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….