After several productive seasons with the New York Knicks Lee saw his numbers take a dip during his first year in Golden State. While part of that was due to an early-season elbow injury, Lee ended up having trouble living up to his draft position in many leagues. However, he finished the season strong and is looking to continue his high level of play this year. With Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis running the backcourt Lee should get plenty of rebound opportunities, which can result in easy buckets.
9. Joakim Noah: PF, C, Chicago Bulls
2011-12 Projections: 14.4 PPG, 2.0 APG, 10.7 RPG, 0.9 SPG, 1.7 BPG
Noah has been a frustrating fantasy player for many of his owners over the course of his career. He has plenty of potential, but always seems to get hurt at the most inopportune time. Plus, when Carlos Boozer arrived in Chicago last season Noah’s numbers decreased as well. If Noah is able to stay healthy in 2011-12 he should produce solid fantasy numbers that will make him a productive reserve forward or center.
8. Al Horford: PF, C, Atlanta Hawks
2011-12 Projections: 15.9 PPG, 3.7 APG, 9.7 RPG, 0.8 SPG, 1.1 BPG
The Atlanta Hawks have been a team looking to take the next step for about four years now but have been unable to do it. Horford has been a solid player since being drafted by the team out of Florida back in 2007. He has established himself as one of the top forwards in the league, and might see his numbers increase this season. After Atlanta lost Jamal Crawford to free agency there will be more shots to go around. This means Horford might find himself getting more attempts at the basket, but it might also hurt his shooting percentage in the process.
7. Chris Bosh: PF, C, Miami Heat
2011-12 Projections: 19.6 PPG, 2.1 APG, 8.7 RPG, 0.8 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Not surprisingly, Bosh was the biggest superstar to suffer statistically when he, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James teamed up in Miami. He had trouble finding his role within the offense, but by the end of the season was arguably more productive than even James. With another season of practice and familiarity under his belt with his Heat teammates Bosh should have a better season than the one he had a year ago.
6. Andrew Bynum: C, Los Angeles Lakers
2011-12 Projections: 14.2 PPG, 1.4 APG, 9.9 RPG, 0.5 SPG, 2.0 BPG
Even though Bynum is suspended for the first four games of the season, he still should be a top fantasy center this season. New head coach Mike Brown has stated that he will look to focus his offense around Bynum and fellow Lakers big man Pau Gasol. This plus a rapidly aging Kobe Bryant could turn Bynum into an offensive juggernaut this season. The biggest question for him will be staying healthy, which has been hard for him in the past.
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