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Courtside Seat: Who makes the Fantasy All-Star team?

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The All-Star game is upon us this weekend and we should see the usual brand of basketball with plenty of dunks and a lack of defense. For Fantasy owners, it's a couple of days off from scouring box scores and trying to find the next Jeremy Lin or Nikola Pekovic.

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Lin and Pekovic have been the best free agent additions to start the season, but they are not All-Star players -- at least not yet. The Fantasy All-Stars to this point in the year also differ slightly from the NBA version.

In looking at Average Draft Position and comparing it to a variety of leagues – total points, average and an eight-category format – we've found the Fantasy All-Star teams for each conference. We kept the same requirements for the starters with two forwards, two guards and one center. But in our version, Josh Smith and Kyle Lowry won't be getting snubbed.

Eastern Conference All-Stars:

Starters
LeBron James, SF, Heat
Carmelo Anthony, SF, Knicks
Derrick Rose, PG, Bulls
Dwyane Wade, SG, Heat
Dwight Howard, C, Magic

Reserves
Chris Bosh, PF, Heat
Luol Deng, SF, Bulls
Roy Hibbert, C, Pacers
Andre Iguodala, SF, Sixers
Paul Pierce, SF, Celtics
Rajon Rondo, PG, Celtics
Deron Williams, PG, Nets

Western Conference All-Stars:

Starters
Kevin Durant, SF, Thunder
Blake Griffin, PF, Clippers
Chris Paul, PG, Clippers
Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers
Andrew Bynum, C, Lakers

Reserves
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, Trail Blazers
Marc Gasol, C, Grizzlies
Kevin Love, PF, Timberwolves
Steve Nash, PG, Suns
Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Mavericks
Tony Parker, PG, Spurs
Russell Westbrook, PG, Thunder

Eastern Conference Fantasy All-Stars:

Starters
LeBron James, SF, Heat
Josh Smith, SF, Hawks
Deron Williams, PG, Nets
Brandon Jennings, PG, Bucks
Dwight Howard, C, Magic

Reserves
Ryan Anderson, PF, Magic
Jose Calderon, PG, Raptors
Andre Iguodala, SF, Sixers
Greg Monroe, C, Pistons
Derrick Rose, PG, Bulls
Dwyane Wade, SG, Heat
John Wall, PG, Wizards

Roster difference: Smith should have replaced the injured Joe Johnson (knee) for the real All-Star game since he is having an outstanding season. He is a Top 5 player overall in an eight-category league and he has rewarded all owners who drafted him in Round 3. Jennings also is having a fantastic start to the season, but he is expected to falter and is a sell-high candidate. Calderon is another sell-high candidate just based on his injury history, but he's averaging close to a double-double and shoots a high percentage from the field and foul line. Monroe has been the second-best center in the East, and Anderson is the best 3-point shooter in the NBA. Wall, surprisingly, is a Top 10 player in total points, a Top 10 point guard in an eight-category league and a Top 10 guard in an average format.

Western Conference Fantasy All-Stars:

Starters
Kevin Durant, SF, Thunder
Kevin Love, PF, Timberwolves
Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers
Kyle Lowry, PG, Rockets
Marc Gasol, C, Grizzlies

Reserves
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, Trail Blazers
Chris Paul, PG, Clippers
Pau Gasol, PF, Lakers
Blake Griffin, PF, Clippers
Tony Parker, PG, Spurs
Ricky Rubio, PG, Timberwolves
Russell Westbrook, PG, Thunder

Roster difference: Lowry just missed being a Top 5 overall player in an eight-category league, and he was a steal for Fantasy owners in Round 5. For him to not make the real All-Star team was a travesty. Rubio might be the steal of all Fantasy drafts since he was selected in Round 9 on average but is a Top 12 player in an eight-category league. Marc Gasol, thanks to Zach Randolph (knee) being injured, has been the best center in the West, but his brother also deserves All-Star consideration. Even though Bryant recently said Pau Gasol has been bothered by trade rumors he is still a Top 20 player in all formats and a better Fantasy option than Bynum. One Fantasy snub in the West is Marcin Gortat, who is playing great for his value (Round 7), but he just missed the list by comparison to the other players.

Each week we will take a look at a variety of topics around the NBA. We will look at guys to trade, trade for, add off the waiver wire and also answer some of your social media questions, among other things. It's our CBSSports.com potpourri look at Fantasy Basketball.

Anderson going forward

Anderson has been one of the best Draft Day steals this year. He was the No. 51 forward drafted in Round 11, but he is having a career season at 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds with 97 made 3-pointers.

Fantasy owners want to know if he can keep this up, and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said in an interview Sunday in Miami that he is curious of that himself.

"We knew he was a good player," Van Gundy said. "Did I think he would be capable of averaging close to 17 points and seven rebounds? No, probably not. We knew he could shoot the ball. He's still got a long way to go. There are a lot of things he still needs to do better. The other challenge for him will be, as the season goes on, teams will adjust. Ryan will have that at some point and he'll have to adjust. But he's had a good start."

The only way we see Anderson taking a dive in Fantasy value is if Howard is traded. Anderson benefits from teams doubling down on Howard, leaving him open on the perimeter. But as long as Howard remains with the Magic we should continue to see Anderson thrive.

Free agent watch

Here are five guys I am looking at in my leagues:

Gustavo Ayon, PF, Hornets
Owned: 51 percent of leagues

Tristan Thompson, PF, Cavaliers
Owned: 49 percent of leagues

Corey Brewer, SF, Nuggets
Owned: 45 percent of leagues

Marco Belinelli, SG, Hornets
Owned: 36 percent of leagues

Kenneth Faried, PF, Nuggets
Owned: 24 percent of leagues

Thompson was mentioned here last week with Anderson Varejao (wrist) out, and he has responded with two double-doubles in his past three games. Ayon has taken advantage of Emeka Okafor (knee) being out, and he is averaging 9.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals in his past five games. Belinelli also has thrived of late with 13 3-pointers in his past five outings and he is averaging 16.6 points over that span. His value would increase if he did more than just score. Brewer has helped the Nuggets with Danilo Gallinari (ankle) out and he is averaging 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.2 steals in his past five games. And Faried has also helped the Nuggets with Nene (calf) out with two double-doubles in his past four games.

Social media corner

@Matt_Johnson22 on Twitter wants to know: I have Jarrett Jack and Greivis Vasquez on my team and need to drop one for roster space. Who should I stick with on my team?

It's pretty clear after this past week that Jack is the better Fantasy option when healthy. Vasquez still retains plenty of value with Eric Gordon (knee) out, but Jack has more upside even coming off the bench. If you have to pick one, go with Jack.

@detroitman606 on Twitter wants to know: Would you make the following trade: Lowry and Iguodala for Rose and Anderson?

In a category-based league I would stick with Lowry and Iguodala because they fill up the stat sheet as well as anyone. Anderson has been great and Rose will rebound now that his back is healthy, but Lowry and Iguodala should continue to play well. Now, in a total points league, I would rather have Rose and Anderson because of Rose's upside.

Stay in touch with the most passionate Fantasy staff in the business by following us via Twitter @CBSFantasyNews . You can also follow Jamey at @JameyEisenberg and on Facebook .

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Report: Wizards, G Alan Anderson agree to $4 million deal
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:33 pm ET) The Wizards have agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with guard Alan Anderson, a source told Yahoo Sports. Anderson underwent ankle surgery in May, but he is expected to be ready in time for the start of the 2015-16 season.

Last season with the Nets, Anderson averaged 7.4 points-per-game. He also scored 11 points-per-game and shot 25-of-41 from the field during the first round of the Eastern Conference Finals. 


Report: PF Jason Smith hooks up with Magic
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:29 pm ET) Free agent power forward Jason Smith has signed a one-year contract for $4.5 million with the Magic, sources have told ESPN.

Smith played more significant minutes down the stretch for the Knicks last season. He played in every game for the first time in his career and averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor.


Clippers SG J.J. Redick gives team an 'F' so far in offseason
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:41 pm ET) The general belief that an athlete shouldn't be severely critical of his front office was certainly not embraced by J.J. Redick on Tuesday.

But then, he was simply speaking his mind when asked about what offseason grade he would give the Clippers after they lost premier center DeAndre Jordan to free agency.

"Listen, we had one priority this summer, and that was to re-sign D.J. and we missed out on that," he told Bleacher Report Radio. "So barring some miracle, [the] makeup of our team is completely different now."

Redick went on to detail what Jordan meant to the team both offesnsively and defensively. "Missing out and having him leave for Dallas gives us a failing grade," he added.


Free agent SF Wesley Johnson signs with Clippers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:21 pm ET) The Clippers have signed free agent small forward Wesley Johnson, the Orange County Register has confirmed.

His contract is for one year at the veteran's minimum, per the Los Angeles Daily News.

Johnson in the process leaves the cross-town Lakers, with whom he averaged a career-best 9.9 points in 30 minutes per game last year while shooting 41.4 percent from the floor.


Celtics send Gerald Wallace to Warriors for David Lee
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:56 pm ET) The Celtics have agreed to send small forward Gerald Wallace to the Warriors for power forward David Lee.

There will be no picks or cash involved in the deal, per CBSSports.com NBA Insider Ken Berger, who has reported that it's a straight-up deal.

The 33-year-old Wallace bottomed out last year, scoring just 1.1 points in nine minutes per game.

Lee came off the bench to spark the Warriors in the NBA finals against Cleveland, but his 7.9 scoring average in the regular season was his lowest since his rookie year of 2005-06. He did average 5.2 rebounds in 18 minutes per game.


Report: PF Charlie Villanueva set to return to Mavericks
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:44 pm ET) Power forward Charlie Villanueva declared in May that he hoped to return to the Mavericks. His wish has come true, according to ESPN, which is reporting that he will sign a new deal with the team this week.

Villanueva contributed 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in under 11 minutes per game for Dallas last season.


Report: G Aaron Brooks signs on to stay with Bulls
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:40 pm ET) Guard Aaron Brooks has signed a one-year deal to return to the Bulls, sources have told ESPN.

The 30-year-old Brooks averaged 11.6 points and 3.2 assists in 23 minutes per game for Chicago last year while shooting 42 percent from the floor.


Report: Rockets to sign first-rounder Sam Dekker on Tuesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:12 pm ET) Rockets top pick and former Wisconsin standout Sam Dekker is expected to sign his rookie contract Tuesday, per ESPN.

The four-year deal is reported to be worth $8 million.


Report: Jazz top pick Trey Lyles to sign rookie deal Tuesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:08 pm ET) Rookie power forward Trey Lyles is expected to sign his contract with the Jazz on Tuesday pending the results of a routine physical, per the Deseret News.

The No. 12 overall pick played one year at Kentucky before turning pro.


F Kevin Garnett confirms return to Timberwolves
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:52 am ET) Future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett has confirmed that he will return to the Timberwolves to play his 21st NBA season.

He will sign a two-year contract, sources have told ESPN.

"I'm incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be a part of this talented, committed team," he wrote to 1500 ESPN Radio.

Garnett, who spent his first 12 seasons with Minnesota, returned there last year. He averaged 6.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 20 minutes a game in 2014-15.


 
 
 
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