Our very own Runnin’ The Weave maestro, Eric Andrews, joins the fray of Baller Mind Frame’s mock draft end-of-round reviews. Eric and I will be alternating between rounds with him handling even rounds and I, appropriately enough, taking on the odd. Don’t forget to read all of the mock draft end-of-round reviews and be on the lookout for the completed mock draft with commentary from all participants. – DV
Here are the particulars: ROTO, 12-team league, standard nine categories (points, assists, rebounds, FG%, FT%, three-pointers, steals, blocks, turnovers), roster (PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, C, Util, BN, BN, BN, BN).
Second Round Results:
1. Erik Ong (@FantasyHoopla) – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
58 G; 27.9 PPG; 4.6 APG; 5.4 RPG; 43.0 FG%; 84.5 FT%; 1.5 3pTMPG; 1.2 SPG; 0.3 BPG; 3.5 TOPG
There are two ways this pick will go. One way is it will end up being a solid and safe selection that you know will produce. The other direction it could wind up would be it being the best pick in any round of this mock draft. Playing alongside a true point guard like Steve Nash, one must think Kobe’s job to score will become that much easier and allow him to exert that extra energy on the defensive end.
2. Dennis Velasco (@BallerMindFrame) – Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
49 G; 22.1 PPG; 4.6 APG; 4.8 RPG; 49.7 FG%; 79.1 FT%; 0.3 3PTMPG; 1.7 SPG; 1.3 BPG; 2.6 TOPG
Am I missing something here? Wade being drafted with the 14th pick? Understood, he is coming off surgery to his knee but early reports have been pretty positive. Even at this early stage of the draft, selecting a player with his top 5 talent at this time is a no-brainer. Drafting is all about value and this certainly qualifies as that!
3. David Klyce (@HoopsKlyce) – John Wall, Washington Wizards
66 G; 16.3 PPG; 8.0 APG; 4.5 RPG; 42.3 FG%; 78.9 FT%; 0.0 3PTM; 1.4 SPG; 0.9 BPG; 3.9 TOPG
Not the friendliest of a fantasy basketball roto game for this super quick point guard as he does not shoot three-pointers and his shooting percentage leaves a lot to be desired. That said, Wall’s upside is as good as anyone and his talent is undeniable. The Washington Wizards are his team, so we will find out soon enough how great Wall wants to be.
4. Brian Flood (@BrianSFlood) – DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
64 G; 18.1 PPG; 1.6 APG; 11.0 RPG; 44.8 FG%; 70.2 FT%; 0.0 3PTMPG; 1.5 SPG; 1.2 BPG; 2.7 TOPG
Love the big man from Sacramento. Terrific all-around game that oozes “superstar.” I like big men to shoot a higher field-goal percentage, but the rest of Cousins’ game, including the defensive stats, make this pick one of my favorites.
5. Tracy Fay (smartly, a Twitter Luddite) – Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
53 G; 11.9 PPG; 11.7 APG; 4.8 RPG; 44.8 FG%; 59.7 FT%; 0.2 3PTMPG; 1.8 SPG; 0.1 BPG; 3.6 TOPG
I might be in the minority here, but if you read my Runnin’ The Weave column about what I like my fantasy basketball guards to do, Rondo is not my type of player. Granted, he is a terrific assists and steal player. No denying that! And I do see he shoots a good field-goal percentage, but Rondo doesn’t shoot enough to really make a dent in the category. Similar with his free-throw percentage where he shoots it poorly, but doesnt shoot enough of them to worry too much. Shoot the three, Rondo, and I will eat my words!
6. Aaron Bruski (@AaronBruski) – LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
55 G; 21.7 PPG; 2.4 APG; 8.0 RPG; 51.2 FG%; 81.4 FT%; 0.0 3PTMPG; 0.9 SPG; 0.8 BPG; 2.0 TOPG
Aldridge missed the latter part of the season due to various ailments. The times that he did play, boy, did he play well! Count on this super-solid big man to once again be the focal point of the Portland Trail Blazers and post terrific numbers across the board. Excellent pick here.
7. Patrick Madden (@PatrickAMadden) – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
62 G; 21.6 PPG; 2.2 APG; 6.8 RPG; 45.7 FG%; 89.6 FT%; 1.3 3PTMPG; 0.7 SPG; 0.5 BPG; 1.9 TOPG
Arguably the best big man shooter to ever play the game. I realize the guy has been outstanding and will probably be great again, but I would have preferred a few of the later-picks-to-come over Nowitzki. I’m thinking he would have been available in the third round.
8. Nels Wadycki (@GiveMeTheRock) – Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
66 G; 19.1 PPG; 5.5 APG; 3.4 RPG; 41.8 FG%; 80.8 FT%; 2.0 3PTMPG; 1.6 SPG; 0.3 BPG; 2.2 TOPG
The lightning quick southpaw was great last year… last year. Can Jennings do it again after setting career-highs across the board? Color me skeptical, but I recognize if he does what he did last year, he will turn out to be well worth it. I just have my doubts.
9. Eric Mack (@EricMackFantasy) – Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
66 G; 20.7 PPG; 3.2 APG; 10.9 RPG; 54.9 FG%; 52.1 FT%; 0.0 3PTMPG; 0.8 SPG; 0.7 BPG; 2.3 TOPG
I love watching Grifffin dunk. Shooting free throws, not so much! In the same mold as Dwight Howard, minus the huge defensive stats, Blake will contribute big-time in field-goal percentage, points, and rebounds. Just not sure if you can win with him dragging your free-throw percentage to no-man’s land.
10. Eric Andrews (@aka_MR-FANTASY) – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
26 G; 14.7 PPG; 5.3 APG; 3.4 RPG; 49.0 FG%; 80.9 FT%; 2.1 3PTMPG; 1.5 SPG; 0.3 BPG; 2.5 TOPG
A former first round pick, Curry slips due to his past injuries. A terrific talent that could post the friendliest and highly worthy fantasy numbers for a guard if healthy… IF healthy. Could end up being the best pick with the most value in any draft by slipping into the second round. Again, IF healthy.
11. Chris Towers (@CTowersCBS) – Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers
62 G; 12.5 PPG; 10.7 APG; 3.0 RPG; 53.2 FG%; 89.4 FT%; 0.9 3PTMPG; 0.6 SPG; 0.1 BPG; 3.7 TOPG
Nash joins the Lakers and Kobe Bryant to form what could be the best backcourt the NBA has ever seen! Terrific shooting percentages to go along with a ton of assists and threes. Not much to hate here other than the usual lack of steals and maybe the question of how this deep team will mesh. Thinking this little engine will gel pretty quickly.
12. Jason Hahn (@FBasketballBlog) – Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
65 G; 17.4 PPG; 3.7 APG; 10.4 RPG; 50.1 FG%; 78.2 FT%; 0.1 3PTMPG; 0.6 SPG; 1.4 BPG; 2.2 TOPG
Could be the best value pick of this round. I realize they added a huge presence in the middle with Dwight Howard, but this guy Pau is as solid as they come. He will get his regardless. Each and every season you can count on this big man to post numbers in every single category. That is a tough thing to say about anyone, but most importantly, about every single pick before him in this round. Love it!
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