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More ranks, here we come!

Whew, I admittedly had a little rankings-shock after writing War & Peace with my Top-10 there.  I gotta whittle this down a little bit if we’re gonna have the ranks done by September like I hope!  No one wants to wait until early October to read about the 198th ranked Jeremy Lamb…  Or maybe they do!

I must preface these ranks with an admission – I’m buying more and more into punting.  I’m Todd Sauerbrunning it!  You can pull off some pretty crazy rankings changes when you knock off some categories in BBMonster valuation.  And before everyone gets all snotty with their comments, I know I’m going to bounce around using some 9-cat valuation for some guys, then take out some cats for others.  Ranks can’t be a one-size fits all, they change each player you draft.  It would be like ranking a white wine high with a steak recommended as the pairing, THAT’S BLASPHEMY, DAMMIT!  Here’s the Top 25 for the 2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Season:

11. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…  If you didn’t catch that, YEAH YEAH I GET IT!  LeBron not in my top-10 seems blasphemy.  But it’s not like the epicness we saw in the playoffs was what we got from BronBron in the regular season.  BBMonster had him at only 9th in per-game value; steals fell to a career-low 1.4, blocks at only 0.6, only 1.1 treys (although that might be a GOOD thing as his FG% got to over 50 again at 52.0), and the FTs remains a mysterious knock on his game.  Sure there’s the safety factor, but with schedules out now as we get through the rest of our ranks, there’s some big red flags.  In the H2H semis, the Cavs have only 3 games, going @DEN (thin air on the road?  DNP?) then back-to-back Fri/Sat.  Then in the 4-game finals, another Thur/Fri b2b with the Friday game at the Q vs. the Sixers.  We could very well see 4-5 games over your pivotal final two weeks.  The safety through the regular season still keeps him a must-draft first-rounder in 12-team leagues, but you may want to consider shopping as you approach your trade deadline, even if he falls to you at 11.

12. Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks

So Trillllll!  A perennial Razzball favorite, Millsap is aging like a fine wine (unlike the swill I mentioned in the open!) as a Swiss Army knife PF that no one gives the proper cred to.  BBM had him finishing 10th – a mere .01 behind BronBron – thanks to those sexy 1.8 STL and 1.7 BLK.  With Big Al Horford now a Big Ol’ Celtic, we get the Big Ol’ useless-outside-the-paint Dwight Howard to clog the lane.  Thankfully Millsap has been continually improving that perimeter game since getting to Hotlanta!  I expect a very similar 15-16 from Trill, with maybe a few less boards and blocks, but more offensive touches and points.

13. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

I think Slim might reprimand me for this, but in the debate between Lowry and Wall, I’m going to the PG North of the Border.  Which I hope serves better food than South of the Border!  Can you say bland?!  Anyway, Lowry finished 11th in per-game stats and proved the hand injury issues he had in 14-15 were an isolated anomaly.  Sure he might not grind through 37+ MPG again, but he should be amongst lead-leaders in minutes and saw a dramatic improvement/career-high in FT rate.  He also got to a career-best 2.8 treys, and can maintain 6+ dimes at a sub-3 TO rate.  2.1 steals were a career-best as well.  Late bloomer Kyle!

14. John Wall, Washington Wizards

Even though Wall finished down at 22nd in per-game, the two PG are razor close for me.  I’ve always maintained that if there’s one stat to punt, it’s TO, and Wall gets em by the boatload.  He hops up to 11th in 8-cat, yet still behind Lowry.  Yes, you could argue you wouldn’t want to pay for Lowry’s career-year– wait why am I talking Lowry?!  These two are forever intertwined to me now!  Like Magic and Jordan.  Ok, not quite…  Wall finished 3rd in the league in dimes at 10.2 – a career mark – while also setting career bests in treys and steals.  Yes, the 0.8 blocks are huuuuge for a PG, but I wish we saw more than 1.5 treys for his low FG% (42.4 in 15-16) and more FT attempts like we saw earlier in his career – FT volume has fallen for 4 straight seasons down to only 4.5 FTA a game.

15. Paul George, Indiana Pacers

PG13 isn’t elite!  Let’s brew this up again!

What a fantastic bounce back for George off the injury, and then looking a little rusty in a brief few minutes in 14-15, to an incredible 15-16.  Played 81 games, another 4+ dime season, 2.6 treys were a career-high, and the FT volume also set a big milestone in his numbers at 5.6-6.5 a game.  Sure there’s a little concern with Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young brought in – more mouths to feed – but this high-pace Pacers (pun police!) offense is centered around the PG13 engine. You could easily do the same with your fantasy offense.

16. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

As you see cliched across virtually all fantasy sports, “you can’t win your league in the early rounds, but you can lose it”.  And Boogie feels like he could be the main reason you lose if you still think he’s a first rounder.  Only 65 games last year after 59 in 14-15, and after a nice step forward in FT% that season, it came crashing down to 71.8% on a horrific 10.2 attempts per game.  Nearly have to FT punt!  STL+BLK remained at over 3, but without Rajon Rondo’s vortex of TO-proneness, I easily see the TO going over 4 again.  If you could guarantee me 80 games (which you can’t due to injuries and front office issues), then lord give me strength, he might end up a first-round value.  Big might though.

17. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

I had #OccupyDraymondGreen at 10th in my Way Too Early Ranks, but with all the talent Golden State is showering on their line-up, I gave him a little hit.  Thankfully his game isn’t centered around scoring the ball, and if you’re gonna help pad your stats with BS assists on kickouts to jump shooters, you couldn’t be in a better situation.  I sound a little jaded on Dray, don’t I?  I just don’t take nut taps lightly, it’s such bush league!  I’m like the Wolverine.  I’d start swinging if people did that ish to me like they’re some 19-year-old frat boy with a Bud Lite Lime in their hand.  But alas, bush league isn’t a stat category, and instead we will likely get less scoring and maybe a little hit in dimes.  On the flip side, we should see less FTA (FT% is a problem for him), similar treys, and I’d be shocked to see his TO stay over 3 (3.2 last year).  It might look a little less “popcorn statty”, but the D stats and dimes should keep him afloat as a solid 2nd-rounder.

18. Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets

Mannnnn, I’ve always liked Kemba, but didn’t see a breakout like THIS!  He wrapped up a top-20 finish in 15-16, thanks in large part to finally shooting over 40%.  Not only did he go over, but WAY over at a career-best 42.7%, while shooting 6.0 3PTA and 16.4 FGA, also both career-highs.  Mo shots, mo makes!  FT volume also went up, and the real kicker to Kemba’s game is only 2.1 TO.  He would make a fantastic pairing with KAT – sure you’ll need to nab some dimes in the mid-rounds, but that could be a great %-pair with low TO.

19. Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers

Like Wall and Lowry, Walker and Lillard are forever intertwined!  3pt shooting, undersized yet dominant…  I love them both!  I don’t hate ALL small players, only Nate Robinson!  So Lillard finished last year at 18 – a few spots ahead of Kemba – and I think a lot of people will be surprised to see Kemba ahead.  Comes down to those popcorn stats – Lillard will crush in Pts, 3s, and Ast, but WHERE’S THE BEEF?!  Only 0.9 steals, Omen?!?!?  Add onto that a large-ish hit 3.2 turnovers.  I just don’t see him as quite as good a fit with the first round bigs, so I docked him in that regard.  Hopefully he doesn’t make the animals go nuts in the Zoo when we go on our field trip day together…

20. DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers

If you listened to our latest Pod, you got some genuine surprise on my part.  And sometimes a paradigm shift in your thinking can finally spark in one live moment.  Finishing 70th in per-game stats, the enigma that is the FT punt that is the DeAndre Jordan looked to be another 30-40ish overall pick for me.  But if you toggle off FT%, DJ vaults to third in per-game stats.  THIRD!  Curry, Whiteside, DJ.  Nonsense.  Equally as nonsense is the NBA changing the FT rules.  If you can’t make FT, you shouldn’t be rewarded!  Ugghhhhh, that really grinded my gears, Silver!  Now you get a FT AND the ball back for a foul under 2 minutes away from the ball EVERY quarter.  Dumb.  But nothing I whine about will change that, and it should help DJ get the FTA to under the 8.0 mark like we saw last year.

On top of his value as a FT punt, the Clippers also fall into arguably the best playoff schedule, going 3/5/4 (editor’s note – oops it’s 4/5/3, but same idea).  Yup, 5 games!  DJ went 2012-15 – THREE seasons – playing all 82 games before 77 last year, so I think even with maybe one fantasy-playoffs-benching (if that), you’re getting some unreal numbers and likely close to locking up REB/BLK in the playoffs up until the finals with the safety of this pick.  Stays healthy, great postseason schedule…  I’m in on the punt!

21. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

I know what you’re thinking.  “JB is super lazy, and just ranked the two FT punt guys together”.  Nuh uhhhh, meanie pants!  I just think they’re THAT close.

As with DJ, Drummond is ranked all the way down at 122 (!!!!), but goes up to 7th with FT removed.  Drummond has proven the impossible, by somehow getting WORSE at the line the past three seasons, down to 35.5%.  On the flip side, the rebounding is epic, he’s finally settling in as a go-to post scorer (16.2 PPG last year), and gets steals out-of-position.  You don’t quite get the blocks, and if I’m reading the sched right, Detroit only has 3 games in the semis.  I think these guys are razor close, but unless your league has shoulder hair as a category, I’ll go DJ first.  By just a shoulder hair…

22. Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets

The big man run continueth!  Our good friend the Ol’ Clownfoot is off another healthy season, where he only missed games due to being shut down due to Nets-awfulness.  And therein lies the issue – I don’t think the Nets are going to be any better, as I mention in their Team Preview.  On such an extremely friendly deal in the NBA’s runaway valuation free agent market, contenders are gonna salivate over adding Brolo, and the Nets desperately need picks and young talent.  It just seems so logical he’s moved at the deadline!  Somewhere where he would no longer become the focal point (most likely) and cede some touches.  But there is plenty to be said for safety and consistency – he’s gonna score 19-20 points (on the Nets), nab 7+ boards, shoot well over 50%, and get close to 2 swats with a good-enough FT%.  His blocks were actually right at 2 last year as well, until only 2 swats the final 8 games.  Laziness due to lousiness.  Brooklyn in a nutshell.

23. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Kristaps…  POISON GOOSE!  Kristaps…  POISON GOOSE!

As I said in my Way Too Early Top 25, I’m going to plagiarize my plagariziton.  Does that count?  It’s just sooooo good!  “Porzingis had a solid season with averages of 14.3 points, 7.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.9 blocks, 0.7 steals and 1.1 3-pointers, becoming the first rookie to ever score more than 1,000 points, grab 500-plus rebounds, make 75-plus 3-pointers and block more than a 100 shots.”  And like I said then, he’s what we were HOPING from Serge Ibaka last year!  Durability questions still remain, but he’s been working on adding body strength and really getting embraced by new head coach Jeff Hornacek.  I’m also a little worried that Rose and Melo become USG vortexes, but hopefully Zinger can still get his shots on.  And you have to love the minuscule TO.

24. Al Horford, Boston Celtics

Big Al, big new team, Big Boston…  It’s a big change!  And as much as I love his game, I just have this creeping suspicion that the production is gonna drop a tad.  Our favorite, albeit annoying, younger-cousin-that-wants-to-always-talk-boy-band-music B-Rad loves to play his rotations Larger than Life and a game is Incomplete if everyone doesn’t get off his bench.  Horf should still be playing 32-33 minutes in my book, trust me I Want It That Way, but I could easily see him slip to 29-30.  The added perimeter game is awesome, but I wish the FG% was More than That 50.5% we saw last year, a career-low since his rookie season.  I’m also not quite sure if the 3+ dimes will fit in that system, but we’ve yet to see the Shape of My Heart, or the shape of their offense.  At a 16th finish in per-game last year, I could see Everybody rushing to put him atop this big man run, but I don’t see Big Al playing 2016-17 with All I Have to Give.  In a World Like This, I am keeping him at 24.

25. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

Yeesh.  The 2015-16 season in review for Blake – constant ridicule due to Kia commercials, punches an equipment manager and breaks his hand, earlier had a battery charge in a Las Vegas nightclub fight dropped, tore a quad, then had further soreness in that quad in the playoffs.  BUT WHO CARES ABOUT THAT, KRIS HUMPHRIES GOT GIZZED ON!

THERE’S SOMETHING TO SWIM IN!

Too far?  Sorry, I just got caught up in that Blake Griffin-rage.  Trying to finish strong off the injuries, Blake was atrocious in the playoffs in the four games he played before the Clip fell to the Blazers in the first round, shooting 37.7%.  Well, the rest was fine I guess.  Here’s to hoping he can shake off the rust, as he’ll want a big season before heading into 17-18 free agency.  But with the caps expanding so big, he’ll likely get a max regardless.  I think there’s plenty in the tank to bounce back, and his numbers were phenomenal before his final 5 regular season games post-injury brought down the averages (23.2/8.7/5.0/0.7/0.6 with only 2.4 TO and shooting 50.8% in the first 30 healthy games).  With CP3, the Clip are definitely going to make another run, so no concern of a deadline trade or anything, just hopefully a healthy, bounceback Blake season.

 

And that’ll wrap the top-25!  A few big names had to get squeezed out, and I’d surely like to hear about em in the comments.  Shoot your thoughts below, and happy off-season prep, Razzball Nation!

  1. Lasandro says:
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    *refresh refresh refresh* IT’S HERE!! And here I thought for a second that Razball was saying Bye Bye Bye to its readers.

    So, this is always my fav section of your ranks. I always get blown away by some of your picks. Last year, par example, the Steiffel Tower was so damn high on your list and caused such giddiness/sexual tension in all us readers. I must say, I’m having similar erectile reactions to seeing both DJ and Drummo appear so early. I guess my question is: which of the two do you see averaging the lesser amount of FTAs, with the new (and yes, ridiculously stupid) rule? That’s who I’ll likely pick up. Personally, I think this rule was made more for DJ’s benefit, than for Drum.

    Meanwhile, I am utterly shocked (sexually, too.. I may have a problem) that Oladipo and Bledsoe aren’t here. ESPECIALLY Victor. In all of my mock drafts (roto) I’ve been taking him ahead of Kemba, Blake and that the three centers on your list. I just feel that with his age, his obvious gifts on BOTH ends of the ball, and a previously-never-had allocation of touches and minutes, he has a higher ceiling that several of the others on your list. And @Slim was right about him on the pod: he’s a very decent 3pt shooter and his shot improved towards the end of last season. Ok, I can see you ranking Kemba higher, but you KNOW that man irritated the hell outta me by killing my FG% the previous seasons. And Bled.. I realise it’s all about injuries, but surely if you get 70-75 games outta that guy, you have a 2nd rounder, no? Mind you, the same could be said about Jrue..

    GREAT job finally ranking BroLo well. Reading Rotoworld the other day, people are still somehow concerned about his foot. I swear, I need to find that bloody article I read over a year ago highlighting the 90% permanent success rate his particular type of foot surgery has on athletes! Clownfoot no more (even though it’s the best nickname for him)!

    There’s so many more questions I have, particularly regarding the slue of wings to choose from this season, a la Parsons, Ariza, Tobias, Hayward, Melo, Gordon, Wiggs, Gallo… ugh, it’s a tough’n picking between these guys.

    Mucho gracias, mi hermano.

    • Lasandro says:
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      @JB Gilpin @Slim: Oh and there’s no way I’m taking Bron over Trill this season – that man’s gonna have a big one in ATL, me thinks. And play more.

      • MAC says:
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        @Lasandro:
        RAZZUP?!!!
        if ur gonna get 1 of the triple Ds, as in “deaththrow” DJ/ DRUM/DWIGHT (wooooooooow!!!!!!), u should not be worried bout FT attempts. simply put, youll be punting FT.
        DJ and DRUM are very close for me as well. its a matter of DRUMs upside, where he improves his FG pts blks TO versus DJ stability and that damn great PO sched(4/5/3). as of right now, im going DJ with that schedule. hehe.

        not big on combined rankings, i like positional rankings, but id definitely gonna get dipo and bled over griffin. though not over kemba, DJ and DRUM. bled and jrue are risk/reward picks, hopefully they fall in the 30s.

        BroLo is a solid pick, but it looks like he will be ranked 20-25 range. im definitely targeting my PG2 there, with kyrie, oladipo, bled and IT2/3 in that range as well.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Lasandro: @MAC: Hah yeah, sorry for the delay. BUSSSSSYYYY time in sports and in real life, I don’t have a free weekend for a while still it looks like… Would never say bye Bye Bye to you guys!

          Well for FTA – both for you Las and MAC – I DO think that less FTA is something to think about, because you COULD still win the cat a few times a year. If you go from say 2 wins in a full punt to 5 wins, that’s worth considering. So yeah, I think since DJ doesn’t really get involved in the offense, rule def helps him, vs. Drum getting post touches.

          Bled, Dipo, and SHOCKED you didn’t mention Butler being out 🙂 are all in 25-30. I dunno if Dipo gets that huge bump in usage, Westbrook touching it so much (hah), Kanter in the post… I just dunno if I would take him earlier. And Bled, yeah injuries…

          Hah, glad we can agree Clownfoot is safer and it’s stilla fun name 🙂

          25-50 I’m gonna aim to be the Monday lead, I gotta get truckin’!

        • Lasandro says:
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          @MAC @JB Gilpin: And a Razzup to you too, good sir.

          Ugh, how the F didn’t I mention my Jimmy Boner.. I don’t deserve to play fantasy this season. Wow all three of those explosive guards are gonna be in the 25-30 range? Damn, son. In all my mocks, I’ve been picking Dipo over Jimmy and it makes my stomach turn (even tho Vic is possibly a fav 5 player of mine), but I DO think that his usage is gonna see an uptick in OKC. His ball handling is great, and I see some of his mins being at the PG when Westy is taking a break. I see very late teens in ppgs, an uptick in ASTs, and perhaps even STLs. Is it unfair for me to think that he’ll have a higher upside than Jimmy this season? From what Rondo and Wade have been saying, the ystill view the Bulls as Jimmy’s. Let’s break it down: he’ll perhaps take a hit in scoring, but I’m thinking UBER minimal. His ASTs will dip. But anything else? He’ll still get to the line at a good rate. His FG% is bound to rise playing off the ball. STLs should remain elite. May hit more 3s… hm

          You know what? You’ve kinda sold me on drafting DJ – something I never woulda done prior to this rule change. And yeah, my sentiments exactly re: choosing between he and Drummo’s higher usage. Obviously, if I were to draft either AD or Hassan, I’d grab someone else in the 2nd.

          Along with all those other wings I named, I forgot to mention The Duchess. His value should be interesting to calculate.. looking forward to it! He played extremely well with Giannis taking on the primary ball handling duties towards the end of last season. And there arent many elite wings to draft this season, as far as ones who sink a bunch of threes and contribute elsewhere.

          Truck on, boy. Truck on.

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            @Lasandro: b
            If the bucks indeed have a 444 playoffs, I imagine that giannis and the duchess will really climb a few spots. I just hope Giannis falls a bit in the 2nd round but I just can’t see that happening, that upside is too much

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              @Marshalll: yup, bucks have a 4/4/4 as well as WAS and BKN. LAC as well with 12 games with 4/5/3 splits. i think those 4 have the best PO sched.

              yup, it depends where you pick and who you get in the 1st. getting KAT or AD in the first would definitely make me get PG in the next 2 rounds. while getting curry, kd, or paul il be looking for 1 of DJ and DRUM in the 2nd.

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Lasandro: @Marshalll: @MAC: Hahahaha that was who I was referencing! Yup I think I have them E Bled, Butler, Dipo 26-28.

                You’ll have to read my 26-50 which I’m wrapping up, but I’m not so sold on Dipo’s USG uptick. I DO agree Dipo has more upside though, they’re very close. Yeah AST way down and Butler has STL go down for a few years now. And not topped 67 games in 3 seasons now.

                Got Duchess 33. Feel pretty good on my 26-32, so I think he’s locked in there right now. Yeahhhhh, I want Giannis pretty bad, if I am a 10-12 pick, at least I’ll be happy going Greek.

                KAT and Kemba. I really like that pair.

              • Lasandro says:
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                @MAC @Marshall @JB Gilpin: Ah, so you’ll have the Duchess before those other wings a la Hayward, Melo and Parsons (or, maybe not?), interesting. I wasn’t as aware of Jimmy’s decline in stls… I watch him too much and see how incredible a defender he is, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he gets the popcorn D stats (like a Bruce Bowen, I guess). Dare I say, he may not end up on my roto squad this season.. The only Bull I may end up getting in the later rounds may be RoLo, who I see being a pretty decent contributor this season.

                I did some mocks and some guys picked Giannis before KAT and KD, yeesch. Also, ESPN has CP3 ranked SO damn low.. I may be able to nab him with a super late pick in the first, or hell, even the second round.

                Here’s a fun (and impossible) question for ya: who’s gonna be this season’s 14-15 Gobert in fantasy haha? My pick: Kristaps. And yes, it’s purely due to aformentioned USG vortexes in Rose and Melo.. I just don’t like that situation for him.

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Lasandro: Yup I do! Hayward is a clear 4th of these 4 to me. Top 50 is out first thing tomo morning for EST here 🙂

                  Yeah the defense is still there for Butler, maybe it’s just fluky noise, but I dunno. We’ll see how ADP looks for Mirotic and Portis, I may still have interest in those guys too.

                  Whewwwww, yeah that’s a little silly for Giannis. Wow, CP3 in the 2nd round is crazy too haha.

                  Nooooooooo, def not Porzingis! Although the pedigree is similar – young big that you’ll have to draft high. Maybe Drummond could fall off horrifically like that? But doubt it…

  2. Richo says:
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    Mannn, I was hitting up this website heaps this week looking for more content. Thank you.

    I know it’d be a fair bit of work, but if you’re keen on investigating some punt strategy I’d love some ‘punt builds’ or something.. Punt *these two cats*= target *these guys* for *these awesome reasons* because of *these awesome stats*. BBMonster is real fun to play around with like that, Kyle McKeown (spelling??) had a pretty sweet tool for it last preseason.

    Always been interested in punting rebounds + something

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      @Richo: ..and punting assists+something, focus on winning TO when everyone punts it to win Ass.
      Also, how to punt with guys like Dray and some of the scoring guards.

      Outstanding effort with Horf summary, had to stretch the bow pretty far for a few of them. I always end up with millsap, so under rated.
      I traded some plebs and a third rounder for Teague and Dieng in a keeper league on the back of your advice, toot-toot.
      Pretty rattled about value of Dray, Horf and Millsap with trades.
      Surprised to see Boogie so low.

      Thanks again

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Richo: Thanks man, sorry for the gap there!

        Hmmm, the team is mulling over their preseason stuff, I might have to delegate it, but that’s a great idea! Ranks and finishing the team previews is likely gonna be all I can handle haha. But yeah, the BB Monster functionality is awesome.

        Scoring guards you could maybe punt AST+STL, flank with awesome bigs too, and have something cooking there.

        Haha I think it was more fun stretching the bow than trying to hide it too much 🙂 Appreciate it! Oh hell yeah, Dieng Train is coming in at the 30s station pretty soon! I’m so happy there. Yeah Boogie just needs to play and keep his feud with the front office in check!

  3. DORIAN says:
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    Salutations!

    Love the rankings, I’d be very happy to get Griffin that low, I think his stat set makes him top 15, especially as her goes on the “eff you, remember me?” tour this year.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @DORIAN: Thanks man! Interesting, this is why I love comments, you want him higher, and a comment above wants more players ahead of him haha. Big thing holding him back to that 15ish range is you’re passing the bigs who give you major blocks. Sure you can piece em together later, but I think he’s slightly below that run with a few health/makeup question marks

  4. Khang says:
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    What do you think of a Lebron + Cousins combo to start the draft? You’d be off to a really good start in Points, Boards, Steals, and Assists. Blocks, FG, and Treys would be decent too. FT’s and TOs would be ugly though, but I think you can draft guys later on in the draft to compliment them such as Dragic, Jrue, Gobert, Vuc, Myles Turner, Gordon, etc)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Khang: I’m not digging it too much, the big reason being Boogie’s health and LeBron’s shut down concern. If it works as planned most of the season, there’s a pretty big possibility you’re missing multiple games from the pair. In theory I really like it, but I’d rather the safety of Millsap

  5. Jeremy says:
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    Where did you rank Klay Thompson? Asking ahead before the 26-50 comes out haha

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeremy: Haha I got him 44. Took him down quite a bit, he’s going to be the Kevin Love of the big 3, without the rebounds

      • jeremy says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        That’s pretty low, but I can see why. However, I believe that he’s still their best guard defender so he won’t be benched like Kevin love. Seems like he’s gonna fit well on teams that miss out on high scoring guys in the first 2 rounds. I can see him go off for 30 points every other week, given how open he’s gonna be with all the spacing. I have him at 35ish.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @jeremy: Was Kevin Love really benched in the regular season? Still got a pretty good MPG. Maybe I’m a little jaded watching USA basketball and seeing some atrocious hero/one-on-one ball going on, but I think Durant and Curry won’t have much of a filter if someone is on them. That said, anywhere past 30ish and I think anything within about 10 spots is fairly close. 35 vs. 44 I don’t think is a huge gap

  6. Ana says:
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    Where can i do a mock draft this time a year?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ana: Yo! I know you can check out Mock Draft Central, I usually try to build my ranks without being clouded by ADP or other sites, so I may not have the best answer 🙂 Mock Draft Central is always a good year-round resource though

  7. David Ralston says:
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    G’day guy. I love your early season work . I’m after a little trade advice. I got offered Eric Bldsloe for Brook Lopez. I am pretty strong a C. And weak at PG ( normal 9 cat keeper ) I was think about taking the offer. Any advice. ?

    Thanks and looking forward to the next lot of ranks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @David Ralston: Whats up man?! Really appreciate that!

      Given team needs, I have them only a couple spots apart, I would take Bledsoe. Sure you take on a little more risk, but it fills a need. I like it! Ranks will be up in a few hours through top 50. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Drez1 says:
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    Hey, what do you guys think about Will Barton and Norman Powell this season? I have to drop one of them in a dynasty, but I’m torn as to who to drop. With my luck I’ll make the drop and they’ll end up playing 35 minutes a night, while the guy I kept withers away on the bench. Ugh, decisions…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Drez1: Hmmmm yeah that’s a good one. I think I would drop Powell, I just feel like Barton has more upside despite the clog at wing in DEN. But yeah, they’re very close with upside, I could see being way wrong too haha

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