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2011-12 Draft Prep: Our 12-team roto mock draft

Michael Hurcomb
Fantasy Writer
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We weren't sure if it would happen for a while, but we're almost to the start of another basketball season.

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We recently held a 12-team rotisserie mock draft in an effort to give you an indication of where players on your Fantasy radar might start falling off the draft board.

Here's a closer look at this league:

Rosters

10 active spots, 4 reserve spots
Starting lineup consists of four guards, four forwards and two centers

Draft Order

1. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Writer
2, Kevin Goodwin, Fantasy Writer
3. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
4. Scott White, Fantasy Writer
5. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
6. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
7. Ed Gauna, Fantasy Writer
8. Sergio Gonzalez, NBA Production Editor
9. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
10. Al Melchior, Fantasy Writer
11. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
12. Jeff Lippman, Fantasy Writer

Draft Results
Round 1 Round 2
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 Michael Hurcomb LeBron James SF MIA 1 Jeff Lippman Carmelo Anthony SF NY
2 Kevin Goodwin Kevin Durant SF OKC 2 Bill Passonno Stephen Curry PG GS
3 Peter Madden Derrick Rose PG CHI 3 Al Melchior Pau Gasol PF LAL
4 Scott White Chris Paul PG LAC 4 Jeff Tobin Blake Griffin PF LAC
5 Adam Moore Dwyane Wade SG MIA 5 Sergio Gonzalez Dirk Nowitzki PF DAL
6 Chris Towers Deron Williams PG NJ 6 Ed Gauna LaMarcus Aldridge PF POR
7 Ed Gauna Kobe Bryant SG LAL 7 Chris Towers Zach Randolph PF MEM
8 Sergio Gonzalez Dwight Howard C ORL 8 Adam Moore John Wall PG WAS
9 Jeff Tobin Russell Westbrook PG OKC 9 Scott White Josh Smith PF ATL
10 Al Melchior Monta Ellis SG GS 10 Peter Madden Rajon Rondo PG BOS
11 Bill Passonno Kevin Love PF MIN 11 Kevin Goodwin Steve Nash PG PHO
12 Jeff Lippman Amar'e Stoudemire PF NY 12 Michael Hurcomb Tyreke Evans PG SAC
Round 3 Round 4
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 Michael Hurcomb Al Jefferson C UTA 1 Jeff Lippman Jrue Holiday PG PHI
2 Kevin Goodwin Andre Iguodala SF PHI 2 Bill Passonno Joe Johnson SG ATL
3 Peter Madden Brook Lopez C NJ 3 Al Melchior Kevin Martin SG HOU
4 Scott White Al Horford C ATL 4 Jeff Tobin Andrea Bargnani C TOR
5 Adam Moore Joakim Noah C CHI 5 Sergio Gonzalez Jason Kidd PG DAL
6 Chris Towers Eric Gordon SG NO 6 Ed Gauna Tony Parker PG SA
7 Ed Gauna Carlos Boozer PF CHI 7 Chris Towers DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
8 Sergio Gonzalez Danny Granger SF IND 8 Adam Moore Andrew Bogut C MIL
9 Jeff Tobin David Lee PF GS 9 Scott White Kyle Lowry PG HOU
10 Al Melchior Chris Bosh PF MIA 10 Peter Madden Luis Scola PF HOU
11 Bill Passonno Rudy Gay SF MEM 11 Kevin Goodwin Brandon Jennings PG MIL
12 Jeff Lippman Raymond Felton PG POR 12 Michael Hurcomb Devin Harris PG UTA
Round 5 Round 6
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 Michael Hurcomb Greg Monroe PF DET 1 Jeff Lippman Marc Gasol C MEM
2 Kevin Goodwin Roy Hibbert C IND 2 Bill Passonno Dorell Wright SF GS
3 Peter Madden Paul Millsap PF UTA 3 Al Melchior Tim Duncan PF SA
4 Scott White Gerald Wallace SF POR 4 Jeff Tobin Elton Brand PF PHI
5 Adam Moore Andray Blatche PF WAS 5 Sergio Gonzalez Kevin Garnett PF BOS
6 Chris Towers Lamar Odom PF DAL 6 Ed Gauna Nene C DEN
7 Ed Gauna David West PF IND 7 Chris Towers DeMar DeRozan SG TOR
8 Sergio Gonzalez Wesley Matthews SG POR 8 Adam Moore Danilo Gallinari SF DEN
9 Jeff Tobin Mike Conley PG MEM 9 Scott White JaVale McGee C WAS
10 Al Melchior Paul Pierce SF BOS 10 Peter Madden D.J. Augustin PG CHA
11 Bill Passonno Andrew Bynum C LAL 11 Kevin Goodwin Andre Miller PG DEN
12 Jeff Lippman Luol Deng SF CHI 12 Michael Hurcomb Stephen Jackson SG MIL
Round 7 Round 8
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 Michael Hurcomb Manu Ginobili SG SA 1 Jeff Lippman Baron Davis PG NY
2 Kevin Goodwin Michael Beasley PF MIN 2 Bill Passonno Emeka Okafor C NO
3 Peter Madden Tayshaun Prince SF DET 3 Al Melchior Chauncey Billups PG LAC
4 Scott White Serge Ibaka PF OKC 4 Jeff Tobin Channing Frye PF PHO
5 Adam Moore Boris Diaw SF CHA 5 Sergio Gonzalez Kris Humphries PF NJ
6 Chris Towers Antawn Jamison PF CLE 6 Ed Gauna Jose Calderon PG TOR
7 Ed Gauna Darren Collison PG IND 7 Chris Towers Chris Kaman C NO
8 Sergio Gonzalez Ray Allen SG BOS 8 Adam Moore Tyson Chandler C NY
9 Jeff Tobin James Harden SG OKC 9 Scott White Hedo Turkoglu SF ORL
10 Al Melchior Marcin Gortat C PHO 10 Peter Madden Grant Hill SF PHO
11 Bill Passonno Ty Lawson PG DEN 11 Kevin Goodwin Jameer Nelson PG ORL
12 Jeff Lippman Rodney Stuckey PG DET 12 Michael Hurcomb Caron Butler SF LAC
Round 9 Round 10
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 Michael Hurcomb Derrick Williams PF MIN 1 Jeff Lippman Tyler Hansbrough PF IND
2 Kevin Goodwin Shawn Marion SF DAL 2 Bill Passonno Kyrie Irving PG CLE
3 Peter Madden Marcus Thornton PG SAC 3 Al Melchior Glen Davis PF ORL
4 Scott White Jason Terry SG DAL 4 Jeff Tobin John Salmons SG SAC
5 Adam Moore Jarrett Jack PG NO 5 Sergio Gonzalez DeAndre Jordan C LAC
6 Chris Towers Beno Udrih PG MIL 6 Ed Gauna Andrei Kirilenko SF UTA
7 Ed Gauna Thaddeus Young SF PHI 7 Chris Towers J.J. Hickson PF SAC
8 Sergio Gonzalez Nick Young SG WAS 8 Adam Moore Jamal Crawford SG POR
9 Jeff Tobin Kemba Walker SG CHA 9 Scott White Toney Douglas SG NY
10 Al Melchior Mo Williams PG LAC 10 Peter Madden Chuck Hayes C SAC
11 Bill Passonno Jason Richardson SG ORL 11 Kevin Goodwin DeJuan Blair C SA
12 Jeff Lippman Nicolas Batum SF POR 12 Michael Hurcomb Richard Hamilton SG CHI
Round 11 Round 12
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 Michael Hurcomb Corey Maggette SF CHA 1 Jeff Lippman Brandon Knight PG DET
2 Kevin Goodwin Vince Carter SG DAL 2 Bill Passonno Richard Jefferson SF SA
3 Peter Madden Landry Fields SG NY 3 Al Melchior Jimmer Fredette PG SAC
4 Scott White Ed Davis PF TOR 4 Jeff Tobin O.J. Mayo SG MEM
5 Adam Moore Wesley Johnson SF MIN 5 Sergio Gonzalez Derrick Favors PF UTA
6 Chris Towers Jared Dudley SG PHO 6 Ed Gauna Spencer Hawes C PHI
7 Ed Gauna Amir Johnson PF TOR 7 Chris Towers Brandon Bass PF BOS
8 Sergio Gonzalez Evan Turner SG PHI 8 Adam Moore Drew Gooden PF MIL
9 Jeff Tobin C.J. Miles SF UTA 9 Scott White Ben Gordon SG DET
10 Al Melchior Trevor Ariza SF NO 10 Peter Madden Ramon Sessions PG CLE
11 Bill Passonno Samuel Dalembert C SAC 11 Kevin Goodwin George Hill PG IND
12 Jeff Lippman Ricky Rubio PG MIN 12 Michael Hurcomb Klay Thompson SG GS
Round 13 Round 14
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 Michael Hurcomb Carl Landry PF NO 1 Jeff Lippman Darko Milicic C MIN
2 Kevin Goodwin Anderson Varejao C CLE 2 Bill Passonno Mario Chalmers PG MIA
3 Peter Madden Metta World Peace SF LAL 3 Al Melchior Taj Gibson PF CHI
4 Scott White Jeff Teague PG ATL 4 Jeff Tobin Jordan Crawford SG WAS
5 Adam Moore Anthony Morrow SG NJ 5 Sergio Gonzalez Reggie Evans PF TOR
6 Chris Towers Luke Ridnour PG MIN 6 Ed Gauna Jerryd Bayless PG TOR
7 Ed Gauna Lou Williams SG PHI 7 Chris Towers Kendrick Perkins C OKC
8 Sergio Gonzalez Udonis Haslem PF MIA 8 Adam Moore Tristan Thompson PF CLE
9 Jeff Tobin Tyrus Thomas PF CHA 9 Scott White Enes Kanter C UTA
10 Al Melchior Jose Juan Barea PG MIN 10 Peter Madden Jermaine O'Neal C BOS
11 Bill Passonno Jason Thompson PF SAC 11 Kevin Goodwin Charlie Villanueva PF DET
12 Jeff Lippman Carlos Delfino SF MIL 12 Michael Hurcomb Jordan Hill PF HOU

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Player News
Omer Asik ready to clean up in return to starting role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Last season was a rough one for Omer Asik, who had to deal with returning to a reserve role after really shining as a starter the previous year. He should be much happier with his role this season, as the Pelicans acquired him this offseason with the intention of installing him as the starting center.

The Pelicans should have a fearsome frontcourt with Asik starting next to Anthony Davis, and Davis' presence should free Asik up to do the kind of work he excels at. Asik isn't a great offensive player, but he can be a dominant offensive rebounder, and should have many chances to clean up the boards with teams keying in on Davis offensively. Among players who have logged at least 5,000 minutes in the NBA, Asik is 22nd all-time in offensive rebounding percentage.

Asik had trouble staying healthy last season, but that was the first time he had ever missed a regular-season game in his career, so we can probably write that off as a fluke. He averaged a double-double with 1.1 blocks per game in 30.0 minutes per game two years ago, and should be capable of similar production as he returns to a starting role.

Asik should be viewed as a starting Fantasy option this season, though he may not have the upside of some other younger centers at this point. 


Tobias Harris' Fantasy value a mystery at this point
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Perception is a funny thing. Just ask Magic forward Tobias Harris, who enjoyed by far the most productive season of his career in 2013-14 but was somehow viewed as a Fantasy disappointment.

Part of that stemmed from Harris' issues with availability, as he missed 20 games and got off to a slow start to the season as a result. It really took until January for Harris to find his stride, but he averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game from Jan. 1 on, without missing a contest.

Harris was probably better than the general perception of him a year ago, but the power of expectations hurt him. And now he enters his fourth season as something of a career crossroads, and it is hard to say just how Fantasy owners should approach him this season.

The Magic added Channing Frye and Aaron Gordon to the roster this season, further confusing what was already one of the most crowded frontcourts in the league. Harris can play both forward spots, but he is probably best used as a small-ball power forward; the presence of Frye, one of the league's elite stretch-fours certainly complicates matters for Harris, then.

At just 22, Harris still has a world of potential ahead of him. However, he probably profiles best as a reserve Fantasy option heading into the season, given concerns about his role.   


Hype may be too high for Giannis Antetokounmpo
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) No matter what he accomplishes in his second NBA season, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is likely to be a historical outlier, given his age. The question is, how much of a leap can the now-20-year-old take next season.

Only 15 players in NBA history have logged as many minutes in a single season as a teenager as Antetokounmpo's 1,897, so he is occupying fairly rarified air already. His age is a big part of why he is considered a big-time breakout prospect for Fantasy purposes, but he has a long way to go from a statistical standpoint.

Antetokounmpo was good for a 19-year-old rookie, but his season averages of 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game left a lot to be desired. It is easy to dream about a Antetokounmpo taking a big step forward, but that next step is never guaranteed -- for every Anthony Davis there is a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist whose development follows a slower, less linear path. 

Antetokounmpo was very good -- for a 19-year-old. However, Fantasy owners don't get extra points, rebounds or assists if the degree of difficulty is higher, so you are betting on Giannis taking a huge step forward at the age of 20. Antetokounmpo has become something of an internet darling, and his play in Summer League and the FIBA World Cup dominated much of the offseason discussion, which only helped build the hype to potentially unsustainable levels. 

He is a lottery ticket, for sure, but he is one that might not be worth the cost at this point. 


Improved jump shot all Jimmy Butler needs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had the breakout season many expected from him a year ago, but there were still plenty of flaws apparent in his game as he finished his third NBA season. With a better team around him, Butler just might have enough help to vault him to stardom.

Butler's jump shot abandoned him last season, especially after a toe injury forced him to miss 11 games in November and December. He was shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range prior to the injury, but connected on just 39.3 percent of his shots overall and 27.1 percent from three-point range from that point on.

We can blame Butler's season-long shooting slump on the injury or his increased offensive role, but he should have neither excuse available for him this season. Butler should be healthy, and the Bulls added plenty of offensive firepower this offseason, in the form of Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott, not to mention a hopefully healthy Derrick Rose. Butler took 154 shots off the dribble last season, per Stats.NBA.com, and made just 30.7 percent of them. With a better team around him, Butler should get many more opportunities to shoot with his feet set.

Butler has the skill set to be a tremendously efficient offensive player, given how often he bullies his way to the free-throw line. Last season, Butler filled up the box score extremely well, but his poor shooting limited his Fantasy value somewhat. If a new role helps his efficiency, he could be one of the very best guards in the league in category-based formats. 


Lance Stephenson set for bigger role in new setting
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Though there were fits and starts, Lance Stephenson finally began to live up to his considerable promise last season. Now in a new home in Charlotte, will Stephenson take another step forward in 2014-15?

By the end of last season, the Pacers were a mess, and Stephenson caught plenty of the blame for that. Still, he might have been arguably the team's most consistent player throughout the season, averaging between 25.8 and 29.7 Fantasy points per game from before and after the All-Star break as well as the playoffs. For as much of a mess as that team was, Stephenson emerged as something of a rock, at least for Fantasy purposes.

The Hornets are actually built in a somewhat similar way to the Pacers, so there wont' be much of a stylistic shift for Stephenson to get used to. Per MySynergySports.com, 11.8 percent of the then-Bobcats' possessions ended in post-ups, actually down from the 13.2 percent mark the Pacers' posted. Stephenson struggled at times with his post-entry passing, though his off-target feeds might find their mark more often when being lobbed in to the soft hands of Al Jefferson, as opposed to Roy Hibbert.

The Hornets might lean even more heavily on Stephenson than the Pacers did, since Indiana liked to spread the ball around with their starting five. The Hornets, on the other hand, look to be extremely top-heavy, and Stephenson will get plenty of chances to be the second or third option. We have him projected for 29.1 Fantasy points per game, and consider Stephenson a borderline top-50 Fantasy option for this season.  


Move to Houston won't alter Trevor Ariza's trajectory
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Trevor Ariza parlayed a career-year into a lucrative free-agency contract with the Rockets this offseason -- stop me if you've heard this story before.

Ariza was largely a disappointment in his first stint with the Rockets, though it did lead him to the best per-game numbers of his career. Still, Ariza was obviously miscast as a primary offensive option the last time he was in Houston, and that won't be a problem this time around.

Ariza joins a Rockets team with two established stars, and will likely spend much of his time trying to fill the departed Chandler Parsons' role. That should suit him nicely, as Ariza has just enough of an off-the-bounce game to serve as the team's third ballhandler when the shot clock gets deep. Ariza attempted 11.1 field-goal attempts per game last season, and should see a boost given Parsons' role; he attempted 13.3 shots per game.

Ariza's improved three-point shot seems legitimate, as he is shooting 38.6 percent from long range over 738 attempts since 2012. However, he will no longer have John Wall feeding him for juicy corner 3-pointers; Wall to Ariza was the league's most productive corner-three combination last season. His shooting numbers may take a hit with his move.

Even acknowledging the loss of Wall's help, we know the Houston offense is set up to get every player the most efficient shots possible, so Ariza shouldn't see much of a dip in his efficiency. His ability to fill up the box score makes him a perfect No. 2 option at forward in category-based leagues, especially now that he is a high-volume shooter. 


Despite new role, don't write off Isaiah Thomas entirely
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Suns guard Isaiah Thomas might see one of the biggest dropoffs in his Fantasy value from last season to this, as he joins the crowded Suns' backcourt.

The Suns might have three All-Star caliber guards in the backcourt now, with Thomas likely to backup Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe this season. That should put a serious dent in Thomas' value; Thomas finished 13th in Fantasy scoring among guards a year ago, but is projected to finish just 43rd this season.

Still, Thomas is definitely someone you'll want to add to your team when drafting, and almost certainly before the rest of the No. 4-type guards he is grouped with. Thomas is likely to see his numbers fall off from the 20.3 points and 6.3 assists he averaged a year ago, at least at first. However, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him end up starting upwards of 25 games throughout the year, given Bledsoe's injury-proneness. Bledsoe has missed at least 25 games in two of the last three seasons for knee issues.

Thomas probably profiles as more of a bench option for Fantasy purposes next season, but you'll be targeting him much earlier than nearly any other reserve. His upside as a handcuff option for either Bledsoe or Dragic is sky-high, and will make him well worth your attention on Draft Day. 


Eric Gordon cleared for contact
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been cleared to take part in full-contact offseason drills ahead of training camp, The Times-Picayune reports.

Gordon underwent season-ending knee surgery last April, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. 


Jrue Holiday cleared for contact ahead of camp
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was able to participate in full-contact offseason drills last week, the first time he has done so since undergoing season-ending surgery last January.

"Getting out playing has been a joy," Holiday told The Times-Picayune. "I've been running and jumping and stuff, but getting my rhythm back on the court is definitely a big thing right now for me."

The Pelicans open training camp Sept. 30, and Holiday is not expected to have any limitations as the team prepares for the start of the season. Holiday averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game last season prior to the injury.


Kent Bazemore focused on conditioning in recovery
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Newly signed Hawks guard Kent Bazemore did not pick up a basketball until August, preferring to focus on conditioning in his recovery from foot surgery in April.

"I think the injury was definitely a blessing," he told the Daily Press, "because I was able to step away from the game of basketball. I took myself out of my element all summer. I did stuff I'm not used to doing."

Bazemore signed a two-year deal with the Hawks this offseason, and is expected to compete for playing time on the wing immediately, as he is fully recovered from the surgery. 


 
 
 
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