My annual fantasy basketball draft was held this past Tuesday, and as opposed to a free-for-all with everyone having a chance to take home a title, this is more a ceremony, almost a coronation, if you will, as I have yet again acquired a ton of basketball assets to put myself in prime position to take home another fantasy basketball championship. Since we can trade between leagues, I had an extra first and fourth round pick as well as a couple prime keepers. But, just for fun, we'll take a look at the draft, and see who has the best chance of coming in second place this year. I knocked out the first five rounds last week, so today, let's tackle rounds 6-10, with the finale coming tomorrow.
61 DeMar DeRozan, Tor SG Wennington Baseline
62 Kobe Bryant, LAL SG Unleash the Dragic
63 C.J. McCollum, Por PG Duncan's Donuts
64 J.J. Redick, LAC SG Butt Stuff
65 Kyle Korver, Atl SG Kissing Cousins
66 George Hill, Ind PG Wilson Chandler Bing
67 Dirk Nowitzki, Dal PF For the love of the game
68 Jarrett Jack, Bkn PG Team Autoprick
69 Gorgui Dieng, Min C oladipOOOOYEA YOURHOT!!!!!!
70 Nikola Mirotic, Chi PF Flint Tropics
71 Danilo Gallinari, Den SF The Outsiders
72 Ricky Rubio, Min PG The Kid From Thunder Struck
Best Pick: Dirk Nowitzki
I was pretty shocked how far Dirk fell in the draft. It’s not like he was rated super high, but it’s still Dirk Nowitzki, and he didn’t fall off that much last season. Obviously, with anyone his age, health is an issue, but if he can stay relatively healthy, it would be pretty shocking if he wasn’t a top-50 player this season.
Worst Pick: JJ Redick
I don’t know how you take Redick when Korver is still on the board. Redick has struggled with injuries, and with the Clippers increased depth, he is likely to see less minutes and shots this season.
My Pick: Danilo Gallinari
My goal for this round was to add some shooting, and Gallinari fills that role. He was solid last year, but I think he takes a big step forward this season since he will be another year removed from his injury. The second year is the time to strike on injured players, so I really think Gallinari can be a big part of the Nuggets offense this year and have my team joining the Mile High Club. Wait, I think I just implied that my fantasy basketball team is going to have a giant orgy in an airplane. I just meant that they’ll be good; the orgy was not intended.
73 Dwyane Wade, Mia SG The Kid From Thunder Struck
74 Isaiah Thomas, Bos PG The Outsiders
75 Zach Randolph, Mem PF Flint Tropics
76 Emmanuel Mudiay, Den PG oladipOOOOYEA YOURHOT!!!!!!
77 Ryan Anderson, Nor PF Team Autoprick
78 Markieff Morris, Pho PF For the love of the game
79 Jimmy Butler, Chi SG Wilson Chandler Bing
80 Wesley Matthews, Dal SG Kissing Cousins
81 David Lee, Bos PF Butt Stuff
82 Thaddeus Young, Bkn SF Duncan's Donuts
83 Jordan Clarkson, LAL PG Unleash the Dragic
84 Trevor Ariza, Hou SF Wennington Baseline
Keepers: Isaiah Thomas and Jimmy Butler
Best Pick: Wesley Matthews
I came very close to selecting Matthews with the Gallinari pick, but he is coming off of a serious injury. Still, Wes Matthews is a guy that continues to be doubted and continues to do awesome things on a basketball court. He’ll likely start off slow, but by midway through the season, I think you’ll see the vintage Wes Matthews, just in a Mavericks jersey instead of the Blazers.
Worst Pick: David Lee
Are we sure David Lee is still good at basketball? The Celtics basically took him to swap out a completely worthless player (Sorry, Gerald Wallace). Is he beating out Olynyk and Sullinger for playing time? I don’t know what David Lee is, but I know it’s not too impressive, because he barely played last year, and his team did just fine without him. I’m not saying he’s a terrible player now, but I’m also not willing to go on the record to say he’s a good one.
My Pick: Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas was one of my keepers for this year, and I feel very good about him. He could have gone as high as the fourth round, so to get him in the seventh is a very nice value play for me. Isaiah Thomas will continue to produce good numbers, because he’s Boston’s best scoring option, so they are going to need him if they ever want to put up more than 75 points. It’s also always nice to get an NBA player who is only as tall as me, so here’s one to the little guys.
85 Jahlil Okafor, Phi C Wennington Baseline
86 Robin Lopez, NY C Unleash the Dragic
87 D'Angelo Russell, LAL PG Duncan's Donuts
88 Jabari Parker, Mil SF Flint Tropics
89 Enes Kanter, OKC C Kissing Cousins
90 Marcin Gortat, Wsh C Wilson Chandler Bing
91 J.R. Smith, Cle SG For the love of the game
92 Arron Afflalo, NY SG Team Autoprick
93 Elfrid Payton, Orl PG oladipOOOOYEA YOURHOT!!!!!!
94 Julius Randle, LAL PF Flint Tropics
95 Paul George, Ind SF The Outsiders
96 Jrue Holiday, Nor PG The Kid From Thunder Struck
Keepers: Julius Randle and Paul George
Best Pick: Jahlil Okafor
I have to say, this is a really strong round of guys that I like. I think D’Angelo Russell is getting underestimated because of a poor Summer League, but I’m also not sure how the Lakers pieces are going to fit together. I also like Jabari coming back, but I don’t know how the minutes are going to play out since they have Middleton and Giannis with a bunch of bigs. I also love Jrue Holiday, always and forever, because if he can stay healthy, even with limiting his minutes some, dude is one of the ten best point guards in the league. Still, I’ll go with Okafor, because somebody has to score for the 76ers, and I think it will likely be him. He’ll rebound well enough, but he’s not going to be great with defensive categories. Still, he has a good chance of outperforming his draft position and being a keeper for the following season.
Worst Pick: J.R. Smith
Do you want to be the guy who buys in on J.R. Smith? I don’t want to be that guy. You shouldn’t want to be that guy either. Don’t be that guy.
My Pick: Paul George
I took him in the tenth round last year strictly for this purpose. The Pacers are looking to run more this season which should mean an even greater chance for Paul George to succeed. Obviously, he had a very serious injury, but considering he made it back late last year, I don’t think it will slow him down too much this year. Obviously, George was great before the injury, but I think a lot of people are forgetting how many people were expecting him to take another step forward to join the elite of the elite before his injury. Worst case scenario, he’s great, best case scenario, he’s an absolute fantasy monster.
97 Terrence Jones, Hou PF The Kid From Thunder Struck
98 Joakim Noah, Chi C The Outsiders
99 Otto Porter Jr., Wsh SF Flint Tropics
100 Michael Carter-Williams, Mil PG oladipOOOOYEA YOURHOT!!!!!!
101 Jeremy Lin, Cha PG Team Autoprick
102 DeMarre Carroll, Tor SF For the love of the game
103 Wilson Chandler, Den SF Wilson Chandler Bing
104 Stanley Johnson, Det SF Kissing Cousins
105 Eric Gordon, Nor SG Butt Stuff
106 Trey Burke, Uta PG Duncan's Donuts
107 Rajon Rondo, Sac PG Unleash the Dragic
108 Draymond Green, GS SF Wennington Baseline
Keepers: DeMarre Carroll and Draymond Green
Best Pick: Michael Carter-Williams
I’m not a huge MCW fan, but it’s gotten to the point where people are focusing way too much on what he doesn’t do than appreciating what he does do. He’s an absolute beast defensively, and he can dish out assists. He isn’t a great shooter; that sucks, but he’s still a really good player in the right system. The Bucks knew what they were getting when they traded for him, so he is going to get a chance to do what he does best.
Worst Pick: Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin is fine. But he is what he is, and that’s a backup point guard. He’s nothing special, but he did play really special for a few weeks. If he’s your backup point guard, you should feel good. If you’re drafting him in fantasy, uuuuuuh, I wouldn’t feel too good about that.
My Pick: Joakim Noah
I’d like to believe this is an upside pick, but it may be a homer pick. I love Joakim. Every Bulls fan loves Joakim. Did you know that two years ago he was an MVP Candidate and actually won Defensive Player of the Year? It’s true. You can look it up and everything. He was never healthy last year, and I think increased health along with moderate minutes considering the depth the Bulls have in the frontcourt, I think Joakim will bounce back. He can fill it up in all categories, and that is ideal for what I need out of my big men.
109 Roy Hibbert, LAL C Wennington Baseline
110 Kristaps Porzingis, NY PF Unleash the Dragic
111 Jusuf Nurkic*, Den C Duncan's Donuts
112 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Det SG Butt Stuff
113 Robert Covington, Phi PF Kissing Cousins
114 Tyson Chandler, Pho C Wilson Chandler Bing
115 Danny Green, SA SG For the love of the game
116 P.J. Tucker, Pho SG Team Autoprick
117 Tony Parker, SA PG oladipOOOOYEA YOURHOT!!!!!!
118 Zach LaVine, Min PG Flint Tropics
119 Tristan Thompson, Cle PF oladipOOOOYEA YOURHOT!!!!!!
120 Deron Williams, Dal PG The Kid From Thunder Struck
Keeper: Danny Green
Best Pick: Deron Williams
Typing that makes me feel stupid. It may actually legally make me a stupid person, but I’m still not ready to totally give up on Deron Williams. Everybody wants to count out the Mavericks this year, but if they can figure out a Center, there’s no reason they can’t compete for a playoff spot with their roster. Deron Williams was a high school wrestler, and I will always stick by wrestlers, so great pick here (likely not a great pick, but if things work out, a solid pick).
Worst Pick: P.J. Tucker
I think Tucker is a solid player, but I think he is going to be less involved this season as TJ Warren takes a step forward as a huge asset for the Suns.
My Pick: No Pick
Had to give up a 10th rounder in order to get that extra fourth. Totally worth it, though.
And that wraps up part two. Stay tuned tomorrow for the grand finale.