2011 NBA Draft: Fantasy Winners and Losers

Jun 27, 2011


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By Jordan Hall
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The 2011 NBA Draft has come and went and were left to try to pick up the pieces work on our eastern European pronunciations. Every year some teams really help themselves while the Knicks take someone that will never play in the league. Teams are not the only ones who win and lose in the draft, however. There were several established NBA players that gained or lost fantasy value based on what happened. Here are some of them:
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Winners
Tyreke Evans, Kings
Adding Jimmer Fredette to the mix will not only add much intrigue and interest in the floundering franchise, it will create a lot more assist opportunities. Though Jimmer will start from day one at the point, his shooting ability will allow Evans to penetrate and kick for more assists and score more effectively as the defense will no longer be able to jam the paint.
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John Wall, Wizards
In his breathtaking rookie campaign, the NBA’s Prince of Swag, John Wall averaged a solid 8.3 assists per game. He did this while setting up a less than stellar supporting cast. However adding Czech forward Jan Vesely to the mix will make all the difference in the world. Vesely is a transition monster that can run the floor with Wall. I would expect Wall to boost both his scoring and his assists heavily this season.
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Ben Gordon/ Rip Hamilton/ Rodney Stuckey, Pistons
This trio struggled through the majority of the 2010-11 campaign as the Pistons limped their way to the finish. All played out of position at the point on occasions and never had a reliable playmaker to set them up. With the addition of Brandon Knight that will no longer be an issue. I would look for all to increase their scoring averages as long as they are still with the club.
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New York Knicks Backcourt
Although I don’t think that they particularly gained any value through the draft, they certainly didn’t lose any value. Iman Shumpert was a disaster of a pick that will face an uphill battle to see the floor. Billups and Landry Fields should feel no pressure on their job at this point.
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Losers
DJ Augustin, Bobcats
With the arrival of Kemba Walker, Augustin’s days may be numbered, and his minutes may be gone. Although I personally believe that Walker will be a bust, the first round commitment means that he will get every oppurtunity to be the guy at the point, and if he’s the guy, Augustin isn’t.
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Wesley Johnson and other Timberwolves SF’s
Derrick Williams is the man in Minneapolis Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson have just been put on notice. While Johnson likely still has a future with the team, Beasley will either be traded or ride the pine for the foreseeable future. Both will take a backseat to the Arizona product, potentially as early as this season.
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Baron Davis, Cavs
This one is pretty self explanatory. The Cav’s have their point guard of the future and Davis is known throughout the league as a toxic hazard in the locker room. They will try to keep him as far away from Irving as they can and hope that he wont rub off on him. I would be surprised if Davis had a major role in Cleveland this season, and if he is traded, there is no other club in the league that he is good enough to play for. The
window for Davis has closed.
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J.J. Hickson, Cavs
With the Cavs drafting Tristan Thompson with he fourth overall pick, they signified that they are very high on him. Considering the fact that he is an overall better version of Hickson, it really limits what you should expect from the original Hickson in the days coming. It seemed like he was starting to come into his own, but there will be few minutes to go around now.
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