Round 3, Pick 5: Dwight Howard, PF/C, Orlando Magic
By the time the season starts, all you have to know is this - Dwight David Howard will not legally be able to drink alcohol. Why is this important? Well it’s important not so much for fantasy basketball owners, but all of those that try to guard or box out Howard. “Big men of the NBA, after a game of banging and bruising with Dwight Howard, you deserve a drink.” And since Howard can’t imbibe alcohol, his defenders can have his because they’ll need it to numb the pain!
Entering the league at only 18 years of age had to be a tough challenge, in so many ways for Howard. However, you can count on one hand the number of “straight from high school” players that have become stars or stars-on-the-cusp after only two seasons and Howard is a finger on that hand. In fact, make Howard the middle finger because of his length (he’s got wingspan for days), height (6’11”), and the fact that he may just be the next great big man in the middle.
Let’s check the numbers.
With two picks in the bag, I felt that this selection either needed to address notable weaknesses or simply pick the best player available, and hope for the best on the way back. Though Kevin Garnett is one of the better passing big-men in the league, the assist category is obviously my weakness at this point. However, with a couple point guards going off of the board with the most recent picks, I decided to steer away from the run, and go with whom I felt was the best guy out there:
Round 3, Pick 4: Rashard Lewis, SF, Seattle Supersonics
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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