JB jacked up the first podcast, but Slim was a trooper and we did a shorter, condensed version due to some tech issues and recap a few pieces of news including Tyreke Evans still ailing from offseason surgery, then recap drafted teams including a commenter’s team in a new segment we’ll be doing through the preseason.

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  1. CTMN says:
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    What do you guys think of this mock draft I did?
    I had pick #11 overall.

    1. John Wall (Was – PG) 
    2. Serge Ibaka (OKC – PF,C) 
    3. Ty Lawson (Den – PG) 
    4. Andre Drummond (Det – PF,C) 
    5. Gordon Hayward (Uta – SG,SF) 
    6. Michael Carter-Williams (Phi – PG) 
    7. Jose Calderon (NY – PG) 
    8. Markieff Morris (Pho – PF,C) 
    9. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil – SG,SF) 
    10. Tobias Harris (Orl – SF,PF) 
    11. John Henson (Mil – PF,C) 
    12. Jodie Meeks (Det – SG) 
    13. Draymond Green (GS – SF) 

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CTMN: Dude, I love about every single pick. Wall & Ibaka I have as first rounders, Lawson is great value, surprised Drummo fell that far. MCW in the 6th will win people their leagues, and still got Calderon too. Kieff, Anteok, Henson and Green are all big sleepers for me. Should be a pretty dominant team if you played it out!

      • CTMN says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yeah I wish I had that team for real. I was doing a few mocks but that was like the best one I did. I got MCW in the 6th almost every time and I got Markieff/Jones/Giannis in the 8-10th a lot. Also I found that Draymond/Meeks/Henson aren’t getting picked until really late, probly because of yahoo’s rankings. I think most of the guys in my league don’t pay that much attention to sleepers like that so I can probably get at least a few picks like this. I have no clue how Drummond fell that far though

      • CTMN says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Also Millsap and Lawson seem to be the best combination I can get, pretty much every time 2nd and 3rd round. IMO Great picks with Millsap mid-late teens and 20s-30s for Lawson, I’m probly gonna end up with both

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @CTMN: Yeah I’m definitely leading the bandwagon on Millsap having him 13, making him my 2nd round pick in virtually all leagues. Love Lawson too, have him mid 20s, so if he falls to the 3rd im scooping him too. MCW is lasting til the 6th?!?!?! Geez, I gotta not get him in the 4th round I guess then. Draymond is definitely pre-ranked too low, and Henson is too but I bet whenever they do their first adjustment they’ll move him up.

          • CTMN says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I hope they don’t move those guys up, lol I’m good with getting them so late! I think I’ll take MCW anywhere from around pick 49-72, 5th and 6th round. Rotoworld says he has a lingering injury but I’m not too worried, his pts/rebs/asts/stls are too crazy to pass up in the 5th/6th. Maybe 5th just to be safe

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @CTMN: Yeah I’m not worried about the shoulder either, I think he’s gonna be a beast!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @CTMN: Not much to say about it really… 10 outta 10. I feel like everyone of those picks I have ranked higher than where you took them.

      • CTMN says:
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        @Slim: Yeah if only it was for real tho!

  2. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Good stuff guys. I would not complain if you were to talk about my RCL team (Joooooonnnnaassss) from JBs RCL. I realize you’ve already done a post and pod on JBs team in this league, but feel free if you’d like since I’d love to hear your take on how I did.

    Oh yeah, you rock Slim!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Slim does rock! And yeah man, you’ll be a team we break down! Making a list for the next pod!

  3. Samer says:
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    I’m loving these podcasts. I have my draft in a week (10 teams, ESPN 8-cat). I don’t know if you guys do or deal with ESPN, but the rankings and projections they have are ridiculous. It’s like a 10 year old was throwing out numbers to each player. What are your thoughts on that? Also, I’m assuming your rankings take into account turnovers. Do the rankings change much if you don’t count TOs?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Samer: Thanks man! Haha I don’t do too much with ESPN, I usually do a league or two there, but don’t look at their rankings too much, they usually have some crazy stuff goin on! Yup our ranks are for 9-cat H2H leagues (which is usually the most common). There would be some minor tweaks, I would move up Oladipo a tad (already have him high though), definitely move up Elfrid Payton, and a few other guys might get tweaks, but nothing major. While an important cat, in H2H I think it’s a little volatile and you can end up winning the cat a lot of weeks even with a lot of high TO guys.

    • Stanley Tang says:
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      @Samer: do you when espn opens or releases their mock drafts like yahoo is doing right now?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Stanley Tang: Hmmmm yeah it’s weird they don’t have any mock lobbies open yet, I have absolutely no idea…

    • Slim

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      @Samer: I looked over there once or twice but I hadn’t looked through there ranks. Pre-set pre-draft rankings do matter since everyone sees them but if I was in a competitive league I would try my best to not let them effect my drafting.

      I agree with what JB said about how it’s mostly an ignored category other than a few picks but overall I would say no turnover leagues favor the elite guards and the rookies/sophomores since they are always more turnover prone than vets. Since we already favor both anyway I don’t think our rankings would change too much.

  4. Zar says:
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    Nice job JB and Slim. This pod was great. It makes me wonder how awesome the “lost pod” was.

    Hows my second RCL team look? I got MCW in the 6th which seems like it could be great and I got Rubio again! My bigs scare me. Noah, Sanders, and Bogut are all risky. I might need some Thragnof to win 3s too.

    Zar’s Peerless Team
    1. (7) Chris Paul (LAC – PG)
    2. (18) Al Horford (Atl – PF,C)
    3. (31) Joakim Noah (Chi – PF,C)
    4. (42) Ricky Rubio (Min – PG)
    5. (55) Wesley Matthews (Por – SG,SF)
    6. (66) Michael Carter-Williams (Phi – PG)
    7. (79) Luol Deng (Mia – SF,PF)
    8. (90) Larry Sanders (Mil – PF,C)
    9. (103) Andrew Bogut (GS – C)
    10. (114) Amir Johnson (Tor – PF,C)
    11. (127) Danny Green (SA – SG,SF)
    12. (138) Miles Plumlee (Pho – PF,C)
    13. (151) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Det – SG)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Zar: Haha, the lost pod was amazingly awesome. Dude, be sure to give Slim tons of props all year for putting up with my stupidity haha.

      Geez Rubio 42 and MCW 66?!?!?!?! Unreal. I’m not huge on Noah, but at 31 that’s still solid value and that’s a pretty nasty team. Adding it to our pod review list!

    • Slim

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      @Zar: For the POD. Duly noted… this is a good one. I haven’t seen many Chris Paul teams yet.

      MCW at 66. That shouldn’t happen. I don’t get it. I’m trying to convince JB to move him into the 30s, not the 60s.

  5. SMLV1 says:
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    Fixed this Team up a bit. Now what do you think of it JB? 12 Team Standard Redraft League.

    Irving
    Harden
    Matthews
    K. Martin
    Al Jefferson
    G. Green
    Kanter
    Markieff Morris
    Chalmers
    Beverley
    BN – Henson
    BN – McGee
    BN – Dieng

    • JB Gilpin

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      @SMLV1: Tons and tons of upside and really liking it! Dieng is shooting way up with reports like we talked about that Pek will only play 27 minutes a game. Henson with big upside, love Markieff, obviously G you have really taken care of. I do think you might need a little more assists, Kyrie is a little bit of a question mark on that team, Harden will give you SG assists, but no one else is a big dimer. About the only weakness I see.

    • Slim

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      @SMLV1: I agree the assists are light. I like what Chalmers and Beverley do but they are more like 4th PGs and they are playing 2nd and 3rd PG on your team. Granted turnovers should be nice and low but I don’t think assists are going to be competitive week to week.

      The added bigs are great and blocks could turn into one of your better categories. Boards as well. 3s are solid. Points are solid. Steals, middle of the pack if Chalmers and Beverley do their jobs. FT% is fine. FG% is going to fluctuate.

      I think I would look to move K.Martin or Matthews for a PG with good assists. It could be tough to find one but that would be something I would start to put feelers out for.

  6. Drussss says:
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    Hey JB !

    Long time reader over at Razzball baseball 🙂 Looking forward to following your advice this NBA season. We are starting a keeper league this year and we can basically keep the whole roster year after year! What advice would you give for such a league also will you have keeper/dynasty league rankings up on the site too?

    Thanksss!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Drussss: Awesome man, glad to see ya over here on hoops!

      So for a league like that, my first advice is more psychological and be sure to pick 3-4 guys you like a lot in real life. Doesn’t matter if they’re 1st rounders or sleepers, but having guys you like make dynasty leagues like that so much more fun and keep you engaged. Past that, don’t reach too hard on rookies you’re iffy on. I don’t know if we’ll have dynasty.keeper values, they’re kinda tough since it’s hard to set your date in stone for what you’re ranking for, but maybe Slim and I will discuss that.

      Thanks for hoppin’ over to hoops!

      • Drussss says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        So even if I have to reach for them, in a dynasty league that is ok? Also is there a position every year that is easier to fill up by rookies? Like in Baseball I can always get pitching easier than hitting on the wire. Since most of the players will be kept the rookies become quite important so if I had an advantage in knowing that rookie centers perform much better than rookie PG? on an average so I could draft accordingly!

        Thanks for the kind welcome !! 🙂

    • Slim

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      @Drussss: I have 2 rules for that kind of dynasty.

      1) Youth. I would set an absolute firm age I wouldn’t go over. If it’s really a keep anyone kind of league then maybe 26…27 years old, tops. Personally I’d make it 25.

      2) Talent wins out. I think an undervalued player is someone like Jordan Adams. He’s behind a bunch of mediocre vets and could easily play himself into solid minutes this year. All while giving you a permanent wing player that cost you next to on draft day.

      • Drussss says:
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        @Slim:

        Yeah Point 1 is what I was iffy on should I knowingly draft young stars over more talent veterans! Thanks for clearing that up! If you do get time can you put up Keeper. Dynasty rankings please ! Dont know how many others are in a keeper basketball league though so that might not be useful for you to devote time on. Or at least an all Under 25 roster ? 😉

        Jordan Adams on my Cheat Sheet thanks 🙂

        • Slim

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          @Drussss: I was thinking about a dynasty rankings post but it was just going to be fun, not to be taken seriously. An all under-25 team (not in the top 50 overall) is a good idea. I’ll put some thought to it.

          A few solid rooks with some upside who should help this year are Stauskas, McDermott, Warren, Payne. A couple other rookies who might be under the radar but I like to get minutes this year are Cleanthony Early, KJ McDaniels, Wilcox and Hairston perhaps for 3-pt shooting, maybe even Jerami Grant. These are all late draft pick types though. Long term upside with minutes this year.

          A lot depends on how many teams are in the league though.

          • Drussss says:
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            @Slim:

            It is a 12 team league with 15 roster spots! We can keep who we want no max limit! Thanks In advance if you do write that post abt under 25 players! With 180 player drafted I don’t mind drafting a few young player who might not do anything this year!

  7. Ciwa says:
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    First of all,it’s a pleasure to read u again one year later.
    Like last year with my friends i am in a 24 team league,this is the scoring type:
    Assists: 1.0
    Rebounds: 1.0
    Blocks: 1.0
    Steals: 1.0
    Points: 1.0
    FT shot: -0.2
    2PT shot: -0.3
    3PT shot: -0.3
    Turnovers: -1.0
    PFs: -1.0
    Team Win: 2.0
    Team Lose: -2.0
    Home Court: 3.0

    We are drafting now,and unfortunately without any time limit for picking.
    My first four picks are #12,#36,#72,#73.I took Ibaka with the 12th,but now have some doubts
    . Is it better to pick Millsap or Nowitzki as F or one G like Dragic,Rondo,Leonard(GF) ?
    ‘Cause i have to wait other 36 picks and don’t know which guards i can pick later if i jump one of these three now.
    Thanks as usual.
    Greetings from Italy.

    PS:Man,let the Steelers win on SNF,we need it 😉

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ciwa: Whoa, whoa, whoa, the Steelers?! Kelvin Benjamin is gonna have 15 catches for 325 yards and 5 TDs. GO PANTHERS!

      Just kidding, glad you stopped by! Interesting scoring type, and one I’ll be honest I’m not too familiar with. With wins, PF, and TO big stats I think I’d move Kawhi up. Probably really high, might take him over MIllsap. Probably still Ibaka over Kawhi, but Kawhi moves up.

      Hope that helps!

    • Slim

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      @Ciwa: The big takeaway here is that points are worth as much as everything else, the lower the volume of shots the better. Turnovers worth as much as assists means A/TO ratio is more important than actual assists. Playing for winnings teams is nice but it’s only worth 2 points, which is also worth as much as 1 block and 1 steal combined. Everything favors points then boards.

      1st pick Ibaka… OK, not the best with these settings but no problem. #36 I disagree Leonard is as valuable in this format. The scoring isn’t enough. Dragic is solid and I think much better than Rondo here. Are they as good as Dirk or Millsap? No. If your saying you need a guard but it doesn’t have to be a PG then I think you’ll be ok at #72 and #73. Dirk vs Millsap is close and I’m taking Millsap strictly due to Dirks age. In a league that deep I wouldn’t take on any injury/rest risk.

      • Ciwa says:
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        @Slim:
        So,I think i owe you some more explanations,’cause i played in my fantasy basketball career only on that website with his rules and these scoring settings and i do not know if the rules are the same for every fantasy. I’m sorry for my not perfect english from now.
        I play on hoops(http://basketball.sports.ws/) and there are 3 types of NBA players:G-F-C. Someones could be two of them,like Ibaka that is FC and could play for both roles. You know the scoring settings but not the scoring system,and i have to admit it’s a bit complicated for me to explain it. So,i know u could hate me but i link u to the page of explanations:
        http://basketball.sports.ws/article/Fantasy_Basketball_Lineup_Demo.html
        Essentially the website counts 96 min for G,96 for F and 48 for C. So,fantasy points could be less important than fantasy point per minute.
        Two considerations:
        1-We are 24 and how u can imagine Centers are drafted very high ’cause they are really few than G or F.
        2- I picked Ibaka ’cause i needed a C in the first round and i prefer him to Duncan-Gasol-Howard-Drummond-Horford,and ’cause if needed he can play two roles.

        After all this,Leonard(for JB) and Millsap(for Slim) are still your choice?
        And if i can ask you,how much your rankigs could be different from my league parameters? In few words,can i still use it or scoring settings are too differents?

        Thanks for all,really

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Ciwa: Yeah that’s a pretty different set of settings than is standard… Also like you mention, most leagues do have specific PG, SG, SF, PF, C spots.

        Haha definitely don’t hate you for the link! Your league is a points league, but has some kinks compared to normal points leagues with losing points for shots taken and FT taken. Still would avoid Dwight Howard!

        Agree, yeah C should be picked very high. I totally like Ibaka pick. I think you can use our rankings, there are some kinks here and there, but should be fairly close. I would still take Millsap over Kawhi, but they’re close.

        @Slim: Yeah I like Kawhi because a team win vs. loss +2 vs. -2 is a pretty big swing. Without playing out a league, I’d think having low volume shooters (since shots taken is a cat) that do a lot of other things on the court and usually on a winning team would move up.

  8. O Souvi says:
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    Holy wasabi sauce and curry batman! It’s your boy Osouvi, the guy that’s gonna crush jb in his commenter league here reporting. Just looked through your top 200 ranking, is it me or did you guys leave off my fellow brooklynite Nance, I said Lance, Stephenson? Otherwise you guys did very well on the list and my list is slightly different on a few positions. I see you took my notes on Plumlee and moved him up, lol. That being said looking forward to hearing how well balanced my team is in the upcoming podcast and screw jooooonas, I decided he’s my metalfacedoom. Souvi Out

    • JB Gilpin

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      @O Souvi: Haha what’s up man?! Stephenson is on there! Numero 95. Hah, upside Plumlee! He should get that tattoo… Glad we have some arch rivals going already! I’ve got your draft listed as a team to review, next Pod we’ll pick it apart! Hah jk!

    • Slim

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      @O Souvi: Mason I’m assuming… Yeah he’s definitely moving up the list. I’m starting to think 24 minutes is going to be his floor. Last couple of rounds flier type bigs are turning out to be pretty plentiful.

  9. booya says:
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    I can keep 2 guys.

    I’m going to keep Wall for $32 for my 1st keeper.

    For the 2nd guy I’m debating between: Brandon Knight $19, Lance Stephenson $7, IT2 $7 or Terrence Jones $7.

    Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @booya: Whewwwww, that’s a good one. I like Knight the most, but I think I’m going IT for $7. Really close between him and Jones, but especially the upside of IT2 maybe starting in 15-16 if you can keep him another year (with Bledsoe likely moving on) would be great value.

    • Slim

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      @booya: I think $19 is probably a little high for Knight. All 3 at $7 is ok for this year. I was going to say TJones but JB makes a good point about Bledsoe and the Suns souring. IT2 should be ok this year, just fine at $7, and next year should be a starter again. Bledsoe has some injury history and could get dealt mid-season. Yeah JB nailed this one.

  10. MAC says:
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    just did a mock 7th pick

    1. 7 harden
    2. 18 millsap
    3. 31 horford
    4. 42 holiday
    5. 55 favors
    6. 66 gortat
    7. 79 collison
    8. 90 knight
    9. 103 morris kieff
    10. 114 jackson reggie
    11. 127 henson
    12. 138 ross
    13. 151 green danny

    • JB Gilpin

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      @MAC: whoa, horford fell to 31?! Great value there. Definitely light on PG, but Collison for good value helps. Markieff Morris is awesome value, and Henson too, but it’s a little too heavy on big men. I’d try to trade one to a team lacking in that dept.

      • MAC says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        yeah, horford fell at 31. the thing with this mock was, it was a great mock draft. no autopicks. everyone know what theyre doing or doing ok. and pretty rare to have a mock like this one. hehe. so i just want to post it here and look into your opinions. pretty light at pg, but horf and sap gives you dimes from the big position. well harden is pretty much a pg with 6 plus assists as well. and something gotta give right, i mean, i was determined to get a pg at my horf pick, with lawson and conley available but had to pass up with horf there. and just settle with jrue as my pg1 in the 4th round.

        • Slim

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          @MAC: I like Horford at #31 a ton but I would have had to take one of those PG. Harden is almost a PG but I like using that to win the category not just make it competitive. I still want 4 PGs even with Harden (preferably playing SF). Still you did extremely well with Collison that late and Knight with some upside although I think he’s destined to play off the ball more.

          Given that you already had 3 bigs the Gortat pick was a little bit of a head scratcher. There’s no need to take on his injury history and lack of upside when you already had 3 high end bigs, especially considering how many upside bigs there are late.

          Kief + Millsap is one of my favorite combos this year. Solid boards, PF/C eligible, with 3s and close to 1.0 blocks. Throw TJones on top and it’s borderline perfection.

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            @Slim:
            tnx guys for the inputs!

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              @Slim: @MAC:
              yup def not gonna stray away from pg strategy again. so slim, favors faried gasol gortat in that order? whats ur take on david west in that group as well.

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                @MAC:
                monroe as well

                • Slim

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                  @MAC:

                  I like to think about it like this, in a 12er. I like Favors as high as the 4th round. Faried as high as the 5th. Pau Gasol and Gortat I’m willing to take in the 6th but more as a backup plan than a goal. Monroe is pretty far off this list. I do expect somewhat of a bounce back year but he could be fighting for minutes with Josh Smith and doesn’t offer the blocks upside of these other guys, even Faried. Still If I needed boards and a PF/C before pick 100, lets say in the 8th round then I wouldn’t be shy about taking him.

                  • MAC says:
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                    @Slim:
                    ok. how about marc gasol? i know the pg love, but getting bigs that dimes, does it change your draft strategy getting pgs?

                    • Slim

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                      @MAC: I’m a little concerned about Marc Gasol considering how steep his decline was last year. The 4ish assists help but in order for me to think I could go one less PG I would need all my bigs to give 3-4 assists. Since that is unlikely Gasols extra assists aren’t enough for me to forgo a #2 PG.

  11. Patrick says:
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    my friend traded his monta and dragic for CP3

    i vetoed but the rest of the league think it’s a fair trade

    what do you guys think?

    14 team league 9cat daily

    • Slim

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      @Patrick: I don’t think it’s veto worthy. I think I like the CP3 side this early in the year. You get the best player and the waiver list is chock full of upside plays to give a shot to. If I didn’t like my last couple of picks then I would take the Dragic side more than likely. It’s fair.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Patrick: Yeah in a 14 teamer, it’s def fair. I’d probably want CP3 too, but deeper you get the more you need overall value.

    • Slim

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      @Patrick: Since it’s Kanye I want so bad to believe it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Patrick: Haha nice, it’s like Kim Jong Il shooting a 31 in golf on an 18 hole course haha, making 3-4 hole in ones it reported

  12. Drez says:
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    Am I crazy for picking Drummond with my 1.9 pick in a 14 team h2h dynasty that counts orebs/drebs?! I know it’s a bit of a reach, but he’ll probably be top 3-5 in a punt ft% build by the end of the season.

    It’s an offline draft, and all the young guys are already getting snapped up. I’m not really interested in the older guys (CP3/Melo/LMA/AlJeff, etc.) since it’s a dynasty, so I figured I’d grab Drummond first, and then Paul George with my 2nd. Gonna tank this season so I can grab guys like Embiid/PG13 on the cheap, and then come out swinging next season, lol.

    My other option is to pick Wall, and pray that Drummond is still there 10 picks later.

    Thanks guys!

    • Slim

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      @Drez: It isn’t crazy at all in that format. I would have a really difficult time punting the season or passing on Wall. I think it’s possible to get young upside guys, compete hard in the 1st half, then win it in the end with a team that’s only going to get better the next year. I can’t fault the strategy of coming out of the gate and not competing, I just couldn’t do it.

      Wall certainly won’t be there and yes there’s a very good chance Drummond won’t be either. If you’re taking him over Wall then you still expect a ton of growth and if your right it’ll be fun to watch for many years. I think that’s the right pick… for you. Where you take Embiid is going to be interesting. In a dynasty where you can keep most everyone year to year Embiid is absolutely in the top 100, outside top 50 though. Wait too long and you will miss out. Also if you’re punting FT% and trying to dominate both boards and FG% then Elfrid Payton should be someone who jumps several rounds in your ranks.

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        @Slim:

        Yup. Plan was to aim for MCW in the 3-4th, and Elfrid a bit later.

        Only reason I was planning on punting the season was to grab Paul George (and hopefully Embiid) at a discount. So I’d essentially be grabbing my 2nd round pick 1st (Drummond), and then an injured 1st round pick with my 2nd (PG13). Wall/Drummond would be great, but I think I’ll end up with Millsap or maybe AlJeff. Not terrible, but the latter are getting up there in age.

        Then I was going to grab guys like Reggie Jackson since their values should jump next season, but they’ll be relatively cheap this season. If all goes well, I should be stacked with really good players that are super young too (while paying a fraction of the price for them). Might grab some older guys in the middle rounds to flip for draft picks later in the season, and I should be primed for an early pick next season anyway (Okafor!!)

        Just looking long term as opposed to trying to compete right away.

  13. d0nno says:
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    Could you guys rate this mock draft I did on your next podcast?

    12 team h2h Yahoo. I had pick #7

    In pick order

    Carmelo Anthony (Was deciding between Melo or Ibaka and decided Melo might have a superstar year due to great coaching)
    Blake Griffin
    Mike Conley
    Derrick Favors
    Kyle Korver (Did I reach? Saw MCW and almost picked him up, but figured he would still be there next round)
    MCW ( I was right!)
    Brandon Knight
    Omer Asik
    Markieff Morris (Unsure if 9th or 10th)
    Danny Green (Unsure if 9th or 10th)
    Jodie Meeks
    John Henson
    Matt Barnes

    Thanks!

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @d0nno: JB has a list going. I’ll get it added to it. On 1st glance though blocks look well under par.

  14. Mike says:
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    Jennings or Jose Calderon. I drafted Calderon but Jennings was dropped. Jennings has gained 21 pounds of muscle. Calderon is older but nice 3 point and assists but will he last the whole season in NY as the starter because of health and because it is NY.

    • Slim

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      @Mike: I’m not too worried about Calderon for either. He doesn’t try to do too much or throw his body at the rim, his injury risk feels minimal. As for the market, as a vet who’s played there many times before I don’t think media pressure will be an issue.

      I’ve read plenty of positive reports about Jennings and I guess he’s still an option late if I was desperate for assists despite what happened last year. I think Calderon is much safer though and I wouldn’t make that move straight up. I would however try to fit Jennings on my team somehow in a 12-teamer or greater. In a 10-teamer or lower, I would need to see some proof before dropping someone I drafted in the top 100 overall.

  15. Mike says:
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    I have Westbrook, Monte Ellis, Jeff Teague and Calderon in 10 team league . I will pass on Jennings.
    I have Boozer who is my worse player but that would leave me with only 2 PF’s if I dropped him for Jennings.

    • Slim

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      @Mike: Yeah you don’t need him. Certainly worth keeping an eye on though.

      Boozer… I’m not a fan of his fantasy game and I’m not sure he can play big minutes anymore anyway. In a 10 teamer I think there’s probably another upside big available worth taking a shot on.

  16. Jefferson says:
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    Which pick should I Pick in a ten team head to head league with no turnovers? The options are first sixth ninth and tenth. If I Pick first and then pick kd who would I match him with in the second round ?

    • CTMN says:
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      @Jefferson: Get first pick. Pick KD, then pair him with Millsap (who will almost for sure be there at 20. Then see who else is on the board

    • Slim

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      @Jefferson: Durant isn’t fair. Absolutely take the #1 pick. For picks #20 and #21 I would look for a PG and a PF/C. I like Millsap there for sure, but really you can pair Durant with any big. And for a PG, maybe Dragic or Lillard would be ideal. I would feel really good about that start.

      A lot of people would say take Drummond if he’s there but he is completely capable of ruining Durant’s category winning FT%. I would not take him with team Durant.

  17. Spearmint Ryano says:
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    huge punt strategy. should review this on the podcast

    12 team 9 cat.

    3 – lebron
    22 – wade
    27 – dwight
    46 – oladipo
    51 – mcw
    70 – josh smith
    75 – chandler
    94 – bogut
    99 – lin
    118 – markeiff
    123 – jr smith
    142 – giannis

    • Slim

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      @Spearmint Ryano: Pretty good one. Very different. I’m telling you right now though… we aren’t going to like Wade at #22 too much, and as a Heat fan it pains me to see LeBron and Wade on the same team. Added to the list!

      • Spearmint Ryano says:
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        @Slim: could even go kobe at 22, but i dont think that decreases the risk at all!

        • Slim

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          @Spearmint Ryano: I’m not sure I like that a whole lot better. I expect plenty of scheduled off days, empty 4th quarters in blowouts. I’m not going near Kobe on draft day.

  18. Kyle says:
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    I have the fifth pick in a 10 team league with no turnovers. I’m going to take harden or curry with my first pick. Who would be the perfect complement to harden and curry in the second round?

    • Slim

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      @Kyle: So we’re looking at pick #16. If I was a betting man I would bet Curry won’t be there at #5 but it doesn’t change the strategy too much. I like Millsap a lot with either. Really solidifies steals early while adding a block and a 3. If Cousins or Ibaka falls to #16 then I wouldn’t be able to pass on either though. Aldridge is OK but the FG% could become a problem so I think Al Jefferson would be a little better to pair with either. With Harden especially I wouldn’t worry about FT% too much from my 2nd round pick, he’ll make up the difference.

  19. Drez says:
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    What do you guys think about G.Dieng in a h2h dynasty? Pek will almost certainly go down at some point. Wouldn’t be surprised if he gets traded soon too. Is Dieng their future starting center?

    Thanks!

    • Slim

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      @Drez: I like him quite a bit but and considering he’s already 24 years old it should happen sooner rather than later. The problem is Pekovic’s contract is tough to get rid of. They say they are going to try to play them together but I don’t know how well that’s going to work. But yes in a dynasty he’s worth a lot.

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        @Slim:

        Would you have him ranked over Henson? Trying to decide between the two, but I think I’m leaning Dieng. Had him when he went nuts last season, so I know what he’s capable of. Henson’s had his moments too though.

        • Slim

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          @Drez: Henson is 23… It’s so close. I would favor Henson slightly for blocks and Dieng for FT%. If I had my choice I’m still taking Henson but I would feel great about either.

  20. CTMN says:
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    Question for JB and Slim: now that the Kings signed Ramon Sessions, what does this mean for Darren Collison? I know he’s still starting, but do you think he moves down at all? I’m already kinda scared to pick him because his role seems less secure than guys like Teague, Calderon and Brandon Knight.

    • Slim

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      @CTMN: He’s already at the tail end of 6ish assist PGs. 6th round in a 12er if reaching. I would say this definitely means I won’t be reaching but as a 3rd PG in the 7th round, maybe 8th, I still like him. Teague was already much higher for me. Calderon was close and now does win out if have a choice between the 2. Knight is a little below these guys because I don’t think he’s a 6ish assist guy. Still I’m starting to like Knight more and more and the difference between him and Collison has definitely gotten closer.

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        @Slim: I also don’t like Collison too much after remembering his time as the starter in Dallas. You guys are right though with the idea of getting asts early, I’ve never had big asts teams but I think that’s gonna change this year.

        • Slim

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          @CTMN: Collison also burned a lot of people a few years back when he failed miserably as the starter in Indy. I think he’s matured since then and I think playing/practicing with Chris Paul could be what turns him into what we think he could be this year.

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            @Slim: @Slim: Good point, similar to his rookie season when he backed up CP3 in new orleans and then played well in cp3’s absence.

  21. Nino says:
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    Could you guys rate my team on your next podcast?

    10 team h2h ESPN (8 cat). I had pick 8
    I went for Asts, 3s, Stls, Pts and a decent FT%.

    1. John Wall
    2. Damien Lillard (a reach)
    3. Paul Millsap
    4. Monta Ellis
    5. Thad Young
    6. Victor Oladipo
    7. Bradley Beal
    8. Lance Stephenson
    9. Markieff Morris
    10. Roy Hibbert
    11. Rodney Stuckey
    12. Andrea Bargnani
    13. JR Smith

    • Slim

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      @Nino: JB’s got a list going. Lillard was a little high but Millsap low makes up for the little reach. It’s a little different but it’s a good one.

  22. d0nnoo says:
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    Just finished my draft for my money league this year. Any suggestions?

    I had the 11th pick:

    1. Melo (Wow, lucky he fell all the way to me)
    2. Demarcus Cousins
    3. Marc Gasol
    4. Jeff Teague
    5. Kyle Korver
    6. Darren Collison
    7. Marcin Gortat
    8. Gerald Green
    9. Brandon Knight
    10. Omer Asik
    11. Jodie Meeks
    12. Gorgui Deng
    13. Terrence Ross

    • Slim

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      @d0nnoo: I have Cousins over Melo so that one surprises me even more. Teague was a little bit of a stretch but given how he was probably the best available and you had no PGs I don’t mind it. Korver is a little high too but I think he’ll be fine you didn’t draft too many 3s ahead of him. Everyone else I like where you got them… except Gerald Green. I’m really worried about his playing time. With Tucker out early it should be fine but once Tucker returns I just don’t see where he gets enough minutes.

      By category, I’m a little concerned about 2. Assists and Steals. So basically I think you’re 1 point guard short of a full boat. That’s it. Big’s look especially solid.

      • d0nno says:
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        @Slim:

        So I have made some changes in my lineup:

        I ended up trading Melo, Gasol and Brandon Knight for Anthony Davis, Mario Chalmers and Giannis Antekompekpmpempiopopkpmpopopup

        How do you think it looks now?

        • Slim

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          @d0nno: Interesting… I make that trade too but I think it ultimately hurts in assists. Blocks are locked down and there should be an improvement in steals which was a need. I imagine you lose a few points but that’s ok. Ultimately I like the trade but you should still be in the market for more assists.

  23. bucabrera says:
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    Greetings from the Philippines.
    Good sirs, I need help with my draft for a 9 -Cat 12 teams roto type league. Need your suggestions for a well balanced team. I’m 10th in the draft.
    Here are my fist four picks:
    1. Westbrook (10)
    2. Batum (15)
    3. Drummond (34)
    4. Conley (39)

    Do I target another big? Thanks again.

    • Slim

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      @bucabrera: So we’re looking at #58 and #63. Assists look solid, FG% is ok, 3s are off to a good start, blocks and boards are ok, steals are solid, points are ok, TOs are fine, and FT% needs a lot of help cause I don’t believe you should punt a category in roto. So yes we’re looking for a big who can give decent FT% and chip in at least 1 block. With the other pick I would try to finish off your point guards or look for a high FT% and volume wing like DeRozan or Hayward. I would try to avoid any other drain to FT%. It won’t be easy but ultimately your goal is to at worst finish about team Dwight Howard or DeAndre Jordan.

      • bucabrera says:
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        Sir, your suggestions are a very big help and much appreciated.
        Just an update on my next two picks. Got both of them based on your rankings & projections.
        5. Favors (58)
        6. Oladipo (63)

        Hayward & DeRozan were already picked before Favors.
        Thanks again.

        • Slim

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          @bucabrera: That should greatly improve steals and blocks, points and boards, and even some solid assists. I’m still scared of the FT% and I would be looking for one of those high volume FT/pt/3s guys late… like Kevin Martin, Jamal Crawford, Afflalo, Brandon Knight, or even Stuckey real late if 3s are ok.

          • bucabrera says:
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            @Slim:
            followed your advice to the T. I got B. Knight since J. Crawford, K-Mart & Afflalo were already scooped before me.

            7. Knight (87)

            Sir, do I get a high FT% big like Valanciunas/Pek or go all-around goodness bigs like Keiff/T Jones ? Your advice will be a big help. Thanks again.

            • Slim

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              @bucabrera: Hmm… of those 3 I’d go Markieff then Jones then Jonas. Pek is a must avoid with Minny talking about minute restrictions. JV is ok but Markieff actually shot a better FT% and had better per-36s including some 3s. To top it off I think he gets more minutes than JV this year too. I like him for you over TJones due to Jones being a pretty bad FT shooter which at this point I would try to avoid if possible.

            • Slim

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              @bucabrera: Oh and I like Knight over those other 3 so I think you did real well with that pick. PGs/assists are pretty much done so I wouldn’t worry too much about that at this point. Maybe one more upside combo guard like Reggie Jackson or Stuckey. Both very good FT shooters. I think Reggie has significantly more upside though due to 3s/steals potential that Stuckey doesn’t have.

  24. Boom Shakalaka says:
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    What do you think about ths team. 10 man mock draft picked 9th… I thought I did ok until the last pick. So many decent player I passed pasted up on Draymond, Lin and Beverly for Sullinger cause I thought I needed more boards.
    1 JWALL
    2 S.IBAKA
    3 Nicolas Batum
    4 RWESTBROOK
    5 Derrick Favors
    6 Ty Lawson
    7 Wesley Matthews
    8 Jimmy Butler
    9 Markieff Morris
    9 Giannis Antetokounmpo
    10 Brandon Knight,
    11 Jared Sullinger

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      @Boom Shakalaka

      Sorry its a keepers league and westbrook and lawson are my keepers.

    • Slim

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      @Boom Shakalaka: It’s so hard to mock a keeper but overall it looks solid, maybe a little wing heavy. I think it might be one big short of winning boards regularly. Some added FG% from another big wouldn’t hurt either. The problem I guess is that I’m not really considering Markieff or Sullinger as bigs. They offer more wing player type of stats than big man stats.

  25. Lights says:
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    Hey lads,
    I was hoping you could give me some pointers for my draft in a 10 teams H2H 8cat league. I get 1st pick, and trying to get a reasonably well balanced team. Most of my mocks end up like:

    1. Durant
    2. Millsap
    3. Drummond
    4. Holiday
    5. Walker
    6. MCW
    7. West (or Favors, not sure)
    8. Calderon
    9. Hibbert
    10. Knight
    11. T. Jones
    12. Meeks (or green if he’s still available)
    13.McBob

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      @Lights: i feel like its a bit light on boards, but yeh not too sure. would like to hear ur thoughts

      • Slim

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        @Lights: From the top… Durant/Millsap/Drummond is just fine. I’m not thrilled with matching Drummond with Durant since it kills the advantage Durant gives but I understand the logic. Holiday/Walker/MCW is great and almost finishes off PGs. I would take Favors there for the blocks. They are lacking. Calderon finishes off PGs and they are very good considering you didn’t get anyone elite. I’m not thrilled about Hibbert but since you desperately needed blocks I don’t mind the gamble. Knight isn’t necessary but he’s more SG than PG anyway. Love TJones. I think 3s are just fine and I would go with a more upside play than Meeks in a shallow league like this one. McBob too, go for upside and if it doesn’t work out he’ll probably still be there, or maybe someone even better.

        It appears light on boards due to being a little PG heavy and light on upside bigs late. Boards are easily fixable.

        • Lights says:
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          @Slim: Thanks heaps for the reply mate.
          so lets say i stayed away from drummo, who would u recommend i take in the third?
          And lastly, seeming i need more high end bigs, which PGs should i stick with in those mid rounds, and which ones should i pass on and instead go for a big like Vucevic?

          • CTMN says:
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            @Lights: Slim knows better than me but personally I’d pass on Holiday. I know it’s high upside but I don’t like picking guys that missed so much time, especially going into his 2nd year in new Orleans I’m still not sure if he can play with tyreke evans.

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              @Lights: Drummond in the third I’m fine with, but me and Slim both love our Vucevic! Hah I didn’t quite get to the end of your comment and you said the same thing!

              I’m bigger on Holiday than both Slim and @CTMN: , he had a huge final month in NO before getting hurt and there’s just so much talent around him. Evans is hurt himself right now, and might be a 6th man. Either way, I think Jrue is gonna have a great year.

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