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Team analysis: Atlanta Hawks

by on Oct.11, 2010, under Team analysis

Larry Drew, Jeff Teague

Yes, coach Drew will eventually hand the keys to the starting PG gig to Teague. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Depth chart:
PG: Mike Bibby, Jeff Teague
SG: Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford, Jordan Crawford, Pape Sy
SF: Marvin Williams, Maurice Evans
PF: Josh Smith, Josh Powell
C: Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Etan Thomas, Jason Collins

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:
Josh Smith – PF (Rd. 2): 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 3.5 Ast, 1.5 Stl, 2 Blk
Al Horford – F/C (Rd. 2-3): 15 Pts, 10.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1.5 Blk
Joe Johnson – G/F (Rd. 2-3): 20 Pts, 2 threes, 4.5 Reb, 4.5 Ast, 1 Stl
Jamal Crawford – G (Rd. 6-7): 17.5 Pts, 2 threes, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl
Marvin Williams – F (Rd. 11+): 10 Pts, 4.5 Reb, 1 Stl
Mike Bibby – PG (Rd. 13+): 7 Pts, 1 three, 3 Ast
Jeff Teague – PG (Rd. 13+): 10 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl (continue reading…)

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

by on Aug.11, 2010, under Mock drafts

Mario Chalmers

If you don't recognize this dude, it's time to start learning the name "Mario Chalmers." You'll be seeing him a lot on TV this season. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

The pickings are getting slimmer than than Fatboy — or Shady — or Carlos. (Ouch, 0-for-3.)

I’m already getting teary over the fact that we’re nearing the end of this delightful mocking adventure but there’s still work to be done, so let’s truck on, friends.

Concerning Luol Deng vs. Rashard “the hack” Lewis, it appears that things have nearly evened out. Regardless of the outcome, I’m glad Henry and I will have this trifling scuffle to keep track of throughout the season.

We’re not working with all that much in these parts, but what we have are a bunch of players who, like Henry said in round 10, have shots at making some serious comebacks. The rest of the picks basically force you to choose between the known and the unknown. The risks are certainly mitigated down in the last three rounds, but a steal down here will draw the ire and admiration of your opponents.

For you naughty ones who have to catch up, here are round oneround tworound threeround fourround fiveround sixround sevenround eight, round nine and round 10.

Now, onward to the almighty round 11: (continue reading…)

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Quick hits: Oberto a Wizard, Williams healthy, Watson closer to Orlando

by on Aug.11, 2009, under Quick hits

  • Fabricio Oberto finally signed with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday for a one-year deal worth $2 million.  He’ll be introduced on
    Williams says he's "100 percent."  Expect good things from him this season.  (http://hoopedia.nba.com/)

    Williams says he's "100 percent." Expect good things from him this season. (http://hoopedia.nba.com/)

    Wednesday.  For the Wizards, this marks the end of a pretty successful summer.  The team will look like a sure playoff contender when the season begins, given the pending returns of Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood, the addition of Randy Foye and Mike Miller and a new coach in Flip Saunders at the helm.  Oberto’s value remains negligible, except in the deepest of leagues.  He’ll contend for playing time behind Brendan Haywood with the up-and-coming Javale McGee and Andray Blatche.  If one of these players goes down with a long-term injury, give Oberto a look.  Otherwise, ignore him.

  • Marvin Williams, the newly re-signed, talented forward on the Atlanta Hawks, says he is “100 percent.”  We figured that he’d be healthy when the season begins, and Williams was already on an upward swing.  Expect him to build on his numbers from last year.
  • C.J. Watson, the backup point guard on the Golden State Warriors, appears a step closer to being dealt to the Orlando Magic.  If he does, indeed, suit up for the Magic when the season begins, he won’t see anywhere near the 24:30 he saw per game last season, unless Jameer Nelson goes down with another serious injury.
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Odom, Miller, Iverson show free agent pool hasn’t dried up yet

by on Jul.24, 2009, under Free agents

Sports Illustrated has a list of this offseason’s crop of NBA free agents, last updated on Wednesday afternoon.  While some minor signings have occurred since then (Theo Ratliff with the San Antonio Spurs, for example), there are still some productive players out there for the taking.

Here is a quick list of the top 10 free agents who are still unsigned as of early Friday morning, in approximate order of fantasy value:

  1. Lamar Odom: He’s still versatile and capable of putting up great all-around numbers on a nightly basis if given sufficient playing time.  If he ends up back with the Los Angeles Lakers, Odom’s stats will be a bit muted, though still desirable.  However, if he ends up on the Miami Heat or the Portland Trail Blazers, expect a more solid fantasy season for Odom.
  2. Andre Miller: The reliable point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers for the past three seasons is having some trouble finding a new crew to run.  Miller’s entering this season at the ripe old age of 33, but he has shown no signs of slowing down, playing in all 82 games during the past two seasons.  It seems that he’s most likely to end up with either the Trail Blazers or the New York Knicks, two teams that have been searching for an upgrade at point guard all summer.  Miller should see value similar to last season if he ends up on either team.
  3. You didn't forget about AI now, did you? (Flickr/Keith Allison)

    You didn't forget about AI now, did you? (Flickr/Keith Allison)

    Allen Iverson: Oh, you forgot about him?  Iverson, once one of the most impressive, respected and productive point guards in the NBA, is now struggling to find an NBA team who is willing to cough up more than a mid-level exception for the former MVP.  The buzz is that the Los Angeles Clippers are pursuing Iverson’s services, along with the Memphis Grizzlies.  Obviously, he probably isn’t jumping for joy at the prospect of playing for either team, but with the lack of offers on the table, he might just have to swallow his pride and sign on if he wants to remain in the NBA.  Iverson will have more fantasy value on the Grizzlies.  He’ll have too much competition for playing time with Baron Davis and Eric Gordon locked in for major minutes on the Clippers.

  4. David Lee: The restricted free agent had a career year for the Knicks last season, averaging 16.0 points and 11.7 rebounds, while shooting 54.9 percent from the field.  True, he doesn’t get many steals or blocks, but he’s as close to a surefire double-double as you’ll get from a guy not named Dwight Howard.  He’s understandably frustrated by the apparent lack of appreciation from the Knicks, but it seems that Lee’s agent is asking for $12 million per year, a bit high even for a player of Lee’s caliber.  Wherever he ends up, expect him to continue his dominance on the boards.
  5. Ramon Sessions: The restricted free agent made a name for himself in the fantasy world during the final 10 games of the 2007-08 season.  In his last two games for the Milwaukee Bucks he totaled 45 points and 38 assists, though he played the full 53:00 in the final overtime game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Sessions followed up with a strong showing last season, averaging 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists in just 27:30 per game.  Keep an eye on where he ends up.  If given 30+ minutes a night, Sessions will put up solid numbers for your team.
  6. Raymond Felton: The restricted free agent on the Charlotte Bobcats has struggled to reach any kind of agreement with his current team.  The point guard played well for the Bobcats last season, though he took a slight step back from his 2007-08 campaign.  He’s frustratingly inconsistent at times, but his averages are nothing to scoff at.  Expect him to reluctantly re-sign with the Bobcats, unless the Trail Blazers can come through with a big offer that will turn off the Bobcats from matching.
  7. Marvin Williams: Another restricted free agent, Williams has shown consistent production during the past three seasons on the Atlanta Hawks.  His health is a minor concern, but so long as his health is there, he remains a promising young forward who is always good for some points, rebounds and solid shooting percentages.  There hasn’t been much said about Williams’ situation, so expect him to continue his solid production on the Hawks next season unless we hear otherwise.
  8. Nate Robinson: A restricted free agent on the Knicks along with Lee, Robinson also had a career year last season in New York, though he sputtered out at the end.  True, he was helped by the stats-friendly system headed by coach Mike D’Antoni, and the absence of Stephon Marbury cleared up major minutes for him, but Robinson showed flashes of real solid play last year.  Like Lee, Robinson will likely end up back in a Knicks uniform.  If he does, expect good production.  However, if the Knicks land a solid point guard, like Miller, expect Robinson’s stats to take a hit, thus reducing his value.
  9. Flip Murray: The Hawks shooting guard did an admirable job backing up Joe Johnson last season.  The backcourt in Atlanta looks a bit more crowded with the arrival of Jamal Crawford, so look for Murray to take his knack for scoring in bunches elsewhere.  Wherever he ends up, so long as he gets 20+ minutes per game, Murray will always provide your team with double-digit points, along with a couple rebounds and assists, a three-pointer and a steal.  Not shabby.
  10. Linas Kleiza: The capable forward has always produced in limited playing time on the Denver Nuggets and has put up big numbers when playing as a starter.  He’s getting interest from Olympiakos, the team that has retained Josh Childress for another season.  The Nuggets will have difficulty matching any substantial offer for Kleiza, so expect him to take his shooting specialties elsewhere.
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Atlanta Hawks: Team analysis

by on Jul.19, 2009, under Team analysis

Studs:  Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford

Duds:  Mike Bibby

The Atlanta Hawks are still a young, flawed team that has managed to attain some measure of success for the past two years.  They haven’t made many improvements or moves this summer and still have to re-sign restricted free agent Marvin Williams, who should be able to turn in a strong fantasy season on the Hawks.  If Williams does not re-sign, expect the efficient Maurice Evans to step into a more prominent role for the team.

Johnson, who is the clear leader of this team and the Hawks’ best fantasy player, should be in for another strong season with stats that are similar to his past two seasons.  He’s as steady as they come and with the arrival of Jamal Crawford, Johnson should see some of the offensive load lifted of off his sometimes overburdened shoulders.

Expect the high-flying Smith to return to form this season for the Atlanta Hawks.

Expect the high-flying Smith to return to form this season for the Atlanta Hawks.

Speaking of Crawford, expect his role to be the offensive spark plug off of the bench.  That said, he won’t see anywhere near the 38:36 per game he saw last year on the Golden State Warriors.  Expect somewhere around 25 to 30 minutes a night with a couple offensive explosions every month.  He’ll shoot better than he did last season, when he hit  40.6 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from behind the three-point line.  Crawford will be more efficient this year, but he won’t be nearly as productive.

Bibby‘s value will be hurt the most from Crawford’s arrival.  He did sign a new three-year deal in early July, but he’s also entering this season at 31 years old and will likely see some more rest.  Crawford and newly drafted Jeff Teague will likely cut into Bibby’s minutes and production.

Smith took a step back last season, but now that he’s healthy expect him to return to 2007-08 form, which means he should be a fantasy stud this year who may have fallen off of many radars because of his disappointing 2008-09 season.  Don’t fall into that crowd.

Horford struggled last year because of injuries but, like Smith, expect him to bounce back and take a step closer to being a solid NBA center this season.  His scoring, rebounds and blocks should all see increases.

Relevant fantasy players and projected per-game stats:

PG: Mike Bibby (12 points, 3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 threes)

SG: Joe Johnson (20 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 threes)

SF: Marvin Williams* (13 points, 7 rebounds)

PF: Josh Smith (18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.5 blocks)

C: Al Horford (12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks)

Bench: Jamal Crawford (12 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 threes), Zaza Pachulia (6 points, 5 rebounds), Maurice Evans (7 points, 4 rebounds, 1.5 threes)

* if re-signed

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