Here it is, friends, the big kahuna. It’s like when your friends sit around and say, “what are your top 30 Arnold Schwarzenegger movies?” Only instead of that, it’s me telling you the top 100 basketball players for fantasy basketball purposes. Now this is going to shock you, but I would not really go by this list during my draft. “Is it because it sucks?” Yes, it’s because it-hey, wait a minute, no, that’s not the reason. I would suggest cruising the positional blurbs in the 2012-2013 fantasy basketball rankings and taking tiers into consideration. How I rank my players is sort of fluid, by which I mean, my draft strategy is divided by tiers. Essentially, I take a tier from a position I want to target first, then put in the next most valuable tier, and so on and so forth. What that means is, I may be grabbing a guy ranked 60th over a guy ranked 49th because the 60th ranked guy offers me something far more valuable for my team than the other dude. Confused? Good. If you think too hard about it, you’ll realize predicting the future is an inexact science, mostly because it isn’t a real science. I don’t think my degree from the Hubert Flarthworth School of Fantasy Athletics is legitimate, but it only cost me $7.95 plus $14.95 S&H, and it came with a free jar opener and a toilet paper doll cover (with dress), so it was worth it. The commentary is thin here, because I already wrote about most of these guys, and there’s like 100 players here, give or take zero.

1. LeBron James – Overrated, clap, clap, clapclapclap. Oh, wait, no he’s not. He’s actually, arguably, realistically, the best player in the game. Projections: .520 fg/.750 ft/1.4 3pg/28.2 pts/7.8 rbd/7.1 ast/1.8 stl/0.8 blk/3.5 tov

2. Kevin Durant – Having the second pick in your draft is probably a lot more stressful than the first pick, because at least you don’t have to make a Sophie’s Choice. Projections: .480 fg/.880 ft/1.7 3pt/29.0 pts/7.5 rbd/2.9 ast/1.3 stl/1.1 blk/3.3 tov

3. Kevin LoveLove pun. Projections: .460 fg/.840 ft/1.5 3pt/27.0 pts/14.0 rbd/2.3 ast/0.7 stl/0.5 blk/2.5 tov

4. Chris Paul – Can we be sure he didn’t sabotage Derrick Rose? Voodoo is real, people, Godsmack wrote a song about it (so did Body Count). Projections: .482 fg/.870 ft/1.2 3pt/21.2 pts/3.9 rbd/9.9 ast/2.5 stl/0.1 blk/2.4 tov

5. Dwyane WadeI’d actually prefer a sexier pick for my first round choice, but I’m not going to cry about 24 PPG. *sniff* I’m not… Projections: .505 fg/.784 ft/0.5 3pt/23.9 pts/4.7 rbd/4.9 ast/1.6 stl/1.0 blk/3.0 tov

6. Russell Westbrook – If there’s a negative, it’s the turnovers. If there’s a positive, it’s owning him. Projections: .461 fg/.830 ft/1.0 3pt/24.2 pts/4.8 rbd/6.9 ast/1.8 stl/0.3 blk/4.0 tov

7. Josh Smith – Every night, 20/10 with 2 blocks. Can you dig it? I can, and I’m not a construction worker. Projections: .460 fg/.645 ft/0.4 3pt/19.5 pts/10.2 rbd/4.0 ast/1.4 stl/2.0 blk/2.7 tov

8. Dwight HowardBoy, this guy sucks, he only had 20+ PPG in four of the last five seasons, with 13+ rebounds and an average of 2.5 blocks during that time. Oh, and he’s 26. You shouldn’t draft this guy. He’s yucky poo poo! Projections: .596 fg/.575 ft/0.0 3pt/23.3 pts/15.3 rbd/1.7 ast/1.4 stl/2.9 blk/4.1 tov

9. Pau Gasol – I probably like Power Forwards a little too much. Still, can’t go wrong with Paul, minus the L. Projections: .520 fg/.809 ft/0.0 3pt/18.8 pts/10.1 rbd/3.9 ast/0.5 stl/1.8 blk/2.3 tov

10. Al Jefferson I am super hyped about Jefferson. There’s moisture in my pants. Projections: .495 fg/.770 ft/0.0 3pt/20.1 pts/9.9 rbd/1.9 ast/0.6 stl/1.8 blk/1.3 tov

11. DeMarcus Cousins: Speaking of moisture, I have an unhealthy attraction to Cousins. Projections: .455 fg/.712 ft/0.0 3pt/20.1 pts/12.4 rbd/2.1 ast/1.3 stl/1.1 blk/3.2 tov

12. Deron Williams: There’s a lot to enjoy here. Could see him in the top ten, if the difference between 10 and 12 actually meant something to me. Projections: .430 fg/.833 ft/1.7 3pt/20.8 pts/3.8 rbd/9.7 ast/1.1 stl/0.3 blk/3.7 tov

13. Andrew Bynum: Finally reached 35 MPG and gifted his owners a career year. And it only took 7 seasons for him to get to it! He should see over 30 MPG with Philly, provided he doesn’t shatter at some point, as is his wont. Projections: .565 fg/.680 ft/0.0 3pt/17.5 pts/11.5 rbd/1.2 ast /0.5 stl/2.0 blk/2.5 tov

14. LaMarcus AldridgeI wouldn’t kick him out of bed, provided “bed” meant “my fantasy team.” Also, my bed. Projections: .510 fg/.800 ft/0.0 3pt/21.2 pts/8.5 rbd/2.5 ast/0.9 stl/1.1 blk/2.2 tov

15. Carmelo AnthonyApparently some people want to take Batum over Anthony. I dunno, I think I’ll take the 28 year old with 15,900 career points first. Projections: .448 fg/.844 ft/1.4 3pt/24.6 pts/7.0 rbd/3.6 ast/1.2 stl/0.4 blk/3.2 tov

16. Kobe Bryant – He didn’t talk about this in the projections, but 3p% can be a big deal. Last year, he had a .303 3P%, and the two years before that, about .325 each year. That sucks, dude! At least he can still give you a 35+ point game every so often.  Projections: .427 fg/.839 ft/1.5 3pt/25.9 pts/5.3 rbd/4.4 ast/1.1 stl/0.2 blk/3.3 tov

17. Al Horford – Who, sneaky assists. I’ll take that. Projections: .555 fg/.790 ft/0.0 3pt/15.2 pts/9.9 rbd/2.1 ast/0.7 stl/1.2 blk/1.7 tov

18. Marc Gasol – The Gasols are the most talented sibling athletic team since Jacob and Ezekiel Westfield in the West Virginia Beaver Wrestling League. Projections: .501 fg/.751 ft/0.0 3pt/15.4 pts/9.5 rbd/2.9 ast/1.0 stl/2.1 blk/2.1 tov

19. Blake Griffin – I am Blake Griffin’s only friend. Projections: .530 fg/.550 ft/0.0 3pt/22.1 pts/10.5 rbd/3.7 ast/0.9 stl/0.6 blk/3.0 tov

20. Monta Ellis – I’d like to see that FG% come up a bit, but he could butter my bialy any day. Projections: .436 fg/.789 ft/1.3 3pt/18.9 pts/3.3 rbd/6.1 ast/1.5 stl/0.2 blk/3.1 tov

21. David Lee – Why can’t you block, David? Just raise your hands! Projections: .513 fg/.791 ft/0.0 3pt/21.2 pts/9.9 rbd/3.1 ast/1.0 stl/0.4 blk/2.5 tov

22. Greg Monroe – He’s a season away from being a 20/12 guy. Count on it. Okay, don’t count on it. Your choice. Projections: .535 fg/.742 ft/0.0 3pt/16.7 pts/11.2 rbd/2.1 ast/1.2 stl/0.9 blk/3.1 tov

23. Dirk NowitzkiThe greatest German since Wolf Hoffmann. Projections: .490 fg/.888 ft/1.1 3pt/21.3 pts/6.9 rbd/2.1 ast/0.8 stl/0.7 blk/1.9 tov

24. Brandon Jennings – Brandon, you are okay with me. Keep reaching for the stars! Or shooting threes. Maybe the latter. Projections: .432 fg/.820 ft/2.3 3pt/20.8 pts/3.7 rbd/5.7 ast/1.5 stl/0.4 blk/2.7 tov

25. Paul Millsap – Dude got confused and focused on assists instead of blocks. That’s cool. Projections: .512 fg/.800 ft/0.1 3pt/17.5 pts/9.4 rbd/2.4 ast/1.7 stl/0.9 blk/2.0 tov

26. Kyrie Irving – Literally the only positive thing going on in Cleveland. Projections: .478 fg/.895 ft/1.6 3pt/19.7 pts/3.5 rbd/6.0 ast/1.5 stl/0.2 blk/3.9 tov

27. Zach Randolph – Throw out last season and he’s a steady 20/10 guy. Projections: .482 fg/.710 ft/0.1 3pt/19.7 pts/10.1 rbd/1.9 ast/0.9 stl/0.2 blk/2.0 tov

28. Rudy Gay – I love a man who can block, hit threes, and melt me with his smile. Projections: .463 fg/.790 ft/1.0 3pt/19.6 pts/6.3 rbd/2.2 ast/1.5 stl/1.2 blk/2.5 tov

29. Danny Granger – Sometimes it’s easy to forget Danny, especially if you have Alzheimer’ss. Write his name on your wrist so you keep him handy for draft day. Projections: .425 fg/.852 ft/2.1 3pt/20.1 pts/5.3 rbd/2.3 ast/1.3 stl/0.9 blk/2.5 tov

29. Brook Lopez – The Nets are back, baby. Hopefully the fantasy world cares, because I don’t think New Yorkers are leaving the Knicks to go root for them. Projections: .491 fg/.779 ft/0.0 3pt/19.4 pts/7.1 rbd/1.8 ast/0.5 stl/1.6 blk/2.1 tov

30. Chris Bosh – Quiet, dependable, in Miami. Projections: .486 fg/.815 ft/0.1 3pt/18.5 pts/8.6 rbd/1.9 ast/0.7 stl/0.9 blk/2.2 tov

31. Roy Hibbert – Get ready for an endless season of tiresome Simpsons references! Projections: .499 fg/.748 ft/0.0 3pt/13.2 pts/9.3 rbd/2.1 ast/0.4 stl/2.1 blk/2.5 tov

32. John Wall – Should be fun in 12 years when everyone gets to write, “John has hit the wall!” In the meantime, let’s enjoy what we have. Projections: .415 fg/.789 ft/0.3 3pt/16.8 pts/4.6 rbd/8.5 ast/1.7 stl/0.6 blk/4.2 tov

33. Tony Parker – My boy in comments, Fenris-77, said yesterday, “I’d assume from the context here that you have him ranked in the 4th round somewhere.” I owe you a beer. You have to come to me to collect, though. The Razzball travel budget specifically excludes drinking expeditions. Projections: .494 fg/.795 ft/0.3 3pt/19.3 pts/3.2 rbd/8.1 ast/1.1 stl/0.1 blk/2.5 tov

34. Joe Johnson – I’m going to call him Sockless Joe Johnson even though it isn’t that clever and it will never catch out. Of course, that’s what they said about the Zune. Projections: .452 fg/.839 ft/1.8 3pt/19.0 pts/4.2 rbd/4.3 ast/0.9 stl/0.1 blk/2.3 tov

35. Eric Gordon – I am salivating over Gordon’s season. Hopefully he doesn’t break an ankle. Projections: .462 fg/.795 ft/2.0 3pt/23.2 pts/2.5 rbd/3.1 ast/1.2 stl/0.2 blk/3.0 tov

36. Tim Duncan – I thought this guy died? I loved him as the Kingpin in Daredevil. Projections: .488 fg/.700 ft/0.0 3pt/14.8 pts/8.8 rbd/2.3 ast/0.6 stl/1.6 blk/1.5 tov

37. Paul Pierce – His initials are P.P. Projections: .437 fg/.855 ft/1.5 3pt/18.4 pts/5.0 rbd/3.8 ast/1.0 stl/0.4 blk/3.4 tov

38. Rajon Rondo – In comments, I have been simultaneously criticized for underranking Rondo while not considering ratios. Okay. Projections: .454 fg/.603 ft/0.1 3pt/12.3 pts/4.6 rbd/11.9 ast/2.0 stl/0.1 blk/3.9 tov

39. Amar’e Stoudemire – I’m a Knicks fan (as previously mentioned elsewhere by me), so I hope for my sake, his sake, your sake, and Japanese sake that he does well. Projections: .522 fg/.784 ft/0.0 3pt/22.5 pts/8.3 rbd/1.8 ast/0.8 stl/1.2 blk/2.9 tov

40. Marcus Thornton – Points and threes and bears, oh my. Projections: .460 fg/.864 ft/2.2 3pt/22.5 pts/4.6 rbd/2.3 ast/1.7 stl/0.2 blk/2.0 tov

41. Marcin Gortat – It would be amazing if his FG% could surpass his FT%. Projections: .565 fg/.680 ft/0.0 3pt/14.9 pts/9.6 rbd/1.1 ast/0.6 stl/1.4 blk/1.7 tov

42. Kris Humphries – The man can rebound, but I can’t quite accept how his parents spelled his name. Projections: .500 fg/.704 ft/0.0 3pt/14.8 pts/11.7 rbd/1.6 ast/0.7 stl/1.3 blk/2.3 tov

43. Kevin Garnett – He’s like an old, faithful dog without the bladder problems. Projections: .498 fg/.861 ft/0.0 3pt/14.8 pts/7.9 rbd/2.7 ast/0.8 stl/0.9 blk/3.2 tov

44. Stephen Curry – I’m trying to convince my girlfriend to go to an Indian place during “restaurant week” in October. You get 4 courses for $25. It’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy curry. Otherwise, it’s Stephen on draft day. Projections: .485 fg/.853 ft/2.0 3pt/17.3 pts/3.9 rbd/5.8 ast/2.0 stl/0.2 blk/3.2 tov

45. Ryan Anderson – Remember when you were a kid, and you would open your lunchbox, and on top of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that had soaked up all of the fruit preserves was a not from your mom? That’s what Ryan Anderson’s three pointers are. Projections: .440 fg/.888 ft/2.6 3pt/18.6 pts/8.5 rbd/0.8 ast/0.7 stl/0.3 blk/1.2 tov

46. Gerald Wallace – I had to check to make sure he wasn’t 100 years old. He’s been in the league since before some of you were born and he’s only 30. Projections: .460 fg/.783 ft/1.1 3pt/15.1 pts/6.7 rbd/2.6 ast/1.6 stl/0.6 blk/2.2 tov

47. Serge Ibaka – He basically just stands on the court and makes windmill motions. Projections: .540 fg/.680 ft/0.0 3pt/10.0 pts/8.0 rbd/0.4 ast/0.6 stl/4.1 blk/1.1 tov

48. Tyreke Evans – I love a player that you can draft and there’s nothing offensive about his game. Projections: .461 fg/.780 ft/0.6 3pt/18.1 pts/6.3 rbd/3.8 ast/1.4 stl/0.5 blk/3.1 tov

49. Andrea Bargnani – She’s pretty solid. Love those PPG! Projections: .450 fg/.849 ft/1.3 3pt/21.7 pts/5.8 rbd/1.9 ast/0.5 stl/1.0 blk/2.6 tov

50. Andre Iguodala – Philly shuttles another A.I. to Denver. Should do wonders for Iggy. Projections: .444 fg/.702 ft/1.1 3pt/15.2 pts/6.2 rbd/5.9 ast/1.9 stl/0.5 blk/2.4 tov

51. James Harden – He will do wonders for your ratios, and overall is a nice player. Projections: .484 fg/.845 ft/1.4 3pt/19.8 pts/4.6 rbd/4.4 ast/1.2 stl/0.2 blk/2.4 tov

52. Ty Lawson – Don’t be afraid to take him earlier! I’m not God, although you still have to smear lamb’s blood on your door if you don’t want me killing your first born. Projections: .502 fg/.818 ft/1.0 3pt/17.5 pts/3.5 rbd/6.4 ast/1.5 stl/0.1 blk/2.2 tov

53. Nene Hilario – Maybe dropping the last name will help him get more rebounds. Projections: .580 fg/.711 ft/0.0 3pt/14.2 pts/7.9 rbd/1.9 ast/1.2 stl/1.0 blk/2.0 tov

54. Antawn Jamison – Imagine if he could actually get the ball in the rim, he could have 20 PPG. Projections: .410 fg/.699 ft/1.1 3pt/16.7 pts/6.1 rbd/1.8 ast/0.8 stl/0.5 blk/1.4 tov

55. Joakim Noah – I hope every game he scores exactly the same number of points as rebounds. Projections: .520 fg/.749 ft/0.0 3pt/11.0 pts/10.8 rbd/2.2 ast/0.7 stl/1.5 blk/2.0 tov

56. Carlos Boozer – I miss the good old days when Boozer was king, but he still has value. Projections: .528 fg/.705 ft/0.0 3pt/16.0 pts/8.9 rbd/2.2 ast/1.0 stl/0.5 blk/2.6 tov

57. Andrew Bogut – A nice source for blocks this far down. Projections: .475 fg/.613 ft/0.0 3pt/12.3 pts/10.2 rbd/2.3 ast/0.8 stl/2.2 blk/2.2 tov

58. Luol Deng – Ctrl-F “sneaky threes” and stick it in here for Deng. Projections: .462 fg/.761 ft/1.3 3pt/17.5 pts/7.0 rbd/2.6 ast/1.0 stl/0.8 blk/2.0 tov

59. Steve Nash – Fantasy value is hurt a bit by move to LA, but his assists and Hollywood cameos are golden. Projections: .488 fg/.900 ft/1.0 3pt/12.2 pts/2.9 rbd/12.3 ast/0.5 stl/0.1 blk/3.8 tov

60. Anthony Davis – Hey, new guy. This seat’s open. Projections: .475 fg/.710 ft/0.1 3pt/11.8 pts/8.9 rbd/1.4 ast/1.1 stl/2.6 blk/2.1 tov

61. Tyson Chandler – He’s no Ewing, but there’s double digit rebounds if you’re interested. Projections: .670 fg/.725 ft/0.0 3pt/13.0 pts/10.2 rbd/0.9 ast/0.7 stl/1.5 blk/1.6 tov

62. Chris Kaman – His dad, Michael Kamen, made some nice movie soundtracks and also spelled his name differently. Weird. Projections: .470 fg/.753 ft/0.0 3pt/14.1 pts/7.5 rbd/1.9 ast/0.5 stl/1.5 blk/2.9 tov

63. Kyle Lowry – Threes and assists, threes and assists. Oh, and steals. Projections: .415 fg/.870 ft/2.0 3pt/15.5 pts/5.0 rbd/6.0 ast/1.7 stl/0.2 blk/3.1 tov

64. Nicolas BatumI’ve been told in comments Batum is going to have a breakout season. I hope so! He scored at a slightly better rate but only took one more shot a game between last season and the season before, so he better step it up a bit. Also, Nicolas is 6’8″ and only 200 pounds, what the hell is that? Projections: .467 fg/.845 ft/1.7 3pt/13.7 pts/4.7 rbd/1.6 ast/0.9 stl/1.0 blk/1.8 tov

65. Paul George – Good ratios and steals, but can you trust a man with two first names? I suspect he wears suspenders and a belt, too. Projections: .460 fg/.812 ft/1.5 3pt/13.5 pts/6.2 rbd/2.8 ast/2.2 stl/0.6 blk/2.2 tov

66. Mike Conley – Assists, steals, a three or so, and his dad is an Olympic gold medalist. Nice. My dad had a mustache. Projections: .445 fg/.777 ft/1.0 3pt/13.5 pts/2.7 rbd/6.6 ast/1.9 stl/0.2 blk/2.4 tov

67. Ersan Ilyasova – I’d certainly take 10 rebounds and a three per game. Give it to me, Ilyasova! Projections: .500 fg/.796 ft/1.0 3pt/14.1 pts/9.2 rbd/1.3 ast/1.2 stl/0.7 blk/1.5 tov

68. Danilo Gallinari – Before Gallo crows, you will deny this blog three times. Projections: .420 fg/.862 ft/1.5 3pt/15.3 pts/5.0 rbd/2.0 ast/1.1 stl/0.4 blk/1.8 tov

69. Damian Lillard – Haha, seriously though, what is with my projections on Lilliard? I’m crazy like a used mattress salesman. Projections: .408 fg/.882 ft/1.5 3pt/18.9 pts/3.7 rbd/5.9 ast/1.1 stl/0.1 blk/3.4 tov

70. David West – Last season troubles me. New team, knee recovery, reduced minutes, reduced stats. There will be a bounceback, but I can’t tell how much. What I can say is, David West is a tough mofo, and he will battle for every stat he gives you. Projections: .484 fg/.800 ft/0.0 3pt/15.9 pts/7.4 rbd/2.5 ast/0.9 stl/0.8 blk/2.1 tov

71. Jeremy Lin Good luck in Houston, Jeremy. Use your new contract to buy some glue to stick to your hands. Projections: .450 fg/.800 ft/0.5 3pt/17.0 pts/2.7 rbd/5.5 ast/1.6 stl/0.3 blk/5.2 tov

72. Trevor Ariza – Eh, you know, Small Forwards. Can’t live with them, still have to draft them. Projections: .408 fg/.733 ft/1.0 3pt/12.2 pts/5.7 rbd/3.3 ast/1.8 stl/0.5 blk/2.2 tov

73. Elton Brand – May be a backup, but there’s still some value to owning him. Projections: .508 fg/.747 ft/0.0 3pt/13.1 pts/8.1 rbd/1.4 ast/0.9 stl/1.5 blk/1.4 tov

74. Kevin Martin – If you pump them in from behind the arc, you get delicious points totals. Projections: .431 fg/.899 ft/2.1 3pt/19.7 pts/3.1 rbd/2.9 ast/1.0 stl/0.1 blk/2.6 tov

75. Manu Ginobili – Nice ratios, good source of threes. Projections: .453 fg/.868 ft/1.6 3pt/15.2 pts/3.5 rbd/4.4 ast/1.0 stl/0.3 blk/2.2 tov

76. Kenneth Faried – Rebounds, blocks, low turnovers. Projections: .575 fg/.670 ft/0.0 3pt/12.1 pts/8.2 rbd/1.0 ast/0.9 stl/1.2 blk/1.9 tov

77. Louis Williams – As a starter, this season is his for the taking. Projections: .413 fg/.822 ft/1.3 3pg/16.5 pts/2.8 rbd/3.9 ast/1.0 stl/0.3 blk/1.5 tov

78. Anderson Varejao – Double/doubles always have value. Projections: .530 fg/.667 ft/0.0 3pt/10.2 pts/11.8 rbd/1.6 ast/1.2 stl/1.0 blk/2.0 tov

79. Jeff Teague – Jeff gave me a $10 Starbucks giftcard to rank him this high. I’m going to buy a pumpkin spiced latte. Projections: .480 fg/.801 ft/1.0 3pt/13.8 pts/2.5 rbd/5.2 ast/1.7 stl/0.5 blk/2.3 tov

80. Rodney Stuckey – We’re expecting an increase in minutes, which should hopefully lead to an increase in production. He doesn’t hit threes well, so hopefully he doesn’t start chucking them up. Projections: .432 fg/.840 ft/0.5 3pt/15.8 pts/3.0 rbd/4.9 ast/1.2 stl/0.1 blk/2.4 tov

81. Jrue Holliday – Always seems better than he is. Isn’t as bad as he could be. Jrue story. Projections: .441 fg/.798 ft/1.1 3pt/13.9 pts/3.8 rbd/5.2 ast/1.4 stl/0.3 blk/2.9 tov

82. Wesley Matthews –  I went to school with a kid named Wesley in 7th grade, the one and only year I went to Catholic School. Every day, Wes would eat his mom’s brown beef stew from his Thermos, and every day, he would finish lunch with a brown stain on his white shirt. His mom probably kept Clorox in business. Anyway, this Wesley has awesome ratios and can probably eat his lunch properly. Projections: .444 fg/.852 ft/2.1 3pt/14.7 pts/3.3 rbd/1.9 ast/1.6 stl/0.1 blk/1.4 tov

83. Lamar Odom – Second option he may be, but still a decent source for rebounds and assists. .494 fg/.650 ft/0.7 3pt/12.5 pts/7.9 rbd/2.8 ast/0.8 stl/0.6 blk/1.7 tov

84. Klay Thompson – He’s on my radar, o-klay? Projections: .450 fg/.871 ft/1.8 3pt/14.1 pts/2.8 rbd/2.4 ast/0.9 stl/0.3 blk/2.0 tov

85. Ray Allen – A shooting guard off the bench doesn’t sound that exciting, but he has terrific ratios and will give you a handful of threes per game. .456 fg/.902 ft/1.7 3pt/13.7 pts/2.9 rbd/2.6 ast/0.9 stl/0.2 blk/1.5 tov

86. Nikola Pekovic – Nikola was born in Bijelo Polje, which was Yugoslavia at the time he slipped out of his mother’s womb. His home country then became Serbia and Montenegro, which then split again into Montenegro. At this rate, Pekovic will be able to buy his native land in a few years. Projections: .570 fg/.753 ft/0.0 3pt/14.5 pts/8.4 rbd/0.8 ast/0.7 stl/1.0 blk/2.3 tov

87. Jason Terry – Ouch, no rebounds? Steals are nice, threes are nice, but no rebounds? Projections: .427 fg/.872 ft/1.8 3pt/14.7 pts/1.9 rbd/3.7 ast/1.0 stl/0.2 blk/1.9 tov

88. Arron Afflalo – On drrafft day, you could do worse. Projections: .478 fg/.799 ft/1.5 3pt/15.6 pts/3.4 rbd/2.5 ast/0.6 stl/0.3 blk/1.5 tov

89. Isaiah Thomas – He’s due to have a breakout season, but he needs, like, two breakout seasons in a row. Well, start somewhere. Projections: .452 fg/.843 ft/1.4 3pt/12.5 pts/2.7 rbd/4.2 ast/1.0 stl/0.1 blk/2.2 tov

90. Mo Williams – Mo Williams, mo’ threes. Oh, hey, nice assists, too. Could easily be ranked ahead of Thomas, if that meant anything to me. Projections: .428 fg/.888 ft/1.9 3pt/15.2 pts/2.6 rbd/5.5 ast/1.0 stl/0.1 blk/2.8 tov

91. Shawn Marion – Definite plus on ratios, both shooting and turnovers. Projections: .477 fg/.787 ft/0.2 3pt/11.6 pts/7.3 rbd/1.7 ast/1.1 stl/0.6 blk/1.6 tov

92. OJ Mayo – Some decent points this late. Projections: .433 fg/.771 ft/1.5 3pt/14.8 pts/3.3 rbd/2.9 ast/1.0 stl/0.3 blk/2.1 tov

93. Evan Turner – Keeps his Turnerovers in check. Hahahaha. Projections: .432 fg/.722 ft/0.2 3pt/10.4 pts/6.0 rbd/3.0 ast/0.7 stl/0.3 blk/1.9 tov

94. Goran Dragic – He fought in the Ottoman–Venetian War. He lost an arm during the conflict, so his FT% isn’t quite as good as it could have been. Projections: .473 fg/.685 ft/1.2 3pt/12.4 pts/2.7 rbd/5.9 ast/1.3 stl/0.2 blk/2.7 tov

95. Thaddeus Young – Decent numbers for a number 2 Small Forward. Projections: .512 fg/.752 ft/0.2 3pt/13.1 pts/5.4 rbd/1.4 ast/1.2 stl/0.4 blk/1.3 tov

96.1 Channing Frye – If you can get 11/6 and a block from a non-starter Power Forward, that’s reasonable. Projections: .420 fg/.835 ft/1.7 3pt/10.8 pts/6.2 rbd/1.2 ast/0.8 stl/0.9 blk/1.1 tov Update 9/27: Like the Grinch, Channing’s heart grew three sizes larger, so Frye is out for the season. Thanks to Adge for hipping me to this news.

96. JaVale McGee – We had high hopes, you and I. Projections: .544 fg/.512 ft/0.0 3pt/11.4 pts/8.2 rbd/0.5 ast/0.5 stl/2.2 blk/1.9 tov

97. Gordon HaywardHay, ward you be on my basketball team to help my ratios?  Projections: .472 fg/.840 ft/0.9 3pt/12.5 pts/3.7 rbd/3.3 ast/1.0 stl/0.8 blk/2.0 tov

98. Brandon Bass – Solid ratios, and a block per game. Projections: .487 fg/.816 ft/0.0 3pt/13.1 pts/6.4 rbd/1.0 ast/0.5 stl/1.0 blk/1.3 tov

99. Demar DeRozan – I had a lot of fun writing about DeRozan last season, and I expect him to make it into the blog quite a bit this season. Projections: .433 fg/.810 ft/0.4 3pt/16.9 pts/3.4 rbd/1.8 ast/0.9 stl/0.2 blk/1.9 tov

100. Jose Calderon – Time to stick in a new player into the top 100, hopefully all of his internal organs work okay. Calderon is a backup, but this deep, even if he only gives you six assists with a three and a steal, that’s golden. Projections: .453 fg/.876 ft/1.0 3pt/9.8 pts/3.2 rbd/7.7 ast/1.0 stl/0.1 blk/2.4 tov

  1. ETMcgee says:

    Wow, Demarcus cousins at #11?!?!?!?!? The guy was ranked 50th last year, and that was while playing more games than many of those ahead of him. I think demarcus can improve a bit, but to think he will jump 40 spots is truly a sign of an unhealthy attraction. Picking him over horford, lamarcus, mgasol, bynum, etc is a good way to build a 5th place team…

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @ETMcgee, yeah, it’s an unhealthy love.

  2. Adge says:

    Cousins is going to beast this year. I have no problem with him at #11

    Also, Channing Frye is out all season with an enlarged heart. you may want to scratch him from your list

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Adge, thanks for the heads up. And the comment.

  3. Fenris-77 says:

    Hah. I’ll take a mention there, even if it is in the Tony Parker entry. Nice work on all the preseason stuff.

    Just to be saucy, here’s Parker’s 9 cat per game ranks for the last 6 years: 64, 69, 205, 59, 117, 59. How does that 60-65 range look for predictability? 🙂

    The Randolph rank might be overkill too IMO. He’s going super late in a lot of mocks and I’d hesitate to jack up his ranking pretty much right to his upside ceiling since it’s hard to realize value on a pick like that. Even if you just hold off until the 4th or 5th round you have some cushion on how big that bounce back is going to be.

    I like that you’re outside the box on guys like Randolph, Lawson, Odom, Dragic and Ibaka. I might not agree, but looking at some reasons pro and con for a given ranking is way more useful than everyone secretly copy and pasting the ESPN rankings.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Fenris-77, you’re right that sometimes you gain more insight from hearing someone’s differing opinion than reading reinforcement of your own thoughts. Sometimes, not always. We try to be thoughtful here, in any event.

      • Fenris-77 says:

        @ChrisV, We’re talking about fantasy sports in a public forum here, no one agrees all the time. Mostly it’s like making declarative statements at a nerd convention – whatever your opinion or projection at least one or two taped glasses and pocket protector mo-fo’s will jump out of the woodwork to tell you in excruciating detail how wrong you really are. On the other hand, a little informed disagreement is good for the soul (especially when it happens to other people….).

        Like we’re not all dealing in mostly educated guesses when we do this anyway. 😀

        I agree with ranking Cousins at the 1-2 turn btw. I share your unhealthy man love for my boy Cousins. (And if that isn’t the most awkward thing you’ve seen in print this week I’ll eat my hat).

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:

          @Fenris-77, can we at least agree that Batman would be Wolverine in a straight up fight?

  4. RM says:

    Hi Guys,

    Is Taj Gibson better than Ekpe Udoh in fantasy basketball? TIA!

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @RM, yes, although I think Udoh is likely to see more minutes behind Dalembert than Gibson behind Boozer.

      • RM says:


        Right. I guess I’ll stick with Udoh for now. Btw, can I send you my lineup and humbly ask for advice on it? Your email add will do. Thanks!

        • ChrisV

          ChrisV says:

          @RM, Why not post it on the message board so you can get my feedback and a few others as well?

          • RM says:

            @ChrisV, thanks! See below:

            PG Darren Collison
            SG Andre Iguodala
            SF Kevin Durant
            PF Ersan Ilyasova
            C Greg Monroe
            C Derrick Favors
            G Damian Lillard
            F Michael Beasley
            UTIL Klay Thompson
            UTIL Kawhi Leonard
            Bench Ekpe Udoh
            Bench Marco Belinelli
            Bench Kevin Seraphin

            It’s a 16 team H2H league. I just realized that I lack in assists because of few PGs.

            • ChrisV

              ChrisV says:

              @RM, considering how deep your league is, I think that’s pretty solid. Durant, Monroe, Lillard, Beasley, Thompson, all nice. I presume you took Udoh late, and if so, that’s a good pick. Yeah, your guards are a little week, but you’ll just have to keep your eye on the waiver wire, as I presume guys like Belinelli are expendable if necessary.

              • RM says:

                @ChrisV, thanks for your feedback. That’s correct got Udoh in the last 3 rounds of the draft. I was already thinking dropping Udoh (now injured 🙁 ) for Taj Gibson or Festus Ezelis (he’s doing good as center in GSW) because I have already Ersan. What do you think about Festus?

  5. David says:

    Jamison at #54 and 16.7ppg coming off the Lakers bench? If he does that, the Lakers will win 70 games….

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @David, Ron Metta Artest World Peace isn’t any good…

      • David says:

        @ChrisV, Either way Jamison is NOT going to start over MWP. If Jamison gets 17 a game off the bench, he’ll just about match the ENTIRE Laker bench production from last year. The bench was the primary Laker weakness last year. Therefore, if Jamison goes for 16.7 a game off the bench, the Lakers will win 70….

        If you think Jamison is going to start over MWP, you’re not very familiar with the Lakers…Jamison’s defense is atrocious. There’s no way he can guard a starting 3 in the NBA, let alone a 4…MWP isn’t the defender he used to be, but at least he’s got a chance against a 3…

  6. Keeper Conundrum says:

    Dearest Razzball,

    I’m choosing between Ersan Ilyasova, Klay Thompson or Tyreke Evans (maybe even Kris Humphries) for my final keeper. Any of these guys stand out to you? My first instinct was to keep Evans, but Ilyasova’s rebounds/threes/percentages are awfully appealing.

    It’s a roto league with too many categories (fg%, 3pt%, ft%, ftm, fgm, points, 3ptm, orb, drb, assists, steals, blocks).

    Any help is greatly appreciated.


    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:

      @Keeper Conundrum, it depends on 1) your other keepers/players, 2) how long you can keep the player for, and 3) if you suffer a greater penalty for keeping one player over another.

      Ignoring those things, though, I would probably go with Tyreke.

      • Keeper Conundrum says:

        @ChrisV, No real penalty for keeping one player over another. Admittedly, I’m very guard heavy in my keepers, but figure I can grab bigs once the draft begins. If Ilyasova could block at least a shot a game I’d take him with question.

  7. RJ says:

    How is it possible that Kyrie Irving with those projections is ranked lower than Monta Ellis? Monta beats him by 0.2 AST and 0.8 TO. Kyrie takes slight leads PTS, REB, 3PT, STL but absolutely CRUSHES Monta in the %’s with an advantage of 4.2 FG% and 10.6 FT%, those are crazy differences. There’s no way that some TO’s are going to counterbalance everything else that Kyrie gives you. He’s a top 10 player this year in 8-category formats and potentially the #2 PG after Chris Paul…ahead of Westbrook & Deron.

  8. Dubs says:

    Looks like you’ve got two guys at #29.

  9. Dubs says:

    Also, I believe its Jrue Holiday, not Holliday.

  10. In a 14 team, 11 category (standard 9; plus FTM and FGM) head to head league – would both Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin get boosted into the Top 10?

    Seeing as its H2H, trying to get a leg up on the competition for these 2 xtra categories we are playing with in 2012 — FTM and FGM. Logically, I would assume high volume “scorers” are the default selection when choosing between similar guys. Correct?

    The afore mentioned Howard – Carmelo – etc.

    Let me know if Im on the right page here.


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