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Friday October 19, 2007 11:48 am

Dropping Dimes Mock Draft 2007: Round 6, Pick 9 - Leandro Barbosa

Leandro Barbosa
Let’s kick it old school and start singing “Return of the Mack.” Because Sarge is back and dropping some serious science on roundball.  He mentions my guy in his latest impromptu feature, “I Like To Move It”. I would agree with in that I would take Ray Felton first. However, I would also be quite happy drafting this guy more than two rounds later, as is the case in our mock draft blog this year.

Round 6, Pick 9: Leandro Barbosa, PG, Phoenix Suns

Here is a breakdown of Barbosa and his fantasy game:

Games Played: The history shows that there is some cause for concern. Barbosa missed 19 games in 2004-05 and 25 games in 2005-06. Last year he was healthy and suited up 80 times. The guy plays at warp nine and sometimes the cost of that is injuries.

Minutes: It has been an almost exponential rise in playing time for Barbosa, and it has translated into mega-fantasy production. Compare his minutes from 2004-05 (17:18) to the next year (27:53) to last year (32:42). Could he thrive as a starter? Who knows whether his game would hold up under those responsibilities but he is the ultimate sparkplug. Yes, Grant Hill gives the Suns another option to run the plays through, but if the Suns decide to rest Nash this year, Barbosa could still see an increase in playing time.

Field Goal Percentage: His last three seasons show that he is a good marksman: 47.5%, 48.2% and 47.6%. If all the forwards on your fantasy team shot that well, you’d be sitting pretty.

Free Throw Percentage: An 80.4% career shooter from the free throw, the only complaint here is that he does not get to the line like an all-star would. Hence, this eats into the benefit to your fantasy team.

Three-Pointers: Barbosa’s been playing Around the World after practice. He hit 2.4 shots a game from downtown last year, and should get the opportunity to at least duplicate that this year.

Points: Maybe Grant Hill steps in and averages 14-16 ppg. Maybe Amare Stoudemire stays healthy all year. Maybe Shawn Marion quits whining and plays hard all year. Maybe Boris Diaw steps it up after a down year. All that means maybe Barbosa’s scoring takes a dip. So he doesn’t score 18.1 a game like last year. I would be surprised if he scores less than 15-16 ppg, which is still very solid for this point in the draft.

Rebounds: A couple of boards a game does not make him a huge factor, even when compared to guards only.

Assists: This fantasy team shows the way to exploit Barbosa’s talents. Allen Iverson is the lead guard, and Deron Williams was added in the third round. Kevin Garnett captains this team. So the fact that Barbosa will only dish 3-4 assists a game is A-okay. Dimes are covered here, especially if another point guard is added next round.

Steals: 1.2 steals a game last year makes Barbosa a serviceable if not spectacular ball hawk. He is so fast, you would think he would cut off passing lanes more and thus the steals would add up more. Oh well.

Blocks: Only a handful of guards are big factors in blocks. Leandro is not one of them.

Turnovers: Being the “backup” helps fantasy owners keep the mistakes down. Turnovers are meant for active daily leagues only, where you sit at the computer late on Sunday and decide whether you can afford to sit your star players to protect your percentages and still win turnovers. And it’s good for crazy leagues with no waiver period and no limit on moves. Otherwise, including them penalizes fantasy teams that employ players that touch the ball a lot, which makes no sense.

This team is shaping up to be very competitive, especially in head-to-head leagues…depending on how you feel about Zee-Bo, of course.

The mock draft and real draft season is well underway. For results of our experts league draft, click here!  Also, be sure to check out each team’s breakdown of how they thought the draft went. Finally, Ron and I are co-owning a team, and you can see my log of our draft right here. Peace.

Other Players on this Fantasy Team:
1.4 Kevin Garnett, SF/PF, Boston Celtics
2.9 Allen Iverson, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets
3.4 Deron Williams, PG, Utah Jazz
4.9 Emeka Okafor, PF/C, Charlotte Bobcats
5.4 Zach Randolph, PF, New York Knicks

Previous Picks this Round
6.1. Jason Terry, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks
6.2. David West, PF, New Orleans Hornets
6.3. Luol Deng, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls
6.4. Danny Granger, SF/PF, Indiana Pacers
6.5. Andre Miller, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
6.6. Samuel Dalembert, C, Philadelphia 76ers
6.7. Al Harrington, PF/C, Golden State Warriors
6.8. Ben Gordon, SG, Chicago Bulls

Previous Round Selections
Round One Recap
Round Two Recap
Round Three Recap
Round Four Recap
Round Five Recap

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Comments:

Well, call me influenced too much by the book “:07 Seconds or Less” by Jack McCallum, but other sources have reported similar personality traits and behaviours. He sulks. He’ll tank a defensive assignment just so it doesn’t look obviously bad in the post-game. He’ll refuse a defensive match-up because it puts him on the hot seat. He has a serious jealous streak on the attention Nash gets.

All that don’t matter for us fantasy fools, and he is fantasy gold, no doubt. I like him too, but feel he could up his production EVEN MORE by just leaving that unappreciated chip buried deep within his stack.

Al, I think the real jealously lies between he and Amare.  A lot has been made of that here.  People forget, Marion is the longest tenured Sun.  Amare moved in, got all the plays run for him, and the rest is history.

I still think Marion is being a bit selfish, given the fact that he is the highest paid Suns player, took more shots last year than any, and was the second highest scoring only because he doesn’t get to the line as often as Amare.  I actually just bought “Seven Seconds” on Ebay two days ago, so I will see what you read, but I do know for a fact he is a lot of the reason the media has been able to make much out of the Suns chemistry problems in the last few years.

And back on topic, Barbosa fell way too far here compared to other drafts.  His scoring ability, threes, steals, and good percentages put him in the 5th round for me, and 4th round in most places.  That’s just my opinion.

Thanks for the hometown slant, Brandon. Great insight.

And yes, the point is, Barbosa is a great pick at this point. I will take full credit, even though that’s the one pick I haven’t made for myself this year!

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