Fantasy Clicks
By David Sabino
The One And Only
LeBron James :: John W. McDonough/SI

Formed as a regular feature of SI's Inside the NBA column in the late 1990's, the SI Player Rating is based on a formula that calculates a player's value on the floor. Unlike most ratings systems that are based on per game stats during games that each player appeared in, the SIPR is based on team games played, with the theory being that a player who is not in the game is of no value to anyone, especially his fantasy owner.

Each team has played between 44 and 49 games at this point in the season, so the sample size is large enough for the numbers to be representative of what's really going on in the league. Below you'll see the top 150 players thus far but first some interesting observations.

First off, LeBron James is far and away the most valuable player in the league. His 59.0 rating (roughly 59 points per game he has a hand in) is nearly nine points higher than the second place Dwyane Wade, who comes in at 50.2. Kevin Durant holds the third spot, even though the rating was done through Saturday's games, before his 45-point outburst on Sunday against the Warriors. Next up is Kobe Bryant, who hit a heroic shot to give the Lakers a win in Boston while first-time All Star Chris Bosh, the subject of plenty of trade rumors, surprisingly stands in fifth place.

Positional Leaders

PG Steve Nash (8th overall)
SG Wade (2nd)
SF James (1st)
PF Bosh (5th)
C Brook Lopez (18th) over Dwight Howard (20th)

Rookie Leaders

Brandon Jennings (21st)
Tyreke Evans (32nd)
Stephen Curry (49th)
Jonny Flynn (86th)
Omri Casspi (122nd)

Biggest Surprises

Monta Ellis (10th)
Zach Randolph (11th)
Gerald Wallace (12th)
David Lee (17th)
Aaron Brooks (28th)

Biggest Disappointments (outside the top 150)

Ben Gordon (167th)
T.J. Ford (198th)
Josh Howard (222nd)
Andris Biedrins (260th)
Brandon Bass (285th)

The Overall Top 150 (as of 1/30/2010)

Rank Player Team Rating
1 LeBron James Cavs 59.0
2 Dwyane Wade Heat 50.2
3 Kevin Durant Thunder 49.4
4 Kobe Bryant Lakers 48.3
5 Chris Bosh Raptors 44.6
6 Dirk Nowitzki Mavericks 44.3
7 Steve Nash Suns 43.2
8 Chris Paul Hornets 42.2
9 Carmelo Anthony Nuggets 40.8
10 Monta Ellis Warriors 40.4
11 Zach Randolph Grizzlies 40.2
12 Gerald Wallace Bobcats 40.0
13 Andre Iguodala 76ers 39.7
14 Baron Davis Clippers 39.7
15 Joe Johnson Hawks 39.7
16 Tim Duncan Spurs 39.4
17 David Lee Knicks 39.1
18 Brook Lopez Nets 38.8
19 Deron Williams Jazz 38.7
20 Dwight Howard Magic 37.9
21 Brandon Jennings Bucks 37.5
22 Carlos Boozer Jazz 36.6
23 Stephen Jackson Bobcats 36.4
24 Rajon Rondo Celtics 36.1
25 Josh Smith Hawks 35.9
26 Jason Kidd Mavericks 35.4
27 Russell Westbrook Thunder 35.3
28 Aaron Brooks Rockets 34.9
29 Chauncey Billups Nuggets 34.5
30 Brandon Roy Blazers 34.5
31 Corey Maggette Warriors 34.4
32 Tyreke Evans Kings 34.4
33 Derrick Rose Bulls 34.1
34 Marc Gasol Grizzlies 33.8
35 Amar'e Stoudemire Suns 33.4
36 Luol Deng Bulls 33.2
37 Rudy Gay Grizzlies 33.2
38 Rodney Stuckey Pistons 33.0
39 Paul Pierce Celtics 33.0
40 O.J. Mayo Grizzlies 32.5
41 Al Jefferson Timberwolves 32.5
42 David West Hornets 32.0
43 Joakim Noah Bulls 31.5
44 Trevor Ariza Rockets 31.2
45 Nene Nuggets 31.0
46 Marcus Camby Clippers 30.9
47 Antawn Jamison Wizards 30.9
48 Mo Williams Cavs 30.7
49 Stephen Curry Warriors 30.7
50 Jason Terry Mavericks 30.7
51 Al Horford Hawks 30.7
52 Jamal Crawford Hawks 30.6
53 Chris Kaman Clippers 30.4
54 Gilbert Arenas Wizards 30.3
55 Danilo Gallinari Knicks 30.2
56 Andrea Bargnani Raptors 30.0
57 LaMarcus Aldridge Blazers 29.7
58 Lamar Odom Lakers 29.4
59 Ray Allen Celtics 29.4
60 Andrew Bogut Bucks 29.3
61 Caron Butler Wizards 29.3
62 Al Harrington Knicks 29.3
63 Andrew Bynum Lakers 29.0
64 Hedo Turkoglu Raptors 29.0
65 Channing Frye Suns 28.2
66 Jeff Green Thunder 28.0
67 Luis Scola Rockets 27.9
68 Jason Thompson Kings 27.8
69 Andre Miller Blazers 27.8
70 Raymond Felton Bobcats 27.8
71 Danny Granger Pacers 27.6
72 Manu Ginobili Spurs 27.5
73 Michael Beasley Heat 27.1
74 Wilson Chandler Knicks 27.1
75 Jason Richardson Suns 26.6
76 Carl Landry Rockets 26.4
77 Tony Parker Spurs 26.3
78 Troy Murphy Pacers 26.2
79 Emeka Okafor Hornets 26.1
80 Pau Gasol Lakers 26.1
81 Vince Carter Magic 26.1
82 Chris Duhon Knicks 25.6
83 Kenyon Martin Nuggets 25.4
84 John Salmons Bulls 25.4
85 Brendan Haywood Wizards 25.4
86 Jonny Flynn Timberwolves 25.4
87 Elton Brand 76ers 25.1
88 Charlie Villanueva Pistons 24.9
89 Mehmet Okur Jazz 24.5
90 Kyle Lowry Rockets 24.4
91 Thaddeus Young 76ers 24.2
92 Samuel Dalembert 76ers 23.8
93 Kendrick Perkins Celtics 23.7
94 Luke Ridnour Bucks 23.6
95 Beno Udrih Kings 23.5
96 Ersan Ilyasova Bucks 23.4
97 Corey Brewer Timberwolves 23.4
98 Boris Diaw Bobcats 23.3
99 Andrei Kirilenko Jazz 23.3
100 Jarrett Jack Raptors 23.2
101 Grant Hill Suns 23.2
102 Rashard Lewis Magic 23.2
103 Mike Conley Grizzlies 23.0
104 Ron Artest Lakers 23.0
105 Roy Hibbert Pacers 22.8
106 Shane Battier Rockets 22.6
107 Kevin Garnett Celtics 22.6
108 Shawn Marion Mavericks 22.6
109 Jermaine O'Neal Heat 22.4
110 Peja Stojakovic Hornets 22.4
111 Mike Bibby Hawks 22.4
112 Devin Harris Nets 22.3
113 Richard Jefferson Spurs 22.2
114 Martell Webster Blazers 22.1
115 Paul Millsap Jazz 22.1
116 Ben Wallace Pistons 22.1
117 Ronnie Brewer Jazz 21.8
118 Kevin Love Timberwolves 21.7
119 Spencer Hawes Kings 21.6
120 Eric Gordon Clippers 21.6
121 Lou Williams 76ers 21.6
122 Omri Casspi Kings 21.6
123 James Harden Thunder 21.5
124 J.R. Smith Nuggets 21.4
125 Marvin Williams Hawks 21.4
126 Rasheed Wallace Celtics 21.3
127 Rasual Butler Clippers 21.2
128 Anderson Varejao Cavs 21.0
129 Carlos Delfino Bucks 21.0
130 Kirk Hinrich Bulls 20.8
131 George Hill Spurs 20.2
132 Jose Calderon Raptors 20.2
133 Earl Watson Pacers 19.9
134 Dahntay Jones Pacers 19.6
135 Matt Barnes Magic 19.3
136 Udonis Haslem Heat 19.3
137 J.J. Redick Magic 19.1
138 Courtney Lee Nets 18.9
139 Anthony Randolph Warriors 18.9
140 Juan Jose Barea Mavericks 18.9
141 Brandon Rush Pacers 18.8
142 Jared Dudley Suns 18.8
143 Randy Foye Wizards 18.8
144 Taj Gibson Bulls 18.6
145 Chris Douglas-Roberts Nets 18.6
146 Ty Lawson Nuggets 18.4
147 Jason Williams Magic 18.4
148 Al Thornton Clippers 18.2
149 Steve Blake Blazers 18.2
150 Shaquille O'Neal Cavs 18.1
Super QB Question

Quick, over the last four years, which quarterback has thrown the most yards? Here's a hint: he's playing in Sunday's game. Did you answer Peyton Manning? If so, you're wrong. Since Drew Brees got to New Orleans (after he inexplicably failed a physical in Miami) in 2006, he's passed for 18,298 yards, a full 1,359 yards more than Peyton Mannings total in one more game (63 to 64). Coincidenatlly, the two Super combatants are tied over the same span with 122 touchdown passes or 15 more than the next on the list, Dallas' Tony Romo.

A Final Word Of Thanks

During my six-week hiatus from this space I've really been living a fantasy as my wife and I welcomed our twins, Lily and Jeremy, into the world. To make matters even happier, the kids arrived literally as I was in the midst of winning the Sports Illustrated Football Association football championship, capping an incredible fantasy season. Thanks to all of you who were following me on Twitter asking for my advice and congratulations to all of you who wrote to me to tell me about your titles. It meant a lot to me to hear that I was able to help you win your league in even the slightest way.

Since the kids arrived, my world has been turned upside down. Luckily we're in the weirdest part of the fantasy year with football behind us and still with a month to go before baseball kicks in, so the timing couldn't have been better for me to drop out of the scene for a while. Now five weeks into the odyssey, I'm back and ready for a new year and a new life.

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