo Gallinari, SF/PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
70) Larry Nance Jr., PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
71) Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, Orlando Magic
72) Marc Gasol, C, Toronto Raptors
73) Hassan Whiteside, C, Portland Trail Blazers
74) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
75) Gary Harris, SG, Denver Nuggets
76) Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
77) Josh Richardson, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers
78) Gordon Hayward, SG/SF, Boston Celtics
79) Wendell Carter Jr., PF/C, Chicago Bulls
80) Thomas Bryant, PF/C, Washington Wizards
81) Joe Ingles, SF, Utah Jazz
82) Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers
83) Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, Indiana Pacers
84) Montrezl Harrell, PF/C, Los Angles Clippers
85) Lou Williams, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers
86) Brook Lopez, C, Milwaukee Bucks
87) Lonzo Ball, PG, New Orleans Pelicans
88) Caris LeVert, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
89) Serge Ibaka, PF/C, Toronto Raptors
90) Brandon Ingram, SF, New Orleans Pelicans
91) Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers
92) Mikal Bridges, SF, Phoenix Suns
93) Fred VanVleet, PG/SG, Toronto Raptors
94) Ricky Rubio, PG, Phoenix Suns
95) Jarrett Allen, C, Brooklyn Nets
96) Dejounte Murray, PG, San Antonio Spurs
97) T.J. Warren, SF/PF, Indiana Pacers
98) Will Barton, SG/SF, Denver Nuggets
99) Delon Wright, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks
100) Kevon Looney, C, Golden State Warriors
101) Jeff Teague, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
102) DeAndre Jordan, C, Brooklyn Nets
103) Andrew Wiggins, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
104) Bogdan Bogdanovic, SF/SF, Sacramento Kings
105) Goran Dragic, PG, Miami Heat
106) Spencer Dinwiddie, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets
107) Bojan Bogdanovic, SF, Utah Jazz
108) Jaylen Brown, SG/SF, Boston Celtics
109) Alex Len, C, Atlanta Hawks
110) Justise Winslow, PG/SF, Miami Heat
111) Dewayne Dedmon, C, Sacramento Kings
112) Paul Millsap, PF/C, Denver Nuggets
113) Marcus Smart, PG/SG, Boston Celtics
114) Derrick White, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs
115) J.J. Redick, SG, New Orleans Pelicans
116) Thaddeus Young, PF, Chicago Bulls
117) Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, Charlotte Hornets
118) Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, Sacramento Kings
119) Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, Atlanta Hawks
120) Danny Green, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers
121) Joe Harris, SG, Brooklen Nets
122) Eric Gordon, SG, Houston Rockets
123) Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers
124) Collin Sexton, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
125) Dwight Powell, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks
126) Evan Fournier, SG/SF, Orlando Magic
127) Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Orlando Magic
128) Brandon Clarke, SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies
129) Zach Collins, PF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
130) JaVale McGee, C, Los Angeles Lakers
131) Cody Zeller, C, Charlotte Hornets
132) Dario Saric, PF, Phoenix Suns
133) Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Miami Heat
134) Kris Dunn, PG, Chicago Bulls
135) Cedi Osman, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
136) Dennis Smith Jr., PG, New York Knicks
137) Rui Hachimura, SF/PF, Washington Wizards
138) Willie Cauley-Stein, PF/C, Golden State Warriors
139) Derrick Rose, PG, Detroit Pistons
140) D.J. Augustin, PG, Orlando Magic
141) Bobby Portis, PF/C, Chicago Bulls
142) Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Dallas Mavericks
143) Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls
144) Davis Bertans, SF/PF, Washington Wizards
145) Reggie Jackson, PG, Detroit Pistons
146) Darius Garland, PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
147) Jerami Grant, PF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
148) Rodions Kurucs, SF, Brooklyn Nets
149) Trevor Ariza, SF, Sacramento Kings
150) Dwight Howard, C, Los Angeles Lakers

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