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12-team NBA Draft Breakdown

Friday, October 18, 2013


 

Round 5

 

49. Chris Bosh

50. O.J. Mayo

51. Kenneth Faried

52. Jonas Valanciunas

53. Thaddeus Young

54. Eric Bledsoe

55. Andre Drummond

56. Klay Thompson

57. Derrick Favors

58. Joakim Noah

59. Kawhi Leonard

60. Evan Turner

 

I had O.J. Mayo, Eric Bledsoe, Andre Drummond, Kawhi Leonard and Derrick Favors all queued up and really didn’t know what to do.  I would have been happy with any of them and I thought Favors would qualify at center in CBS leagues, but he doesn’t.  In any case, as hard as it was to pass on Leonard this late, I went with Favors, who I considered taking a round earlier.  This was a pretty strong round, although Joakim Noah’s groin injury is now a huge concern, and I don’t know that Evan Turner belongs with the rest of these guys, but someone has to get it done for the Sixers, right?

 

Speaking of CBS, their default settings allow players to only qualify at one position, which can be extremely limiting. Be sure to change the setting to multiple positions before your draft. 

 

Round 6

 

61. Jeff Green

62. Ricky Rubio

63. Andre Iguodala

64. Bradley Beal

65. Ersan Ilyasova

66. Chandler Parsons

67. Gordon Hayward

68. JaVale McGee

69. Nikola Pekovic

70. Paul Pierce

71. Spencer Hawes

72. DeMar DeRozan

 

I was hoping I wouldn’t have to decide between Jeff Green and Bradley Beal, and Dobish solved that problem for me by taking Green. Despite Green’s lackluster preseason, I still think he’s going to be a monster in Boston.  I was really scared one of the guys in front of me was going to get Beal, but he fell into my lap.  And that was crucial since I only had Paul George at guard through five rounds.  I like the JaVale McGee pick here and Spencer Hawes should be a quality two-center player.

 

Round 7

 

73. Tyson Chandler

74. David West

75. Luol Deng

76. Enes Kanter

77. Tyreke Evans

78. Victor Oladipo

79. Tobias Harris

80. Michael Carter-Williams

81. DeAndre Jordan

82. Zach Randolph

83. Eric Gordon

84. Kyle Lowry

 

Things get a little dicey starting in Round 7, although the youth, upside and excitement that guys like Enes Kanter, Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris bring helps offset the age, apathy and injury scares that Tyson Chandler, Luol Deng, Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon and Kyle Lowry provide.  I took a flyer on DeAndre Jordan, who has been hot this preseason, simply because the good centers will be gone after the next round.  In hindsight, I probably should have taken Marcin Gortat

 

Round 8

 

85. George Hill

86. Kevin Garnett

87. Amir Johnson

88. Wilson Chandler

89. J.R. Smith

90. Jimmy Butler

91. Brandon Knight

92. Marcin Gortat

93. Ryan Anderson

94, Rajon Rondo

95. Dion Waiters

96. Jose Calderon

 

We’re going 17 rounds deep in this thing, so we’re basically about halfway through.  And given the two-hour time clock, we have a long way to go.  I got Wilson Chandler here, which I was happy with, but I think Jimmy Butler (and his guard status) would have been a better pick.  Then again, WilChan should go off with Danilo Gallinari injured.  Rajon Rondo could boom or bust for the playoffs, while Marcin Gortat looks like a real steal this late.

 

That’s all I’ve got for now, so I’m going to go back to the three slow drafts I’m watching right now.  Our 30-team league draft will start rolling on Monday and I’m looking forward to the eventual 10-minute clock we use in that one.  Have a great weekend! 



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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 2013-14 NBA season marks his 12th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter at Docktora.
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