Okay, maybe not all, but if you can afford to stash a high-upside center on your bench…do it.
In a 12-team league where I have a considerably deep bench, last week, I added JaVale McGee with hopes of more double-double love. I’m considering it in another league that is a bit more shallow, with the only hurdle being who to drop. And now that we have the words Sports Illustrated and GMTR, it’s looking like the radar has officially received a new blip. And that blip is a seven-foot tall kid with the wingspan of a pterodactyl.
B-Ref shows his 36-minute numbers to provide a very solid 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks with 52.2 percent shooting. Now, just like Nels mentioned, we can’t bank on 36 minutes. However, once the Wiz brass gets restless, look for a lot more of McGee as the fans love him and (quite frankly!), what do they have to lose? And why shouldn’t you benefit from that?
The first preseason game for the Washington Wizards did not go as planned. Not only is Gilbert Arenas slated to miss some crucial time, but injuries to forward Antawn Jamison and center Brendan Haywood added a little salt in the wound. News today says that Jamison only has a bruised knee and should be good to go. Haywood, however, is looking to miss the next four-to-six months with wrist surgery.
“He’s really big for us back there in terms of communicating to the other guys about what is going on and where we need to be, so that’s going to be missed,” Jamison said. “We’re going to have to find a way for other guys to fill that role.”
I know he will play for the Houston Rockets this year, but I had not come across this picture before prepping for this article and just had to use it. It was a long time ago, but my hometown Raptors passed on you twice in the draft for two dudes named Jonathan Bender (used in a trade for Antonio Davis) and some guy named Alek Redojevic (?spelling). Chicago drafted Artest with the 16th pick in the draft in 1999.
The Houston Rockets need to rid themselves of the monkey on their back that is exiting the first round of the playoffs. If, and it’s a big if, the team can stay healthy enough to become a cohesive unit, they can certainly earn a high seed in the West. This guy would stand to be the difference maker.
Round 4, Pick 2: Ron Artest, SF/PF, Houston Rockets
Overrated or underrated? Is it possible for a top five scorer in the league to be underrated? Though their games differ greatly, ‘Melo splits the fantasy nation into two camps similar to how Dwight Howard does. One camp sees the warts, the other sees the aspects of the game to push an advantage.
After the jump, let us see if this Olympian power forward has the game to help your team out this year win the gold.
Drafting in the four spot has so far yielded a top flight center Amare Stoudemire and Rashard Lewis, a SF/PF-eligible player who can fill it up from outside while strengthening the percentages. Options in the third round are to either add a point guard, or find another PF-eligible player who can score, rebound, and hit the trey. Teamed with ‘Shard, this player helps make this fantasy team’s forward spots a tough check when it comes to moneyballs.
Round 3, Pick 4: Antawn Jamison, SF/PF, Washington Wizards
Gilbert Arenas was taken in the first round with the 11th pick, an interesting move by Sarge. What to do in the second round? Agent Zero needs to come back from last season’s injury-laced campaign. Thus the non-gambling conservative in me suggests putting the dice away and going with a safe, boring and unexciting pick.
Round 2, Pick 2: Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
The Fig Cap: So you picked me. And you’re not happy about it. Not like I’m jumping for joy either.
The end of the first round appears to be the land of boom-or-bust. Just a pick earlier, we saw Gilbert Arenas fly off of the board. Not long before him, Caron Butler’s entrance into the first round could make or break a few seasons. Needless to say, getting this guy with the 12th selection this season could prove to be quite a steal, assuming he plays to even half of the level which we saw against the rest of the world during the Olympic games.
Though he ruined many of fantasy seasons last year, I have no hesitation in selecting…
Dwyane Wade, PG/SG, Miami Heat
The end of the first round presents an interesting dilemma to ponder this year. A few megastars with studly fantasy pedigrees will remain available due to their injury woes last season. Some pumped up Gilbert Arenas as a first overall pick last year…should have listened to that voice in your head that actually believes in that video game cover jinx.
“High risk, high reward.” That phrase gets uttered a lot in my main league whenever someone gambles and rolls the dice. So does betting on Gilbert this year mean snake eyes or that lucky number seven? Because you’d hate to crap out on entire year with your first pick.
The Fig Cap: 11th pick and I’ll still available??? Pick me!
Scoring? Check. Hustle stats? Check. Year-over-year improvement since 2003? You got it.
One of fantasy’s most underrated players over the last handful of years has finally made the jump into the first round. Sure, his position isn’t exactly a rarity, but you can no longer turn a cheek at the production that we have seen, and continue to see from the man they call “Tough Juice.”
Caron Butler, SF, Washington Wizards
While we followed up on the recent Baron Davis news not too long ago, this game of musical chairs appears to be far from over.
The Warriors appear to have been caught off guard by Sir Davis leaving for Los Angeles, thus have decided to start hurling contract offers all over the league. Word came out that Chris Mullin and crew made an offer to Washington’s Gilbert Arenas - but he appears to be staying put. So, next on the list?
Former (and possibly returning) Clipper power forward Elton Brand
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