It’s not always easy to keep perspective. Like when the 410 lb. orca whale purchasing $30-worth of Burger King for himself double-checks with the cashier that the soda he was served is Diet. But we here at Razzball know how difficult maintaining perspective can be, especially when you’re drunk and trying to sketch moving objects. So from now until the start of the season, we’re bringing you the 2010 Fantasy Team Previews, which will focus on each NBA team in hopes of painting a clearer fantasy picture. Who’s starting over whom? Who might surprise you and who might make you want to hurl yourself off a bridge in a few months. Enjoy! Next up – The Philadelphia 76ers.

GainedEvan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Andres Nocioni, Darius Songalia

Lost – Samuel Dalembert, Allen Iverson, Jason Smith, Willie Green, Francisco Elson, Rodney Carney

Probable position depth –
PG – Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams
SG – Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Jodie Meeks
SF – Thaddeus Young, Jason Kopono, Andres Nocioni
PF – Elton Brand, Mareese Speights, Darius Songalia
C – Spencer Hawes, Tony Battie, Craig Brackins

3 Concerns Heading Into the Season

1. If I had to choose one PG likely to go from off the radar last season to possible top 10 by season’s end, am I going with Darren Collison or Jrue Holiday?
Collison because he spent 2/5 of last season proving he could do it, while Holiday spent the first three months of the season being mistaken for Lou Williams by Eddie Jordan. Having said that, Holiday averaged 5.5/2/2.5 before the All-Star Break and 12/3.5/5.5 after it in twice as many minutes. He’ll have the full confidence of Doug Collins and the rest of his team and, after a summer’s worth of development, is expected to improve his efficiency. Look for 13.5/3.5/7, which would put him at just about the 10th or 11th best PG in the league.

2. Wait, why CAN’T Elton Brand be his 20/10 former self again?
He’s hurt all over (shoulder, knee), he’s getting older (31) and the Sixers are stacked at the PF/C position. Oh, okay. Just askin’. Hey, keep your chin up, little fella. Brand will still have his best season since 2006 and has been a 10th-round steal in many leagues. Gee willikers, mister No foolin’? Honest injun. Swell.

3. Over/under that Evan Turner at least matches his freshman output at Ohio State this season (8.5/4.5/2.5)?
Over. I don’t question why people are down on Turner this season, but I do question why they’re so quick to dismiss a guy who averaged 21/9/6 last season? Those are not stats of a kid that can’t learn and grow into a system. I wouldn’t recommend taking him in the seventh or eighth rounds as people have been doing with Anthony Randolph, but I would recommend them keeping a similar mindset for Turner as they have with Randolph. Even if Turner is a mess for three months while getting acclimated to the NBA, that’s about how long it took Stephen Curry. Turner isn’t going to explode right out of the box, but it seems pound-foolish to leave him for some other team to grab in the late rounds of your deep draft. It wouldn’t give me tummy trouble at all if he were to become a top 50 pick this time next season.

Fantasy Disappointment in ’10 – Evan Turner. I know, I know. This comes off as confusing and hypocritical to say what I said 1/4-inch above and then to call Turner a probable disappointment. Caress and slap. Lace and leather. Tough it out. Elton Brand almost took this distinction. Both Brand and Evans are being drafted near one another (Brand’s ADP on ESPN is 106, Turner’s is 111), but when people draft Brand at 106 it’s a cautious pick. When they draft Turner a few ticks later, it’s with hope for an upside worthy of the No.2 selection in this season’s NBA draft. So when Brand disappoints, no one will really feel all that slighted. When Turner disappoints, bottles of Heineken go through television screens.

Biggest Fantasy Contributor in ’10Andre Iguodala. Remember how good Iguodala was last year? He played almost 65 percent of his season at SF, where he had a 16 PER. He played 33 percent of his season at SG (where he will log most of his minutes this season) and averaged a PER of 21. Blackjack!

Deep Sleeper –  Lou Williams. If Eddie Jordan can be excused for anything, it’s not knowing who the starting PG of his team should have been. While I do think Holiday is the correct way to go, if he happens to go down with an injury, I fully anticipate straining numerous ligaments in my leg during my mad dash to my computer and the fantasy leagues that reside there in an attempt to grab Screwy Louis and his 16/4/3.5 and 1.4 stls as a starter. You see, I would not have stretched before breaking into the sprint, as I would have no way of knowing that Holiday was about to become injured – unless I make the decision to stretch before and during each Sixers game this season. I will not likely do that.

  1. DSimms says:

    Never done a fantasy basketball league, i was bored so i figured what the hey. ESPN 10 team h2h auction.

    your thoughts on my team and where ill have probs please…

    PG-jwall G-Ariza
    SG-curry F-Blake Griffin
    SF-josh smith Util-Vinsanity,Jrue,Hedo
    C-Amare Bench-Harden,Favors,B.Gordon

    guys i like on the waiver: Afflalo, D.J augustin

    thank you

  2. Tony says:

    adam- if you’re looking at a guy like evan turner what would you say his future is? first round pick eventually? 2nd round type guy? maybe a player to compare him too…. could you possibly do that with a list of young guys aka rookies? like ex: John wall, similar stat line to…. someone relevant/studly today?

    anyways, thoughts on turner, how soon can we expect him to adjust, 2nd half thisyear and stud in 2011?

  3. barker says:

    16 team H2H GP fgm fga ftm fta 3pta 3pt % as extra stats
    the # 1 pick was harder than i thought it would be and i think this league was harder to draft than my 18 team league
    is al horford really that good??
    1. (1) Kevin Durant SF
    2. (32) Al Horford PF,C
    3. (33) Darren Collison PG
    4. (64) Gilbert Arenas PG,SG
    5. (65) Jeff Green SF,PF
    6. (96) Andris Biedrins C
    7. (97) JaVale McGee PF,C
    8. (128) Shawn Marion SF,PF
    9. (129) Ben Gordon SG
    10. (160) Jeff Teague PG,SG
    11. (161) Carlos Delfino SG,SF
    12. (192)Udonis Haslem PF,C
    13. (193) Arron Afflalo SG
    14. (224) Derek Fisher PG
    15. (225) Cole Aldrich C
    16. (256) Nazr Mohammed C
    17. (257) Delonte West PG,SG
    18. (288) Kris Humphries PF
    19. (289) Reggie Evans PF
    20. (320) Jeremy Lin PG,SG

  4. barker says:

    scrap that no attempts involved just makes and percentages

  5. BAWSTON says:

    How many games do you think KG will play this year?

    Over/Under 70

    Do you think he can put up decent numbers?

    I’m hoping for like 18/9/3/1/1 with solid percentages.

  6. D.A. says:

    12 team, roto, 9 cats

    Tim Donaghy’s Bookie

    1. (2) Chris Paul (NO – PG)
    2. (23) Al Horford (Atl – PF,C)
    3. (26) Tyreke Evans (Sac – PG,SG)
    4. (47) Kevin Martin (Hou – SG)
    5. (50) Jason Richardson (Pho – SG,SF)
    6. (71) Blake Griffin (LAC – PF)
    7. (74) Paul Millsap (Uta – PF)
    8. (95) Jameer Nelson (Orl – PG)
    9. (98) Carl Landry (Sac – SF,PF)
    10. (119) Ben Gordon (Det – SG)
    11. (122) Greg Oden (Por – C)
    12. (143) Kyle Korver (Chi – SG,SF)
    13. (146) Wesley Johnson (Min – SF)

    I asked you this last night, but I’m in negotiations with a guy that has Duncan. I’m lacking a C badly (we start 2). He has proposed me a deal of Griffin & B. Gordon for Duncan. He also proposed Brand for Griffin.

    Do I bite on either of these deals?

  7. Adam

    Adam says:

    @DSimms: Between Wall, Ariza and Hedo, you might have problems with FG% even with Amar’e, Blake and Lee. I’d go ahead and drop Favors for either of those free agents you mentioned.

    @Tony: Too many factors involved with Turner to predict with any sincere accuracy. I know that in Summer League and Preseason, he just didn’t show much of any understanding of his role in the offense – mostly because his role remains a mystery. I will say that if Turner ends up being a bust in this league, it was more likely the fault of the Philadelphia organization than Turner himself.

    @barker: Yeah. Horford is that good. Especially in Atlanta’s new motion offense. Also, I’m a little worried about your assists. Everyone has been snatching up PGs this season, a ton of reaches. It’s stunning to me that Afflalo fell to 193.

    @BAWSTON: I think he plays about 73-77. 18/9/3 seems a little high. I’m guessing 15/7/3. Maybe 16.

    @D.A.: Do it if you feel you’ll get more from Duncan than you would from Griffin. Brand isn’t worth Griffin.

  8. brad says:

    Drafted this team in a 10 team H2H 9 cat league Sunday night. . .

    Had the third pick and ended up with Chris Paul, as the draft went on I decided punting blocks was a good plan and I ended up snagging most of my targets for that strategy. Besides blocks do you see any weaknesses I ought to address?

    PG Chris Paul
    SG Andre Iguodala
    G Jrue Holiday
    G Arron Afflalo
    SF Vince Carter
    PF Chris Bosh
    F Jason Richardson
    F Hakim Warrick
    C LaMarcus Aldridge
    C Kevin Love
    Util Jameer Nelson
    Util Beno Udrih
    BN J.J. Hickson
    BN Troy Murphy
    BN Linas Kleiza

  9. BAWSTON says:

    With Boozer out for a month + more, how far do you drop him in your roto rankings? Would you rather have Nene over him at this point? I kind of need blocks but you have him projected for 1 blk which I don’t think will happen.

  10. Adam

    Adam says:

    @brad: I don’t love your FT%, but aside from that, this is a quality 1-cat punt team.

    @BAWSTON: I originally had Boozer going in the middle of the fourth round. I dropped him to somewhere in the seventh. Yeah, I’d prefer Nene over Boozer, but not by much. Truth be told, I don’t think Boozer will actually average 1 blk a game. Closer to 0.8, but I was rounding to the nearest 0.5 in the projections. Otherwise, I would have gone insane projecting 250 players’ stats to the nearest 0.1.

  11. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Adam – Please rank these WW fodder PF’s for blocks and rebounds; Shelden Williams, Tolliver, DeAndre, and Speights. Leaning to Williams due to starting minutes. Thanks!

  12. Adam

    Adam says:

    @AnotherFalstaff: Yup. Williams, Speights, Tolliver, DeAndre.

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