2011-12 Damn Mock I: Third Round

On to Round 3! I can’t say this round excites me too much. In fact, the fourth round contains many players of equal value. The third is when we start thinking about filling out our rosters based on positional and statistical needs, where your instincts lead you the rest of the way. Where people stop being polite, and start getting real.

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 THIRD ROUND

25. Team 1 (Greg) – Paul Millsap – Anyone who can’t appreciate the hard-nosed Sapper is no friend of mine. Millsap is a throwback type player and also pretty effective in fantasy circles. Firmly entrenched in the Utah lineup, Team 1 can expect 16-18 points, 7-8 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 1.5 steals and a terrific field goal percentage out of him. With Durant and Rondo by his side, this team is shaping up fine.

26. Team 2 (Jeff) – Joakim Noah – Team 2 needs some blocks, steals and boards. Who better than Noah to provide them? Yannick’s boy is a workhorse fantasy center and someone who does the dirty work in real life and on your roster. He keeps getting better by the year and just has to avoid injuries to be a great third-round pick.

27. Team 3 (Tom) – Andre Iguodala – With rumors of Iggy moving to Golden State, I’m starting to like this pick even more. He’s a virtual lock for 15-6-6 with 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks, and that’s on an off season. When he’s at his best he’s a 2nd-round talent, easily. So if a move to Golden State inspires him and opens up his offense even further; I got a steal here.

28. Team 4 (Greg) – Danny Granger – Team 4 needs a forward and Granger, a perennial top 15 selection, is alone chewing on straws as I make pick No. 28. He is undoubtedly one of the great chuckers in the game, but no matter how ghastly his field goal percentage is (.425 in ’10-11), he continues to have carte blanche from anywhere on the floor. He actually took less shots and played better all-around basketball with Frank Vogel in charge, and his phenomenal threes (2.0), FT percentage (.848), blocks (0.8) and steals (1.1) could render him a steal at this juncture.

29. Team 5 (Jeff) – Rudy Gay – Remember him? His fantasy owners do. Before hurting his shoulder and shutting it down in February, Gay was averaging 19.8 points, 6.2 boards, 2.8 assists. 1.7 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 threes. He also shot 80.5 percent from the line and a respectable 47.1 from the floor. He was incredible. But then a funny thing happened. Memphis advanced to the second round of the playoffs without him, upsetting San Antonio and taking Oklahoma City to seven games before succumbing. While it is possible Gay won’t slide right back into the same role as he had before, it’s hard to see his stats trending downward too much, and thus he’s an easy choice in the third round.

30. Team 6 (Tom) – Zach Randolph – Back-to-back Grizzlies picks… hmm. The reason I go Randolph here is because I need more boards and a 20-point-per-game scorer. With Deron Williams and Al Horford, I’m a bit short on scoring. Getting Randolph, who had 53 double-doubles last season, gives me a potent rebounding tandem, along with one of the league’s top playmakers. I need some threes and steals, but I’ll get those down the line. 

31. Team 7 (Greg) – David Lee – Following a silly ’09-10 campaign, Lee went in the second round of most drafts last season. A freak accident in which his forearm was accidentally greeted by Wilson Chandler’s incisor left a crater the size of cantaloupe, derailing what could have been another strong year. As it was, Lee finished with 16.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists to go along with solid percentages. If he duplicates those totals, he’ll be worth it at No. 31. But this would be the downside. The upside has him returning to his freakish Knick levels (20.2 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 55% fg). I think he’ll fall somewhere in between.

32. Team 8 (Jeff) – John Wall – There are a few more sturdy point guard options on the board, but swinging for the fences is more fun. Don’t mistake my selection of Wall for taking a walk on the wild side, however. Reasonable people would agree that this freak has nowhere to go but up. That he averaged 16.4 points, 4.6 boards, 8.3 assists and 1.8 steals as a rookie is remarkable, and an improvement to both his jump shot and decision-making could vault him into the upper echelon of ‘1’s in fantasy.

33. Team 9 (Tom) – Eric Gordon – This might seem like a reach, but with Gordon’s explosive breakout last season, I’m buying based on his scoring (22.9) and 3-point shooting (1.9). I already have Westbrook and Jefferson, which leaves me a little light in 3-point shooting. This is where Gordon comes in. All I need him to to is score his 20 points, hit 2 threes and pick up 1.5 steals per game.

34. Team 10 (Greg) – Gerald Wallace – With Kobe and Stoudemire already rostered, Team 10 certainly needs an intangibles guy and Wallace fits the bill. The move to Portland in the middle of last season hurt his scoring a bit, but maybe now he can go back to being the Crash we all knew and fell in love with; the one who would record rebounds, blocks and steals as if it were nobody’s business. I’m not sure if William Wallace could mesh with Kobe in real life, but in the world of fantasy, this seems a perfect fit.

35. Team 11 (Jeff) – Kevin Martin – Team 11 is tasked with building around Dwight Howard, which means we need some high-volume, high-efficiency free throw shooters. Martin fits the bill. He is probably the top scorer left on the board, gets to the line at a close-to-90-percent clip over eight times a game, and also hits two-plus threes for good measure. A Curry-Martin backcourt, paired with Howard at center, is a dream start for the dreamers running Team 11.

36. Team 12 (Tom) – Tyreke Evans – Last year was a bit of an “off” year for Evans, which we can mostly chalk up to a number of foot-related injuries. It this, year three, however, I see him making an epic leap toward being one of the 20 most productive players in the game — if he can stay healthy. A healthy Evans can easily post 20-6-6 with a three and 1.5 steals this season. A perfect stat-line for a Nowitzki-Josh Smith led team. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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