2011-12 Damn Mock I: Eighth Round

Welcome to Round 8 of the Damn Lies & Statistics Damn Mock I, a silly little exercise that allows the three of us picking to distract us now that the season is over. And don’t even get us started on the lockout. We refuse to believe it will happen, and plan on mocking all preseason as if everything were fine. Everything is fine, right? RIGHT? Enjoy the eighth round. Only two more to go.

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: EIGHTH ROUND

85. Team 12 (Tom) – Tyson Chandler – This pick may be a reactionary one, after watching Chandler dominate in these NBA Playoffs, but considering he averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in under 28 minutes this season I think I’m getting a good bargain here. If he shows up and plays as “2010-11 regular season Chandler,” I got good value. If he shows up as “NBA Playoffs Chandler,” I got a steal. 

86. Team 11 (Jeff) – Lamar Odom – With the pool of reliable forwards dwindling and Team 11 needing one more rebounder to complement Dwight Howard, Odom is the pick. Here’s the deal with Lamar – he’s good when Andrew Bynum is healthy, and absolutely fantastic when Bynum is out. Veteran fantasy players know you will get a bit of both during the course of the season, and should enjoy some spectacular Odom box scores sprinkled in with the decent ones.

87. Team 10 (Greg) – Chris Kaman – Team 10 needs a big body who can do some things and Kaman fits the bill. This pick is fraught with risk as Kaman can’t seem to stay healthy, missing an average of 34 games per year over the past four. Another concern is the emergence of DeAndre Jordan, who played well in his absence. However, there are 96 minutes to go around for Kaman, Jordan and Blake Griffin. The blonde bombshell should take about 30 of them and could average 15 and 8 with a block-and-a-half. I feel this is a decent gamble.

88. Team 9 (Tom) – Wesley Matthews – I’m in need of scoring at this point in the draft, which is fine. I have some upside scorers, but since I don’t really have that 25-plus point-per-game scorer I need to stockpile a few 15- to-18-point scorers. This is where Matthews steps in. He had a nice 2010-11 campaign, posting 15.9 points, 1.9 threes and 1.2 steals in 33 minutes. I think the Blazers might be looking to make some moves this summer, which might end up opening up even more touches and shots for Matthews. Even if they don’t make a move, I’m confident he can hit close to two threes and score somewhere between 16-18 points nightly. 

89. Team 8 (Jeff) –  Trevor Ariza – Who does Ariza think he is, shooting 3.6 threes a game while making only 30.3 percent? You’re killing us, amigo. If he could just improve his shooting percentage, we’d have a nice fantasy player here. Ariza’s defense is what wins us over, especially the 1.5-2.0 steals he’ll average. Perhaps a second season in New Orleans will produce better all-around numbers. Team 8 will settle for him here as it needs someone to do some dirty work.

90. Team 7 (Greg) – Hedo Turkoglu – Team 7 is jonesing for a 3-point shooter who can also pass the ball and reports of Turkoglu’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Last season it seemed as if the Turk was headed to the glue factory in Phoenix, but as luck would have it, he was traded back to the Magic where he had his greatest successes as a player. While he wasn’t the Turkoglu of old, he was the Turkoglu of somewhere in between, averaging better than 11.0 points, 5.0 assists, 1.5 threes and a low dose of turnovers. There is no reason why this can’t be repeated.

91. Team 6 (Tom) – Ed Davis – Sleeper time! I’m a big Ed Davis fan, so getting him here in the middle of the 8th round actually pleases me. Davis showed great growth toward the end of the season, posting six double-doubles in his last 11 games. I think Davis can easily be one of the top late-round picks this season, with most passing on him based on his pedestrian numbers (7.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks). Problem is, Davis played under 25 minutes last year and, thankfully, he plays alongside a center and another talented big man (Amir Johnson) who both underwhelm with their rebounding abilities. Think possibly nightly double-doubles with Davis. He’s that good.

92. Team 5 (Jeff) – Sam Dalembert – Dalembert is a free agent this offseason, and while this is possibly the worst summer to be a free agent, he’ll be in demand. Any team in need of a defensive-minded center will kick the tires, and it is worth noting that the last season Dalembert played more than 30 minutes a game he averaged a double-double with over two blocks. He never really found a niche in Sacramento last year playing for mad scientist Paul Westphal, so a change of scenery could really help Dalembert, who at age 30 still has a few good seasons left.

93. Team 4 (Greg) – Tyler Hansbrough – Coming out of North Carolina, Hansbrough was branded the ‘ol good college player, but won’t be effective in the pros tag. Until the midway point of 2010-11, that would have been a pretty accurate description. In all fairness, Hansbrough had battled an assortment of injuries in his brief career. Once January rolled around, he became healthy, gained confidence, took over the starting power forward role from an injured Josh McRoberts, and ran away with the job. During a 10-game stretch in March, he tallied at least 20 points in seven contests and posted four double-doubles. This is a bit of a stretch for Team 4, but if Frank Vogel is serious about winning, the hard-working Hansbrough could be in for big minutes.

94. Team 3 (Tom) – Jason Richardson – Believe it or not, I still have a hole at SG on this team. And I also have a bit of a need for a 3-point shooter. Richardson is a great help in that particular category. He averaged 2.4 treys per game last season, and while his scoring was down to a career-worst 13.9 points while with the Magic, consider what might happen if Dwight Howard does bail on Orlando. Richardson then steps up as the top scoring option for the Magic. Sure I’m speculating here, but at the very least I know I’ll get a great 3-point shooter, which, again, is what I need. 

95. Team 2 (Jeff) – John Salmons – I hate to do this. I really do. If this was a real draft, I probably wouldn’t, as I’ve sworn off Salmons on my fantasy teams for as long as I’m breathing. He’s just awful to own. One week he is unstoppable, then next he is 4-33 from the field. I’m going to close my eyes and take him here for Team 2, however, and hope that his April stats – 16.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.4 SPG – are more along the lines of what we’ll see this upcoming season. He is at least the type of player who provides decent numbers in several categories like threes, steals and free throw shooting, to occasionally make up for his cold shooting streaks.

96. Team 1 (Greg) – Nick Young – Team 1 is rather solid right now, but another 3-point specialist couldn’t hurt. And why not one with the upside of Young, who erupted in the second half of the ’10-11 season after showing positive signs in the first? While John Wall is primed for a big sophomore year, right now by no means is he a shooter. This department will be left in the capable hands of Young, who averaged just under 21 ppg and 1.9 threes in the months of January and February. Given 30-35 minutes a night, this could turn out to be a terrific bargain.

Team 1
PG – Rajon Rondo
SG – Ray Allen
G – Mo Williams
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Paul Millsap
F – David West
C – Andrew Bynum
C –
U – Nick Young
U –

Team 2
PG – Steve Nash
SG – Manu Ginobili
G – Jason Kidd
SF – LeBron James
PF – Elton Brand
F – John Salmons
C – Joakim Noah
C – Greg Monroe
U –
U –

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

Team 4
PG – Derrick Rose
SG –
G – Mike Conley
SF – Danny Granger
PF – Tyler Hansbrough
F – Dorell Wright
C – Brook Lopez
C – Serge Ibaka
U – DeMar DeRozan
U –

Team 5
PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Dwyane Wade
G – Tony Parker
SF – Rudy Gay
PF – Blake Griffin
F –
C – Marcin Gortat
C – Tim Duncan
U – Sam Dalembert
U –

Team 6
PG – Deron Williams
SG – Joe Johnson
G – James Harden
SF –
PF – Zach Randolph
F – Andrea Bargnani
C – Al Horford
C – JaVale McGee
U – Ed Davis
U –

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

Team 8
PG – John Wall
SG – Marcus Thornton
G – Ty Lawson
SF – Carmelo Anthony
PF – Chris Bosh
F – Trevor Ariza
C – Kevin Love
C – Marc Gasol
U –
U –

Team 9
PG – Russell Westbrook
SG – Eric Gordon
G – D.J. Augustin
SF – Wesley Matthews
PF – Andray Blatche
F – DeMarcus Cousins
C – Al Jefferson
C – Andrew Bogut
U –
U –

Team 10
PG – Chauncey Billups
SG – Kobe Bryant
G – Darren Collison
SF – Gerald Wallace
PF –
F – Luol Deng
C – Amare Stoudemire
C – Chris Kaman
U – Danilo Gallinari
U –

Team 11
PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Kevin Martin
G – Devin Harris
SF – Paul Pierce
PF – Kevin Garnett
F – Lamar Odom
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 – Channing Frye
U – Tyson Chandler

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