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Fantasy Playoffs - LeBron #1

Friday, April 27, 2012


 

11.  Denver Nuggets – The Nuggets are at the Lakers in Round 1, then get the winner of Spurs – Jazz if George Karl can outsmart Mike Brown.  Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried, Al Harrington and Andre Miller are all worth picking up before the later rounds, while Kosta Koufos and Chris Andersen might be worth a late-round flier. 

 

12.  Utah Jazz – I don’t see how the Jazz are going to beat the Spurs, but stranger things have happened.  If they do, they’ll get the winner of the Grizzlies – Clippers in Round 2.  Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward are the guys you want, while Derrick Favors, Josh Howard, DeMarre Carroll, Alec Burks, Jeremy Evans and Enes Kanter are all possibly worth a look in the later rounds.

 

13.  Orlando Magic – The Magic will have a very tough time getting by the Pacers without Dwight Howard, but Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson, Hedo Turkoglu, J.J. Redick, Glen Davis and Jason Richardson should all be solid picks once the big names are off the board.  Quentin Richardson, Daniel Orton and Earl Clark all might be worth a late-round flier.

 

14.  Philadelphia 76ers – The Sixers get the Bulls in Round 1, and then the winner of the Hawks – Celtics, if they’re lucky enough to survive Chicago.  Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday, Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner should all be targeted after the first couple rounds, with Jodie Meeks and Nikola Vucevic worth a look near the end of your draft.

 

15.  Dallas Mavericks – The Mavs get the Thunder in Round 1 and it’s tough to see them surviving that one, but you never know.  Dirk Nowitzki should have a big series, while Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter are all worth an early look.  Delonte West, Roddy Beaubois, Brendan Haywood, Ian Mahinmi and Brandan Wright are all worth a late look, as well.

 

16.  New York Knicks – The Knicks will face the Heat in Round 1 and could pull off one of the bigger upsets in playoff history if they can take out LeBron and company.  But I’m not putting my money there, and think Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Baron Davis, Iman Shumpert, Landry Fields and Steve Novak are only going to see six games worth of action, at best.  If the Knicks do somehow take out the Heat, Jeremy Lin and Mike Bibby could be difference makers in the later rounds of the playoffs.

 

Here are my Top 40 picks.  If you think the Thunder are going to win it all, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and James Harden should probably be your Top 4 in the draft.  I’m going with the Heat, so I’ve got LeBron James and Dwyane Wade going 1 & 2.

 

1. LeBron James

2. Dwyane Wade

3. Kevin Durant

4. Russell Westbrook

5. Serge Ibaka

6. Chris Bosh

7. James Harden

8. Tony Parker

9. Tim Duncan

10. Manu Ginobili

11. Derrick Rose

12. Kobe Bryant

13. Luol Deng

14. Carlos Boozer

15. Joakim Noah

16. Danny Granger

17. Josh Smith

18. Andrew Bynum

19. Roy Hibbert

20. Pau Gasol

21. Ramon Sessions

22. Paul George

23. Joe Johnson

24. Marc Gasol

25. Rudy Gay

26. Mike Conley

27. Chris Paul

28. Blake Griffin

29. Rajon Rondo

30. Kevin Garnett

31. Al Jefferson

32. David West

33. Dirk Nowitzki

34. Jeff Teague

35. DeJuan Blair

36. Ryan Anderson

37. Ty Lawson

38. Zach Randolph

39. Udonis Haslem

40. Mario Chalmers



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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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