• I have no idea what happened this year but I’m in more fantasy leagues than ever.  Every year, if you do this long enough, you tell yourself that you’re only going to join ‘x’ number of leagues.  You might go over by one or two or maybe even three, but this year I went over by about 10.

    Cue Billy Hoyle … sometimes you wake up and the birds are singing …

    So I thought it would be something new and maybe interesting to just break out who I took in drafts this year.  I chose a group of drafts in the same format with a good cross-section of intermediate and expert players.  A bunch of the formats are DraftMasters formats where you select 25 players and there are no pickups for the rest of the year.  Sprinkled in are some high stakes roto formats with 16 players and 12 starters.

    There were eight drafts in this group, so as you can see James Johnson had a 75 percent draft rate for me in this group.


    Nikola Mirotic almost made the Hoop Ball 6 but his career-long inconsistency and medium-sized logjam in the frontcourt kept him from having quite the bang for the buck needed to get there.  That said, his ADP hovering around 100 was way too low for a player with his risk/reward ratio.

    James Johnson and Richaun Holmes are both Hoop Ball Sixers (patent pending) and the fact that I got both of them so many times was a major surprise for me, especially in the case of Johnson.  Holmes was slept on by the big sites late last year and that helped my cause this year.

    I have a lot riding on Jeff Teague and he looked great in the preseason.  A good amount of my high ranking for him is due to Tom Thibodeau’s play until you break philosophy and the easy fit he’ll have playing next to his offensively talented teammates.

    Gorgui Dieng fell a good amount as his backup role started to become clear and it didn’t help that Taj Gibson is a Thibs favorite.  Still, the center minutes are better for his value and he can be good in a lower minute role. Gibson isn’t a picture of health, either.

    We’re all of the smug hipster vibe having Justin Holiday on the radar way before everybody else knew about him.  I gambled a bit thinking I could get him near 200 and got bit a couple of times.  Jimmy Butler was my early second round guy and I had to start peeling off eventually because I didn’t want over-invest.

    Taurean Prince on just four teams is a surprise but there were a ton of B150 readers in these drafts.  Those are the breaks when we give you the goods.

    Joe Ingles was another player I wish I had more of but my teams were getting steals-heavy and there are a ton of great targets where he was drafted.  Throw in a little B150 hype and I’m under-invested.  Allen Crabbe was a great late-round solution for me when my defense-heavy teams needed scoring and threes.

    Greg Monroe was extremely underdrafted for a guy that was pretty damn effective in last year’s playoffs.  Jordan Clarkson was a popcorn stat Band-Aid for B150 teams locked into their money counting stats.  Tyler Ulis is a talented basketball player whose stat-set isn’t optimal but could definitely improve to match all that upside.

    Ivica Zubac was my last round center of choice, with the Lakers going nowhere this year and Brook Lopez playing it safe for his next deal.  Dwight Powell was another flier pick that I got a lot of — and he looks a lot smarter out there on the basketball court.  Physically, he’s moving very well out there and any signs of life have mild breakout potential.

    Draymond Green is last year’s shiny new toy and therefore there was some value there.  Joel Embiid is a pretty intense selection and I got him three times and that’s probably higher than most drafters in an eight-contest set.  Elfrid Payton is great to pair with Stephen Curry if you want to lock down a strong point guard front.  Dwyane Wade fell way too far in drafts this year.

    Kelly Olynyk (or Olynk as I typed into the image) should have been on more of my teams.  But alas, I screwed up.  The same goes for Jeremy Lamb but I have him in enough of my other squads to not feel short-changed here.  Evan Turner is going to have a bounce-back season.  He looks good and the addition by subtraction is perfect.

    Nikola Jokic landed on a lot of my late-mid first round pick squads and I don’t feel great about it, but he’s Hoop Ball’s adult son and he still hasn’t written us back about the horse we sent him for his birthday.

Fantasy News

  • Fred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (personal) will be available for Game 5 against the Bucks on Thursday.

    FVV was in Rockford, Illinois to be with his family as they welcomed their second child, Fred Jr., who was born on Monday night. As expected, VanVleet will play in Game 5.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Kyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors

    Coach Nick Nurse said Kyle Lowry is playing through a lot of pain in his left thumb.

    "Kyle's hand is not great," Nurse said, "it's hurt and it's sore and it causes him a lot of pain." Lowry hurt the thumb in the series against Philadelphia and has been wearing a protective mitt on it since. He's not on the injury report and is in no danger of missing games, which speaks to his toughness.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on ESPN

  • Kyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics

    Dan Gilbert said he thinks the Cavaliers "killed it" in the Kyrie Irving trade.

    Gilbert preceded that statement with, "I don't know, but I think Kyrie will leave Boston. We could have ended up with nothing." Gilbert is thinking very results based instead of what went into the process of the trade. While Irving may leave Boston, he's a phenomenal player. The Cavs traded him while they still had LeBron James and received a good draft pick and a ball dominant, but injured Isaiah Thomas. It looks good now to have Collin Sexton instead of nothing, but when you have LeBron James on your team and are automatically in title contention, it's almost impossible to "kill it" by trading away a superstar.

    Source: Terry Pluto on Cleveland.com

  • Kiki VanDeWeghe - Team - Brooklyn Nets

    The NBA has cancelled the 2019 NBA Global Camp due to "logistical issues" but they plan to have it return in the future.

    The NBA Global Camp is essentially a draft combine for international players. There originally was the Adidias EuroCamp that ran from 2003-2017, but was stopped after the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption. The NBA picked it up and had success in it's first year last year. Unfortunately, it appears the venue in Monaco was double-booked due to AS Monaco turning their season around and needing the facility for TV production and practice for their playoffs. Many international draft prospects entered the draft early with the hopes of getting to workout and interview with teams at the Global Camp.

    Source: Jonathan Givony on ESPN

  • Myles Turner - F/C - Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner tweeted that it is a "Blatant Disrespect" he did not make an All-Defensive team.

    While Turner had a phenomenal defensive season, there are only two spots overall for centers, so someone was going to be left off. Rudy Gobert was the center on the first team and is a finalist for DPOY, while Joel Embiid was the center on the second team and had a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball for the Sixers. Turner had a marvelous season defensively and there is an argument to be made for him over Embiid, but the nature of positions on the All-Defensive teams means someone was getting left off.

    Source: Myles Turner on Twitter

  • Richaun Holmes - F/C - Phoenix Suns

    Richaun Holmes was arrested on Wednesday night for a misdemeanor marijuana charge in Miami-Dade.

    It's the second time a Suns player has been arrested in Miami-Dade, the southeastern-most county in Florida, this month – Josh Jackson was arrested at Rolling Loud, a music festival. Holmes was ironically booked as "Richard" Holmes, which we would certainly spin as an ode to how underrated he is. James Webb, who last played for the Nets in 2017-18, was also arrested. They were charged with possession of cannabis and spent a few hours in jail before posting bond. We'll see if this has any affect on Holmes' upcoming free agency.

    Source: David Ovalle on Miami Herald

  • Fred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet credited the birth of his son, Fred Jr., on Monday night for his turnaround in Game 4.

    FVV said regarding his shooting woes, "Obviously it's been rough shooting the ball. I had a pretty bad stretch, so it was good to see one go in." It would make sense that he could relax mentally now that his son, his second child, was born. A big congrats to the VanVleet family on the birth of their second child; we'll see if FVV can keep the strong play going in a pivotal Game 5 in Milwaukee.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Miles Bridges - F - Charlotte Hornets

    Miles Bridges tweeted on Tuesday that he was not snubbed from the All-Rookie teams.

    "I didn't get snubbed. I played like ass all year. I don't deserve to be on any team. Next year will be different," was Bridges' full tweet. He had an alright rookie season, especially when given the opportunity. All 25 of his games played after the All-Star break were starts and he averaged 9.6 points, 5.3 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 threes on 49.0%/35.1%/83.3% shooting splits in 26.2 minutes per game. There's a lot of athleticism and untapped potential that could bear fruit in year two, especially if Kemba Walker is not with the team and there's a lot more usage to go around.

    Source: Miles Bridges on Twitter

  • Kristaps Porzingis - F/C - Dallas Mavericks

    Knicks president Steve Mills claimed that Kristaps Porzingis threatened to return to Europe had the Knicks not completed a trade elsewhere according to Kurt Heln of NBC Sports

    The tense history between Porzingis and the Knicks front office has been well documented, which makes a startling headline like this one not all that surprising. It's safe to assume that Dallas' front office will not be hearing such requests, as they represent an opportunity for optimism for both Porzingis and their franchise as a whole.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Tacko Fall - C - College

    Tacko Fall of UCF, Marques Bolden of Duke, Nick Weiler-Babb of Iowa State, Jalen Hudson of Florida, Amir Hinton of Shaw University and Myles Powell of Seton Hall will all be participants of the Kings pre-draft workout.

    All of the players that will be working out for the Kings are not projected to be drafted next month. The Kings are looking at guys for their second round selections as they have three picks in that round. Unfortunately, those are the only picks they have this year as their first round selection is owned by the Celtics. Expect the Kings to continue to look at players with high ceilings like Tacko Fall. Fall, a 7’7″ center has a 10’2″ standing reach and an 8’2″ wingspan. These measurements are why Fall will get to the NBA at some point. The question of how big of an impact he will make remains to be seen. Perhaps the Kings will draft the large center with one of their three second round picks.

    Source: Deuce Mason on Twitter