• There is a reason why Per-36 minute production is important in fantasy. It is one of the attributes used by waiver wire hawks. It gives us a clue as to which players, if given an opportunity (usually through injury), may jump into fantasy relevance. A player may go from fantasy obscurity to all of the sudden being one of the best waiver pickups of the year.

    This list is not an in-depth look at all of the best per-36 backups, but simply a list of the top 3 in per-36 production for each team with a few interesting tidbits… The Hawks don’t have a single player that was ranked in the top-100 in per-36 production last year. The Warriors have the most players with seven. The Rockets, Spurs and Raptors have six each.

    The Warriors have two of the top-5 players in the league, while LeBron is not even top-3 on his own team with Channing Frye edging him out with 17.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.5 triples, with great percentages.

    Some other eye poppers include Jeff Withey with his 1.3 steals and 2.7 blocks per-36. Boban Marjanovic always stands out and ranked 12th in the league last year with per-36 production of 23.4 points, 16.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Shawn Long played only 9.6 minutes last year but had per-36 numbers of 13.7 points, 12.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 triples. Kyle O’Quinn and Mareese Speights are two other per-minute beasts that ranked 24th and 30th in the league, respectively. Darrell Arthur and Dwight Powell are two others that could be fantasy contributors if given an opportunity.

    Editor’s Note: If you want more tools to crush it in fantasy hoops this season, you might want to check out the Hoop Ball Draft Guide.


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