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We’re here!  We’ve got ranks!  With the full 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Rankings now complete, let’s take a look at the top 10.  2014-15 is quickly approaching, and we’re jumping the gun on ranks, projections, anticipating trades… Seriously, one of the biggest trades of the decade is all predicated on a handshake agreement.  “My fingers were crossed Saunders, hah!”  It’s the proverbial dogs playing poker, except the game is the fantasy basketball landscape and the GMs look even uglier than the deformed pug.  “Heel David Griffin, heel!”  Then to top off that soap opera, we have a first rounder from last year (but not in my ranks!) out for the year with a horrific injury in Team USA play.  For all the Paul George banter we had last year, Razzball Nation wishes him a speedy recovery.  Back to happy thoughts!  Anyone see that one of my boyfriends last year, Archie Goodwin, was drunk and resisting arrest at a skating rink?!  He was gonna make my top 10 too!  What a comical situation… He should have his own Archie Comics!  Oh wait… Well despite the innumerable implications of Tony Hawk’s arrest, let’s start ranking!  And as we go through the top 200 in long form, we’ll be updating our master ranks/easy-to-use post linked up there in the rankings menu.  Razzball is so easy!  One crown & coke and I’m out of my Knickerbockers faster than John Starks at a flat top convention!  Here’s my top 10 for the 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Season (based on 9-cat H2H):

1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder – It just feels weird typing out the full team name and not just OKC… But we’re getting serious here!  And what’s more serious than this really bold #1 overall ranking…. Yawn… It’s like ranking the hottest chicks in Game of Thrones, it’s obviously the redhead chick in the snow mountains place!  I have a thing for redheads… But wait, the dragon one is hot too!  This was a horrific example… KD obliterated the field yet again in 13-14, and will have no problem doing it again.  If you have the number one pick, KD is staring at you yelling “Jon Sneeeuuuhhhhhhhh!”

2. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans – Even in only 67 games, the Brow came to play!  Finishing fifth in overall value according to Basketball monster (seventh on ESPN’s player rater), in per-game Mr. Brow was Robert Wagner.  “Wtf kind of reference is that?!”  i.e. Brow was Number Two… Although I could’ve said Rob Lowe as well, but he’s too busy doing Shark Week commercials that are trying to be Old Spice commercials.  Sad thing is, to actually watch the commercial there’s a pre-roll commercial! Ahhhhhhh!  Preposterous consumerism commentary aside (people are forced to eat up ads like sharks eating chum!  Ok… now I’m done), Davis’ slash of 20.8/10/1.6/1.3/2.8 was straight silly and he could have a legit chance to average 20/10 with a rainbow line.  Step back Oscar Robinson!  The Brow’s been adding weight and getting rave reviews from the Team USA brethren, so it’s gonna be hard seeing him going anywhere other than two.  Plus his mid-range jumper looked smoother than eyebrow wax (hint) last year, and there’s been some rumors he’s developing a perimeter game.  Even at, say, 0.3 treys a game, oh man… He’d really push KD for fantasy’s best asset.

3. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors – I’m off the rails!  Only three deep, and I’m already straying from my Way too Early Rankings all over the place… Why they’re way too early!  Curry gets the vault due to the “Love Factor”.  I can’t tell you how many things I’ve had vaulted due to love factors, but it’s not my fault she asked for cash or credit!  In overall value, Curry was numero dos behind KDios, with his impeccable mix of dimes and threes – mainly a huge vault (buzzword!) in the former up to 8.5.  There is a change of regime, but anytime you add a ThrAGNOF coach in Steve Kerr, you know the threes will still be flying!  Cleanup on aisle three!  Klay Thompson is still in the backcourt to just camp behind the arc like all he’s good for, so Curry should have no problem duplicating 13-14.  And his balky ankle issues seem to be overblown (at least, the perception hits me that way), as Curry’s games played are 80, 74, 26, 78, 78 in his career.

4. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers – How the mighty have fallen!  In my May ranks I had The King two, but a move back home and the “Love Factor” inevitably hurt Mr. Ohio, then Mr. Most Hated Man in the World, to back to Mr. Ohio.  Even in per-game, BronBron was cuddlecuddle with Curry tied at 4th overall.  Boards fell to under 7 for the first time since 06-07, assists dropped, TOs went up, but the biggie was he decided blocking shots wasn’t important anymore.  An anemic (for the former multi-cat fantasy god) 0.3 blocks per, after never being under 0.6.  May not seem like much, and you’re not drafting LeBron for blocks, but it all adds up to an outside top-3 rank.  He’s shedding weight through flatulence, I mean a no carb diet, and likely playing the 3 when Love comes and plays the 4 with Anderson Varejao at the 5, with some shuffling here-and-there and Varejao surely not playing huge minutes and inevitably getting hurt.  I could see the boards going down further, the blocks about the same, and with the best PG he’s been paired with, a career-low assists output at under 5.9.  What you do get is consistency, health, and a fantastic high-output FG%.

5. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers – I remember early last season, I said only mostly-kidding that I thought Paul could get over 10 dimes every single game.  Dimebag fairy!  Well, while that didn’t quite happen, he was pretty friggin’ close!  Paul’s 10.7 dimes per game crushed the field by nearly two a game, and might’ve been a bigger category killer than Arrested Development in TV Show revivals.  I’m still depressed (no pun intended) trying to plod through it, it keeps going back to the horrific Fantastic Four bit!  Sheesh.  Anyway, there’s really nothing to question with Paul’s game and no doubt he tops the assists leaders again in 14-15; about all you can worry about is this Donald Sterling thing and Paul being disgruntled.  Which should translate into something less substantial than Ray Rice’s suspension.  Sports politics are such a joke!  “Aren’t the Brewers your favorite team and you still love Ryan Braun?”  Shut it!

6. James Harden, Houston Rockets – Man, after those top 5, things start getting fishy.  More entangled than Harden’s beard hair!  As I mentioned in my early wanks (haha, too fun a typo to fix), I predicted a bigger season from Harden and he was virtually the same player.  Pseudo-disappointment.   It was actually remarkably the same season from 12-13 to 13-14.  So remarkable in fact, that I think Harden is one of the safest – well I should be bolder – the safest pick out of the top 5.  So I ranked him that way!  While there were some miniscule regressions, the biggest difference was a nearly 2% improvement in FG% while taking a baby step forward in AST:TO ratio from 5.8:3.8 to 6.1:3.6.  I love me some AST:TO ratio!  Both in per-game and total value Harden finished 8th last year, and even though he looks like a 50-year-old hobo, he’s still only 24.  Plus he finished uber-strong last year (I’m sure Harden owners remember a fairly frustrating start), with a post-ASB line of 27.7/4.7/7.4/1.9/0.3 shooting 47% from the field with three treys a game.  And I’ve got one more!  No Jeremy Lin means Patrick Beverley is going to sit down at the half court line on offense with everything running through Harden (we’re gonna use that joke all year!).  I really don’t see any way he doesn’t get a career-high in assists.  Wow, I’m starting to think 6 is low…  Mid-rank crisis!  It’s like a mid-life crisis, except I still have all my hair.  Thankfully, it’s growing back :)

7. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder – “You’re my brokeback!  Why can’t I quit you?!”  Probably my best call from 13-14, I’ve still got Ibaka as a mid-to-late first rounder at 7.  Last year was an awesome season, sure he didn’t quite make it to 6, but he finished 10 and 9 in per-game and total value, respectively.  I don’t have playoff-tinted glasses, OK!?  Although, that was pretty awesome playing through that calf injury…  It’s a little scary that he’s said he’s still not 100% a week ago, but almost all that scariness goes away with him playing for Spain in the World Cup thingy.  Which will soon go the way of the dodo if there’s another big injury like George’s…  Ibaka scored more, boarded better, FT% improved… it was an all-around awesome 13-14.  It was a little sad to see the blocks go under 3, but 2.7 per isn’t bad!  He’s not LeBron out there!  Burn!  I still think the treys will take another marginal step forward to maybe 0.5 per, and a full (hopefully) season of Russell Westbrook will help his offensive output.

8. Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers (we think…) – Ya know, I came into this top-10 thinking I was going to have Love out.  And that might’ve been the boldest part of the ranks.  But I couldn’t do it!  I was more scared than when I watched the movie Antichrist with my girlfriend (not true, but I have heard some people did that accidentally!  Why you Wiki date movies first!).  While the move to Cleveland certainly Von Trier-ed Love’s fantasy value playing next to BronBron, there’s just no way I could have him lower.  Obviously an elite player with a fantastic 13-14 campaign, it’s going to be very interesting seeing him play alongside a superstar.  I mean, when your PG is as offensively inept as Ricky Rubio, it’s easy to take a lot of shots, amiright!?  If Varejao plays the 5 at… 28-29 MPG, that’s really going to eat into Love’s boards, plus BronBron is a boarder himself.  Under 10 rebounds a game for Love who hasn’t been under 12.5 since 09-10?  I actually think he indeed will be under.  Plus there’s no question he’ll be under 6.6 three point attempts a game, and 4.4 dimes seems high.  There’s a lot to nit-pick and surely regression is hitting hard, but we could easily see a career-high FG%, his FT shooting is sometimes overlooked, while still chipping in nearly a steal and half a block a game which will carry over.  I have a feeling his ADP will be closer to 5, but it will be interesting to see where all that ends up after the trade is official and leagues open up.

9. John Wall, Washington Wizards – Fun fact!  Who led the NBA in dimes last year?  If you said Chris Paul, you’re wrong!  Oh, I didn’t say total dimes, but whatever!  Playing 82 games will do that for ya!  The PG breakout to my C Ibaka breakout, Wall had a strong season but had some regression down the stretch – mainly the steals went down and pre-ASB 4.5-5.4 FT shooting to post-ASB 2.7-3.8.  That’s a pretty big falloff for a guy I thought would be slashing more often than Chucky.  That said, the huge improvement from the perimeter and another season melding with Bradley Beal can only help Wall step it up.  The elite assists plus Slim’s infinite wisdom and persuasion had me put Wall this one infant step ahead of Mr. RW.

10. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder – Last year was a mess.  Knee injuries and minutes limits and tigers, oh my!  Career-low in minutes and a career-low in games played (he had played in every game for five seasons until last year!) yielded a disappointment.  That said, he actually rewarded fantasy owners who took him at the round 3 or 4 ADP after the knee injury news broke and still had a 21.8/5.7/6.9/1.9/0.2 slash.  The turnovers at 3.8, paired with the lower minutes, gave him by far his worst per/36 TO rate, but I think a healthy off-season will right the ship.  I love the developing perimeter game (has consistently gone up his whole career to 1.5 treys a game last year), giving him a really good 6-cat output sans FG%, Blk, & TO.  I won’t hesitate to reach a smidge for Westbrook at the end of the first.

 

Well, here we are!  As with any season, things could be shaken up, maybe even stirred, if anything big goes down.  There’s still the World Cup in September plus pre-season, but we’ll have our ranks coming out in the next two weeks through the top 200!  Shoot your thoughts below and welcome to 2014-2015!

  1. Jim says:
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    I love that you’re on it so early. I’ve been looking for fantasy basketball activity for a couple weeks now and I think you’re the first to start full pre-rankings outside of the top 1-2 rounds. Thank you! It would be great if someone could keep an active running list of the top 200 year-round as things change.

    I think you’re right on with your picks too…except for one pick. Obviously with George going down, someone new gets bumped into the top 10–I think that guy is still Carmelo rather than Ibaka. I get that Ibaka’s unique stat line puts him very high–I think he’s in the 11-14 range, but not necessarily in the category of high-volume guys you’d want to build your whole team around. He’s a stud, but, like Kyrie, still the 3rd option on his team behind 2 high-volume, 1st-round players.

    Also, with pick 7 comes pick 18–which is Dirk, Jefferson, maybe even Griffin range–all super high-quality bigs. Obviously picking the best player available is what you do, but an Ibaka pick at 7 would set you up for a bit of a redundancy pick at 18, whereas Wall, Carmelo, or Westbrook at 7 would set you up with a great compliment pick at 18. Then if you’re lucky enough for one of those 3 to fall to 11 or 12 (extremely possible with Cousins and Aldridge lurking), you grab Ibaka at 13-14 to have the ultimate compliment to a high-volume Melo/ elite point guard Wall or Westbrook.

    Thanks for opening the floor for our opinions and thoughts! Love the discussion, love debating and love reading ranks. Keep up the good work–you’re efforts are appreciated!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jim: Thanks man! Whewww, top 200 year round would be kinda tough, I’ve got the wheels spinning in my head as to how to do that next year… Just because of the NBA draft and free agency and all that. Maybe we’ll figure out a way for next year :)

      I hear yea on Ibaka, but I think you can get the scoring you’re missing out on later. Those blocks paired with a good FT% is an elite combo from a center that a lot of the other high-volume block guys don’t offer (except of course The Brow!).

      Spoiler alert! Melo is 11. I think his rebounds – a career-high clip – vaulted him last year, and those should go down a tad. But he’s right there.

      Well as I drafted last year, I got Ibaka in almost every draft where I had a later pick, so even at 11 or 12 in 12ers. So I was getting him a little further down even though I have him ranked higher. I don’t like to rank exactly to how ADP falls because then I feel like Ibaka ranked 13 and I won’t get him where I’d want him. Sure Al Jefferson maybe isn’t the best pairing, Griffin either, but Dirk or Millsap who Slim and I love – I think that would be a pretty good pair then there’s a ton of quality PGs in the third round. I’d love that core.

      Good thought though! And definitely good to start thinking about drafts, still haven’t done one yet! Preciate you droppin by!

    • Slim

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      @Jim: Ibaka vs Melo is debatable but I’m taking Ibaka. The points are a big difference but Melo does it on a sub par FG% and Melo is another of those low end steals+blocks guys which makes him kind of limited in the number of CATS he helps. I still like Melo at the turn but even if I have to pair Ibaka with another big I still feel like the team would be more balanced moving forward than with Melo and a big. So instead of looking for blocks later in the draft you will be looking for points and 3s. ThrAGNoF’s a plenty!

      I am absolutely with you about Wall and Westbrook. I don’t quite put Melo in the same category but one of those 2 PGs with one of the many bigs to choose from would be ideal for a mid-to-late 1st round pick in a 12er, 9cat, H2H (a la the RCLs). Wall/Westy vs Ibaka is really tough for me but I’m still slightly favoring Ibaka’s Iblocka’s.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Slim: Ibaka’s Iblocka’s! That should be a cereal…

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @JB Gilpin: How about some slogans?

          “Packed full of whole grain oats”

          “Rejecting FDA approval”

          “Get that healthy shit outta here, it’s nothing but sugar!”

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Slim: “Swat away constipation with 200% daily fiber!”

  2. Zar says:
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    JB, I love this rankings. I drafted Curry @ 3 last year (didn’t regret it at all). 3 Oklahoma City Thunders in the top 10? What a stacked team that is…I’m hoping that Ibaka stays underrated though…..

    And with this post, your way-too-early rankings are now more useless than Smokey’s George vs Carmelo post! Great update though :D.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zar: Thanks man! Yeah OKC is stacked with those three, but I’m not huge on RJax and whoever plays the 4 is undraftable in standards, so it’s top heavy! Like Kendrick Perkins’ head…

      Poor George man! I think the biggest ramification is all that work in Slim’s post was all for naught. At least it’s easy to pick Melo now! Hah!

      • Slim

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        @JB Gilpin: Hmm… I think Reggie Jackson pushes for top 100 value with a nearly guaranteed 30 minute starting role. I’m pretty sure my projection will look that way.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Slim: He’ll be outside for me. Definitely draftable, but he won’t end up on any of my teams

          • pada says:
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            do you see Jackson starting ahead of Lamb/Morrow?

            I would see Jackson backing PG & SG, and still get more minutes & value than these 2, but more in a 6th man role, around 28min & top100/110.

            cheers

            • Slim

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              @pada: I would immediately take Lamb out of the equation. They could have started him multiple times last year and he never got a single start. Instead they went with Perry Jones and Andre Roberson. As in they wanted the better defender. This is why I think Reggie Jackson will start over Morrow. Morrow is a subpar defender while Reggie is a pretty strong defender.

              I don’t think Reggie needs to come off the bench to backup Westy. The way I would play it is Reggie comes out at the 6 min mark of the 1st/3rd quarter while Westbrook plays till the the end of the 1st/3rd quarter. When Westy comes out Reggie goes back in. at about 6 min left in the 2nd/4th quarter Westbrook comes back in. That’s 36 min for both, no need for a 3rd PG, and Reggie still gets all 4th quarter minutes which is where he was so good last year. That leaves 24 minutes to divvy up between Morrow/Lamb as a scorer/3-pt specialist off the bench. While Jones and Roberson fight for backup SF minutes. But… just because that’s the way I’d play it doesn’t mean that’s what’s going to happen.

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                @Slim: you convince me step by step ! ;-) I just saw OKC signed Telfair, so he could take technically some back up PG duties to let Westy & Reggie take a break. it seems Westy & Reggie are both 6’3″, so yes, Westy could guard the bigger opposing guard. I agree that Lamb had already some shares of opportunities to take the starting spot + whoever will start at the 2 should still have fewer minutes than Reggie.

                How many minutes would you project for Westy with his knees… I had him at 33min, but he seemed to come back to >36/38 in the PO and 3/4minutes is significant to go in the top10…

                • Slim

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                  @Pada: I think Telfair is bench depth at best. I’m not worried about him stealing any minutes.

                  I pegged Westbrook at 34 minutes. I don’t think he gets to 38 mostly due to him not coming back in during blowouts. We could see some scheduled days off and I wouldn’t be shocked if his knee(s) give him problems at some point. Like tendinitis or bursitis, nothing major but a reason to scale back his minutes. I don’t think we can use playoff minutes to establish anything in the regular season. There just isn’t the same motivation to run a guy to death.

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Pada: Yeah 35 minutes sounds about right to me. Still pretty young, and while he had surgery, it wasn’t a severe knee injury.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Slim: Morrow actually seems like a fit and @pada: 6th man role I’m kinda buying too.

              Slim, can Reggie guard the bigger 2s? He’s kinda a 1/2 hybrid, I’m not sure… But maybe…

              • Slim

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                @JB Gilpin: I think Reggie and Westbrook can switch off who they guard. Can Morrow guard anyone? The thing about Morrow as a starter is that he feels redundant. It’s such a high powered offense that I feel like adding more scoring at the cost of defense isn’t going to equate to more wins. As for minutes, even if Morrow starts I think Reggie hits 30 per and Morrow doesn’t clear 24 per.

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Slim: Oh I totally agree with that. Kinda like whatever SG the Clippers have been starting the past few years with Jamal Crawford off the bench. 30ish mins for RJax sounds about right for me too.

          • Slim

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            @JB Gilpin: Reggie is going to be solid. I think you might regret that one… we’ll see who you rank higher.

    • Slim

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      @Zar: More useless? I didn’t think that was going to be possible. I like Curry over LeBron too. The ankle issues seem to be a thing of the past and the assists were always Curry’s biggest issue. I have a feeling we might be higher on Ibaka than most and there’s a really good chance he falls to the beginning of the 2nd round in a 12er. Highly probable he’s on a team or 2 of mine.

  3. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Thanks for posting some early rankings…good to see man. No real issue here aside from Westbrook. Just don’t see him as a top 10 guy. Has never been higher than 17th per-game in 9 cat and never higher than 14th overall. Nice overall line…but in terms if fantasy I think he is a bit overrated. Prob more around 15th or so imo. I see you have Melo at 11, which is who I would replace him with. Ibaka, I can see where some may think he is a bit high…but he has been 10, 11, 11 per game 9-cat the last 3 years and inside the top 10 overall…so no problem here. Looking forward to more rankings man…keep up the good work!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Thanks man! Yeah I had a toss up between Melo and Westbrook, I just think Westbrook’s career-best perimeter game along with bouncing back from the bad TO season and playing the 36-38 minutes again should give him his best season.

      Glad you’re with me on the Ibaka train! Pretty consistent and you don’t have to worry about getting blocks and ruining your FT% getting Drummond, Dwight, or DeAndre later.

      Tons of rankings coming out next week, thanks for droppin by!

  4. Boom Shakalaka says:
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    You guys got my fantasy juices going and its only Aug!!! You guys are doing a great job and the pod cast are pretty good for your first time around. I look forward to hearing more as the real season begins.

    TOO EARLY RANKING QUESTION?

    I’m trying to prepair for my keeper league that allows you to keep two players outside of the first two rounds and I thought I had it all figured out but now Im not to too sure. I’m dont know what position I’ll be drafting but its safe to see it will be somwhere in the bottom/middle of the pack as I came in 3rd last year.

    Its a 10 team league H2H 9 Cat… drafting GGG, FFF, C, UTL UTL UTL, BNCH BNCH.

    I know Im keeping Westbrook as I got him in the 4th round but after that Im lost who else to keep. I also drafted Lawson in the 6th rnd and thought he could be great value as second keeper with the idea of punting FG% and TO’s. Do you think thats a winning plan?

    Here are the others that could be possible keepers. Your input will help me from going crazy!!!!

    G.Anteto -undraftd ( I know you like him but is he a keeper)
    T.Jone – undraftd (now that Parson is gone makes him interesting)
    R. Lopez – undraftd ( You hate him I get it but 4rnd vaule includin TO’s and 6th rnd without)
    L.Stephenson – Undraftd ( swinging for the fences with this one)

    Thanks in advance,

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Boom Shakalaka: Sweet! We are jumping the gun this year! Preciate you checkin out the Pod, will only get better once we have more to talk about other than how to pronounce Isaiah Canaan!

      Ok so I wanna be sure I get your rules right – you can keep Westbrook but it costs your 4th rd pick right? Then Lawson but costs your 6th. Then those other 4 costs you your last picks? I think really either way I’m keeping both Lawson and Westbrook. I think Giannis is your closest third bet, Slim likes him even more than me, but he could have a huge multi-cat season. But the pairing of PG studs to start your core is a great start.

      Any time, thanks for droppin by!

    • Slim

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      @Boom Shakalaka: I’m trying to convince myself to tell you to keep Antetok but I can’t. You’ve got it right. The 2 PGs are the way to go.

      Hehe, yeah it’s going to be nice to have something meaningful to talk about on the Pod. We’re almost there.

      • Boom Shakalaka says:
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        @Slim:

        Do you mine entertaining my thought process even further?

        Im keeping Westbrook (4th rnd) and Lawson (6th rnd) and really concidering punting FG%. what would your strategy be in filling out your roster.

        Im thinking to go one of two ways
        a) First two rounds go shoot blocking Big like Ibaka in the first then either L.A or Big Al in the second and look for another elite guard in the 3rd round.

        OR

        b) go the other way and look to grad two other dominate guard to have 4 top guards … lets say anyone like Harden, CP3 or J.Wall and then look for shot blocking big in the middle rounds?

        OR

        c) dont do either cuz their both are stupid idea’s and Slim and JB are going to tell me what to do?

        or

        b) Draft Harden or C.Paul in the 1st then draft Shot Blocking bigs w/ good FT% in the 2&3rd rnds? A.ldrige,

        • Boom Shakalaka says:
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          @Boom Shakalaka:

          Did I say one of two ways??? I mean many ways!!!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Boom Shakalaka: @Boom Shakalaka: Haha well I like option b2 which I think is d haha. I think if Harden or Paul is available, you gotta grab them first. Too much separation from Ibaka. Since you’re already keeping two PGs with one a high-volume dimes guy in Lawson, I’d take Harden over Paul if given the choice. TRhen the best bigs in 2/3 hopefully you can grab Big Al and one of my top 20 falls.

  5. Sio says:
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    Got too excited about these rankings considering its not even training camp yet…

    You guys turned me into a fanstasy junkie and razzball is my dealer! Haha

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Slim: Haha that worked well!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sio: Haha thanks man! I’ll be slingin’ some more shizz your way early this upcoming week!

  6. pada says:
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    good article! love your podcasts & website content ! keep it going! never too early to think about rankings & trends, and get a competitive edge over competition!

    One question about dysnasty: I need to pick 1st in a dynasty: would you go Parker in MIL or Wiggins in MIN ? one day, I want to go for the Parker situation in MIL, the other, I want the upside of Wiggins…..
    thanks

    • Slim

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      @pada: With an almost guarantee that Wiggins is going to Minny I think those 2 should have pretty close to the same role this year. So with that out of the way which do we think will have the better career? I’ll think about it by category I guess. FG% – Parker, FT% Wiggins, 3s Push, Pts Parker, Reb Parker, Ast Wiggins, Stl Wiggins, Blk Wiggins, TO push.

      SO I’m looking at FG%, Pts, Boards vs FT%, Ast, Stls, Blks. I like Wiggins combo of stats better. I take Wiggins. Now will Parker outperform Wiggins this year? Probably, but it’s by no means a guarantee.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @pada: Thanks so much man!

      I agree with everything Slim is slingin’ (today’s buzzword!). I like Parker more this year, even with Wiggins probably to Minny, but long-tearm/dynasty, def goin wiggins too

      • Pada says:
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        @JB Gilpin: so if you’re looking into production in keeper leagues, 2/3years from now, which one would you go: I’m pretty on board with your categories & analysis, but my point is wether it will take 2years for them to have even production or 6/7yrs for Wiggins to catch back Parker level…. your call here?

        How much minutes would you see for both in the 1st year: I would see something like 32min for Parker & 29min for Wiggins… Wiggins seems the 3rd/4th option at best if Young comes, versus Parker will be n°1?

        Do you think the trade can boost Wiggins mentality & he would be pissed & willing to show everyone his stuff? it’s pretty rare that a 1st pick is traded right away…

        Last question ;-): do you see Minny going for rebuild or playoff? the Young moves indicates me they may try to go for PO with their roster and keep Martin, Pekovic… and risk the alter the development of Dieng, Lavine, Wiggins… ;-(

        thanks

        • Slim

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          @Pada: Are we sure Parker is going to be the #1 option? Knight is a high volume shooter. I think Antetok is going to breakout in a big way. I don’t know. I haven’t gotten to projecting them yet, soon. There’s a good chance Wiggins never catches Parker in scoring but in overall value I’d say slight advantage to Parker this year, tied up next year, and by year 3 Wiggins will be at least a round ahead of him on draft day.

          Minutes are tough to predict. I don’t know what either new coach is going to do with their rotations. I could see Wiggins getting a little bit of the Oladipo treatment this year with Parker having a little more stability but I really don’t know.

          I think Wiggins mindset is going to be much better in Minny. They are going to ask him to attack the basket and take plenty of shots. I think he does pretty good right out of the gate. I like Wiggins for fantasy ROTY in Minny even if Parker wins real life rookie of the year.

          I think Minny is going to rebuild. They’ve already tried moving Martin. Pek has an expensive contract, he’s going to be tough to move. Young will have good trade value all year as a forward to help a playoff team, or as an expiring contract to help the Knicks, umm… I mean a non-playoff team.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Pada: I agree with @Slim: , Parker might be more like 1B or 1C option next to Anteok and Knight. I don’t see any Buck running away for team-high PPG.

            I think Wiggins can catch Parker by next year. It definitely is weird seeing the #1 pick traded, but I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to quantify if it motivated him. At least in Minny he’s not behind LeBron at the 3.

            I def think Parker gets more minutes this year, and thus more stability. I doubt he gets under 25 minutes a single game this year barring an injury.

            I think the Wolves are rebuilding as well, even with Love they kept missing the playoffs. Tough to see them even close to in the hunt at the deadline.

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