Fantasy MVP: James Harden
James Harden followed up a record-breaking year in 2018-19 with another incredible fantasy campaign. His all-time scoring prowess combined with consistent supplemental statistics brings him home the 2020 Fantasy MVP award. Those who doubted if he could co-exist with Russ are kicking themselves right now.
Finalist: Giannis Antetokounmpo
A very very close second, Giannis put together his best fantasy season yet. He’s en route to win back-to-back League MVP awards because he absolutely dominates every part of the game. The Greek Freak’s sheer size, depth, and durability bring him to #2 in our Fantasy MVP consideration.
Finalist: LeBron James
Trae Young said it best: “LeBron was on a different mission this year.” LeBron’s second year in LA has proved the physics of aging wrong, as LeBron lead the league in assists and the Lakers to the top seed in the West. A constant triple double threat, LeBron will probably remain a top 5 Fantasy Player for a few more years.
Finalist: Nikola Jokic
Jokic may be the most well-rounded big in the NBA, and this helps him produce incredibly unique stats. It felt like he hit a gamewinner every other week this year, each shot more ugly than the last.
Finalist: Luka Doncic
Luka already seems to be the next big thing in only his second year in the league. He started putting up Harden-like numbers this year and earned himself a starting spot in the All-Star game. The crazy thing is this is just the beginning...
Pickup of the year: Devonte’ Graham
Devonte’ Graham came of out nowhere this season. The Kansas alumnus transitioned from a small bench role in Charlotte to one of the leading 3-point makers in the league. Those who snagged him early made the biggest pickup of the year by far.
Finalist: Richaun Holmes
Most people had pegged the Kings’ frontcourt to be a Marvin Bagley show, but Richaun Holmes filled his injury-ridden absence. Holmes proved to be a constant double double threat, with good “stocks” (steals+blocks) value as well.
Finalist: Kelly Oubre Jr.
The man once described by an NBA GM as “basketball illiterate” finally found a home in the NBA. Oubre’s inside and out game proved to be lethal, as displayed by his consistent 3-pt shooting and countless posters.
Finalist: Spencer Dinwiddie
Another player who benefitted from injuries above him in the depth chart, Dinwiddie was legitimately considered for an all-star spot this year! Dinwiddie averaged more than 20 points a game and lead the Nets to a playoff spot in the East.
Finalist: Norman Powell
The standing Eastern Conference Player of the Week of the last 15 weeks, Norman Powell was getting hot just before the NBA suspended play. His value exists mostly in efficient scoring bursts, but he provided good defensive stats too.
Biggest surprise: Hassan Whiteside
Somehow.. with his injury-ridden past, increasing age, and direct opposition to Jusuf Nurkic’s role, Hassan Whiteside put together his best fantasy season in 4 years. This 31-year old surprised everyone and brought joy to all who drafted him.
Finalist: Domantas Sabonis
Sabonis really flew under the radar on draft night for whatever reason. Even though he doesn’t have the prettiest game, he puts up incredible numbers across the board. This 1st-time all-star is someone that all managers regretted passing on.
Finalist: Bam Adebayo
Bam was one of the most fun players to own this season. He developed excellent handle and distribution skills while still retaining his elite athleticism and energy. This benefitted his fantasy value enormously, as Bam put up career-highs in almost every category.
Finalist: Brandon Ingram
It’s crazy to think how little people believed in BI. His average draft position on both Yahoo and ESPN was over 100! We really should have seen it coming, though; Alvin Gentry’s system is a fantasy goldmine (see: Julius Randle). Kudos to Brandon Ingram.
Finalist: Kristaps Porzingis
The Unicorn was one of the most doubted players this offseason, primarily due to health concerns. Having fought through that adversity, Kristaps is once again a double-double threat with great 3-point shooting value in his new home.
Fantasy ROY: Ja Morant
The fantasy rookie awards almost directly resemble the NBA official awards: Ja Morant was undisputedly the most valuable rookie to own. A tenacious competitor, Ja showed us an elite passing skillset that bodes well for future years. Draft this guy next year.
Finalist: Zion Williamson
Zion has arrived. The one-of-a-kind rookie already proved that he can dominate the paint at the highest level. He has no real 3-point shot, decent boards/assists, disappointing defensive stats, and still put up jaw-dropping numbers. He would win the “funnest player to own award” if there was one.
Finalist: Kendrick Nunn
The last Fantasy ROY finalist is rounded out by Kendrick Nunn, a surprise standout in Miami. Nunn spent the last year improving in the G-League and elevated his game to earn himself a starting spot on a good Miami squad. He’s a score first lefty who pleasantly surprised those who took a chance on him.