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Iverson to the Grizzlies: AI stands for “already irritated”

by on Sep.09, 2009, under Free agents

Allen Iverson is signing with the Memphis Grizzlies for what is expected to be a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

This move (along with the trade for Zach Randolph) is questionable at best for the well-being of the young Memphis Grizzlies, who have a stable of promising young players that will probably be weighed down by the presence of these two historically selfish players.

Don't let the smile fool you - Iverson is set to suffocate the fantasy value of an entire team. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Don't let the smile fool you - Iverson is set to suffocate the fantasy value of an entire team. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

While much can be said about this interesting signing, we’ll table that for now and get right down to the fantasy impact.

  • For Iverson, this move cements his spot in the realm of fantasy mediocrity. He’ll most likely be backing up the point guard position, which means he won’t get anywhere close to the 36:30 he played each game in Detroit last season. Expect him to put up decent stats once every couple weeks, but the Answer is no longer that for any fantasy squad. His name still holds weight but don’t think of him as anything more than a guard to fill out the bottom of your bench in most fantasy leagues. It’ll be surprising if AI can put up more than 14/2/3.5 and a steal per game.

    The key here is that Iverson will have to live with fewer minutes and touches, which is a growing shadow of bad things to come for him and the team. As Geoff Calkins at the Memphis Commercial Appeal writes:

    “Iverson was unhappy backing up Rip Hamilton in Detroit, understand. The man would be unhappy sharing minutes with God. If you think he’s going to merrily sit on the bench behind Conley and O.J. Mayo as the Grizzlies lose another 50 games, I have an Iverson workout video I’d like to sell you.”

    Which brings us to our next two bullet points…

  • With Iverson set to backup (read: steal minutes from) Mike Conley at the point guard spot, don’t expect any uptick in the third-year player’s stats this season. This is a shame, since Conley had a real shot at becoming a more consistent, productive point guard for fantasy squads this season. It should be considered a success if Conley can maintain his minutes and production from last season.
  • O.J. Mayo, who had a stellar rookie year in 2008-09, was set to be an under-the-radar fantasy stud this season. He played 38:06 per game last year and averaged 18.5/3.8/3.2 along with 1.8 threes and 1.1 steals per outing. Since Iverson will inevitably play some minutes at the two-guard spot, Mayo’s heavy minutes are now under threat to either remain the same or even dip a bit, which could mean the same for his production. He’s still worthy of a spot on your roster, but keep your expectations in check.
  • For the rest of the Grizzlies’ relevant fantasy players (Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol), Iverson’s presence means less touches and shots, which doesn’t bode well for their values.

As if all the red in this post doesn’t spell it out for you, think of it this way: Iverson is a wet towel that’s been thrown onto the entire Grizzlies roster. It’s possible that one or two of his teammates will figure out a way to thrive underneath, or even escape its evil, damp clenches, but the chances for anything good coming from this situation are slim at best.

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Iverson in Memphis, Rubio in Spain?

by on Aug.27, 2009, under Uncategorized

  • It appears that Allen Iverson has finally received an offer, and it’s from the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Chris Sheridan at ESPN.com.  This comes on the heels of a tweet on Iverson’s Twitter page saying his agent informed him of an offer from the Grizzlies. It doesn’t seem like any other offers are likely to flood the gates for Iverson, so the Grizzlies are the front-runner thus far.  If he does end up in Memphis, it would dampen the values of O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley, who both have the potential to take big steps forward this season.  Iverson would find himself on young, mostly talented team and would be hard-pressed to put up more than 19 points and 6 assists per night.
  • Rubio is still stuck in Europe and doesn't appear close to escaping to join the Timberwolves this season. (Flickr/rich115)

    Rubio is still stuck in Europe and doesn't appear close to escaping to join the Timberwolves this season. (Flickr/rich115)

    Ricky Rubio was reported to have signed a six-year deal with FC Barcelona continues to be stuck in the mire that is his contract. Reports of his signing with FC Barcelona were refuted by Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn, along with Sports Illustrated and various other outlets. The buzz about Rubio has died down quite a bit during this back-and-forth drama with DKV Joventut, his current team.  The outcome of this drama clearly has the biggest consequences for Jonny Flynn, who will be the starting point guard in Minnesota if Rubio stays in Europe.

    Flynn offers a lot of promise this season and should put up decent numbers as his team’s young floor leader, though he’ll inevitably see ups and downs.  Chucky Atkins is Flynn’s backup and would have slight value if Rubio doesn’t join the Timberwolves, and would see his value dissipate to almost nothing if Rubio does end up coming. It seems more and more likely that Rubio won’t be joining the Timberwolves this season, but monitor this situation until its end.

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Fantasy draft rankings: Round 4

by on Aug.20, 2009, under Rankings

These rankings are based on a 12-team, head-to-head league with nine categories (FG%, FT%, 3PTM, points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers).

See Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3.

  1. Troy Murphy: Murphy was a surprising stud last season and was relatively healthy, too.  His stats were helped by Mike Dunleavy’s absence for most of the season, and with Dunleavy’s return date still up in the air, Murphy could be a real steal here.  If news on Dunleavy is bleak by the start of the season, feel free to knock Murphy up into the top 25 in your draft.
  2. Gilbert Arenas: Agent Zero will be one of the most hyped up players in your drafts, and for good reason.  With good news about his health making waves, Arenas could end up being a top 10 player this year when all is said and done.  However, three knee surgeries are nothing to scoff at.  Like Murphy, Arenas could be an absolute steal here.
  3. Rondo was a beast in the playoffs and should be a stud for the Celtics this season.  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

    Rondo was a beast in the playoffs and should be a stud for the Celtics this season. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

    Rajon Rondo: Rondo put up some incredible numbers in this past season’s playoffs, averaging close to a triple-double against the Chicago Bulls in the first round.  There were some murmurs of some friction with coach Doc Rivers recently, but Rondo appears ready to carry a big chunk of the load for this aging Boston Celtics team.  He would be much higher if he made more threes and shot a higher percentage from the free throw line.

  4. Monta Ellis: His bum ankle has had plenty of time to heal and rest by now, which means Ellis should be ready to tear it up this season.  Barring any setbacks or coach Don Nelson’s mad scheming, Ellis should be a serious contributor to any fantasy squad this year.
  5. Vince Carter: Carter had a very solid year for the New Jersey Nets in 2008-09.  He’ll probably encounter some inconsistency in Orlando as he adjusts to playing with his new teammates, but his all-around game will still be there, albeit in slightly smaller doses.
  6. Jason Richardson: The Phoenix Suns will play faster with Shaquille O’Neal gone.  A faster pace means good things for Richardson and his three-point prowess.  Expect him to get his scoring average back into 20+ territory, with 2+ threes per night.
  7. Stephen Jackson: Jackson will see his production decline a bit with the pending return of Monta Ellis and the emergence of some of the young Warriors this season.  Still, there’s little doubt that he’s the steady floor leader for this team.  His low field goal percentage and high turnovers hurt, but his overall game is solid.
  8. Derrick Rose: Rose had a great rookie campaign and will undoubtedly build on that foundation.  Still, it’s hard to put him much higher because he rarely hits any three-pointers. Rose should be good for around 19 points and 7.5 assists per game, though his turnovers will likely increase as well.
  9. Baron Davis: Davis had a pretty dismal season last year, by his standards: 37.0 percent from the field, 3.0 turnovers and just 14.9 points per game, along with 17 missed games.  His health is always a major concern, but with a new-look roster that looks good on paper, Davis should be able to turn it around to some degree this season.
  10. Mehmet Okur: Okur could benefit big time if Carlos Boozer is traded before the trade deadline this season.  Even if Boozer remains, Okur is a valuable big man who can hit a three-pointer or two per game while shooting high percentages from the field and the free throw line.  He’s not the most exciting player, but his fantasy value shouldn’t be overlooked.
  11. Ray Allen: He’s a ripe 34 years old entering this season, but Allen is still deadly from three-point territory.  Tack on efficient shooting percentages and low turnovers and it’s easy to see why Allen is such a valuable fantasy asset.
  12. O.J. Mayo: Mayo had a very solid rookie campaign and should easily build on those numbers on the lowly (but improved) Memphis Grizzlies this season.  If the Grizzlies somehow land Allen Iverson, Mayo’s value will take a hit, but that seems like a very unlikely possibility.
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