2010-11 Fantasy basketball mock draft w/ Weakside Help: Round 3

28. Andre Iguodala (joins D. Nowitzki, J. Kidd): AI9 is an all-around guy who, by all accounts, is thriving in Team USA’s summer activities so far. The two threats he’s facing is the addition of a similarly all-around guy in Evan Turner, along with new head coach Doug Collins. Iggy has top-20 talent written all over him, but he took a small step back last season, shooting a lower percentage from the field and scoring fewer points. While I’m not confident that he can turn things completely around this season, I expect that using a No. 28 pick for Iguodala could turn out to be a huge bargain. If coach Collins can figure out how to breathe life into the carcass that contains Elton Brand, and if Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams improve, AI9 could have a more efficient season than he did last season, though that might not necessarily mean bigger all-around numbers. Kidd and Iguodala pretty much cover all the bases, while Diggler and Kidd can lift Iguodala’s pedestrian FT%.

29. Monta Ellis (joins K. Bryant, A. Jefferson): I dislike Ellis’ frailty, and he turns the ball over like it’s his job, but I just couldn’t resist a backcourt of Ellis and Kobe. You want firepower? That’s firepower up your nose right there. Along with Jefferson, this squad potentially has three 20+ PPG guys. Points and steals are pretty strong here, while rebounds should also be aplenty. Sure, turnovers are almost a lost cause now, but who cares? OK, I’m slowly starting to fall back to earth…and I’m realizing that this could be one of the worrisome backcourts in this draft from a health perspective…and I’m also remembering that Nellie and his insane offense isn’t guaranteed to return in the fall…and I’m still not convinced that Ellis is OK playing alongside a stud like Stephen Curry…but I’m choosing to take on those risks with this squad. These three dudes could each put up two or three eye-popping lines every week. I see this pick as my one Twinkie for the month.

30. Nene Hilario (joins D. Granger, J. Smith): He played a full 82 games last season, which was a relief to see. While Nene tends to go on frustrating cold streaks, taking him here makes this team one of those dreaded reb/stl/blk monsters. Granger, Smith and Nene are¬†each¬†capable of averaging 1+ steals and 1+ blocks per game, and they’ll each grab around 5-9 rebounds on any given night. Also, Nene and Smith will lift Granger’s low FG%, while Granger can do his best to keep this team afloat with his insane gunning beyond the arc. This frontcourt is pretty menacing so far, albeit a tad fragile (Granger, Nene).

31. Troy Murphy (joins P. Gasol, R. Rondo): Murphy is underrated in most fantasy circles. A big man who double-doubles and knocks down around two threes every game should get more recognition, right? Yes, but his spotty health history has owners scared. The good news is that he’s played 72+ games in each of the past three seasons, which is great by his standards. Toss him in the pot with Gasol and Rondo and you’ve got a good handle on rebounds, and a decent shot at assists and steals. Also, Gasol and Murphy’s strong free-throw shooting makes up for Rondo’s mediocrity there. Murphy also gives this team a much-needed source of threes.

32. David West (joins D. Williams, B. Lopez): I agree with Henry that D-Will and BroLo (love it) are a very, very strong foundation. I saw two ways to go with this pick: branch out and try to cover lacking categories (points, threes) or bolster this team’s strengths — I chose to go the latter route. West, like Murphy, is an underappreciated fantasy entity that could easily go in the top 25 in most drafts. He falls lower than he should in many drafts because he has a boring name (no, seriously) and because he has a boring game that leads to boring stats. But, as fantasy fans know, boring isn’t always bad. With West on board, this squad has a good grip on FG%, FT% and rebounds. Williams gives any team a shot at winning assists each week, but this squad clearly needs help with threes. The good news is that this owner can now focus on needs without worrying too much about disturbing the stuff he’s got nailed down already.

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