2011-12 Damn Mock I: Ninth Round

Oof. Round Nine. Say hello to Darko, Roy, Camby, et al. A cornucopia of “oof”. Things are thinning out to the point where the first rookie is off the board, before anyone knows where anyone will be drafted. But Kyrie Irving will likely go higher than this in real drafts as fantasy owners tend to want to grab the top picks earlier in case one or more breaks out. We’re not so sure any rookie in this class will return excellent fantasy value, as you can see by us waiting so long to grab a rook. The lesson: here’s where we start reaching. It’s always the most interesting part of the draft. An aside: Darko called to personally thank Greg for drafting him.

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.



97. Team 1 (Greg) – DeAndre Jordan – The Clipper frontcourt is a bit murky right now with Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman already set. Even so, Jordan is still capable of putting up prodigious rebounds and blocks totals in 25 minutes a night. The Clips would love to trade Kaman and his enormous contract and give Jordan the run he deserves. Still, the chances of Kaman remaining healthy are about as good as Michelle Bachmann’s chances of claiming the 2012 presidency as he has missed an average of 34 games over the past four seasons.

98. Team 2 (Jeff) – Marcus Camby – Looking at Team 2’s roster, it might be time to give up on points. Not a lot of scoring here. So why not double down on the other categories? Camby is coming off one of his worst statistical seasons in years, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help in fantasy. His 10 boards and 1.5 to 2.0 blocks per game are hard to come by this late. And if Greg Oden isn’t re-signed, Camby remains, essentially, the team’s lone center heading into the draft and free agency. Always have contingency plans for when Camby gets hurt, but enjoy him when he’s out there.

99. Team 3 (Tom) – Antawn Jamison – Remember him? Seeing as he missed the final month and a half of the 2010-11 season and he still plays for the Cleveland Cavs, he’s probably not on many people’s draft boards. Yet in the 9th round I’m getting a guy who averaged 18 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.6 threes and a steal last season. I get that things are a little shaky in Cleveland right now and the team is looking to the future, but Jamison is still a somewhat valuable player. Maybe he gets moved. Maybe he stays. I can still see him being a 16 and 6 guy with 1.5 threes and 1.5 steals + blocks next year. Again, in the 9th round I’m willing to take a shot. 

100. Team 4 (Greg) – Jose Calderon – With few solid big men left, Team 4 decided to corner the market in assists, and Calderon is just the man to do it. I’m a little skittish about this choice because he is constantly on the brink of losing his starting job in Toronto, and Jerryd Bayless is waiting in the wings. I’m not really sure why this is always the case with Jose. He is one of a handful of pure point guards left in the NBA and he is as efficient as they come. Last year he averaged 9.8 points, 8.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 threes, 2.2 turnovers, and shot 85 percent from the line, which are pretty impressive totals in my opinion. Unless Bayless stakes his claim early, Calderon will play sufficient minutes and provide outstanding value at this point in the draft.

101. Team 5 (Jeff) – Jason Terry – How about a little love for JET, who made himself a nice case for Finals MVP with the way he played in the last three games? He simply willed his team to win. So, does he have anything left in fantasy? Thankfully, he is one of the more reliable guys out there. You are going to get 15-17 points, four assists, 1.5 threes, a steal and good percentages for a shooting guard. Nothing special, but he certainly won’t cost Team 5 a title as a ninth round pick.

102. Team 6 (Tom) – Rodney Stuckey – He’s coming off a rough season, but then again which Detroit Piston isn’t? The interesting thing about Stuckey is that he is a restricted free agent, which likely means he’ll be back in Detroit. Right? What I like about Stuckey is that he can score (15.5 points), steal a few balls (1.2) and dish the ball–last year he posted a career best 5.2 assists per game. You have to believe that Stuckey is at least one of the games Top 80 players, right? If that’s the case, a mid-9th round selection is pretty fair value.

103. Team 7 (Greg) – Darko Milicic – My right hand is twitching as I’m writing this as Darko is barely an NBA player. But what can I say; the guy averaged 2.0 blocks a game last season, and if we consider all the games in which he he left after a few minutes with an injury, that total could be closer to 2.5 per game. He also won’t destroy you in any other category as he did average 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and a surprising 0.8 steals per contest. By no means am I saying he is ready to take off, but for a squad in need of blocks like Team 7, this isn’t a bad pull.

104. Team 8 (Jeff) – Kyrie Irving – Can I do this? Sure, why not? I’ve thought about rookies for several rounds now but couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger on them for a few reasons. First, we don’t really know what teams they will be drafted by. Second, I’ve seen very few play, as I’m only willing to watch college basketball if I’m involved in a hostage situation. Third, I don’t see any obvious openings for the top picks to shine. It’s supposed to be a weak draft, but Irving is the likely top pick, to Cleveland. If there’s anywhere a rookie can get some run, it’s the Cleveland backcourt, and Irving’s only hurdle is Baron Davis. We know how this is going to play out – it’s just a matter of when Irving gets to quarterback the team by himself. By all accounts, he’s a terrific all-around talent with solid fantasy potential.

105. Team 9 (Tom) – Raymond Felton – I’m not so sure what we were scared of as all three of us let Felton fall to the end of the 9th round. Could it be Ty Lawson? Really? It seems to me that they’re likely to split time at the point as well as run side-by-side in certain sets. Felton averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 threes in 31.6 minutes per game as a Nugget. Those aren’t terrible numbers by any means. Whether he gets moved or stays as a Nugget, Felton should provide decent value as a second PG. 

106. Team 10 (Greg) – Gerald Henderson – Team 10 went best available and I believe Hendu has the potential to provide top 80 value. It wasn’t until after the All-Star break last season that he was given a chance to shine, and shine he did averaging more than 15 points and a steal, while shooting 88 percent from the line. He is not a great 3-point shooter yet, but this is a hard worker and the long range marksmanship may come. Hopefully, the luster has not worn off as he has little competition at shooting guard in Charlotte and will be expected to log big minutes.

107. Team 11 (Jeff) – Andre Miller – Miller is certainly on the tail end of his career, but he keeps making us pay attention to him in fantasy leagues. Last year he was having a great year before fading a bit down the stretch. He still finished with quality numbers for a point guard, especially one going this late in the draft. He has a lot of weapons around him in Portland, so the assists should remain high even if his scoring suffers. Miller doesn’t hit threes, which hurts his value, but at 107 Team 11 is thrilled to add someone of his quality.

108. Team 12 (Tom) – Brandon Roy – Hey, if we can draft Greg Oden in the first 9 rounds, why not Roy? I know that he’s no longer a Top 15 player in the game, but he does have Top 100 value–when healthy. Yeah, it’s a risk and maybe he is just a 12-2-2 guy, but at pick No. 108, I can live with the risk. 

Team 1
PG – Rajon Rondo
SG – Ray Allen
G – Mo Williams
SF – Kevin Durant
PF – Paul Millsap
F – David West
C – Andrew Bynum
C – DeAndre Jordan
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 – Marcus Camby
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 – Kris Humphries
U – Antawn Jamison
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 – Jose Calderon

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 – Jason Terry

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 – Rodney Stuckey

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 – Darko Milicic

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 – Kyrie Irving
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 – Raymond Felton
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 – Gerald Henderson

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 – Andre Miller
U –

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


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

  • bubbly

    I really like team 4 and team 11. Team 8 is headed for a Krakatoa like disaster in fg%. I dont understand how Calderon and Salmons can go before my boy Austin Daye! The Q-ster is gone and Mcrady and Hamilton may be as well. The Monroe-Daye-Jerebko triumverate is fantasy gold!

    • Jeff Andriesse

      Can you guarantee Daye will play enough? Jerebko’s back, they still have Prince, Ben Gordon and Villanueva, they are looking to draft another guard/swing. Q-ster or no Q-ster (and I think we can all agree no Q-ster is better), this roster is still a mess and a half.

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