2011-12 Damn Mock I: Fifth Round

The Damn Lies Mock Draft rolls along, and the fifth round certainly presents some challenges. We’re coming to the point of the draft where players with one or two glaring flaws are selected, such as Stephen Jackson or Brandon Jennings with their noxious field goal percentages. Or perhaps a Kevin Garnett with too many miles on him, or Andrea Bargnani, who refuses to rebound adequately for his size and position. It is starting to get interesting checking out each team, and it’s certainly only going to be tougher from here on out. We’re just getting started, though; keep checking back for more.

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 FIFTH ROUND

49. Team 1 (Greg) – David West – Team 1 is shaping up fine, and I think the right tactic is to grab best available and that would mean West goes off the board. Before injury prematurely ended his season, he was averaging 18.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 1.0 steals and was shooting 51 percent from the field and 81 percent from the line, third round stuff if I’ve ever seen it. Don’t lunch on him as he is one of the most consistent power forwards in the game.

50. Team 2 (Jeff) – Elton Brand – Was there a more pleasant surprise in 2010-11 than Elton Brand? He rediscovered his mojo under Doug Collins, and even though he is getting up there in age he should continue to be a centerpiece in Philly. Brand averaged better than a block and steal per game, shot 51 percent from the field and 78 from the line, and turned it over just 1.2 times per contest. He’s just what Team 2 is looking for at this stage.

51. Team 3 (Tom) – Stephen Jackson – I already have a strange mix of high-upside players on this team, so why not add one more! Jackson can lead this team in scoring with some 20-plus points per game, while adding nearly two 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and a steal. Really, as presently constructed this team can either run away with the league or be among the bottom 2 or 3 teams. OK, maybe not “run away with the league,” but the upside is tremendous — while so too is the downside.  Later on I’ll have to add more blocks. 

52. Team 4 (Greg) – Dorell Wright – The sadistic grins of men in the 25-45 demographic are Wright owners who ran away with their leagues this past season. I mean, you gotta be kidding me, right? I was high on Wright heading into the season, but I don’t think anyone expected 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.5 steals, 1.6 turnovers,  and a whopping 2.4 threes per outing. If those numbers aren’t a mistake, then why is Wright going so low here? This is a steal for Team 4.

53. Team 5 (Jeff) – Jrue Holiday – I suppose Holiday’s value could fluctuate wildly this offseason based on if Andre Iguodala is traded and for whom. I’m buying him as a legit fantasy point guard who will keep improving. The Sixers could be his team next year to run, or they could trade for Monta Ellis, a move that would make Holiday more a spectator than an active participant. Consider his ’10-11 numbers a baseline – 14.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.0 3FG – and enjoy it from there.

54. Team 6 (Tom) – Andrea Bargnani – The scoring spiked up (21.2) for Bargnani, while the rebounding (5.2) and blocks (0.7) both took dips, but what I love about Bargs is that he’s a center-eligible big who his hit threes (1.2) and free throws (82%). In fact, his line almost looks Dirk-ish. OK, maybe I went a little too far there, but I do like adding a finesse big to a team who already has Al Horford and Z-Bo rostered. 

55. Team 7 (Greg) – Michael Beasley – Team 7 is getting desperate at the forward position, but Beasley will give it the scoring (19.2 ppg) and all-around game (5.6 reb, 0.7 st, 0.7 bk, 0.8 3-pt) that is tough to find at this point in the draft. Two years ago, it looked as if his career was taking the slow swirl down the turlet, but the trade to Killer Kahn’s squad in Minnesota resurrected him. He should be a 20-point scorer and a rock-solid addition.

56. Team 8 (Jeff) – Marc Gasol – Team 8 needs a few things at this point, and while rebounds aren’t necessarily one of them (Kevin Love is in the fold), blocks sure are. With a slew of guards available that don’t excite me much, I’ll take Gasol, who was fantastic in the playoffs and has to be better than his 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. If Gay and Randolph ever allow him to shoot, that is. Team 8 is building a strong stable of forwards and centers – a strategy that could pay off if good value at other positions presents itself in the next few rounds.

57. Team 9 (Tom) – Andray Blatche  – Believe it or not, I have two guards and two centers on this team. No forwards. That’s in part why I like Blatche here. I also like that he can score the ball (16.8), rebound (8.3) and play some serious defense (1.5 steals and 1.8 blocks). At this point it was actually a toss-up between Blatche and his teammate JaVale McGee, but I needed the scoring and, more importantly, a power forward. 

58. Team 10 (Greg) – Luol Deng – I can’t figure out why Deng continues to get no love. I’m as guilty as anyone for the lack of respect by the way, as I’ve always gone out of my way to avoid him in drafts. All the former Duke grad does each year is put up solid across-the-board numbers. The ’10-11 campaign saw him register 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks, 1.6 turnovers, and 1.4 threes while shooting 84 percent from the line; very Paul Pierce-like, but with a much better price tag. 

59. Team 11 (Jeff) – Kevin Garnett – This seems like the right place for Garnett, who was terrific last year when expectations were low. His numbers represent a shell of his former self, but that doesn’t mean he still doesn’t have some fantasy game. Team 11 is building around Dwight Howard and needs a strong free-throw shooting big man who is also a well-rounded player, and KG could lead this team to a championship. Anything is possible!

60. Team 12 (Tom) – Brandon Jennings – It’s tough to add someone like Jennings on a team where Tyreke Evans is my only guard, but that’s exactly what I’m trying to do. I need the help with threes, steals and assists. I have a little wiggle room on FG% with Dirk, Nene and even Josh Smith helping in that category. Plus, I get another pick on the turn!

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

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

Team 3
PG – Chris Paul
SG –
G – Stephen Jackson
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 – Dorell Wright
C – Brook Lopez
C – Serge Ibaka
U –
U –

Team 5
PG – Jrue Holiday
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 – Andrea Bargnani
U –
U –

Team 7
PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Monta Ellis
G –
SF – Michael Beasley
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 – Marc Gasol
U –
U –

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

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

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

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

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

  • bubbly

    I wish I could leave that damn ‘miracle of evolution’ Dorrell Wright out of the top 50. But I cant. 4th rounder. If Ellis leaves, 3rd. I will not mock til there is a new cba. What fun those three days in January will be!

  • Jeff Andriesse

    Golden State could still shake up it’s roster, and have even discussed bringing in Andre Iguodala, which could negatively affect Wright. If it remains clear going into camp that his minutes will remain high, he is no doubt an fourth-rounder, if not higher. As Mark Jackson might say, “Mama, there goes that man – in the fifth round.”

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