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Points League Mock Draft

Thursday, September 28, 2017

This is a points league mock draft that took place on Thursday, September 21 (two days before the Carmelo Anthony trade, and before Dwyane Wade made the move to Cleveland). We used Yahoo’s standard points scoring system but also added an award for double-doubles and triple-doubles. For those unfamiliar with how points leagues work, here is a quick breakdown:

 

  1. Because shooting percentages are not factored into the scoring system, guys like Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, etc. become elite targets.
  2. Because categories are completely removed from the equation, position scarcity becomes less of an issue. In other words, it doesn’t really matter if your squad is “weak” at a certain position because it’s all about amassing a raw points total. Therefore, when drafting, you shouldn’t ever really focus a position need, but more so, you’re going for raw upside with every pick.
  3. Pure scorers such as DeMar DeRozan, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Wiggins get a substantial rankings boost under a points-based scoring system.

 

Scoring System:

Points – 1

Rebounds – 1.2

Assists – 1.5

Steals – 3

Blocks – 3

Turnovers – -1

Double-Doubles – 1.5

Triple-Doubles – 3

 

Roster Setup: PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, C, UTL, UTL

 

Participants

Ryan Knaus – Rotoworld

Mike Gallagher – Rotoworld

Jared Johnson - Rotoworld

Josh Lloyd – Basketball Monster

Solomon – Rotoworld Reader

Kurt – Rotoworld Reader

Daniel – Rotoworld Reader

Tony – Rotoworld Reader

Naseem – Rotoworld Reader

Ilia – Rotoworld Reader

John – Rotoworld Reader

Gary – Rotoworld Reader

 

Round 1

1.

Giannis Antetokounmpo(Mil - SF,PF)

Jared

2.

Russell Westbrook(OKC - PG)

Solomon

3.

Anthony Davis(NO - PF,C)

Josh

4.

James Harden(Hou - PG,SG)

Mike

5.

LeBron James(Cle - SF,PF)

Kurt

6.

Karl-Anthony Towns(Min - C)

Daniel

7.

Kevin Durant(GS - SF,PF)

Tony

8.

DeMarcus Cousins(NO - PF,C)

Naseem

9.

Stephen Curry(GS - PG,SG)

Gary

10.

John Wall(Was - PG)

Ilia

11.

Kawhi Leonard(SA - SG,SF)

Ryan

12.

Nikola Jokic(Den - PF,C)

John

 

I took The Greek Freak with the No. 1 overall pick, and I’ll be doing that regardless of format every time I have the first pick this year. He was a top-5 stud in points leagues last year, and he should only continue to get better in his age-23 season. Anthony Davis at No. 3 was slightly early for me do to his injury concerns, but he was a top-3 prospect under this scoring system last season and should be able to continue on that path as long as he’s able to stay on the court. I’d probably lean towards taking Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins or John Wall over LeBron James in points leagues, although King James could be in for a monster season; particularly if Isaiah Thomas (hip) is forced to miss a substantial amount of time.

 

 

Round 2

1.

Rudy Gobert(Uta - C)

John

2.

Damian Lillard(Por - PG)

Ryan

3.

Chris Paul(Hou - PG)

Ilia

4.

Kyrie Irving(Bos - PG,SG)

Gary

5.

Jimmy Butler(Min - SG,SF)

Naseem

6.

Kristaps Porzingis(NY - PF,C)

Tony

7.

Paul George(OKC - SF,PF)

Daniel

8.

DeMar DeRozan(Tor - SG,SF)

Kurt

9.

Myles Turner(Ind - PF,C)

Mike

10.

Andre Drummond(Det - PF,C)

Josh

11.

Hassan Whiteside(Mia - C)

Solomon

12.

Kevin Love(Cle - PF,C)

Jared

 

Rudy Gobert is going to be a monster in Utah this season sans Gordon Hayward, and I love him leading off Round 2. Really, everyone that came off the board in Round 2 is a bona fide stud, which paints a picture of just how stacked the league is right now. I wouldn’t take Kevin Love quite this early in category-based leagues, but he’s a stud in the points format and he should see an uptick in usage with the departure of Kyrie Irving. DeRozan going this early is fine in a points format, but I thought it was a bit early for PG-13 (even before Carmelo Anthony’s arrival in OKC, George was going to have to sacrifice some touches playing alongside Russell Westbrook, i.e. Victor Oladipo). Whiteside dropping all the way to 23 should not have happened.

 

Round 3

1.

Blake Griffin(LAC - PF,C)

Jared

2.

Kyle Lowry(Tor - PG)

Solomon

3.

DeAndre Jordan(LAC - C)

Josh

4.

C.J. McCollum(Por - PG,SG)

Mike

5.

Kemba Walker(Cha - PG)

Kurt

6.

Mike Conley(Mem - PG)

Daniel

7.

Joel Embiid(Phi - PF,C)

Tony

8.

Jusuf Nurkic(Por - C)

Naseem

9.

Marc Gasol(Mem - C)

Gary

10.

Draymond Green(GS - SF,PF)

Ilia

11.

Bradley Beal(Was - SG)

Ryan

12.

Jrue Holiday(NO - PG)

John

 

I was between DeAndre Jordan or Blake Griffin with the No. 25 selection, but I ultimately decided to roll the dice on Blake due to his upside. Health is a concern, but Griffin is going to be a triple-double threat every night he’s on the court this season with Chris Paul now in Houston. I’ve been burned by Lowry one too many times, so I’m not really touching him anywhere, but this was a reasonable place for him to go. I loved Josh going with the 1-2, DJ-Drummond punch, those guys are amazing in the points format. Tony and Naseem each went with a high-risk, high-reward gambles in Embiid and Nurkic, but those guys have the potential to be difference makers on championship teams pending health. I thought this was a bit early for Holiday, he’s just not going to control the rock as much as he has in the past with guys like Rajon Rondo, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins all demanding touches.

 

Round 4

1.

Gordon Hayward(Bos - SG,SF)

John

2.

D'Angelo Russell(Bkn - PG,SG)

Ryan

3.

Paul Millsap(Den - PF,C)

Ilia

4.

Brook Lopez(LAL - C)

Gary

5.

Dennis Schroder(Atl - PG)

Naseem

6.

Ricky Rubio(Uta - PG)

Tony

7.

Eric Bledsoe(Pho - PG,SG)

Daniel

8.

Devin Booker(Pho - SG)

Kurt

9.

Victor Oladipo(Ind - PG,SG)

Mike

10.

Elfrid Payton(Orl - PG)

Josh

11.

Avery Bradley(Det - PG,SG)

Solomon

12.

Nikola Vucevic(Orl - PF,C)

Jared

 

Ryan is obviously very high on D’Angelo Russell, pulling the trigger on D-Lo at the top of the fourth round, but there’s a good chance he’ll be worth it. Russell will have the greenest of the green lights to fire away from basically anywhere in Brooklyn’s 3-point heavy, ultra-uptempo offense, and he’s essentially pure upside in the points format where percentages aren’t an issue. You probably won’t need to grab Oladipo this early in your league, but this is essentially his price point when there are other Rotoworld writers in the room. Given the roster in Indiana, Dipo shouldn’t have too tough of a time meeting expectations. I thought everyone made solid selections through Round 4, and I was stoked to snag Vucevic at No. 48.

 

Round 5

1.

Goran Dragic(Mia - PG,SG)

Jared

2.

Al Horford(Bos - PF,C)

Solomon

3.

Andrew Wiggins(Min - SG,SF)

Josh

4.

Aaron Gordon(Orl - SF,PF)

Mike

5.

Harrison Barnes(Dal - SF,PF)

Kurt

6.

Isaiah Thomas(Cle - PG)

Daniel

7.

Khris Middleton(Mil - SG,SF)

Tony

8.

Ben Simmons(Phi - SF,PF)

Naseem

9.

Klay Thompson(GS - SG,SF)

Gary

10.

LaMarcus Aldridge(SA - PF,C)

Ilia

11.

Marquese Chriss(Pho - PF)

Ryan

12.

Otto Porter(Was - SF)

John

 

Fresh off watching Goran “Dragon” Dragic light it up at the EuroBasket tournament this summer, I decided to roll the dice on the 31-year-old veteran to lead off Round 5, but immediately regretted the decision when I saw my boy Khris Middleton come off the board at No. 55. I’m very high on Middleton this season, and Round 5 is a pretty awesome discount. Mike stayed #onbrand taking Aaron Gordon at No. 52, and Ryan took the plunge on the shot-blocking dynamo, Marquese Chriss at No. 59, enormous upside on both those picks. For me, even Round 5 is too high for Isaiah Thomas at the moment, he’s guaranteed to miss the start of the season, and he’d be in danger of missing the entire year if he’s required to undergo surgery to fix this hip issue. Simmons is a guy who really benefits from the points format (no percentages, triple-double potential), so I’m fine with gambling on the potential ROY in Round 5. While Otto Porter is an early-round stud in the 9-cat format, his game doesn’t translate quite as well in a points-based scoring system, so I wasn’t a huge fan of taking him here.

 

Round 6

1.

Carmelo Anthony(NY - SF,PF)

John

2.

Nerlens Noel(Dal - PF,C)

Ryan

3.

Nicolas Batum(Cha - SG,SF)

Ilia

4.

Danilo Gallinari(LAC - SF,PF)

Gary

5.

Lonzo Ball(LAL - PG)

Naseem

6.

Trevor Ariza(Hou - SG,SF)

Tony

7.

Clint Capela(Hou - PF,C)

Daniel

8.

Serge Ibaka(Tor - PF,C)

Kurt

9.

Julius Randle(LAL - PF)

Mike

10.

Jeremy Lin(Bkn - PG,SG)

Josh

11.

Robert Covington(Phi - SF,PF)

Solomon

12.

Dennis Smith, Jr.(Dal - PG)

Jared

 

Keep in mind that this draft was conducted prior to the Carmelo Anthony trade, but even so, this was still somewhat early for Melo in my opinion. Ryan got some excellent value with Noel at No. 62, he gambled on himself by taking the qualifying offer from Dallas this offseason, and he’ll need to produce career-high numbers to justify that decision and earn himself a higher payday. I love Ariza in 9-cat leagues, but in a points format and under this scoring system he was only an eighth-round option last season, so Round 6 is too high for me. Because Lonzo Ball plays for the Lakers, you’re going to need to take him right around Round 6 regardless of the format, but he does have better odds of meeting expectations in a points setting. I couldn’t believe everyone let Dennis Smith Jr. drop to No. 72, he shouldn’t have any trouble at all realizing his value that late. Serge Ibaka’s numbers have been trending in the wrong direction for three years running, and he’s another guy whose game translates much better in the 9-cat format as opposed to points leagues. He was only able to produce top-85 value upon the move to Toronto last season, so I think there were better options that John could have gone with here. RoCo is another guy who benefits greatly from the points format (no percentages), and he was a top-35 option last season. Sure, he won’t see quite as many touches with Philly’s new additions, but he’s a high-floor guy with great upside.

 

Round 7

1.

Dwight Howard(Cha - PF,C)

Jared

2.

Jeff Teague(Min - PG)

Solomon

3.

Willy Hernangomez(NY - C)

Josh

4.

Jamal Murray(Den - PG,SG)

Mike

5.

Markelle Fultz(Phi - PG)

Kurt

6.

Tobias Harris(Det - SF,PF)

Daniel

7.

Jonas Valanciunas(Tor - C)

Tony

8.

Willie Cauley-Stein(Sac - PF,C)

Naseem

9.

James Johnson(Mia - SF,PF)

Gary

10.

George Hill(Sac - PG,SG)

Ilia

11.

Gary Harris(Den - SG,SF)

Ryan

12.

Pau Gasol(SA - PF,C)

John

 

D12 at No. 73 in a points format is a ridiculous steal, he was a top-35 option in points leagues last season, and he shouldn’t have much trouble replicating that success in Charlotte. Hernangomez looked like a phenomenal pick when we conducted this draft, but I’ve somewhat soured on him with Enes Kanter’s arrival in New York. Other than Howard, some of my favorite picks from this round would be: Fultz, Cauley-Stein, Gary Harris and James Johnson. Least favorites: George Hill, Jonas Valanciunas, Pau Gasol.    

 

Round 8

1.

Rajon Rondo(NO - PG)

John

2.

Richaun Holmes(Phi - PF,C)

Ryan

3.

Lou Williams(LAC - PG,SG)

Ilia

4.

Eric Gordon(Hou - SG)

Gary

5.

Brandon Ingram(LAL - SG,SF)

Naseem

6.

Derrick Favors(Uta - PF,C)

Tony

7.

Marcin Gortat(Was - C)

Daniel

8.

Steven Adams(OKC - C)

Kurt

9.

Rodney Hood(Uta - SG,SF)

Mike

10.

Tim Hardaway Jr.(NY - SG,SF)

Josh

11.

Darren Collison(Ind - PG,SG)

Solomon

12.

Wilson Chandler(Den - SF,PF)

Jared

 

Rondo could be nice running the point in Alvin Gentry’s uptempo offense, and his value is better in points leagues, so I like John rolling the dice here at Round 8. Ryan stole Tony’s Joel Embiid handcuff in Richaun Holmes, which could prove to be an excellent selection if Embiid isn’t ready for the start of the season (he’s still not been cleared for 5-on-5 work). Naseem, Tony and Mike shot for the moon with Favors Ingram and Hood, and Josh got a great value pick in Tim Hardaway Jr. I played it safe with Chandler, who will start at the three in Denver, and then decided to lead off Round 9 with oldman Wade. I’m not a huge fan of Wade, particularly now that he’s in Cleveland and will assuredly be dealing with various restrictions, so that’s a move I probably wouldn’t repeat.

 

Round 9

1.

Dwyane Wade(Chi - PG,SG)

Jared

2.

Markieff Morris(Was - SF,PF)

Solomon

3.

Thaddeus Young(Ind - SF,PF)

Josh

4.

Taurean Prince(Atl - SF)

Mike

5.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope(LAL - SG)

Kurt

6.

Patrick Beverley(LAC - PG,SG)

Daniel

7.

Boban Marjanovic(Det - C)

Tony

8.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson(Bkn - SF,PF)

Naseem

9.

T.J. Warren(Pho - SF)

Gary

10.

Evan Fournier(Orl - SG,SF)

Ilia

11.

Gorgui Dieng(Min - PF,C)

Ryan

12.

Greg Monroe(Mil - PF,C)

John

 

This draft occurred prior news coming out that Morris would miss the next 6-8 weeks as he recovers from hernia surgery, knowing that information now, this is too high for Morris. I like the potential upside in the Young, Warren and Hollis-Jefferson picks and Ryan said “why not” at Round 9 for Gorgui Dieng. Dieng’s outlook is somewhat grim this season with the arrival of Tom Thibodeau favorite, Taj Gibson, but this is pretty much his floor. Even this late, I’m not a huge fan of drafting Monroe.

 

Round 10

1.

J.J. Redick(Phi - SG)

John

2.

Allen Crabbe(Bkn - PG,SG)

Ryan

3.

Jabari Parker(Mil - SF,PF)

Ilia

4.

Dion Waiters(Mia - SG,SF)

Gary

5.

Marcus Smart(Bos - PG)

Naseem

6.

Dario Saric(Phi - SF,PF)

Tony

7.

Zach LaVine(Chi - PG,SG)

Daniel

8.

Tristan Thompson(Cle - PF,C)

Kurt

9.

Skal Labissiere(Sac - PF,C)

Mike

10.

Reggie Jackson(Det - PG,SG)

Josh

11.

Wesley Matthews(Dal - SG,SF)

Solomon

12.

Marvin Williams(Cha - SF,PF)

Jared

 

Jabari Parker is still recovering from a torn ACL and is guaranteed to miss a large portion of the 2017-18 season, if not all of it, and for that reason, I’m not touching him anywhere. LaVine is much further along in his recovery from his ACL tear, and while he’s not going to be ready for the start of the season, he should be back on the court by December at the latest. He could be handled with kid gloves in Chicago as they enter a rebuilding phase, but if the knee ends up not being much of an issue, Daniel could have gotten a serious steal here. There’s also not much risk at all at this point in the draft, so why not gamble on someone like LaVine? I like Ryan’s Crabbe pick, the Nets are clearly high on him, and he’ll be free to fire away from deep a lot in Kenny Atkinson’s offense.  I went super boring with Marvin Williams, but it is kind of silly that he slipped this far. He’s going to start in Charlotte and was a top-70 option after the break last season. At this point in a draft, you might as well be shooting for pure upside, because a tenth round floor pick won’t help you that much and it won’t matter too much either if they flop completely. Josh and Mike embodied this concern with their Skal and Reggie picks.

 

Round 11

1.

Josh Richardson(Mia - SF)

Jared

2.

Dewayne Dedmon(Atl - C)

Solomon

3.

Malcolm Brogdon(Mil - PG,SG)

Josh

4.

Jarrett Allen(Bkn - PF,C)

Mike

5.

Jae Crowder(Cle - SF,PF)

Kurt

6.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist(Cha - SF)

Daniel

7.

Joe Ingles(Uta - SG,SF)

Tony

8.

Kris Dunn(Chi - PG,SG)

Naseem

9.

Josh Jackson(Pho - SG,SF)

Gary

10.

Dirk Nowitzki(Dal - PF,C)

Ilia

11.

Robin Lopez(Chi - C)

Ryan

12.

Andre Iguodala(GS - SG,SF)

John

 

Richardson is coming off a truly disappointing season, but I don’t think it’s totally fair to judge him based on last year considering he was working his way back from a significant injury for much of the season. However, once he got rolling during the final month of the season he was quite good with averages of 11.7 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per contest, which was good enough for seventh round value. I’m expecting him to build on those numbers this season, and I love him as a late-round value pick. Dedmon is going to be a starter on a rebuilding team in Atlanta this season, so he’ll be seeing the most minutes per game he has throughout his entire career, but I like him more as a shot-blocking specialist in category leagues. Jarrett Allen could eventually work his way into the starting five in Brooklyn, so that’s a great pure upside pick, as was Josh Jackson and Kris Dunn. Nowitzki isn’t quite the same player he once was, but that’s solid value this late. I think Crowder is going to see a massive reduction in value operating as LeBron James backup, so I’m not much a fan of drafting him, and Iguodala just isn’t worth drafting under this kind of scoring system.

 

Round 12

1.

Nikola Mirotic(Chi - SF,PF)

John

2.

Caris LeVert(Bkn - SG,SF)

Ryan

3.

Rudy Gary(SA - SF,PF)

Ilia

4.

Ersan Ilyasova(Atl - SF,PF)

Gary

5.

Enes Kanter(OKC - C)

Naseem

6.

Buddy Hield(Sac - SG)

Tony

7.

Kent Bazemore(Atl - SG,SF)

Daniel

8.

Zach Randolph(Sac - PF,C)

Kurt

9.

Lauri Markkanen(Chi - PF)

Mike

10.

JaMychal Green(Mem - PF)

Josh

11.

Maurice Harkless(Por - SF)

Solomon

12.

Tyler Johnson(Mia - PG,SG)

Jared

 

Again, at this point, you should just be shooting for upside. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Ilyasova or Randolph picks, but everyone else that went here was pretty solid. Kanter and Mirotic probably offer the highest upside out of this group.

 

Round 13

1.

Chandler Parsons(Mem - SF,PF)

Jared

2.

C.J. Miles(Tor - SG,SF)

Solomon

3.

Tyreke Evans(Mem - SG,SF)

Josh

4.

John Collins(Atl - PF)

Mike

5.

Frank Kaminsky(Cha - PF,C)

Kurt

6.

Ryan Anderson(Hou - PF,C)

Daniel

7.

Milos Teodosic(LAC - SG)

Tony

8.

Seth Curry(Dal - PG,SG)

Naseem

9.

Jordan Clarkson(LAL - PG,SG)

Gary

10.

Justise Winslow(Mia - SF,PF)

Ilia

11.

Terrence Ross(Orl - SG,SF)

Ryan

12.

Patty Mills(SA - PG)

John

 

I decided to lead off the final round of this draft with the grossest pick ever, Chandler Parsons, although he technically offers the highest upside out of the guys that went here. I’m not entirely convinced that his knees aren’t made of glass, but this could be a crazy steal if he’s able to start meeting Memphis expectations from that ridiculous $94 million contract he signed last summer. Evans is another guy with serious knee issues who could prove to be a steal if able to stay healthy. Collins could be quite good if he’s turned lose towards the second half of the year in Atlanta, a plausible scenario given the current roster construction of that team, and Mills is a solid last-round flier given Tony Parker’s health concerns.

 




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