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Wednesday October 15, 2008 10:41 am

Dropping Dimes Mock Draft: Round 4, Pick 7 - Corey Maggette

Corey Maggette

Corey Maggette now plays for the Golden State Warriors. Baron Davis left the Warriors for the Los Angeles Clippers, where Maggette used to play. Elton Brand left the Clippers to play for the Sixers. It made for a fun off-season and perhaps this picture shows us that Maggette enjoyed himself during the process. Okay, not really. But after considering lesser offers to play for the Celtics or the Spurs, Maggette signed on with a team where he can certainly thrive statistically.

Admittedly, picking Maggette here is earlier than in most drafts. However, after drafting guys in the first three rounds who are no lock to clear 17 ppg, shoring up the points is needed. Every other team in the league is bound to employ at least one 20 ppg scorer and although the point category is not as sexy as steals or blocks, it certainly should not be a category you punt.

Round 4, Pick 7: Corey Maggette, SG/SF, Golden State Warriors

Here are the three-year bests and worsts for Maggette in the usual fantasy categories.

Best: 75 GP, 45.8 FG%, 82.8 FT%, 22.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 3pt, 1.0 spg, 0.2 bpg, 2.4 topg

Worst: 32 GP, 44.5 FG%, 81.2 FT%, 16.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.2 3pt, 0.6 spg, 0.1 bpg, 2.8 topg

Taking Maggette as a top 45-60 pick means you believe the following.

1.

He has put his injury woes behind him.

Playing at least 70 games in the last two seasons suggests that trend.

2.

He will get more shots playing on the Warriors.

His 22.1 ppg average last year came by the way of taking 14.3 shots per game. Two to three more shots a game could easily raise his scoring average up another point or two.

3.

His three-point shot has become a permanent fixture of his game.

Maggette shot over 38% from behind the arc last season. He needs to drain at least one three per game to stay fantasy relevant.

4.

He can be average in steals

....with average being about one steal per game. Using last year’s stats, 1.05 steals per game puts a player in the top 50 for that category.

Nash and Maggette will make this team very difficult to beat in FT%. Maggette gets to the line 9-10 times per game. Marion and Bynum can block the ball and Nash will hit a lot of three as per usual. The glaring weakness on this team right now is steals, even with the Matrix on the team. Ron Chow and I made this pick for this mock draft together and we are likely colored by the fact that the main league we play in uses free throws made as a head-to-head category. This adds a lot of value to Maggette. Even without that category, this team needed to shore up its scoring. Maggette can post numbers that compare pretty favorably to someone like Carmelo Anthony who was taken about ten picks earlier. Having said that, in a real draft, he plays better as a value pick in the late fifth round or sixth round as opposed to a bit of a stretch in the late fourth to early fifth round. Therefore if you think he can last into the next round, go ahead and take someone else here.

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