It’s not always easy to keep perspective. Like when the 410 lb. orca whale purchasing $30-worth of Burger King for himself double-checks with the cashier that the soda he was served is Diet. But we here at Razzball know how difficult maintaining perspective can be, especially when you’re drunk and trying to sketch moving objects. So from now until the start of the season, we’re bringing you the 2010 Fantasy Team Previews, which will focus on each NBA team in hopes of painting a clearer fantasy picture. Who’s starting over whom? Who might surprise you and who might make you want to hurl yourself off a bridge in a few months. Enjoy! Next up – The Dallas Mavericks.
Lost – Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll, Eduardo Najera
Probable position depth -
PG – Jason Kidd, J.J. Barea
SG – Caron Butler, Jason Terry, Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones
SF – Shawn Marion, Brian Cardinal, DeShawn Stevenson
PF – Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Novak, Ian Mahinmi
C – Brendan Haywood, Tyson Chandler, Alexis Ajinca
3 Concerns Heading Into the Season -
1. Why do the Mavericks have five point guards?
Little known fact: Mark Cuban prefers players that are closer to his height. Either that or most of these point guards will play heavy minutes at shooting guard as well. There were peeps that Kidd would be giving up minutes to Beaubois at the point this season, but those peeps were nuked in a microwave for our amusement when Rod Goodwood went down with a foot injury. Evidence ever since points to him coming off the bench and playing SG and perhaps eventually starting before the end of this season. Like my freshman lab partner with tissues sticking out of her training bra, there’s going to be lots of shifting in the frontcourt this year.
2. What happens first, Beaubois breaks out or I learn to correctly pronounce his name?
Wait, does he have a middle name? Because that will change the answer to this question. Assuming it takes me a month for the first name and a month for the last, I think it will be a tie. I’m expecting Beaubois to be playing 27+ minutes per game by Christmas. NOTE: All that is required for a Beaubois Breakout (the name of my first klezmer band) is enough minutes to perform.
3. Tyson Chandler: Team USA member with least fantasy value this year or Team USA member with least fantasy value EVER?
Well now, wait. He could provide ample fantasy value if he stays healthy all season (missed 37 games in ’08, 31 games in ’09), and can muster more than 7/6 and a block, and Brendan Haywood misses time and … oh to hell with it. Worst Team USA member ever.
Fantasy Disappointment in ’10 – Jason Kidd. 1) He’s older. 2) His position is getting more crowded. 3) Betcha didn’t think there was a three, did you? Well, there is. Kidd is being drafted in the third round despite 1 and 2. 4) There is no four. Ha! See? The house always wins.
Biggest Fantasy Contributor in ’10 - Dirk Nowitzki. 2005 Adam can’t decide if he’s more impressed with Dallas’ current roster or Boston’s current roster.
Deep Sleeper - J.J. Barea. The word is more or less out on Beaubois, but not on Barea. And because Kidd is more or less a ticking time bomb of a major injury, it’s possible that Barea could zip onto the fantasy radar faster than you can say Darren Collison