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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 contributor; and David Klyce of (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, and 4.

Mehmet Okur, Utah FC, Round 5, Pick 1. Don't let Okur's 07-08 line fool you - the man may very have played the best basketball of his six-year career last season. Early on, Okur was heavily restricted by lingering injuries. He entered the season playing on damaged cartilage in his right foot (injured during international play). Then in mid December he suffered a strained trapezius in his left shoulder, causing him to miss seven consecutive games. It wasn't until after the All-Star break that Okur regained a full bill of health. His post break numbers of roughly 17 PTS, 2 3PTMS, 10 RBS, 2 ASTS, 1 STL, .480 FG%, .800 FT% and 1 TO were impeccable. Expect him to resume those numbers at a slightly less efficient pace while reclaiming his spot in the Y! top 50 (44 in 06-07, 38 in 05-06) next season. (Tom)

Andrew Bynum, LA Lakers C - Round 5, Pick 2. Andrew was well on his way to fantasy superstardom before his dream season got derailed. In the 20 games just prior to his knee injury, Bynum posted 14.7 PTS, 10.1 RBS, 2.1 ASTS, 2.6 BLKS, .667 FG%, .710 FT%, and 1.6 TO's. Hypothetically, had he been able to finish the season at or around that pace, we would be talking about a late 1st- early 2nd round value right now. But of course he didn't, and now we're just stuck speculating about how good the kid really is. The presence of Gasol may chip into his point total just a bit, but everything else about that 20 game sample figures to be well within reach for the 21 year old. (Tom)

Kevin Durant, Seattle GF - Round 5, Pick 3. Durant couldn't be happier to join good friend Michael Beasley on this fictitious squad. And after pushing for enrollment in his rookie season, Durant should bring with him membership in the 1-steal/1-trey/1-block club. Durant should also offer an improved FG% (.430), as his .476 mark after the All-Star break suggests. After finishing No. 63 in the Y! game last season, I expect him to make the improvements needed to move his roto game inside the top 50. (Funston)

Mike Dunleavy, Indiana GF - Round 5, Pick 4. This isn't a sexy pick, but at some point you have to acknowledge what this guy did last season. In finishing as the No. 21 player in the Y! game, Dunleavy contributed positively in all but REB, BLK and TO, and his negative impact in those three categories were negligible. In particular, Dunleavy offers needed three-point contribution (2.0 3pg), and his .834 mark at the foul line provides some more help to offset LeBron James' impact there - once you draft LBJ, FT% has to be a consideration for every other player you draft. (Funston)

Gerald Wallace, Charlotte F - Round 5, Pick 5. I simply couldn't let "Crash" slip by here, despite his penchant for living up to his nickname and nd thus spending time on the inactive list. He's averaged 57 games played during his seven NBA seasons, but his per-game numbers over the past three seasons have been phenomenal, including 19.4 points, 1.2 threes, 6 boards, 3.5 assists, 2.1 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 62 games last season. G-Wall's tantalizing fantasy potential is absolutely worth adding at this point in the draft, even if he's going in a UTIL spot for this team (KG, Shard, Gasol, and Jamison). (Buser)

Ron Artest, Sacramento F - Round 5, Pick 6. I can't keep track of whether or not Artest is currently happy or sad that he didn't opt out of the final season of his contract with the Kings - but what isn't unclear is that he fills it up when he's on the court. He averaged 20.5 points, 1.5 threes, 5.8 boards, 3.5 assists, 2.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 2007-08, leading to a per-game rank of 30. I don't anticipate a significant drop-off in his numbers, regardless of where he plays, and he fits in nicely with Marion, Granger, Yao, and Kidd. (Buser)

Peja Stojakovic, New Orleans SG - Round 5, Pick 7. Having drafted some well-rounded fantasy guys (Nowitzki, Pierce, Rasheed) I can afford this one-dimensional addition in the fifth round. Stojakovic does one thing well and as a spot-up shooter is in a great place with Chris Paul distributing the ball. Only Jason Richardson made more 3s than Peja's 243 last year and given his complete lack of interest in any other facet of the game, that figure seems repeatable. (Romig)

Brad Miller, Sacramento C - Round 5, Pick 8. Miller slumped horribly in 2006-07 but rebounded nicely a year ago to re-establish himself as a reliable top 10 fantasy center. Chuck that down year aside and he's been good for 13-15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block for going on a half a decade now. The commentors are clamoring for Greg Oden, but at least one team is out of the running as Miller joins Elton Brand (and Baron, Iguodala and Odom) on Team Romig II. (Romig)

Tyson Chandler, New Orleans C - Round 5, Pick 9. With a solid foundation of Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups, Rudy Gay, and David West, it is time to start addressing my team's positional and categorical needs. I needed a big man who would give me boosts in REB, BLK, and FG%, so who better than Tyson Chandler? The Ceiling Fan Repairman put up top-5 production under those categories last season and has played an average of 78 games over the past 4 seasons. Last season 33% of his FGA came from dunks, and you can fully expect him to continue terrorizing the rim with Chris Paul locked up for at least 3 more seasons in N'awlins. (Phan)

Mike Miller, Minnesota GF - Round 5, Pick 10. I've got another player in mind who we'll call "Slava Medvedenko" (take special note Klyce) that I'm hoping will fall me to next round. Even though Mike Miller isn't the best fit for my team positionally, I just can't pass up such good value here with Miller on his way to Minnesota. He should step in as the starting SG and will be able to stretch defenses and stroke treys at will playing alongside the potent interior duo of Al Jefferson and Kevin Love. I have no doubt that he'll be able to at least match his 2006-2007 production of 18.5 points and 2.9 three-pointers made a game which put him 41st in per-game value. Prison Mike joins cellmates Camby, Wade, Carter, and Johnson. (Phan)

Devin Harris, New Jersey PG - Round 5, Pick 11. By trading Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson, the Nets have gone into a rebuilding mode with Devin Harris as a cornerstone guy. With the Nets last season, Harris' field goal attempts jumped up to 12 per game and that should increase next season along with his assist totals - expect over 7 assists per game. (Klyce)

Stephen Jackson, Golden State GF - Round 5, Pick 12. Jackson is coming off of a career season where he averaged over 20 points per game for the first time. The departure of Baron Davis opens up more opportunity in the back court (although now Golden State is a major free agent player). Jackson will provide plenty of treys and some steals and assists. (Klyce)

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