2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Awards

A few lucky managers were crowned Fantasy League Winners last week with news that every major fantasy sports site is concluding the 2019-20 NBA Fantasy season. Here are Playback’s picks for the 2020 Fantasy Basketball Player Awards.

Fantasy MVP

Fantasy MVP

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.

34.3
PTS
6.4
REB
7.4
AST
2.6
STKS

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.

29.6
PTS
13.7
REB
5.8
AST
2.0
STKS

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.

25.7
PTS
7.8
REB
10.6
AST
1.7
STKS

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.

20.5
PTS
10.2
REB
6.8
AST
1.9
STKS

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...

28.5
PTS
9.4
REB
8.7
AST
1.3
STKS
Pickup of the year

Pickup of the year

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.

17.8
PTS
3.4
REB
7.5
AST
1.1
STKS

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.

12.8
PTS
8.3
REB
1.0
AST
2.4
STKS

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.

18.7
PTS
6.4
REB
1.5
AST
2.0
STKS

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.

20.6
PTS
3.4
REB
6.7
AST
0.9
STKS

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.

16.8
PTS
3.7
REB
1.8
AST
1.7
STKS
Biggest surprise

Biggest surprise

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.

16.3
PTS
14.3
REB
1.2
AST
3.5
STKS

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.

18.3
PTS
12.5
REB
5.0
AST
1.3
STKS

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.

16.1
PTS
10.6
REB
5.0
AST
2.5
STKS

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.

24.3
PTS
6.3
REB
4.3
AST
1.7
STKS

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.

19.4
PTS
9.4
REB
1.7
AST
2.8
STKS
Fantasy ROY

Fantasy ROY

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.

17.6
PTS
3.5
REB
7.0
AST
1.2
STKS

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.

23.6
PTS
6.8
REB
2.2
AST
1.3
STKS

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.

15.5
PTS
2.7
REB
3.4
AST
1.0
STKS

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