2011-12 Damn Mock I: Sixth Round

Teams are starting to take shape as we head to the sixth round. There looks like some pretty nice values flying off the board here, whether it be high-upside guys like DeMarcus Cousins and Ty Lawson, or old standbys like Tim Duncan. These middle rounds of the draft is where one grabs the players they feel most comfortable with, players they think will break out, or players that fit in snugly on their current squad. No matter how you analyze it, there’s no denying that drafting is a fluid exercise, especially if you pee with joy when someone you targeted falls to you. The Damn Lies editorial board recommends comfortable adult diapers. Email us for our favorite brands.

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.

FIRST ROUND | SECOND ROUNDTHIRD ROUND | FOURTH ROUND | FIFTH ROUND

DAMN MOCK I: SIXTH ROUND

61. Team 12 (Tom) – Luis Scola – Now what I really need here is an efficient big man who posts a low turnover rate. That’s just who Scola is. He can rebound (8.2), score (18.3) and his percentages (50.4 FG%, 73.8 FT%) are what the Lorenzo ordered. His defense is soft, but with Josh Smith (blocks), Nene (steals and blocks) and Jennings/Evans (steals) already rostered, I can afford to add a talent like Scola. 

62. Team 11 (Jeff) – Roy Hibbert – Hibbert was an infuriating player to own last year as he squandered a tremendous start by losing playing time and confidence under Jim O’Brien. Things picked back up again after O’Brien was ousted, and the hope here is that Hibbert will be a sturdier option in 2011-12. At his best, he is a solid percentages center who averages around 15 points and 8-9 boards with a couple of blocks. He’s a nice pairing with Dwight Howard in the middle for Team 11 and should help solidify the blocks category.

63. Team 10 (Greg) – Danilo Gallinari – Team 10 went with best available and there is no way Gallinari should be available in the sixth round. True, his numbers took a hit in Denver as he was injured and also had to share the small forward position with Wilson Chandler, but he is way too talented to not play a minimum 30 minutes a night. He is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league and has the potential to block close to a shot a game, something very few long range marksmen do.

64. Team 9 (Tom) – DeMarcus Cousins – I have a feeling that come two months from now when we’re doing real fantasy drafts we’ll look back at this pick and call it the steal of the draft. Right? Cousins had a highly productive rookie year, averaging 14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 1.0 steals. That, in 28.5 minutes per game. His percentages were awful (43.0 FG%/68.7 FT%), but he’s still just 20 years old. Like any top talent he’ll see some improvements in his second season. I’m happy with this pick.

65. Team 8 (Jeff) – Ty Lawson – Lawson is one of those players whose fantasy arrows have been pointing way up for a long time. We’re just waiting for him to get his chance to run a team. We could have it this year. The key is George Karl seems intent on giving the reins to Lawson full-time. Ray Felton, in the last year of his deal, will have to settle for a backup role that sees him playing with Lawson at certain junctures, and he could even be traded. There are a lot of pieces in Denver and a lot of mouths to fill, but this kid could easily average 15 points, 7-8 assists, 1+ steals and threes and sparkling percentages. 

66. Team 7 (Greg) – J.J. Hickson – After stewing in Byron Scott’s doghouse for much of the first half, Hickson was an absolute beast after the All-Star break, posting 20 double-doubles over his final 33 contests. On a thin Cleveland frontcourt, he could easily average 16-18 points, 9-10 boards and close to a block a night. Having a healthy Anderson Varejao back will only help his cause.

67. Team 6 (Tom) – JaVale McGee -I know he’s still a bit raw, but with the numbers he put up last season in limited minutes (27.8), I’m excited about his continued growth. The 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds are nice, but the 2.4 blocks is what really has me sold on McGee. We continue to hear about Serge Ibaka and his raw abilities, but JC McGee is not so far off from the Thunder big.

68. Team 5 (Jeff) – Tim Duncan – The old warhorse has never gone this late in a draft, and even now I sense I’m taking him a tad too early. Team 5 is looking for a center, and Duncan’s 2010-11 numbers are still pretty good for a No. 2 player at that position: 13.4 PPG, 8.9 REB, 1.9 BLK, 50.0 FG%. The Spurs will look to make one more run with Duncan manning the middle, so expect similar stats with a slightly increased chance of injury and/or further DNP-CDs to prepare for the playoffs.

69. Team 4 (Greg) – Mike Conley – For the first time in his career, Conley remained consistent from start to finish and registered solid all-around numbers for the up-and-coming Grizz. He’ll be just 24 years of age going into next season and appears to be heading into his prime. He needs to up his free throw percentage (.733), but his assists (6.5) and steals (1.8) make him as good of a second point guard as there is.

70. Team 3 (Tom) – Kris Humphries – Do I get Kim Kardashian’s points as well? Screw it, I just want Humphries boards and blocks. In just 27.9 minutes per game, Humphries-Kardashian averaged 10.4 points and 1.1 blocks. As an added bonus he dropped in 10 points on 53% shooting from the floor. Now imagine what he’ll do once his minutes begin to top out at 34-36 minutes nightly. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but he could make a Kevin Love/David Lee type of jump this season. Or he could just be a mediocre baller with an expensive wife. Either way, he fits on this team. 

71. Team 2 (Jeff) – Greg Monroe – In 25 games after the All-Star Break, Monroe averaged 13.7 points, 10.0 boards and 1.6 steals. A big man averaging 1.6 steals? Yes, please. He isn’t a huge shot blocker (0.6 for the season) but has room to improve. He shot a sparkling 55.1 percent from the floor as well, and while his free throw shooting is ugly, he should make a very strong second center in fantasy. As long as the Pistons stay sane and give this kid all the playing time he can handle, Monroe will keep getting better.

72. Team 1 (Greg) – Mo Williams – Mo has definitely had his share of emotional issues over the past year. First, the loss of LeBron sucked the life out of him, and then he suffered through an injury-ravaged ’10-11. But when healthy, he proved he was still a top fantasy point guard. His trade last season to Clipperland seemed to revitalize him and he will now spend 35 minutes a night tossing lobs to the rafters for Blake Griffin to go up and get. Don’t be surprised to see 15.0 points, 7.0 assists, 1.5 3-pointers, and a terrific free throw percentage when all is said and done.

Team 1
PG – Rajon Rondo
SG –
G – Mo Williams
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 – Greg Monroe
U –
U –

Team 3
PG – Chris Paul
SG –
G – Stephen Jackson
SF – Andre Iguodala
PF – LaMarcus Aldridge
F – Carlos Boozer
C –
C –
U – Kris Humphries
U –

Team 4
PG – Derrick Rose
SG –
G – Mike Conley
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 – Tim Duncan
U –
U –

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

Team 7
PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – Monta Ellis
G –
SF – Michael Beasley
PF – J.J. Hickson
F –
C – Pau Gasol
C – David Lee
U –
U –

Team 8
PG – John Wall
SG –
G – Ty Lawson
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 – DeMarcus Cousins
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 – Danilo Gallinari
U –

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

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


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