The overwhelming success of our fantasy football mock left us little choice but to follow suit for fantasy hoops now that the NBA Draft has come and gone. And let's face it - it's never too early to mock draft. The plan is to have four rounds done by Thursday, and then we'll pick things up again after the July 4 weekend. The participants: Jonathan Tom, esteemed Fantasy Basketball Cafe contributor and winner of the 2007-08 Y! Friends and Family League; a Yahoo! Sports triumvirate of Brandon Funston, Matt Buser, and Matt Romig; Justin Phan, an FBC and fantasybasketball.com contributor; and David Klyce of HoopsKlyce.com (and 2006-07 F&F league champ).
For settings, assume the standard nine categories (FG%, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, TO) and roto scoring format. Individual draft rounds can be found at the following links: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Jason Terry, Dallas G - Round 6, Pick 1. Terry averaged 37 minutes in 34 games as a starter and 28 minutes in 48 games as a sub last season. Regardless though he should end up getting over 30 minutes per game this coming season. Terry is an effective fantasy player on the strength of good shooting percentages and treys. He has upside if Jason Kidd gets hurt which is possible considering the age of Kidd. (Klyce)
Jamal Crawford, New York G - Round 6, Pick 2. Crawford averaged nearly 40 minutes per game last season and on any given night can fill out the stat sheet, with the exception of blocks. He has the potential to average 20 points, 5 assists, and 2 treys per game. The area where he could provide headaches is FG% - he shot 41 percent from the field last season and is a 40 percent shooter for his career. (Klyce)
Andris Biedrins, Golden State C - Round 6, Pick 3. Just the player I was looking for to fall to me here. With a plethora of guards (Wade, Carter, Miller, Johnson) who will set me back a bit in FG% and TO I was looking for an efficient big man here who shot a high % and didn't turn the ball over. FG% and TO are two of Biedrins' three biggest categorical strengths (.628 on 7.1 FGA; 1.1 TO) and he has finished in the top-45 in cumulative value in each of the past two seasons. (Phan)
Mo Williams, Milwaukee PG - Round 6, Pick 4. Sure, taking Josh Howard here would have given me the best overall value, but he really doesn't provide a sizable boost in any one category. In other words he is too roto-oriented for his own good. Assists start to get pretty scarce in the mid-to-late rounds and I sensed that both Mo Williams (especially with Buser picking behind me) and Andre Miller would both be off the board by the end of the 6th round so I had to jump on the opportunity. Williams should approach 8 APG next season playing alongside the likes of Michael Redd, Richard Jefferson, Charlie Villanueva, and Andrew Bogut. (Phan)
Ray Allen, Boston SG - Round 6, Pick 5. We're into the sixth round and I’ve got one three-point threat that is an injury risk in Baron Davis and a pair of guys who step back only on occasion in Andre Iguodala and Brad Miller. So Allen, fifth in the league in 2007-08 with 180 successful treys, is insurance against getting left behind in the category. (Romig)
Al Harrington, Golden State FC - Round 6, Pick 6. Departing gunners Baron Davis and Mickael Pietrus took 525 and 183 three-point attempts respectively. Harrington, who saw his minutes (32:17 to 27:00) and shots (14.2 to 11.4) per game fall precipitously a year ago, figures to benefit from the scoring void. Then again, he could get traded, which would give the enigmatic forward another fresh start before his next fresh start. (Romig)
Josh Howard, Dallas GF - Round 6, Pick 7. Howard regressed a bit overall last season after finishing the 2006-07 season with a rank of 27 (despite missing 12 games). Still, he's increased his scoring average every year as a pro and increased familiarity with Jason Kidd is not likely to be a bad thing. He'll be plugged in at SG alongside Kidd, Granger, Marion, Artest, and Yao. (Buser)
Greg Oden, Portland C - Round 6, Pick 8. I wanted a C here and pick 78 seems like a fine time to select Oden. I'm tempering expectations when it comes to offense, but I do anticipate Oden rebounding and blocking shots at a pretty nice clip in his much-anticipated rookie season. I considered Samuel Dalembert here, as well, but I see Oden having a Dalembert-level fantasy impact with significantly more upside. He and Gasol fill the two C positions for this team while KG, Shard, Jamison, and G-Wall round out the squad. (Buser)
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland PF - Round 6, Pick 9. This team needs a power forward, with LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Monta Ellis, Brandon Roy, and Mike Dunleavy on board so far. Aldridge averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds, a steal and a little over a block after the All-Star break. He also keeps his turnovers down and puts up more than acceptable shooting percentages. (Funston)
Randy Foye, Minnesota G - Round 6, Pick 10. After working his way back from a three month-long battle with a knee injury (stress reaction), Foye flashed a top 30 fantasy game in April, averaging more than 18 points, 5 assists, 2 treys, and a steal. The T-Wolves' point guard has some nice distribution options to work with in new additions Mike Miller and rookie Kevin Love, not to mention Al Jefferson and the offensive-minded Rashad McCants. After drafting Jose Calderon in the second round, the assist category has been completely ignored on this squad. A likely six assists per night from Foye in addition to the rest of his solid all-around game fits well here. (Funston)
Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia C - Round 6, Pick 11. The double teams that Brand is sure to draw will open up a ton of garbage point/rebound opportunities for the Haitian Sensation. Expect Dalembert to flirt with a double-double on a nightly basis while blocking around 2 shots per game. His FG% should rise to roughly .550 as nearly every FGA he gets should be an easy dunk or layup. Also, despite a mirage of injuries, Sam hasn't missed a single game in his last 2 seasons played. (Tom)
Emeka Okafor, Charlotte FC - Round 6, Pick 12. With Larry Brown installed as his new head coach/mentor, expect Okafor to get back to doing what he does best, blocking shots and rebounding. Only one season removed from averaging 14.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks (No. 43 in the Y! game), Okafor is capable of returning to such form at age 25. It's also worth noting that he played in all 82 games last season. (Tom)