2009-10 Preseason fantasy winners and losers

Is Oden a preseason winner or loser? His smile should be a clue. (Flickr/Buou)

Is Oden a preseason winner or loser? His smile should be a clue. (Flickr/Buou)

With the preseason now over and just day separating us from the blinding glory that is the 2009-10 NBA regular season, it’s time to go through who thrived and who dived (I know “dove” is correct here, but I had to make it rhyme) during the prelude to the 82.¬†Though the preseason is never a completely accurate barometer of things to come, it could give us some insights into what to expect from certain players.

Read on and let us know what you think.

Winners:

  • Roy Hibbert (C – Pacers): He led the preseason with 3.57 blocks per game and chipped in 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 24 minutes per contest. His penchant for fouling will dictate the ceiling on his sky-high potential, but Hibbert has secured his place on most fantasy squads, and rightfully so.
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts (PG/SG – Nets): CDR was noted as a sleeper by a few fantasy fans during the summer, but after averaging 18/4/2 and playing solid all-around ball in seven preseason games, he should be on everyone’s radar. Though he hasn’t attained SF eligibility yet, he could end up starting there as Courtney Lee mans the starting shooting guard spot. Don’t expect too much from him, but it’s clear that Douglas-Roberts has secured his share of minutes on the Nets this season.
  • Greg Oden (C – Blazers): Mr. Glass handed in seven very impressive preseason games, averaging 13.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in just 22.4 minutes per game. He missed one game because of a bruised innner thigh, but that shouldn’t be cause for any concern. You know the story: If Oden can stay off the injured list, he seems primed to turn a lot of doubters into believers this year.
  • Tyreke Evans (PG/SG – Kings): Besides becoming Blake Griffin‘s biggest competition for rookie of the year, Evans has locked up the starting point guard job for the Kings and turned in an impressive showing in seven preseason contests, averaging 15.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists (and 4.0 turnovers). He’ll have his ups and downs, but make sure to keep your eye on Evans in your drafts and on your waiver wires.
  • Andrew Bynum (C – Lakers): He’s another fragile center who notched big lines during the preseason and finished averaging 20.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game. He missed the last preseason match against the Nuggets last night because of a minor shoulder injury but Bynum is set to play on opening night. If his health is there, gaudy numbers are sure to follow.

Other winners: Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Morrow, Jason Thompson, Brandon Rush, DeJuan Blair

Losers:

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