Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fantasy Starting Five

Today's NBA is filled with talented players on each and every team, but there are five guys I would choose as my starting five.

Their names are Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Howard.

Chris Paul aka "CP3" would be my point guard and leader on the court because of his raw talent and ability to create a play three steps ahead of the ending result. Even though players like, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Deron Williams etc. have made a case for themselves, Paul is the best point guard in the NBA. Paul averages a double-double for his career (19 points and 10 assists), and has turned the New Orleans Hornets into a legitimate title contender.

My shooting guard, and CP3's back court mate would be "The Black Mamba". Kobe Bryant is hands down, the best closer in today's NBA. No matter the type of night he is having, down two or three with seconds left, I would put the ball in his hands because he gives his team the best chance to win every game. He has five rings, a few MVP titles and has proven that he could win a championship without Shaq (who many believed was the only reason Bryant won).

My front court would be complimented by the NBA's best scorer, Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is nearly unstoppable. There is no "Melo stopper" in the NBA, according to Anthony. He has arguably the best mid-range jump shot, and is a strong post-up threat when needed. His three-point shot has improved also, he's shooting 33 percent (better than his career average) this year from behind-the-arc.

When it comes to shooting big men, the first name to come to mind is Dirk Nowitzki. He can shoot the ball from any spot on the floor; the post, mid-range and the three. He's also a clutch performer, just like Bryant. His seven-foot frame makes it hard for anyone to block his shot. For a big man who's shots are majority jump shots, Nowitski's shooting percent is well beyond acceptable. He is shooting 52 percent from the field and 43 percent from three this season.

To anchor my defense I have Dwight "Superman" Howard. He's a dominant force on both ends of the court. He blocks shots and rebounds the ball. He also has expanded his offensive game by implementing the hook shot, and different post moves into his arsenal. Here's a guy who also averages a double-double for his career (18 points and 13 rebounds).

Many may disagree with my fantasy five, and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I guarantee that my team will win in a fan's dream of a basketball game when matched up against anyone else fantasy five of today's NBA.

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