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Offseason Beat

Bruski's 30-DEEP Draft Review

by Aaron Bruski
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

We’re getting down to the wire here and believe me I’m hearing you guys about the Bruski 150.  It’s a race to the finish to get the final touches on this first submission, which is being released Monday.  I will give a second update on Friday around midnight, and touch it up one last time on the following Monday or thereabouts. 

 

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30 DEEP

 

We had a conversation a few years ago about introducing an entry fee and prizes into the 30-DEEP mix.  But, the 30 owners that comprise this expert league shot the idea down overwhelmingly because they wanted it to be about pride and nothing more.  I like to think of it as some underground street fighting ring, but with modern-day abacuses and pithy chat room comments instead. 

 

First off, a big shout out goes to Matt Satten a/k/a last year’s champion, and a huge shout out to CBS Sports for helping us to organize and run the league with their new draft software. 

 

We’ll go round by round here and talk some winners and losers real quick, and then I have to get my head back into the spreadsheet. 

 

RULES:  9-cat, Head-to-Head league, eight active roster slots (PG, SG, SF, PF, C, G, F, UTIL), four bench slots and two all-important IR slots. 

 

Round 1    
Pick Team Player
1 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Anthony Davis PF | NO
2 Rick Kamla, NBA TV Stephen Curry PG | GS
3 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com James Harden SG | HOU
4 Tracy Fay Russell Westbrook PG | OKC
5 Scott White, CBS Sports LeBron James SF | CLE
6 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld Kevin Durant SF | OKC
7 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Paul George SF | IND
8 Jeff Andriesse Chris Paul PG | LAC
9 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com John Wall PG | WAS
10 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Damian Lillard PG | POR
11 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Kawhi Leonard SF | SA
12 Chris Towers, CBS Sports DeMarcus Cousins C | SAC
13 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Blake Griffin PF | LAC
14 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Rudy Gobert C | UTA
15 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Jimmy Butler SG | CHI
16 Matt Buser, busersports Paul Millsap PF | ATL
17 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ Andre Drummond C | DET
18 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Klay Thompson SG | GS
19 Benny Aziz Nerlens Noel C | PHI
20 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Marc Gasol C | MEM
21 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Carmelo Anthony SF | NY
22 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders Serge Ibaka PF | OKC
23 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame DeAndre Jordan C | LAC
24 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Al Horford C | ATL
25 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Gordon Hayward SF | UTA
26 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Kyle Lowry PG | TOR
27 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Eric Bledsoe PG | PHO
28 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Draymond Green PF | GS
29 Assault and Pepper Spray LaMarcus Aldridge PF | SA
30 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Tyreke Evans SF | NO


ROUND 1

 

Kevin Durant falling to Gallagher at No. 6 was just incredibly fortunate.  Paul George was autodrafted and because of the size of the league we weren’t able to go back and change it without mass chaos, so Satten was gracious enough to keep George like a good soldier.  Chris Paul at No. 8 is a really good look for Jeff.  I was thrilled to get my boy Kawhi Leonard at No. 11.  Likewise, I had a real hard time passing on DeMarcus Cousins and Towers also had to be thrilled.  Doc kicked off his punting strategy with Andre Drummond, who looks really sharp in what I’ve seen of him this preseason.  LaMarcus Aldridge was autodrafted at No. 29 and you’ll see in my B150 that he won’t be on any of my teams. 

 

Round 2    
Pick Team Player
1 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Greg Monroe PF | MIL
2 Assault and Pepper Spray Jeff Teague PG | ATL
3 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Nikola Vucevic C | ORL
4 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Pau Gasol PF | CHI
5 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Brook Lopez C | BKN
6 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Chris Bosh C | MIA
7 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Goran Dragic SG | MIA
8 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame Victor Oladipo PG | ORL
9 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders Kevin Love PF | CLE
10 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Hassan Whiteside C | MIA
11 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Kyrie Irving PG | CLE
12 Benny Aziz Andrew Wiggins SF | MIN
13 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Derrick Favors PF | UTA
14 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ Rudy Gay SF | SAC
15 Matt Buser, busersports Reggie Jackson PG | DET
16 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Monta Ellis SG | IND
17 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Kenneth Faried PF | DEN
18 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Kemba Walker PG | CHA
19 Chris Towers, CBS Sports Mike Conley PG | MEM
20 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Danny Green SG | SA
21 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Nicolas Batum SF | CHA
22 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com DeMar DeRozan SG | TOR
23 Jeff Andriesse Al Jefferson C | CHA
24 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Karl-Anthony Towns C | MIN
25 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld Marcin Gortat C | WAS
26 Scott White, CBS Sports Dwight Howard C | HOU
27 Tracy Fay Emmanuel Mudiay PG | DEN
28 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Brandon Knight SG | PHO
29 Rick Kamla, NBA TV Bradley Beal SG | WAS
30 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Isaiah Thomas PG | BOS


ROUND 2

 

This was a fairly vanilla round until we get to Polito at No. 41 overall with Kyrie Irving, which is just incredible value.  I’m good with Andrew Wiggins speculators.  One thing about this league is that if you like a guy you just have to take him because you’re not going to be able to get him on the way back in most cases.  This is pretty high for Wiggins, but he has a chance to be a very special player in this league.  I landed Danny Green and now I’ve got all the wings in San Antonio, which is probably going to kill me in the playoffs when Pop rests the both for the same week.  You’re seeing some interesting markers on guys like Karl-Anthony Towns (No. 54) and Emmanuel Mudiay (No. 57), and in the case of Mudiay we’re seeing Tracy Fay execute a punting strategy otherwise this would be too high in a 9-cat league. 

 

Round 3    
Pick Team Player
1 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Trevor Ariza SF | HOU
2 Rick Kamla, NBA TV Tim Duncan PF | SA
3 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Giannis Antetokounmpo SF | MIL
4 Tracy Fay Kobe Bryant SG | LAL
5 Scott White, CBS Sports Michael Carter-Williams PG | MIL
6 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld CJ McCollum PG | POR
7 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Nikola Mirotic PF | CHI
8 Jeff Andriesse Tobias Harris SF | ORL
9 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com Derrick Rose PG | CHI
10 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Jonas Valanciunas C | TOR
11 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Gorgui Dieng C | MIN
12 Chris Towers, CBS Sports Ricky Rubio PG | MIN
13 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Jahlil Okafor C | PHI
14 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Chandler Parsons SF | DAL
15 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Ty Lawson PG | HOU
16 Matt Buser, busersports Danilo Gallinari SF | DEN
17 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ George Hill PG | IND
18 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Dirk Nowitzki PF | DAL
19 Benny Aziz Elfrid Payton PG | ORL
20 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Kyle Korver SG | ATL
21 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Robert Covington SF | PHI
22 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders Khris Middleton SG | MIL
23 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame D'Angelo Russell PG | LAL
24 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Dwyane Wade SG | MIA
25 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Jarrett Jack SG | BKN
26 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Jabari Parker PF | MIL
27 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld DeMarre Carroll SF | TOR
28 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Markieff Morris PF | PHO
29 Assault and Pepper Spray Deron Williams PG | DAL
30 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Zach LaVine PG | MIN


ROUND 3

 

I was surprised to see Giannis Antetokounmpo last this long and it’s possible the hype came too early for him and everybody got worn out by a relatively low profile preseason.  I’ve said it on podcasts and I’ve taken my hands off the reins on our player news updates for the preseason, but I am not on the C.J. McCollum hype train.  I think he’s going to score a ton, hit a bunch of threes and get some nice assists.  But everything else is a huge question mark and that’s if we assume he can play at the level he showed during an outstanding playoff series vs. the Grizzlies.  Derrick Rose is a head-scratcher here.  Ryan Knaus and I stole each other’s picks all draft long.  Jahlil Okafor would be doing well if he earned this draft position, but that’s his ceiling and I don’t see it. I think Zach LaVine is just an interesting pick at No. 90.  If he’s off the ball his turnovers won’t be nearly as bad, and the Wolves are begging him to be a superstar.  He just needs to walk through that door.  I’m not sure I’d be this high, but I know some sharps that are hip to LaVine this season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4    
Pick Team Player
1 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Terrence Jones PF | HOU
2 Assault and Pepper Spray Zach Randolph PF | MEM
3 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Lou Williams SG | LAL
4 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Jrue Holiday PG | NO
5 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Wilson Chandler PF | DEN
6 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Ryan Anderson PF | NO
7 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Roy Hibbert C | LAL
8 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame Thaddeus Young SF | BKN
9 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders Tyson Chandler C | PHO
10 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Jordan Clarkson PG | LAL
11 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Robin Lopez C | NY
12 Benny Aziz Eric Gordon SG | NO
13 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Stanley Johnson SF | DET
14 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ Joe Johnson SF | BKN
15 Matt Buser, busersports Mason Plumlee C | POR
16 Tom Carpenter, ESPN J.J. Redick SG | LAC
17 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Brandon Jennings PG | DET
18 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Al-Farouq Aminu SF | POR
19 Chris Towers, CBS Sports Wesley Matthews SG | DAL
20 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Meyers Leonard C | POR
21 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld J.R. Smith SF | CLE
22 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com Joakim Noah C | CHI
23 Jeff Andriesse Ersan Ilyasova PF | DET
24 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Avery Bradley PG | BOS
25 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld Aaron Gordon PF | ORL
26 Scott White, CBS Sports Enes Kanter C | OKC
27 Tracy Fay Julius Randle PF | LAL
28 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Mo Williams PG | CLE
29 Rick Kamla, NBA TV Willie Cauley-Stein C | SAC
30 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Alec Burks SG | UTA


ROUND 4

 

Jrue Holiday is a guy that could go underdrafted after an almost unheard of 15-minute restriction on his play until January.  There are plenty of guys that are stuck with similar restrictions, but none with his upside and his relative youth.  I heart Stanley Johnson.  That said, this is probably where he should be despite an awesome preseason.  We’ll see when I compile my most recent update where he lands.  Joakim Noah is another guy who has been beaten down by the hype machine, not for him but for Nikola Mirotic, but if he’s relatively recovered from his various ailments he’ll kill this draft position. 

 

Round 5    
Pick Team Player
1 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Jusuf Nurkic C | DEN
2 Rick Kamla, NBA TV Otto Porter SF | WAS
3 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Frank Kaminsky C | CHA
4 Tracy Fay Amir Johnson PF | BOS
5 Scott White, CBS Sports Trey Burke PG | UTA
6 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld Rodney Hood SG | UTA
7 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ David Lee PF | BOS
8 Jeff Andriesse Patrick Patterson PF | TOR
9 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com Rajon Rondo PG | SAC
10 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Darren Collison PG | SAC
11 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Marcus Smart PG | BOS
12 Chris Towers, CBS Sports Andre Iguodala SF | GS
13 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Arron Afflalo SG | NY
14 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Tony Parker PG | SA
15 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG | DET
16 Matt Buser, busersports Jeremy Lin PG | CHA
17 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ Kristaps Porzingis PF | NY
18 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Jordan Hill C | IND
19 Benny Aziz Evan Turner SF | BOS
20 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Jose Calderon PG | NY
21 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Jerian Grant PG | NY
22 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders P.J. Tucker SF | PHO
23 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame Jeff Green PF | MEM
24 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Nemanja Bjelica PF | MIN
25 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Andrew Bogut C | GS
26 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Bojan Bogdanovic SG | BKN
27 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Dennis Schroder PG | ATL
28 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Tony Wroten PG | PHI
29 Assault and Pepper Spray Kevin Martin SG | MIN
30 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Brandan Wright C | MEM


ROUND 5

 

Patrick Patterson might be playing his way out of meaningful minutes but normally this would be a fine spot for him.  Darren Collison is a much better play than teammate Rajon Rondo.  I went for Marcus Smart here and it’s the round of the draft in which owners really start to seek out positional needs vs. best player available.  I almost went for Jeremy Lin but hoped he’d slide.  Matt Buser is too good of an owner to let that happen.  P.J. Tucker should be an easy profit at this stage, so long as the situation in Phoenix doesn’t get too toxic.  Dennis Schroder has otherworldly speed and quickness.  When it all clicks it’s going to be fun to watch. 

 

Round 6    
Pick Team Player
1 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Ben McLemore SG | SAC
2 Assault and Pepper Spray Myles Turner PF | IND
3 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Timofey Mozgov C | CLE
4 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Harrison Barnes SF | GS
5 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Luol Deng SF | MIA
6 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Raul Neto PG | UTA
7 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld T.J. Warren SF | PHO
8 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame Josh Smith PF | LAC
9 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders Jae Crowder SF | BOS
10 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing John Henson C | MIL
11 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Kris Humphries PF | WAS
12 Benny Aziz Isaiah Canaan PG | PHI
13 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Patrick Beverley PG | HOU
14 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ Corey Brewer SG | HOU
15 Matt Buser, busersports Tyler Zeller C | BOS
16 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Jared Sullinger PF | BOS
17 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Ed Davis PF | POR
18 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Pierre Jackson PG | PHI
19 Chris Towers, CBS Sports Marcus Morris SF | DET
20 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Courtney Lee SG | MEM
21 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Kyle O'Quinn PF | NY
22 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com Justise Winslow SG | MIA
23 Jeff Andriesse Patty Mills PG | SA
24 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Nik Stauskas SG | PHI
25 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld Alex Len C | PHO
26 Scott White, CBS Sports Jeremy Lamb SG | CHA
27 Tracy Fay Ian Mahinmi C | IND
28 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Zaza Pachulia C | DAL
29 Rick Kamla, NBA TV C.J. Miles SG | IND
30 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Doug McDermott SF | CHI


ROUND 6

 

Sorry, not buying the Myles Turner hype either.  If he stays healthy, and can get minutes over the improved Ian Mahinmi, then he’s going to have to produce efficiently enough to make it work.  That said, this was pick No. 152 and not the early late round we’ve been suggesting in our blurbs.  I like Raul Neto for his role within the Jazz, but this was real high for him.  Isaiah Canaan is one of Sam Hinkie’s guys, but virtually everybody else in the organization is hoping for other options to pan out at point guard.  I was hoping that Kyle O’Quinn would slip another round and I really needed a shooting guard.  Silly me. 

 

I’m also not on the Nik Stauskas hype train at all.  Yes, he could get every opportunity to go big but he’s a league-bottom defender that doesn’t produce defensive stats.  That’s a tough sell for a team with bad defenders everywhere.  Brett Brown has already been hesitant to go along with the front office hype. 

 

That’s before we get to the question of whether he can be efficient enough to not be a total liability in fantasy leagues.  I have no idea why we’re hyping him, but that’s nowhere near as egregious as the hand-wringing over the Kings decision to make that trade.  I want everybody to try and remember who made the most fun over that deal and watch them try and walk that back over the next year or so.  It’s going to be high-larious.  At No. 175 you can’t really go wrong though. 

 

Round 7    
Pick Team Player
1 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Gary Harris SG | DEN
2 Rick Kamla, NBA TV Cody Zeller PF | CHA
3 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Gerald Henderson SG | POR
4 Tracy Fay Justin Anderson SG | DAL
5 Scott White, CBS Sports Spencer Hawes C | CHA
6 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld Bobby Portis PF | CHI
7 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Taj Gibson PF | CHI
8 Jeff Andriesse Jodie Meeks SG | DET
9 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com Rodney Stuckey SG | IND
10 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Tony Allen SG | MEM
11 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Josh McRoberts PF | MIA
12 Chris Towers, CBS Sports Lance Stephenson SG | LAC
13 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Tristan Thompson PF | CLE
14 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Mario Hezonja SF | ORL
15 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Noah Vonleh PF | POR
16 Matt Buser, busersports Gerald Green SG | MIA
17 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ John Jenkins SG | DAL
18 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Paul Pierce SF | LAC
19 Benny Aziz Omer Asik C | NO
20 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Shabazz Muhammad SF | MIN
21 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Manu Ginobili SG | SA
22 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders K.J. McDaniels SF | HOU
23 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame Jamal Crawford SG | LAC
24 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Joffrey Lauvergne PF | DEN
25 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Devin Harris PG | DAL
26 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Evan Fournier SG | ORL
27 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Steven Adams C | OKC
28 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Kosta Koufos C | SAC
29 Assault and Pepper Spray Donatas Motiejunas PF | HOU
30 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Dion Waiters SG | OKC


ROUND 7

 

Gary Harris is an interesting pick because he’s profiling like a Michael Malone guy.  I want to get behind Justin Anderson this season but I don’t know if his minutes will translate to fantasy value.  He’s going to get minutes.  The only way this pick works out for Gallagher is if somebody ahead of Bobby Portis gets hurt or traded, but the rookie has looked great so far.  Ira Winderman was so impressed with Josh McRoberts that he practically started his own Sixth Man of the Year chant, but there wasn’t any real production to go with that hype and McBob started missing games for precautionary reasons.  I like the value here.  Joffrey Lauvergne was a guy that I hoped could slip, but he did too well in the preseason and got too high of a profile. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 8    
Pick Team Player
1 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Festus Ezeli C | GS
2 Assault and Pepper Spray Jerami Grant SF | PHI
3 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Nick Young SF | LAL
4 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Mirza Teletovic PF | PHO
5 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Maurice Harkless SF | POR
6 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Aaron Brooks PG | CHI
7 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Rashad Vaughn SG | MIL
8 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame Greivis Vasquez PG | MIL
9 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders Bismack Biyombo C | TOR
10 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Kent Bazemore SF | ATL
11 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Shane Larkin PG | BKN
12 Benny Aziz Tiago Splitter C | ATL
13 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Iman Shumpert SG | CLE
14 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ Marco Belinelli SG | SAC
15 Matt Buser, busersports Randy Foye SG | DEN
16 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Kelly Olynyk C | BOS
17 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation O.J. Mayo SG | MIL
18 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Brandon Bass PF | LAL
19 Chris Towers, CBS Sports Jameer Nelson PG | DEN
20 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Norris Cole PG | NO
21 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Aron Baynes PF | DET
22 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com Nikola Pekovic C | MIN
23 Jeff Andriesse Thabo Sefolosha SG | ATL
24 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Alexis Ajinca C | NO
25 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld Nikola Jokic PF | DEN
26 Scott White, CBS Sports Langston Galloway PG | NY
27 Tracy Fay Furkan Aldemir PF | PHI
28 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Marvin Williams PF | CHA
29 Rick Kamla, NBA TV Mike Dunleavy SF | CHI
30 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Allen Crabbe SF | POR


ROUND 8

 

Maurice Harkless and Mirza Teletovic could end up paying off at this stage, and I liked the Shane Larkin pick.  I think Brandon Bass could be an under-the-radar value at this stage. I was planning for the future with the Norris Cole pick.  Assuming he didn’t do any real damage with the high ankle sprain, he could be pressed into big minutes pretty quickly in New Orleans.  Nikola Jokic is a great pick for this format where his non-breakout production can actually be useful.  If he can wiggle into big minutes, it’s all icing on the cake.  Mike Dunleavy was taken by Rick Kamla and he’s now on my squad.  More on that later.

 

Round 9    
Pick Team Player
1 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Will Barton SG | DEN
2 Rick Kamla, NBA TV Anthony Bennett PF | TOR
3 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Nene PF | WAS
4 Tracy Fay Derrick Williams SF | NY
5 Scott White, CBS Sports Matthew Dellavedova SG | CLE
6 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld J.J. Barea PG | DAL
7 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Terrence Ross SF | TOR
8 Jeff Andriesse Tarik Black PF | LAL
9 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com David West PF | SA
10 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Cory Joseph PG | TOR
11 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Mike Muscala C | ATL
12 Chris Towers, CBS Sports Channing Frye PF | ORL
13 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Hollis Thompson SG | PHI
14 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Wayne Ellington SG | BKN
15 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Mitch McGary PF | OKC
16 Matt Buser, busersports Chase Budinger SF | IND
17 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ Luis Scola PF | TOR
18 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Joseph Young PG | IND
19 Benny Aziz Wesley Johnson SF | LAC
20 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Joe Ingles SF | UTA
21 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Dwight Powell PF | DAL
22 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders D.J. Augustin PG | OKC
23 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame James Johnson SF | TOR
24 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Amar'e Stoudemire PF | MIA
25 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Steve Blake PG | DET
26 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Kendall Marshall PG | PHI
27 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Jared Dudley SF | WAS
28 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Bogdan Bogdanovic SG | PHO
29 Assault and Pepper Spray Matt Barnes SF | MEM
30 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Dante Cunningham PF | NO


ROUND 9

 

That last comment on Dunleavy?  Ditto for Anthony BennettMike Muscala has a fantasy friendly game and he might be able to be useful in a limited minute role, with the key word being ‘might.’   Chase Budinger could be nice for Buser as the Pacers clearly like what he brings to the table.  Wesley Johnson should basically print money for Benny Aziz with a No. 259 selection.  Dwight Powell is a huge upside pickup here for Hector Castro.  Similarly to Johnson, Matt Barnes could also do his low-volume, high-value thing in Memphis. 

 

Round 10    
Pick Team Player
1 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Tony Snell SG | CHI
2 Assault and Pepper Spray Clint N'Dumba-Capela C | HOU
3 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Anthony Morrow SG | OKC
4 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Thomas Robinson PF | BKN
5 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Andrea Bargnani C | BKN
6 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Omri Casspi SF | SAC
7 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Glenn Robinson SG | IND
8 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame JaVale McGee C | DAL
9 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders Shaun Livingston PG | GS
10 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Devin Booker SG | PHO
11 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Kyle Anderson PF | SA
12 Benny Aziz Andre Roberson SG | OKC
13 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF | BKN
14 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ Ramon Sessions PG | WAS
15 Matt Buser, busersports Cole Aldrich C | LAC
16 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Anderson Varejao C | CLE
17 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Kevin Garnett PF | MIN
18 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Solomon Hill SF | IND
19 Chris Towers, CBS Sports JJ Hickson PF | DEN
20 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Tim Hardaway Jr. SG | ATL
21 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Jeremy Evans SF | DAL
22 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com Trevor Booker PF | UTA
23 Jeff Andriesse Richaun Holmes PF | PHI
24 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Mario Chalmers PG | MIA
25 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld R.J. Hunter SG | BOS
26 Scott White, CBS Sports James McAdoo SF | GS
27 Tracy Fay Kelly Oubre SF | WAS
28 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Marreese Speights PF | GS
29 Rick Kamla, NBA TV Tyus Jones PG | MIN
30 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Boris Diaw C | SA


ROUND 10

 

I’m not buying Thomas Robinson’s stat set, but he’s got what the Nets need as an energy player down low.  Castro made another savvy pick with Devin Booker, who can’t buy beer but is already turning heads in Phoenix.  R.J. Hunter is going to get overhyped for the next few days, but at this stage in the draft it’s a fine pick for Gallagher. 

 

Round 11    
Pick Team Player
1 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Samuel Dalembert C | DAL
2 Rick Kamla, NBA TV C.J. Watson PG | ORL
3 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Jerryd Bayless PG | MIL
4 Tracy Fay Christian Wood PF | PHI
5 Scott White, CBS Sports Jason Thompson PF | GS
6 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld T.J. McConnell PG | PHI
7 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Archie Goodwin SG | PHO
8 Jeff Andriesse Austin Rivers SG | LAC
9 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com Ryan Kelly SF | LAL
10 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Jason Smith PF | ORL
11 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Cameron Payne PG | OKC
12 Chris Towers, CBS Sports Kirk Hinrich PG | CHI
13 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Beno Udrih PG | MEM
14 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Anthony Tolliver PF | DET
15 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Gary Neal PG | WAS
16 Matt Buser, busersports Quincy Pondexter SF | NO
17 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ James Young SG | BOS
18 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Sasha Vujacic SG | NY
19 Benny Aziz P.J. Hairston SG | CHA
20 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Trey Lyles PF | UTA
21 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Terry Rozier PG | BOS
22 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders Nate Robinson PG | NO
23 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame Marcus Thornton SG | BOS
24 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Richard Jefferson SF | CLE
25 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Vince Carter SG | MEM
26 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Leandro Barbosa SG | GS
27 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Charlie Villanueva PF | DAL
28 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Chris Kaman C | POR
29 Assault and Pepper Spray Alan Anderson SG | WAS
30 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Marcus Thornton PG | HOU


ROUND 11

 

I don’t know if Christian Wood is going to make the team but I really wanted him on my 30-DEEP team to see what he could do.  T.J. McConnell is the guy that everybody in Philly seems to want to start the season at the point, but he might not make the team due to roster math beset by bad decisions at the top.  Again, there are folks out there that thought Sam Hinkie swindled the Kings with his 10-year plan.  If Cameron Payne had an easier path to minutes I’d be all over him in standards.  But he doesn’t so I got him at No. 311. 

 

Round 12    
Pick Team Player
1 Frankie Lloyd, BMF SPORTS/Complex Miles Plumlee C | MIL
2 Assault and Pepper Spray Jonas Jerebko SF | BOS
3 David Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Mike Scott PF | ATL
4 Nick Raducanu, Rotoworld Darrell Arthur PF | DEN
5 Dennis Velasco: Baller Mind Frame/Complex Andre Miller PG | MIN
6 Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports Kendrick Perkins C | NO
7 Ethan Norof, Rotoworld Metta World Peace SF | LAL
8 Erik Ong, Baller Mind Frame Tyler Hansbrough PF | CHA
9 Tommy Beer, BB Insiders Lance Thomas PF | NY
10 Hector Castro, Empire Sports Marketing Elijah Millsap SG | UTA
11 Joe Polito, CBS Sports Shabazz Napier PG | ORL
12 Benny Aziz Adreian Payne PF | MIN
13 Brian Flood - ' 08 Champ Raymond Felton PG | DAL
14 Steve Alexander, 2011 Champ Caron Butler SF | SAC
15 Matt Buser, busersports Spencer Dinwiddie PG | DET
16 Tom Carpenter, ESPN Pablo Prigioni PG | LAC
17 Tom Lorenzo, SB Nation Justin Harper PF | BKN
18 Brandon Klyce, HoopsKlyce.com Sean Kilpatrick SG | NO
19 Chris Towers, CBS Sports Kyle Singler SF | OKC
20 Aaron Bruski, Rotoworld Walter Tavares C | ATL
21 Ryan Knaus, Rotoworld Sergey Karasev SG | BKN
22 Daniel E. Dobish, USA Today/RotoExperts.com Shelvin Mack PG | ATL
23 Jeff Andriesse JaKarr Sampson SG | PHI
24 Matt Satten, 2009 & '15 Champ Russ Smith PG | MEM
25 Mike Gallagher, Rotoworld Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF | CHA
26 Scott White, CBS Sports Kevin Seraphin C | NY
27 Tracy Fay Delon Wright PG | TOR
28 Dave/Randall-eXpertLeagues.com Jason Terry SG | HOU
29 Rick Kamla, NBA TV E'Twaun Moore SG | CHI
30 Matt Stroup, Rotoworld Jeff Withey C | UTA


ROUND 12

 

I got Walter Tavares, who looks to me the way Rudy Gobert looked during his rookie season.  Consequently, I thought Gobert should have played a lot more that season, and Ty Corbin disagreed with that sentiment.  Kamla purportedly wanted a player out of Atlanta to watch, which may have been some gamesmanship, but he offered me Mike Dunleavy and Anthony Bennett for my No. 350 pick.  I have thin wings behind my two stud starters, and Dunleavy can be a helpful dude come fantasy playoff time.  Bennett seems to have supporters in Toronto and the two guys playing in front of him aren’t that imposing.  It’s a trade that I have to make on paper, but if Tavares gets 20-28 minutes due to some random injury and has a Hassan Whiteside-like season – circle this paragraph and be prepared to laugh at me. 

 

Aaron Bruski
Aaron Bruski has covered hoops for Rotoworld since 2008 and has competed in national fantasy sports competitions for nearly two decades. In 2015 he was named FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year. You can also find his work over at ProBasketballTalk, where he received critical acclaim for his in-depth reporting of the Kings' relocation saga. Hit him on Twitter at Aaronbruski.