For fantasy hoops players, it’s not enough to draft NBA stars who fill up the stat sheet; you need guys who can fill up the stat sheet consistently. To help, the Nerds have figured out a way to quantify player consistency– not some hack guesswork, but an actual nerdy, math-based method.
Here’s the Nerds’ NBA Player Consistency Rankings (CR), based on last season’s performance. Then check here during the season for the latest CRs.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Towns had 20/10 ability coming into the league in 2015. His career 23/12 numbers prove that and he’s as steady as they come at the 5. In fact, he’s so steady, he usually gets lost in the conversation of best center in the league because he’s not as flashy or seemingly dominating on the look of things – no fancy passes, devastating blocks, or ridiculous rim-rocking dunks. Just points, boards, of late he’s been getting dimes, high shooting percentages, and about a block and a half.
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
Double-double dude here. In the eight seasons he’s been a starter, Vucevic has averaged a double-double in six of eight seasons. In the two seasons that he didn’t he averaged 8.9 and 9.2 rebounds, respectively. His shooting percentages are decent, and he gives you a block and steal, each, every time he hits the hardwood.
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Gobert gives you double-doubles and league-leading blocks; he has a career 2.2 blocks per game average, and just got paid handsomely during the offseason for that and his decent amount of points and high boards numbers. Gobert also shoots at a high clip from the floor at 64.1 percent for his career. However, he may kill you at the charity stripe as he shoots worse at 63.1 percent. If you can draft high percentage free-throw shooters, go Gobert.
Julius Randle, New York Knicks
The former seventh overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers had a lot of potential coming into the league after a successful career at Kentucky. However, after several seasons, the Lakers cut bait, and the New Orleans Pelicans took a chance on him and it paid off big time for him. There he established himself as a 20-point scorer, capable of averaging a double-double, which the New York Knicks bet on the following season. It’s paying off thus far. Randle is one of the higher-scoring center-eligible players and can hit a triple, shooting at an above average rate, overall.
Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers
It seems like Drummond has been around forever and is in his 30s, but he entered the league at 19 years old and is only 27, which means he’s at the beginning of his prime right now. He’ll give you about 17 points a night, and a ton of boards. In four of his eight seasons, he’s led the league in rebounding, and averages a very healthy 13.8 for his career. And, while he shoots 54.1 percent from field, Drummond is atrocious from the line, shooting 46.2 percent. He’s also been fairly consistent the past several seasons, average about 1.7 blocks per contest.
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