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Allen IversonAnother round done in DroppingDimes.com’s inaugural draft blog.  The round saw a couple of borderline first rounders get swiped up in Andrei Kirilenko and Amare Stoudemire, but why the fall?  Simply, injuries.  If both turn out to be healthy this upcoming season, both will make the owners that passed up on them in the first round pretty unhappy. 

Speaking of injuries, Pau Gasol will be on the shelf anywhere from three to four months, which is unfortunate.  Coming off the World Championships, Gasol took the MVP award and it looked like he was going to come back to the States in a big way and do some major damage.  Since the pick was made before the injury, be sure to check out Alvin’s comment on the injury.

Also both Wallaces from last year’s Detroit Pistons team were taken back-to-back.  Rasheed has the versatility and was taken before Ben.  How will Big Ben do in Chi-town?  Will he make the Bulls a contender as he said he would?  Will he make your fantasy team a contender?

To find out, check the profile for Big Ben, as well as all of the other players taken in the second round.

2.1. Allen Iverson, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers
2.2. Andrei Kirilenko, SF/PF, Utah Jazz
2.3. Steve Nash, PG, Phoenix Suns
2.4. Paul Pierce, SG/SF, Boston Celtics
2.5. Paul Gasol, PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies
2.6. Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs

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Amare Stoudemire I’ve never seen it happen, but trust me folks when I say that you can even get snaked in mock drafts!  With Chauncey Billups in mind to pair with LeBron James, I had a perfect one-two punch from my first two selections.  But, such is life.  Regroup yourself, and keep on picking!  Instead of going the point-guard way and settling for a lesser player, I decided to take this thing a different route.  As I see the drop-off in big men taking a steep turn by the time I would get to pick again, I had no choice but to take at least one center-eligible player at the turn.  And who better to pair up with King James than one of the most exciting and explosive players in the game?

Round 2, Pick 12: Amare Stoudemire, PF/C, Phoenix Suns

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Billups and Big BenRound 2, Pick 11 Chauncey Billups PG, Detroit Pistons

Mark my words, Chaucey Billups will have a MONSTER SEASON this year. That is right faithful Dropping Dimes readers - you’re getting the scoop right here! How do I know this?  Well, Billups has a player’s option after this season, which means he can opt out of his contract at the end of this upcoming season and you know Billups is working for a raise!  When you get your annual review at your job, do you slack off in hopes to get a raise?  No, you work your arse off in hopes that the evil empire throws you a carrot for all your hard work.  Billups will work his tail off and earn that big pay raise. Billups must be licking his lips after seeing former teammate Ben Wallace getting $60 million for the next four seasons thrown his way during this past offseason. Billups is making $6 million this season and after an excellent ’06-’07 season, Billups will be shouting “SHOW ME THE MONEY!”

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Ben Wallace is now a BullRound 2, Pick 10: Ben Wallace, PF/C, Chicago Bulls

After signing a four year, $60 million dollar deal during the offseason to join the Chicago Bulls, there are big expectations for the team this upcoming season.  Can one man really make that much of a difference?  Well, when you have personnel in place and have the foresight and vision on how you want to build a team, the answer is YES.  Big Ben Wallace will make a difference on the Bulls and guess what.

He can make a difference for your fantasy basketball team as well.

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Rasheed Wallace Round 2, Pick 9: Rasheed Wallace, PF/C, Detroit Pistons

While jumping on a run of player positions isn’t exactly the smartest thing to do in fantasy sports, ‘Sheed isn’t your average big man.  He doesn’t crash the boards like a Kevin Garnett, he doesn’t dominate in the post like a Shaquille O’Neal, and doesn’t throw down two-handers like an Amare Stoudemire.  What he does do is play in at least 79 games a season in each of the last two years and rack up stats that very few seven-footers can provide.

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Getting antsy to playWell, we got lucky.  Really lucky.  How?  We actually got eight great basketball minds to agree to come play with this reckless band of basketball buffoons, otherwise known as the DroppingDimes.com crew in a fantasy basketball experts league.  More details are to come, but I can tell you who will be throwing down with us on the fantasy hardwood:

1. Neil Tardy (Talented Mr. Roto/NBA.com)
2. Evan Silva (Rotoworld/USAToday.com)
3. Matt Satten (Pro Fantasy Sports)
4. Nels Wadycki (Give Me The Rock)
5. Mike Slane (ElevationMag.com)
6. J.E. Skeets (The Basketball Jones)
7. Richard Christ (Fantasy Sports R Us)
8. Brandon Haraway (The Fantasy Lounge)

And of course, US:

9. Alvin Lai
10. Dennis Velasco
11. Scott Sargent
12. Ron Chow

I know that I can speak for the four of us here in saying that, WE CAN’T WAIT TO GET IN THE GAME!!!


Jason Kidd Round 2, Pick 8: Jason Kidd, PG, New Jersey Nets

YO, WHAT UP, KIDD?

Jason Frederick Kidd… yeah, get past the middle name, which we all know may as well be “Is One Bad Mother On The Court.”  Seriously, is there any bigger of a triple-threat in the NBA the past several seasons?  This 33 year old “kid” is fourth all-time (76 games) on the Triple Double list behind Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138), and Wilt Chamberlain (78).  And, as any good fantasy player knows, getting stats spread out through several categories is always a good thing.

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Jermaine O'NealDropping Dimes Draft Blog: Round 2, Pick 7 Jermaine O’Neal, PF/C, Indiana Pacers

There she is. Damn she is so sexy, but in a classy way. You have been eyeing her from afar and she knows it. She’s a heart-breaker and will leave you broke, but you are still intrigued. “Maybe it will be different,” you tell yourself knowing that the time that will be spent with her will be awesome, but how long before she leaves? Sound familiar? Welcome potential Jermaine O’Neal owners. The allure of a versatile PF/C that is capable of 20-10-2 can be overpowering, however, the strong possibility of an injury can break your heart. 

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DescriptionThe middle of the draft can be a tough spot. After your first pick, you have to wait while 11-12 players leave the board before it is your turn again. I am sure everyone here at Dropping Dimes believes that one can win from any draft slot if you play your chips right. A lot of people will be down on this pick, I am sure. Sure, his stats went south last year. Yet he was still given first fantasy all-star kudos from many faces in different places. It was not too long ago he would be gone by the second pick. Now the question is can he possibly be a steal at the 18th pick?

Round 2, Pick 6: Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs

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Two basic business theories can be applied to fantasy basketball. “Consolidate your assets” is one. “Diversify your portfolio is the other.” The tone of the draft to this point has been to build strength on top of existing strengths. So far we have some pretty interesting combinations of guards (Ray Allen/Allen Iverson and Chris Paul/Steve Nash) and big men (Yao Ming/Andrei Kirilenko). There are a million ways to skin a cat, and possibly even more ways to build a successful fantasy team. Sometimes the right play is to follow a trend and other times it helps to take on a different strategy. With Elton Brand already in the fold and as solid as they come, it is time for the big to get bigger and you to get richer.

Round 2, Pick 5: Pau Gasol, PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies

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