2011-12 Damn Mock I: Fourth Round

We’ve reached the fourth round of the Damn Lies mock, and you know what that means: time to pick the old and the injured! We’ve gone and made our upside picks, now as you’ll see as we begin to pluck the old and the injured. Many of the players in this round have seen better days, in one way or another. Yet, in true DL&S fashion, we also throw in a few surprise picks in the midst of our AARP-HMO run.

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: FOURTH ROUND

37. Team 12 (Tom) – Nene – After having gone with Tyreke Evans at the turn, I figured I’d follow up that pick with one of the most balanced fantasy basketballers out there. Nene is rock-solid, and a near lock to go 15-8-2 with a block and a steal, along with a 60% showing from the floor. I wanted to go Andrew Bogut here, but I’m a bit too concerned with his injuries (considering the current makeup of this team already). Nene provides great value in the middle, and considering he’s playing for a contract extension, this could be another highly valuable fantasy year for the Brazilian. 

38. Team 11 (Jeff) – Paul Pierce – Continuing to build upon Team 11’s weakness at free throw shooting (thanks to Dwight Howard), I’m pleased that the efficient Pierce is available here. He had a rather remarkable season, shooting a career-best 49.7 percent from the field and his customary 86.0 percent from the line. Pierce is entering the twilight of his career, but his role on the Celtics will still be as the primary scorer. His numbers shouldn’t fall off much at all.

39. Team 10 (Greg) – Chauncey Billups – And speaking of veterans whose numbers shouldn’t fall off too much, Team 10 needs a point guard and why not one who will contribute 90 percent from the line and a couple of threes? Mr. Big Shot is not the same player anymore, but lead guards in Mike D’Antoni’s system find a way to post numbers that even Borat Sagdiyev would consider very nice. Injuries are a concern, but this is the lowest he’s gone in a decade.

40. Team 9 (Tom) – Andrew Bogut – It’s all about getting blocks, boards and a high FG% at this point. Bogut gives me all three of those things. I know he’s a risky play, seeing as he hasn’t hit the 70-game mark in four seasons, but the 4th round is where you can start making risky moves. It’s not often you can say you got one of the three best shot blockers in the game this last in the draft. 

41. Team 8 (Jeff) – Chris Bosh – It’s been a rocky year for Bosh, his first time ’round as the third wheel. As his season closes down in the playoffs, he is starting to finally look comfortable and confident out there, and this can only bode well for next year. With the madness of this past Heat season out of the way, Bosh can settle in as a 20 & 9 guy with solid percentages.

42. Team 7 (Greg) – Kyle Lowry – Lowry replaced an injured Aaron Brooks in Houston’s starting rotation last year and never looked back. He was so good, in fact, that the Rockets sent Brooks to Phoenix for Goran Dragic. While Dragic has ability and Lowry comes with some risk, his upside is too great to pass on at this point. He converted more threes (1.7) than expected and his points (13.5), assists (6.7), and steals (1.4) should head north playing 35 minutes with a full complement of games.

43. Team 6 (Tom) – Joe Johnson – Hate the contract, but love the game this late in the draft. In the middle of the 4th round I’m getting a 20-point scorer, who hopefully can motivate himself enough to play up to his game. Johnson also gives me a decent 3-point shooter (1.5 career) and someone who can fill up the stat-sheet with assists (4.5 career), rebounds (4.2 career) and a steal per game. How about it, Joe? Care to play like an All-Star this season? 

44. Team 5 (Jeff) – Marcin Gortat – Team 5 needs a center, and the more I stare at Gortat’s splits from last season, the more I think this is a no-brainer. Basically, playing the minutes he should be playing this coming year, Gortat was a 15-PPG, 10-RPG, 1.5-BPG center, numbers many fantasy owners would kill for in the fourth round. He’ll shoot 55 percent from the field or better, and he’s a tolerable free throw shooter for a big man. Am I crazy? Don’t answer that.

45. Team 4 (Greg) – Serge Ibaka – Team 4 desperately needs a big man and the hope is that the athletic Ibaka continues to progress for the Thunder. Following the Jeff Green trade, Ibaka became the starter and began racking up blocked shots like they were going out of style. In fact, he swatted a little more than 3.0 per game in his final 25 contests, while grabbing a little less than 9.0 boards. Twelve points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and outstanding percentages are well within reach for the active African.

46. Team 3 (Tom) – Carlos Boozer – I know Boozer’s 2010-11 season was underwhelming, but considering he was dealing with a few tough injuries and a change of scenery (he had a tough time getting into a rhythm with his team), if Boozer could improve slightly on his 17.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 51.0 FG%, and 0.8 steals, he could easily return 2nd- or 3rd-round value. Health is still a major concern, but I’m willing to take a chance this late in the draft. 

47. Team 2 (Jeff) – Manu Ginobili – Every year we underrate Manu and I’m afraid my colleagues and I have done it again. He was the 12th-rated player in Yahoo! leagues last year. Read that again. While he will be 34 this season, he is coming off an 80-game slate and should be motivated for one last run for the Spurs as currently constituted. His proficiency in several categories makes him one of the very best shooting guards in the fantasy game.

48. Team 1 (Greg) – Andrew Bynum – If his balky knees allow him to appear in 65 games, the last pick of the fourth round is solid for a guy capable of averaging 14.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and sweet percentages. This is what Bynum accomplished in the playoffs and his blocks numbers were down from his customary 2.0 in the regular season. With Kobe, Gasol and Odom slowing down, Bynum is primed for the big year we’ve all been waiting for. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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

Team 2
PG – Steve Nash
SG – Manu Ginobili
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 – Carlos Boozer
C –
C –
U –
U –

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team 10
PG – Chauncey Billups
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 – Paul Pierce
PF –
F –
C – Dwight Howard
C –
U –
U –

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

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2 responses to “2011-12 Damn Mock I: Fourth Round

  • bubbly

    Please jahwaeh! Let Greg Monroe last 48 picks in my draft!

    • Jeff Andriesse

      Oh, now you want to put your two cents in, eh bubbs? I thought mocking was beneath you! I think you can wait longer to take Monroe, by the way. I’m not saying he won’t be the 48th best player, but you can wait a bit to grab him. I know you are excited that the Q-ster is gone.

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