I just finished our Live Draft for the Battle of the Bloggers League from BallHype. It was the first live draft I entered in Yahoo! since it opened its doors. I must say that I love the JAVA applet interface they’ve got going on. I like the fact that they highlight the average pick of the various players. Actually it was Nels who pointed it out along with some money quotes:
“Chris Paul is 1.4 not 1.0? There are people out there who are drafting wrong.”
“There are actually people out there who are picking Eddy Curry at 136!”
Anyway, going back to the league. It’s a 10-man, head to head, with the standard 9-cat array. We’ve got 11 roster slots (PG, SG, G, SF, F, PF, C, Util x 2, Bench x 2) One Center was a surprise which kind of caught me off guard because I only noticed it during the draft itself. I should have payed more attention to the settings. My bad.
The Bloggers involved in the league are the following:
Yours truly of Points in the Paint, TEAM: Points in the Paint – yeah I know, so original!
Nels of Give Me The Rock, TEAM: Give Me The Rockettes
Dennis of Dropping Dimes, TEAM: Bout it Bout it
UtesFan89 of The Utah Jazz, TEAM: Suicidal Penguins
Ethan of Newsports.com, TEAM: The Ollie McClellans
Mookie of A Stern Warning, TEAM: …a stern warning
Zach of Talkhoops.net, TEAM: Kev Ollie’s Mustache
Ryan of Hoops Addict, TEAM: Hoops Addict – another exercise in originality
Scott of Waiting for Next Year, TEAM: WaitingForNextYear
Zorgon of Blue Blitz, TEAM: Blue Blitz
Give their blogs some clicks and some love. ‘Coz their teams won’t be getting much love from mine once we’re matched up! (woohoo! Trash Talking via blogging is just so unfair!)
With 10 managers and 11 roster spots the draft was a pretty good round-up of an intelligently drafted TOP 100 (give or take) for head to head. The talent and caliber of the players drafted will be pretty concentrated so some Monster Teams were drafted.
Unfortunately, around 4 of the guys missed the Live Draft, but it was a blast nonetheless. To those who were present, good drafting guys!
It was priceless seeing Suicidal Penguins (a hardcore Jazz Fan) land the first pick, agonize, and have to choose Chris Paul! Hahaha! At least he made up for it by taking Boozer in the 2nd.
I was in 9th draft position. Not great, but still was quite workable.
I’m pretty happy with my team. I simply improved on the small ball plan I got going over at the GMTR Mock – improvements like not drafting Samuel Dalembert for a small man team! LOL! Anyway, allow me to introduce you to the Points in the Paint team that will be pwning this league…
Round —– Player (Pick)
- Shawn Marion (9)
- Deron Williams (12)
- Kevin Martin (29)
- Rudy Gay (32)
- Mehmet Okur (49)
- Mo Williams (52)
- Mike Miller (69)
- Mike Bibby (72)
- Troy Murphy (89)
- Anthony Parker (92)
- O.J. Mayo (109)
That’s my team. I’m hoping to have some fun in this league.
Here’s to wishing everyone in the league some luck! (they’ll need it, ha ha!)