Points in the Paint

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Whatever Happend to. . . (Former Fantasy Studs)

Posted by Erik on September 18, 2007

Ben Wallace used to be one of the most coveted C’s on draft day. Heck, I used to even try to over trade for this guy to get him on my team. How many centers had the capability to give you 11-12 RPG + BLKs AND STLs? Fine he didn’t score and his FT% was horrible (his attempts didn’t hurt the stat too much anyway), but he was reliable and had one of the lowest TOs at the 5 spot. Here’s a player whose performance and defensive stats were defined by his hustle. Unfortunately, he asked to be traded to the BULLS, a team that’s chuck-loaded with players whose main asset is HUSTLE! This former defensive player of the year regular’s stats pretty much dropped across the board (except for assists *sarcastic* “whoopie!”). I saw games where Big Ben would box out, secure position, leap for the ball; only to get out rebounded by either Luol Deng or Andres Nocioni. Argh! Now that the BULLS drafted another hardworking frontcourt man in the form of Joakim Noah, will we ever see old man Ben’s stats show a glimmer of what they were 2-3 seasons back?

Andrei Kirilenko was another sought after defensive dynamo, who if picked at 2nd round, could anchor almost any fantasy team’s defensive stats. On his best year, the 03-04 season, he averaged 16 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.8 BPG, 1.9 SPG, 0.9 3PTM; all contributed over 78 games! Monster, monster, did I forget to say monster? … STATS! Sadly, he eventually got plagued by injuries and has now found himself out on the wing as his teammate Carlos Boozer now occupies the paint. He recently performed quite well for his “Mother Russia” at Euro championships, aiding his team in securing the GOLD. He’s on a high. Can we even dare to dream to see some of that joy and enthusiasm rub off on this season’s performance?

Stephon Marbury and Steve Francis are both card-carrying members of the “I don’t care if I’m a DIVA, coz I got mad skillz CLUB”. These two have both been on the downward slide for 3 seasons mainly due to a combination of injuries and being on the WORST COACHED & MANAGED NBA TEAM, the NY Knicks. “Starbury” posted an impressive statline of 21.7PPG, 8.2 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.4 3-PTM/G, at a very decent 46.2 FG% during the 04-05 season (where he played in ALL 82 games, btw!). Back when Steve “the Franchise” (snicker, snicker) Francis was Houston’s “franchise” player, he lit up the floor from all over the court. Egos aside, they both were very capable of producing numbers that undeniably made them worth being pick in the 2nd-3rd rounds of Fantasy drafts. Now that NY is “reorganizing” and Steve’s back in Houston, can we see either of them making a comeback or will these two just end up doing a “Britney(Spears)-Comeback”? I guess we’ll just see…

Personally, I’m not going to hold my breath for either of the guards to make a comeback because this season I’ve got my eye set on some younger, more hardworking and less egotistical studs. I am open to drafting either Big Ben or AK-47 because of their lack of “DIVA-ness” and they can be decent bargains at the right rounds….


6 Responses to “Whatever Happend to. . . (Former Fantasy Studs)”

  1. Kirilenko could make a huge push for fantasy relevance if trade rumors are true. Imagine him playing PF/SF for the Phoenix Suns or he could go back to being a cornerstone on a struggling team (like the Trailblazers in exchange for Miles’ huge contract that will expire soon).

  2. Erik said

    If he DOES get traded then he’ll surely jump from a Fantasy dud to a Fantasy stud, in my book. Hmm… this does now make AK officially a “sleeper” of sorts in the sense that his new production will be very much affected by where he ends up.

  3. Very much so on the “sleeper” title. If he goes to a good situation he could very well be a top 15 guy again. And since he will be drafted in the 3-5 round, that makes him a huge sleeper. However, if he stays, then he will have earned his mediocre draft slot.

  4. well i got kirilenko in the 5th round (12 team) in my draft. I hope my prediction is correct!!

  5. Erik said

    Getting him at the 5th is really a potential steal, if he DOES get traded. When that time comes, I expect your league mates to scream “bloody highway robbery” for your snagging AK at the 5th round. If stays in Utah, however, you may have just landed yourself a 5th round dud. 🙂

  6. Rick said

    Utah will not just let AK walk. The naive Russian thinks that they’ll just let him out of his contract. The trade rumors to PHX are silly. Why trade Marion for a petulant, injury-prone guy who can’t shoot? Kerr already dumped salary (see the ludicrous Kurt Thomas selloff) in order to keep Marion in the fold. Matrix isn’t going anywhere, at least not this season. Picking Kirilenko in the 5th round is potentially a steal, and potentially a wasted pick. If he’s ever traded, he needs to go to a team that plays wide open ball. Golden State, maybe, but I don’t see any pieces there that the Jazz can us in its smashmouth Sloan system. If he’s traded to a team that plays halfcourt ball, he’ll be as miserable as he is in Utah.

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