With the first pick of the 2008 Fantasy Basketball Cafe Reshuffle, the Toronto Raptors are pleased to select..
1.01 Dwight Howard, C
The choice to go big here solidifies the Raptors with the most talented big man in the NBA and a centerpiece around which to build the rest of the squad. He is a top notch rebounder and will command double-teams in the paint every time he touches the ball. At 22 years old, the sky is the limit for this athletic monster, as he looks to become the most dominant center in the NBA for many years to come. As a devout Christian who contributes to many charities and worthwhile causes, he is an ideal role model and poster boy for the franchise.
You want offense? Howard has upped his scoring each year in the NBA to a career high 23.5ppg in 07/08, and his FG% has also risen each year to a dominant .608 this year. On the defensive end, his 15.1 rebounds and 2.7 blocks rank him at the top of the league as well.
"[Howard] is so developed... He has so much promise and I am glad that I will be out of the league when he is peaking." - Tim D.
"[Howard] is a freak of nature, man... I was nowhere near that physically talented. I wasn't that gifted, as far as body and physical presence." - Kevin G.
The Toronto Raptors are pleased to make Dwight Howard the face of the franchise and look forward to the many championship teams he will anchor.
With the 2nd pick of the 2008 Fantasy Basketball Cafe Reshuffle Draft, the Phoenix Suns select:
1.02 Chris Paul, PG
The choice to go with a young, talented point guard that can run the offense (3.9 assist/TO), score when necessary (47.9% FG, 38% 3pt, 89% FT), and play defense (2.9 spg) ensures that the Suns will have a solid team for years to come.
At 22 years old, he is already playing with a maturity well beyond his years. With his court vision, he can make the entire team play at their top capability and ensure that the best choices are being made under any circumstance. His leadership can be seen in his self-deprecating humor and constant praise of his teammates. Since his 1st year, he has gained the respect of the veteran players on his team, which is a testament to the way he carries himself on and off the court.
Some may question his size, but at 6'0", Chris Paul is a sturdy 178 pounds and can hold his own on the boards with 4 rpg.
With the third pick of the 2008 Fantasy Basketball Cafe Reshuffle, the New Jersey/ Brooklyn Nets are pleased to select..
1.03 LeBron James, SF Height: 6-8 Weight: 240 Born: Dec 30, 1984 - Akron, Ohio
Brooklyn, watch out! The spectacular 23-year-old scores, rebounds, dishes, defends. Great player who has already revived one franchise with his ability to score, distribute the ball and dominate a game at any point. Extremely strong, has great court vision and is tough to guard based on his all-around game. With a strong supporting cast GM Coast to Coast is planning to build and a bit more experience, it’s easy to envision the Ohio native propelling the Nets to dominate deep in the playoffs on an annual basis for the next decade-plus.
Arguaby, he’s the most talented all-around player in the league (29.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 7.6 APG, 1.9 SPG, 1.2 3PPG, 1.1 BPG). How good will he become? King James became just the fourth player (others were Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West) in NBA history to average at least 31.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists for an entire season (31.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists). He is the youngest player in NBA history to average 30-plus points, is a natural leader and is a freak of nature with his athletic abilities. LeBron will now be in the biggest media market in the world where he will be welcome with open arms. Oh and by the way, did I mention he only just turned 23 years old!
With the 4th pick of the CAFE RESHUFFLE draft Kingmob's Lakers take:
Wade plays the shooting guard position, but is also capable of playing point guard. On offense, he has established himself as one of the quickest and most difficult players to guard in the NBA. Wade is able to get to the free throw line seemingly at will; he ranked first in free-throw attempts per 48 minutes in 2004–05 and again in the 2006–07 season. He has proven himself an unselfish player, averaging 6.4 assists per game for his career. After winning the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2006, Wade developed a reputation as one of the premier clutch players in the NBA.
Dwayne Wade, NBA's future LOGO, A Superstar with a global reputation, and an uncanny ability to carry his team to the promised land at such a young age. A Franchise in itself.
With the 6th pick in the 2008 Cafe Reshuffle Draft, the Sacramento Kings proudly select the biggest man in basketball:
1.06 Yao Ming, Center
At a monstrous 7'6" Yao Ming is big even when standing beside the nba's finest. His size and defensive-dominance is game-altering, giving opposing players and coaches a big headache. Quieter in the early years as he adjusted to the NBA, Yao now plays with noticeable passion and aggression. With Yao coming into his prime (27), the Kings have cornerstone with plenty of good years ahead. The Kings are building a championship team to win it all, and Yao is tailor-made for playoff-style basketball. Defense is the key to victory. Plus what we like the most about Yao (compared to most other picks) is that when the score is tied in the final moments of any big game, their superstar can comfortably stay on the court and win it at the free throw line (86.5%).
With the seventh pick of the 2008 Cafe Reshuffle, the Minnesota Timberwolves select:
1.07 Kevin Garnett - PF
Man, I feel like such a hometown dope. I was really hoping KG would have been taken before this pick to avoid this dilemma. But this NBA season, more than any season, KG is proving how valuable he can be if you have the right pieces surrounding him. Considering the Cafe Reshuffle does not take salaries into account, I'm fairly comfortable I'll be able to find those pieces and build a contender immediately and leverage some later picks with the future in mind. KG has proven he cannot carry a team to the championship by himself alone. So, my draft strategy will clearly need to take that into account. Being from Minnesota, I've witnessed firsthand the marketability of KG and it's almost second to none (as far as current NBA players). This is necessary to keep the bandwagon MN fanbase interested. As far as on the court, KG is clearly a double-double threat every night and I'm expecting at least three to four solid seasons out of him. A decent bench will be required to give KG adequate rest to ensure we reap the benefits of those additional solid seasons.
With the eighth pick of the 2008 Cafe Reshuffle, the Memphis Grizzlies select:
1.08 Dirk Nowitzki - PF/C
Dude, just look at the sig below. Like there was ever any doubt. Seriously though, Dirk (the reigning MVP) is a rare and special talent. Not only is he a seven footer capable of draining threes or taking a big man off the dribble, he also is a huge fan of DAVID (mod edit) HASSELHOFF!!! Baywatch! Knight Rider! Perms! You can't really match up anybody against this guy and, best of all, he's just hitting the prime of his career. Hitting free throws at an absurd 90ish percent rate, posterizing unsuspecting chumps, pulling down 10+ boards a night, swatting away ill-advised shots, pulling up behind the arc, fading away swishes at the buzzer; it doesn't matter, Dirk does it all without an ounce of shame. Not only that, the girls go crazy for Dirk. Mmmm hmmm.