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Preseason Dose & More 30-Deep

Friday, October 15, 2010


Another Knick who is down on his luck is Raymond Felton, as he's having trouble picking up the offense and just doesn't look comfortable on the court. Early predictions had him putting up huge numbers and being a Top 10, even Top 5 point guard, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. However, it's still early and the Knicks aren't ready to give up on him after paying him all that jack. They're going to find a way to make it work, and he becomes a value option instead of a bust candidate now.


Speaking of point guards, has anyone's stock risen faster in the last 24 hours than that of Philly's starting point guard Jrue Holiday? He had that triple-double on Wednesday night shortly after Doug Collins said he can be a Top 5 point guard in the NBA. Wow. He's still going middle rounds, but he is no longer a sleeper you want to target late. If you want him, you're probably going to have to step up and take him a round or two earlier than you think you should. And I'm starting to think he'll be worth it.

Three Wise Men

A few other guys I didn't mention last time were Nicolas Batum (Blazers), Josh Childress (Suns) and rookie Gordon Hayward (Jazz). Batum does a little bit of everything and could really bump up his scoring this season. He's a defensive specialist, but can also score and it looks like he'll have a big role for the Blazers. Wesley Matthews, who I did mention last time, is also playing well and could be a solid sixth man.

Here's what I wrote about Childress for Tom Lorenzo's Fanhouse Roundtable:

"He's having a great preseason, fitting in very well with his new teammates and the Suns, and he's one of those guys that won't crush any category, but does enough of everything to be a nice glue guy at the end of a fantasy draft. He can score, hit threes, steal, rebound, shoot it (even though the shot is ugly) and is a great teammate. A hustle guy who won't hurt you anywhere, and is as excited as anyone to be running alongside Steve Nash. I really don't see a downside to him and had he been playing in the NBA for the last couple years he'd probably be going in Round 5 instead of 12."

As for Hayward, I think he's a last-round flier, at best. But there are rumors that he could be in the starting lineup for the Jazz on opening night, making him a nice guy to target when the options become brutal.

From Russia With No Love

Timofey Mozgov was getting a ton of hype until struggling Wednesday night. He's still the starting center in New York as of today, but I imagine Amare Stoudemire is probably going to win the job, which will also help Wilson Chandler, who would start at small forward. Additionally, Roger Mason is looking like the possible starting SG in New York and is back in my good graces – at least for now.


DeJuan Blair is looking great for the Spurs, and while he has to deal with Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, I have a lot more faith in him now than I did a month ago. He's a beast, Gregg Popovich knows he's a beast, and the Spurs are going to find a way to give him solid minutes.

Jarrett Jack

Jarrett Jack's last line of 9-of-12 shooting, two 3-pointers, 24 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals has boosted his stock, and he is clearly a better pick than Jose Calderon. He's also a decent starting fantasy point guard option and is another example of just how deep the point guard pool runs.

Hopefully this gives you a general idea of where these guys may be taken in your draft, and you'll be able to plan accordingly for the ones you think you need to have.

Rotation Breakdown

And if you haven't already, check out Adam Levitan's East Rotations column, be sure to do so. And be on the lookout for the Western Conference version in the near future.


And as for Rounds 5 & 6 in 30-Deep? Here you go. These will be the last two rounds I post, but you could compile these four lists and have a nice cheat sheet.

Click here for Round 1
Click here for Round 2
Click here for Rounds 3 & 4

Continue reading for (most of) the results of Rounds 5 & 6.

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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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