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2010-11 Fantasy basketball mock draft w/ Weakside Help: Round 13

by on Aug.13, 2010, under Mock drafts

Darko Milicic

You didn't think you'd escape the wrath of Darko, did you? (Jim Mone/AP)

I can hardly bring myself to believe or face the sad, heavy fact that this mock-drafting partnership is finally on its last leg. It’s been a wild ride and the end result is a list of 12 teams that make me feel like everyone from Laurence Fishburne to this guy’s mom.

While part of me is tempted to loosen my belt and indulge the desire in me to cruise through this round (and irritate the hell out of Henry by picking T-Mac), there’s still enough talent at this end of the draft to keep me on my toes. When I got all the way down to No. 156, I found myself having an incredibly difficult time choosing between six or seven players.

It’s also interesting to look at this draft after the big four-team deal that went down a few days ago. Obviously, guys like Troy Murphy and Darren Collison would’ve been picked elsewhere, but that’s a dose of reality for you.

Before the draft goes Kaiser Soze on us, I’d just like to tip my hat to Henry at Weakside Help again for getting this shindig started. It’s been an educational and entertaining venture, and I look forward to reading his retrospection on our draft.

If, by some exceedingly evil reason, you are just joining us, I’ll offer my forgiveness if you catch up with round oneround tworound threeround fourround fiveround sixround sevenround eightround nineround 10, round 11 and round 12.

Without further ado, I present to you lucky round 13:

145. Richard Hamilton (joins K. Durant, T. Evans, A. Horford, P. Pierce, M. Camby, J. Terry, M. Thornton, T. Thomas, Ge. Hill, S. Ibaka, A. Biedrins, B. Haywood): Rip was actually fairly good when he played for the depleted Pistons last season, but that doesn’t make this pick any less ambivalent. He’s in for a timeshare with Ben Gordon but Hamilton is still capable of getting hot every now and then. If anything, he helps this squad’s FT% and gives them an always-coveted masked man. All this with the prospect that he’ll get dealt to a team more conducive to his fantasy value makes Hamilton a bearable selection this late in the draft.

146. Jarrett Jack (joins L. James, B. Roy, C. Billups, J. Noah, K. Love, L. Deng, R. Lewis, T. Splitter, B. Gordon, J. Flynn, D. Favors, Ken. Martin): Jack was a very valuable fantasy find for much of 2009-10. He’ll come off the bench behind Jose Calderon, but JC hasn’t shown that he’s capable of holding off Jack, who will still manage to play 25 minutes a night. He’s a solid all-around dude who will blow up if Calderon ever goes down with another injury. By the way, Jack hasn’t missed a game in three straight seasons, and has only missed six games in his five-year career, so…he’s got that going for him.

147. James Harden (joins C. Paul, C. Bosh, J. Johnson, R. Gay, Mo Williams, C. Kaman, G. Arenas, A. Bynum, A. Kirilenko, S. Dalembert, A. Morrow, C. Delfino): Harden had himself a decent rookie campaign and is on the cusp of being part of the Thunder’s core that includes Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green. He hits threes and racks up steals and should get more minutes at SG this season. (How Thabo Sefolosha continues to start is beyond me — he’s a shorter version of Jason Collins.)  Harden’s FG% leaves something to be desired but his potential for improvement trumps that.

148. Darko Milicic (joins D. Nowitzki, J. Kidd, A. Iguodala, A. Jamison, A. Brooks, M. Beasley, V. Carter, Y. Ming, D. Cousins, W. Chandler, E. Okafor, D. Gooden): Go ahead, let it out — the eye rolling, groans, scoffs, laughter, tears — I’m with you. I was ecstatic when I read last season that Darko was leaning toward leaving the NBA for European courts this fall. Then David Kahn and $20 million happened. All his comments aside, Kahn has clearly made a commitment to growing the human cigar into a tall, prodigious tobacco plant. That said, there’s actually a lot of promise for Milicic this season. Al Jefferson is out of town, which opens up the starting C spot and plenty of minutes there for the big man, who could approach 30+ minutes a game and averages of 11/7.5, 1+ steals and 2+ blocks in 2010-11. And hey, if that doesn’t excite you, how about the possibility of a vengeful Yugoslavian gangster wreaking havoc on the hardwood? If LeBron is keeping a list of naughty people, Darko’s has to be three, maybe four times as long.

149. Shawn Marion (joins K. Bryant, A. Jefferson, M. Ellis, M. Gasol, R. Felton, L. Scola, R. Allen, L. Barbosa, C. Maggette, G. Monroe, R. Artest, R. Brewer): He’s a quarter of the fantasy player he once was but a Marion who shoots 50 percent from the floor, 80 percent from the line and notches a combo of 2+ steals and blocks every night is still worth a roster spot.

150. Reggie Williams (joins D. Granger, J. Smith, N. Hilario, D. Rose, J. Richardson, J. Crawford, P. Millsap, T. Parker, R. Lopez, L. Odom, B. Udrih, W. Johnson): I have a soft spot for Williams, who helped one of my squads win a championship last season. While he probably won’t begin this season as a starter, it’s hard to believe that his stellar play in 2009-10, in addition to his strong showing in the Summer League, won’t put him in the fickle-yet-good graces of coach Don Nelson — at least for spells of the season. Williams is a straight-up beast when he gets 30+ minutes and with fewer offensive talents in Oakland this year, using a last pick on him seems pretty savvy.

151.  Shaun Livingston (joins P. Gasol, R. Rondo, T. Murphy, Z. Randolph, Kev. Martin, O.J. Mayo, J.J. Hickson, J. Holiday, R. Hibbert, K. Azubuike, T. Outlaw, J. Moon): Just reading his name brings back ghastly visions of you-know-what. His health is a major downer for his fantasy value, but Livingston averaged about 11/3/5 along with a combined a steal/block and great shooting percentages in 18 starts for the Wizards last year. He should be able to nail down the starting gig in Charlotte, but his health could derail whatever good he might be able to offer.

152. Shane Battier (joins D. Williams, B. Lopez, D. West, D. Gallinari, H. Turkoglu, B. Griffin, J. Nelson, R. Stuckey, J.R. Smith, G. Oden, M. Chalmers, T. Prince): Battier’s reluctance to average double-digit points puts a big damper on his first-glance fantasy appeal, but other helpful stats are there. He’s a 1/1/1 dude who could take on heavier minutes and duties now that Trevor Ariza has left the SF spot wide open. With Yao Ming set to return for at least a portion of the season, I expect Battier’s numbers to take a small bump up.

153. D.J. Augustin (joins S. Curry, C. Anthony, T. Duncan, A. Bogut, D. Harris, K. Garnett, E. Gordon, C. Landry, A. Harrington, J. Calderon, Ma. Williams, A. Varejao): He was buried under Raymond Felton last season, but Augustin has a shot at splitting time at the PG spot with Livingston this year. This is a high-risk pick in a low-risk spot, but it’s not too much of a stretch to see Augustin putting up some clusters of great lines, especially if Livingston gets hurt at some point in the season. (By the way, Sideshow Bob in round 12? Brilliant.)

154. Linas Kleiza (joins D. Wade, A. Stoudemire, A. Bargnani, B. Davis, A. Randolph, L. Aldridge, T. Ariza, A. Miller, M. Miller, T. Williams, A. Johnson, T. Young): Sleeper. In a shallow Raptors frontcourt, Kleiza appears to be the favorite to start at SF. It only took him a shade under 24 minutes a game to become a fantasy asset in 2007-08, so he should have no problem working his way into fantasy favor in 2010-11.

155. Charlie Villanueva (joins G. Wallace, D. Howard, M. Ginobili, R. Westbrook, A. Blatche, J. Wall, C. Butler, E. Turner, E. Brand, C. Frye, M. Conley, J. McGee): He mailed it in last season and his off-season troubles are cause for some concern for Villanueva. Then again, maybe the basketball court will become his sanctuary away from his off-court troubles. It can’t get any worse than it did in 2009-10, right? Meh. This is a pick based purely on the hope that he’ll bounce back.

156. Dorell Wright (joins D. Lee, S. Nash, C. Boozer, S. Jackson, J. Green, B. Jennings, J. Salmons, M. Okur, B. Diaw, D. Collison, D. DeRozan, J. Childress): He could be the starting SF for the Warriors. That is all.

For the final recap, here are our 12 beloved teams along with our final rating system: beers! (One is worst, three is best — obviously.) What else to celebrate the conclusion of a long, intense journey through the lands of fantasy basketball? Cheers.

Team Delicious: K. Durant, T. Evans, A. Horford, P. Pierce, M. Camby, J. Terry, M. Thornton, T. Thomas, Ge. Hill, S. Ibaka, A. Biedrins, B. Haywood, R. Hamilton ()
Team Bulls 2.0: L. James, B. Roy, C. Billups, J. Noah, K. Love, L. Deng, R. Lewis, T. Splitter, B. Gordon, J. Flynn, D. Favors, K. Martin, J. Jack ()
Team Bang Bang: C. Paul, C. Bosh, J. Johnson, R. Gay, Mo Williams, C. Kaman, G. Arenas, A. Bynum, A. Kirilenko, S. Dalembert, A. Morrow, C. Delfino, J. Harden ()
Team Ipecac: D. Nowitzki, J. Kidd, A. Iguodala, A. Jamison, A. Brooks, M. Beasley, V. Carter, Y. Ming, D. Cousins, W. Chandler, E. Okafor, D. Gooden, D. Milicic ()
Team Tru Warier: K. Bryant, A. Jefferson, M. Ellis, M. Gasol, R. Felton, L. Scola, R. Allen, L. Barbosa, C. Maggette, G. Monroe, R. Artest, R. Brewer, S. Marion ()
Team Stolen Block Party: D. Granger, J. Smith, N. Hilario, D. Rose, J. Richardson, J. Crawford, P. Millsap, T. Parker, R. Lopez, L. Odom, B. Udrih, W. Johnson, R. Williams ()
Team Too Cool to Name: P. Gasol, R. Rondo, T. Murphy, Z. Randolph, K. Martin, O.J. Mayo, J.J. Hickson, J. Holiday, R. Hibbert, K. Azubuike, T. Outlaw, J. Moon, S. Livingston ()
Team Big Time: D. Williams, B. Lopez, D. West, D. Gallinari, H. Turkoglu, B. Griffin, J. Nelson, R. Stuckey, J.R. Smith, G. Oden, M. Chalmers, T. Prince, S. Battier ()
Team Frail: S. Curry, C. Anthony, T. Duncan, A. Bogut, D. Harris, K. Garnett, E. Gordon, C. Landry, A. Harrington, J. Calderon, Ma. Williams, A. Varejao, D.J. Augustin ()
Team Dope: D. Wade, A. Stoudemire, A. Bargnani, B. Davis, A. Randolph, L. Aldridge, T. Ariza, A. Miller, M. Miller, T. Williams, A. Johnson, T. Young, L. Kleiza ()
Team Future: G. Wallace, D. Howard, M. Ginobili, R. Westbrook, A. Blatche, J. Wall, C. Butler, E. Turner, E. Brand, C. Frye, M. Conley, J. McGee, C. Villanueva ()
Team Know Your Limits: D. Lee, S. Nash, C. Boozer, S. Jackson, J. Green, B. Jennings, J. Salmons, M. Okur, B. Diaw, D. Collison, D. DeRozan, J. Childress, D. Wright ()

What are your thoughts on the final results of this mock draft? Which is your favorite team? Let me hear it in the comments section below.

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