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“Dude, you can’t make a title caps to make the pun work, or else it’s a stupid lazy joke!”  Well, ya know I’m pretty effin’ rusty out here catching back up with Summer Ball and this final batch of free agency moves!  I’m as old and as rusty as Deron Williams, who completed his buyout with the Nets, turned it into piles of gold he buried in his backyard, and will be eating Mulligan’s steak with Mark Cuban.  The rich stay rich, just with the richer!  Wait, did that make any sense?  While D-Will has just as much risk as an active Claymore mine sitting on your desk (and giving it a fourth grade girl), I think I might actually buy in a bit.  He’s in a steady decline, but when looking at his numbers last year, it’s easy to forget he came off the bench for a bit – and his bench numbers were horrific.  As a starter he was 14.3/3.6/7.1 with a steal per and only 2.4 TO.  And interestingly enough – nearly 33 minutes a game while staying [mostly] healthy!  Must be the new bacon and eggs diet.  He shot pretty horrible – sub 40% as a starter – but it was 39.6% vs. 32.3% as a sub.  Couldn’t figure out how to get it done off the pine!  Sounds like a merit badge the Pawnee Rangers would give out.  Moving to Dallas, he’s surrounded by SO MUCH better talent that he should have no problem falling into comparable numbers as his starting days in Brooklyn, maybe even with a few more dimes, a few less TO, and playing as the starter all year (if he stays glued together).  This is likely D-Will’s final chance to be on a winner, and after a very sub-par 14-15 I think he could be a draft day value.  Either that or he’ll be a hot spinning cone of meat!  Here’s what else has gone on in the past week of fantasy basketball:

Jarrett Jack Your new starter for the Nets.  He was like, “Wahhhhhhhh, get rid of Deron I wanna start, I’m Jarrett Jack!”  In the starting role last year, Jack was a decent enough 15.9/3.8/6.6 with 1.2 steals.  But on the flip side, only 0.7 treys and 3.3 TO in those 27 starts.  At least he shot 45.8%, better than Deron!  “Wahhhhh, why is JB clownin’ my game!?”

Enes Kanter – Got a big offer from Portland which I didn’t think made much sense, but it got the Thunder to pay up and bring the horrible defender back to OKC.  Double 4s, I just landed on Luxury Tax!  Damn that friggin’ spot blew in Monopoly!  Kanter was a monster in OKC, and by monster I mean an empty dubdub threat at 18.7/11.0.  But no way he shoots 56.6% from the field again, and the 13.3 shots are surely going way down with the whole crew back healthy.  A very “meh” option on draft day I’ll probably pass on.

DeAndre Jordan – Well, we all know what happened here.  It’s not like the media covered it or anything!  Stays with the Clips and will be the exact same.  Borrrrrrrring.  Except when he plays in Dallas.  Man, that will have more drama than, well, anything to do with Tom Brady’s balls.

Zaza Pachulia Signs with the Mavs to fill in for THAT TRAITOR!  Sorry, I became a Mavs apologist right there for a second…  While Dallas has absolutely nothing up front, I still think it’d be hard to see Zaza play 30 minutes a game.  But he will bring a few out-of-position dimes and FT% while giving you no blocks.  He’s not the worst roster filler out there!

Ty Lawson – Can’t lay off the sauce – maybe he’s working really hard in summer school to get a REAL degree and the pressure of studying got to him!  That’s the nicest/meanest combo of an explanation I could come up with…  The Nugs wanted to dump him all offseason, and now Lawson made that impossible.  Denver has even contemplated straight cutting him.  As in, management wants to cut him, ya know, with a butterfly knife.  They’re all outdoorsmen I’m guessing!  Unfortunately for one of the stars of Summer league (see below), it’s likely they hold Lawson and hope to raise his stock for a trade deadline deal.

Jameer Nelson And to make things worse at point, Denver also re-signed Nelson for an absurd three more years.  Isn’t he like, 50?!  If Denver is forced to keep Lawson, this will be a backcourt more clogged than my toilet after Indian food.

Wilson Chandler Re-signs with Nuggets at 4 years $46 mil, $2 MIL MORE THAN MONTA ELLIS!  Maybe Monta’s deal was like, all guaranteed or something, I’m going to harp on this all offseason though…  Anywho, Chandler landed in one of the best spots staying in Denver, since he’ll keep starting and get a boatload of shots.  Especially if they end up trading Danilo Gallinari, which would make a small part of me die inside since he’s a primo-sleeper candidate for me.

Mo Williams – Meh.  Re-signs with the Cavs, and will only have fantasy value, and tiny value at that, if Kyrie Irving gets hurt.  I don’t think we see those Hornets games we saw a stretch of last year, not on a team with those usage fiends!  That sounds like a technical term from Breaking Bad.

Iman Shumpert 4 years $40 million to stay in CLE, which by my count, IS $4 MILLION LESS THAN MONTA ELLIS?!  What the hell is going on in free agency?!

Gerald Green – One year $1.4 mil to play some backup minutes in Miami.  We’ve seen some mad hot stretches from good game Green, including a big 13-14 from GG, but he needs the minutes.  And hey, Dwyane Wade is right in front of him!  Those fill-in streamer games are gonna be pretty usable, as long as you don’t mind a 1-13 night as the downside.

Brandan Wright 3 years to play some backup for the Grizz.  Marc Gasol has been pretty durable, but should he go down, Wright could be pretty interesting.  His career per-36s are over 2 blocks and over 60% from the field.

Luis Scola – A one-year deal to get your Canadian martini all shooken up in the front court.  Patrick Patterson is penciled in to start, but he’s a stretch 4 vs a banger that is Scola.  Banger as in, on the court…  Have you seen the dude?!  I doubt he’s doing much bangin’!

Jeremy Lin Joins the Hornets to assume the Mo Williams role, but will do it with worse shooting and bad defense.  Lin slam!  Minus a lingering knee issue that cost him some games last year with that minor surgery, Kemba Walker has been pretty durable.  I don’t think Lin is going to carve out much, with Nicolas Batum pretty durable as well and playing a lot of minutes at the 2.

Gerald Henderson – Had something called a “hip debridement”, which kinda sounds like a yuppy term for a bachelorette party.  He should be fine to open the year – likely as the starting 2 in Portland – but not much I’m going after.

David Lee – Traded to the Celtics for Gerald Wallace, who I forgot was in the NBA.  On the last few Podcasts, we talked about how messy it was up front in Boston, and that was BEFORE Lee turned into green!  Unless there’s a slew of injuries, I don’t see much happening.

Perry Jones – Traded to the Celtics, just because they want their big man mix even messier.

Austin Rivers Re-signs with the Clips to be a backup and play for daddy.  Even if Chris Paul got hurt, I wouldn’t like him.  I bet Doc wouldn’t like that either…

Chase Budinger – Traded to the Pacers for Damjan Rudez.  Rudez isn’t going to do much on the Wolves, but Budinger will compete for the starting SF role.  Eesh, C.J. Miles and Budinger are like twins though!  What’s the difference?!  Then again, that report means that Paul George will START at the 4?!  The Pacers are going to some mad small ball if that holds up!

Jordan Hill – I don’t think I’ve mentioned Hill going to the Pacers, but he’s the only real challenge for minutes for Myles Turner, who we’ll talk about all offseason I’m guessing.  Hill has shown he can’t hold up to a 30 MPG role, so either way Turner is going to get some run.

Joel Embiid Ugh.  We figured this was coming, but it’s official he is having another foot surgery and is likely missing this season.  I don’t even know the best advice in dynasty…  Try to hold if you can if it’s 12 team or deeper?  I dunno, if Jahlil Okafor plays well, Embiid might be a bench guy…

Kevin Garnett – We talked this on the last Pod, but while healthy, Garnett is expected to start and play close to 20 minutes a game, per sources.  And ya know, I honestly do think he could get through 50-60 games at 15 minutes per, which just clusterf$#&s the Wolves big man situation like the Celtics.  Even though there’s a lot more flashy upside guys – Karl-Anthony Towns is looking like a beast this Summer – I don’t think I’m going here for bigs either!

Andrea Bargnani – Signs with the Nets for two years at the vet minimum.  Hmmm.  I guess the Nets like to collect old guys.  They’re the AARP of the NBA!  Next step – try to trade and bring Kevin Garnett back.  He’s likely going to play backup C to give them a different look when Brook Lopez is out.  And if Brook’s clown foot acts up again, I could see Bargs being a little usable.

Tony Wroten – Whoa, expected to be ready for the start of the season!  That’s a little surprising since he’s coming off an ACL, and while he relies on explosiveness and turning the ball over 8 times a game, there’s a shot he could start at PG.  This should be an interesting development to follow over the next couple of months.

Pierre Jackson Likely Wroten’s main competition (along with Isaiah Canaan), and P-Jax got a partially guaranteed 4-year deal.  Whoa.  He has missed a little summer action with a groin issue, but returned yesterday for a pretty boring 3-9 FG 9/5/2 missing all four treys.  Meh, it’s summer league!  Forget it, it’s Chinatown Jake!

Nemanja Bjelica Eesh, this is going to be a tough one to remember how to spell, but since I have Antetokounmpo down I think I can do it!  Flip praised the Euro-import, who could play backup wing right away.  I don’t see much happening unless there’s injuries, but Kevin Martin has been a little brittle lately and I wouldn’t be surprised to see last year’s Euroleague MVP be a factor.

Moe Harkless Traded to Portland for absolutely nothing (a protected second-round pick that has to be past pick 55).  Aight, which Magic executive did he steal a girlfriend from?!  That’s the G version of saying he might’ve pulled a 50 Cent/Rick Ross.  And now Fiddy is bankrupt!  Al-Farouq Aminu is a terrible scorer, so Harkless got a golden ticket of an opportunity to score some points.  An interesting deep-league flyer.

Allen Crabbe Apparently suffered a severe ankle injury yesterday in summer league, but X-rays were negative.  He could also fit in for some SF minutes, so let’s hope this sprain doesn’t slow him down too much.

Marcus Smart We’re going to have an all-Summer League week next week, but hitting on a few of the big performances so far, Smart has looked pretty good…  Although he is off a 1-11 shooting display dropping his FG% to 32.8% in four games.  Slim sounds like he’s gonna love Smart on draft day; I will be giving it the big ol’ ignore button.

Kyle Anderson Looking great for the Spurs in summer action, averaging 17.7/6.3/2.2/1.7/1.0 in 28 minutes a game.  Unfortunately he’s not going to play much in real life, but if opportunity strikes, he’d be a great fill-in for San Antone.

Emmanuel Mudiay Has looked like the best rookie PG in summer ball, averaging 13.3/3.7/7.3 in 3 games.  He’s been creating and dishing, which is a lot better praise than…

D’Angelo Russell …who has looked lost.  Why I gave this draft pick a D!  D for D’Angelo!  Through 4 games he’s 9.5/5.5/3.8 with a ridiculous 5.75 TO per game.  It’s too early to make any blanket assumptions, but maybe Slim’s never-ending love for Jordan Clarkson will be enough to power him to start and D’Angelo off the bench!  Or at least, have them play together and Clarkson get a lot more usage…

 

We’re going to talk all Summer League next week with another update and a new Podcast, then it’s time for rankings!  I hope everyone is enjoying Summer, and have a good weekend Razzball Nation!

  1. Dante Green says:
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    I’m hoping D’Angelo Russell struggles the whole year coz I want Clarkson to be the main PG! LOL.

    How would you rank TJones now that Smoove is signing with the Clips?? And is Batum back to being a top-30 guy? I don’t know why I’m still interested in him after he burned my team last season. Lol. But I’m thinking in a 14-team league I’d draft him in the 3rd round maybe. Thanks man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: Hah I think we all want Clarkson to be the main PG! Just seems like they hate him!

      Ugh, of course one of the bigger signings the past week happens two hours after the article goes live… Tjones is gonna be mad high for me, he’s gonna be our Draymond. 60s? Might be too high. But somewhere in there. Nah, Batum is outside the top 50 for me, shooting is going the wrong way, he’ll be OK but not great. 14 team, 3rd round might be late 40s, I’d be OK with that though.

      Any time man, good to see ya!

    • Jensen says:
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      @Dante Green:

      To make matters worse on the Jordan Clarkson front, I saw a report that the Lakers were one of a few teams seriously interested in trading for Lawson. How awful would that be?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jensen: @Dante Green: Ewwwww, just what an embattled franchise needs! Hah

      • Jensen says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Just imagine, the Lakers went into this offseason with 1 above average NBA player and they drafted a first round pick to play his position and could trade for another guy to play infront of him.

        God forbid they send Clarkson to DEN in a deal and he splits time with Mudiay. UGGHHHHH.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jensen: Yikes, the Lakers are such a nightmarish franchise right now! I remember on draft day there was the big speuclation they were for sure bringing in big-name bigs and that’s why they went Russell, and instead they got… Roy Hibbert?

        • Dante Green says:
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          @Jensen: Clarkson can ball I don’t why the Lakers are so hesitant to give him full control at PG. He’s only gonna get better unless they don’t give him the minutes and touches that he deserve!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dante Green: @Jensen: Totally agree! Give him the ball, coach!

  2. nont nontiskul says:
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    what do you think of durant this year ?

  3. Clyde Prompto says:
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    What’s with all these guys choosing situations that kill their fantasy value? So inconsiderate. Also, I’m wary of the Deron/Carlisle pairing. Carlisle is a notorious control freak with his PG, and we all know Deron’s history of coach problems. For me it’s 50/50 whether or not Deron buys in and has a vintage season, or sulks his way into a 20 MPG role by January.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Clyde Prompto: i do see that risk too, but I think deron being almost the polar opposite of rondo will help a ton short term – ya know he can shoot, hit FT, and be a “little” less abrasive than rondo haha. Also, who else would they play? I guess Barea maybe… Damn Felton is there too… But they’re too scrubby, let’s hope!

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Oh yeah, they have nobody else for sure. Carlisle runs a great offense, so the potential for Deron to be good is real. I was also envisioning a scenario where the Mavs are like 11th in the West and throw in the towel. Then anything could happen. Dirk to the Pacers!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Clyde Prompto: Whewwwwwwwww, that would be insane! I mean, it’s possible especially if there’s injuries! That would be nuts if they had to blow it up and Dirk played anywhere else…

          • Clyde Prompto says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Dirk’s one of my all time faves and I just want what’s best for him, haha. The West is too loaded for the Mavs to make a run, I do believe.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Clyde Prompto: Oh completely agree, I think it’d take so much luck for them to go on a run. I doubt they make the conf finals, if even winning one series

  4. Khang says:
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    I’m sad Deandre didn’t sign with the Mavs. He would have been 15-15 with a ton of blocks, and Griffin would have gotten back to his good rebounding days. Maybe Dwill would have gotten some easy assists too.

    But he changed his mind. Everybody loses lol

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Khang: ah yeah that’s a good point re Griff’s boards. I still think deron will get some easy dimes, but instead of lobs just kick outs to dirk or Matthews and he gets credited for an Ast haha

  5. ETMcgee says:
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    I don’t really understand your obsession with comparing all contracts to monta ellis’. Frankly, Monta isn’t really that good of a player, as he is an undersized 2 who can’t really defend well at all (yes the steals are ok for fantasy purposes, but RL defense is bad), doesn’t really create well for others, can’t shoot threes, and is only effective with the ball in his hands.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ETMcgee: Is Ellis deserving of a max deal? No. Is he a good fit for every team? Of course not. But it’s all about comparison. Maybe 2 years ago it was a solid deal, but it’s more about the crazy money other mid-range players are making. Shumpert of course is a better fit for the Cavs, but I don’t think he’s as valuable as a single player as Ellis. Robin Lopez at $54 million?! It’s less about Ellis and more about the crazy money everyone else is making.

      • Khang says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        That shumpert deal is insane, and so was the Carroll deal. I like both these guys for my fantasy teams as value players, but wow…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Khang: @ETMcgee: Yeah Carroll is another great comp, so much more than Ellis, of course his defense is elite and it makes sense for the Raps, but it’s crazy he’s making 8 figures more

      • Dante Green says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I see what JB is tryna point out. It’s not about comparing Ellis to other players, it’s about the money these teams are paying them! Lol. The other day I read about Wall commenting that he’s making the same money as Reggie Jackson. I mean if you’re Wall you’d be confused as to why some players are getting paid that way. Look at Asik’s contract and compare it to Tyson Chandler’s! Haha

        • Clyde Prompto says:
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          @Dante Green: NBA salaries are way outta whack. For the upcoming season, the second highest paid player in the league is Joe Johnson. He’ll make around $8 mil more than Harden. Enes Kanter makes more than Boogie. Deron Williams will make around $5 mil more than Wall or Westbrook. Madness!

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Dante Green: @Clyde Prompto: Haha, it’s become the best time to be a free agent. There’s gonna be some madddddd deals next year with expanded caps!

            Asik is another great one! Hell if you’re an average defender and 7 feet tall, you just made $50+ mil this offseason! Haha

            • Dante Green says:
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              @JB Gilpin: agreed! I mean, yes, paying them huge amount to lock em up before the cap sky rockets is the trend now, but come on… It’s like ‘We’ll pay you, AND THEN show us what you’ve got’ LOL i thought it should be the other way around, show your worth and then the you’ll get paid.

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Dante Green: Monta shoulda gone for a one-year deal then got $100 mil next offseason!

  6. toni says:
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    Hi Boys,

    we are creating a fantasy dinasty and now ara drafting.
    My picks: R1-Lebron, R2-Ibaka, R3-Bledsoe
    I need 3s but I take it later with Mathews, Danny Green, Korver, Redick.
    With the 4th I want choose a C between
    Whiteside – Monroe – Bro Lo- Favors – Noel
    What do you recomend for continue my 4th pick and nexts?
    Thanks

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @toni: I love Favors out of those guys.

    • Slim

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      @toni: Settings play a part but I’m gonna assume its a 12er H2H, keep as many as you want. In a dynasty I’m throwing Lopez out. It isn’t worth the injury risk. Next I’m throwing out Whiteside. He’s the worst FT shooter of the bunch and he doesn’t really help assists or steals, his ceiling is nowhere near the next 3. Next Monroe is no sure thing. There are a bunch of offensive weapons on that team and it feels like there’s more risk there than the others, also he isn’t really much of a shot blocker which is really why we draft bigs in the 1st place.

      Noel vs Favors in a dynasty is tough. Noel is 3 years younger and is a better steals/blocks guy, although Favors is no slouch. Favors is better for FG%, and quite a few points. Normally I would favor the younger guy with the more difficult stats to find but I think Favors is going to improve even more and Noel has to contend with what should be a huge USG guy in Okafor. Speaking of USG, before Kanter was traded Favors had a USG of about 23. In March it went up to 26.7 and in April it went up to 29.2. If Favors goes a full year with a 29 USG then he will overtake all these guys in overall value and it won’t be close. Borderline top 25 I’d say.

      I’m not too sure JB agrees with my thoughts on Favors though, my guess is that he goes with Nerlens. I wouldn’t argue it but there is a significant loss of offense and you’re already a bit behind in points with Ibaka.

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Slim: Wow I hadn’t seen those usage numbers pre- and post- Kanter. I owned Favors last year and just watching him he looked more monstrous after the trade. It’s nice to see the math backs that up. Favors is also a sneaky good passer, and could turn into one of those Horford/M Gasol bigs that chip in 3 APG as well.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @toni: @Clyde Prompto: @Slim: Yo!

        I think Slim is throwing out Whiteside a little harder than I would, I might take him over Monroe for the blocks. Those two are close though. But I agree with everyone it’s Favors vs. Noel.

        I think in a vacuum I might go Noel, but with that build I’m going to third the call for Favors. I like the scoring a bit more, and your blocks and steals are already so solid with those first 3 picks. I will toss in that while Favors has better USG, his FG% dropped 5 points as he moved to more mid-range with Gobert down low. But your start is pretty solid FG% guys, so yeah, Favors for me too!

        Thanks for dropping by man!

        • Toni Vidal Ribes says:
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          @JB Gilpin:
          I can´t take Favors… I can´t take Noel… I take Rudy Gay. 🙁
          I´m now between
          Melo
          Teague
          Whiteside
          Gortat
          I don´t know wich way to choose…

          • Slim

            Slim says:
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            @Toni Vidal Ribes: I don’t like Melo and Gortat in a dynasty. Since you already have 2 wings Melo is definitely out. Both there careers are only going to go down hill anyway. So Teague vs Whiteside… I’m curious though, what PGs remain? You’re starting to get to the mid-rounds and we really can’t afford to miss out on PGs. In general, with 13 roster spots I want 4 PGs. The 4th can be a late round gamble but I want to feel good about my #2 and #3 PGs. Now LeBron does kind of count as a PG so you aren’t entirely behind yet. Alright I’m going Whiteside now and unquestionably a PG with the next pick. Hopefully Reggie Jackson will still be around. The age of your drafted players is OK so far, but I would try to avoid anyone else 28 years old or older for the next couple of rounds.

            • toni says:
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              @Slim:

              I can choose
              Lowry-Teague-Dragic-Elfrid-R.Jackson-Riky Rubio-Kemba-Conley-Knight

              • Slim

                Slim says:
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                @toni: Ohhh… lots of good options. Yep, Whiteside now, PG next. And in a dynasty my top guy there is Reggie. Granted he may not be the best next year, I imagine that would be Lowry, but I still like Reggie for a longer life span. I know he has to contend with Jennings but I’m not worried about that. Basically the same as Teague having to deal with Schroeder. Also I think I would look to go back to back PG and shore up the position. Go for like a Clarkson/Mudiay/Russell/Smart etc… late and be done with PG.

                • toni says:
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                  @Slim:

                  1000 thanks!!!

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