Five Guys I Won’t Draft
Danilo Gallinari SF Nuggets – He’s coming off knee surgery and there’s not really a timetable for his return. Maybe he’s back in December, but then again, maybe he’s not at full strength until January or February. And on draft night, that means he should sit on the board until you’re desperate for 3-pointers. He went in Round 11 in our mock, but that owner is going to have to display a lot of patience to hang onto him as hot free agents fly off waivers over the first couple months of the season. I’d much rather spend a mid-round pick on his replacement, Wilson Chandler.
Rajon Rondo PG Celtics – New coach Brad Stevens won’t put a timetable on Rondo’s return from knee surgery and we all saw what happened with Derrick Rose last year, who didn’t play in a single game. I think Rondo will play this season, and be good when he does, but he doesn’t have much to work with. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry are all in Brooklyn, and it looks like it will be a long year in Boston. Rondo went in Round 6 of our mock draft, which is way too rich for my blood.
Danny Granger G/F Pacers – Yes, Granger is back and should be ready for the start of the season. But his minutes and conditioning are in serious question, Paul George, George Hill, David West and Roy Hibbert are the leaders of this team, and Granger could quickly become an afterthought. Even when he was the main cog for the Pacers, his game was more “stand outside and bomb threes” than anything else, and I just don’t like his outlook for the next 12 months. He went in Round 9 in our mock, but the fact he went in front of a guy like Carlos Boozer seems like a bad joke. Let someone else deal with this oncoming headache.
Eric Gordon SG Pelicans – When Gordon is healthy he’s as good as any shooting guard in the league. The problem is, we never see him healthy, and I’ve lost all faith in him making it through a season. He’ll eventually prove me wrong, but I’ll let someone else be the guinea pig and just wait for it to happen. Add in that the Pelicans added Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday, and it’s possible that Gordon and his bum knee (ankle, groin, etc.) could become a role player. He went in Round 8 in our mock, but I’d rather have a guy like Marcin Gortat or DeMar DeRozan instead. At least we know they’re going to be in uniform on most nights.
Andrew Bogut C Warriors – Here are Bogut’s games played over the past several seasons, as he’s dealt with elbow and ankle issues: 32, 12, 65, 69, 36. That’s a lot of missed games and there’s nothing to make me think he’ll be able to stay healthy this time around. He’s not a good free throw shooter and averaged just 5.8 point per game for a talented Warriors’ team last season. I’d rather roll the dice on journeymen like Chris Kaman (Lakers) or Samuel Dalembert (Mavericks) this year, who should be available at the end of your draft.
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I am playing in various fantasy leagues with guys from Pavement, My Morning Jacket, Built To Spill, Guster, Explosions In the Sky, Gaslight Anthem, Kings of Leon, MGMT, The Whigs, Quasi, Everest and celeb chef David Chang. The reason I mention this is that I still get a lot of questions as to why I don’t write about music as much these days. One answer is that I’m getting old, but another is that I basically just listen to these guys, as there is a reason I'm in leagues with them - They churn out great jams. And you should listen to them too. Built To Spill and The Whigs are touring right now, while two of my all-time favorites, Sebadoh and Quasi, have new records coming out, and are also on tour. Check ‘em out.