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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Centers

If only free throws were this easy for Dwight...

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 17 and published Dec. 20. I’ve done several drafts in the last few days and have noticed that you are going to have to reach for Greg Monroe, JaVale McGee and DeAndre Jordan if you want them. Joakim Noah is falling and offering great value.  

For years, the center position has been the most important one in Fantasy Basketball. These days, with so many power fowards manning the middle often enough to earn eligibility at the position, it isn’t as crucial to burn early picks on true centers. Pau GasolAmar’e StoudemireKevin Love and David Lee are just a few examples of players who are power forwards most of the time but pick up center eligibility in most leagues.

For the purposes of these rankings, we have including only the players who are expected to play the majority of their minutes at the true center position this year. As always, it is important to examine your own league’s positional eligibility rules prior to drafting. The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO). We break down players into tiers as well to help you organize them within your overall cheat sheets. These rankings take into account not just stat projections, but injury risk, competition for minutes and other intangibles.



1. Dwight Howard, ORL

Projected Stats: 22.7 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.0 3FG, 1.3 SPG, 2.5 BPG, 3.5 TO, 59.1 FG%, 59.8 FT%

To the casual player, Howard is the No. 1 center in the league by a mile. In Fantasy, it certainly depends on the format. He’s more of a second or third-round value in rotisserie leagues. In a head-to-head or points-based format, he challenges Chris Paul for the No. 3 overall selection. Howard’s dominance in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage sets your team up perfectly in H2H leagues, as you can punt free throws and surround him with complementary pieces in the other categories. Howard also averaged 1.4 steals last year, an underrated part of his game and an amazing number for a center.

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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.



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.  Continue reading

Damn Lies Midseason Report: Pacific Division

Vince returned to get his degree, and has since procured a Master's in Fantasy Disappointment

As governments across the Middle East and Northern Africa are being toppled by the day due to a scarcity of fantasy basketball information, we at Damn Lies continue to be all about country.  With all due respect to our cronies in the biz, you are not going to find better graders anywhere, as the combination of Jeff Andriesse, Tom Lorenzo and I pulled a 4.0 GPA at the university level. Jeff led the way with a 1.8, Tom pulled a respectable 1.5 and I brown-nosed my way to a solid 0.7.

I find it pretty ironic that I’m putting midseason report cards together for the Pacific Division as it has an inordinate amount of players who never went to college (see: Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Monta Ellis) as well as even more guys who couldn’t spell cat if you spotted them the C and the T (see: Sacramento Kings roster). Nevertheless, it’s time to get these gents graded, and who better to do so than someone whose MENSA card keeps getting lost in the mail. Continue reading

Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Sacramento Kings

I spent some time in Sacramento this summer and I have to wonder: what does Tyreke Evans do for fun there? I’m not hating on the capital city, but he’s the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year! He’s only the 4th player in NBA history to average 20/5/5 as a rookie! What can he possibly do for fun in a city like Sacramento?! Oh, right, you can race on the highway at over 120 miles per hour. Or you could go golfing, I suppose. I’m not one to tell people how to spend their free time, but what if Evans worked on his 3-point shot and was able to make 1.5 per game next year? Or what about shooting free throws until he was able to make over 80% of them? If both of those things were to happen we would have to move him into the first round, without a doubt. Right now, though, he’s being drafted late in the first round yet his game is probably closer to a late-2nd, early-3rd rounders. It’s possible that Evans could become the next Dwyane Wade, as we’ve heard him compared to, but he’s going to have to fill those holes in his game if he wants to get some first-round love from me.


Painting seems like a more constructive way to spend your free time in the offseason, Tyreke.


Ladies and gentlemen, the starting point guard for your Sacramento Kings: Beno Udrih. Read it again! Mr. Udrih (spoken in the key of Arrested Development’s ‘Mr. Wendal‘) is actually a nice late-round fantasy option. He had a fine season last year as Evans’ running mate, scoring a career-best 13 ppg, dishing 4.7 assists, making 1.1 threes, and stealing 1.0 balls per game. Maybe the best part of his game, though, was the fact that he shot the ball at nearly 50% from the floor (49.7% on 10.5 attempts). He’s not the kind of point guard you want leading your fantasy squad, but if you’re in need of assists in the 10th round or desperate to add some steals and threes, then there’s probably not much better left on the board than Mr. Udrih.

Jason Thompson is having a rough offseason. The Kings got rid of Spencer Hawes, much to Thompson’s delight, yet wound up bringing in Samuel Dalembert, who will start at center for the Kings. They then went and drafted another big man, a cornerstone big, if you will, in DeMarcus Cousins. Thompson has watched his minutes quickly disappear with the acquisitions the Kings made this summer. I for one have always liked Thompson and thought that if he could just add a little toughness on the defensive side of the ball he could be a nice fantasy big (with playing time, of course). But it looks like he’s not going to get significant minutes in Sac-Town. Barring an injury or an extremely slow start by Cousins, Thompson will likely see fewer than 20 minutes per game. That’s something we as fantasy hoopsters can’t have in our lineups.

There’s no denying that Dalembert is one of the few big men in the league who can go off on a given night for 20 rebounds and 5 blocks, and then turn around and put up 3 boards and zero blocks in the following night. Such is the life of being a Dalembert owner. In the end, though, he’s usually good for 9-10 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Another benefit to drafting Dalembert in the late rounds is that you’re getting a center who has not missed a game in over four seasons. Carl Landry is one of the least sexy picks you can make on draft day, yet he is about as solid as they come. Landry can add points, boards, blocks, steals, and shoot the ball in the high 50’s from the field and low 80’s from the free-throw line. He’s a nice pick in the middle rounds. Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to trying to put numbers to Cousins’ game. He could average a double-double and block 2 shots per game, or he could take time to develop. I think a 9th or 10th round pick is where you want to find out. The Kings also have a number of wings with potential — Omri Casspi, Donte Greene, and Francisco Garcia. The problem is, playing time is limited. Subbing in for Landry and Evans won’t get you much quality PT.

PG: Beno Udrih, Pooh Jeter
SG: Tyreke Evans, Donte Greene
SF: Francisco Garcia, Omri Casspi
PF: Carl Landry, Jason Thompson
C: Samuel Dalembert, DeMarcus Cousins

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Don won

Nellie finally got the record. Last night, Don Nelson broke the long-standing mark for most random fantasy stars created from nothing in one career, breaking Mike Shanahan’s heart. And on top of all that, Nellie is now the all-time wins leader in NBA history, a feat that necessitated a “champagne” bath with replacement beverages of Sprite and Mountain Dew, according to Anthony Tolliver. How fitting. Tolliver played 45 minutes and poured in 34 points in Golden State’s 116-107 win at Minnesota and is the latest of unlikely Nelson scrap-heap stars to carry fantasy owners in their time of need (April).

At various points during this year, Tolliver, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, C.J. Watson, Corey Maggette, Reggie Williams, Anthony Morrow and Leonard Zelig have been the best fantasy guy on the Warriors, and it’s a testament, I suppose, to Nellie’s ability to make the most out of his bizarre ingredients. It hasn’t always been chicken salad, but at times it’s been edible.

Nellie orders two more from the beer guy in Section 112 during a recent game.

From a fantasy standpoint, us roto geeks are ready to put Nelson on the Mount Rushmore of coaches, but we’d prefer to literally chisel his head into the side of the mountain. Owning Warriors in fantasy over the last several seasons has led to a boom in the psychiatric industry and caused advice pushers like myself to question our very place on this planet. Nellie keeps us humble.

As the lucky recipient of a Stephen Curry prize in the 14th round of the Damn Lies draft, I’m pouring Mountain Dew over myself this morning after Curry’s 27-8-14 last night that featured seven steals and three three-pointers. This is why we put up with Nellie, why we continue to start our Warriors every week. Of course, Maggette owners (8-2-2 in 17 minutes) are as frustrated as Tolliver owners are ecstatic (34-8, 14-22 FG). And Saturday night, when Golden State plays the Clippers, the roles could easily be reversed.

Many will now speculate that Nelson will retire after this year, leaving behind a legacy of frustration, bewilderment and fleeting joy in the fantasy community. One thing’s for sure: this game will get a lot more boring.

It was another huge slate of games in the NBA Wednesday night (13 to be exact), and Damn Lies is here to break it all down.

The Earl Barron Reunion Tour continued to roll through the U.S. as Barron put up a 15 & 9 at Indiana. Weird. Also, Chris Duhon continues to start at point guard, but Toney Douglas continues to out-play him. It’s a strange time to have to count on Knicks in fantasy, but at least David Lee (16 & 16) is doing his thing with consistency.

Chris Bosh will miss the rest of the season with a (cringing) broken face. A shame. Toronto fell to Boston last night unsurprisingly, 115-104. Sonny Weems had 21 points for the Raptors and that about sums things up.

Orlando yawned its way to a 121-94 win over Washington. Desperate fantasy owners could do a lot worse than Nick Young right now. Young is averaging 22 points over his last three. All Magic players other than Dwight Howard are risky plays as Orlando rests guys for the playoffs, but it was nice to see Rashard Lewis break out and have what seemed like his best night of the season with 10 points and three rebounds.

Sam Dalembert asked in to the fantasy playoff party with 19 points, 16 boards and four blocks in Philly’s 99-95 loss at Miami. Sammy contributed a 4 & 4 in his previous game. It seems like every time I open a Heat box score Dorell Wright is doing something interesting. He had 17 points and four threes last night.

The Bobcats – yes, the Bobcats – secured a playoff berth with a 104-103 nail-biter over New Orleans last night. I’d mention that Tyson Chandler had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks last night but nobody’d believe me. Marcus Thornton, who by now has secured a spot on the All-Waiver Wire team for the whole season, was a monster with 36 points and four connections from beyond the NBA regulation three-point line (I’m tired of calling them threes and I refuse to call them “triples”).

Elsewhere: Kentucky teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins put their names in the NBA Draft yesterday to nobody’s surprise. Does a LeBron-Wall-Brook Lopez trio intrigue you?… Manu Ginobili signed a four-year contract extension with the Spurs after proving over the last month or so that he has few peers at the shooting guard position… Chris Paul and Al Harrington join Bosh as stars shutting it down for the season… King James will be playing only intermittently the rest of the way. He will probably sit out Friday’s game.

Today, some truth

Since it was a light night in the NBA, and I had to get my column in this morning, something different today: Two links. All I ask is that you click on them. And then, enjoy your weekend and every moment after that.

Haiti in need of Dalembert’s greatest assist (Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski)

What you can do to help the people of Haiti (The Clinton Foundation)

Daily Lies & Statistics: Oh Nellie!

It’s been an interesting few weeks in the Fox household to say the least. After slipping down my stairs to the tune of a dislocated right shoulder (I know that banana peel was left on the top step by accident, honey) I’ve been about as pleasant as a constipated James Lipton. But a new 46″ Toshiba LCD in Full HD in the bedroom has done the trick for my spirits, and last night I was able to break away from Jersey Shore reruns long enough to catch the end of Warriors/Nuggets. Golden State seemingly pulled out a 122-120 victory only to have Jason Phillips determine the outcome by calling a cheap foul on Monta Ellis 40-feet from the hoop with 0.4 remaining as J.R. Smith was attempting an off-balance prayer.

Last night's foul call on Monta Ellis was a bad situation.

What was Ellis doing hounding Smith so closely when hoisting such a low percentage shot? Why wasn’t Nellie insisting to his players during the final time out to avoid any contact? Regardless, Phillips should be drawn and quartered for making that call. It didn’t seem that Ellis made any contact with Smith’s hand or wrist to interfere with the attempt. There may have been a nudge to the lower body, but not enough to deter the trajectory of the ball. Nelson is so shot as a coach that I don’t think he realized what had happened and went home to celebrate career win No. 1319.

Despite the miscarriage of justice, it was an entertaining game that featured huge totals from Corey Maggette (35 pts, 12-16 FG, 11-12 FT), Ellis (32 pts, 6 ast), Stephen Curry (26 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast, 6-6 3-pt FG), Kenyon Martin (27 pts, 13 reb, 11-18 FG) and Ty Lawson (21 pts, 8 ast), who left the game after spraining his ankle.

There were a few upsets last night, including Indiana defeating Orlando, 97-90, Memphis winning in Portland, 109-105, and Washington coming from way to back to catch Philly, 104-97, as the rootinest, tootinest gunslinger in the East, Gilbert Arenas, handed out a season-best 14 assists.

I’d talk about the Bucks/Nets, but after watching the first half I turned on Schindler’s List just to cheer myself up.

Other notables:

Sam Dalembert: Recorded a 20-20 last night as his Sixers blew an 18-point lead in the loss to the Wizards. The Dalembert/Brand/Speights troika can’t be trusted right now as none of them are seeing consistent minutes.

Vince Carter: Posted a 6, 3 and 2 and shot 2-of-15 against the Pacers’ stifling defense that I think was lit up by Carver High’s Salami last week. JJ Redick (13 pts in 28 min) and Mickael Pietrus (16 pts in 21 min) carried the offense last night.

Boris Diaw: Has anyone been more of a disappointment this season than Diaw? Last night’s line (5 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast, 5 bk, 2 st) may have been his best of the season which is saying something. I’m not exactly sure what, but it’s saying something. With Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson hogging the spotlight, it’s time to pawn Diaw off for a player with injury upside.

Yi Jianlian: The Chairman continued his inspired play with 22 points, 2 blocks and 2 steals in an ugly Nets home defeat to the Bucks in front of family and friends in the Meadowlands. Yi is a legit 7-feet and has solid all-around skills. If he continues playing 30-35 minutes a night this is someone to target in a trade. Most importantly, if you’re the father of a 13-year old Jewish lad, if you purchase season tickets, Yi will make an appearance at your son’s Bar Mitzvah. You can’t put a price tag on that.

Zach Randolph: Randolph’s averages over the past month fell after last night’s 27-point, 14-rebound, 3-steal effort in the Grizz’s win at Portland. Playing out of his mind right now, Randolph shot 10-of-16 from the floor and continues to convert free throws at a solid clip.

Martell Webster: Posted his third consecutive game of more than 20 points and has knocked down 14 threes during this period. The deadeye shooting won’t last, but with all of the Blazers’ injuries, he is playing huge minutes and is a decent source of threes, rebounds, blocks and steals.

Omri Casspi: This guy could have singlehandedly led the Raid on Entebee. The best Israeli athlete since Shlomo Glickstein, Casspi has been one of the league’s top rookies this season. Last night he poured in a season-high 24 points and added 7 boards and 3 threes in a game-high 44 minutes of work. He should not be available in any leagues.

Tyreke Evans: Another 27, 11 and 7 for the soon-to-be Rookie of the Year. He’s been terrific, but his stats could suffer with the impending return of Kevin Martin. If you can get a nice package for him, it might be worth a try.

Lamar Odom: Pau Gasol‘s latest hamstrings woes greatly benefitted Odom who registered 17 points, 19 rebounds and 9 assists in the Lakers’ win over the Rockets. His marriage to Chloe Kardashian has re-energized the New York native and it shouldn’t be long before he is hitting on smoking-hot sister-in-law Kim.

Andrew Bynum: Last night’s 24-point 8-rebound effort makes it three straight solid outings for the man-child. If Gasol misses significant time, Bynum immediately becomes a top 5 center.

There are 10 games tonight in the Basketball Association, including Celtics at Heat, Raptors at Magic, Rockets at Suns and Lakers at Clippers. Or is it Clippers at Lakers?

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