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Start, Drop & Roll: Week 5 advice

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We’re getting into that part of the season when many beleaguered owners begin to lose faith and start to not pay as much attention to the waiver wire and free agent pool. Don’t be one of these owners! Be more like your Start, Drop & Roll author, who thinks whining about his fantasy basketball team should be a profession. On to some sage Week 5 guidance.

Start ’em:

Nicolas Batum, SF, Portland: I, for one, can’t make up my mind on Batum this year. He has been on the wrong end of a congested swing rotation in the Great Northwest, but is making the most of his opportunities. Gerald Wallace missed the Blazers’ last game with a sprained finger and Crash has never been known to make speedy returns. Batum should offer a nice across-the-board return in a four-game week. Continue reading

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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Shooting Guards

"Women, Dwyane, amirite?"

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 15 and published a day later. Stephen Jackson should probably be dropped as he’s dealing with a troublesome back issue. O.J. Mayo should be a few spots lower as well until his role is more clear. Feel free to reach a little higher for Tony Allen as long as he remains the starting shooting guard in Memphis. 

The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO), using Yahoo!’s positional eligibility. We break down players into tiers as well to help you organize them within your overall cheat sheets. Finally: this is a list of true shooting guards expected to play the majority of their minutes at the position this season. There are several combo guards, such as Dwyane Wade, who are eligible at point guard in some leagues but ranked on the shooting guard list for our purposes.

These rankings take into account not just stat projections, but injury risk, competition for minutes and other intangibles.

ROTOEXPERTS.COM SHOOTING GUARDS

TIER 1

1. Dwyane Wade, MIA

Projected Stats: 24.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 4.7 APG, 0.8 3FG, 1.6 SPG, 1.2 BPG, 3.2 TO, 49.6 FG%, 75.0 FT%

Yes, Wade is in a tier all by himself. In fact, of all the shooting guards on this list, he’s the only one worthy of a first-round draft pick. Sure, there’s always the injury concern when it comes to Wade, but when he’s healthy he’s all but a lock to be among the top 5-7 players in the game. Continue reading


2011-12 Damn Mock I: Tenth Round

This is it! The last round! Our heads are spinning. We may have forgotten some deserving players. Thems the breaks. The bottom line is we got it out there for the world to see. We may not be the best mock drafters, but we’re certainly the first. I can’t wait until the real NBA draft and free agency, not to mention the lockout, which will make all of this moot. In the meantime, enjoy. We’ll be analyzing it soon and posting the entire draft order.

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 | SIXTH ROUND | SEVENTH ROUND | EIGHTH ROUND | NINTH ROUND

DAMN MOCK I: TENTH ROUND

109. Team 12 (Tom) – Paul George – Time to start taking shots on upside players. George has tons of talent, but the questions now remains whether or not he’ll get the opportunity. He did start 19 games last season and added decent value–7.3 points, 0.7 threes, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 23.5 minutes. If he pushes up to 28-30 minutes we might be looking at a dozen points, 5 boards, a three-plus, and 1.5 steals. I can live with that this late. Think of George as this season’s DeMar DeRozan. If he gets the opportunity, he can pay pretty high dividends.  Continue reading


Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: New Jersey Nets

There are many questions surrounding the Newark, New Jersey Nets in 2010-11, including who will start at shooting guard between Terrence Williams and Anthony Morrow, and who will start the season at power forward if Troy Murphy is not ready?  But since the departure of Yi Jianlian, the biggest question on everyone’s mind is who will be the go-to Net when needed at a season-ticket holder’s Bar Mitzvah?  You see, last year the Nets’ marketing department concocted a devastating ploy to increase season subscriptions by offering up the Net of the ticket-holder’s choice to attend one of his or her functions, including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.  I still can’t get the imagery of Yi in a yarmulke out of my head.

Brown paper bags are the new yarmulkes.

This is officially Brook Lopez‘s team and the talented seven-footer is going off draft boards in the early second round.  Last season, he averaged 18.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks and was also among leaders at his position in steals (0.7) and free throw percentage (.817).  Having Murphy beside him may keep his rebounding average below double figures, but it should also open things in the interior a bit more.  Murphy had been an underrated fantasy star as a member of the Pacers and although there might be a slight falloff, his numbers should remain pretty steady.  He is one of few big men who can average double-digit rebounds (10.2 in ’09-10) and nearly two threes per game (1.8), and even hobbled by a bad back in the preseason, he shouldn’t last past the sixth round.

LIES
For those of you who, like me, drafted Devin Harris in the second round last year, I’m pleased to report that not only did we survive the torrent of feces that was rained upon us, no one took matters into his own hands to tar and feather the little bastard.  Harris’ most redeeming quality in ’09-10 was that he barely played. On the rare occasion that he wasn’t laid up with Dengue Fever or some other mysterious ailment, he was an atrocity as he dropped in every major category from the previous year except for blocks (0.3) and turnovers (2.8).  The reason I am so hard on Harris is because the man has plenty of raw ability.  He is one of the quickest guard in the game, and on a team where he is relied on to both score and create, last year’s results were bitterly disappointing.  The injury bug will bite again, that you can be sure of, but he has to perform better for Avery Johnson than he did for Lawrence Frank and Kiki Vandeweghe.  The sixth round is where he belongs.

DAMN LIES
Williams and Morrow will likely end up in a time share which severely limits their upside.  Morrow is one of the deadliest long-range shooters in the league, having knocked down 47 and 46 percent, respectively, the last two years.  He doesn’t do enough in any other category to warrant earlier than a 12th round selection, unless of course Williams goes down.  Speaking of, if Morrow were to go down or if Travis Outlaw doesn’t come as recommended, Williams can fill either role and is kind of a poor man’s Stephen Jackson.  He can do a little bit of everything, including draining some threes.  He also shoots a horrifying percentage from the field like Captain Jack, converting only 40 percent  of his chances as a rookie.  I think he should be gobbled up before Morrow in the middle rounds and hope that his coach thinks 30 minutes a night is a reasonable target.

STATISTICS
Outlaw showed flashes of what he can do as a reserve the past seven years in Portland and now he finally has a chance to fulfill his potential as a starter in New Jersey.  He was signed by Mikhail Prokhorov to a five-year, $35 million contract, so his leash will be long.  He is capable of putting some crooked numbers in a box score, particularly in the difficult blocks, steals and 3-point categories.  He’s had a ho-hum preseason, but don’t be lulled to sleep by that. Despite his length of time in the league, Outlaw is just 26 and could turn out to be a nice gift for someone in the later rounds.  The rest of the roster is filled with non-draftable guys and that includes lottery pick Derrick Favors.  The Georgia Tech product could see some extra work in the early going as Murphy continues to rehab his back, but he is a long way from being ready to contribute to anyone’s fantasy team.  I can see new backup point guard Jordan Farmer being relevant following one of Harris’ injuries.  Also half Jewish, Farmar will be relied upon by that vaunted marketing machine.  Stay away unless you’re a season ticket holder looking for a good time.

DEPTH CHART:
PG: Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar
SG: Anthony Morrow, Terrence Williams
SF: Travis Outlaw, Stephen Graham
PF: Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors
C: Brook Lopez, Johan Petro

Up Next: Houston Rockets


Daily Lies & Statistics: Where a rook beomes a king

To say that Stephen Curry’s performance on Wednesday night was “amazing” would do it no justice. Especially not when you consider that the rookie led his team to a 30-point victory over the Clippers with both Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette (the team’s two leading scorers) sidelined with injuries. That’s like winning the Kentucky Derby while riding a horse with only two legs! OK, maybe it’s not that extreme. But when you see a rookie like Curry explode with a LeBron James-type of line — 36 points on 11-of-22 shooting, 7 treys, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and 3 steals — it’s worth equating it to an outlandish analogy. Really, all credit to not only Curry but the rest of the Warriors who chipped in to score 132 points on 62 percent shooting. Had you told me that the Warriors, without Ellis and Maggette, would win on Wednesday night by 30 points there would have been no way I’d believe you. Then once you reminded me they were playing the Clippers I would have been on the same page as you.

Run Duece, Run!!

Anthony Tolliver scored a career-high 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting, while one of my personal favorites, Anthony Morrow, dropped 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists on the Clips in 48 minutes of action. I feel safer with Morrow, since we’ve seen him perform at this level before and he’s had 12-team value for the past year. Tolliver, on the other hand, seems more like a 14- or 16-team add. Remember, the Warriors were without their two leading scorers. Both are expected to return to action after the All-Star break.

I have to say that other than the performances I mentioned above in the Warriors-Clippers, there was little notable fantasy-related news on the evening. Here’s some quick hits, though.

The Lakers played without both Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, which meant that Pau Gasol owners were once again on cloud nine — 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks.  “When does Bynum come back?” asked curious Gasol owners collectively.

Nazr Mohammed posted his first career 20-20 against the Timberwolves. Believe that! He doesn’t even care that Tyson Chandler is back. Then again, who would care.

Derrick Rose fell pretty hard on his back/hip after Dwight Howard took him down. Rose left the game after just two minutes, but the good news is that he was taken for x-rays and they came back… wait for it… negative! This still doesn’t mean he’s out of the clear, but anytime we hear that an x-ray was negative we’re supposed to feel good about that.

Darren Collison outplayed, outwitted, and outlasted Rajon Rondo on Wednesday night. Collison looked more like the All-Star than Rondo did — a game-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting, 9 assists and 4 steals (let’s pretend the 10 turnovers never happened). Rondo went for 7 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Which one is the rookie point guard?

Ben Gordon went 0-of-8 from the floor. It’s always fun to write something like that about one of the top scorers in the game.

Devin Harris returned after a short one game hiatus to score 27 points and dish 9 dimes against the Bucks. This is good news for Harris’ owners, but you wonder whether or not there is a trade in the works or if — worst case — the Nets continue to trend toward the worst record in the history of the game they might shut down their often ailing point guard. You wonder these things, don’t you?

Tyrus Thomas, speaking of trade bait, had a nice line against the Magic — 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block in 36 minutes. This was definitely a showcase game. The Bulls would love to get a piece or cap space back for Thomas (coupling him with Kirk Hinrich’s contract).

Ray Allen sat with back spasms. This opened up more minutes and touches for Marquis Daniels. He’s definitely a guy I’m watching post-All-Star break.

Hey, enjoy the All-Star festivities. I’m hearing from a league source that with all the injuries to the current All-Stars, the next man in line to play for the West is D.J. Mbenga. Well deserved.


Daily Lies & Statistics: Sargent vs. York

When I was a young shaver, I would spend two, three, 10 hours a day watching dopey sitcoms and it has helped shape me into the man I am today. I’ve always considered myself a deep thinker, and let the proverbial proof be in the pudding, with the admission of evidence my poignant debates on which of the Darrens was most captivating. With my sincerest apologies to the two Dicks, my answer is officially Collison. It has taken me 16 weeks, but I finally have a productive guard in the Damn Lies League.

Darren Collison has Greg completely bewitched.

Like a cat, I hopped on the Yewcla product as soon as Chris Paul chose surgery as the course of action for his ailing left knee. In a season of Devin Harris’, Larry Hughes’ and Jonny Flynns, I finally have something to grin about following a 27-point, nine-assist, four-steal debut on my squad. Paul is expected to miss another month, and with the Hornets barely clinging to hope for the final playoff spot in the West, it may be foolish to bring him back at all. Point being, if he’s somehow still available, jump on Collison like you mean it.

Monday was a light night in the Association for Pituitary Cases who Enjoy Playing Basketball. Let’s see what transpired.

Orlando 123,  New Orleans 117

Vince had more points (48) in this one than Carter has liver pills. I know it may seem like an optical illusion to Vinsanity owners everywhere, but he did take out his frustrations on the defenseless Hornets with his season high total. Throw in a blistering 19-for-27 from the field and six 3-pointers and that’s quite a night for this long-time member of fantasy royalty. He was supported by Dwight Howard, who recorded another 25 points, 12 rebounds and four rejects. The Hornets had three players notch 27 or more points, including Collison, David West (27) and The Artist Formerly Known as Peja Stojakovic (29). Peja, whose corpse was exhumed moments before tipoff, also added nine rebounds and five assists.

Dallas 127,  Golden St. 117

Jason Terry posted the best fantasy line of his career in this one, erupting for 36 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three steals, six 3-pointers and 12-of-13 from the line. The move to the starting five is suiting him well. Josh Howard added 25 points off the bench and Drew Gooden contributed 24 points and 10 boards. Howard is way too inconsistent of a human being to draw in a coloring book let alone start on someone’s fantasy team. When Gooden receives starter’s minutes, he typically produces big rebounding numbers. The Warriors had only six players receive significant time and were led by Anthony Morrow‘s 33 points and 11 boards. If Corey Maggette is going to miss a chunk of time with a finger injury or anything in the ingrown toenail family, there is no reason why the sweet-shooting Morrow can’t continue to post gaudy totals. Maybe not this gaudy, but solid nonetheless. Stephen Curry continued his torrid play with 25 points and nine assists and league minimum power forward Anthony Tolliver added 14 points and 11 boards in a game that must have been a joy to be a part of.

LA Lakers 101,  San Antonio 89

I don’t know why the Spurs are so blah this year as this could be their final opportunity to challenge the Lakers for Western Conference supremacy. Richard Jefferson doesn’t appear to be fitting in as well as one would have thought and perhaps they need a big man born after LBJ ruled the White House… I’m sure Gregg Popovich is equally puzzled. But Timmy Duncan is still Timmy Duncan and totaled 16 points, 15 boards and four blocks last night. With Tony Parker back (20 pts, 8 ast), George Hill (2-8 fg, 1 ast) is again starting at two guard, but had a difficult time getting it going. The Lakers, sans Kobe, were led by the best big man on the planet, Pau Gasol, who gave his owners an early Valentine’s Day present with 21 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists and five blocks… yowsa, yowsa, yowsa. Is that the big man line of the year? I would love nothing more than for Kobe to be held hostage by a group of angry Mongolians the remainder of the year and have Pow lead the Lakers to the promised land. Shannon Brown has started the last two games, but with Kobe and Andrew Bynum set to return no later than right after the All-Star break, there is little reason to pick him up.

Eleven games tonight, including Hawks/Grizzlies, Mavs/Nuggets, Thunder/Blazers.


Daily Lies & Statistics: Matt Bonner’s Night

I know that I’m supposed to lead off this morning’s post with an assessment of Allen Iverson’s re-debut with the 76ers, but I got Bonner’d last night! For the first time in his career Mehmet Okur was not the best 6’10” white center in a game, as Matt Bonner did his best Okur impression with 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting, 4 treys and 9 rebounds. You have to give it to Okur, though, as he was touched enough to pay homage to Bonner by scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, 2 treys and 9 rebounds. Dude, where’s my car!

Okur: Hey Bonner, I can nail threes too. But can you nail this?

OK, so Allen Iverson did return. And in his honor, Carmelo Anthony shot 5-of-21 from the floor. Mad respect. With his 14 points it was the first time all season that Anthony failed to hit the 20-point mark. Iverson was touched.

In his re-debut, Iverson scored 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, deferring to his teammates by notching a game-high 6 assists. The “other” AI, Andre Iguodala, dropped 31 points on 11-of-21 shooting, 4 threes, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. The real story of the night, though, might have been the fact that the Philly starters scored 81 of the team’s 83 points. I think it’s safe to say that there are no bench players worth owning in Philadelphia.

The 76ers are on a 10 game losing streak, while the Knicks are…on…a…three…game…winning?…streak? Yeah. They beat the Oden-less Trail Blazers by a score of 93-84. Once again, Nate Robinson managed to post a DNP-CD. Time to drop Nate, no? He is now as valuable as Spike Lee is to the Knicks. Larry Hughes, on the other hand, continues to shine — 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting, 4 treys, 6 rebounds and a steal.

Other performances of note:

Joel Przybilla: Made his first start of the season last night, with Greg Oden out for the season. He scored just 4 points with 8 rebounds and zero blocks. I’m not giving up on Przybilla. He’s a nice source of rebounds, blocks and FG%. He’ll have better games going forward.

Andre Miller: He played 26 minutes off the bench, scoring just 4 points and dishing 2 dimes to 4 turnovers. I would continue to sit Miller, though if you started him this week — we’re cool. The Blazers play four times, so it’s tough to sit a guy on a four-game week.

James Harden: Scored a career-high 26 points on 13-of-14 shooting from the line. He also notched 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. He’s inching close to being a 12-team must-add. I think he has the ability to be this season’s Eric Gordon. I’m actually making the move in a 12-team league. But you should only do so if you have a movable feast piece.

C.J. Watson: He played all 48 minutes last night against the Thunder, though he only managed to score 10 points and pull down 5 rebounds. A few things to note: Anthony Morrow was unable to make the flight, so he missed last night’s game — leaving extra minutes. Plus, Corey Maggette got ejected in the third quarter. Altooouuuggghhhh, Devean George did play (5 minutes!). I still think Watson is a nice deep league value guy.

C.J. Miles: It was a night of 1,000 C.J.’s. Miles hit the 10-point mark for the first time this season last night. It will be interesting to see what happens once Andrei Kirilenko returns this week. The two wing position will be filled by Ronnie Brewer (17 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals), Wes Matthews (11 points in 34 minutes), Miles and AK-47. FIGHT!

Tonight there are 8 games on the schedule. Josh Howard might return, so too could Andrea Bargnani. I don’t however, expect to see Michael Redd in uniform against the Celtics. Enjoy!


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