2011-12 Damn Mock I: Second Round

The Damn Lies & Statistics 2011-12 Mock Draft continues with round two. You know you love it.

The rules: Jeff, Tom and Greg are taking four teams each in this 12-team league, which is a nine-category rotisserie league (FG%, FT%, PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, TO) that will draft the following: 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 SF, 1 PF, 2 C, 1 F, 1 G, 2 U. We’ll be building each team ourselves based on this format. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to mock us in the Comments.

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DAMN MOCK I: SECOND ROUND

13. Team 12 (Tom) – Josh Smith – After taking Dirk in the first round, I have a little FT% wiggle room and a need for some defense, assists and more rebounds. I’ll opt to kill two birds with one stone here and pick up one of the league’s best all-around defenders and someone who can pull in 8-plus boards per game. As a plus, Smith did shoot a career-best 72.5% from the free-throw line and actually made 0.7 threes per game last season, so it’s not as if he’s completely deficient in those categories. I now have my Franklin and Bash.

14. Team 11 (Jeff) – Dwight Howard – Yeah, I’ve heard all the knocks on Howard in roto formats. But this is a big boy league, and if you are ducking a player in the second round who averages 22 points, 14 rebounds and two and a half blocks while shooting near 60 percent from the field, you are just a family-sized bucket of chicken. Team 11 is pairing Howard with Curry to form a lethal inside-outside combo. Let’s see if we can build a team that stunts the negative impact of Dwight’s gruesome sub-60.0 FT%.

15. Team 10 (Greg) – Kobe Bryant – It pains me to write this phony’s name, but it’s not so easy to find 25-5-5 guys in this round. Kobe has definitely lost a step or three, but his talent, selfishness, and drive to be the NBA’s all-time leading scorer will allow him to post big totals for another few years. He only turns 33 this summer, but with the mileage he and Stoudemire have put on their knees over the years, Team 10 has to hope they don’t age in dog years.

16. Team 9 (Tom) – Al Jefferson – I’ll be honest, this probably isn’t the “best available” player on the board, but with Russell Westbrook already in tow I needed some size — 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 50-plus shooting percentage, and limited turnovers (1.3) fit nicely on this team. I can pick up a 3-point shooting, scoring win in the next round.

17. Team 8 (Jeff) – Carmelo Anthony – He spent most of 2010-11 angling for a new home, finally landing with the Knicks. He’ll probably spend most of 2011-12 angling for Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Air Bud to be acquired by his new team, just, you know, to help him and Amare out in their quest. I fear no cavalry imaginable could turn the ever-gunning Anthony into a winning player, but I do know one thing: he’ll put up monster stats in a full year in New York. The 17th pick is a nice spot for someone who could challenge for the league scoring title.

18. Team 7 (Greg) – Monta Ellis – It’s high time that Ellis gets the respect he deserves, and the hope is that with Mark Jackson at the helm, he allows the uber talented combo guard to continue to fire away at will. Not only will Ellis flirt with 25 ppg, last season he knocked down 1.7 threes and swiped 2.1 Spaldings. His flying Wallendas act may land him in a local Bay area hospital from time-to-time, but while his lungs are still functioning, this dude is a stud.

19. Team 6 (Tom) – Al Horford – Another tough call, but with Deron Williams leading this team I needed some size. Problem is, neither players are big-time scorers. But that’s OK, I see about a half-dozen scorers who might fall to me in the third round. Give me Horford and his 16 and 9, plus a steal and a block per game. Remember, there was a time last season where you could have made the case for Horford being the fantasy MVP. I’m seeing good value here in the mid-2nd round, especially when I can team him up with D-Will.

20. Team 5 (Jeff) – Blake Griffin – He was a rookie last year for all intents and purposes, and averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Assuming he’ll improve slightly on those numbers, and that he shoots closer to the 69.5 percent from the line he shot after the All-Star Break, we’re talking major value. Put it this way: if you want Blake Griffin this year, you are going to have to take him early. And he is going to get those steals (0.8) and blocks (0.5) closer to or above the 1.0 threshold eventually. Don’t you want him on your team when that happens?

21. Team 4 (Greg) – Brook Lopez – Tough call here, but Rose needs a big man and Lopez gets the nod. No one doubts that he will continue to be one of the top scoring and shot-blocking centers in the league, but is it possible that he averages 5.9 boards once again?  That is quite the embarrassing total for a seven footer who never sits, but Avery Johnson is the perfect coach to make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s make or break time for Lopez and I for one say make.

22. Team 3 (Tom) – LaMarcus Aldridge – I usually write off Aldridge, claiming that he was “too soft” to be a major fantasy contributor, but boy did he prove me wrong last season. With CP3 rostered I was looking for a big man, more specifically a scoring big man. Hence, LaMarcus Aldridge. If he can come close to repeating his 2010-11 season (21.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals) this team will be tough to beat.

23. Team 2 (Jeff) – Steve Nash – Nash’s free throw percentage plummeted from 93.8 to 91.2 last year, so he clearly needs to get in the gym this summer. Snark aside, the 37-year-old (38 in February) had another brilliant season. Another campaign of 15 points, 11 assists and ridiculous shooting efficiency for a guard is in the cards. Team 2 feels he’s a nice compliment to LeBron. If this was a head-to-head league, Rajon Rondo is the pick over Nash.

24. Team 1 (Greg) – Rajon Rondo – And speaking of Rondo, Team 1 will pair him with Durant, as this squad can do without a scoring point guard. As one can tell by his horrifying free throw percentages (57% in ’10-11) since he came into the league, The Celtics lead guard is unique but flawed. However, he plays with passion, will contend for the NBA assists and steals titles on an annual basis, and isn’t a half bad rebounder (4.4 rpg) for his size.

Team 1
PG – Rajon Rondo
SG –
G –
SF – Kevin Durant
PF –
F –
C –
C –
U –
U –

Team 2
PG – Steve Nash
SG –
G –
SF – LeBron James
PF –
F –
C –
C –
U –
U –

Team 3
PG – Chris Paul
SG –
G –
SF –
PF – LaMarcus Aldridge
F –
C –
C –
U –
U –

Team 4
PG – Derrick Rose
SG –
G –
SF –
PF –
F –
C – Brook Lopez
C –
U –
U –

Team 5
PG –
SG – Dwyane Wade
G –
SF –
PF – Blake Griffin
F –
C –
C –
U –
U –

Team 6
PG – Deron Williams
SG –
G –
SF –
PF –
F –
C – Al Horford
C –
U –
U –

Team 7
PG – Monta Ellis
SG –
G –
SF –
PF –
F –
C – Pau Gasol
C –
U –
U –

Team 8
PG –
SG –
G –
SF – Carmelo Anthony
PF –
F –
C – Kevin Love
C –
U –
U –

Team 9
PG – Russell Westbrook
SG –
G –
SF –
PF –
F –
C – Al Jefferson
C –
U –
U –

Team 10
PG –
SG – Kobe Bryant
G –
SF –
PF –
F –
C – Amare Stoudemire
C –
U –
U –

Team 11
PG – Stephen Curry
SG –
G –
SF –
PF –
F –
C – Dwight Howard
C –
U –
U –

Team 12
PG –
SG –
G –
SF –
PF – Dirk Nowitzki
F – Josh Smith
C –
C –
U –
U –

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