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30-team draft, pick-by-pick

Friday, October 25, 2013

The 30-team league known as '30-Deep' is in the process of drafting.  It’s pretty simple, really. You have 30 fantasy hoops experts drafting a team of eight starters – PG, SG, SF, PF, C, G, F, Flex and we play head-to-head with nine scoring categories, and each category win counts for one point.  This is possibly/probably the deepest fantasy hoops league in existence and when you add in the fact that people are dialed in and know what they’re doing, it’s really, really tough to win.


Things get really dicey around Rounds 5 and 6, and the scary part is that you’re still drafting players for your starting lineup in Rounds 7 and 8. And the CBS positional settings make it even tougher, as a guy like Atlanta starting small forward DeMarre Carroll only qualifies at power forward, for now.


Here are the results for the first seven rounds with some brief analysis. Hopefully this gives those of you in deeper leagues an idea where the deep sleepers you’re looking at might be drafted. Enjoy.


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Editor's Note: Rotoworld's partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $15,000 Fantasy Basketball league on October, 30th. It's $10 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts October 30th at 7pm ET. Here's the link.  

I already have a team entered in that FanDuel league and can't wait to see how it does. And if you haven't checked out the Rotoworld NBA Draft Guide, well, it's time! 


Round 1


1.         LeBron James – Joe Kaiser ESPN

2.         Kevin Durant – Matt Buser Basketball Monster

3.         Stephen Curry – Matt Stroup Rotoworld

4.         James Harden – Ryan Knaus Rotoworld

5.         Dwight Howard – Dan Dobish RotoExperts

6.         Chris Paul – Eric Mack SI

7.         Kevin Love – David Klyce HoopsKlyce

8.         Paul George – Frankie Lloyd Baller Mind Frame

9.         Kyrie Irving – Dylan Gold Anonymous

10.       Derrick Rose – Tracy Fay

11.       Marc Gasol – Nick Raducanu FantasyTrade411

12.       John Wall – Matt Satten

13.       Anthony Davis – Eric Andrews FSA WDCB 90.9

14.       Carmelo Anthony – Brian Flood SI

15.       Josh Smith – Scott White CBSSports

16.       Al Horford – Jeff Andriesse

17.       Deron Williams – Tom Lorenzo

18.       Damian Lillard – Dennis Velasco Baller Mind Frame

19.       Nicolas Batum – Hector Castro

20.       LaMarcus Aldridge – Dave Gawron

21.       Ricky Rubio – Tom Carpenter ESPN

22.       Al Jefferson – Mike Gallagher Rotoworld

23.       Serge Ibaka – Tommy Beer Hoopsworld

24.       DeMarcus Cousins – Ethan Norof Bleacher Report

25.       Kawhi Leonard – Aaron Bruski Rotoworld

26.       Mike Conley – Benny Aziz New York Cosmos

27.       Monta Ellis – Rick Kamla NBA TV

28.       Paul Millsap – Steve Alexander Rotoworld

29.       Kemba Walker – Brandon Klyce HoopsKlyce

30.       Ty Lawson – Jamey Eisenberg CBSSports


There’s not much to say here, other than I was happy to get Paul Millsap this late, but would have taken Monta Ellis had Rick Kamla not pimped me. I get the feeling that everyone’s favorite late first-round pick this year is Anthony Davis, and Eric Andrews was lucky enough to still see him sitting there at 13. I am higher than Al Jefferson, a lot higher, than Aaron Bruski is, but he did fall to 22 in this one. I also think DeMarcus Cousins is a steal this year.


Round 2


31.       Pau Gasol

32.       Derrick Favors

33.       Roy Hibbert

34.       Jrue Holiday

35.       Larry Sanders

36.       Russell Westbrook

37.       Andre Drummond

38.       Dirk Nowitzki

39.       Eric Bledsoe

40.       Dwyane Wade

41.       Brandon Jennings

42.       Brook Lopez

43.       Blake Griffin

44.       Nikola Vucevic

45.       Jeff Teague

46.       Goran Dragic

47.       David Lee

48.       Andre Iguodala

49.       Tim Duncan

50.       Greg Monroe

51.       Kobe Bryant

52.       Jonas Valanciunas

53.       JaVale McGee

54.       Jeff Green

55.       Tony Parker

56.       Evan Turner

57.       Chris Bosh

58.       Rudy Gay

59.       Bradley Beal

60.       Joakim Noah


I went with Roy Hibbert, locking up my PF and C early. I will pay later though, as small forward and point guard seem to be the thinnest positions this year. Having an injured player in this league is deadly. I backed up a championship by taking Kevin Love early last year, and you can probably imagine how that turned out. Therefore I’m a little worried for the owners of Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Brandon Jennings, Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah, but someone has to own those studs. And yes, Eric Bledsoe is a 2nd rounder in this league.


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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