Ah, the big boys.  Remember when they used to say you should build your franchise around a center?  I actually have no idea if they said that, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem the Dream were peaking before my time!  But it did seem to be the focus of the NBA, as then it shifted to Shaq and his Kazaam-type activity.  Now the big slow C is the way of the past, with fantasy’s best C a do-it-all wet dream of gorgeous fantasy-a-tude.  I’m just making up words I’m so in love!  The best microcosm of this shift has been the oft-commented Luminescent Lithuanian, who is so hard to rank if the Raptors keep their big fellah mired in a 26 MPG role.  We want to stretch the ball more!  Ugh, frickin’ rotations and less minutes going around!  Matty’s Minutes Men article is just depressing, I want to see guys go 40+ again.  I’m getting rambly – Monty Python get on with it! – here’s the top C for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball season:

The “You can crash my party any time Brow” Tier: (sad I know that reference, what happens when your wife listens to completely different music!)

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
1 1 Anthony Davis, NO PF, C Fantasy’s unquestioned per-game titan, fantasy rightfully questions the durability. He’s going to add in a few deep balls and Gentry wants him to have even more O touches.   Viva El Brow!
Slim’s Projection: .515/.810/0.2/26.0/10.5/2.4/1.4/3.0/1.6 :36

The “Delicious, scrumptious pairings of big men with an elite first-round PG” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
2 10 DeMarcus Cousins, SAC PF, C These last 3 are all razor thin, but Boogie takes a huge hit on your TO, and that’s without your team having a PG. That said, he was playing some of his best ball in the 2nd half last year. Now has Rondo to facilitate without stealing shots, along with Willie Cauley-Stein to take some defensive pressure off.
Slim’s Projection: .475/.770/0/25.0/12.5/3.2/1.5/1.7/4.0 :34
3 12 Paul Millsap, ATL PF, C Under appreciated for three seasons now, he should see another small step forward in the perimeter game with DeMarre Carroll out of town.
Slim’s Projection: .475/.755/1.2/18.0/8.0/3.2/1.8/1.0/2.3 :34
4 14 Rudy Gobert, UTA C Mosnieur Elbow! Steiffel Tower! The Big French Nickname! Going to provide crazy big man stats, with an acceptable FT%. Way above the true “FT-punt” bigs.
Slim’s Projection: .585/.650/0/12.0/12.5/1.8/1.0/2.9/1.8 :34
5 17 Blake Griffin, LAC PF, C Nothing seems unrepeatable from last year, love the emerging dimes and improving FT stroke.
Slim’s Projection: .505/.740/0.3/22.5/7.9/5.3/1.0/0.5/2.3 :36
6 18 Serge Ibaka, OKC PF, C Blocks have fallen 4 straight years from 3.7 to 2.4, I don’t know how many treys he takes with Enes Kanter taking so many mid-range opportunities and Durant back. Swats should improve a tad, FG% certainly to go up from last year.
Slim’s Projection: .515/.810/0.7/15.0/8.0/0.9/0.5/2.7/1.5 :32

The “Any of these bigs are really close to the tier above, I just drew a line at where I’d take Bledsoe and a few wings over them” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
7 23 Andre Drummond, DET PF, C Obviously a full-blown punt-FT big, as we move through the ranks I’m treating each pick as a “best pick in a vacuum”. Upside for monster post stats with no Monroe.
Slim’s Projection: .530/.380/0/16.0/13.5/1.2/0.9/2.0/1.6 :32
8 24 Al Horford, ATL PF, C Going to be very overlooked in 15-16, gives great value in high-volume FG% and microscopic TO that many drafters ignore for bigger counting stats.   MPG risk with some blowouts likely sink his value a tad.
Slim’s Projection: .540/.740/0.2/16.0/7.5/3.3/0.9/1.4/1.5 :32
9 25 Pau Gasol, CHI PF, C Of course he’s very unlikely to replicate 14-15, but he was 13th in per-game/7th in overall value. This rank already builds in some regression, and he should have the minutes scaled down a tad with no Tibs to hopefully keep him healthy.
Slim’s Projection: .480/.780/0.1/17.0/9.8/2.8/0.3/1.5/1.9 :32
10 26 Marc Gasol, MEM C Gasol brothers razor close – would take Pau for boards, Marc for a little more help in out-of-position dimes.
Slim’s Projection: .490/.785/0/17.0/7.8/3.8/0.8/1.6/2.1 :34
11 27 Nikola Vucevic, ORL PF, C Some look at his low steals and blocks for a big and dismiss him, but was 22nd in per-game last year due to high-volume FG% and a good FT% for a big,   Fits a lot of builds earlier than you would think.
Slim’s Projection: .510/.745/0/20.0/10.5/2.1/0.8/0.7/2.0 :34
12 29 Hassan Whiteside, MIA C The bad FT% doesn’t hurt as much as the pure-FT punt guys, shocking 34th in per-game value only starting 32 of 48 games.
Slim’s Projection: .610/.510/0/12.5/10.5/0.2/0.5/2.4/1.5 :28
13 31 DeAndre Jordan, LAC C If you’re already FT-punting you don’t care, but 5.7 FT attempted a game is outrageous. Going to go way, way up as the NBA didn’t change the rules. Although, you should care a little bit even in FT-punt as it’s so bad for real basketball his minutes are likely going to drop.
Slim’s Projection: .690/.410/0/12.0/14.0/0.8/1.0/2.2/1.3 :34
14 32 Chris Bosh, MIA PF, C A little risk as he comes off a major health scare, should score a ton of points and keep hitting treys to help his Stl+Blk going down.
Slim’s Projection: .470/.785/1.3/20.0/6.7/2.2/0.8/0.7/2.1 :34

The “Sexy defensive-minded C mixed with the unsexy old vets that have fallen a few rounds over the past few years” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
15 35 LaMarcus Aldridge, SA PF, C Huge hit going to the Spurs – lower minutes, fewer shots, I don’t think we see an expanded 3PTM game… I’m not risking any higher.
Slim’s Projection: .470/.835/0.4/18.5/9.2/2.1/0.7/1.0/1.5 :32
16 36 Derrick Favors, UTA PF, C FG% dropped after Kanter was dealt, will be playing a more mid-range game. Low FT% and blocks not developing into an elite stat keep him a little lower than Slim would like.
Slim’s Projection: .510/.690/0/17.0/8.4/1.5/0.9/1.8/1.8 :32
17 37 Kevin Love, CLE PF, C Shockingly was 33rd in per-game stats even though he was horrific, and FG%/Pts should rise a tad. Injury risk/minutes limit early/the fact I don’t really want Love on any teams keep him this low.
Slim’s Projection: .445/.810/2.2/18.0/10.2/2.4/0.7/0.5/1.7 :34
18 39 Nerlens Noel, PHI PF, C From Jan 7 to the final 3 games – 42 game stretch of 11.8/9.0/1.7/2.0/2.3 at 49.7% FG. If there was no Okafor clogging the paint, would be even higher.
Slim’s Projection: .475/.635/0/11.5/8.8/2.0/1.9/2.0/1.9 :32
19 42 Al Jefferson, CHA PF, C Fell down to 48th in per-game stats, but a lot had to do with missing 5 MPG with some easing in off injury mixed in there. Still was able to maintain the blocks, and has a better playmaker in Batum on the wing. Should have a nice bounce back, health concern keeps him from going higher
Slim’s Projection: .485/.680/0/17.5/8.6/1.7/0.7/1.3/1.2 :32

The “Wide-range spectrum of sexy upside for situation, sexy still untapped youth potential, and upside if their clownfeet don’t break” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
20 47 Greg Monroe, MIL PF, C Lack of blocks hurt, but has the whole post to himself for the first time in a while, and finally started making FT at 75% last year. Should improve in FG% from last year as well.
Slim’s Projection: .505/.745/0/18.0/10.5/2.3/1.2/0.6/2.3 :34
21 56 Kenneth Faried, DEN PF, C New regime seems to like him, improved the steals and blocks over the second half, and I think we finally see a high MPG for the Manimal.   Manimal unleashed!
Slim’s Projection: .500/.705/0/15.0/9.7/1.2/1.2/1.1/1.9 :30
22 59 Brook Lopez, BKN C 24th in per-game, played an amazing second half, but the obvious injury risk doesn’t justify a higher pick.
Slim’s Projection: .510/.810/0/17.5/7.2/0.8/0.5/1.6/1.7 :30

The “I finally feel warm and fuzzy about drafting Myles Turner and ‘aw shucks, I guess I better get these vets!'” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
23 62 Myles Turner, IND C Really thin big man rotation, he fits an up-tempo style of play, and blocks will no question translate right away. Also can hit 3s, board, and make his FT – all with low TO. Just needs the run, Bird, you said it would happen – you better be a man of your word!
Slim’s Projection: .465/.785/0.4/11.5/7.5/0.5/0.5/1.8/1.5 :26
24 67 Tim Duncan, SA PF, C The falling off a cliff hasn’t happened yet, even though everyone has predicted it the past 5 years. 21st in per-game last year, Aldridge and missed games drop him to this point. I could actually see feeling pretty good lucking into him by the 6th.
Slim’s Projection: .505/.735/0/12.5/8.9/2.8/0.6/1.7/1.5 :28
25 68 Dirk Nowitzki, DAL PF, C Dirk probably has a little better upside than Timmay, but much greater downside. The Germinator took his first step off that cliff, with career-lows virtually across the board when you throw out his rookie season. Played under 30 MPG last year for the first time since his rookie season as well.
Slim’s Projection: .465/.880/1.2/17.0/5.7/1.8/0.5/0.4/1.1 :28

The “Wow, I didn’t realize these thin tiers existed until now, seriously, I may need to re-think my big man drafting so I’m not stuck with too many of these schlubs” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
26 74 Tyson Chandler, PHX C I get the boring-ness, but he’s consistent and I think has a smidge of upside on the high-tempo Suns. Especially if there’s no Kieff…
Slim’s Projection: .630/.710/0/10.0/10.5/1.0/0.5/1.1/1.3 :30
27 76 Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN C Only 21.1 MPG in 39 college games, I’m a little worried about the proverbial rookie wall and the stable of bigs Flip will run through.   Long-term upside is massive, I don’t think we more than scratch the surface in this rookie year.
Slim’s Projection: .480/.790/0.3/12.0/8.0/1.0/0.7/1.8/1.5 :26
28 77 Marcin Gortat, WAS C Extremely odd he was 12th in per-game in the second half last year.   12th! High FG%, started filtering in steals, and the Wiz don’t have any good centers. I don’t think he gets Valanciunas-ed, and blocks haven’t really trended down in per-36 the past 6 years. Just needs the run.
Slim’s Projection: .555/.695/0/12.5/8.9/1.2/0.6/1.2/1.2 :30
29 79 Gorgui Dieng, MIN PF, C As a starter – 10.8/8.8/2.3/1.1/2.0 hitting 50.8% from the field and 78.1% from the line last year. But like Towns, the stable of big men is a huge concern, and he only played 28:43 MPG pre-ASB last year.
Slim’s Projection: .510/.770/0/10.0/8.3/2.1/0.9/1.7/1.7 :28
30 82 Markieff Morris, PHX? PF, C I had him 62 in the initial rankings post, internal strife with the Suns is really making him a scary pick, especially with a limited number of teams he could go to and produce a similar stat line to 14-15. DOWN – Still no resolution here, with him still a whiny baby.
Slim’s Projection: .470/.770/0.8/16.0/6.3/2.5/1.2/0.5/2.1 :32
31 83 Robin Lopez, NYK C HE’S AWFUL AT BASKETBALL! That’s all the blurb he gets.
Slim’s Projection: .540/.780/0/11.5/8.7/1.1/0.3/1.6/1.2 :32
32 84 Jonas Valanciunas, TOR C “Valanciunas-ed” is now a term for a player who goes off in the first half only to get limited run in the 2nd, and with the Casey regime still in power, they plan on sitting him late again – even with a newly signed extension. Per-36s are awesome, if only his per-26s could be the same…
Slim’s Projection: .550/.790/0/12.5/8.9/0.6/0.4/1.2/1.7 :28
33 94 Joakim Noah, CHI PF, C Rumors swirling he could be coming off the bench, and is off career-lows in both FG% and FT%. But even with Rose back a good chunk of last year, kept the dimes up.
Slim’s Projection: .465/.690/0/9.5/9.8/4.4/0.8/1.2/1.8 :30
34 95 Enes Kanter, OKC C Had a pretty unreal second half after moving to OKC, but a lot of that was due to no Ibaka or Durant. While a dubdub threat every night with good %s, AST+STL+BLK are likely to combine at under 2.
Slim’s Projection: .520/.780/0/14.0/9.0/0.9/0.4/0.4/1.9 :28
35 99 Zach Randolph, MEM PF, C Boring, but 1.0 STL was his highest since 09-10 and 48.7 FG% highest since 10-11. Those aren’t reasons to project upside, but indicate he’s not going to incrementally deteriorate trying to be the same exact player.
Slim’s Projection: .470/.765/0/16.0/10.1/2.0/0.8/0.2/2.2 :32

The “Usable on the right builds” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
36 105 Patrick Patterson, TOR PF, C How the Raptors play their big men has been a big topic of discussion in the comments, and while I don’t see PIt-Pat playing huge minutes, I think he gets to 28-29 after 26:20 last year, and he finished top-100 in 9-cat metrics.
Slim’s Projection: .455/.760/1.3/9.0/5.8/2.1/0.8/0.5/0.8 :28
37 108 Jusuf Nurkic, DEN C Off-season patella surgery stung, as I was hoping for a big sophomore campaign. It’ll start slow, but I’ll gamble a later pick and try to hold through his low minutes out of the gate.
Slim’s Projection: .460/.700/0/10.0/8.8/1.2/0.8/1.4/1.6 :26
38 116 Roy Hibbert, LAL C Burke and Hibbert have both been failures on the opposite ends of the starting line-up the past few years, but maybe 2nd-half-collapse-Roy can do enough to warrant value this late. Blocks should be OK again, terrible boards from a guy his size and a bad FG% make him tough to own at times.
Slim’s Projection: .450/.785/0/11.0/7.4/1.2/0.3/1.7/1.8 :28

The “Last rounds/last pick flier” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
39 121 Ed Davis, POR PF, C He seems to be becoming the unpopular big in the Blazers’ mystery rotation, but over his last 54 games – most of last year after getting really inconsistent run early – 9.1/7.9/1.4/0.6/1.3 with virtually no TO and 60% from the field in only 23.7 MPG. Will likely play more minutes in Portland, and scaling those numbers up will be really interesting.
Slim’s Projection: .565/.560/0/11.0/7.8/1.4/0.6/1.3/1.0 :28
40 123 Ryan Anderson, NO PF, C Injuries have taken their toll, but he can light up a ton of treys out-of-position and nab a couple boards. If we knew he’d be healthy all year, he’d probably be in the top 100.
Slim’s Projection: .415/.860/2.2/14.0/4.9/1.0/0.5/0.3/1.0 :28
41 124 John Henson, MIL PF, C 2.0 blocks in only 18:20 MPG last year was crazy talk, and should easily play more this season especially with Jabari coming back slow – there aren’t any other PF options.
Slim’s Projection: .555/.575/0/9.5/6.6/1.3/0.5/2.0/1.6 :24
42 126 Zaza Pachulia, DAL C Out-of-position nice AST/FT%, in-position bad boards and blocks.   Could fit a lot of builds as a back end C though…
Slim’s Projection: .460/.770/0/9.0/7.0/2.5/0.9/0.3/1.9 :26
43 127 Jahlil Okafor, PHI C Going to be this year’s worst over-drafted player, offers horrible drains on FT% and TO while not blocking any shots. I guess the upside is worth the flier, but I bet he’s going to be a popular drop in standard 9-cat.
Slim’s Projection: .510/.510/0/16.5/8.6/1.5/0.6/0.8/2.4 :32
44 128 Mason Plumlee, POR PF, C Super-buzzy last year after making team USA and given a role, he nosedived horrifically… And now he has an even bigger shot! FT% issues and foul-trouble are still a concern, as is overall consistency.
Slim’s Projection: .610/.535/0/11.5/7.7/1.0/0.9/1.0/1.8 :26
45 132 Jordan Hill, IND PF, C Should be able to replicate what he did last year – minus a couple of points – in what was a useful season at times. Not “speeding” to get him though!
Slim’s Projection: .475/.720/0/11.0/7.5/1.3/0.4/0.8/1.4 :24
46 135 Timofey Mozgov, CLE C Healthcare.Mozgov was solid last season, but he plays such low minutes…   He’ll be fine, but offers no upside.
Slim’s Projection: .565/.720/0/10.5/6.8/0.8/0.4/1.2/1.5 :26
47 138 Dwight Howard, HOU PF, C I’ve utterly ignored him for years now, and nothing changes this season. Off several injuries and a disappearance of blocks.
Slim’s Projection: .580/.535/0/15.5/10.2/1.2/0.7/1.4/2.8 :30
48 139 Kelly Olynyk, BOS C Slim disagrees with me on this one, but I think Olynyk is the only Boston big worth taking a shot on. Since he can stretch the floor he can fit small ball line-ups, and as a starter last year, 13 games at 26 minutes per for 11.2/5.8/1.6/1.0/0.5.
Slim’s Projection: .470/.710/1.0/10.0/4.9/1.8/0.9/0.6/1.6 :22
49 141 Omer Asik, NO PF, C Should give you another season of 25-26 minutes, 8/10 with almost a block.   Meh.
Slim’s Projection: .525/.595/0/7.5/10.0/0.8/0.4/0.7/1.3 :26
47 143 Kyle O’Quinn, NYK PF, C He could find himself starting some games at the 4, but either way should pick up solid backup PF/C minutes as they ease Porzingis in. Expanded 3PT game and a nice FT% has him a very solid per-36 player.
Slim’s Projection: .480/.740/0.4/7.5/4.4/1.6/0.7/1.1/1.1 :20

The “Undraftable in a 12er” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
48 149 Frank Kaminsky, CHA C I just don’t see him being a great NBA player, even if the out-of-position 3s will be nice. I bet he’s a “buzzy” Hornets pick a few rounds earlier.
Slim’s Projection: .425/.775/1.2/12.0/6.6/1.1/0.4/0.7/1.5 :28
49 156 Kosta Koufos, SAC PF, C Whether he starts or comes off the bench, he’s a favorite of George Karl and should see 25+ minutes. Will get plenty of boards and 1.5 blocks in that kind of run (Slim seems to sell the swats a tad short in his proj).
Slim’s Projection: .505/.650/0/8.5/7.8/0.7/0.5/1.2/1.2 :26
50 158 Jared Sullinger, BOS PF, C Slim rotations hurt Sully too, even if he has a slim tummy. Everyone loves a good weight loss, but I don’t see the minutes Slim does.
Slim’s Projection: .450/.760/0.9/14.0/8.0/2.3/0.8/0.7/1.4 :28
51 164 Clint Capela, HOU PF, C Any backup to Dwight is worth owning as a handcuff (deja vu!), and should play either way off the pine. Even as a reserve, should get big swats.
Slim’s Projection: .575/.600/0/7.5/6.8/0.6/0.6/1.4/1.0 :20
52 168 Willie Cauley-Stein, SAC C Seems most likely to come off the bench behind Kouf or a stretch-4 Gay, but regardless, his defensive stats should be awesome. Bad FT% and low points will be tough, especially in an inconsistent MPG role.
Slim’s Projection: .490/.620/0/8.5/5.8/ 0.8/0.9/1.9/1.0 :26
53 170 Amir Johnson, BOS PF, C Awful rotation and B-Rad runs his bigs thin. I’ll pass in 12ers.
Slim’s Projection: .565/.645/0.2/10.0/6.8/1.6/0.6/0.9/1.6 :28
54 175 Tristan Thompson, CLE? PF, C Contract isn’t quite settled, but his unusability in 12ers is. Maybe a sign-and-trade with Phoenix!
Slim’s Projection: .495/.650/0/8.5/7.4/0.3/0.4/0.6/1.0 :26
55 181 Meyers Leonard, POR PF, C Seems to be a popular sleeper candidate, his lack of blocks really hurt.   Nice for the out-of-position treys and boards, but I think his upside is capped by no AST/STL/BLK.
Slim’s Projection: .480/.825/1.3/10.5/7.4/1.0/0.3/0.4/1.1 :26
56 182 Andrew Bogut, GSW C Nice glue guy for defensive stats when healthy, but he’s undraftable since he’s… never healthy.
Slim’s Projection: .535/.545/0/6.0/7.9/2.5/0.5/1.5/1.5 :24
57 190 Steven Adams, OKC C Ugh, love the player, hate the rotation. Love the stash, hate the minutes smash. No…?
Slim’s Projection: .550/.545/0/8.0/7.2/0.8/0.6/1.2/1.2 :24
58 191 Bismack Biyombo, TOR C Per-36 blocks are awesome, and in a few more minutes in TOR should get to 1.5-2.0 blocks and have nice boards. Won’t do much else though…
Slim’s Projection: .510/.575/0/6.0/7.9/0.3/0.3/1.9/1.0 :24
  1. Trophy Tony says:
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    18 team keeper, fantasy points, salaries, Live auction

    Would you rather have:

    A) harden $56 millsap $39 Monroe $31 & NURK $10

    Or

    b) harden millsap, Faried $22 and Covington $10

    A) gives me $73 to spend at auction on 4 guys, and b) gives me $64

    We can keep up to 4 then subtract their salaries to buy 4 during auction then we snake for 5 rounds to complete our 13 man rosters!

    NURK injured worries me, how good will Monroe be is a factor? Does Faried bounce back and grow? Is Covington going to keep it up or be a one year wonder? These options are laced with what IFS….

    Thoughts?

    • kai says:
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      @Trophy Tony:

      why not keep covington + nurk and splurge on a top tier PG?

      • kai says:
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        @kai:
        actually i would absolutely do Monroe and Covington

        • Trophy Tony says:
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          @kai: my bad should have stated I need to make a deal to acquire Faried and Covington! They are not currently on my team

          • CTMN says:
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            @Trophy Tony: I dont understand, if Faried cost $9 less than Monroe, then shouldn’t option b give you more money left to spend, not less? Anyway, I’d take Faried/Covington

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Trophy Tony: @CTMN: @kai: @CTMN: for me, I think I like the values of Millsap, Covington and murk the most, I think nurk could be special but yeah it probably won’t be early on this year. And so guys can be kept with how much inflation year to year? Actually given that system, I think a stud like Harden at $56 is prob my 4th, I imagine most teams are keeping at least one expensive guy. Anyone unkept will go for so much with only possibly 4 spots to fill in auction

  2. Clyde Prompto says:
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    The ongoing RoLo hate never fails to crack me up. I’ll never stop believing in The Luminescent Lithuanian. I’m bummed that my favorite comedy duo “JaVale and Bargs” couldn’t crack the rankings.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: haha and it will never end! Ugh yeah I thought about bargnani, but couldn’t do it. Javale I’d actually like to see play for an extended stretch again… Although that is quite the comedy troupe!

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: They are infinitely more valuable as entertainment than as fantasy players at this point. JaVale reuniting with Karl in Sacto to team with Boogie and Rondo is my dream comedy scenario.

        • Matty

          Matty says:
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          @Clyde Prompto: Is it too much to ask for Dion “pass me the ball guys, I’m open!” Waiters to get moved to Sacto as well? Just imagine him parked outside the 3pt line, clapping his hands to get Rondo’s attention while Rajon waves off Karl’s offensive play call, pounds the ball into the floor for 18 seconds of the shot clock, then drives the lane for a wide open layup only to kick out to a triple-teamed DMC who is barking at officials for not calling hand-check fouls…all while JaVale is trying to swipe a handful of popcorn from a courtside fan. Camera swings to Vlade standing in the tunnel…aaaaand facepalm.

          Please, Basketball Gods, if you’re out there and listening – let this be a thing.

          • Clyde Prompto says:
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            @Matty: Hahaha the only thing you missed was that Vlade would be chain-smoking. Other than that, perfection.

  3. Dunkaroo says:
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    I have the first pick in a 12 team H2H and I’m having trouble planning around AD. By the time you get back to the 24/25 turn you’re praying that Bledsoe is still there. But what if he’s not?? I really don’t want Kyrie, Lowry or Conley anywhere in the 20s, and I can’t really justify Teague or Oladipo that high either, especially given the talent that’s still there.

    In mocks I’ve been seeing at least one of these guys at 24/25: Draymond, Ibaka, Millsap, Vucevic, M Gasol. I’m feeling like I just have to take the best talent that has slipped, and unfortunately there are no PGs in that range!

    Is it crazy to have zero PGs going into the 48/49 turn? Luckily that is where a lot of PGs are: Jackson, Elfrid, Knight, Ellis, Kemba. And then at the 72/73 turn maybe IT2, Clarkson or a vet like Deron.

    No matter what it looks like my desperate PG hunt will make me miss some other targets in the 50-70 range. I’m wondering if it’s not better to go Curry or Harden first knowing that there are a handful of bigs available at 24/25. What’s your strategy with pick #1, 24, 25!? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dunkaroo: yeah it’s certainly not smooth sailing, but I maintain brows overall value could be so much higher than the field he’s still #1. At some points in bbmonster per game metrics, he was 0.5 in their valuation over the field last year, which is nuts, then add in threes and boooom, fantasy mvp. Yeah you’re hoping for Bledsoe, I’d be fine with Teague or Lowry there, both I have near 30 so it’s not too far off for me.

      If I was guaranteed two of Ibaka, dray and Millsap would be there at 24/25, then yeah i would take those two and harden over brow/Bledsoe/#3 pick, but it’s hard to ensure that. I hate drafting someone I barely like less for a build, then seeing the pieces I need slip through my fingers in the long layover. I’d rather ensure myself my #1 guy (for me personally)

      I wouldn’t call it crazy not having any, but I would be fine with likely Teague at that first turn.

      Hope that helps thanks for stopping by!

  4. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Jonas is the man! First you’ve got getting “Valanciunas-ed” which is great, and now with the help of this post and Matty’s “Minutes Men” post I’m gonna have to start doing per-26’s for most of the league, ha-ha.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: hahahaha, he’s a first rounder in per-36! Man it’ll be fun if they take off the leash, #firecasey!

      • Matty

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        @JB Gilpin: Hey now – easy with the #firecasey talk! This is a good man, with real feelings, a family, a home, a life built in a country that’s not his own. How dare you, JB!?! Shame on you.

        But yeah, if he keeps Valanciunasing Valanciunas, he has gotsta go!

        #FIRECASEY!

    • Matty

      Matty says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: Methinks “Points Per Minute” needs to be given consideration as a new statistical category. Perhaps similar to football with PPR where it’s weighted differently by position (0.5 PPM for guards, 1.0 PPM for forwards, 1.5 PPM for centres).

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Matty: @Matty: Stop the Valanciunasing! Hah, imagine how good Michael Beasley woulda been down the stretch in PPR!

  5. Dorian says:
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    Hey Jay and gang. Thanks as always for the stuff. Good reads on all the rankings (and other things).

    Question for you though. I’m currently in a 14 team H2H CAT=Win daily league with a roster of 3G/3F/1C/1U/4BN and scoring is FG%/FT%/3PTM/PTS/REB/AST/ST/BLK. We’ve got a thing called Madness Lottery. You can sacrifice one of your 3 keepers for a Madness Lottery chance. Could end up with the 1st pick overall, could end up with the last in that round.

    Reason I bring it up is I was 6th overall last season. This is a way I could jump ahead of some weaker teams. I’m thinking of dropping Victor Oladipo for a Madness pick. Right now, thanks to leaving: Blake Griffin, Hassan Whiteside, Serge Ibaka, Nikola Vuvecic, Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Andre Drummond, Jimmy Butler, Eric Bledsoe…

    Lots of good talent for the taking.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dorian: Thanks for stopping by!

      Whoa, one reason I love the comments is hearing of these new formats!

      Yeah I’m certainly doing the madness, what you’re saying is you have a shot at any of those guys, and I actually have them all ranked ahead of Oladipo to start with. So the shot for Butler or Ibaka, worst case is what, Whiteside or Hayward, yeah I’m in! Good luck in lotto madness!

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks! I kind of thought it was obvious to do. I’m hoping I get a good slotting, as there are 2 new teams to replace the 2 old teams, so they got 3 each.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Dorian: Ah gotcha that makes it harder, but there’s enough guys there to take the plunge. Good luck!

  6. Jason says:
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    Hi, what are your favourite sleepers as of now? Have they changed? Also, can you update the 2015-2016 rankings if there are any changes necessary? Thanks

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      @Jason:

      Also, would you take Chris Paul or Damian Lillard?

      • Michael says:
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        @Jason:

        I think lillard will go off this year but his fg% will take a dive

    • Slim

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      @Jason: Terrance Jones, Gallo and Myles Turner are probably JBs 3 favs. We can throw in Clarkson and Aaron Gordon too. CJ McCollum should be fun and I do love me some Stanley Johnson I’m just not sure that one will happen day 1. Yep there will be a rankings update at some point, and a some changes to projections once we see a few rotations in preseason.

      I’m still going with Chris Paul above Wall, Lillard, and Westbrook. Vs Lillard, yeah it’s the FG% that could be a problem, and it’s highly doubtful he touches Chris Paul in assists or TOs. Lillard is going to score a ton but he’s also a low end steals guy for a 1st rounder. He’ll be fine and well worth a 1st round pick but the issues are glaring.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Jason: @Michael: @Slim: Yup give me Paul too in 9-cat for the %s and lower TO. Updated ranks Wil
        Be out Monday morning! Although not too much has changed yet, they’ll be updated frequently through preseason

  7. Michael says:
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    Hi ,

    do you think gerald green , kenneth faried, jarett jack will be big sleepers this year?

    also, what do you think of deron williams? now he has left the nets i think he might have a chance to rejuvinate his career

    • Slim

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      @Michael: Sleepers to me means that they will drastically outperform their draft position. I’m not sure where Gerald Green is getting drafted but it’ll take a few injuries for him to get enough minutes to really matter. Faried should be just fine as a 5th round pick or so but I’m not so sure he has the fantasy game to really outperform that draft position by too much. But for FG%, boards, points he’s a good on but we’re hoping for 1ish stls and blocks to really be worthy of where he’s being drafted. I think Jack qualifies as a sleeper since he is being drafted a bit late considering he’s basically guaranteed 30+ min as a starting PG. But he isn’t a 3pt shooter or a steals guy and he isn’t a low TO guy either so his ceiling is capped well outside the top 50.

      Yeah everything looks good for Deron. I think he’s got enough left to be useful but I doubt top 50 or anything like that. The injury risk is incredibly high too.

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Michael: @Slim: yup pretty much what Slim said, I like all 3 of the players you mention, but not at dramatically higher than their respective ADPs. I think Jack has the biggest potential of ROI, but he doesn’t exactly have much upside.

        I like Deron too, not overpaying due to some injury risk and his numbers have been declining hard last year, but do think he bounces back

  8. Dante Green says:
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    Let’s say for example I have the 12th pick, and in our rankings Millsap is our best available. I have no problem selecting him but the 13th pick will be crucial (bcoz the next pick after that is 36). If I choose Gobert (or Draymond), I’ll definitely miss out on Bledsoe (but we all love Gobert and yoy know that as a Suns fan I need to have Bledsoe on my team whether or not his 81 games played last season was fluky). So which combination would you rather me have?

    A) Millsap/Gobert
    B) Millsap/Bledsoe
    C) Gobert/Millsap
    (I excluded Draymond, #13, bcoz I’m leaning towards having Gobert)

    I know there’s still a slim chance that Gobert and Bledsoe fall in the 3rd rd, I know people are still going after the likes of the Gasol bros, LA in the 2nd rd. But I don’t wanna take chances, if they’re there, I’ll pick em. Tell me what you think brotha!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: yeah it’s doubtful Bledose falls. But I gotta take Gobert and Millsap there, and maybe you can work out a post draft trade to bring in E Bled 🙂

  9. CTMN says:
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    Assuming you’re avoiding a punt FT% build no matter what, I’d go with Gobert/Millsap (I have it Gobert then Millsap then Draymond). I think at 36, if you can get Teague instead of Bledsoe, you’re better off than if you got a guy like Whiteside, Pau, Vucevic/Monroe, or Bosh instead of one of Gobert/Millsap. The best options I think would be Noel and Favors, but I don’t know if they’ll be there at 36. I’m pretty sure Marc Gasol, Ibaka and Blake Griffin will be gone second round. The other guys I mentioned:
    Whiteside – the fact that he could only play 25 MPG and could sit vs small ball lineups is very concerning. His attitude problems (which Wade was very harsh talking about) are really bad and he just seems like completely unnecessary risk considering that he’s basically helping in 3 categories (FG/Rebs/Blks) with some decent points. Maybe after he gets paid next summer, he’ll have a more secure role.
    Pau – I think his stats last season were inflated like crazy. He wasn’t nearly the defensive player that his stats indicated, and those rebounds and blocks should go back down to at least close to what they were before last season. Also, the frontcourt is super deep so they have a ton of options. Hoiberg won’t give him the minutes that Thibs did, so with less minutes should be reduced stats. And he’s 35, so the injury risk is big.
    Vucevic and Monroe – they’re values if it’s late, and I guess they can be paired with Gobert’s blocks, but their lack of blocks just really hurts your team build. Bigs who don’t get blocks just force you to compensate which makes things difficult for no good reason.
    Bosh – I like him but fg% and steals/blocks were already declining before the health problems. He might be a value but it looks like his stats are just gonna go down from here, which makes it risky depending on how far down you think they’ll go within a year. It’s really ahout the defensive stats. He’s lost a step on defense.
    Noel – he’s gonna be
    I just don’t think it’s worth reaching for Bledsoe when you compare the big man options to the guard options in the 3rd-4th round. 36/37 gives you options for most likely Teague, Dragic, Reggie Jackson, maybe Conley, Kemba, Elfrid, and Oladipo/Ellis (those 2 are really SGs). I don’t think they’re as far behind Bledsoe as the consensus seems to be. I think the 2nd round is just full of great bigs who aren’t as flawed as the ones who will be there later. Even Favors and Noel have their flaws, they don’t score much and they can hurt your FT%.

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        @CTMN: Yea, for sure. Thanks for the insights! But I hope I don’t land the 12th pick, Jesus. Lol

        • Slim

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          @Dante Green: From what people have been saying about doing mocks Teague at 36 seems unlikely, while Favors and Noel seem to be there far more often. So I think we should assume Teague won’t be there.

          I think the most common options are…

          Gobert/Millsap/2 of Dragic/Reggie/Conley/Kemba/Elfrid and it has to be 2 since at pick 60 they should all be gone.
          or
          Gobert/Bledsoe/Noel or Favors/1 of those PGs.

          I could be wrong. It did happen that one time… but I’m pretty sure these are the most likely options. If Favors and Noel are gone I do agree with everything you said about the other bigs. They all have issues. I really don’t know which option is the “right” one to take. I’ve said I’m going Gobert/Millsap for a while now and I should probably just stick with it.

          The only thing I don’t agree with is that Favors isn’t a scorer. If we go off last year Millsap was 16.7, Teague was 15.9, and Favors was 16.0. I consider Favors to be an above average scorer for a big.

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            @Slim:
            as of right now, my late pick combo is gobert bledsoe. at 35-38 range, favors is almost always available. while teague is there 50/50. with that, going for hayward, oladipo rather than dragic rjax that early to pair with favors. with the hawks playoff sched, i think reaching for bled is the way to go. with millsap, id rather go dray green over him with playoffs in mind as well. but going green there is too high for my liking and there is a slight chance he slips in the 30s in a non razzball league. and pts, would be a prob pairng him up with gobert.

            so with that, what do you guys think of punting ft off the bat going drumm instead of gobert?

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              @MAC: IMO punt FT is the way to go at 12. Since you’re at a disadvantage, it basically “changes the rules” for your team. The downside is obviously that it hurts guys like Wiggins and Hayward who help FT%.

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            @Slim: Yeah I think I kinda wasn’t thinking hard enough, initially I forgot Noel and Favors completely. Yeah I think those 2 are usually there like you said, not sure where I got the idea they weren’t. So maybe Bledsoe is the right choice at 12/13.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @CTMN: @Dante Green: @Slim: @MAC: @CTMN: Didn’t see all the responses! Out of town and on iPad… Yeah I think if you want to avoid ft punt Bledsoe might be the way to go, I think Gobert and Millsap you could protect with later FT% guys like Wiggins and DeRozan since they are lower volume. I feel like getting Drummond pigeonholes you, but if you go in for sure punting and know it going in, I could see it working

  10. Matty

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    Another guy I’m taking a long look at is Brandan Wright. Any missed time from either of ZBo or Gasol and BW could return some great value. There is NOTHING else at PF/C in Memphis (seriously – the rest of the depth chart reads: Jarnell Stokes, JayMychal Green, Jarell Martin, Michael Holyfield). I suppose Jeff Green would slide to the 4 for some small ball minutes, but as a legitimate bench big, it’s Wright or bust. At 60% FG with 2 BLK potential in starters minutes, Wright is at the top of my undrafted big man watch list.

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Matty: Wow, I consider myself a fairly hardcore NBA fan and I have NEVER heard of any of those guys, haha. Looks like a potential JaVale landing spot to me!

      • Matty

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        @Clyde Prompto: It’s one of the prime opportunities to pounce on if there’s a single injury to an incumbent starter. Gasol is going to be 31 mid-season (not “old” but no spring chicken either) and ZBo is 34 and entering his 15th season. Both stayed healthy for the most part last year (GP: MG-81, ZR-71), but even assuming they repeat, Kosta Koufos was able to average close to 17 MPG last year and you have to think Wright will exceed that. In shy of 20 MPG last year, BW averaged 2.0 stocks. Run him out there for 30 MPG in the event of an injury…

      • Slim

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        @Clyde Prompto: Martin was their draft pick this year. I can’t find any summer league stats but he was a pretty solid player at LSU. With that said I imagine he’s ticketed for the DLeague. JaMychal Green is a player though. He had a real nice run in the DLeague last year, the Spurs tried him out but didn’t hold him so Memphis signed him for 3 years, all be in non-guranteed. I think he’s the 4th big off the bench, oh and he started working on a 3pt shot last year. Stokes was a 2nd round pick and jumped between Memphis and the DLeague a few times last year. He’s ok but I like Green better. In the REL I think Green should be drafted. Holyfield is an undrafted rookie shotblocking specialist. He won’t play. They have to replace Koufos but also Lueur who had a few good moments last year when given the opportunity. I’m sure Wright is the guy to own but he’s never been a big minute guy with no shortage of opportunity. Maybe worth a shot if there’s an injury. Of course non of these guys should be drafted in a 12er, and that includes Jeff Green.

        • Matty

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          @Slim: I’m going to cherry-pick a small, but recent, stat sample of Wright’s to illustrate the potential that I think is there:

          Last 5 games of 2014/2015 season – averaged 30.8 MPG, 10.6 PPG on .575 FG%, 7.0 RPG, 2.2 BPG, 1.4 SPG.

          If (and it’s a huge “if”) he were to see an expanded role in Memphis for any stretch, I think the above numbers are a reasonable expectation. He’s a boon to your defensive stats and will help your FG%, albeit in smallish volume so it’s not quite as juicy as it may appear on its face. I’m actually a bit surprised he’s not a better rebounder given his athleticism. Based on nothing more than my eyeballs, he is a pretty lousy positional/fundamental rebounder; the boards he does secure are due to the aformentioned athleticism and why he would likely struggle to fill ZBo’s role effectively, if that’s who he had to fill in for.

          Overall, I agree with Slim – not someone to draft in a 12er…but definitely someone to add to your watch list once the draft is over so he’s a quick-twitch pickup if Gasol or Randolph goes down.

          • JB Gilpin

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            @Slim: @Matty: as a unc fan, I thought he could be a force in the NBA. So refined and smooth, but it just never translated. My issue is it seems like he’s been in line for an opportunity at times, and just never got the run even when there were injuries ahead of him. I just get the feeling that even with injuries and even a starting gig, he wouldn’t touch 30 minutes even though I know he did that stretch last yr

            • CTMN says:
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              @JB Gilpin: He’ll give you a good 20 minutes if he plays 20 minutes, and he’ll give you a good 20 minutes if he plays 30 minutes.

              • Slim

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                @CTMN: Pretty good. Basically the same as Jordan Hill.

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                  @JB Gilpin: @Slim: I think I read Bill Simmons write something like that about B. Wright once, so credit to him, pretty good one there

            • Matty

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              @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: My question is this – if/when one of Gasol/ZBo misses time, where do the minutes go?

              Let’s say, for the sake of argument, ZBo sprains an ankle and is out for a month. There are 96 minutes available at the 4/5 combined. Let’s say Gasol gobbles up the 33 he’s averaged each of the last couple years. How does MEM divy up the other 63 with that depth chart?

              Tony Allen (6’4″, 213), Vince Carter (6’6″, 220) , and Matt Barnes (6’7″, 226) are all too small to bump to PF.

              Jeff Green (6’9″, 235) at the 4 for more than 20 minutes a night? Maybe.

              So you still have 43 minutes left. I’m skeptical that any combination of Stokes/Ja. Green/Martin/Holyfield will earn more than a dozen. This is a playoff-calibre team afterall. It’s not the 76ers who are happy to run out Jakarr Sampson at PG just for kicks.

              Wright almost has to run for 30 MPG in the event of a Gasol/Randolph injury, doesn’t he?

              • JB Gilpin

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                @CTMN: @Slim: @Matty: Haha nice CTMN

                Yeah Green for sure is in the mix there at PF.

                My issue is not that there COULD be an opportunity, but that he needs both an injury and when given bigger minutes in the past minus the few games last year, he hasn’t delivered. I need to take a deeper look though.

                That said, he’s going to be in my ranks tomorrow for the next update, still 190ish though.

  11. Hoffa says:
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    Would the law of diminishing returns affect some guys? Like valanciunas, faried, dieng, ed Davis, henson and gobert?

    Also would gobert be able to adjust with the increased scouting report.

    • CTMN says:
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      @Hoffa: I think Gobert will adjust fine, no reason why he wouldn’t. A shot blocker is much harder to scout for than a shooter. For shooters, you can switch screens, guard aggressively and tight. But for a shot blocker, the best they can do is try to pull him out to the 3 point line by playing small, or get him in foul trouble. His fouls weren’t so bad per 36, and I think teams who play small (besides GSW’s ridiculously good small lineups) will pay for it with Gobert and Favors being good offensive rebounders. Gobert will stay in the paint on defense and should continue his pace from after the Kanter trade last season.
      By the way, few teams in the West can play their best lineups if they play small ball. Spurs have Aldridge/Duncan, Rockets have Howard/Jones/Motiejunas, Clippers have Griffin/DeAndre, Thunder have Ibaka/Kanter/Adams (their wing options are pretty bad if Durant is at the 4), Grizzlies have Randolph/Gasol, etc. Only the Warriors have their best lineup in a small lineup. Some may try to play small but it shouldn’t hurt Gobert or the Jazz too much.

    • Slim

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      @Hoffa: I think I have an answer. That economic law assumes one change and everything else says constant. Since I would argue there are no constants here then I would extrapolate that law doesn’t come into play.

      I’m not worried about Gobert. He’s such a beast and scouting reports are far more useful for the offensive end than defensive which is where he truly shines. Do those scouting reports take into account his growth too? I say no.

      I’m not trying to compare him to Jordan or anything but everyone knew Jordan’s top move was to push off and no one was ever able to stop it even knowing it was coming. I kid of course, just hating on Jordan cause it’s fun to do and Jordan fans HATE it!

      • JB Gilpin

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        @Hoffa: @CTMN: @Slim: yeah I’m not worried about that at all, especially Gobert. Davis and Henson are ranked as lottery picks, so I’m not necessarily banking on them. Gobert doesn’t really rely on scoring and moves, just athleticism and outplaying people, I think he’ll be fine, not like we need 15 PPG outta him.

        How dare you question Jordan slim, he was the best who ever played!

  12. eric says:
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    thoughts on whats ur ranking on dieng? since benett has been thrown away and peko might be out for the 1-2 months

    • JB Gilpin

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      @eric: Yeah he’s there at 79, and that was already assuming 28ish MPG, and I still don’t think Bennett waived or Pekovic always hurt has changed how much I think Dieng plays.

      • eric says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks jb for the response =) more power to ur site and all of ur crews.

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          @eric: Any time, thanks man!

  13. zar says:
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    Oh my JB, it’s been ages, basketball has snuck up on me and I haven’t been to razzball with the flurry of changes, but wow!!!

    And how about the dgreens! Last season rocked, my warriors finally won it, and now look, 3 warriors in the top 15? When was the last time that happened?! It’s almost like they’re the OKC Thunder this year with Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka Speaking of which……the entire top 15 is almost all west players…

    • JB Gilpin

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      @zar: Yo what’s up man?! By changes you mean in the ranks?

      Yeah both DGreens had awesome years! Hah yeah those 3 Thunder were top-10 for me last year!

      Hah interesting I hadn’t even thought of that! Why the West is so much better!

  14. John says:
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    Thoughts on my team?

    1. (6) James Harden (Hou – SG,SF)
    2. (19) Rudy Gobert (Uta – C)
    3. (30) Victor Oladipo (Orl – PG,SG)
    4. (43) Kemba Walker (Cha – PG)
    5. (54) Marcin Gortat (Was – C)
    6. (67) Danilo Gallinari (Den – SF)
    7. (78) Nikola Mirotic (Chi – SF,PF)
    8. (91) Terrence Jones (Hou – SF,PF)
    9. (102) Kevin Martin (Min – SG,SF)
    10. (115) Jordan Clarkson (LAL – PG)
    11. (126) Aaron Gordon (Orl – PF)
    12. (139) Avery Bradley (Bos – PG,SG)
    13. (150) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Det – SG)

    • JB Gilpin

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      @John: Whoa, Harden fell to 6?!??!!??!?!?

      Interesting Tjones fell that far. I feel like you reached a bit for Mirotic, but I would be fine with Tjones at 78 then Miro at 91, so it all works out.

      A lot of scoring, a lot of good D stats, and hit a lot of my favorite sleepers, nice work! Only concern would maybe be FG%, Dipo and Walker are gonna hurt that

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Been seeing Harden fall to 4-6 in this week’s mock drafts (12team, 9cat). Think combo of KD (positive news flow re injury+contract yr) , LBJ w/o Kyrie early (possibly Klove too). Best one I’ve heard from some comments and totally plausible though I won’t assign a probability aspect to it—-Harden is dating a Kardashian!!! LOL

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Jw: Hahahaha I had no idea about the Kardashian thing, I buy that more than the first two things! Haha

  15. Sam says:
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    Love your work boys! Thanks to you guys I’ve been able to stay champ 2 years in a row, hoping for a third haha
    Wondering if I could get your thoughts on the crew I plan on drafting for a 10man 10-cat league with minutes and DDs (no TOs)

    1st pick – AD
    20 – Gobert
    21 – Bledsoe (or millsap if he’s still on the board)
    40 – Hayward
    41 – Monroe
    60 – RJax
    61 – Walker
    80 – T Jones
    81 – Gallo
    100 – Jarret Jack
    101 – Mirotic
    120 – Myles Turner
    121 – Clarkson

    Because quality bigs can dry up pretty quickly, if Gobert goes earlier than my 20 spot what other bigs would you suggest could help me fill my team? Because of the DD cat, should I consider try going for Drummo or steer clear?
    Cheers

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sam: Thanks man! Oh wow, pressure is on for the three-peat! Nice work!

      Interesting format, I was about to say Monroe feels high with two C early, but man he fits the format so well. Yeah for sure the bigs should go earlier, Gobert at 20 would be nuts! Hope he falls. Sure, yeah Drummond would be fine at 20, since 10 cats make the Ft% drain more swallowable. It may end up being a cat you lose most weeks, but you get a ton of minutes and almost a guaranteed DD every night.

      Good luck this year!

      • Sam says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the advice mate! Given the format would you consider going drummond over millsap, or should I just stick with milly in the early rounds??

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sam: Any time! Hmmm, yeah Millsap projects for fewer minutes IMO too, they’re razor close. You know what, let’s do it, give me Drummond over Millsap in that format

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