Fantasy Hoops Roundtable: Best Draft Jewel

Dec 11, 2010

Basketball Roundtable

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Time for another fantasy basketball roundtable.
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I am once again responsible for this week’s question.

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This Week’s Topic:
Last week we looked at everybody’s most shameful draft pick? This week we’ll flip it around and ask who has been the most surprising jewel of our experts drafts, and whether they anticipate continued success the rest of the way?
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Justin Hasan
WinMyFantasyLeague.com

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Russell Westbrook
has to be the most surprising jewel of my draft.  First round picks Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, and Deron Williams may be ahead of Westbrook in the rankings, but the Oklahoma City point guard represents the top return on investment.
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I was able to snag Westbrook in the 4th round and he is currently ranked among the top 12 fantasy players (10th in the GMTR H2H Player Rater and 12th in the Yahoo rankings). Through the first 22 games of the season, the former UCLA Bruin has averaged 23.7 points, 8.6 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game.  His 87% free throw shooting is a huge bonus considering that he gets to the line on average nine times per contest.
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Some would contend that Raymond Felton has been the more surprising jewel of the draft, but New York has had one of the most generous schedules in the NBA so far. Their west coast roadtrip was against the Warriors, Clippers, Kings, Nuggets, and Timberwolves. With the exception of the Nuggets, they faced the basement teams of the Western Conference.  I was a huge fan of Raymond Felton coming into the season, but with a tough schedule ahead (facing the top Eastern Conference teams in December and the top Western Conference teams in January), his production will take a hit.
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Russell Westbrook on the other hand, has proven his elite fantasy status against the top competition in the Western Conference. His game has shown massive improvements in each of his three years in the NBA and is a triple-double threat every time he steps on the floor. I anticipate continued success the rest of the way for him and expect him to be taken in the first round of fantasy drafts next year.
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Jason Hahn
fBasketballBlog

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D.J. Augustin has made me very proud so far this season. I was fortunate enough to draft him with picks No. 118 and 127 in two leagues of mine, and seeing as how he’s ranked in the top 65 based on averages through 21 games this season, I have an easy time calling him my fantasy “jewel.” I see no reason why he can’t continue his success for the remainder of 2010-11, mostly because his 35+ minutes per game are safe. Augustin will continue rolling with great, efficient stats from the point guard spot in Charlotte.
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Patrick Madden
Give Me The Rock
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I liked Dorell Wright as a sleeper going into the year, mostly because he was moving from the Miami Heat (where he never got an opportunity really play) to the Golden State Warriors, a team so magical for fantasy purposes that they turned Anthony Morrow and Cory Maggette into top 50 fantasy players last season. But I can’t say I expected him to explode into a player who current sits at #24 on our rater. Given an opportunity to start for the Warriors, Wright has turned into a roto beast, averaging over 2 threes, a steal and a block a game (along with 15 points and 6 rebounds). As long as he remains healthy, Wright will get nearly 40 minutes a game on one of the fastest paced teams in the league, and if that isn’t a recipe for fantasy success, then I don’t know what is.
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My Response:
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I was able to secure Paul Millsap in the sixth round of my fantasy draft. Some of the big men taken before him were Chris Bosh, Al Jefferson, David West, Nene, Antawn Jamison, Troy Murphy, and Chris Kaman. Getting a player averaging approximately 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 block while shooting 55 percent from the field and 76 percent from the line in the sixth round certainly constitutes a jewel in my book. He’s slowed a bit of late, but on November 9th he showed what he’s capable of when he dropped 46 points on the Heat.
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His numbers will likely dip a bit when Mehmet Okur returns, but I see no reason why he won’t continue to play above his draft slot.

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Greg
    December 11th, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    I know that Dorell Wright has been averaging great counting stats, but it does need to be taken into consideration that he is shooting under 40% from the field.
    Kevin Love has to be on the top of this list. Early drafts, he was going as late as the sixth or seventh round, and he has been Troy Murphy on steroids from the year 3000

  2. LestersLegends
    December 11th, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    He’s a good one, but unfortunately I don’t own him. I was set to grab him in the fourth round of my keeper league, but alas he went in the third round. I didn’t have a pick until the fourth round.

  3. Greg
    December 11th, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    Understandable, I definitely agree with all the people on here. I was able to trade Brook Lopez first week of the season for Westbrook, grab Augustin off waivers before the season and had Wright for awhile.

  4. LestersLegends
    December 11th, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Nice. You must be doing quite well.

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