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NBA Fantasy Playoff Draft Recap

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Fantasy Playoffs: LeBron-athon

Thursday, April 18, 2013


The Rotoworld Hoops crew and a couple rockers got together on Thursday night and completed an NBA Fantasy Playoffs Draft. These leagues can be very fun and don’t take much prep time. You just have to figure out who you think will advance in the playoffs and try to get as many of those players as you can, although the fact I have Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers on my team is not necessarily the way you want to go. Yeah, they should play a lot of games and get to the Finals, but it’s a moot point if they aren’t doing anything in the process. This scoring system is heavy on points scored, and had I had more time to plan for it, I probably would have weighted the categories differently. Bucks players were not popular targets as most of us believe they’ll be swept by the Heat, or go five games at best. Therefore, Monta Ellis was the only Buck drafted, and he was taken with the 65th pick out of 70.

 

In any case, here is what went down on Thursday night. And no, I don’t think I had a very good draft, but it was fun and I look forward to seeing how things shake out.

 

Rules: 10 Teams, 2 G, 2 F, 1 C, 2 FLEX, 1 point awarded for each point, rebound, assist, steal, block, 3-pointer and -1 point for each turnover, with some small bonuses thrown in for double-doubles, triple-doubles and 30-point scoring performances. Obviously, LeBron James will be a beast in this league. If you want to make things more interesting, it might not be a bad idea to put him on a “can’t draft list,” as some of us had to do with Michael Jordan back in the day. Then again, that might make Kevin Durant too valuable, which might just start a vicious circle. Stroup lobbied for keeping LeBron in play, won, and then got the first pick in our random draft.

 

We’re using a website called Fantasypostseason.com for the third or fourth straight year. The live draft feature is awesome, it’s simply laid out and a nice choice if you’re going to do one of these drafts. Check it out.

 

Snake Draft Order

 

Matt Stroup

Corey Griffin

Matthew Braine

Ethan Norof

Brian Rosenworcel

Adam Levitan

Steve Alexander

Mike Gallagher

Aaron Bruski

Stephen Malkmus

 

All but two of us work for Rotoworld hoops, and I’ll let you figure out what the other two do, besides kick butt at fantasy hoops every year.

 

Round 1

 

  1. LeBron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Russell Westbrook
  4. Dwyane Wade
  5. Carmelo Anthony
  6. Chris Bosh
  7. Ty Lawson
  8. J.R. Smith
  9. Serge Ibaka
  10. Chris Paul

 

Notes: This round is pretty simple to figure out, at least for the first four picks. I really wanted Chris Bosh at No. 7, but he was gone. Therefore, I went with Ty Lawson and the hope that the Nuggets will keep winning at home and at least get past the Warriors in Round 1, which actually isn’t a guarantee.  Serge Ibaka looks like a better pick here if rebounds and blocks were weighted a little differently, but he’s still a guy who has a good chance of going deep in the playoffs, which makes it a decent pick. I was probably going to take him with my next pick.

 

Round 2

 

11. Blake Griffin

12. Tim Duncan

13. Tony Parker

14. Dwight Howard

15. Kevin Martin

16. Stephen Curry

17. Pau Gasol

18. Paul George

19. Deron Williams

20. Raymond Felton

 

Notes: Things obviously get dicey in Round 2 and fantasy playoff leagues are the only place you’ll see Kevin Martin taken in front of Stephen Curry. I have the Lakers upsetting the Spurs in Round 1 and put my money where my mouth is (Dwight Howard), except that there’s no money involved. Raymond Felton was an interesting pick here, and Stroup is counting on the Knicks to breeze by Boston and possibly get to the Eastern Finals.

 

Round 3

 

21. Al Horford

22. Marc Gasol

23. Josh Smith

24. James Harden

25. Kawhi Leonard

26. David West

27. Andre Iguodala

28. Brook Lopez

29. Tyson Chandler

30. David Lee

 

Notes: Al Horford qualifies at center here, but if the Hawks get routed by the Pacers, that’s a tough way to spend a 3rd Round pick. Then again, it’s possible that most of the players taken in this round may not make it out of Round 1. Since I already have Lawson I figured I’d double up on Nuggets and went for Iguodala.


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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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