June 17, 2018, 2:24 pm
Welcome in HoopBallers! As we’ve gotten a little distance from the end of the season and the emotional highs and lows of the fantasy campaign have evened out, it’s worthwhile to take a look back on the year that was. I asked some select members of our tremendous HB staff, from feature writers to blurbers to podcasters to people in our journalism and scouting arms, to answer a handful of questions about another fun year of hoops and what went right or wrong in their fantasy endeavors. We’ll be bringing you those answers in the coming weeks.
This week I asked the crew which players they would never own again after this season. Pretty much everyone hedged their bets a bit and we even got some excellent diplomatic answers, but the common thread among the answers here was poorly-timed injuries. I’ll also say that you should never say never, but I can tell that there are some players that I’ll never be able to draft unless their ADPs plummet. Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are three that come into mind immediately, and Devin Booker is probably right on the edge of that list as well even if he’s worth the investment. As far as players that I’m actually unlikely to draft, period, Andrew Wiggins is the most notable. I’ll borrow from Nathan a little bit here — I just don’t find it enjoyable to flip on the Wolves and watch Wiggins play. Heaven forbid I ever need him to come through in the clutch. Let’s see what the experts have to say.
I don’t like to use the word “never” because anybody can get so piled on that they become undervalued. Kawhi would be that guy if there ever was one and I’ll draft him next year.
None. Writing off a player is a surefire way to miss out on a great low price value.
Tony Snell – Took him in the later rounds and while he was admirable early on, just has incredibly limited upside and hurt me down the stretch.
It’s hard to say “never own” since it’s really relative to value per draft position, but Melo is obviously there along with Hassan Whiteside. Aside from that, all the old(er)/hurt guys aren’t “never own,” but I probably won’t be taking them where they’re likely to be drafted: CP, John Wall, Lowry, Conley, Marc Gasol, Boogie, Porzingis, Bro-Lo, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Goran Dragic. Throw in Andrew Wiggins, too; dude just doesn’t look like he likes hooping that much.
I’ll draft any player in the right spot, but a general rule I have is to not have multiple poor free throw shooters unless I plan on punting (H2H only). I play multiple roto leagues so I can only roster one poor free throw shooter per team. Just for kicks I’ll throw in Harrison Barnes on my do not draft list. That guy is so boring to watch, own and root for.
I think I’m pretty much done with Danilo Gallinari after he played only 22 games this season. After seeing him in person a couple years ago and realizing how thin and weak his legs are from close up I made a mental note to myself to stay away from him. Still, I couldn’t resist drafting him in a couple leagues this season as the mid round value was there but he was a major disappointment and killed my chances in a league where I needed his scoring and threes.
This is a bit weird and unfair because he was quite good again, but I’m pretty tired of Al Horford in general. He does stuff but it’s not exciting at all and I consistently feel disappointed with his production. It’s not really his fault, he’s just not for me.
I so badly want to say Marquese Chriss right now but I won’t do it. The player I will never own again after this season is Kyle Lowry. Listen, hear me out before you go crazy. Lowry is amazing, he’s an All-Star and helped my fantasy team get a ton of wins but he always seems to disappear when owners need him the most. In the last 10 games of the season, the games in which his fantasy owners have likely entered their playoffs, Lowry was the 106th ranked player with averages of 12.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 triples on 37 percent shooting. Those stats aren’t acceptable for a player who was taken in the first three rounds of almost every draft, especially because it usually happens to be in the fantasy playoffs. I’ve owned Lowry for each of the past two years and his streaky, mistimed performances have been a problem both years. Well, consider this the last one as there’s no way I’ll ever own Kyle Lowry again.