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Mock Draft Results and Analysis: Dec. 15 (H2H, 9 Cats)

by on Dec.16, 2011, under Mock drafts

This guy caused me much grief during this mock draft. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In the midst of all the NBA insanity lately, I cleared a couple hours last night to participate in my first mock draft of the season. Here were the settings:

  • 12 teams
  • 14 rounds/roster spots (1 PG, 1 SG, 1 G, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 F, 2 C, 3 Util, 3 Bench)
  • Time per pick: 60 seconds
  • Assumptions: head-to-head, nine categories

We had 12 humans sign up for it, but two didn’t show and one got to the draft late. Regardless, I’m happy that so many readers were able to take part in this mock draft on such short notice.

Here’s a quick recap and analysis of the mock draft, with picks I liked in green and picks I didn’t like in red. (Auto-selected picks were not given color judgments — except for one.) (continue reading…)

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Mock Draft Tonight : Thursday, Dec. 15, at 9:20 p.m. EST

by on Dec.15, 2011, under Mock drafts

Fantasy NBA Mock DraftIt’s time for a mock draft.

If you’re interested and available, let’s meet for a mock draft tonight, Thursday, Dec. 15, at 9:20 p.m. EST. We’ll be holding the draft over at Mock Draft Central: Draft #31200.

Here are the settings (which are fixed):

  • 12 teams
  • 14 rounds/roster spots (1 PG, 1 SG, 1 G, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 F, 2 C, 3 Util, 3 Bench)
  • Time per pick: 60 seconds
  • You can enter the live draft 15 minutes before draft time

The draft will be based on nine-category, head-to-head settings.

You can reserve a spot in the draft now. Just be sure to register for a Mock Draft Central account.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below, via Twitter or via email.

Also, if you’re a fellow fantasy basketball blogger and plan on joining the draft, give me a head’s up and send me the link to your site so I can give you a shout-out in the recap.

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Chris Paul Traded to the Clippers: Fantasy Basketball Trade Analysis

by on Dec.14, 2011, under Trades

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

Chris Paul + Blake Griffin = alley-oop heaven

It finally happened: Chris Paul is traded away from the Hornets.

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed in principle to a deal with the New Orleans Hornets. Here’s the breakdown:

Los Angeles Clippers get: CP3, two future second-round picks

New Orleans Hornets get: Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected 2012 first-round draft pick

Here’s a quick list of fantasy implications:

  • This is good news for Paul. Sure, he was a surefire top four pick before the trade, but CP3 is going from playing point guard for a hollow Hornets squad that lost David West to passing and lobbing it to Blake Griffin, who isn’t a bad finisher at the rim. I’d still take CP3 at No. 3 or 4 overall, but this trade is good for him, mentally and for — wait for it — basketball reasons. Griffin should benefit a bit from having Paul feed him the rock, but it’s not a significant bump to his fantasy value. (continue reading…)
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Fantasy Analysis: 2011 NBA Free Agents (updated Dec. 14)

by on Dec.14, 2011, under Free agents

Tyson Chandler

Chandler gives the Knicks what they've lacked for a long time: a legitimate center. His fantasy value remains tied to his ability to stay healthy. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

It’s been a crazy week for the NBA. David Stern’s c-blocking aside, fantasy owners have had a lot to pay attention to — maybe too much. I know for me, my real-life work (you know, the stuff that pays the bills and gets in the way of this penurious passion) has gotten in the way of keeping up with all the chaos, but I finally got a chance to sit down and process the madness a bit.

Though trade rumors are all fine and dandy, we have a long list of free-agent signings to examine. Below is a quick rundown of the signings so far, broken down by team:

Atlanta Hawks:

  • Tracy McGrady (PG/SG): one year, veteran’s minimum
    • If (and probably when) Jamal Crawford leaves town, T-Mac could have inconsistent value here and there. Don’t expect him to get the 25-30 minutes he notched for a few months last season with the Pistons.
  • Vladimir Radmanovic (SF/PF): details undisclosed
    • You know the deal with Radmanovic: If he somehow gets minutes, he’ll hit some threes and get nearly a steal a game, but that’s a big “if.” He’s worthless for the time being. (continue reading…)
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Top 20 Sleepers in 2011-12 Fantasy Basketball

by on Dec.13, 2011, under Other

Jeff Teague

It's simple: Don't sleep on Teague. (NBA.com)

Here’s a quick list of my top 20 fantasy basketball sleepers for the 2011-12 NBA season (assuming nine categories), broken down into three tiers: napping, dozing and comatose. For the full list, which includes an introduction and explanations for each listed player, head on over to DimeMag.com.

Napping (sleepers in a loose sense of the word, because just about everyone knows it):

  • Arron Afflalo (SG, TBD): Target in rounds 6-7
  • Jared Dudley (SG/SF, Suns): Target in rounds 6-7
  • Jeff Teague (PG/SG, Hawks): Target in rounds 8-9
  • DeAndre Jordan (PF/C, Clippers): Target in rounds 9-10 (continue reading…)
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