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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.



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

Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Yahoo’s Matt Buser

Matt Buser of Yahoo! and busersports.com joined Jeff and Tom on the Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show Sunday. Buser is the calm in the center of the free agency storm, and he helps make sense of numerous fantasy situations including where Dwight Howard and Chris Paul might end up, what to make of the Knicks, Pistons and Clippers rotations, and who the condensed schedule will necessitate you avoid this year. Plus much, much more from one of the industry’s top writers. If you want to have any chance of winning your fantasy league, you need to read Buser, and listen to this show! Link after the jump.
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Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Rotoworld’s Steve Alexander

Rotoworld’s Steve Alexander joins the Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show to discuss the upcoming NBA season. Steve, or “Doctor A” as he’s known, is perhaps the top fantasy basketball analyst out there, so you’ll want to listen. Jeff, Greg and Steve talk about the key storylines regarding free agency as well as many of the more interesting fantasy situations forming around the league. Steve gives us some sleepers, breakout candidates and more. Enjoy! Continue reading

Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Basketball is Back!

The mood in the room has gone from somber resignation to giddiness within a week. Jeff and Tom, a week removed from a depressing show lamenting the state of the NBA, decided to reconvene for a Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show you won’t want to miss. With little time to celebrate openly, they discuss free agency and potential destinations for Nene, David West, Caron Butler and others. There’s also Chris Paul. You will be hearing that name a lot. Chris Paul. Chris Paul. Chris Paul. Sick of it yet? We’re no gossip site, but we do delve into the CP3 to Knicks dance of seduction and whether or not it will, or can, work. Joy to the world; basketball is back. 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.



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: Atlanta Hawks


The Hawks could definitely use some frontcourt depth.


Until a few years ago, the only person following the Hawks was Borat Sagdiyev.  With an arsenal consisting of all-stars at shooting guard, power forward and center, Borat could have some company in Phillips Arena in 2010-11.  GM Rick Sund spent the offseason wooing Joe Johnson back to Atlanta with a max contract. My guess is that Sund awoke the day after the signing with a peptic ulcer, wondering what he had just done.  Johnson (21.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.7 3-pt fg) has been nothing short of solid in leading his team to its best results since Dominique Wilkins roamed the Omni, but by no means is he a franchise player, nor will he lead it past the second round of the playoffs.  This is a team in need of a new point guard and better depth, but now with limited funds it will rely on the three-headed monster of Johnson, Josh Smith and Al Horford.

We know that we’re going to get about a 22-4-5 with some threes and a strong free throw percentage out of Johnson and that makes him a solid third-round choice.  If you really want to get crazy and look at some fun box scores (and isn’t fantasy basketball about looking at fun box scores?),  take a gander at Smith a round earlier. J-Smoove is a blocks and steals fool and good luck finding another power forward who can get you better than four assists per game.  As it is, this is a late second round selection.  If he improves his atrocious free throw shooting (.618 in ’09-10), we could get late first/early second round value out of the 24-year old.  Horford has been a bit of a disappointment the past two seasons after a solid rookie campaign had us all believing we were going to be seeing the next Tree Rollins, at least without the finger-biting, from a rebounding and blocks perspective. Still, Horford can get you 14 and 10 with better than a block a game with solid peripherals (55% fg, 79% FT).

Stay far, far away from the point guard situation with this team as a fading Mike Bibby (9.1 ppg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 3-pt fg) will likely handle these chores once again. Second-year man Jeff Teague showed little during his limited opportunities last season, but he could easily supplant the veteran in the second half of the year. The better bet for value will come from disgruntled Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford. I say disgruntled because like Johnson, Crawford was looking to get paid over the summer but didn’t.  He did average 18.0 points and 2.1 threes as instant offense off the Atlanta bench, but his career has been marred by inconsistency and don’t be shocked if his field goal percentage hovers around the basketball version of the Mendoza Line.

I see no other draftable commodities on this team and that includes former #2 pick Marvin Williams, who should probably think about re-inventing himself by shaving his head, growing a thick beard, getting a nasty attitude, and changing his name a la Marvin Hagler to Marvelous Marvin Williams. Perhaps first-round pick Jordan Crawford, ye of the ridiculous dunk over LeBron James at the King’s own summer camp, will have something to say at some point.  Maybe they should consider signing Korki Butchiek.

PG – Mike Bibby, Jeff Teague
SG – Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford
SF – Marvin Williams, Maurice Evans
PF – Josh Smith, Josh Powell
C – Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Getting Bullish

In all my years watching pro ball, I don’t remember a team quitting on its coach this early into a season, but that is what the Bulls have done to Vinny Del Negro. Following last night’s 118-83 debacle in Atlanta, Vinny Of The Black’s days at the helm are numbered.

Chicago has now lost 9 of its last 10, many of the embarrassing variety, including Tuesday’s 103-101 home loss to the Nets, a team with little hap.

This man will not be entering the Chicago locker room anytime soon.

The Bulls aren’t defending anyone, but at least have shown good balance by looking lost on the offensive end. Rick Pitino reassured Bulls fans by commenting that Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen are not walking through that door.

Del Negro has put his faith in a system that seemingly none of his players believe in, with the possible exception of second-year perpetrator Derrick Rose, who regularly tries to beat multiple defenders off the dribble. Rose has been brutal for the most part, as has backcourt mate John Salmons, shooting below 40 percent from the field, an indictment of his shot selection as much as anything.

Joakim Noah (11.6 rpg, 1.7 bpg) has been the lone bright spot, but his behavior seems so erratic that he could be one more blowout away from pulling a Ricky Williams and taking a year off to smoke some ganja.

Wednesday’s Notables:

Jamal Crawford: Played 34 minutes off the pine and tallied a game-high 29 points on 10-of-16 (4-6 3-pt fg) from the field in the Hawks’ easy win over the Bulls. Crawford is good for one of these gems every few weeks, but will be too inconsistent to start regularly.

Kirk Hinrich: Returned from a thumb injury in enough time to misfire on all nine of his attempts in the Bulls’ humiliating loss last night. If Rose were to ever go down, Hinrich would be a solid add, but he belongs on waiver wires.

Tyler Hansbrough: Double-doubled to the tune of 13 points and 11 rebounds in only 22 minutes for the depleted Pacers yesterday. His minutes could begin to creep up and could be worth an add.

Jonas Jerebko: The best Hamish player to ever don an NBA uniform, Jerebko’s days as a solid contributor could be numbered as Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon are on the mend. But we’ve been saying this for a number of weeks, and as last night’s 17 points (7-12 fg) and 10 rebounds indicate, this is one talented Mennonite.

Rodney Stuckey: With the Pistons’ rash of injuries, Stuckey has been carrying the load offensively and should continue to do so. Last night’s 27, 5 and 8 lifted his team of no-names to a surprising win in Philly.

Allen Iverson: Speaking of Philly, it seems the Sixers haven’t won since they were called the Warriors and the Big Dipper roamed the interior. Through two games, the AI experiment has gone about as well as the other recent AI experiments the past few years. Last night’s epic 11-point, 3-assist outing was accomplished in 33 minutes. Iverson has way too much pride to not put points on the board and will take as many shots necessary to guise the fact that he is a detriment to any team he is on. Count on this while trying to pry him away from his owner.

Anthony Randolph: If Golden State was guided by anyone other than Nellie we could have something here. Not many in the league can post 11 points, 9 boards, 4 assists and 3 blocks in 20 minutes, but that is what Randolph did against the Nets last night. Hang in there with him and expect more monster lines along the way.

Luke Ridnour: One of the biggest surprises in the league, Ridnour has been terrific while backing up Brandon Jennings. In last night’s thrashing of Toronto he registered 15 points and 6 assists in a paltry 15 minutes of work. He’s probably worth an add, particularly if you have dead weight on your roster.

Ryan Gomes: Gomes is still starting for the Timberwolves and continued his torrid play with 21 points and 6 caroms last night. He has averaged 19.0 points and 5.2 rebounds, while shooting nearly 60 percent over his last five contests. Kevin Love will be starting soon, but it should be at the demise of Damien Wilkins and not Gomes.

Shane Battier: After a slow start to the season, Battier has turned it on, especially in the tough-to-come-by 3-point shooting, blocks and steals categories. He is also beginning to play big minutes and is a pretty good start during four-game weeks. Last night he totaled 14 points, 4 3-pointers, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in 38 minutes of work. A solid day at the office by anyone’s standards.

Beno Udrih: Despite coming off the bench, Udrih still has ample opportunity to record points, assists and steals. He saw 36 minutes of daylight in San Antonio last night and produced 15 points (7-11 fg), 4 rebounds and 6 assists.

Only three games on the docket tonight, including Pistons vs. Nuggets. The Carmelo/Jerebko matchup could be classic.

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