The Fig Cap: Hey, Agent Zero, why so glum? You’re number one in our rankings!
In “real” basketball, point guard is arguably the most difficult position to play since they are basically an extension of the head coach running the actual plays on the court. They have to know all the plays to run and have the ball in their hands the majority of the game. In fantasy basketball, point guards are just as important as they will be your main source of assists and a significant contributor in steals, three-pointers made, and/or free-throw percentage. Any big-time production in points, rebounds, and/or field-goal percentage are simply gravy on top of the meat. So, coming into the 2007-08 season, which point guard is tops for the position? I have one word for you – HIBACHI!
The Fig Cap: Yeah, no wonder Four Twenty wanted to write about Mikey.
GUEST BLOGGER: Our number one fan, Four Twenty. How much does he love Dropping Dimes? We’re official sponsors of his softball team in the Great Northwest… yes, and the love is reciprocal.
He won’t make it, he misses everything! He made it! Hey Mikey!
Like Life cereal, don’t knock it til you try it. At one point last season Miller was ranked #5 in the Yahoo game, and deservedly so. Snagging Miller this late in the game is an absolute steal, and like Kevin Bacon in “Animal House,” I’ll say “Thank you sir, may I have another?”
Round 5, Pick 6: Mike Miller, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies
The Fig Cap: “WOO HOO! Patrick is writing about ME!”
GUEST BLOGGER: Patrick Madden from Give Me The Rock
“I don’t get no respect!! That’s the story of my life, no respect, ya know?”
Antawn Jamison: Olympics bronze medal winner, NBA Sixth Man of the Year, one time NBA All-Star.
It’s the perfect byline for a team’s second banana. Jamison is the Jackie Chan to Gilbert Arenas’ Chris Tucker. He’s Danny Glover’s Roger Murtaugh to Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs. If the Wizards were the Jackson Five, Jamison would be Jermaine Jackson. If they were an 80’s television show, Jamison would be Ricardo Tubbs.
You get the idea, I hope. Agent Zero gets the accolades, the media attention, the awards, the swag, the NBA 08 Live video game cover, the million dollar birthday parties, the blog, the professional Halo team, and the Hibachi. Even Jamison’s catch phrase seems like the boy wonder version of Arenas’. According to the Washington Post, Jamison calls out “Fiji” after every jump shot he makes. Ah, you might want to stop that immediately Antawn.
Round 5, Pick 1: Antawn Jamison, SF/PF, Washington Wizards
The Fig Cap: “I fell to fourth? FOURTH?!?!”
So, somehow, this little fantasy basketball blog of ours was able to get into this group of experts for some mocking. We feel we held our own and were happy to join the banter as the draft moved along. NOTE: Matt Buser made a comment along the lines of Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry bringing the Knicks back to prominence. As a realistic Knicks fan I took umbrage… apparently, I was the only one that didn’t get that Buser was kidding. Check out his Curry Line. Sometimes I take my Knicks TOO seriously. I’m such a dummy.
Anyway, you’ll also see Sarge in the mock repping Sports Grumblings, which you should definitely check out AFTER DroppingDimes.com of course. In any case, since Sarge knows my tendencies (Take it easy out there… I meant draft tendencies), he was actually predicting some of my picks in the draft chat. I’m convinced he’s my fantasy sports hetero-lifemate.
Here’s the rest of the experts that participated in the draft in selecting order…
The Fig Cap: This is McFarlane Toys’ rendition of Artest. Booty to be slapped not included.
Allen Iverson is the paragon of the “thug” element in basketball’s current era of tattoos, cornrows, mean mugs, and putting out hip hop records. However, AI is the paragon because of all of his offcourt shiznizzle. So, if anyone has been the epitome of “thug” on the court (and in the stands), there is no question that it’s Ron Artest. Sure, okay, fine… why beat a dead horse? We all know about The Malice in the Palace and all that, but I WAS TRYING TO MAKE A POINT!!! In any case, despite the bad rap (and I don’t mean Artest’s record), the Tru Warier has some game and ironically enough, plays lockdown defense. But, that’s not all the boy from the QB can do.
Round 4, Pick 6: Ron Artest, SF, Sacramento Kings
The Fig Cap: I’m The Don “Magic” Juan of Basketball… Just Call Me Huggy G!
Does anyone maximize their athleticism more than Gerald Wallace? After only one season at Alabama, Wallace came out early and was drafted by the Kings towards the end of the first round based solely on his jumping jack ability and very raw tools. Seriously, it’s not like Wallace was lighting it up in college either, averaging less than 10 points and six boards a game, as well as shoot 44% from the field and 57% from the line. Yeah, that’s pretty ugly. However, Crash did average over a block and steal a game and he did have that athleticism.
So, why mention all of this? Well, it seems that that raw nature of Wallace’s game is starting to smooth out, pimp-style!
Whew! I can’t believe we’ve already finished the first round of our second annual Dropping Dimes Mock Draft Blog. It’s like “they” say, time flies when you’re having fun. Now, who exactly “they” are is still a question, but I’m putting my money on it being Gilbert Arenas-related. HIBACHI! In any case, below are the players drafted in the first round and the order in which they were picked. Word.
1.1. LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
1.2. Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers
1.3. Shawn Marion, SF/PF, Phoenix Suns
1.4. Kevin Garnett, PF, Boston Celtics
1.5. Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks
1.6. Gilbert Arenas, PG, Washington Wizards
1.7. Steve Nash, PG, Phoenix Suns
1.8. Amare Stoudemire, PF/C, Phoenix Suns
1.9. Dwyane Wade, PG/SG, Miami Heat
1.10. Chris Bosh, PF/C, Toronto Raptors
1.11. Elton Brand, PF, Los Angeles Clippers
1.12. Yao Ming, C, Houston Rockets
J-Smoove! Yo, we ain’t got nuthin’ to prove! J-Smoove! Yo, we ain’t got nuthin’ to prove! J-Smoove! Yo, we ain’t got nuthin’ to prove! J-Smoove! Yo, we ain’t got nuthin’ to PROOOOOOOVE.
If you are too young, or too cool to remember Fu-Schnickens, then that’s too bad. That was a pretty hype track way back when. Maybe Atlanta needs to take hold of my riff on it and adopt it as Josh Smith’s theme song.
Round 2, Pick 7: Josh Smith, SG/SF Atlanta Hawks
Fig Cap: Gil Zero Is Like A Super Almond Joy… Sometimes He Feels Like A Nut, Sometimes He Still Does!
Oh man… the stars in the Dropping Dimes universe just seem aligned as such that I write about all the crazies, huh? Last year, Alvin got to do the honors of writing about HIBACHI! Check it here.
In any case, Gilbert Arenas is a little nutty. The boy can obviously ball with the best of them… he just adds some flair and character to his persona with some of the things he does off and on the court. Regardless, all I know is that the man puts up some pretty damn good numbers that make me do the Chris Rock eye bulging out of his face thing and pop lock Justin Timberlake style… not that I was paying close attention to every detail of JT’s slide step utilizing his big toe to provide the effect of gliding. I’m just saying.
Anyway… check out the stats the past three years and you’ll see why it’s easy to get excited:
2004-05: 80 G; 40:53 Min; 43.1 FG%; 2.6 3PTM; 81.4 FT%; 4.7 RPG; 5.1 APG; 3.0 TO; 1.7 SPG; 0.3 BPG; 25.5 PPG
2005-06: 80 G; 42:17 Min; 44.7 FG%; 2.5 3PTM; 82.0 FT%; 3.5 RPG; 6.1 APG; 3.7 TO; 2.0 SPG; 0.3 BPG; 29.3 PPG
2006-07: 74 G; 39:47 Min; 41.8 FG%; 2.8 3PTM; 84.4 FT%; 4.6 RPG; 6.0 APG; 3.2 TO; 1.9 SPG; 0.2 BPG; 28.5 PPG
Here’s hoping your 7/7/07 day was full of luck…because Friday the 13th is just around the corner! Whether you partied it up by attending a wedding, or you sat at home watching the Live Earth concert, here’s hoping you are now for some one-on-one action today! KG is still in Minnesota (for now) but he is raring to go.
On a separate note, our second annual mock draft blog is set to launch later this week. We hope that by starting a month earlier than last year, we will be able to crank out at least a couple more rounds by the time October rolls around.
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