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My very first fantasy basketball mock auction draft*

by on Sep.01, 2010, under Mock drafts

Auction draft

Acid test, indeed. I just wish more real people were around to test the acid with me. Wait, that's not -- oh, nevermind. (dok1/Flickr)

I’ve been a big fan of Yahoo’s Fantasy Basketball platform for nearly my entire fantasy basketball life, so when they unveiled the auction draft format this year, I was quite intrigued. I’ve always wondered about auction drafts and imagined that they’d be lots of fun, but I just never got around to them.

But since Yahoo introduced it and after reading Patrick’s case for auction drafts at Give Me The Rock, I just had to try one. So tonight, I entered a mock auction draft — $200 to spend, 12 owners (six real, six automated), head-to-head format and 13 roster spots (PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, C, Util, Util, BN, BN, BN). It started out well but around 20 minutes into it, the other five real owners set themselves on autobid and I was left all alone, which explains why I still had $15 after I filled out my roster, was able to nab Paul Pierce, O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bogut and Blake Griffin at such insanely low prices, and kind of lost focus with my last batch of picks. So yes, the results below must have one o’ these bad boys appended to it:

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My knee-jerk takeaways:

  1. Auction drafts take a lot more patience and discipline than good ol’ snake drafts. Why? Mostly because you can’t finish a pick in two seconds flat. This consequently causes you to feel antsy if you haven’t bought a player in the past few minutes, which might lead to hasty bidding and regrettable purchases.
  2. Computers will overbid on mediocrity early on, which is why an owner in this mock draft suggested that us real owners should nominate scrubs in the beginning so the computers would spend their money foolishly. This simple proposition proved to be true, and I wonder if the same fishing strategy can be used on newbies — like me.
  3. It appears wise to nominate players that you have little or no interest in actually buying.
  4. There seems to be three basic strategies: 1) burn most of your cash on the big boys early on, then rely on your fantasy smarts to land you very cheap players (ideally with solid value or upside) to fill out the rest of your roster; 2) splurge on one or two studs, then attempt to fill out the rest of your roster with talent similar to what you’d end up with in a snake draft (i.e., from best to worst); 3) wait patiently for other owners to dump their coffers, then try to fill out most, if not all, of your spots with medium-priced talent.
  5. Keeping an eye on other owners’ remaining funds seems smart.
  6. Owners may pay more for a player they just plain want than for one that actually deserves that amount of money.
  7. I like the fact that I have a shot at every single player, no matter how small that shot actually is.
  8. I like how one overzealous owner’s bid can be compounded with another overzealous owner’s n+1 bid — let the dummies pay more for Josh Smith than Pau Gasol.
  9. I like and don’t like how a smart pick is a lot more vulnerable — meaning, picking Danilo Gallinari at No. 50 overall isn’t as simple as waiting for others to pass on him before clicking the “Draft” button and stashing him away on your roster unchallenged. Every pick, whether smart or dumb, is open for all to see and dare.
  10. I wish an electronic auctioneer’s voice would narrate these drafts, and I wish you had the option of choosing the voice’s language/accent, like you can on GPS devices. I also wish that one of those options were “Antoine Dodson.”

While my first auction draft was surely not an accurate experience of the true nature of this beast, I’m still excited to continue participating in mock versions, as well as my first real one within the next month or so. I really wish auction drafts were somehow quicker, but I can imagine them being more fun with actual chatter with people I know.

Here are the results of the mock auction draft:

My team:

1. Deron Williams (Uta – PG) $47
2. Pau Gasol (LAL – PF,C) $40
3. Mo Williams (Cle – PG) $26
4. Al Horford (Atl – PF,C) $32
5. Paul Pierce (Bos – SG,SF) $2
6. Andrew Bogut (Mil – C) $1
7. O.J. Mayo (Mem – SG) $2
8. Eric Gordon (LAC – SG) $8
9. Chris Kaman (LAC – C) $8
10. Luis Scola (Hou – PF,C) $8
11. Blake Griffin (LAC – PF) $2
12. Andrei Kirilenko (Uta – SF,PF) $8
13. Mike Miller (Mia – SG,SF) $1

All picks in order of nomination (my picks in bold; ‘Real owner #’ = real, ‘Team #’ = automated):

(1) Team 8 – Grant Hill (Pho – SG,SF) – $39
(2) Team 9 – Danny Granger (Ind – SF,PF) – $43
(3) Team 12 – Mike Bibby (Atl – PG) – $23
(4) Team 10 – Carmelo Anthony (Den – SF) – $38
(5) Team 9 – Al Jefferson (Uta – PF,C) – $33
(6) Real owner 1 – Tyrus Thomas (Cha – PF) – $13
(7) Real owner 3 – Kevin Durant (OKC – SF) – $66
(8) Team 8 – Chris Paul (NO – PG) – $59
(9) Team 12 – LeBron James (Mia – SF) – $61
(10) Team 12 – Dirk Nowitzki (Dal – PF) – $55
(11) Real owner 2 – Dwyane Wade (Mia – PG,SG) – $51
(12) Real owner 3 – Stephen Curry (GS – PG) – $52
(13) Team 12 – Darren Collison (Ind – PG) – $27
(14) Real owner 2 – Kobe Bryant (LAL – SG) – $48
(15) Jason – Deron Williams (Uta – PG) – $47
(16) Team 8 – Gilbert Arenas (Was – PG,SG) – $16
(17) Team 11 – David Lee (GS – PF,C) – $41
(18) Jason – Pau Gasol (LAL – PF,C) – $40
(19) Team 8 – Amar’e Stoudemire (NY – PF,C) – $39
(20) Team 9 – Gerald Wallace (Cha – SF,PF) – $37
(21) Real owner 5 – Josh Smith (Atl – PF) – $42
(22) Real owner 2 – Brook Lopez (NJ – C) – $40
(23) Real owner 4 – Dwight Howard (Orl – C) – $41
(24) Real owner 4 – Rajon Rondo (Bos – PG) – $37
(25) Jason – Mo Williams (Cle – PG) – $26
(26) Real owner 2 – Russell Westbrook (OKC – PG) – $28
(27) Real owner 3 – Jason Kidd (Dal – PG) – $36
(28) Real owner 2 – Andrew Bynum (LAL – C) – $19
(29) Team 9 – Steve Nash (Pho – PG) – $36
(30) Real owner 3 – Marcus Camby (Por – PF,C) – $26
(31) Real owner 1 – Chris Bosh (Mia – PF,C) – $33
(32) Real owner 4 – Andre Iguodala (Phi – SG,SF) – $33
(33) Team 9 – Brandon Roy (Por – SG,SF) – $37
(34) Real owner 4 – Chauncey Billups (Den – PG) – $32
(35) Real owner 5 – Carlos Boozer (Chi – PF,C) – $34
(36) Real owner 4 – Joe Johnson (Atl – SG,SF) – $33
(37) Team 11 – Tim Duncan (SA – PF,C) – $31
(38) Jason – Al Horford (Atl – PF,C) – $32
(39) Team 11 – Andrea Bargnani (Tor – PF,C) – $32
(40) Real owner 5 – Monta Ellis (GS – PG,SG) – $32
(41) Real owner 1 – Troy Murphy (NJ – PF,C) – $32
(42) Team 11 – David West (NO – PF) – $32
(43) Real owner 5 – Tyreke Evans (Sac – PG,SG) – $27
(44) Real owner 1 – Nene Hilario (Den – PF,C) – $28
(45) Team 10 – Derrick Rose (Chi – PG) – $27
(46) Team 8 – Manu Ginobili (SA – SG) – $29
(47) Jason – Paul Pierce (Bos – SG,SF) – $2
(48) Team 7 – Rudy Gay (Mem – SF,PF) – $26
(49) Team 7 – Marc Gasol (Mem – C) – $25
(50) Team 11 – Zach Randolph (Mem – PF,C) – $25
(51) Team 10 – Kevin Love (Min – PF,C) – $24
(52) Team 10 – Stephen Jackson (Cha – SG,SF) – $26
(53) Real owner 1 – Kevin Martin (Hou – SG) – $25
(54) Team 11 – Joakim Noah (Chi – PF,C) – $24
(55) Real owner 5 – Jason Richardson (Pho – SG,SF) – $23
(56) Real owner 1 – Danilo Gallinari (NY – SF) – $19
(57) Team 12 – Antawn Jamison (Cle – SF,PF) – $23
(58) Real owner 1 – Baron Davis (LAC – PG) – $20
(59) Team 10 – Devin Harris (NJ – PG) – $22
(60) Real owner 1 – Raymond Felton (NY – PG,SG) – $21
(61) Team 10 – Aaron Brooks (Hou – PG) – $21
(62) Team 7 – LaMarcus Aldridge (Por – PF,C) – $20
(63) Real owner 5 – Andray Blatche (Was – PF,C) – $21
(64) Jason – Andrew Bogut (Mil – C) – $1
(65) Team 10 – Kevin Garnett (Bos – PF) – $16
(66) Team 7 – John Wall (Was – PG) – $17
(67) Team 10 – Paul Millsap (Uta – PF) – $15
(68) Jason – O.J. Mayo (Mem – SG) – $2
(69) Real owner 4 – Jeff Green (OKC – SF,PF) – $15
(70) Team 7 – Ray Allen (Bos – SG) – $16
(71) Team 7 – Marcus Thornton (NO – SG) – $13
(72) Team 7 – Channing Frye (Pho – PF,C) – $15
(73) Real owner 5 – Jason Terry (Dal – PG,SG) – $14
(74) Team 7 – Anthony Randolph (NY – PF,C) – $12
(75) Team 7 – Hedo Turkoglu (Pho – SG,SF) – $13
(76) Team 7 – Yao Ming (Hou – C) – $9
(77) Team 7 – Caron Butler (Dal – SG,SF) – $13
(78) Real owner 3 – Jamal Crawford (Atl – PG,SG) – $12
(79) Team 8 – John Salmons (Mil – SG,SF) – $10
(80) Team 7 – Brandon Jennings (Mil – PG) – $10
(81) Team 7 – Rashard Lewis (Orl – SF,PF) – $10
(82) Team 11 – Trevor Ariza (NO – SG,SF) – $9
(83) Jason – Eric Gordon (LAC – SG) – $8
(84) Jason – Chris Kaman (LAC – C) – $8
(85) Jason – Luis Scola (Hou – PF,C) – $8
(86) Jason – Blake Griffin (LAC – PF) – $2
(87) Jason – Andrei Kirilenko (Uta – SF,PF) – $8
(88) Jason – Mike Miller (Mia – SG,SF) – $1
(89) Real owner 5 – Samuel Dalembert (Sac – C) – $2
(90) Real owner 1 – Luol Deng (Chi – SF) – $1
(91) Team 8 – Jrue Holiday (Phi – PG) – $2
(92) Real owner 2 – Jameer Nelson (Orl – PG) – $7
(93) Team 10 – Elton Brand (Phi – PF,C) – $1
(94) Team 10 – Vince Carter (Orl – SG,SF) – $7
(95) Team 12 – Greg Oden (Por – C) – $1
(96) Team 9 – Carl Landry (Sac – SF,PF) – $7
(97) Real owner 3 – Tony Parker (SA – PG) – $1
(98) Real owner 1 – Andre Miller (Por – PG) – $5
(99) Real owner 5 – Anthony Morrow (NJ – SG,SF) – $1
(100) Team 12 – Andris Biedrins (GS – C) – $4
(101) Team 8 – Mehmet Okur (Uta – C) – $1
(102) Real owner 4 – Roy Hibbert (Ind – C) – $3
(103) Team 10 – Corey Maggette (Mil – SF,PF) – $1
(104) Team 11 – Jose Calderon (Tor – PG) – $1
(105) Team 12 – JaVale McGee (Was – PF,C) – $1
(106) Real owner 2 – Robin Lopez (Pho – PF,C) – $1
(107) Real owner 3 – Rodney Stuckey (Det – PG,SG) – $1
(108) Real owner 4 – Emeka Okafor (NO – C) – $1
(109) Real owner 5 – Lamar Odom (LAL – SF,PF) – $1
(110) Real owner 1 – Mike Conley (Mem – PG) – $1
(111) Team 8 – Nicolas Batum (Por – SG,SF) – $1
(112) Team 9 – Beno Udrih (Sac – PG) – $1
(113) Team 10 – Brendan Haywood (Dal – C) – $1
(114) Team 11 – J.R. Smith (Den – SG,SF) – $1
(115) Team 12 – Al Harrington (Den – PF,C) – $1
(116) Real owner 2 – J.J. Hickson (Cle – PF,C) – $1
(117) Real owner 3 – Evan Turner (Phi – SG,SF) – $1
(118) Real owner 4 – Michael Beasley (Min – PF) – $1
(119) Real owner 5 – Boris Diaw (Cha – SF,PF) – $1
(120) Real owner 1 – Wilson Chandler (NY – SF,PF) – $1
(121) Team 8 – Shawn Marion (Dal – SF,PF) – $1
(122) Team 9 – George Hill (SA – PG,SG) – $1
(123) Team 10 – Anderson Varejao (Cle – PF,C) – $1
(124) Team 11 – Terrence Williams (NJ – SG,SF) – $1
(125) Team 12 – Drew Gooden (Mil – PF,C) – $1
(126) Real owner 2 – Thaddeus Young (Phi – SF,PF) – $1
(127) Real owner 3 – Ron Artest (LAL – SG,SF) – $1
(128) Real owner 4 – Luke Ridnour (Min – PG) – $1
(129) Real owner 5 – Wesley Johnson (Min – SF) – $1
(130) Real owner 1 – Leandro Barbosa (Tor – PG,SG) – $1
(131) Team 8 – DeMar DeRozan (Tor – SG,SF) – $1
(132) Team 9 – Serge Ibaka (OKC – C) – $1
(133) Team 11 – Ben Gordon (Det – SG) – $1
(134) Team 12 – Charlie Villanueva (Det – PF) – $1
(135) Real owner 2 – Amir Johnson (Tor – PF) – $1
(136) Real owner 3 – Kelenna Azubuike (NY – SG,SF) – $1
(137) Real owner 4 – D.J. Augustin (Cha – PG) – $1
(138) Real owner 5 – Jarrett Jack (Tor – PG,SG) – $1
(139) Team 8 – Tiago Splitter (SA – SF,PF) – $1
(140) Team 9 – DeMarcus Cousins (Sac – PF,C) – $1
(141) Team 11 – Louis Williams (Phi – PG,SG) – $1
(142) Team 12 – Reggie Williams (GS – SG,SF) – $1
(143) Real owner 2 – Jermaine O’Neal (Bos – C) – $1
(144) Real owner 3 – Richard Hamilton (Det – SG,SF) – $1
(145) Real owner 4 – Shaun Livingston (Cha – PG) – $1
(146) Team 8 – Darko Milicic (Min – PF,C) – $1
(147) Team 9 – Josh Childress (Pho – SG,SF) – $1
(148) Team 11 – Spencer Hawes (Phi – C) – $1
(149) Team 12 – Brad Miller (Hou – C) – $1
(150) Real owner 2 – Jonny Flynn (Min – PG) – $1
(151) Real owner 3 – Jason Thompson (Sac – PF,C) – $1
(152) Real owner 4 – Omri Casspi (Sac – SG,SF) – $1
(153) Team 9 – Dorell Wright (GS – SG,SF) – $1
(154) Real owner 2 – Mike Dunleavy (Ind – SG,SF) – $1
(155) Real owner 3 – Travis Outlaw (NJ – SF,PF) – $1
(156) Team 9 – Shane Battier (Hou – SF) – $1

What are your thoughts? Do you have any pointers regarding auction drafts?

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