We’re so used to the NBA moving so quickly, going from the regular season to the playoffs, to the NBA draft lottery, to the NBA finals, to the draft, to free agency, that when it’s quiet, we’ll see. we ask ourselves “what now?”
And not just a break from the real NBA. Not at all. There is a lull in fantasy as managers look for another season.
To fill in the gaps of silence that have a bit of space, we’ll be doing a series of mock drafts of various design sites over the next few weeks.
Before we get into the first one, a few notes :
- We use Yahoo rankings
- We will make a competition of 8 categories
- It will be a competition of 12 teams
- I will explain each choice and its rationale, as well as the end of the proposal
Let’s start by choosing from the #2 spot.
Round 1, Pick 2 :
Joel Embiid (PF/C – PHI)
It’s a tough call for me between Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo. It’s close, with little faith in Embiid in most categories. Also, for narrative street, we have two players who will feel “embarrassed” for not winning MVP last year (as if Nikola Jokic didn’t deserve it). Additionally, the addition of James Harden has helped Embiid get tons as they are the most productive two-man unit out of the pick-and-roll (according to The Lowe Post podcast).
Round 2, pick 11:
Devin Booker (SG/SF – PHO)
Let’s do it again, Phoenix. Booker’s name still seems to lack respect in both real life and fantasy. I’ll take an elite scorer and 3-point shooter on a team that likes to push it (99.75 value). In his case, the double qualification also helps.
Round 3, Pick 2:
Darius Garland (PG – CLE)
I want a guard here, but which one? I’ll let others figure out how Dejounte Murray and Trae Young match up in fantasy, and while I like Tyrese Haliburton, I’ll take Garland’s scoring and team building as the tiebreaker.
Round 4, Pick 11:
Evan Mobley (PF/C – CLE)
I find myself really liking the 3rd and 4th round values and hate not having Anthony Edwards, Cade Cunningham and Zion Williamson at that spot. But since I’m in two holes, let’s assume all the guys are gone. I’m keeping an eye out for the Cavs here in Mobley. I got elite defensive stats and a good FG% from the big man’s second year.
Round 5, Pick 2:
Desmond Bane (SG/SF – MEM)
I’m moving the average draft position here, but I’m fine with that. Look, I was thinking about Brandon Ingram, but there’s a ballpark in New Orleans where Ingram, Williamson and CJ McCollum all need and want contact. Julius Randle is interesting at quarterback, as is OKC‘s Josh Giddey. I end up going with the homer pick (go Grizz) on Bane. Loss of Jaren Jackson Jr. early in the season, as well as the departures of Kyle Anderson, De’Anthony Melton and Ja Morant, who will miss 15-20 games each year, means Memphis will look to Bane to take another step forward and become a secondary shooter on most nights .
Round 6, Pick 11:
Tyrese Maxey (PG/SG – PHI)
Maxey elevated his game last year and didn’t slow down when Harden arrived. Tobias Harris became the fourth offensive option, but was ranked 11 spots ahead of Maxey by Yahoo. Use it for the third-year guard from Kentucky.
Round 7, Pick 2:
Ben Simmons (PG – BKN)
We’ve reached the part of the concept where you can react to your build and shoot at the player. While I still want to get size here, I’m going with Simmons. I like the build I have a ton and it gives me the opportunity to have a chance at Simmons. It’s possible I’ll get a top 50 player in the seventh round.
Round 8, Pick 11:
Paolo Banchero (PF – ENT)
I need a striker here for my build and there are two on the board that interest me. Both are with the Magic, as are Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr. The Magic have a fun team and have a lot of players trying to get into the rotation and live the fantasy. But one thing is a lock in Orlando – they will run the offense through Banchero and take advantage of his offensive skills after being built around the defense for long periods.
Round 9, Pick 2:
Jalen Brunson (PG/SG – NYK)
Jalen Green is interesting here, but I’m going with the $104 million man in Brunson. I was even more surprised that he was so low after signing a big contract in New York. Brunson is the third option on offense — the fourth if they get Donovan Mitchell — but he’ll give me steals and help set up R.J. Barrett and Randle on the floor.
Round 10, Pick 11:
Chet Holmgren (PF/C – OKC)
Chet is an eighth rounder for me because of his skills on both ends of the court. We run the risk of him getting overpowered early and shut down later, but he has incredible value here in turn 10. Having two rookies in the lineup is a bit of a risk, but I’ll take it.
Round 11, Pick 2:
Onyeka Okongwu (C – ATL)
It’s time to fill the bench and I have a lot of guards on this list so I want to hit one of my favorite bigs in Okongwu first. I love targeting third year players and the Hawks absolutely love him. Injuries have held him and Clint Capela back in his first two seasons, but he’s one of my favorite players to take a big step forward for the Hawks and for fantasy. The offense is still a work in progress, but the defensive stats are excellent.
Round 12, Pick 11:
Jaden McDaniels (SF/PF – MIN)
I’m torn between McDaniels and Cam Johnson, but give me the player the Timberwolves want to protect in their deal with the Jazz. He’s starting every night for them, and while his rebounding numbers will hit Rudy Gobert’s addition, I like the overall game for McDaniels for fantasy.
Round 13, Pick 2:
Kelly Oubre Jr. (SG/SF – CHA)
In our latest selection, we take a look at a player who has something others in this range don’t – opportunity. Oubre should slide into a bigger role with the Hornets this coming season. LaMelo Ball is a fantasy stud. Terry Rozier is Terry Rozier. Gordon Hayward is an injury concern. The Hornets need another offensive contributor, and Oubre could be that. Charlotte wants to run the ball (sixth-fastest in the league last year at 100.02), which should result in more looks and involvement from Oubre this year.
- PG: Darius Garland
- SG: Devin Booker
- G: Ben Simmons
- SF: Desmond Bane
- PF: Paolo Banchero
- F: Chet Holmgren
- C: Joel Embiid
- C: Evan Mobley
- UTIL: Tyrese Maxey
- UTIL: Jalen Brunson
- Bench: Onyeka Okongwu
- Bench: Jaden McDaniels
- Bench: Kelly Oubre Jr.
Final Thoughts :
I love team building in general. I may have gotten a little carried away after my first draft by drafting not only Simmons, but also Bancher, Holmgren and Okongwu. But I think all four are more than capable of top 75-100 seasons combined.
I might take a shot at one or two of them next time, but I can’t take too many chances in the middle rounds.
I felt good about my scoring and Booker, Oubre, Bane and Garland assisted on the three points. Embiid, Mobley, Holmgren and Okongwu help me on defense and on the boards. Maybe I’m a little short on assists and steals, Simmons’ accuracy gives me a nice kick there.