Wazzup razz nation!  This article is primarily going to cater to the more casual reader, simply because I’m not going to go into any in-depth stat analysis, for this particular post.  Basically, this is going to address some of the pet players we have on this site, and why we adore them.  I’m not going to cover most of the first few rounds with players like Andrew Wiggins and Rudy Gobert, since they have been covered in a fair amount of detail previously.  Without further ado, lets dive in!

Myles Turner 

I know, I know, he’s been covered a ton.  I feel the need to mention him because of recent comments indicating he won’t be in the starting lineup.  To calm everyone’s fear, this in no way lowers his value.  It’s very rare for rookies to start right away unless they’re high lottery picks.  Larry Bird and the Pacers organization have clearly showed strong support for him.  In fact, Bird recently said that he was possibly the best shooter in training camp!  So seriously, don’t let that bother you.  He’ll be starting soon enough.  If you want my past analysis on Turner, you can check it out here: HERE

Nikola Mirotic

Post all-star break, Mirotic balled out!  The crippled Bulls desperately needed a spark-plug and Mirotic filled that role to a T.  With the Bulls great playoff schedule, (Check Slim’s awesome novel for that info) and a rickety Bulls frontcourt, the appeal is obvious.  Personally, I’m not quite as high on him as some for one particular reason.  Defensive fundamentals are sometimes overlooked in fantasy, because they don’t show up on paper.  However, they are very important when determining playing time.  Mirotic is a defensive sieve, since he’s not quick enough to guard the 3 and not strong enough to guard the 4.  This gives the defensive minded Bulls a problem, and for that reason, I highly doubt that he tops the 26 minutes that he averaged last year by much.  (Post all-star break minutes)

Aaron Gordon

An absolutely freakish point-forward, Gordon is just plain fun to watch in the open court.  He has a great handle, 3 pt. range, insane athleticism, and a good situation in Orlando, not much to dislike here.  The one concern is FT%, but odds are he won’t kill you there, so feel free to draft away.  JB currently has him ranked at 101, and that’s definitely fair for now, but it’s important to note that the sky’s the limit for this kid’s potential.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

JB’s love interest… Not a huge fan personally, so moving on!!

Justin Anderson

Wes Matthews and Chandler Parsons are both recovering from injuries, and beside that, Anderson will be the first wing off the bench.  The minutes are going to be there for him, and the talent is certainly there.  Anderson stands 6’6″ and has the ability to play any position from shooting guard, to power forward.  He has great drive, good athleticism, a solid handle, and he’s crazy strong as well.  Add to that, his ability to shoot from range, and you have a very dynamic player.  With Matthews shelved to start the year, it’s a travesty that this kid is undrafted in many 12 teamers.  This desperately needs to change… You can make a difference!!

Nemanja Bjelica

Another one of JB’s favorites, just because he can pronounce the name now!  For those of you who don’t know the name, Bjelica (I’m calling him BJ from now on, so I don’t have to keep looking back to spell check) is a 27 year old veteran 6’10” power forward who just came over from Serbia.  He has a very versatile skill-set with great range, solid shot blocking ability, as well as the solid percentages that come with most Euro ballers.  He should get solid run as a stretch four for the T-wolves, and the talent is hard to pass on.  A little caution is advised though, since Euro players don’t always make a smooth transition to the NBA.

Here’s a little preview to get familiar with him:

Clint Capela

The handcuff for Howard in Houston, and he’s basically Dwight-lite.  Per 36 he averages 13 points, 14 boards and 3.5 blocks with great FG% and attrocious FT%.  So basically, he is Howard at half the price.  Capela is a great late round blocks option, and he’s a pretty safe bet to be more than that, given the fact that Howard can be out for weeks with a paper cut.

 

That wraps it up!  Let me know if any of you want deeper explanations or want explanations of any of the rankings for that matter.  Also, eel free to comment your drafts below if you want a brutally honest opinion!  First regular season game starts in only 27 days people! Leggo!

P.S. I made my second and last RCL drafting on the 17th.  Feel free to join!

 

  1. ByeFelica says:
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    Nice write up Adam but Team SAGNOF is about to have the greatest finish of all time in our RCL league haha

    I’m only a few pts behind you now. It’s all good…at least one of us will win the league.

    PS Ill get in your RCL too btw

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      Adam

      I just realized i have a pool tournament the same day as your draft. Can you remove me from the league or change the draft day by 1 day? Sorry man i just noticed and i can’t delete my team from your league.

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @ByeFelica: Haha, honestly, I haven’t been checking the baseball RCL for a few weeks. I just checked, and I think I have that league locked though lol. Too much work to prep for basketball and football. #6 overall RCL football team right now btw!

        I moved the draft to the 18th at 7 pm est. Does that work for you? You’re the only one so far, so not a big deal to move it around a bit.

        • ByeFelica says:
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          @Adam: yup that’ll work bud. I just have a pool turn Sat so any other day is fine. Congrats on winning the RCL. I almost caught you!

          • Adam

            Adam says:
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            @ByeFelica: Thanks man! It’s gonna be a great basketball season too.

  2. kai says:
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    Bjelica stats compared to other euro stretch bigs: http://s24.postimg.org/6bxkowced/image.jpg

    Idk about shotblocking – his real value will be providing out of position 3s and assists.

    • Adam

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      @kai: Definitely, He’s about half a block a game, so nothing crazy, however, it is far superior to the prototypical Euro player like Dirk. He’s more of an interesting guy to keep an eye on, than a standard league target right away. Very versatile stat line overall though.

  3. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    HOW DARE YOU BESMIRCH KCP’S BEAUTY

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Should I smirch it instead? Is that the opposite of besmirch?? Oh, sorry about the “eel” typo at the end lol. I wrote it after taking a midterm, so 99% of my brain was fried!

      • Nick says:
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        @Adam:
        I might be with JB on this one too! Every year we seem to have these breakout wings after their 2nd or 3rd seasons (kawhi, butler). Butler showed flashes before his breakout and the defence was always there. I don’t expect KCP to be close to those guys, but Van Gundy just said he’s been their best player at training camp. I’ve got a hunch that he outplays his rank, and wouldn’t be surprised if he does by a big margin

  4. Woo says:
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    Stan Van Gundy said that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been the best player at training camp.

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Woo: I was mostly teasing JB with that part lol. KCP isn’t bad at all, I’m just not a huge fan at the moment, with all of the pistons depth at wing. Stanley Johnson stands out as the wing to target in standard leagues, since Meeks and KCP will likely be in a timeshare again.

      • Nick says:
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        @Adam:
        Gunna have to agree to disagree there. I see Johnson in a time share with Morris and KCP still getting 30+ minutes

        • Slim

          Slim says:
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          @Nick: I see Morris starting at PF with Ilyasova injured by December… but I’m with Adam on this one and in all honesty I think KCP and Meeks need to beware of Stanley stealing their minutes at the 2.

          • Adam

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            @Slim: Exactly. Stanley is the most talented player on the wing, without a doubt. If memory serves me right, KCP was also heavily praised coming out of last years camp as well. His efficiency and overall production just doesn’t justify a significant advantage over Meeks, and definitely not over Stanley. The 30+ minutes avg for KCP was mostly because of Meeks being injured alot, and a lack of depth. It wasn’t really due to his running away with the position at all.

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              @Adam:
              I didn’t know Ily was out till December so that makes sense. I’m also not against Stanley by any means and I think this means he now starts at the 3…which also shouldn’t affect KCP’s minutes because he plays the 2 almost exclusively. As for meeks, sure he’ll get his minutes, I don’t think its realistic that Stanley out of the gate gets 32-34 minutes a game while while Meeks and KCP split at say 25 a piece.

              What I will argue with though is your reference to his “overall production and efficiency”. You are not wrong that it wasn’t great. However he made big strides from his rookie season and bigger strides post ASB. Plus Stanley hasn’t played a single game in the NBA yet so how could anyone possibly assume that his efficiency and production will automatically be higher? What do you have to go off of to make that assessment?

              Now let’s look at the Wiggins ranking as an example of a very high ranking that builds into the belief that production will increase across the board from his rookie to sophomore season. I’ve read a lot of comments on here from people that are confused by the ranking simply by looking at his numbers. I don’t think many people win their leagues by assessing a players previous numbers and drafting them or not drafting them expecting to see the same results.

              I’m honestly not even a big KCP fan, I just don’t understand the immediate dismissal especially considering we see guys of similar build, athletic ability and shooting breakout in their 3rd or 4th year. I pulled Jimmy butlers stats as an example from 2 years ago.

              In identical minutes to this year
              Butler – .397/.769/1.0/13.1/4.9/2.6/1.9/.05/1.5

              KCP last year
              .401/.696/1.9/12.7/3.1/1.3/1.1/.02/1.1

              Switch the 3’s and steals for each player and you’ve got an eerily similar stat line.

              I don’t think KCP makes as HUGE a jump as butler. But with those averages for steals and 3’s if he has marginally improved his efficiency which is totally achievable heading into his 3rd year then it affects his overall production and likely puts him easily in the top 100.

              It’s easy to project guys like mirotic, turner, and Gordon because everyone seen their production last year or in summer league. No offence but any savvy manager is already going to know about them and they will probably be drafted before their ranking because of their upside. The guys that can accurately predict the sleepers in the later rounds that nobody else is taking are the ones that win their leagues, with guys like Draymond and Butler being prime examples last year.

              Anyways rant over, food for thought maybe? I’m sure at least JB will agree with me! Haha

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                @Nick:
                I’ll correct myself, I assumed he made bigger strides post ASB but it appears that was only for a month. Still stand by my comment though

                • Slim

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                  @Nick: I wasn’t saying Ilyasova was already injured (although he kinda is) but that I think he will be injured by December.

                  It isn’t impossible to imagine KCP breaking out and if you believe it then I couldn’t possibly argue with anywhere you draft him.

                  • Nick says:
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                    @Slim:
                    Right, yeah I re-read that later. Well I wouldn’t go mid round for him! Haha but he’s going underrated in many leagues so why not take a shot hey? I also must’ve been quite bored last night or needing a debate fix cause I’m surprised how much I put into arguing for a guy that late in the draft.

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                      @Nick:
                      *undrafted

              • Adam

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                @Nick: Betting on Ersan getting injured, is kind of like betting on the sun rising… It technically might not happen, but you’d be foolish not to assume it will. I did point out in one of my sleeper articles, that Ersan is in a great position to succeed this year, if he can manage a healthy season.

                There’s not a whole lot of point in arguing stats, since they are due to interpretation. I will point out though, that KCP was in the mid 200s in player efficiency rating, as well as the fact that Meeks was at 2.8 and KCP was at 1, in terms of wins added. Put simply, the Pistons have no reason to take them out of a timeshare, in fact, they are better with Meeks on the floor.

                As for Draymond, his breakout was at least partially predicted last year, check the rankings for yourself. As for Butler, his breakout was impossible to predict, unless of course, you knew he was going to average close to 40 mins a game.

                From a real world basketball standpoint, FG% is not an easy stat to increase. 3pt% can be increased with a lot of practice, but FG% does not tend to move around a significant amount, unless the player is playing injured etc.

                As for Stanley, this has to do with his overall skillset. I’m not going to go into it, but if he works hard enough, he will become a star. KCP compares a lot more to Courtney Lee, than Jimmy Butler, and even then, Lee is still far more efficient. I’m not saying a breakout is impossible, just improbable.

  5. Dante Green says:
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    Your thoughts on Paul George’s first preseason game??

    • Slim

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      @Dante Green: Some pretty big negatives for me. 2 Assists to 5 TOs isn’t pretty. Brow just destroyed him but that isn’t a surprise. Monta didn’t do anything so I don’t take anything away from George’s crazy USG. I don’t like how many 3s he shot either. That worries me that his FG% might really get out of hand. I’m not reading anything into his 1-fer-4 FTs, or his -17 +/-. But from what I saw he looked ok early and tired late. There aren’t many PFs in the league he’ll be able to guard. My gut is telling me that experiment is going to fail.

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        @Slim: Agreed. PG might be able to play the 4 once in a while, especially against bench units, but starting vs guys like Anthony Davis is just unreasonable.
        The game wasn’t on Canadian TV, so how did Mahinmi/Turner look? Neither did much stats wise beyond blocks but that’s not always telling…

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Slim: Thanks Slim, I didn’t get to see the game so I was curious! I just saw the stats. Hah Thanks again man

    • Adam

      Adam says:
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      @Dante Green: George will likely be playing at SF against all but the undersized PFs. He’s already made it clear that he doesn’t want to play at PF, and it doesn’t make any more sense from what we saw last night. Obviously, AD is elite, but the mismatch is going to be there against a lot of other bigs. Plus, George just looked disinterested on defense.

      As for his play, I agree with Slim on all of it. Part of it will be George just getting his conditioning back, but the TOs and high FG% will continue to plague him. Out of all his made FGs, there were only 3 legitimately good looks. Bad shot selection, and a tendency to not protect his dribble are going to be a problem for him.

      I’m not a big PG fan, but in his defense, it’s the first game of preseason. Once we see a few more games, it’ll be easier to say what are flukes, and what are legitimate concerns. Everyone seems interested in PG-13, so I may do an article on it once he gets a few games under his belt.

      • Adam

        Adam says:
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        @Adam: check that, TOs and low FG% will continue to plague him.

      • Dante Green says:
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        @Adam: Yea.. I’m curious as to how he’s gonna perform in his preseason games, not that I’m a PG13 fan but what if he falls in the late 20-ish, is wasting a pick on him worth it? Hah

        • Adam

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          @Dante Green: If he falls outside the top 20, I’d definitely take a look at him. I’d still take him a tad above Wiggins, just because you know what you’re getting. Highly doubt he falls out of the top 20 in most drafts though. Looks like he’s going closer to the first round most of the time.

  6. Drez1 says:
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    Hey, who do you guys like better in a dynasty: Nik Stauskas or Cameron Payne? Seems like Payne can get you the 3’s and the points, but with more assists and steals. Probably not going to do much this season. Could be a stud in the future, though.

    Also, Kyle O’Quinn vs. Nostalgic (auto corrected, but funny so I left it) Koufos? I know O’Quinn has more upside, but Karl loves him some Koufos. Seems like he could be the better player this season. I need to drop one of them before the season starts, but it’s a tough choice.

    Thanks fellas!!

    • Adam

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      @Drez1: Payne vs Stauskas is mostly dependent on whether or not you are really pushing to contend this year. I’d lean Payne, as the Thunder will need a playmaker off the bench in the near future. Waiters doesn’t really provide that, and Augustine is a short-term solution. If you need 3s and need them this year though, then I’d go Stauskas.

      Again, if you’re playing for this season, and need blocks, I’d go Koufos. O’Quinn is definitely the more talented player though, and he also has a lot more miles left in the tank, even though they’re similar ages. Personally, I’d lean O’Quinn, but if you need blocks this year, I could see taking the safer option with Koufos. The Kings whole rotation seems to be in flux at the moment though, so that’s a bit scary.

  7. Scott says:
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    Adayum! Just in time for my draft in Slim’s RCL tonight. I promise to look for Justin in the last round. in it opinion, what’s the deepest and shallowest position this year?

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      @Scott: your opinion, lol

    • Adam

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      @Scott: Haha, I bet Slim snipes him a ways before the last round lol. Kid could be huge depending on what his role ends up being.

      Shallowest position definitely appears to be PG. There definitely is a big drop-off in the position, once you get outside of Bledsoe. My advice would be to lock up at least one PG in the first two rounds. I’d consider Lebron and Harden in that category, since they give plenty of assists.

      Just watching tonight’s game, I’m very impressed with Lowry. He definitely is in better shape, and if he can parlay that into a healthy season, he could easily finish with second round value. Might be worth a shot if he falls to you in the right spot.

      • Scott says:
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        @Adam: That’s exactly what happened. He took him in the 11th.

      • Scott says:
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        @Adam: Oh, and got Harden!

        • Adam

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          @Scott: Yeah, if I was drafting with Slim, I’d probably take him 10th round or so. Just outside the top 100.

          Nice! You’re gonna have a fun year then lol. 2nd pick?

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            @Adam: Blake Griffin

  8. eric says:
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    whats up razzballers!!! we just drafted last night its 9 cats h2h 18 team money league of ours. One of the competitive league i ever joined.heres my lineup. just like to see all of your opinions hehe grins** if i have chance to win it all

    Round Pick Player Position
    1. (10) John Wall PG
    2. (27) Draymond Green SF,PF
    3. (46) Marcin Gortat C
    4. (63) Isaiah Thomas PG
    5. (82) Dwyane Wade PG,SG
    6. (99) Myles Turner C
    7. (118) Arron Afflalo SG,SF
    8. (135) Otto Porter SF
    9. (154) Kyle O’Quinn PF,C
    10. (171) Greivis Vasquez PG,SG
    11. (190) Cory Joseph PG
    12. (207) Nemanja Bjelica PF
    13. (226) Steven Adams C

    thoughts? my position was 10th of the 18 teams so it was really tough
    MOre power to you guys!!

    • Adam

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      @eric: Awesome draft man! I can definitely see the ranks being used lol. You got a great steal on dray, and my boy IT and Wade came at great prices too. Myles Turner at 100 is criminal though!

      My one criticism would be, that you ended up pretty short on 3 pointers. Everything else looks solid. As good as they are, Wall, Wade, and Afflalo, don’t really put up great 3 pt. stats. I’d target Stauskas. Should come at a reasonable price, and is likely to take and make a lot of 3s this year, with no real competition at SG.

      I like the sneaky picks of Grevis and CoJo, later on as well. They could end up in big roles with an injury. Great job!

  9. Sam says:
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    Hey mate, great read!!
    Wondering if I could get your thoughts on my draft for my 10man H2H league (no TOs)
    I drafted 7th so had to make some tough choices, hopefully they pay off haha.
    1. Lillard
    2. Gobert
    3. Eric Bledsoe
    4. Draymond Green
    5. Reggie Jackson
    6. Greg Monroe
    7. Gallinari
    8. Terrence Jones
    9. Tyson Chandler
    10. Deron Williams
    11. CJ McCollum
    12. Jordan Clarkson
    13. Roy Hibbert

    Myles Turner wasn’t drafted and I’m feeling I should probably pick him up, but not 100%? thoughts on that would be great as well!
    Cheers mate

    • Adam

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      @Sam: Great draft man! I really don’t see any weaknesses. You did a great job of getting two elite PGs in the first 3 rounds and then got a major bargain on Dray.

      As for Turner, I love him, but in this situation, I’d probably leave him sit. If you were to drop someone, it’d be Hibbert or McCollum, and they both have nice upside. You may need Turner’s blocks, but if your league-mates weren’t savvy enough to draft him, then you can probably wait and see what he does. I expect him to put up close to top 50 value by the end of the year, but you can afford to wait and see what kind of playing time he gets in comparison to Hibbert at first. Just remember, the Lakers have a terrible H2H playoff schedule.

      Nice job!

      • Sam says:
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        Cheers for the feedback mate appreciate it!
        Who would you recommend dropping should I pull the trigger n pick up from the wire?
        LaVine, Canaan, Dougy McBuckets, and Turner are all available and I feel like surely I should get one considering their potential but so lost as to who to sacrifice!

        • Adam

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          @Sam: Haha I feel ya! I’d hold for now though. Turner is by far the best of those waiver guys, and it’s just too risky to drop Hibbert or McCollum for him. Just keep an eye on how the rotations pan out, and make it a judgement call during the season. I do believe Turner will end up above those two at the end of the season, but he probably won’t top them in value til after the break.

  10. sebapargue says:
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    Wondering if I could get your thoughts on my draft for my 14 man H2H league 9 car
    I drafted 10th so had to make some tough choices,
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    Round Pick Player Position
    1. (10) Kawhi Leonard SG,SF
    2. (15) Carmelo Anthony SF,PF
    3. (34) Kyrie Irving PG,SG
    4. (39) Rudy Gay SF,PF
    5. (58) Tobias Harris SF,PF
    6. (63) Thaddeus Young SF,PF
    7. (82) Markieff Morris PF,C
    8. (87) Ryan Anderson PF,C
    9. (106) Emmanuel Mudiay PG
    10. (111) David Lee PF,C
    11. (130) Alec Burks PG,SG
    12. (135) Julius Randle PF
    13. (154) Kristaps Porzingis

    • sebapargue says:
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      this was for one of the leagues posted here..so it was very competitive and razz oriented lol.

    • Adam

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      @sebapargue: Hmmm kind of a mixed bag here. I like Kawhi at 10, not a fan of Melo and especially Kyrie that high. The Cavs just don’t need Kyrie to play big minutes til the playoffs, so he’ll likely be limited most of the year. I’d try to make a deal for Mo Williams if you can.

      I like the Rudy pick, and Thad and Tobias are unspectacular but solid. Love Burks and Randle picks that late, and Porzingis is probably worth a look at the end, but I wouldn’t hesitate to drop him for a good looking waiver pickup.

      Main stats to target would be 3s and blocks. I don’t really see any big blocks threats outside of solid numbers from Kawhi. You’ll also be short in 3s and assists til Irving comes back, and that’s why I’d target Mo. Mo should be solid even with Kyrie healthy.

  11. Scott says:
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    Hi Adam! Please comment on my draft (not necessarily in pick order)
    PG – Mike Conley
    SG – James Harden
    G- Paul George
    SF- Ersan Ilyasova
    PF – Blake Griffin
    SF – Otto Porter
    C – Myles Turner
    C – Jusuf Nurkic
    Util – Kemba Walker
    Util – Dwayne Wade
    BN – Derrick Rose
    BN – Jordan Hill
    BN – Trey Burke

    What weaknesses do I need to address from waivers?

    • Adam

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      @Scott: Solid draft, you got a lot of great value.

      You really need to address the depth at F. I like Ersan, but chances are he gets injured, at least with nagging dtd stuff. Otto, also isn’t guaranteed to be productive. Also you look short on blocks. Blake is awesome, but he leaves blocks as a weak category. I’d target Koufos on the wire for blocks, and probably deal Wade for Forward help. Jordan hill would be the guy to drop. No rush on the forward spot though, can always just see how it pans out.
      Definitely look for Koufos, because you have two big question marks at center. Turner is likely to start slow with limited minutes.

      Good draft man!

  12. Benjamin says:
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    Hello! I drafted recently with my league and I felt like I did pretty bad in my late round pick-ups. But I took your advice and picked up some sleeper players. There’s a lot of talk with the rookie class and I hope they break out very soon. What do you think about my team?

    Damian Lillard
    Monta Ellis
    Nikola Mirotic
    Kevin Love
    Andre Drummond
    Victor Oladipo
    Zach Randolph
    Tyson Chandler
    Wilson Chandler
    Stanley Johnson
    Emanuel Mudiay
    Myles Turner
    Jerian Grant

    What do you think? Are there some players you suggest for me to be watching on the wire?
    Thanks!

    • Benjamin says:
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      @Benjamin: Please do keep in mind my league is not a standard league. We go by 7 CAT with PTS, DD, 3PM, Rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks!

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        @Benjamin: Also, it is a 12 man league. Please let me know if there are categories I should keep watch and try to improve on!

        • Adam

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          @Benjamin: Hey, sorry about the wait man, looks like you got stuck in the spam catcher lol.

          Honestly, with your league settings, it looks like you had an amazing draft. Drummond is a first round value with no FT, and DDs factored. The rookies should be great aside from their rocky percentages, and bad TOs, but again, with your settings, that’s not an issue.

          Definitely no one I’d drop in a 12 teamer. I’m not a big fan of Z-Bo this year, and I think Mirotic is overhyped, but with DDs factored, Z=Bo is more justified, and no rush to trade Mirotic anyway.

          I really love Dame, Drum, Turner, Oladipo, and especially Mudiay in that format. You should be really happy with that team. If the rookies start out a bit slow, don’t make any rush decisions. The ones you have are extremely talented, and should put it together by the second half. Only one I may be willing to cut bait on in a 12er is Jerian Grant, depending on how many minutes he gets in the rotation.

          • Benjamin says:
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            @Adam: Thanks! that’s reassuring to hear!

            I heard Jerian Grant is on his way to start with Jose Caulderon getting old and inefficient. Hopefully he’ll adjust well and impress everyone!

            • Adam

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              @Benjamin: Hopefully! I think he’ll be good down the road. My concern is that the triangle tends to work better with good spot up shooters, and Calderon still excels in that area. Just keep an eye on it and see how the minutes pan out.

              • Benjamin says:
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                @Adam: Awesome! Thanks for the insight!

                My friend autodrafted Melo and has a personal negative bias towards him. He said he’s willing to trade him for a low cost. I’m thinking about trading ZBO for him. Do you think Melo will be a bust this year? Do you think it’s worth trading a DD machine for a guy that’s coming off of an injury? Maybe I can offer someone else if he’s worth trading for. I feel like there is a lot of risk involved. What do you think?

                • Adam

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                  @Benjamin: Do it, no hesitation. If he’s out the whole year and you have to drop him, you didn’t lose enough to affect your winning chances. If Melo stays healthy, you would very likely win with no problem.

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    My 3 worst players are wes Matthews, Stanley Johnson and Myles turner. I see McCollum on the waivers and so I was wondering if you think I should drop any of my three guys for him. What order would you rank these 4 players?

    • Adam

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      @Jason: This is very much dependent on the rest of your roster. Purely on stats alone, I’d go Turner, Wes, McCollum, and Stanley, in that order. If your team is stacked with 3s though, then I’d go Wes last. He has a lot of injury concerns, and he pretty much only contributes elite 3s. Also if you’re willing to gamble on talent, then Johnson is a keep, he and Myles are the most talented of the group.

      McCollum and Wes are the ones with guaranteed minutes though, so I’d need a little more info to say definitively, but I’ll stick with how I ranked them. I don’t think you can go wrong either way though.

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        @Adam:
        Thanks for the quick reply! Really needed it! My team is harden, wall, gobert, bosh, gay, favors, Thomas, rjax, Gallo, myles, stanley johnson, Wes Matthews, Wiggins and dieng. I recently picked up Stanley and dropped McCollum due to Johnsons beast stats. I’m kinda regretting it and don’t know if I should pick him up. A quick reply would be appreciated because I will need to pick up McCollum soon before someone else picks him up. Thanks!

        • Adam

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          @Jason: No problem! With that roster I’d probably go McCollum over Stanley. Just keep an eye on Stanley’s minutes and you can make the decision to grab him later if nobody else does. Stanley has the most potential, but he’s likely more of a post allstar breakout type player.

        • Jason says:
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          Should I be concerned that myles turner hasn’t been doing too much in the preseason or that Wes Matthews may have a minutes restriction/ injury risk?

          • Adam

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            @Jason: Way too early in the preseason to worry about that. Turner has looked dominant on defense, and blocks aren’t that easy to come by this year. The offense will come to him as he adapts. Wes is a bit riskier, but with his 3s, you should dominate the category. He’ll still be productive, even with slightly less playing time. Wes has been a fairly reliable player in the past.

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