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Thursday, October 24, 2013




Some Other Players I’ll Definitely Be Targeting:

Jrue Holiday: He posted 17.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 8.0 apg, 1.6 spg and 1.2 3s as a 22-year-old last season, and now plays with some extra motivation after being dealt from Philly to New Orleans. He has already posted one monster line this preseason (19 points, eight boards, eight assists, eight turnovers), and it doesn’t look like the move to a new city has slowed him down.

Damian Lillard: This one probably goes without saying given the way this article started, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see the No. 51 player from last season make a leap into the top-30.

Kemba Walker: It’s been a pretty quiet preseason for Walker, which is a good thing if you’re trying to draft him. The 23-year-old was quietly the No. 32 overall player (17.7 ppg, 5.7 apg, 1.9 spg, 1.3 3s) while playing all 82 games last year.

Paul Millsap: He had somewhat of a down year in 2012-13 (14.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.0 bpg), but with the task of replacing Josh Smith’s frontcourt scoring in Atlanta, I expect something closer to the 16.6 ppg and 8.8 rpg Millsap posted in 2011-12.

Tobias Harris: He’s dealt with ankle issues this preseason, but that only helps his value in drafts. The 21-year-old posted 17.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 0.9 spg, 1.4 bpg and 1.0 3s in 27 games after being dealt to Orlando.

Pau Gasol: Yes, he has durability issues, but there’s also a chance for a big bounce-back season with Dwight Howard gone. In eight April games last year (playing alongside Howard), Pau averaged 17.5 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 6.6 apg and 1.3 bpg, including two triple-doubles.

Jeff Green: Someone has to put up numbers on a rebuilding Celtics squad, and Green showed he’s plenty capable by posting 16.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 spg, 1.2 bpg and 1.2 3s over his final 36 games. On a related note, don’t forget about Gerald Wallace toward the end of drafts. He knows a little something about putting up big numbers on bad teams from his Bobcats days, and could come back strong after a rotten 2012-13.

Thaddeus Young: Similar to the Boston principle, someone needs to put up stats in Philly. Young could reach for the 17 and eight range after posting 14.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.8 spg and 0.7 bpg last year. I also expect good production from the sometimes/often frustrating Evan Turner.

My Roster (so far) in 30-Deep

Since I mentioned the 30-team expert league a few times, I might as well wrap things up with a quick breakdown of my roster in the league, including the overall number of the draft pick in parentheses:

PG: Stephen Curry (3) – You can find my thoughts on Curry above.

SG: Ben McLemore (118) – I expect him to get plenty of minutes, but he may not do a lot other than score and hit 3s.

SF: Rudy Gay (58) – Posted 19.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 spg, 0.7 bpg, 1.3 3s after trade to Toronto.

PF: Tobias Harris (63) – In addition to posting a nice combo of points, rebounds, blocks and 3s, he calls to mind one of the greatest TV characters of all-time (Tobias Fünke).

C: Samuel Dalembert (123) – I wouldn’t be excited about him in a standard league, but he could get seven-plus rebounds and two blocks per game, which is pretty useful in a 30-team league.

G: Lance Stephenson (178) – If/when Danny Granger gets hurt (actually, he's already hurt), this pick could pay off nicely.

F: Channing Frye (183) – Remember this guy? Before Channing Tatum, he was arguably the most famous Channing in the world. And in 2011-12, he posted 10.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.7 spg, 1.1 bpg and 1.4 3s in 26 min per game. Even if he’s in a timeshare with Markieff Morris, Frye could easily duplicate those stats.

Util: Terrence Ross (238) – Have I mentioned that this is a 30-team league?

BN: Anthony Randolph (243) – I mainly did this to get a reaction out of Dr. A. And I almost immediately regretted making the pick.

Meanwhile, with three more bench spots to draft in that league, things are going to get even more obscure in the next few days. I’ll post my squad’s final roster next week so you can see what bizarre players I ended up with in the final rounds.

Good luck drafting this week. In the meantime, I’ll be steering any and all conversations with my friends away from basketball and toward football so that they hopefully won’t realize I’ve written this column.



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Matt Stroup covers basketball, baseball and football for Rotoworld.com. You can find him on Twitter here .
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