Fantasy Basketball Mock Draft

Mike Gallagher
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Mike Gallagher goes over his two-man mock with Jonas Nader

Fantasy Basketball Mock Draft

Mike Gallagher goes over his two-man mock with Jonas Nader

It's always mock season around here, but this time we did it a little differently. Jonas Nader and I did a 12-team mock draft with each of us getting six teams and alternating picks. This is a nine-cat, head-to-head format, so turnovers do play a factor here. Although, the H2H aspect means it's easy to punt on a category.

Basically, these are kind of like our rankings, but we have to factor in fit for each team. Personally, I took the best player available for the first four rounds -- that's usually the way to fly in all drafts. The outcome is a little different from the 10-man draft we did last month (Part 1 here, Part 2 here).

I should also add we did kind of go YOLO style and did favor some buzz guys after the third round. I'll also tie in some analysis from the last draft on guys we took earlier/later than the June draft.

Here we go.

 

Team

Player

Jonas 1

Giannis Antetokounmpo 

Mike 1

Karl-Anthony Towns 

Jonas 2

Kevin Durant 

Mike 2

Stephen Curry 

Jonas 3

Kawhi Leonard 

Mike 3

James Harden 

Jonas 4

Nikola Jokic 

Mike 4

Russell Westbrook 

Jonas 5

Anthony Davis 

10 

Mike 5

Rudy Gobert 

11 

Jonas 6

Jimmy Butler 

12 

Mike 6

John Wall 

Not too much going on here. Jonas took Jokic a little earlier than last time, but that's obviously fine. It's worth mentioning that point guard is slightly deeper now with a few rookies set for big roles while center is easily the thinnest position. Even with Jimmy Butler in the mix, I still have KAT at No. 1. Yeah, his dimes will drop, but he's still a great bet for 24 points with across-the-board output.

Jonas doesn't think Jimmy Butler takes a hit in Minnesota and I don't either. He's a lot like Kawhi where he'll just do so much in the non-scoring departments. Sure, the Wolves will probably be one of the slowest teams in the league, but that's fine. I kind of love Rudy Gobert. Ricky Rubio should really open up Gobert's game, especially after he became one of the best PNR roll men.

We did see Brodie and Harden fall a couple spots. Westbrook probably won't match his ridiculous usage rate from last year, but he could still average a triple-double. Is PG-13 going to give Westy some free boards?

 

Team 

Player 

13 

Mike 1

Chris Paul 

14 

Jonas 1

LeBron James 

15 

Mike 2

Damian Lillard

16 

Jonas 2

Kyrie Irving  

17 

Mike 3

Myles Turner 

18 

Jonas 3

Kristaps Porzingis 

19 

Mike 4

Draymond Green

20 

Jonas 4

DeMarcus Cousins 

21 

Mike 5

Isaiah Thomas 

22 

Jonas 5 

C.J. McCollum 

23 

Mike 6

Kyle Lowry 

24 

Jonas 6

Paul George 

No surprises again. CP3 should get 12-15 minutes without Harden, so expect him to cash in during that time. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he was going to stagger those two, which makes sense. Myles Turner is locked and loaded as a top-20 pick and I actually would take him over LeBron James -- yes, fantasy is weird. PG-13 probably won't fall off a cliff and there's a good chance he can hit 3.0 treys. 

Boogie Cousins fired away from deep with the Pels with 2.1 treys per game in his 17 games. I also thought there was a slight drop off after Myles T.

 

Team

Player

25 

Jonas 1

Hassan Whiteside 

26 

Mike 1

Bradley Beal 

27 

Jonas 2

Kevin Love 

28 

Mike 2

Joel Embiid 

29 

Jonas 3

Klay Thompson 

30 

Mike 3

Blake Griffin 

31 

Jonas 4

Kemba Walker 

32 

Mike 4

Marc Gasol 

33 

Jonas 5

Gordon Hayward 

34 

Mike 5

Victor Oladipo 

35 

Jonas 6

Mike Conley 

36 

Mike 6

Al Horford 

I reached a bit on Bradley Beal, but he was a first-round value in the second half of the season. I'm not worried about that stress fracture in his leg and he should have an even bigger opportunity next season. I also rolled the dice on The Process, which probably hammers home the point that center is really thin this year. Blake and Dipo also saw some big value jumps with the offseason moves, so they're both firm third-round guys.

Hayward went a little earlier than I thought and I probably won't draft #ChinaKlay this season. #ChinaKlay is living his best life, by the way. Anyway, Conley was a bargain and he should be busy in a faster offense. 

 

Team 

Player 

37 

Mike 1

Paul Millsap 

38 

Jonas 1

Khris Middleton 

39 

Mike 2

Brook Lopez 

40 

Jonas 2

D'Angelo Russell 

41 

Mike 3

Ricky Rubio 

42 

Jonas 3

Eric Bledsoe 

43 

Mike 4

Goran Dragic 

44 

Jonas 4

Jrue Holiday 

45 

Mike 5

Nikola Vucevic 

46 

Jonas 5 

Markelle Fultz 

47 

Mike 6

Marquese Chriss 

48 

Jonas 6

Jeff Teague 

Millsap was a fairly big letdown last year, but the up-tempo Denver offense should get him going again. We had a little PG run in the middle of this round with DAR kicking it off. The Nets are probably going to be a fantasy factory this year, so it wouldn't be crazy to see DAR be a top-20 guy.

I'm kind of all in on Marquese Chriss. He's going to play some center and he'll likely get 30-33 minutes, assuming he keeps his fouls down. I thought Fultz was a little early, but he should add some defensive stats in Brett Brown's fantasy-friendly system. 

 

Team

Player

49 

Jonas 1

Avery Bradley 

50 

Mike 1

Aaron Gordon 

51 

Jonas 2

Nicolas Batum 

52 

Mike 2

Jamal Murray 

53 

Jonas 3

Robert Covington 

54 

Mike 3

Serge Ibaka 

55 

Jonas 4

Otto Porter 

56 

Mike 4

Lonzo Ball 

57 

Jonas 5

Jusuf Nurkic 

58 

Mike 5

Ben Simmons 

59 

Jonas 6

DeAndre Jordan 

60 

Mike 6

Andre Drummond 

The top of this round had a lot of solid players. Bradley could seriously be a top-15 player in Detroit -- he has to stay healthy after that Achilles injury, though.

I always have a "guy" for every season. Luckily, my "guy" has been Draymond Green, C.J. McCollum and Myles Turner for the last three years for their breakouts. This year, I'm pretty sure it's going to be Jamal Murray. Coach Mike Malone said he wanted to play him late last year in the thick of a playoff race, so he should be the man. Plus, president Tim Connelly said he drew a line on trade talks when teams asked about the Blue Arrow.

Porter was a really good value even though he wasn't lighting it up late in the season. I went Triple B after that, but I would probably rather have Dennis Smith Jr. over Lonzo after Sunday (more below). As bad as Serge has been, his game is just so fantasy friendly, so he almost has to hit value at 54.

My last two teams are going to punt for field goal percentage (5) and free throw percentage (6).

 

Team 

Player 

61 

Mike 1

Clint Capela

62 

Jonas 1

Nerlens Noel 

63

Mike 2

Dennis Smith Jr. 

64 

Jonas 2

Gary Harris 

65 

Mike 3

Tobias Harris

66 

Jonas 3

DeMar DeRozan 

67 

Mike 4

Trevor Ariza 

68 

Jonas 4

LaMarcus Aldridge 

69 

Mike 5

Devin Booker 

70 

Jonas 5 

Gorgui Dieng 

71 

Mike 6

Carmelo Anthony 

72 

Jonas 6

Andrew Wiggins 

I picked DSJ before Sunday's gem, so I would probably move him up like 10 spots. He's incredible and I don't think the Mavs will be dead last in pace again. Someone had to take DeMar DeRozan and you could say the same thing for LaMarcus Aldridge. Besides my DSJ pick, it's a fairly unsexy round. I probably wont be drafting Dieng this year, especially with how much coach Tom Thibodeau loves Taj Gibson. 

 

Team

Player

73 

Jonas 1

Willy Hernangomez 

74 

Mike 1

Taurean Prince 

75 

Jonas 2

Marcin Gortat 

76 

Mike 2

Richaun Holmes 

77 

Jonas 3

Jae Crowder 

78 

Mike 3

Seth Curry 

79 

Jonas 4

Danilo Gallinari 

80 

Mike 4

Dennis Schroder 

81 

Jonas 5

Harrison Barnes 

82 

Mike 5

Jeremy Lin 

83 

Jonas 6

George Hill 

84 

Mike 6

Tim Hardaway Jr. 

If you go with The Process, you have to draft Holmes. If TTP does get hurt, Holmes should wind up being a top-50 guy in the games he misses. Taurean Prince hasn't quite lit it up in summer league, but he should be all set for huge minutes regardless. By the way, DeAndre Bembry and John Collins are killing it in Vegas.

Jae Crowder slipped a little, but that makes sense. He should still get plenty of minutes at the four and Avery Bradley heading to Detroit helps Crowder because guys like Jaylen Brown will play the two. I was pretty happy to get Lin where I did. Yeah, he was hurt last year, but don't forget the Nets played Brook Lopez for 75 games. If he's healthy, he'll play a bunch in a great system.

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