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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 one, round two, round three, round four, round five, round six, round seven, round eight, round nine, round 10, round 11 and round 12.
Without further ado, I present to you lucky round 13: (continue reading…)
Beast of the Night: Stephen Curry put up 26 points, 6 threes, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 turnovers. He shot 77 percent (10-13) from the field and hit all six of his three-point attempts. Curry’s producing impressive all-around numbers lately and is an straight-up thief, averaging 2.4 steals per game during the last month.
Roy Hibbert – 10-19 FG (53%), 6-9 FT (67%), 26 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk, 2 TO
Rashard Lewis – 2-8 FG (25%), 0-2 FT (0%), 4 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk
Gerald Wallace – 10-16 FG (63%), 10-11 FT (91%), 2 3ptm, 32 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 1 TO (continue reading…)
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Beast of the Night: Deron Williams beasted Orlando’s defense and put up 32 points, 8 rebounds, 15 assists, 1 steal and just 1 turnover. He hit 2 threes, shot 50 percent (9-18) from the field and 80 percent (12-15) from the free throw line. He’s not quite the top-15 player many figured he’d be on draft day but his owners have no reason to complain.
Carmelo Anthony – 16-28 FG (57%), 6-7 FT (86%), 2 3ptm, 40 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO
Ben Wallace – 2-7 FG (29%), 3-6 FT (50%), 7 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk
Charlie Villanueva – 10-19 FG (53%), 6-7 FT (86%), 1 3ptm, 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO
Rajon Rondo – 10-20 FG (50%), 1-1 FT (100%), 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO (continue reading…)
In case you were looking for another perspective on this summer’s active free agent activity and its bearing on fantasy values, here’s Brian McKitish and his view on how things will pan out for the free agents that have joined new teams this summer. He discusses Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Rasheed Wallace, Hedo Turkoglu, Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza, along with the teammates they will likely affect.
McKitish’s conclusions seem well-grounded. He makes a good point about Turkoglu’s potential value in 2009-2010:
Turkoglu is at his best when he can act as a playmaker from the forward position, but Jose Calderon is a pass-first point guard, and the Raptors won’t need Turk to create as much as he did in Orlando. Turkoglu handed out an average of 4.9 assists last season, a number that’s sure to go down as Calderon runs the show.
His discussion of Ariza’s rising value in Houston is also helpful:
Not only is Ron Artest gone, but the Rockets could miss both Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady thanks to injuries for at least the beginning of the season (if not the entire season). Suddenly, the Rockets have become a team with limited offensive options, and Ariza immediately could become a go-to player on the offensive end. And although Ariza is much better suited as a role player, his fantasy owners could be in for a treat in 2009-10. In Houston, he’ll see more minutes than ever, which will lead to a corresponding jump in statistics across the board. Expect career highs in every relevant fantasy category, but be careful with his field goal percentage because he’ll likely struggle mightily from the floor with the additional attention that he didn’t receive as a role player.
Look for Ariza to make more turnovers and commit more fouls, too.
Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva reportedly agreed to five-year deals with the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, for at least $50 million and $35 million, respectively, which should improve the values of both players.
Gordon, whose value is probably a bit inflated after his superhuman playoff performance against the Boston Celtics, finally nabs the big-time contract he couldn’t get from the Chicago Bulls, while Villanueva lands on a playoff-contending team after being dissed by the Milwaukee Bucks. These moves are big improvements for the Pistons, who fell from grace after trading away Chauncey Billups in return for Allen Iverson for financial flexibility.
As an undersized shoot-first shooting guard, Gordon won’t lead the Pistons to any rings but gives them a go-to scorer. Offensively, Gordon and Villanueva will improve the team, but the signing of both players signals a departure from the defensive-minded Pistons teams of the past.
- Villanueva, who averaged 16.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists on 44.7 percent shooting from the field last year, should see his minutes (26:53 per game last season) increase significantly. Throw in the near-certain departures of big men Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess to free agency and it’s clear that the Pistons will lean on 6-foot-11 Villanueva to fill this void. Expect his numbers to rise across the board.
- Gordon, however, needs to hope that the Pistons trade away Richard Hamilton, which is a realistic possibility. If the team retains Hamilton, their backcourt will primarily be composed of Gordon, Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey, and only two can be on the floor at a time. This would mean that Gordon could very well be relegated to the sixth man role he had for so many years in Chicago, though it would seem unlikely that the Pistons would spend $10 million a year on a bench player. With the team’s present roster, Gordon should produce numbers similar to last season’s, with a couple fewer points, more assists and more turnovers a possibility.
- Stuckey, who the team is doing its best to groom as its star point guard, will continue to see significant minutes but consistency will be his main struggle, regardless of who plays with him. His value should be improved as he matures and sees defenses focus more on his new teammates, freeing him up a bit more.
- Hamilton should see fewer shots per game, but will still offer consistent value. If he gets traded, his value could change more drastically.
- Tayshaun Prince will likely see more rebounds, but the rest of his numbers should remain steady.
- Jason Maxiell and Kwame Brown will share most of the minutes at the Pistons’ shallow center position, but only Maxiell offers potential for marginal value. Villanueva may have to put in some minutes at center, too.