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Stew: 30-Deep Draft Recap

Friday, October 6, 2017

51. Nicolas Batum - Dobish
52. Jusuf Nurkic - Knaus
53. Gary Harris
54. Jeff Teague
55. Aaron Gordon - Gallagher
56. Goran Dragic
57. Jrue Holiday - me
58. Clint Capela
59. Ricky Rubio
60. D’Angelo Russell - Dr. A

Comments: This is a polite reminder that Jusuf Nurkic was an absolute maniac after he got dealt to Portland. In 20 games, he posted 15.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg and 1.9 bpg. If I was a Nuggets fan, I’d be bummed that a Jokic-Nurkic frontcourt is no longer a possibility. … I’ve never visited Mike Gallagher’s home, but I assume he has an Aaron Gordon Fathead prominently on display. Over his final 21 games last season, Gordon put up 17.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 spg, 0.7 bpg and 1.0 3s (50.7 FG / 83.3 FT / 1.2 TOs). … As for my pick, there’s reason to fret a little bit about Holiday’s durability — especially in this league where our rosters have very little depth to speak of — but I couldn’t pass on this platter of statistics. For essentially the last half of his season (final 38 games), Holiday posted 16.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.5 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.8 bpg and 1.6 3s on 47.7 percent from the field. He may not quite match those assist numbers with Rajon Rondo in The Big Easy, but I still expect Holiday’s stats to be pretty spicy. … The Batum pick of course happened before he tore a ligament in his elbow.

61. Brandon Ingram - Dr. A
62. Marcin Gortat
63. Taurean Prince
64. Serge Ibaka - me
65. Nerlens Noel
66. Marquese Chriss - Gallagher
67. Carmelo Anthony
68. Tobias Harris
69. Harrison Barnes - Knaus
70. Julius Randle - Dobish

Comments: I considered Noel and may regret not taking a shot on the thrilling upside of Chriss, but opted for the safe and slightly boring play in Ibaka. In a league this deep, there’s nothing wrong with steady, and I honestly think Ibaka is a lovely option in the 60-70 range. Question: How many players averaged more than 1.5 bpg and 1.5 3s last year? Answer: Four! (Durant, Kristaps Porzingis, Brook Lopez and… Ibaka.) For Serge, that along with very low turnovers (1.3) helped him check in as the No. 41 player in 9-category leagues last year. He’s not going to dominate in any area, but he’s a really nice mid-round pick.

71. Elfrid Payton
72. Markelle Fultz
73. Reggie Jackson - Raducanu
74. George Hill
75. Avery Bradley
76. LaMarcus Aldridge
77. Derrick Favors
78. Thaddeus Young
79. Tim Hardaway Jr.
80. Danilo Gallinari

Comments: I’ll be honest: This group of 10 bores me. Markelle Fultz is obviously the most exciting name here, but a currently broken jump shot is reason to be worried about his fantasy potential early on. I’ll pass at 72.

81. Rajon Rondo
82. Jeremy Lin
83. Trevor Ariza - Norof
84. Patrick Beverley
85. Evan Fournier
86. Darren Collison
87. Robert Covington
88. Malcolm Brogdon
89. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
90. Isaiah Thomas

Comments: My favorite pick from 71-90? That would be Bob Covington, who when he’s right can put up some silly fantasy stats — and for some reason seems to be an annual bargain in drafts. Over his final 50 games last season, he posted 14.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.9 spg, 1.1 bpg and 2.2 3s. … In a standard league Isaiah would be an intriguing gamble at 90 or even a bit earlier, but in this league, where we are still filling out our starting lineups well into the 200’s, it’s too early.

91. T.J. Warren
92. James Johnson
93. Jamal Murray
94. Marcus Smart
95. Robin Lopez
96. Zach Randolph
97. Jae Crowder
98. Rodney Hood - Norof
99. Willie Cauley-Stein
100. Josh Jackson

Comments: There are five picks I really like in this round. Warren, Johnson and Murray at 91-93 are all pretty fun. And I like Cauley-Stein, who after the DeMarcus Cousins trade posted 12.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg and 0.9 bpg. I’m also pretty intrigued by Josh Jackson (14 points, a steal, a block and two treys in his preseason debut), who has the potential to contribute in a bunch of categories (including steals and blocks) if things break right.

My Roster So Far:

PG - Jrue Holiday (No. 57)

SG - Lou Williams (No. 124) - May not match his 18.6 ppg with Lakers last year, but should get 15+ ppg with plenty of 3s.

SF - Kevin Durant (No. 4)

PF - Serge Ibaka (No. 64)

C - Steven Adams (No. 117) - Definition of a serviceable fantasy center: 11.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.1 spg and 1.0 bpg last season. May score a bit less this year, but should still be plenty useful.

G - Denzel Valentine (No. 177) - Has a chance to start for Bulls, and at the very least should hit a bunch of 3s.

F - DeAndre Bembry (No. 237) - Only a deep league target, but crazier things have happened than him averaging 25 or so minutes for a rebuilding Hawks squad.

Util - Danny Green (No. 184) - I won’t draft him in a standard league due to the maddening lack of points (7.2 and 7.3 ppg the last two years), but in a deeper league he’s a sneaky value in steals (1.0), blocks (0.8) and 3s (1.7).

BN - Darius Miller (No. 244) - Reportedly could start for Pelicans, but I’m not expecting much.

BN - TBD (bad)

BN - TBD (worse)

BN - TBD (awful)

And that’s it for the top 100. The draft ruthlessly goes all the way to 360 picks, and I’ll be back with a rundown of picks 101-200 next week.

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