Fantasy Draft Results And Predictions

My name is Quentin Haynes, and every week, I’m going to update you guys with some fantasy basketball talk. This past Monday, the members of Hoop City Blog (including myself) took part in an eight team draft. After the picks were settled, It seemed like the smart ideas to throw out some random predictions. First, let’s look at the results of the draft (Click the chart to see the picks):

Best Pick: James Harden (2nd round)

I love James Harden on Houston. Not only should he get an increased workload, but I also feel like Harden’s game will become more balanced. Harden could average around 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists this upcoming season, and that warrants a top 6 status to me. Getting Harden in the second round after the Rockets move was a great pick.

Biggest Steal: Blake Griffin (5th round, pick 6)

Blake Griffin isn’t a top 10 player in real life, but man is he a fantasy god. Not only will Blake provide 20-12 this season, but he helps the field goal percentage, as well as gives you 3.0 to 3.5 assists per game. The free throw shooting is a huge concern, but overall, Griffin shouldn’t have fell past the third round, due to all the things he provides.

Biggest Reach: Dirk Nowitzki (3rd round, pick 5)

Dirk is great, but third round? He’s going to give you 20 points and 40% shooting from three, but that’s really it. The next five players after him (Carmelo Anthony, Serge Ibaka, Rudy Gay, Andre Iguodala, and Greg Monroe) all feel like better picks at this point and time. With Dirk missing the first six weeks, that’s not good either. All in all, Dirk feels more like a 5th or 6th round pick.

Now….here’s some predictions for how this fantasy season will play out.

Best Overall Roster: Darkstafarian

I’m not picking my team, due to the fact I have LeBron James. So how about the team with Kevin Durant? Not only does Darkstafarian have Durant, but solid passing (Ty Lawson & Steve Nash), great rebounding (Paul Millsap, Greg Monroe, Joakim Noah, Nene), and some an electric rookie in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. If MKG could jump into the rookie of the year race, then this team becomes even better.

Field Goal Percentage: Tip Your Waiters

A team full of post players. There’s a legitimate chance that Andrew Bynum, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, and Andrew Bogut all shoot upwards of 50% from the field. With Harden gone from Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook has a chance to increase his numbers as well.

Free Throw Percentage: YellingAtChalmers

Other than Blake Griffin, this team is full of solid free throw shooters. Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, LaMarcus Aldridge, and even David Lee. This stat will be up in the air (FT% is so random, at times) but with four solid free-throw shooters, plus guys like Tony Parker and Arron Affalo, my money is on YellingAtChalmers.

3-point Shots Made: Darkostafarian

Kevin Durant, Ty Lawson, Steve Nash and Paul George should be enough to win this stat. Outside of those four, J.R. Smith will help (or hurt) the stat, and Brandon Knight will quietly provide some threes as well.

Points Scored: Welcome Unibrow

Quietly, this team has a ton of scoring. Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Rudy Gay, and Pau Gasol could all average somewhere between 18 to 21 points a night. With those four, and two scoring gems in Luol Deng and Mo Williams, I could see this team running away with the points scored title.

Total Rebounds: Melo Fellow

Not to be bias, but LeBron and Iguodala will provide 6-7 rebounds, and after that? My roster is full of double digit rebounders. Marc Gasol, Al Horford, Kevin Garnett, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee, and (maybe) Brook Lopez. If my team can remain healthy, the rebounding title should be mine.

Assists: Dac City Bitch

Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Mike Conley, and Raymond Felton. Those four alone should help Dac win the assists title with ease. If Curry can stay healthy, this should be a lock.

Steals: Dac City Bitch

Again, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, and Mike Conley. All three could rank 1-2-3 in the steals category this season if Curry decides this is the season to stay healthy.

Blocked Shots : Tip Your Waiters

It’s a size thing. DeMarcus Cousins could block shots, Andrew Bogut could block shots, and Andrew Bynum can also block shots. I picked this team because of Anthony Davis. There’s a good chance Davis averages somewhere between 1.6 and 2.5 blocks per game, and that could have this team sweep through in the blocks department.

Turnovers: Dac City Bitch

The good (assits and steals category) will help this team, but Felton turns the ball over a ton, and Al Jefferson, Kobe Bryant, and Stephen Curry do also.

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One Response to Fantasy Draft Results And Predictions

  1. Nice write-up. I thought I’d at least get the blocked shots, with Ibaka and Hibbert and Smith. Hopefully my team proves you wrong there!

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