Mario Chalmers seems to have a lock on the starting point guard position in Miami. The second-year point guard for the Heat had a decent season for the team last year, when he averaged 10.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.4 threes in 32:00 minutes per game. Chalmers was already a solid source of steals and threes, and with what looks to be more secure minutes at the point for the Heat, he seems to have very real potential for even bigger stats in 2009-10. The signing of a backup like Jamaal Tinsley or Allen Iverson could limit Chalmers’ minutes, but at least he seems set to play with the starters. Count him as a possible sleeper.
Hakim Warrick was stuck in the mire that was the Memphis Grizzlies last season, where his minutes were inconsistent and his production left much to be desried. The dynamic forward is now in Milwaukee where it appears he has a good shot at winning the starting small forward spot on the Bucks. He’ll likely play power forward, too, which gives him valuable position flexibility. If Warrick does outplay his competition on the forward-heavy Bucks, his minutes and production will see a noticeable increase compared to last year. Count him as a probable sleeper.
Tracy McGrady is making another guarantee. He told FOX 26:
“I will be in uniform for the Rockets this upcoming season, I guarantee you that, and I will be a lot better than I was last year. I will be back to the player that I once was.
“I will guarantee you that.”
While it is conceivable that McGrady will make a comeback sometime in 2009-10 in better shape than he was at the start of last year, when he entered the season banged up, it’s even more conceivable that he’ll miss a good portion of the season and will experience injuries that pop up again throughout the year. When McGrady’s on the floor, he’s still capable of putting up some fine stats. The problem is that he tends to miss games unannounced and always seems to battle minor and major nagging injuries that keep him from being a consistent, reliable contributor to fantasy teams. That said, if you find T-Mac available in the last two rounds of your draft, it might be worth the minor risk to scoop him up. But don’t go and waste a high pick on him. Count him as a probable weeper.
(A sad attempt at coming up with a rhyming opposite for “sleeper.” I’ll try to come up with something better for next time.)