H2H Guide: Team Building

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H2h is all about maximizing your strengths while limiting your weakness to very specific areas, and the draft should dictate your strategy, not a rankings list. Of course when I talk about "weaknesses" in h2h, it's a reference to the "punting" of categories. It's a completely viable strategy in h2h, and some would argue that it's silly not to punt at least one category. Ignoring any one category alters the dynamic of player values tremendously and produces a new ranking algorithm, one that is unique to you... and whoever else happens to be employing the same punt strategy. That's another thing to consider: there are nine statistical categories and twelve managers in most leagues, meaning there may be some crossing of the streams, strategically speaking. With that in mind, identify your targets and their potential draft slot early on. While you should absolutely stay cognizant of average draft position numbers and overall impact, don't be afraid to reach a bit for the best player as defined by your specific team concept.

Another thing to consider is the whims of the NBA schedule, during the h2h playoffs in particular. While it shouldn't completely alter your view of players, it's worth noting that the Pacers have 12 games scheduled for Yahoo!'s default h2h playoff weeks (21, 22, 23), while the Magic have nine. Here's a complete rundown:

12 games: BOS, IND, NJN, PHO, SAC, WAS
9 games: DET, LAL, MIN, NOR, ORL

There aren't many things more frustrating than steamrolling your way through a h2h regular season only to lose your first-round playoff matchup because some extra games for the opposition meant a win of the "quantity over quality" variety. Two things to keep in mind: planning for the playoffs does you no good if you don't actually make the playoffs, so this isn't paramount in the season's early going and shouldn't influence your draft from top to bottom; and a well-executed transaction or two (add/drop, trade) can help address potential problems on the horizon fairly quickly.

Now that we've got some of the basics out of the way, let's deal with specific team strategies. This is a good time to throw this wrinkle in: when it comes to h2h, I generally ignore turnovers for the most part. It's a category that tends to be decided as much by the number of player games than the quality of the players in the matchup, so it's easy to over-emphasize it. You'll notice that I did not say that I ignore turnovers completely. What I do is note that a player like Corey Maggette(notes) averages about as many as Gerald Wallace(notes) - in relation to their overall lines, Maggette's turnovers are much "worse" and he gets de-valued accordingly.

The first team strategy is the balanced approach. Do you have to punt a category? Of course not. If you execute a good draft strategy while taking the balanced approach, then you will place well in the standings. You'll be handed a categorical win or two almost automatically when you match up with someone that is punting, and the simple fact remains that you give yourself a better chance of at least competing anywhere you don't punt, whether it's one or nine categories. Another simple fact: when it comes to winning a counting-stat category within a matchup, it's no more or less of a win if the difference is 20 or one. In the balanced approach, you draft the best available players early, maximize value throughout, and limit weaknesses overall. That's not so different than how you approach a roto draft, and in this case a standard draft sheet can be useful for h2h purposes. There are plenty of first-round picks for which this approach has merit, with Dwight Howard(notes) being a notable exception. In particular, you'll want to avoid the players with major negative impacts on FG%, FT%, and turnovers, relative to the rest of their overall production.

The next and most widely-known approach is one where you ignore FT%, and this is of course most commonly associated with Dwight Howard. An average of 2.6 fantasy managers post "looks like someone's punting FT%" within a few seconds of Howard being selected in drafts. What makes it even trickier is that everyone also knows the major targets, and often times are quite fond of them. LeBron James(notes) owners may also consider the same course of action so there can be some serious sniping if the two teams are just a few picks apart. The pivotal players in this strategy include:

r2: Josh Smith(notes) (16.9) - where you draft in r1 affects your odds of landing Smith, who won't make it past the early stages of Round 2 in many h2h drafts
r2: Rajon Rondo(notes) (17.3) - arguably the ideal pairing for Howard, given his massive assists and steals totals, but he can go early in r2 as well; sets up a need for scoring and threes moving forward
r2: Jason Kidd(notes) (17.3) - low-volume offense renders his percentages largely moot, and it's those threes, assists, and steals that fit so well; target scoring in Round 3
r2: Andre Iguodala(notes) (22.7) - his FG% should rebound a bit under Doug Collins, but he's something of the fall-back option of you can't land Smith, Rondo, or Kidd
r3: Al Jefferson(notes) (26.3) - career 69% FT and should set a career-high in FG% this season
r3: Monta Ellis(notes) (28.6) - historically gets a major boost when you ignore FT% and TO, but there's some uncertainly with Ellis specifically now that Nellie is gone
r3: Nene Hilario(notes) (34.3) - adds to the big-man stats while also providing needed steals; very efficient production
r4: Marc Gasol(notes) (40.6) - the ideal big man if you opt for Ellis in r3; career 56% FG and 70% FT
r5: Andrew Bogut(notes) (50.7) - adventurous types can move him up a bit if his elbow looks better than expected in camp; career 60%
r5: Antawn Jamison(notes) (53.3) - last season's 65% may prove to be an anomaly, but his career mark is still only 73%
r6: Trevor Ariza(notes) (61.6) - an ideal mid-round target if you go with bigs early; his FG% will rebound, and the steals and threes address two major areas of weakness
r6: Paul Millsap(notes) (68.7) - he's a universal target, but worth noting his career mark of 69%
r8: Blake Griffin(notes) (86.0) - career 59% in college, so ideal for this scenario, but he's popular across the board
r8: Lamar Odom(notes) (94.1) - moving up draft boards due to Bynum's shaky health; a value pick here because of a versatile line and career 70% mark
r9: Emeka Okafor(notes) (101.4) - one of the reasons you can opt for bigs later; his non-FT% numbers should rebound this season
r9: Tony Parker(notes) (101.6) - a very solid target if you land Ariza earlier, but you'll still more need threes and steals elsewhere
r9: Andris Biedrins(notes) (102.0) - becomes a must-draft in this strategy now that Nellie is out of town; career per-30s of 10 points, 10 boards, and 1.6 blocks
r9: Mike Conley(notes) (106.1) - Conley is the upside pick among the PGs at this stage and FT% has never been a strong suit
r9: Anderson Varejao(notes) (106.6) - career 60%; legitimate shot at starter's minutes for the first time in his career
r10: J.J. Hickson(notes) (119.0) - career 68%; should approximate Griffin's numbers with a two-round discount
r11: Terrence Williams(notes) (127.2) - could provide some assists, but you are gambling on the FG% improving
r12: Tiago Splitter(notes) (135.3) - his FT% was typically in the mid-60s during his European career
r13: Ronnie Brewer(notes) (155.6) - career 52% FG and 71% FT; good late source of steals, even if he's not getting starter's minutes (career average of 1.5 in 26 minutes)
n/a: Spencer Hawes(notes) (161.6) - you can't argue with the price and he'll at least get the chance to play regularly; career 47/31/67 percentages
n/a: Ben Wallace(notes) (165.3) - you have to account for his net drag on offense, but he'll produce in this strategy if he can get at least 25 minutes
n/a: Shaquille O'Neal(notes) (177.0) - gets a mention, but he's an end-game option at best in a platoon with Jermaine O'Neal(notes)

Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo
Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor

Players to avoid (some combination of a positive FT% and negative FG% impact): Steve Nash(notes), Chauncey Billups(notes), Manu Ginobili(notes), David West(notes), Paul Pierce(notes), Kevin Martin(notes), Mo Williams(notes), Ray Allen(notes), Caron Butler(notes), Vince Carter(notes), Jason Terry(notes), Jamal Crawford(notes), Corey Maggette, Rodney Stuckey(notes), Ben Gordon(notes), Leandro Barbosa(notes)

If you come away with Danny Granger(notes) in the first round, one of the first options you should consider is ignoring FG%. He's technically coming off a career-low 43 percent, it's never been a strong suit (career 45%) and he's a high-volume shooter. You highlight FT% moving forward and load up on the counting stats all over. A whole new world of PGs immediately open up for you - Jason Kidd and Chauncey Billups are your r2 targets, and Russell Westbrook(notes) (r4), Aaron Brooks(notes) (r5), Baron Davis(notes) (r5), Raymond Felton(notes) (r5) Gilbert Arenas(notes) (r6), Devin Harris(notes) (r6), Brandon Jennings(notes) (r6), and John Wall(notes) (r7) all are upgraded, so don't be afraid to get in a little early shore up the position. Other notables:

r3: Andrea Bargnani(notes) (32.1) - while many of Bargnani's numbers are likely to rise this coming season, FG% won't be among them
r3: Troy Murphy(notes) (33.4) - neither percentages are much of a factor in Murph's impact, boards and threes are
r4: Rudy Gay(notes) (43.6) - Gay tends to be just under the league average in FG%, and his strengths (points, boards, steals, blocks) complement a PG-heavy lineup well
r4: Kevin Love(notes) (44.7) - an ideal big for this strategy (career 45% FG); he's poised to make a serious impact this coming season
r5: Marcus Camby(notes) (48.4) - Camby's attempts are so low that his FG% is not much of a positive; his boards and blocks can address major weaknesses at this stage
r5: Kevin Martin (50.7) - 43% over the past three seasons, so he's a fit here even if he does improve
r5: Stephen Jackson(notes) (50.7) - one of the obvious upgrades and plenty of help in counting stats
r6: Anthony Randolph(notes) (65.7) - there's a good chance you'll be looking for boards and blocks at this stage and his FG% figures to be just okay
r6: Channing Frye(notes) (70.3) - should thrive as the starting PF and offers threes, boards, steals, and blocks
r7: Hedo Turkoglu(notes) (72.4) - he may be redundant if you load up on PG, but should at least be noted (career 43%)
r7: Caron Butler (74.1) - the FT% should rebound and he's primed to perform in a contract year
r7: Rashard Lewis(notes) (75.0) - an excellent target if you find yourself short on threes at this stage, but his numbers are down all over
r8: Lamar Odom (94.1) - his percentages don't impact his line much, and those boards and occasional defensive stats sure do come in handy
r9: Al Harrington(notes) (99.1) - the lack of boards and blocks from a C-eligible player can set back the cause, so draft carefully
r11: Ben Gordon (130.9) - he'll still come off the bench but won't be as bad as last season, so this could be a substantial discount
r12: Shane Battier(notes) (143.1) - bargain-basement source of threes, steals, and blocks, but you need to have offense covered elsewhere
r13: Francisco Garcia(notes) (155.4) - don't be surprised if he's the Kings' starting SF and delivers good threes, steals, and blocks
n/a: Travis Outlaw(notes) (165.8) - a no-risk pick with great potential if he can hold down a starting gig
n/a: Tyler Hansbrough(notes) (173.6) - lots of per-minute production last season and a terrible FG%; will make a notable impact in this strategy if he can stay on the court
n/a: Tracy McGrady(notes) (180.5) - this is the ideal punt strategy for T-Mac, but the minutes will be very hard to come by

Kevin Martin
Kevin Martin
Al Harrington
Al Harrington

Players to avoid (some combination of a high FG% and a low FT%): Rajon Rondo, Al Jefferson, Carlos Boozer(notes), Nene Hilario, Marc Gasol, Andrew Bogut, Paul Millsap, Blake Griffin, Emeka Okafor, Andris Biedrins, Anderson Varejao, J.J. Hickson, Ronnie Brewer

If your first round pick ends up as Dirk Nowitzki(notes), Pau Gasol(notes), David Lee(notes), or Amar'e Stoudemire(notes), then you may want to consider ignoring threes when building your team. Plenty of big men get an upgrade here, as do efficient players in general, and a number of point guards and swingmen are downgraded. The featured players include:

r2: Brook Lopez(notes) (16.6) - steady production and good percentages, although he takes a sizable hit if his team acquires Carmelo
r2: Rajon Rondo (17.3) - his FT% is a bit of a drag, but many of the other targets can help make up for it and he fills it up elsewhere in this scenario
r2: Chris Bosh(notes) (22.4) - should take efficiency to a new level in Miami
r3: Al Horford(notes) (26.0) - Dirk-Rondo-Horford is quite a formidable trio within this strategy, as is Dirk-Bosh-Horford
r3: David West (31.0) - a great second option if Horford doesn't make it to you in r3
r3: Tyreke Evans(notes) (33.0) - his ADP renders the upgrade moot, as he'll get reached for regardless
r3: Tim Duncan(notes) (34.0) - old reliable has ramped up the AST:TO, but you've got to be wary of his getting rested over the course of the season
r4: Russell Westbrook (41.6) - as with Evans, even getting value in this strategy is a lot to ask because of his ADP
r4: Derrick Rose(notes) (42.3) - Rose completes the trifecta of young PGs that are a good fit but widely-targeted
r5: Marcus Camby (48.4) - ignoring any offensive category makes him all the more valuable and you aren't likely to have many blocks to this point
r5: Joakim Noah(notes) (48.9) - his efficiency should only increase with Boozer demanding defensive attention
r5: LaMarcus Aldridge(notes) (57.9) - your Bosh/Horford/West-like pick if you manage to draft a few guards early
r6: Kevin Garnett(notes) (64.4) - KG is falling in drafts this season, but this is one strategy where he'll deliver, even if he continues to get his regular season rest
r6: Anthony Randolph (65.7) - has a chance to be among the standouts in combined boards, steals, and blocks
r7: Caron Butler (74.1) - threes have largely been removed from his line, but solid percentages and plenty of steals should be on display this coming season
r7: Luis Scola(notes) (78.3) - this ADP doesn't leave much downside from his career year now that Yao is back
r8: Tyrus Thomas(notes) (92.4) - your foundation will likely be able to absorb his inefficiencies and need the steals and blocks
r8: Carl Landry(notes) (94.0) - the poor man's David West, meaning he's a good fit
r9: Andre Miller(notes) (98.9) - you may have to target Miller if you miss out on the youngsters, so be wary of how PGs are coming off the board
r9: Corey Maggette (100.0) - solid scoring and percentages if you concentrated on defensive stats over the past few rounds
r9: Tony Parker (101.6) - Miller and Parker are the obvious later targets at PG
r9: JaVale McGee(notes) (106.0) - one of the better ways to address blocks in the later rounds
r11: Terrence Williams (127.2) - a gamble when it comes to percentages, but he could provide some needed assists late
r12: Amir Johnson(notes) (140.9) - will surprise and block a lot of shots if he can avoid foul trouble for the first time in his career
r13: Ronnie Brewer (155.6) - late-round target of choice if you need steals at this point

Al Horford
Al Horford
Tyrus Thomas
Tyrus Thomas

One of the least-pursued strategies has to be ignoring points, but it's legit now that points are no longer used to decide playoff tie-breakers. It's unique and is not an easy strategy to execute, however, as you will largely depart from conventional wisdom to make it work, so you've got to be feeling bold. One thing to note is that you'll end up with very low turnovers in this strategy and, given that a number of bigs that get an upgrade here, you'll almost certainly want to ignore FT% (and not turnovers) as a second category.

Ideally you have the last pick in r1 so that you can set up your initial pairing - you want to draft some combination of Josh Smith, Jason Kidd, and Rajon Rondo. Picking at the turn moving forward then gives you your players in pairs and sets up your reaches as team needs dictate. You will end up sniping at least a few of Dwight Howard and LeBron James' owner's targets, because you will value them competely differently within the punt points strategy.

Marcus Camby
Marcus Camby

Marcus Camby and Andris Biedrins are two must-drafts. Let's say your first six rounds consist of Smith, Kidd, Nene, Camby, Frye, and Kirilenko - that core represents a lot of steals, blocks, boards, and assists, a reasonable start in threes, FG%, and turnovers, and a poor FT%. Over the remainder of the draft, you target low-scoring bigs with a high FG% and low FT% (Dalembert, Okafor, Biedrins, Oden, McGee, Varejao, Amir Johnson, Serge Ibaka(notes)) and target low-scoring sources of threes-plus-steals-plus-blocks (Batum, Battier, Francisco Garcia, Dorell Wright(notes), Jamario Moon(notes)). And don't forget to get another PG or two to cover assists - with points ignored, later options like Beno Udrih(notes), Jose Calderon(notes), and Luke Ridnour(notes) should cover you with Kidd and/or Rondo already on board. Lamar Odom, Mike Miller(notes), and Boris Diaw(notes) can provide non-traditional assists, as well. Swap out Smith for Rondo in that initial pair and steals and assists are stronger, while you'll need to pay a bit more attention to FG%, blocks, and limiting turnovers the rest of the way.

And save that last pick for Ben Wallace, who gets the biggest upgrade overall. Ignore last season's averages of 5.5 points and 41% FT and he delivered a top-15 per-game impact in 29 minutes (54% FG, 8.7 boards, 1.3 steals, 1.2 blocks, 1.5 assists, 0.9 turnovers). Players like Chris Andersen(notes) and Ronny Turiaf(notes) can also deliver a surprisingly substantial impact in this strategy with consistent playing time.

A number of first-round players, including the No.1 overall pick, leave the door open for ignoring assists. Durant, Dirk, Granger, Gasol, David Lee, and Amar'e are all reasonable foundations for this strategy. (One way to get things started is to come away with two of Gasol, Lee, and Amar'e if you pick at the end of r1.) A few things to note right off the bat: your options at PG become very specialized, plenty of bigs and offensive-minded wings get a general upgrade, and the "other" stats that tend to come via PGs (FT%, 3PM, STL) are need to be the most closely monitored. And what you are likely to find at the end of your draft in this particular strategy is that you are lacking in blocks but better than most at limiting turnovers.

Those targets at PG come in the mid-to-late rounds and include: Jason Terry (r7), Jamal Crawford (r7), Leandro Barbosa (r10), George Hill(notes) (r11), D.J. Augustin(notes) (r11), Louis Williams(notes) (r12), and Rodrigue Beaubois(notes) (r13). Other players that should be a focus:

r2: Carmelo Anthony(notes) (16.4) - not really an upgrade to speak of, but his AST:TO is always around 1.0 and the scoring and FT% come in very handy further down the line
r2: Brook Lopez (16.6) - you want good percentages from your bigs, and you'll get them here
r2: Chris Bosh (22.4) - may actually see an uptick in assists this season, but it's the percentages that you are after
r3: Andrea Bargnani (32.1) - his assist rates are terrible and his combo of threes, blocks, and FT% make him a very solid target
r3: Troy Murphy (33.4) - low-impact percentages, high-impact threes and boards
r4: Zach Randolph(notes) (40.4) - good percentages, AST:TO around 1.0, and plenty of scoring and boards
r4: Danilo Gallinari(notes) (48.1) - he's one of the league's best snipers and should also be a sneaky-good source of steals and blocks; career 83% FT
r4: Marcus Camby (48.4) - again, he gets an upgrade because we're eliminating an offensive category and his blocks can be a real key relative to other targets
r5: Kevin Martin (50.7) - only buy in here if you think his FG% is due for a rebound; what is not in question is whether he'll be an elite source of FT%
r5: Jason Richardson(notes) (51.4) - he's going to be on the receiving end of a ton of passes this season
r5: Antawn Jamison (53.3) - all the Cavs are going to ask him to do is score.. okay, and grab a few boards
r6: Marcus Thornton(notes) (69.4) - he has a bit more competition for minutes these days, but his superlative offensive skills should keep him ahead of the pack
r6: Channing Frye (70.3) - an ideal target if you don't want to pay the premium on Gallinari
r7: Rashard Lewis (75.0) - I'm not thrilled with the pick either, but historically he's a good fit for this strategy
r7: Samuel Dalembert(notes) (80.7) - you'd have to work pretty hard to accumulate fewer assists than Sammy D manages to; his low-impact FT% also helps him in this strategy
r8: Yao Ming(notes) (89.6) - Yao's AST:TO has never been very good and he's been over 85% FT in four straight seasons; the roll of the dice makes as much sense in this strategy as any
r8: Carl Landry (94.0) - he's much better at creating offense for himself than others; career 56% FG, 79% FT
r9: Corey Maggette (100.0) - big-time FT% help in the later rounds and some scoring if you are heavy on specialists
r9: Anthony Morrow(notes) (100.3) - career 47/46/88 percentages; the scope of his role is yet to be determined, but we know he won't be asked to facilitate for others
r9: Robin Lopez(notes) (101.1) - has 15 assists in 1600 career minutes(!); great FG%, no-impact FT%, and in a great spot to produce this season if he can stay healthy
r9: JaVale McGee (106.0) - his anemic FT% doesn't exactly fit the mold here, but those blocks will be very useful
r9: Nicolas Batum(notes) (107.9) - 50/40/84 percentages as a starter last season (1.7 3PM, 0.8 STL, 0.8 BLK), just needs a few more consistent minutes to really shine
r12: Serge Ibaka (135.6) - a late-round blocks specialist could really come in handy
r12: Charlie Villanueva(notes) (138.6) - no grand expectations here given the depth chart mess, but this is one strategy where it makes sense to grab Charlie V and see
r12: Amir Johnson (140.9) - a pretty good idea to plan on taking either Ibaka or Amir late

Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez
Jason Richardson
Jason Richardson
Robin Lopez
Robin Lopez

It's not hard to see the logic behind ignoring steals, given that the elite-level numbers are concentrated among a few select players. It's not unusual to end up scrambling to fill the category once you get halfway through a draft, and you can really end up limiting yourself elsewhere in an attempt to prop up your steals numbers. Bigs get an almost-universal upgrade here - including potential first rounders in Dirk, Gasol, D.Lee, and Amar'e - with the notable exceptions being Nene Hilario and Marcus Camby. Keep in mind that a lot of players average right around 1.0 per game, so there are plenty that neither gain nor lose value when you are ignoring steals, and you can technically end up being better than terrible even if you ignore the big numbers throughout. Non-bigs that do get a bump up within this strategy:

r2: Steve Nash (22.1) - the ideal r2 pick in this strategy if you don't opt for two bigs out of the gate; you may want to plan on Nash, period, given that so many FC types are gaining value here
r3: Andrea Bargnani (32.1) - this non-traditional big gets a mention because his steals totals are so anemic (0.3 in 35 minutes last season) that he gets as big of an upgrade as any other player within the strategy
r4: Derrick Rose (42.3) - gets an upgrade, but once again this ADP more than makes up for the difference
r4: Mo Williams (44.9) - at that 1.0 threshold where he's not great or terrible, but his offense should improve and the steals aren't likely to
r5: Jason Richardson (51.4) - his steals should continue a downward trend, even if his offense is due for an uptick
r5: Aaron Brooks (54.4) - take Brooks a round after someone else reaches for Rose
r6: Ray Allen (69.0) - efficient offensive types get an upgrade, and Allen is the prototype; a definite bargain within this particular strategy
r7: Hedo Turkoglu (72.7) - I'm on board with his being due for a solid rebound season, even more so if we are ignoring his low steals totals
r7: Jamal Crawford (81.1) - his teammates worry about the defense, while his responsibilities are all on the offensive side of the ball
r9: Vince Carter (98.3) - absolutely worth taking the chance at this price and in this strategy
r9: Corey Maggette (100.0) - he's topped 0.9 steals just twice in his career
r9: Tony Parker (101.6) - just 0.5 steals last season, and it's not a strength even when he's at his best
r9: Mike Miller (105.0) - career 0.7 steals in 32 minutes; he'll have a steady role for the Heat
r10: Jose Calderon (108.0) - can produce a few numbers in a reserve role, but steals is not one of them
r13: Tayshaun Prince(notes) (152.3) - a boring pick and the depth chart is packed, but he's useful in this strategy (career mark of 0.6 in 33 minutes)

Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani
Hedo Turkoglu
Hedo Turkoglu

There are a number of players that set a solid base for a team that ignores blocks, and they include Chris Paul(notes), Kobe Bryant(notes), Stephen Curry(notes), Deron Williams(notes), and David Lee. Much like steals, the elite levels of blocks tend to be concentrated within a handful of players, and you can shortchange your team elsewhere while trying to account for this single-category hole at various stages of the draft. Obviously most guards and wings are going to get an upgrade here but, since you are still looking to be competitive in both FG% and boards, it's a select number of big men that make or break the execution (with D.Lee setting the example). They include:

r2: Chris Bosh (22.4) - may seem a bit nonsensical but hasn't blocked more than 1.0 in three seasons and will have plenty of competition; something of a hold steady in value, and it's other numbers that you are after
r3: Carlos Boozer (27.6) - has averaged 19.9 points, 55% FG, 11 boards, and 0.4 blocks over the past four seasons
r3: David West (31.0) - roughly average in blocks (0.8 career) but the rest of his numbers are what carry his fantasy value
r3: Troy Murphy (33.4) - has averaged 47% FG, 2 threes, 11 boards, and 0.5 blocks over the past two seasons
r4: Zach Randolph (40.4) - has averaged 20 points, 47% FG, 10.1 boards, and 0.3 blocks over the past seven seasons
r4: Darren Collison(notes) (41.6) - that's correct, he's not a big; he's here to remind you that you should keep FG% in mind throughout the entire draft in this strategy (48/43/85 percentages in 37 starts last season)
r4: Kevin Love (44.7) - career per-36s include 16.7 points, 13.3 boards, and 0.7 blocks
r5: LaMarcus Aldridge (57.9) - boards were up (8) and blocks were down (0.6) last season, and the efficient offense remains unchanged
r7: Luis Scola (78.3) - this ADP doesn't leave much leeway alongside Yao and Brad Miller(notes), but it's undeniable that he's a good fit in this strategy (career 52% FG, 7.9 boards, 0.2 blocks)
r8: Lamar Odom (94.1) - a good later target for boards if you get sniped on one too many of the early picks
r9: Anderson Varejao (106.6) - doesn't specifically gain value in the strategy, but he's a great pick for FG% and boards at this stage
r10: J.J. Hickson (119.0) - good value this late and his major contributions will be boards and FG%
r10: Drew Gooden(notes) (119.6) - an ideal later target for solid boards and percentages

Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer

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