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Drafting Pau In Playoff League

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I was involved in another fantasy NBA Playoffs Draft on Monday night and thought I'd share the results. We did this one at Fantasypostseason.com and I'm happy to report everything went smoothly, and stats were retro'd in for the games we missed with a simple email telling them to do so. I don't like this team as well as the first one I drafted, but this one also doesn't have LeBron James on board. I had the eighth pick and got Russell Westbrook. Here are the settings we used for this one.

Draft 2 G, 2 F, 1 C, 3 Flex.

Points = 1 point
Rebounds = 2
Assists = 2
Steals = 3
Blocks = 3
TOs = -2
Double-Double = 2
Triple-Double = 5
30+ Scoring = 3

Draft Results

This league was made up of a lot of the Rotoworld Hoop staff, as well as a couple rock stars. Here's the owners and draft order.

Round 1

1. Ethan Norof – LeBron James - MIA
2. Aaron Bruski – Pau Gasol - LAL
3. Chris Wright – Dwyane Wade - MIA
4. Adam Levitan – Dwight Howard - ORL
5. Brett Vandermark – Derrick Rose - CHI
6. Brian Rosenworcel of Guster – Kevin Durant - OKC
7. Ryan Knaus – Joakim Noah - CHI
8. Dr. A – Russell Westbrook - OKC
9. Stephen Malkmus of Pavement – Kobe Bryant - LAL
10. Scott Shniderman – Carlos Boozer – CHI

Thoughts: Gasol at No. 2 was a bit of a surprise after his poor start, but Bruski apparently thinks the Lakers are going deep. Other than that, Round 1 went as planned, and Pau is still a Top 10 guy, any way you slice it.

Round 2

1. Chris Bosh - MIA
2. Serge Ibaka - OKC
(me) 3. Zach Randolph - MEM
4. Tim Duncan - SAS
5. Luol Deng - CHI
6. Rajon Rondo - BOS
7. Lamar Odom - LAL
8. Andrew Bynum - LAL
9. Kevin Garnett - BOS
10. Dirk Nowitzki - DAL

Thoughts: Malkmus scooped up my man Ibaka early in Round 2, which triggered me going on a Grizzlies run. And with Dallas up 2-0 in their series against the Blazers, Dirk looks like a steal with the final pick of Round 2.

Round 3

1. Tony Parker - SAS
2. Paul Pierce - BOS
3. Manu Ginobili - SAS
4. Amare Stoudemire - NYK
5. Carmelo Anthony - NYK
6. Chris Paul - NOH
7. LaMarcus Aldridge - POR
(me) 8. Marc Gasol - MEM
9. Al Horford - ATL
10. Ray Allen – BOS

Thoughts: If you don't get a center in Round 1 or 2, say hello to Marc Gasol or Tyson Chandler, as the center situation got very tight, very quickly. Chris Paul, Al Horford, Amare Stoudemire, LaMarcus Aldridge and Carmelo Anthony could all be one-and-done players. Then again, so could Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Gasol.

Round 4

1. James Harden - OKC
2. Jason Kidd - DAL
(me) 3. Jason Terry - DAL
4. Josh Smith - ATL
5. Jameer Nelson - ORL
6. DeJuan Blair - SAS
7. Raymond Felton - DEN
8. Gerald Wallace - POR
9. Andre Miller - POR
10. Mike Conley - MEM

Thoughts: This is the round where every player taken should be a shaky one, but Malkmus pulling Kidd looks great after Tuesday's win. I then choked by taking Terry. If Memphis can hang on and advance, Conley was a steal for Ethan.

Round 5

1. Tyson Chandler - DAL
2. Glen Davis - BOS
3. Joe Johnson - ATL
4. Nene - DEN
5. Jeff Green - BOS
6. George Hill - SAS
7. Hedo Turkoglu - ORL
(me) 8. Shawn Marion - DAL
9. Marcus Camby - POR
10. Kendrick Perkins – OKC

Thoughts: Chandler was the last solid center on the board and Dallas is looking good at 2-0. Ryan snagged Hedo Turkoglu here, which looks like a steal if the Magic can get by the Hawks, although Josh Smith has done a nice job of shutting Turk down so far. Camby and Perkins are both starting centers, but I don't really trust either of them.

Round 6

1. Ron Artest - LAL
2. Wilson Chandler - DEN
(me) 3. Mike Bibby - MIA
4. Derek Fisher - LAL
5. Matt Bonner - SAS
6. Chauncey Billups - NYK
7. Jason Richardson - ORL
8. Danny Granger - IND
9. Ty Lawson - DEN
10. Toney Douglas – NYK

Thoughts: I grabbed Bibby in hopes the Heat would go to the Finals, while Ryan turned some heads with his final three picks of Derek Fisher, Ronnie Brewer and Landry Fields. That's a tough way to finish up. Douglas could be nice with Chauncey Billups iffy for the rest of Round 1, but the Knicks are in an 0-2 hole. Wright went with Danny Granger, who may only have two more games in which to annoy me this year.

Round 7

1. Danilo Gallinari - NYK
2. Thabo Sefolosha - OKC
3. Richard Jefferson - SAS
4. Andre Iguodala - PHI
5. Joel Anthony - MIA
6. Taj Gibson - CHI
7. Ronnie Brewer - CHI
(me) 8. Jamal Crawford - ATL
9. Elton Brand - PHI
10. J.R. Smith - DEN

Thoughts: Brian's finish down the stretch was also interesting, with Matt Bonner, Taj Gibson and Nicolas Batum. You have to love this kind of draft, where a guy like Bonner goes ahead of Chauncey Billups, and Joel Anthony goes ahead of Jamal Crawford.

Round 8

1. Ryan Anderson - ORL
2. Kurt Thomas - CHI
(me) 3. Tony Allen - MEM
4. Landry Fields - NYK
5. Nicolas Batum - POR
6. Trevor Ariza - NOH
7. Kenyon Martin - DEN
8. Wesley Matthews - POR
9. Shannon Brown - LAL
10. Jermaine O'Neal - BOS

Thoughts: Anything goes in the last round, including Kurt Thomas. I stuck with my Memphis theme with Tony Allen, while the Shannon Brown pick was pretty sneaky by Aaron if the Lakers keep going.

Playoff Predictions

In case you missed them in my previous column:

East

Round 1

Bulls over Pacers in 5
Heat over Sixers in 5
Celtics over Knicks in 7
Magic over Hawks in 6

Round 2

Bulls over Magic in 7
Heat over Celtics in 5

Eastern Finals

Heat over Bulls in 7

West

Round 1

Spurs over Grizzlies in 6
Lakers over Hornets in 4
Mavs over Blazers in 7
Thunder over Nuggets in 7

Round 2

Thunder over Spurs in 7
Lakers over Mavs in 6

Western Finals

Thunder over Lakers in 7

Finals

Heat over Thunder in 6


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