My TOP 35
Posted by Erik on September 5, 2007
My Basketball Big Board
Most people say that the first 2-4 picks in a Fantasy Draft are easy and things start to get interesting in the middle rounds. I agree with that, to a certain extent, but in the end managers have to know how to “build around” their first 3 picks and compliment those players’ abilities and stats. So these top 35 players represent the potential lot that will compose the first 3 rounds in a 10-man league. I took the liberty of modeling my list after Brandon Funston’s Basketball Big Board. . . I’ll update this in a month or so, most likely closer to Draft day.
- Shawn Marion – Can’t deny his across the board contributions with minimal drawbacks.
- Dirk Nowitzki – Great numbers. Best asset: “injury-immune” durability last few seasons.
- Kevin Garnett – Transfer to Boston won’t really hurt the numbers he puts up. I didn’t think I’d see the day, but he’s going to be even MORE motivated now that he’s got help.
- Kobe Bryant – I’m not a fan, but his numbers last season were just too awesome to ignore.
- LeBron James – FT% and TOs are still his “minor” Achilles.
- Steve Nash – He should have been last year’s MVP… still hungry for that elusive title.
- Gilbert Arenas – Offensive beast, but questions remain regarding knee rehab this past summer.
- Dwayne Wade – Injured with shoulder and knee problems, but Miami’s still HIS team and should eventually comeback strong.
- Amare Stoudemire – My first choice as top C in Fantasy… as long as Nash stays healthy.
- Yao Ming – Will this be the Fantasy “Year of the Yao”? If he stays healthy, Adelman’s system should work wonders for him and Houston.
- Chris Paul – I’m still drooling over what he can contribute over a 70+ game played season.
- Jason Kidd – Triple Double Machine, yearly defying Father Time.
- Tim Duncan – Still a solid choice at C; just compensate for his inconsistent FT%
- Rashard Lewis – Will get license to shoot at Orlando. Let’s see if he gets soft now that he’s sitting on a long term contract.
- Ray Allen – Hopefully will share KG’s enthusiasm about being part of Boston’s new BIG 3. He’ll still be lighting it up from the 3-point line.
- Pau Gasol – If he can stay healthy, he’s one of the more solid C’s on the market.
- Chris Bosh – Plagued with Plantar Fascitis & his spot will drop if he loses C-eligibility.
- Paul Pierce – Expect better things from him this year, now that KG and Ray Allen are here to help him out.
- Marcus Camby – MONSTER if he plays 70+ games, but frankly am not going to hold my breath.
- Josh Smith – You thought last year was good? Well you ain’t seen nothing yet!
- Andre Iguodala – Slops to his last season’s FG% and TOs, but he’ll get used to being the new AI in Philly this year.
- Caron Butler – Great numbers, few drawbacks. He’s still on an upward swing in Washington.
- Allen Iverson – Denver being Melo’s team will only help keep him away from injuries. Let’s see what a full season under Denver’s offense will do for his numbers.
- Deron Williams – Last year was just a taste of things to come. Trust me, you’ll regret not drafting him this early.
- Chauncey Billups – With the plethora of early PG picks, you can probably draft him a bit lower, unless you started by hoarding C’s.
- Michael Redd – People say he’s all offense, but his FT% impact does keep him above other “pure scorers”.
- Vince Carter – Will produce for you, but how well will depend Kidd’s health.
- Jermaine O’neal – C with injury problems, but if he can 75+ games, his numbers will keep you happy.
- Jason Richardson – New team, new numbers? We’ll have to see how he gels with Wallace over at Charlotte.
- Kevin Martin – Last year’s MONSTER of a sleeper! Now that he’s got his contract, let’s see if he’ll stay as productive… My best guess, we’ll still see some good numbers.
- Joe Johnson – Got hurt last year, but still great player on a bad team. Expect him to try to make a Fantasy comeback this year.
- Tracy McGrady -Injuries, FG% and TOs are still his bane, but hopefully Adelman’s offensive system will help him out in those areas.
- Al Jefferson – People can’t wait to see what he can do. I’m still on the fence if he’ll be able to live up to all the hype.
- Ben Wallace – His numbers took a beating last year, but still one of my favorite picks at the C slot.
- Carlos Boozer – He might lose his C-eligibilty, but still a 20-10, percentages machine, especially with Deron passing to him.