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Fantasy Hoops Mock Draft Two

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

After a quick look at the rookies last week, we're back to finish up the two-man mock draft. In case you missed the explanation last time, Jonas Nader and I did a 12-team mock draft with each of us getting six teams and alternating picks. This is a nine-cat, head-to-head format, so turnovers do play a factor here. Although, the H2H aspect means it's easy to punt on a category.


Both Jonas and I are all about upside late, so the high-ceiling guys probably came off the board a lot sooner than you'll see in your leagues. Plus, the high-floor guys slipped a bit for the same reasoning. 


If you missed the first edition, you can bang it here for the analysis of those picks. I did put the picks below, but they didn't have the analysis on this edition.


  Team Player
Jonas 1 Giannis Antetokounmpo 
Mike 1 Karl-Anthony Towns 
Jonas 2 Kevin Durant 
Mike 2 Stephen Curry 
Jonas 3 Kawhi Leonard 
Mike 3 James Harden 
Jonas 4 Nikola Jokic 
Mike 4 Russell Westbrook 
Jonas 5 Anthony Davis 
10  Mike 5 Rudy Gobert 
11  Jonas 6 Jimmy Butler 
12  Mike 6 John Wall 
  Team  Player 
13  Mike 1 Chris Paul 
14  Jonas 1 LeBron James 
15  Mike 2 Damian Lillard
16  Jonas 2 Kyrie Irving  
17  Mike 3 Myles Turner 
18  Jonas 3 Kristaps Porzingis 
19  Mike 4 Draymond Green
20  Jonas 4 DeMarcus Cousins 
21  Mike 5 Isaiah Thomas 
22  Jonas 5  C.J. McCollum 
23  Mike 6 Kyle Lowry 
24  Jonas 6 Paul George 
  Team Player
25  Jonas 1 Hassan Whiteside 
26  Mike 1 Bradley Beal 
27  Jonas 2 Kevin Love 
28  Mike 2 Joel Embiid 
29  Jonas 3 Klay Thompson 
30  Mike 3 Blake Griffin 
31  Jonas 4 Kemba Walker 
32  Mike 4 Marc Gasol 
33  Jonas 5 Gordon Hayward 
34  Mike 5 Victor Oladipo 
35  Jonas 6 Mike Conley 
36  Mike 6 Al Horford 
  Team  Player 
37  Mike 1 Paul Millsap 
38  Jonas 1 Khris Middleton 
39  Mike 2 Brook Lopez 
40  Jonas 2 D'Angelo Russell 
41  Mike 3 Ricky Rubio 
42  Jonas 3 Eric Bledsoe 
43  Mike 4 Goran Dragic 
44  Jonas 4 Jrue Holiday 
45  Mike 5 Nikola Vucevic 
46  Jonas 5  Markelle Fultz 
47  Mike 6 Marquese Chriss 
48  Jonas 6 Jeff Teague 
  Team Player
49  Jonas 1 Avery Bradley 
50  Mike 1 Aaron Gordon 
51  Jonas 2 Nicolas Batum 
52  Mike 2 Jamal Murray 
53  Jonas 3 Robert Covington 
54  Mike 3 Serge Ibaka 
55  Jonas 4 Otto Porter 
56  Mike 4 Lonzo Ball 
57  Jonas 5 Jusuf Nurkic 
58  Mike 5 Ben Simmons 
59  Jonas 6 DeAndre Jordan 
60  Mike 6 Andre Drummond 
  Team  Player 
61  Mike 1 Clint Capela
62  Jonas 1 Nerlens Noel 
63 Mike 2 Dennis Smith Jr. 
64  Jonas 2 Gary Harris 
65  Mike 3 Tobias Harris
66  Jonas 3 DeMar DeRozan 
67  Mike 4 Trevor Ariza 
68  Jonas 4 LaMarcus Aldridge 
69  Mike 5 Devin Booker 
70  Jonas 5  Gorgui Dieng 
71  Mike 6 Carmelo Anthony 
72  Jonas 6 Andrew Wiggins 
  Team Player
73  Jonas 1 Willy Hernangomez 
74  Mike 1 Taurean Prince 
75  Jonas 2 Marcin Gortat 
76  Mike 2 Richaun Holmes 
77  Jonas 3 Jae Crowder 
78  Mike 3 Seth Curry 
79  Jonas 4 Danilo Gallinari 
80  Mike 4 Dennis Schroder 
81  Jonas 5 Harrison Barnes 
82  Mike 5 Jeremy Lin 
83  Jonas 6 George Hill 
84  Mike 6 Tim Hardaway Jr. 


Alright, here are the newer picks. Expect a lot of changes in the next month or so. Plus, I'll also be doing some mock drafts, so follow me on Twitter @MikeSGallagher. We did about 10 over the weekend.


We'll also be talking about this again on the next pod.


  Team Player
85  Mike 6 Thaddeus Young 
86  Jonas 6 Elfrid Payton 
87  Mike 5 Marvin Williams 
88  Jonas 5 Evan Fournier 
89  Mike 4 Rodney Hood 
90  Jonas 4 James Johnson 
91  Mike 3 Wilson Chandler 
92  Jonas 3 Marcus Smart 
93  Mike 2 T.J. Warren 
94  Jonas 2 Darren Collison 
95  Mike 1 Patrick Beverley 
96  Jonas 1 Dirk Nowitzki 

Jonas and Mike 6 teams are both punting FT%, so that explains the poor shooting guys to start this one off. Young could be really good without the FT%, especially after his terrific run back with the Nets in 2015-16 season. Marvin and Fournier were both some very safe picks for us. Marvin has basically a top-40 player down the stretch last year and he really seems to have found a home. Although, a lot of people dropped him to start last year, so this is probably where he'll be going.


I took a shot on Rodney Hood. One year after his breakout 2015-16, Hood had a nightmare season last year. He's headed for a massive bump in usage rate and he should see more dimes -- he can run PNR fairly well.


Collison could wind up being a huge steal and the same goes for Pat-Bev. I think I'm generally off Boston players unless they slide.

  Team Player
97  Jonas 1 Julius Randle 
98  Mike 1 Boban Marjanovic 
99  Jonas 2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 
100  Mike 2 Kent Bazemore 
101  Jonas 3 Eric Gordon 
102  Mike 3 Willie Cauley-Stein 
103  Jonas 4 Jonas Valanciunas 
104 Mike 4 Steven Adams 
105  Jonas 5 Greg Monroe 
106  Mike 5 Josh Richardson 
107  Jonas 6 Dwight Howard 
108  Mike 6 Malcolm Brogdon 

I took the plunge on Boban. Now that Aron Baynes is officially gone, Boban should have his 20 minutes per game. He could be a 13-7 guy in that time with good percentages and some defense. Sign me up for that. I like Jonas' Julius pick, especially if he can play some five.


This round had a surprising number of high-floor guys here. I still like J-Rich 2 even with Dion Waiters still in the mix. The Bucks could still deal Monroe, which would likely help him. I don't think I'll be drafting Dwight or Eric Gordon this year.

  Team Player
109  Mike 6 Reggie Jackson 
110  Jonas 6 Rajon Rondo 
111  Mike 5 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 
112  Jonas 5 Brandon Ingram 
113  Mike 4 Terrence Ross 
114  Jonas 4 Markieff Morris 
115  Mike 3 Dejounte Murray 
116  Jonas 3 Zach LaVine 
117  Mike 2 Robin Lopez 
118  Jonas 2 Derrick Favors 
119  Mike 1 JaMychal Green 
120  Jonas 1 Milos Teodosic 

Lots of interesting picks here. MKG was really good last year, especially with how his defensive stats popped up and how he turned in good percentages. Sure, he probably won't be a mid-round guy like he was when he was humming, but 111 is a bargain. Markieff Morris is basically the same guy as MKG and he'll likely have a tough time matching his value from last year -- still a great value. Robin Lopez seems like he should have no problem hitting this value, assuming the Bulls don't shut him down. 


I don't think I'll ever draft Rajon Rondo, but this is fine right here. We also had a lot of solid players with decent upside: Milos, J-Myke (crushed while Zach Randolph was out last year), Dejounte, Ingram and T-Ross. All of them could have some new responsibility.

  Team Player
121  Jonas 1 Donovan Mitchell 
122  Mike 1 Buddy Hield 
123  Jonas 2 Dwyane Wade
124  Mike 2 Kris Dunn 
125  Jonas 3 Pau Gasol 
126  Mike 3 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 
127  Jonas 4 Tyler Ulis 
128  Mike 4 Justise Winslow 
129  Jonas 5 J.J. Redick 
130  Mike 5 Thon Maker
131  Jonas 6 Rudy Gay 
132  Mike 6 Jarrett Allen

With the exception of Jonas' picks of Pau, Wade and Redick, this was a very upside-y round. Most of these guys are coming off injury or they're on a young team with some changes coming. Kris Dunn was bad in summer league, but he could start on a team that should run up the court. My last two picks were upside centers with both having plenty of opportunity.

  Team Player
133  Mike 6 Caris LeVert 
134  Jonas 6 Rudy Gay 
135  Mike 5 Jayson Tatum 
136  Jonas 5 John Collins 
137  Mike 4 Josh Jackson 
138  Jonas 4 Jonathan Isaac 
139  Mike 3 Allen Crabbe 
140  Jonas 3 Nikola Mirotic 
141  Mike 2 Lou Williams 
142  Jonas 2 Dario Saric 
143  Mike 1 Norman Powell 
144  Jonas 1 Skal Labissiere 

This LeVert pick came before the Allen Crabbe deal, so basically this pick has expired. I love LeVert and he could be good in a couple years. The good news is his minutes cap is likely off, so I may still take him late. 


Rookie run! I didn't think Jonas was going to pounce on John Collins, so I guess I'm not the only one to go that route. I think both Jonas and I kind of slept on Norm Powell and I would probably have taken him 20 picks earlier.


I also took Allen Crabbe just as the trade was announced, so bump him up like five rounds. He's in a great spot.

  Team Player
145  Jonas 1 Joe Ingles 
146  Mike 1 Enes Kanter 
147  Jonas 2 Dewayne Dedmon 
148  Mike 2 Chandler Parsons 
149  Jonas 3 Stanley Johnson 
150  Mike 3 Ian Clark 
151  Jonas 4 Jaylen Brown 
152  Mike 4 Moe Harkless 
153  Jonas 5 Frank Ntilikina 
154  Mike 5 Caleb Swanigan 
155  Jonas 6 De'Aaron Fox 
156  Mike 6 Ryan Anderson 

Joe Ingles was another slept-on player and he should've probably gone 20 picks earlier before we were going cray with upside. Chandler Parsons is only two years removed from putting up early-round value to end his season once he was healthy.


Maybe Ian Clark lands in NY? He's a good player, especially for teams looking to have play-making wings or bigs. I think the Blazers could be undervalued this year. Yeah, Allen Crabbe only had a 14.9 usage rate, but 28.5 minutes per game is a big hole to fill.


Jonas took a lot of wings in new roles, as well. Basically, fire up the Spider Man meme for Stanley and Jaylen. 

  Team Player
157  Mike 6 Dragan Bender 
158  Jonas 6 Kenneth Faried 
159  Mike 5 Delon Wright 
160  Jonas 5 Cheick Diallo 
161  Mike 4 Kyle Kuzma 
162  Jonas 4 Juancho Hernangomez 
163  Mike 3 Dion Waiters 
164  Jonas 3 Wesley Matthews 
165  Mike 2 Lauri Markkanen 
166  Jonas 2 Jabari Parker 
167  Mike 1 DeAndre Bembry 
168  Jonas 1 Bam Adebayo 

Upside fest. I loved what Dragan Bender did and I think he could play three positions, so that's really going to help his ceiling for a rebuilding team. Jonas Cheick'd off the AD handcuff box and he also had a nice mixture of bounce-back candidates, rookies and IR stashes in Jabari.


Kyle Kuzma's top-scoring summer league was just too good to ignore. Bembry playing the two in summer league is interesting and he'll be in the rotation. Don't forget he locked up James Harden in one of the best games of the season. Hey, maybe the Knicks watched that game 37 times before they signed THJ.

  Team Player
169  Jonas 1 Will Barton 
170  Mike 1 Al-Farouq Aminu 
171  Jonas 2 Derrick Rose 
172  Mike 2 Courtney Lee 
173  Jonas 3 Jordan Clarkson 
174  Mike 3 Ersan Ilyasova 
175  Jonas 4 Patty Mills 
176  Mike 4 Bogdan Bogdanovic 
177  Jonas 5 Jordan Crawford 
178  Mike 5 Bojan Bogdanovic 
179  Jonas 6 Denzel Valentine 
180  Mike 6 Justin Jackson 


Courtney Lee is going to hit some nice value in NY, assuming he doesn't get traded. If you swing for upside, grab Lee late to mitigate the risk. You could say the same for Ghostface Ilya. Jordan Clarkson kind of has a yesterday's news feel and he did have a horrible year last year, but last round is solid. Patty Mills is going to hit value for sure, but we all know what his upside is.

Mike Gallagher has covered fantasy hoops for eight years and this season is his second with Rotoworld. You can find him on Twitter talking about a player's shots at the rim.

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