We will highlight fantasy lines you’ve likely forgotten, coming from players whose greatness was perhaps short-lived. We will not remember players who landed in the Hall of Fame, or even legends who will one day be there (i.e. Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant).
Some of these seasons took place within the last 10 years, but it’s amazing how we forget greatness. Let’s recall banner seasons that once sparked fantasy participants to glory.
Stephon Marbury, New Jersey Nets (2000-01)
Stat line: 23.9 PPG, 44.1 FG%, 79.0 FT%, 1.6 3PM, 3.1 RPG, 7.6 APG, 1.2 SPG
Before Marbury was dominating in China, he was a flashy All-Star with a well-rounded skill set. Starbury could put on a show with his playmaking abilities, and his numbers, particularly in terms of scoring and distributing, are a testament to this.
Chris Webber, Sacramento Kings (2000-01)
Stat line: 27.1 PPG, 48.1 FG%, 70.3 FT%, 11.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.7 BPG
You can make the argument for Webber as a Hall of Famer, but this probability appears pretty low. C-Webb had a handful of misfortunes in his career, including injuries and an unfortunate seven-game defeat to the Lakers in 2002 (a series that featured some sketchy officiating). Nonetheless, he was a remarkable talent, and his 2000-01 statistics are evidence of this.
Steve Francis, Houston Rockets (2001-02)
Stat line: 21.6 PPG, 41.7 FG%, 77.3 FT%, 1.2 3PM, 7.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 1.2 SPG
Stevie Franchise was a joy to watch in his younger years, and he provided unique fantasy value. The bouncy point guard notched an impressive seven boards per outing at the height of 6-3, to go along with stellar averages elsewhere.
Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets (2003-04)
Stat line: 22.9 PPG, 39.5 FG%, 67.3 FT%, 2.8 3PM, 4.3 RPG, 7.5 APG, 2.4 SPG
Davis was a percentage killer, but you live with that when he contributes in bulk in numerous other categories. You especially have to love nearly three treys per game as well as over two steals per outing. Boom Dizzle was a phenomenal weapon in the mid-2000s.
Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns (2005-06)
Stat line: 21.8 PPG, 52.5 FG%, 80.9 FT%, 1.2 3PM, 11.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 2.0 SPG, 1.7 BPG
The Matrix is likely destined for the Hall of Fame, but that’s not a guarantee. Plus, his stat line from 2005-06 was too fun not to include. Read it again and consider it’s ridiculousness. The points and rebounds are enough for top-tier value, but then you add his defensive categories, percentages and the the fact that he snuck in over a three per game (while maintaining a 52.5 FG% clip). This is just insane.
Jerry Stackhouse, Detroit Pistons (2000-01)
Stat line: 29.8 PPG, 40.2 FG%, 82.2 FT%, 2.1 3PM, 3.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Stackhouse got buckets, and he never did this so emphatically as 2000-01, one of his two All-Star seasons. Stack’s numbers read very similarly to a Kobe-in-his-prime line, as his scoring average was second to only Allen Iverson.
Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics (2000-01)
Stat line: 23.4 PPG, 41.3 FG%, 71.6 FT%, 2.7 3PM, 8.9 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Walker always made sure he got plenty of shots up, and his field goal percentage was never very pretty as a result. Still, he could rack up points as well as boards, dimes, threes and steals. Toine did it all during 2000-01, and yet he didn’t crack the All-Star team this campaign (did so three times in his career).
Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz (2004-05)
Stat line: 15.6 PPG, 49.3 FG%, 78.4 FT%, 0.6 3PM, 6.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.6 SPG, 3.3 BPG
Kirilenko was a fantasy Swiss Army Knife with unreal defensive contributions. AK-47 led the league with over three BPG, and he amazingly did this as a small forward. This alone showcases his worth, and you also can’t complain about his above-average tallies in other categories.
Yao Ming, Houston Rockets (2006-07)
Stat line: 25.0 PPG, 51.6 FG%, 86.2 FT%, 9.4 RPG, 2.0 APG, 2.0 BPG
Yao’s career was hampered by injuries, but he still produced at a high level when healthy. His line from 2006-07 displays this, as it featured elite scoring, rebounding and blocking, plus superb percentages. His free throw percentage is particularly admirable coming from the 7-6 Great Wall.
Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Clippers (2000-01)
Stat line: 17.2 PPG, 46.0 FG%, 67.9 FT%, 1.1 3PM, 7.8 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.6 BPG
Odom did everything as a 21-year-old for the Clips. His PPG, RPG and APG read like Nicolas Batum on steroids, and his value skyrockets when considering his 3PM, SPG and BPG are all at least one. This type of production is hard to find.
Gerald Wallace, Charlotte Bobcats (2005-06)
Stat line: 15.2 PPG, 53.8 FG%, 61.4 FT%, 0.3 3PM, 7.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 2.5 SPG, 2.1 BPG
Wallace had seasons featuring better PPG and RPG, but I selected 2005-06 because of the rarity of his defensive numbers. He posted two-plus SPG (which led the league) and two-plus BPG from the small-forward slot. Such an absurdity beckons to be remembered.
Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks (2007-08)
Stat line: 17.2 PPG, 45.7 FG%, 71.0 FT%, 0.3 3PM, 8.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.5 SPG, 2.8 BPG
J-Smoove has been a fantasy renaissance man for years, but arguably his best overall season came during 2007-08. There were really no glaring weaknesses, and he boasted above-average figures in numerous areas. Smith’s contributions in the defensive categories alone gave him solid value.
Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards (2005-06)
Stat line: 29.3 PPG, 44.7 FG%, 82.0 FT%, 2.5 3PM, 3.5 RPG, 6.1 APG, 2.0 SPG
Agent Zero was brilliant in his younger years before his career spiraled downward quickly. His best season came during 2005-06 when he registered these beastly numbers. Arenas was your definition of a scoring point guard, but you also have to respect six-plus APG and two SPG.
Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers (2005-06)
Stat line: 24.7 PPG, 52.7 FG%, 77.5 FT%, 10.0 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.5 BPG
Brand was a bruiser in the low post, gobbling up points, rebounds and blocks at quite a rate. His efficiency also exclaims his worth. He earned one of his two All-Star appearances in 2005-06, when he helped lead the Clippers to the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers (2008-09)
Stat line: 25.8 PPG, 44.7 FG%, 87.8 FT%, 2.7 3PM, 5.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.4 BPG
Granger was a wonderful source of points and threes, but he was truly a fantasy stud because of what he added defensively. His BPG as a small forward vaulted his player rating up considerably higher. Unfortunately, Granger has never had another season like this, largely due to injuries.