2010-11 Fantasy basketball mock draft w/ Weakside Help: Round 5

51. Mo Williams (joins C. Paul, C. Bosh, J. Johnson, R. Gay): Like Antawn Jamison, Williams stands to shoulder a bigger load of the Cavaliers’ offense this season, thanks to the departure of the-one-who-shall-not-be-named. This should mean more minutes, shots, points, assists and turnovers. While his shooting percentage could dip, 18/4/6 along with 2.5 threes aren’t too bold to ask from Williams this season. One under-the-radar risk to his value is his spotty health record — he’s only played more than 69 games twice in his seven-year career (though his rookie season DNPs weren’t all due to injuries). Williams solidifies this backcourt and bulks up its threes and all-around numbers. A PF/C like Camby or Love would’ve been nice here (gee, thanks…me…), but maybe one of the other big men I didn’t reach for here will be around in round six. (Besides, having the long-anticipated duo of Gay/Love would have been too much to bear.)

52. Aaron Brooks (joins D. Nowitzki, J. Kidd, A. Iguodala, A. Jamison): The little man isn’t just known for busting out bold attire in postgame interviews — he’s known for launching on-target bombs from beyond the arc. Brooks averaged 2.6 threes per game last season, tying Danny Granger for the highest average in the NBA. While he’s known to go on hot and cold streaks, Brooks should continue to skillfully captain the Rockets’ offense. If Yao Ming does make a successful return to the floor sometime this season, that could mean more open looks and assists for Brooks, who’s only 25 years old. While I dig getting Brooks here, it’s not quite clear what this team excels at just yet, which worries me a bit.

53. Raymond Felton (joins K. Bryant, A. Jefferson, M. Ellis, M. Gasol): By now we all know how friendly coach Mike D’Antoni’s systems are for capable point guards. Even Chris Duhon thrived in this offense before he lost his soul. Felton, a huge upgrade from Duhon, now finds himself in a dream of an offense with a dream of a pick-and-roll partner in Amar’e Stoudemire. Not only is Felton resilient (has missed only 11 regular season games during his five years in the league), but he’s a decent all-around point guard who consistently steals about 1.5 balls per game. In New York, Felton shouldn’t have much trouble fending off Toney Douglas at the PG spot and seems set to reach numbers around 15/3/9, along with 1.5 threes per game. His shooting from the floor is always suspect, and that isn’t going to change this season. Still, a healthy guard in a potent offense is great insurance for Black Mamba and Ellis, and sets this backcourt in firm position to succeed. Little Gasol (great pick) and Jefferson can hold their own in the frontcourt, so all this team seems to need are some solid forwards to fill out its starting roster. I don’t see much missing here.

54. Jason Richardson (joins D. Granger, J. Smith, N. Hilario, D. Rose): Maybe it was that obvious empty SG spot that made me look for a capable player to fill out this starting five, or maybe it was seeing that the last three players aren’t exactly known for helping with threes, but whatever the reason, I’m convinced Richardson could be an absolute steal at No. 54 overall. A new swingman who seemed to open things up in Orlando is now in Phoenix (see below), and I expect that he’ll do the same for the Suns, which should mean more open looks and easier possessions for J-Rich. With Stoudemire out of town, there are now about 15.4 shots per game that need to be claimed, and I have a sneaking feeling that Richardson will take his share of those. He should also shoulder a bigger load of the overall offense, which could mean better all-around numbers. With Granger and J-Rich set to combine for 16+ threes per week, and with this team’s already solid steals, blocks and rebounds, things are looking pretty swell.

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