1. K. Bryant
2. J. Johnson
3. E. Brand
4. Y. Ming
Balanced backcourt and front court. Though I'm a bit skeptical of Yao given prior history and his Olympic duties. Like with all keepers, injuries will be key but then that applies to all teams. TO's will be heavy. If you had kept Caron, I think you would have taken 1st place. Regardless, Caron and Brand at this point are of similar value but Brand balances your team far more. So it works out for this season. I'm not a big fan of the trade you pulled off, it's the opposite of what you did last season. Last season you take a hit for the future and in this one you did the reverse. Yao's value over Jefferson is up for debate. I admire your guts to make that trade considering everyone else has dropped Yao down the list.
1. P. Pierce
2. P. Gasol
3. C. Billups
4. D. Granger
My favourite to win assuming if all managers stay active. PG and a C and two more in between. Fairly low TO's and solid %'s. I love efficient teams. Though a bit long in the tooth with regards to age but I don't see any drop off in production this year. Billups is a bit more of question mark with the changes in detroit. Gasol is an injury issue much like Yao but less so. Though I do worry about Pierce's playing time as well and in light of the fact that winning a championship may remove some motivation. Granger has the potential to really give some value as a 4th keeper and young to boot.
1. G. Arenas
2. C. Boozer
3. J. Calderon
4. A. Iguodala
I'm a huge fan of Calderon. Though as I've been burned in the past, I need to see two running seasons of high performance to really confirm stardom for real. The remaining 3 are not the type of players I'm a fan of due to heavy TO's and deficient in some other categories. Arenas is capable of first round value, there's no doubt about that but again injury issue rears it's head on him and Boozer. Boozer gives great value but is not a shot blocker. Overall, this is a stat stuffing team that will be heavy in TO's and will most likely take the AST crown.
Special mention goes to Caveman's team. I'm a believer that draft is more important than the keepers. Having that extra draft pick boost, in what I think is still a relatively strong draft pool is huge.
I learned from last season in going really forward heavy and favoring youth too much. Unfortunately, I'm all forwards again and I will win technicals category
Aside from that I certainly have a tough draft in front of me and I am thinking about my draft strategy and overall goal. I'm likely to win the TO crown and be last in assists for the same reason.
To sum it up, everything is up in the air and I welcome the competition. I hope there is no pre draft or during draft injury surprises.