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12-team NBA Draft Breakdown

Friday, October 18, 2013


Here are the partial results of a 12-team, head-to-head points league draft that is happening as I write this.  I have been in this league for 10 years and write about it every season.  Matthew Berry, John Hollinger and Eric Karabell are some of the alumni and there are several experts still in the league.  The scoring system is both complex and awesome.

 

Three Pointers Made .08 points

Assists .17 points

Blocks .25 points

Field Goals Made .25 points

Field Goals Attempted -.08 points

Free Throws Made .25 points

Free Throws Attempted -.17 points

Points .08 points

Steals .17 points

Turnovers -.17 points

Total Rebounds .10 points

 

When the week is finished the score looks pretty similar to that of an actual NBA game.  This draft moves at a snail’s pace, usually completing just a round or two per day, which is why I’m not sharing the whole draft.  It’s also important to note that you start four guards, four forwards, two centers and two flex, and given the scoring format, you can actually field a great team without owning a single point guard.  When adding the depth of the league to the fact you have to start two centers, getting your big men early is the way to go. And since free throw percentage and turnovers don’t hurt you like they do in a league that counts a category as a win, Dwight Howard and the other bad free throw shooters go earlier than they will in other leagues. Let’s get to it. 

 

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And if you haven't checked out the Rotoworld NBA Draft Guide, what are you waiting for?

 

Round 1

 

1. Kevin Durant- Chris Towers, CBSSports.com

2. LeBron James – David Klyce, HoopsKLYCE.com

3. Stephen Curry – Tim Trout, Panini America

4. James Harden – Dave Gawron, eXpertLeagues.com

5. Chris Paul – Matt Buser – Basketballmonster.com

6. Kevin Love –Brian Flood, SI.com

7. Derrick Rose – Tom Carpenter, ESPN.com

8. Kyrie Irving –Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing

9. Dwight Howard – Steve Alexander, Rotoworld.com

10. Carmelo Anthony – Andrew Feingold, Rotoexperts.com

11. Al Horford – Keith Wayland, KFBA.com

12. LaMarcus Aldridge – Dan Dobish, Rotoexperts.com

 

I’m not a huge fan of drafting Dwight Howard in most leagues, but I like him in this format. Blocks pay .25 a pop and if he returns to form in Houston, he should be a beast.  Stephen Curry in front of James Harden is interesting, but I think Harden should go No. 3 in all drafts. Derrick Rose at seven is a bit of a gamble, but it could pay off for Carpenter.

 

Round 2

 

13. Marc Gasol

14. Anthony Davis

15. John Wall

16. Paul George

17. Al Jefferson

18. Damian Lillard

19. Deron Williams

20. Pau Gasol

21. Blake Griffin

22. DeMarcus Cousins

23. Russell Westbrook

24. Mike Conley

 

Anthony Davis’ stock blew up with his dominant preseason performance and he’s going to go late first or early second round in most drafts. Prepare to pay. I’m still not sure how George fell to me at 16, but I was thrilled to see it happen, and almost took him at nine.  Klyce’s reach for Westbrook is interesting, and while he’ll potentially dominate for him in the playoffs, it’s going to be a long couple months of waiting around.  I really think this is the year Cousins puts it all together and I see some triple-doubles in his future.

 

Round 3

 

25. Josh Smith

26. David Lee

27. Monta Ellis

28. Brandon Jennings

29. Tony Parker

30. Kobe Bryant

31. Dwyane Wade

32. Nicolas Batum

33. Paul Millsap

34. Serge Ibaka

35. Tim Duncan

36. Kemba Walker

 

I was watching Dwyane Wade and Nicolas Batum slipping to me and was all set to pull the trigger on either of them.  And, of course, Carpenter and Hector ruined those plans, which led to some patented Dr. A whining in the chat room.  I almost took another center here, but decided to wait and went with Paul Millsap, who I’m hoping is dominant in Atlanta now that he has no competition for his job.  Serge Ibaka will go much higher than this in category scoring leagues, but in points leagues, his lack of scoring makes it tough to take him too high.  Plenty of risky business here, like Kobe’s Achilles, Wade’s body and Jennings’ mouth.  

 

Round 4

 

37. Roy Hibbert

38. Dirk Nowitzki

39. Ty Lawson

40. Brook Lopez

41. Larry Sanders

42. Nikola Vucevic

43. Rudy Gay

44. Goran Dragic

45. Jrue Holiday

46. Carlos Boozer

47. Greg Monroe

48. Jeff Teague

 

I was really torn between Lopez and Larry Sanders, but went with Lopez simply because he’ll score more. I was pretty bummed when Dirk was taken just before my pick, but I will live. Carlos Boozer was a pretty surprising pick this early and I remember being shocked that Kawhi Leonard still hadn’t been drafted.


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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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