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Roundtable: Favorite Drafts

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hello and welcome back to the NBA Roundtable! Now that fantasy draft season is over, I thought it would be interesting for the Rotoworld Hoops crew to reflect on their favorite team since most of us are involved in a unhealthy amount of leagues. To make things easier, I asked them to provide league size and format as well. I’ll start us off…


Jonas Nader (@JonasNader)


1.Giannis Antetokounmpo (4)

2.Myles Turner (21)

3.C.J. McCollum (28)

4.Victor Oladipo (45)

5.Jeff Teague (52)

6.Aaron Gordon (69)

7.Gary Harris (76)

8.Jamal Murray (93)

9.Willy Hernangomez (100)

10.Darren Collison (117)

11.Josh Richardson (124)

12.Richaun Holmes (141)

13.JaMychal Green (148)


League Type:  12-Team, 9-Category League

Team Strengths: Points, Assists, Steals, blocks, 3-pointers

I went into the draft hoping to take the best all-around players regardless of position, and with Giannis at No. 4 overall, I get the best player in fantasy and don’t really need to punt any categories off the bat. Turner could be a top-10 player this season and I knew how important it was to take an elite big early, and C.J. McCollum and Victor Oladipo were both in my top 25. 

Aaron Gordon may be the best value pick of the year, while Josh Richardson and Darren Collison are off to amazing starts — I think J-Rich could be an early-round guy. Jamal Murray has been a huge letdown so far, but I’ll hold him for another week or so (I’m eyeing Terry Rozier). With Hernangomez out of the rotation in New York and my last two picks in my I.R. spots, I needed more bigs so I took a couple fliers on Kyle Kuzma and Jarrett Allen. Kuzma already looks like the best PF in Los Angeles, while Allen is going to be a shot-blocking machine with his role only expected to grow — he’s averaging 4.9 blocks per 36 minutes! My only real regret was missing out on D’Angelo Russell (he went super early) and Marquese Chriss, but I'll have the chance to buy low on Chriss since he's off to a rocky start. 

I still have some work to do and I’m patiently waiting for Turner to come back, but this team has the look of a league winner as long as Giannis keeps toying with the rest of the NBA. 

Steve Alexander (@docktora)

This is my favorite team. 10 teams, H2H with 9 weird cats – Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, Free Throws Made, Field Goal Percentage, 3 pointers made and Double-doubles. No TOs. We have to start two centers and it’s daily lineups.


This draft happened on my phone while I was at a 10-year-old’s baseball tournament in the rain, while also loading crap into my car as we were leaving. The end of it happened in my car while my wife angrily drove. Oh, and there was a 30-second clock!!! Never had one so short and it was panic central. After the first couple picks I just picked the next guy I had queued up, which worked out pretty well. I basically got every player I loved and despite a rough start due to injuries, I’m psyched about it. 


Rd 1 Pick 7 – Stephen Curry

Rd 2 – DeMarcus Cousins

Rd 3  - Myles Turner

Rd 4 – Aaron Gordon

Rd 5 – D’Angelo Russell

Rd 6 – Dennis Smith Jr. 

Rd 7 – James Johnson

Rd 8 – Marquese Chriss

Rd 9 – Josh Richardson

Rd 10 – Willie Cauley-Stein

Rd 11 – Kelly Olynyk

Rd 12 – Alex Len

Rd 13 – JaMychal Green

Rd 14 – Norman Powell

Rd 15 – Ish Smith


Moves since then: Dropped: Jam Green, Norm and Ish, Added: Mike James, DJ Augustin and Joe Ingles.


As far as strategy goes, I was just trying to hold on and not miss any picks with that damn 30-second clock. Succeeded in that. Was thrilled to get Turner in the third round, while Josh Richardson looks like my early favorite for a true value pick. I had Turner, Gordon, Russell, DSJ, JJ, Chriss, Josh Richardson, WCS, Olynyk and Powell all on my preferred list.


Now that my guys are sort of healthy (except for Turner and D’Angelo), I’m up 9-0 in Week 2 after a rough Week 1. And if I could just pick one guy in each round without anyone else involved, I probably would have picked essentially the same team. I love it.

Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer)

League size: 30 teams, 12-man rosters (with an IR spot)


Scoring system: 9-categories, head-to-head


Draft Style: Snake


Active Rosters: PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, UTIL


The infamous 30-Deep league typically offers one of the more interesting, and challenging, drafts of the season. After limited success in years past, I think I finally walked away with a decent squad this time around.


Here’s my team: Rudy Gobert (15th overall), Victor Oladipo (46), Avery Bradley (75), Marvin Williams (106), Wilson Chandler (135), Frank Ntilikina (166), Lance Stephenson (195), Tyson Chandler (226), Kyle Korver (255), Raymond Felton (286), D.J. Augustin (315), Fred Van Vleet (345)


It obviously doesn't look very imposing on paper, but it’s important to remember that this draft goes nearly 400 players deep. The team that wins the league will likely end up starting multiple players that average less 20 minutes a night. 


I was very happy with my picks in the first two rounds. Getting a stud center like Gobert is big, as the center position dries up very quickly. And I loved the value of Oladipo at 46 overall. I had him queued up and was hoping he’d fall to me. He did and has sprinted out of the gates this season. Still, deep league drafts are often won in the middle rounds. Players like Bradley, Williams and Chandler, while certainly not sexy, are the type of reliable, high-floor fantasy producers that are essential to rounding out a competitive roster.


The pick I’m least confident in at the moment is Ntilikina. I needed a point guard, but avoiding injury issues is crucial in this league, and it's concerning that French Frank has dealt with a myriad nagging injuries already.


I was happy to scoop up Stephenson, Tyson Chandler and Korver in the later rounds. Specialists that are likely to see consistent, if limited, minutes have value in this format. I ended up starting D.J. Augustin in Week 2 with Elfrid Payton sidelined, so that has already paid dividends. 



Mike Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher)


This is a 16-team, points league (DraftKings scoring)


PG: Stephen Curry, Jamal Murray

SG: Bradley Beal, Victor Oladipo

SF: Josh Richardson, Jayson Tatum

PF: Aaron Gordon, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Marquese Chriss, Lauri Markkanen

C: Richaun Holmes


Before you wonder where my centers are, it really doesn’t matter in this league because it’s a daily format with a max amount of games started per week. In other words, the zero at C is made up by using more games at other positions -- we only start one C, too.


This league is full of committed owners from our friends over at RotoGrinders, so I am really happy to have most of my favorite targets on this squad. I got Rondae all the way down at 122, so that is probably my favorite pick. Aaron Gordon at 58 and Victor Oladipo at 39 feel like they’re going to pay dividends. Josh Richardson at 103 seems like it’ll definitely be a worthwhile selection as well.


If I could choose another one, this one would be it:


Nine-cat league with 12 teams


PG: Mike Conley, D’Angelo Russell, Jamal Murray, Delon Wright

SG: Victor Oladipo, Justin Holiday, Jamal Crawford

SF: Moe Harkless, Norman Powell

PF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Marquese Chriss

C: Karl-Anthony Towns, Myles Turner, Jarrett Allen


This league is the one you may have heard on the podcast during draft weekend with three other Rotoworld people and a host of other industry guys drafting. I loved the start of this draft so much with KAT, Myles, Conley, VO and DAR to kick it off. I was able to get most of my other favorite targets except for Josh Richardson and Aaron Gordon (went before Oladipo).


I’m all in on Rondae on basically every column that’s been on the free side, so I still feel really good getting him at about 100 in every league. I’m buying the red-hot start.



Matt Stroup (@MattStroup)


My hometown league is a 10-team, 9-category head-to-head league with some high school friends and my cousin Eli. It is largely because of my intense dislike of my cousin as a human being that I take this league quite seriously, and I think I was able to throw together a pretty strong team after a disappointing 2016-17. Here's the roster:


1. Stephen Curry (4)

2. DeMarcus Cousins (17)

3. Draymond Green (24)

4. Bradley Beal (37)

5. Nikola Vucevic (44)

6. Jrue Holiday (57)

7. Robert Covington (64)

8. James Johnson (77)

9. T.J. Warren (84)

10. Jamal Murray (97)

11. Josh Jackson (104)

12. Terry Rozier (FA - originally drafted Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at 117)

13. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (124)

14. John Collins (FA - originally drafted Moe Harkless at 137)

15. Lauri Markkanen (FA - originally drafted Denzel Valentine at 144)


Notable that my only overlap with Jonas' squad is Murray, and I agree with Jonas about being patient on him. I'd be surprised if Murray doesn't turn it around before too long. As for some of the other players, I found that Covington, James Johnson, T.J. Warren and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson were all available relatively late in drafts considering the upside they offered, and so far I'm thrilled with all of them (though a little concerned about the emerging timeshare between Warren and Josh Jackson). 


Meanwhile, I knew Vucevic was gonna hit 3s, but I'm somewhat floored by how good he's been in the early going. Rozier to me is another intriguing player. He has put up really good value so far, and I'm eager to see what he looks like with Marcus Smart back. 

Ethan Norof (@Ethan-Norof)

Our league is a 10-team, eight-category rotisserie style format. Below is the roster I drafted:

1. (10) Damian Lillard (Por - PG)
2. (11) Nikola Jokic (Den - PF,C)
3. (30) Blake Griffin (LAC - PF,C)
4. (31) Mike Conley (Mem - PG)
5. (50) Jusuf Nurkic (Por - C)
6. (51) Victor Oladipo (Ind - PG,SG)
7. (70) Aaron Gordon (Orl - SF,PF)
8. (71) Dennis Smith Jr. (Dal - PG,SG)
9. (90) Gary Harris (Den - SG,SF)
10. (91) Marquese Chriss (Pho - PF,C)
11. (110) Tim Hardaway Jr. (NY - SG,SF)
12. (111) Josh Richardson (Mia - PG,SG,SF)
13. (130) Taurean Prince (Atl - SF)
14. (131) Josh Jackson (Pho - SG,SF)
15. (150) Dewayne Dedmon (Atl - C)
16. (151) Milos Teodosic (LAC - PG,SG)
Since that time, I have dropped Teodosic for Danny Green, and then traded Green, Dewayne Dedmon and Mike Conley in exchange for Kyle Lowry and De'Aaron Fox. 
While always difficult to draft at a pole (beginning or end of the draft) my favorite picks included Blake Griffin, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon. 
I don't regret being PG-heavy, but I do wish I had better roster balance overall. While I loved (and still enjoy) the value of each of my picks, I need to better balance out my contributions in order to stay competitive in this setting. 

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