Obviously I'm hoping for a healthy season here. Even 'healthy for Bogut' would return good value here. I think Bogut's scoring bounces back a little this year, and he's money for Reb/Blk totals plus healthy Ast totals for a big. The FT% blows chunks of course, but I think my team can absorb that.
As long as he's healthy I can 12/9 with 3 dimes and 3+ Stl/Blk as a realistic ceiling. I also thought about Lou Williams and Carl Landry here. If I didn't have three PGs on board already I might have thought about Lin here too, or a dip in the hot mess that is Sac-town's PG position.
10.12 Greivis Vasquez (PG/SG - SAC) I don't feel great about the guard rotation in Sacramento but I assume they acquired Vasquez for a reason. I'm also in need of a third point guard and Vasquez is brought in solely to be an assist specialist. I don't see any other players left who have as much potential upside in assists. If I do draft another point guard, it will be aimed to acquiring a few more threes.
11.01 Arron Afflalo (SG - ORL) Afflalo is going to get starters minutes in Orlando. I wish he hit more threes but other than that I don't have much to complain about in the 11th round. I considered Evan Turner with this pick for similar reasons.
Williams was having a pretty nice season for the Hawks prior to his injury. Nothing fancy, just solid across the board guard performance. Plus he hits a decent number of threes. He was even better in games he started too, so if he corrals the starting job at some point he'll be very good. He's also got solid upside in Ast for a guy who's mostly a scorer off the bench, and, really, who doesn't like Ast? He's pretty much guaranteed to be a good return on investment at this point in the draft, so I'm happy to have him.
Pretty happy to get him here. With no other true center on the roster, hes gonna get all the minutes he can handle. Im sure he will get off to a slow start, but once Rondo gets back, Olynyk should finish the year off strong. Im sure hes a lock for good rebound totals, im hoping for 10 rpg without hurting my ft%. The other stats wont be as great except for maybe his ppg, but im not too concerned about that at this point of the draft.
Looking for a 3rd point guard, I was hoping for Vasquez to drop to me here, and with Nelson and Williams taken, I am going with one of the better back ups in Jack. If he could be productive playing behind and alongside Curry, he should be the same with Irving.
I'm on to bench spots now and though I could use more of a legit shot blocker they all come at too high of price negatively in certain cats (looking at you Biyombo). Might as well fill out a bench with some possible high upside. He played pretty crappy last season and still had the 6th highest contribution in FG% per game. If he can shoot some decent FTs as normal and try to get closer to his career averages he should be a nice value in the 11th round.
Other players I considered were Biyombo and JJ Hickson.
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Two Magic players, Red? Yep. At this point in drafts, you want to be keying in on players who have a seemingly good chance at strong minutes. Harkless started off slowly last year, but finished the year well, by his standards. Remember, he had no training camp and got a late start to the season, all as a 19 year old. With Glenn Davis rumored to be returning around December, and the fact ORL may be looking to deal him, minutes should be available in the early goings.
Also considered Harrison Barnes, Mo Williams and a few others, but their possible roles scared me away.
At this point in drafts, it's all about gambling about upside. I'd rather hit on a potential sleeper than have a ho hum veteran on my bench. Yes, Waiters finished outside the top 200 last year, but he has the ability to score 15 a night while giving owners at least a three and a steal per game. Plus, he's only in his 2nd year in the NBA, so he has room for growth. I did consider J.J. Hickson as my handcuff to Faried, but I prefer the upside of Waiters. Waiters also will help me if J.R Smith ends up missing the start of the season.