Rick’s Tips: Fantasy Awards Are In

I’m back with seven awards for the fantasy season that was — and still is for the lucky and talented few who are still alive for their league’s title.

NBA.com/FantasyMVP James Harden, Rockets: Harden was drafted late in the first round or more likely in round two, but his 8-cat goodies rank behind only Kevin Durant and LeBron James. Harden has overtaken Chris Paul as the annual #3 guy.

Pickup of the YearNicola Vucevic, Magic: Coming into this season, Vucevic was in a position battle with Gustavo Ayon. Six months later, Vucevic is third in rebounding (11.5), and sixth in double-doubles (38), while Ayon was traded at the deadline.

Surprise of the YearLarry Sanders, Bucks: Sanders rose from a deep, deep sleeper entering the season to a candidate for the reality DPOY and MIP awards. He’s hovering around 10-10-3, vaulting him into the top-50 of the 8-cat rankings.

Disappointment of the YearKevin Love, Timberwolves: K-Love broke his shooting hand in the preseason doing knuckle-pushups and then re-broke it during the season, limiting him to 18 games and 35 percent shooting. He’ll never be worse.

DeterminatorStephen Curry, Warriors: Curry has re-injured his surgically repaired ankle multiple times this season, and yet he’s on pace to rank in the top 5 on the 8-cat chart and play close to 80 games.

Fantasy DPOYDwight Howard, Lakers: The best combination of blocks plus steals has been authored up by Dwight, who is averaging 2.5 blocks and 1.1 steals for a league-leading defensive total of 3.6. Dwight could have been the Determinator as well for playing through the torn labrum and returning early from back surgery.

Fantasy MOOP (Most Outstanding Offensive Player)Kevin Durant, Thunder: The MOOP award goes to the player with the best combination of scoring average, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and threes made. This year, it’s Durant, who is leading the NBA in scoring (28.3) for a fourth straight year thanks to 51% FG, 91% FT, and 1.7 threes/game.

It’s been a great year. Thanks for the eyes, good luck in your games, and we’ll see you on the air…

Rick Kamla is an anchor on NBA TV. You can follow him on Twitter at @NBATVRick.


  1. Tyree Powell says:

    I need some help.

  2. Jeff says:

    fantasy bball isn’t for me, but its always an interesting read

  3. Big Euro says:

    This fantasy stuff sure is complicated. Only metric system where LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are completely anonymous.