1617-rcl-logoSay whaaaaaa?!  It’s draft season?!  Hell yeah, let’s start some early-drafting for hoops, who ISN’T bored of fantasy football already?!  I keed, I keed, but fans of the Rams might be ready for a new sport already, amiright?!

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With that fantasy basketball fever enveloping us all, start up your very own new RCL league and set an early draft time (takes 2 minutes tops to launch a league) and challenge the masses for the overall RCL title.  But if you only have 5 seconds, that’s fine too!  Tons of leagues are open, so clickity click the link above and join an open league.  Start up as many teams as you’d like to make a run at RCL infamy!

Enough tomfoolery!  Wait, I mean JBfoolery, my name isn’t Tom!  It’s time to start looking at how RCL drafts are playing out!  We just had our first RCL draft last night in the inaugural RCL of the season. Here’s how my team came together:

JB’s Random Commenter League Draft Results

JB
PGChris Paul
SGBrandon Knight
GDennis Schroder
SFChandler Parsons
PFDeMarcus Cousins
FAndre Drummond
CRudy Gobert
CJusuf Nurkic
UTILEmmanuel Mudiay
UTILClint Capela
BNKris Dunn
BNOmri Casspi
BNMatt Barnes

 I know what you’re thinkin’…  “Am I crazy?!  Or did JB just draft a punt FT team?!”  Yeah baby, let’s tank some FT!

As I’ve mentioned in the comments and ranks, I’m coming around more and more to tanking cats other than TO, but only if your draft necessitates it.  And oh boy, did my draft necessitate it!  I didn’t go in planning to FT punt, it’s just where the chips fell.  Here’s my breakdown of what I was thinking pick-to-pick:

Round 1, Pick 8 – Chris Paul I was looking at my ranks, and if my top 7 had gone through the same 7 as my ranks, I was seriously considering getting Giannis Antetokounmpo, just to have a Greek team!  Alas, Hassan’s Whitesiders couldn’t pass up drafting his namesake Hassan Whiteside, so I had a pretty easy decision to start with CP3.  Time to get some bigs!

Round 2, Pick 17 – DeMarcus Cousins Uggghhhhhh!  If you didn’t catch that, I said UGGGGHHHHH!  First time I’ve drafted Boogie in…  I dunno, at least 3 years.  Never liked his TO drain for a big, his injury proneness…  My hope was that Paul Millsap would somehow fall, but he got scooped up at 13.  So I decided to follow my ranks (I have Cousins at 16) and see what happens.  You already know where this is going, but with a long gap until my 3rd round pick, I wasn’t quite sure of my direction…

Round 3, Pick 32 – Andre Drummond Whoa!  Wasn’t expecting this! As the next 15 selections churned through, I was biting my nails as it neared my spot, hoping that one of the big boy FT punt guys would somehow fall to me.  Last year in RCLs, both seemed to go in the early second round!  But pick-by-pick, my optimism grew, all the way to #31 with both and the board, and DeAndre Jordan got snagged.  Not gonna lie, I was kinda mad I couldn’t put together the Lob City combo!  But Drummond is of course just as fitting, and his scoring and steals actually ended up being a better fit when it was all said and done.  I’m officially a FT punt!  Feels weird…

Round 4, Pick 41 – Rudy Gobert Put the icing on the cake, we got a FT punt marriage!  Wanting to shore up any question marks at big man, Gobert just felt like the direction I needed to go.  Funnily enough, Isaiah Thomas was still on the board (he went the very next pick), if you want to read an epic debate on if he fits/doesn’t fit on a FT punt.  But with an elite PG to start this build, I didn’t see the need to get IT2/3 and wanted to shore up the front line with another top-end swatter, especially since my main punt guy was Drummo (1.4 BLK last year) and not Jordan (2.3).  Looking back, mayyyyybe Goran Dragic would’ve been a better selection (went 48), but I felt like I needed to solidify the blocks first.

Round 5, Pick 56 – Chandler Parsons I was jittery like Chris Tucker on speed waiting for Parsons to fall to me here!  This was probably my most rewarding pick of the draft…  I lovvvvve Parsons this season, I own both of the CPs, and Parsons surprisingly fits FT punt like a glove.  He shoots a good % for being able to make 3s, chips in some AST and STL, and surprisingly for how multi-cat he is, can’t make his freebies (70.5% in his career).  I just need those knees to hold up!

Round 6, Pick 65 – Dennis Schroder Where’s Paul?!  My German translator?!  I was Sehr Excited like a Schnitzel for this pick!  I knew I needed PG in the worst way, and getting the high-upside German felt like a winner.  His FG% might give me some pain, but that was true of virtually all of the other PG out there.  I considered George Hill (went 74), but I’m behind the 8-ball in AST now, so I’m shooting for the 8 APG upside along with some added scoring and 3s.  Yes, Rajon Rondo was also on the board (went 69 – teehee), and he fits FT punting, but I just don’t trust his role on the Bulls enough and I indeed have him ranked well below the Schroder range.

Round 7, Pick 80 – Brandon Knight Yuck!  After flying high on those last two picks, I got sniped on this one!  Target #1 was D’Angelo Russell for more scoring/3s upside, who went 73.  Then target 2 came right in range!  Stay on target…  Stay on target…  Then even in the draft room, I said “you have one player you can’t draft” as Hassan’s Whitesider’s took down the clock to the final 20 or so seconds.  And of course, they pick Elfrid Payton…  NOOOOOO!!!  SKIIIIIIIIIILES!  I just feel like blaming Skiles for this too…  So I scrambled a little, but I still think at 80, Knight came at a good value.  My needs?  Scoring, AST, 3s.  And there ya go, Knight fits extremely well.  But with these last two picks, I’m starting to really worry about FG%…

Round 8, Pick 89 – Emmanuel Mudiay …so the obvious fix to FG% is to draft…  Mother F Mudiay?!?!?!  Yeah, yeah, I know my FG% is an issue now.  But knowing how RCLs draft, I knew PG would be dried up, and it virtually was at this point.  I was hoping Jeremy Lin might fall (went 82), but I got stuck with Mudiay.  At least his deficiency in FT% makes sense in this build, and as I mentioned in his rank, he at least shot a little better over the last 22 games (40.8%).  I wanted to be sure and stay very competitive in dimes, so I did what I had to do…

Round 9, Pick 104 – Jusuf Nurkic The Jamba Jus somehow stayed in business into the triple-digits!  I had Nurk queued up right after going Mudiay, as apparently I’m high on Nuggets…  I posed my quibble with Nurk in that chat room that yet again I’m taking a step back in FG%, but the room agreed his FG% should be better this year – which I argue as well.  It’s not like he’s a stretch-4 dropping treys out there, he’s a post man with a mid-range.  At 104, his upside is phenomenal for my punt FT build.

Round 10, Pick 113 – Clint Capela Another winner!  Queued up right after nabbing Nurk, I was pumped no one sniped Capela, although I think I might have been the only pure FT punt team…  Bringin’ that sexy back!  And by sexy, I mean my FG% is coming back, FINALLY!  On top of just what “we expect” from Capela being the starter, this is a D’Antoni system.  It could get really interesting in the high-pace for added boards and blocks due to all the manufactured added possessions.

Round 11, Pick 128 – Kris Dunn Shooting for the upside here.  I don’t foresee Ricky Rubio getting traded preseason, but maybe Dunn ends up playing 20-25 MPG as a combo guard and has 12-team usability, especially punting FT.  His freebie shooting is a big knock on his game (60% on 15 FT in a small Summer League sample, 69.3% in college), so if something comes out of this early in the season, I’ll feel like I hit a home run.  Plus I had a feeling no one was picking my next two guys, so I went for the buzzier pick.

Round 12, Pick 137 – Omri Casspi Mini-Parsons!  Well, kindasorta…  Casspi is a phenomenal last round or two FT-punt pick.  Like Parsons, he hits 3s and shoots a great %.  Last year, 48.1% from the field, while hitting 1.6 treys.  Year before – 48.9% with 0.5 treys.  Plus he chips in some steals, and has a little upside if Rudy Gay is traded, which looks like it’s one of the most likely trades that could happen this preseason.  And somehow with his great FG% and treys – he’s a 67.7% FT shooter, going only 64.8% last year…

Round 13, Pick 152 – Matt Barnes – A staple last-round pick for me.  You can read more on my thoughts on Barnes in my Top 150 ranks, although I have some issues with this pick.  1 – FG% again is an issue!  Ugh.  But most importantly is issue B – I OWN THREE SACRAMENTO KINGS?!?!  What have I done with my life!?  Issue C – there is no C (little Razzball Baseball joke there), and 4th problem, I think someone else on the wire is a better fit for my needs.  I’ll be making a little swapperoo when waivers clear, but I don’t wanna give Barnes away!  We’ll see…

Overall, I think I like this team!  As I mentioned ad nauseam, FG% remains a big issue but I think I win it most of the time, and TO are going to be a little bit of an issue as well.  It’s tough to have said issues when you’re already punting a cat…  But I think my scoring is OK, 3s OK (with some added waiver ThrAGNOF), elite REB/BLK/STL, with pretty competitive dimes.  It may not be my best team, but picking at 8 really throws you for a loop.  I am hoping for either pick 1-5 or pick 12 in my subsequent RCLs.  What do you make of this squad, Razzball Nation?!

  1. Threekola says:
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    I like the team. I’d try to go for a 2 for 1 trade to get an elite or at least top 50 wing, then get that thragnof off the waivers. But that’s mostly cause I love having an elite PG, SF, and C. Just feels right.
    Either way, this team is gonna be fun as hell to own.

    Also, is it too late to join a commenter league? =(

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Threekola: Well Parsons I wouldn’t call “elite” but I have him easily inside my top 50. So I think I have a pretty good wing 🙂 But yeah, I’m excited for this squad, I am going to win REB by 200 a week hahaha

      Definitely not too late! All you gotta do is go here http://basketball.razzball.com/2016-2017-razzball-basketball-commenter-league-sign-ups

      Then towards the bottom in the league signup spreadsheet panel, click “LINK” and join a league!

  2. Jay says:
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    I think you did fine. However, I think could have that occasional scoring issue with 2 players whose DNP probabilities are high–DMC and the other CP or should I say, Mr. “How about a Friends sequel and I’ll play Chandler hooking up with J Aniston?” http://m.tmz.com/#2016/09/06/chandler-parsons-jennifer-aniston/

    But alas, scoring is one of the easier stats to stream.

    Btw, would how the whole draft results be revealed to the public?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Hah yeah I definitely have some risk with Cousins and Parsons… Haha they should TOTALLY do friends with the same 5, just replace Perry with Parsons haha. But yeah, I’ll be streaming some ThrAGNOFs for sure.

      Not quite sure I understand your question, you mean how to see the draft results? They’re in the link right above my team 🙂

      • jay says:
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        @JB Gilpin: lol.

        My bad…read the post early, missed the link. Thanks!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @jay: Hah no worries!

  3. JungMin says:
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    Loved the draft JB! I’m ForTheWin in your league by the way. I can’t believe how many of your target’s I’ve sniped lol. I was confident in the Dragic pick, but you just made me feel better on the D-Russ pick, I thought I might have reached too much there. Love your team other than the percentages. On the other hand, I think I might have picked too many high-risk high-reward guys: Simmons, D’Angelo Russell, and Booker, but hopefully one of them breaks out big time and makes my season. Or they could all flop big time. Anyways, good luck on the season and you can contact me anytime you want to offload some blocks lol.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JungMin: Thanks man! Well, Dragic didn’t feel too much of a snipe, more an assumed decision he would be gone. Slim has him well into his top 50, so I figured he wouldn’t last. Russell was annoying though 🙂 pre-ranked outside the top 100, I thought I had a shot…

      I feel like I minimized some risk with this squad, it’s just gonna all lie with injuries…

      Haha aight, we’ll see how much I dominate that cat and if I have enough padding to let some go 🙂

  4. v00dr00 says:
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    This draft did just about nothing to make me feel better about possibly keeping Nerlens as a top 5 rounder. Bleh. If he gets traded, that’s arguably a worse outcome for him as Philly has been a trashy fantasy gold mine over the years. SKIIIILESSS

    • JB Gilpin

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      @v00dr00: Hahaha yeah I understand that! Blame it all on SKIIIIILES! Yeah I don’t think I’d keep him in top 5 rounds, just for the allure of something better. Round 5 seems like right at standard value

  5. Cole says:
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    Hey JB, Ive never played fbb before and joined an espn h2h points league for this year. I see your rankings are for category leagues and am wondering if you have ranks for points leagues?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cole: Oh cool, welcome to hoops man! Well, one day my hopes and dreams will be to run Hoops as my full time gig, but for now, I can only commit to doing the ranks for h2h :/ But Points aren’t too dissimilar, depending on the format….

      • Cole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: We’d both like to be full time independent contractors employed by the NBA. I do enjoy your work fwiw. Espn standard is 1 point for good things: pts, ast, blk. And-1 for turnovers and every fg and ft attempt. So bad shooters are penalized. My question is: of points, reb, asst, blk, which is the most reliable stat? Or is it a player by player basis? Also do you just take a C early because so few garner anything? Greg Steesma!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Cole: Haha, yeah that would be the dram life! Really appreciate that man!

          Hmmm, weird format. So high-efficiency big men are mad elite – -1 for every FT attempt? So the punt FT guys are probably out. Haha Stiemsma! I would say scoring and rebounds are your most reliable, a guy like Aldridge would shine in this format

    • v00dr00 says:
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      @Cole: Prepare for your life to change forever.

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Cole: @v00dr00: Haha, hoops will suck you in and never let you out! Enjoy!

  6. Jeremy says:
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    You drafted matt barnes over josh richardson o.o?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeremy: Yeah I don’t see myself getting Richardson anywhere now. I had them ranked right next to each other anyway, and now with J-Rich missing the start of the season, I don’t see any reason to hold onto that risk in a 12er, unless hoarding to put him on an IL spot

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        @JB Gilpin:

        haha forgot he got hurt. Ok, good pick then!

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jeremy: Yup it’s fairly recent news and not much is going on yet, so totally understandable!

  7. MAC says:
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    RAZZUP?!!!

    would have been in this league! cant defend the crown! hehe

    looking at how the draft went, im definitely convinced now DJ and DRUM can be had in the 30s. anyways, not a big fan of cousins. u just basically destroyed both efficiency as well as TO at that pick without making 1 a strength all of which are cp strengths . though atleast you basically gave up 1 with the drummond pick (FT). hehe. imo draymond would have been a nyc pick. at pick 17 right range for him. or horford. cousins does give you the counting stats but at the expense of efficiency. and the fact that he is quietly a injury risk playing games in the mid 60s on avg last 3 yrs and basically a shutdown candidate unless he gets traded. also, after the drumm pick, i would have prefered thomas there over gobert. getting an anchor in bigs stats with drumm might have been an overkill with gobert considering PG dries up faster than BIGS. the fact that u got capela and nurk definitelt thomas would have been a better pick.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @MAC: Hah, well maybe you can best me in the next one I make 🙂

      Mehhhh, it just felt high for Draymond. Yeah I didn’t love Cousins either, but I disagree a little that he doesn’t help some stuff – BLK, REB and PTS! Oh nvm you say that. And I need his scoring for punt FT. I def disagree he’s “quietly” an injury risk! Screams to me!

      I still think I needed to corner BLK as I mention. Isaiah would have killed my FG%, Drumm is like 54-55% vs DJ 60+% too. DJ would have made me go a little different direction

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        @JB Gilpin: xur thing! hoping can join one of ur leagues

        high? u have draymond 17 in ur ranks. though, yah i understand u have cousins 1 spot ahead of him. just dont like cousins fantasy wise. didnt say he doenst help some stuff, actually those are elite counting stats. but again at the expense of efficiency. haha! yup, not quietly anymore here in razzball.

        i dont think isiah would have killed ur FG. i think cuz already did. ha! yeah, getting DJ over DRUM definitely makes a difference. FG BLK more harder to get than PTS STL with drumm early on assuming u went guard heavy and the fact u got cp3. though again pts and stl can be had late with 3 and D wings. anyways, just felt like u had some overkill on big stats with the cuz drum gobert pick. would have gone another good PG in between with isiah in mind. and would have prefered batum over parsons as well. hehe

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          @MAC: Well, at that point in the draft, 1 spot is still high! Haha.

          Well, true on Cousins already hurting FG haha. I can see why it can be seen it was overkill, but I wanted to ensure my bigs would be slaughtering those cats, plus I can always trade.

          Def like Parsons for my FT punt! Love me some Parsons this year

          • MAC says:
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            @JB Gilpin: haha! yeah2 i get u man. we have our own ranks/draftboard. evryone just knows yours. hehe.

            yup, trades are there on the table always.

            yeah, parsons fits ft punt to a tee. just dont like his injury risk.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @MAC: Yeah I’m like a stripper – I’m putting all I got on display haha. My little bit of added faith is my argument I think I said on the pod or maybe in the ranks too, that I think Memphis – personnel wise – is really smart with the players they bring in/pay big, so I think they have some faith in those knees

  8. Saltyman says:
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    Thanks for the run-down JB; I could quibble with a few midrounders, but generally how I’d look to build a punt FT.

    As an aside, I’m dying over here waiting for another round of the best damn Hoops podcast around. I’m stuck listening to Rotoworld and Gallagher’s self-conscious, self-congratulatory guffaws and Lumberg-eque “yeah”s are driving me crazy. I volunteer myself for a pod if you need someone to shoot the sheet with.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Saltyman: Sweet, thanks man! Haha we’re doing a Pod this afternoon! Our schedules have been tough to sync up, but it’ll be out tomorrow!

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        @JB Gilpin: nice!

  9. Aaron says:
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    Hey JB good draft ! When do the waivers reset like how does it work ?? Is it around 12 AM??

    • BopBop SimSim says:
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      @Aaron:

      3 am est 12 pm pst thats what a default yahoo day is. so you gotta stay up or get up early to put in a request that willl still count for next day ie get that shit done by 2:59 am est

      • Aaron says:
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        @BopBop SimSim: I’m still confused, do you mean waivers reset 12 AM pst on the day it says it is going to be cleared? Is it that exact ? Also when does streaming a player get cut off ? Like if none of the games have started can I still stream a player that same day ? If not when do I have to do it by ?

        • BopBop SimSim says:
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          @Aaron:

          in default leagues if you want a guy to play on tuesday night you have to add him by 2:59 am on tuesday morning.

          if you add him at 3 am then he wont be able to play until wednesday.

          some leagues use same day adds but yahoo default is 3 am.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Aaron: @BopBop SimSim: The setting that causes this is:

            Weekly Deadline: Daily – Tomorrow

            Which is a Yahoo default, and for our fan leagues, we like to leave stuff as default as possible for ease.

            So yeah any adds you want to make have to be done the day before, so prior to 3:00 AM EST. I don’t love this rule, but it is what it is

  10. Osama says:
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    Hey bro good drafting w you other night. Looking fwd to cementing my razz cv by adding another title this year & this time against one of the figure heads. ..

    Let’s talk about the Bin Ballins’ after George & Lowry landed in my dirty filthy hands felt like I would try a fg punt for 1st time ever.

    11 George (bbm has him 5th in fg punt last yr)
    14 Lowry
    35 duchess
    38 Love (Qued up Hayward/ariza great punt fg types, this guy I’m dreaming of a trade so he hits his adp even)
    59 r jax (poor consolation aft Rubio sniped)
    -Dreamt of batum lesson learned don’t be cute didn’t want to draft inside top 60 and missed him by a spot
    62 Gaylord (enivetable empty pts/3s/usage when dmc
    shuts it down)
    83 Miro (slowly feeling better re value here thanks for snipping knight who was a fg punt target
    86 kanter (def steal of my draft)
    107 deron ugh fml
    110 sully
    131 Z-bo (1st big guy I ever loved in fantasy. Unstoppable double double machine few Yrs back. Think he can hit this adp)
    134 turner
    155 Lee (you tied lebronie for most snipes when you took Barnes ahead of me here)

    So where did I go right and where did I go wrong. Is this an effective fg punt was hoping to be somewhat competitive in boards while knowing blks is a long shot obviously guard stocks strong and needing to keep ft excellent had to pass some guys I like.

    Am I hoping love starts strong and shows out so I can move him w a pg for some star power pf/c that I had targeted?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Osama: Hah well good luck man! FG% punt, interesting!

      Yeah I saw you put on your trade block that you need some bigs. I think your REB is light along with your blocks, so you’ll be scouring the wire. Haha on Deron. Glad I snuck Barnes by ya!

      I know Gay at 62 is a pretty good value, but I think you shoulda started your big assembly here instead of him and Miro. Miro at 83 seems rich for me, I’m not too big into Miro this year.

  11. kai says:
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    early keeper advice

    12 team, up to 8 keepers, FTM instead of ft%, PG/SG/G/SF/PF/F/C/C/UTIL but 17(!) roster spots. draft is $200
    definite keepers:
    Boogie 41
    Giannis 9
    Middleton 9
    Booker 5
    Jokic 5

    then, i basically need 3 of the following:
    Rubio 29
    Paul 70
    Gordon 5
    Bradley 4
    Covington 5
    Danny Green 7

    my inclination is Rubio/Paul/Gordon – is that where you’d go? that would leave me with only $30 in FA money and a huge need for center. alternatively, could let either or both of Rubio / Paul go (rubio is a bit rich), but having three top 10 pgs in a 12 team league is so nice.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @kai: Whoa cool! Love the deep leagues! Hmmmm, yeah those are tough. Gordon is A Gordon right? He’s a shoe in. I was thinking Paul was a little rich vs. Rubio being too rich… I def think you gotta cut one. I think I might be with you and swap Rubio out and keep RobCov instead

  12. Slim

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    I’ll give a few opinions…

    FTW – Harden, BroPez, Oladipo, Dragic, Gortat… Not really my style but I get what he was trying to do. Makeup for Hardens FG% while keeping FT% high. I think 3s are fine, Points are OK with Harden’s huge boost, Boards are a bit shy since Lopez is low end for a big and I think Gortat is going to lose some more minutes this year due to age and a decent backup in Mahinmi. Assists aren’t terrible, and he drafted Russell and Simmons, it’s fine and chock full of upside. Steals are off to a strong start and Oladipo helps out the kind of low block total. There are so many blocks out there these days. TOs are high. Whatever, it happens. The only big selected after this group was Bogut. So I’d say he’s in desperate need of boards and blocks. Also late picks of Booker, Bogdan, Korver is very redundant and 3s aren’t even that big of a need. I’d lose one for a big. Favorite Pick : Dragic #48.

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      @Slim: You read me like a book! lol I am looking for a big with boards and blocks, but rather than drafting for need in the later rounds, I take the best player available/player with the most potential and trade them for my needs later. Thanks for the honest opinion! I got to confirm my worst fears: lack of blocks lol. I’m hoping to trade with JB maybe

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Slim: @JungMin: I think SLim’s ageist nature has him hate Gortat too much, and he loves his Dragic! Haha blocks will all be MINE!!!!

  13. Slim

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    Pippen Ain’t Easy – Durant, Aldridge, Klay, Tobias, Porter… Going hard for those percents! FG% is extremely high, FT% is real nice too. Points should be fine, and 3s aren’t bad, which is kind of hard to do with such a high end FG%. Boards are OK I guess, but I’d argue kind of low. Durant and Klay are probably going to see a slight dip in production, Aldridge lost quite a few last year and it’s only getting worse on the Spurs, Tobias is low for a PF, Steven Adams was the next pick but it still feels low. Assists, umm, it’s a punt assist team. Steals, eek. I’m not sure anyone outside of Porter will clear 1.0 per game. Oh wait Monta was a solid pick for that, still it’s low. Blocks are a punt, no question in my mind. TOs are low but that should be expected in a punt assist build. So a 2 punt team in blocks and assists and steals aren’t going to be won often. Late picks of Bosh and Zaza doesn’t help the blocks. I don’t know… I’m kind of worried. Favorite Pick: Monta #95. Absolutely perfect fit.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Slim: Pippen auto drafted most of the night 🙁

  14. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Breakin Balls – Westbrook, Irving, Jokic (?), Vucevic, Wiggins – FG% is a punt with Westbrook, there’s an attempt to fix it but it’s going to be 50-50 at best. FT% is strong. 3s weren’t off to a great start but Ryno and Wesley will help quite a bit. Points are high. Boards are solid esp considering Westbrook is so high end for a PG but there’s some serious question marks with both Jokic and Vuc’s playing time. Assists were off to a solid start with 1.5 (Kyrie is low end) PGs but there wasn’t another taken till Bayless with the last pick and he isn’t going to run that offense. Uhuh not going to win assists too often, if at all. Steals are solid with those top 2 but after that there’s nothing. Not a single other guy over 1.0. Blocks are a punt. Jokic/Vuc are combined 2.0 at best and after that there’s Anderson with none, Noah and Mozgov. Not terrible that late and maybe it’ll be enough to compete against a few teams, assuming those 2 can stay healthy and on the floor. TOs are low even with Westbrook, did a solid job making that not a punt. I mean seriously though Jokic #27? Maybe I’m wrong… What I really didn’t like was the picks of Anderson, Wesley, Harrison, Redick. They basically all do the same thing (singular) and offer almost no defensive stats. RHJ tried to fix that, should at least help. Favorite Pick: Nothing seems to jump off the page but if I were to pick just 1 it would be Bayless #147 but you still need 1 more of those I would imagine.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Slim: Jokic was definitely the talk of the room! I think Bayless will be a good value this year too. I’ll be able to bench some bigs to chase %s against this team, winning blocks and boards by Wednesday 🙂

  15. Wook says:
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    Gamble on Noel &Collison. Take some risk with Randle, too.

    My favorite picks are Griffin#33, Favors #40, and Josh Richardson #153.

    Never google Fournier : ))

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      @Wook:

      you better make a sacrafice so that grif/fav stay healthy and give you 70 gms caz they don’t and that would be a bitch at 3/4 spot

      i remember your j-rich snipe 2 spots ahead of me as i was just about to have a drink to celebrate lol

      wont forget that when we play in week 8

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        @Wook: @BopBop SimSim: Haha indeed, never google it! Yeah, injuries are a little concern on those guys, I have some injury concern with this team too. Glad we have an early rivalry!

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          @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin:

          dam fam you grabbed colli in 7th round? didnt realize you went so early. this punk bitch gonna sit 20 games at least…

          JB you def gonna have to follow the nba training guys twitter your boys are gonna be looking at a few extended absences if they revert to historic norms

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            @BopBop SimSim: 20 games? 10-15 is my guess.

            When he does play, he’s very fantasy friendly.

            Last season as a starter Collison averaged 15.5 points, 3 boards, 6.7 dimes with 1.5 steals, and 1.3 triples.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @BopBop SimSim: @Wook: Yeah I’m thinking in the teens as well, but in a real life sense I’m hoping for half the season! Punk bitch indeed. I like his value right around there still.

              Well only cousins and parsons are big risks to me, and only parsons is off a surgery – cousins playing in the olympics gives me some faith – but don’t take that as me buying into cousins again. He just fell to me at 17 haha, for a consensus first rounder the past 3ish years, I felt I had to

  16. jay says:
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    Took the liberty of dumping the results into bbmonster projected standings. Using JB’s team as the team to compare all others against. Of course this doesn’t take into waiver wire replacements, trade, inj and all. H2H column on the right side is basically if JB makes the playoffs with current team setup (which I’m sure will not be the case—team setup, not making the playoffs–lol).

    @Slim ‘s analysis above as usual is spot on.

    Neat little tool and bbmonster.

    Here’s the link if anyone wants to view it.

    http://bit.ly/2cBm9Q0

    • BopBop SimSim says:
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      @jay:

      i’m assuming that tool is only for members?

      @slim @jay let’s here re my squad

      11 George (bbm has him 5th in fg punt last yr)
      14 Lowry
      35 duchess
      38 Love (Qued up Hayward/ariza great punt fg types, this guy I’m dreaming of a trade so he hits his adp even)
      59 r jax (poor consolation aft Rubio sniped)
      62 Gaylord (enivetable empty pts/3s/usage when dmc
      shuts it down)
      83 Miro (slowly feeling better re value here thanks for snipping knight who was a fg punt target
      86 kanter (def steal of my draft)
      107 deron ugh fml
      110 sully
      131 Z-bo
      134 turner
      155 Lee

      • jay says:
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        yes need a member account.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @BopBop SimSim: @jay: Yeah I’m lame, and I don’t have a member account either… But this is friggin awesome, thanks for making this man! I’m a little surprised my squad was so bad in TO… I guess Cousins is gonna be annoying… Pts/3s I’ll stream as needed. At least I’m winning r/a/s/b most weeks.

  17. Aaron says:
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    Can slim comment on my team lol

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      @Aaron: Hah Slim has got some ranking projections to get done! Everyone fighting over slim’s wisdom!

  18. Yappers says:
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    My draft sucked. At least in retrospect I would have done different at key points

    The numbers in parentheses (left is JB ranks – right is Fantasy pros). My ranks are a composite of the two.

    6. Anthony Davis (6,6) – I hated slot 6. But anyways my debate was Davis versus Paul. While Davis was higher rated and perfectly defensible, in retrospect I wish it were Paul because..

    19. Jimmy Butler (27,16) -..here I would have drafted a big. But I have something against doing a snake draft with two of the same type starting out. I really wanted a PG here, but those available I thought I could get in round 3. So Jimmy it was. My in draft comment at the time was uggh. In retrospect I wish it were a big like Poison Goose, Horford, Aldridge or Lopez, yes start a snake draft with two bigs.

    30. Kemba Walker (18, 22) – My best pick of this awful draft. Surprised he fell so far.

    43. C.J. McCollum (41, 29) – best player available at this slot in my ranks since I had one each of big, pg, wing type. No quibbles but..bigs were beginning to dry out.

    54. Ricky Rubio (46, 60) – Again I wanted a 2nd point guard. In retrospect I would have been better going big here and PG next round. Or maybe a PG with better FG%. But I am not psychic.

    67. Greg Monroe (64, 99) – Because at this point bigs had dried up. My choices were Monroe, Adams, and Robin Lopez.

    78. Thaddeus Young (69, 88) – Bigs were dry. Meh. I wish I had gone 3rd PG like collison, Lin or Knight here. But at this point my three G slots were full and my one util was a G. I felt I needed to go position here.

    91. Dwight Howard (110, 65) – Double uggh. I really wanted Kanter here, but that was not to be. I had not planned a punt FT% but now have one. It was between him and Bosh and Bosh I trusted less because of health. Maybe I should have really reached for Nurkic here but he was not on my radar on this round. Anyways I now have a mostly punt FT% and a middle FG% team which is something I hate. Maybe I can make this work but not my style.

    102. Luol Deng (87, 108) – Meh. Probably because I needed a F

    115. jahill Okafor (119, 90) – At this point I figured I had a punt FT% team so might as well make it official.

    126. Mason Plumlee (116, 123) – See above. I actually liked these last two picks.

    139. Buddy hield (117, 121) – Looking at my roster I see I am short threes. Might as well go for upside. Sort of like this pick cuz. highly dropable if it does not pan out.

    150. J.R. Smith (132, 144) – See my need for threes. Meh..this probably becomes a streaming slot based on matchups anyway.

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      @Yappers: Since I can’t edit..looking at the BBM output maybe my team doesn’t suck as much as I think. If I am 3rd from the top in FG% and 3rd from the bottom in FT% that means I am a net even on the ratios. Which is always my goal to be at least net even. Let the games begin.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Yappers: Yeah I remember your groan when you got butler haha. And I’ll out putting my ranks in fantasy pros early next week now that I’m done with em. So I’ll help skew em a little more my way haha.

        Yeah sucks a little you had to go FT punt after getting Brow, but I think you assembled a usable front line with nice guards. Totally agree in Kemba I was shocked at that too! I debated him over Cousins tbh. Even with him, yeah your FG% looks pretty good. We both have some holes there for being ft punt, but should be favored most weeks. Good luck this year man!

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      @Yappers: hey

      lets talk bc you took rubio and i really needed him. i think we have some stuff we can discuss. ill send you an offer shortly

  19. Filipino Fantasy Fanatic says:
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    Scrambling to shore up assists (picking Mudiay and B-Knight) is one of the reasons why it really is more effective to punt assists more than any other cat. Your FG% looks shaky as well. That’s Schroder, Mudiay, Nurkic and Barnes sapping your FG% – not to mention DMC and his big volume!

    But on the other hand with CP3 as your first pick, I wouldn’t blame you for going the punt FT% route. I’m curious, did Favors go before you Gobert? I’m thinking you could’ve got him in that round.

    And man Dragic would’ve been a sick pick! He is the best punt FT% PG hands down after Curry and CP3.

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      @Filipino Fantasy Fanatic: and B-Knight adding another FG% drain as well!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Filipino Fantasy Fanatic: Mmmmm, I dunno about that. Punting assists likely means you naturally get low on steals, and I feel like you get really prone to streaks, since your guys don’t have the ball in there hands a lot.

        Trust me, I mention FG% multiple times! I know it’s not great for a FT punt. But it’s not like I’m locking these guys in a weekly league, I can filter in and out as needed.

        Favors literally went the pick before Gobert 🙂

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          @JB Gilpin: That’s why prioritizing high steal guys in the first few rounds of your draft is important if you’re punting assists. You absolutely must have Kawhi or Millsap if you’re punting assists. You can also build a punt assist team from PG13 as well, it’s just a matter of controlling your percents. Kawhi, PG13 and Millsap are the best building blocks for a punt assist team. If you can get KAT ihe is also a nice foundation, just make sure to get more steals in your next rounds. Middleton is also a strong pick in the 3rd in this build, he is basically a souped-up Ariza with more points and his FT% impacet is much more noticeable.

          Dang being sniped sure sucks! Anyway overall I like this team man. If I get CP3 and the big boy bricklayers fall to me, I’d be inclined to go through this build as well. Too bad you missed on D’Lo! Maybe in this build I’ll reach for Simmons too. Thanks also for pointing out the fit of Parsons! He is a monster in this build.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Filipino Fantasy Fanatic: I can buy into that, Kawhi + MIllsap would indeed be mad fun. Middleton is a good call too. I guess it would work, but I’ve certainly never done it.

            Yeah I def woulda gone Favors, but Gobert worked just fine. Simmons would have been interesting, but I don’t remember being that close to drafting him. Plus, it’s the Sixers. I figured I had enough risk in Parsons and Cousins injuries haha

            • Filipino Fantasy Fanatic says:
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              @JB Gilpin: ANDDDDDDD Middleton goes down. Bummer!!! Who do you think benefits? I foresee the following scenarios:

              1. Mirza starts at the four (they badly need his shooting) and Bari moves to the 3?

              2. One of the young guns Brogdon or Vaughn will start in Middleton’s place, but Mirza will stay play a lot off the bench as he is the only elite 3 point threat on that roster.

              3. A trade brewing, perhaps? Rudy Gay for MCW and second rounders maybe? I’m just not sure on the financial situation of Milwaukee.

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Filipino Fantasy Fanatic: Uggghhhhh. Yeah, brutal. 1 – I was actually thinking this same thing! no Middleton = desperate need for 3s. 2 – possible, bring in mirza at like the 6 minute mark and have him play lik 30 MPG as a super 6th man. 3 – Gay would make A TON of sense. I know they wanna clear Monroe and just signed Giannis for a butt ton, but maybe they have enough space for Gay’s one last year on the deal

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