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Master List: 2008 Dropping Dimes Mock Draft

Posted by Alvin Lai Categories: H2H, Site Features,

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Here is where you can find links to each pick made in our 2008 mock draft. This year we decided to focus on making picks in a head-to-head league that uses the standard eight or nine categories (with turnovers being the ninth). Check back often as we aim to have new entries up on a regular basis.

Round One
1.1 LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
1.2 Chris Paul, PG, New Orleans Hornets
1.3 Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers
1.4 Amare Stoudemire, PF/C, Phoenix Suns
1.5 Kevin Garnett, SF/PF, Boston Celtics
1.6 Shawn Marion, SF/PF, Miami Heat
1.7 Dirk Nowitzki, SF/PF, Dallas Mavericks
1.8 Elton Brand, PF/C, Philadelphia 76ers
1.9 Caron Butler, SF, Washington Wizards
1.10 Allen Iverson, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets
1.11 Gilbert Arenas, PG, Washington Wizards
1.12 Dwyane Wade, PG/SG, Miami Heat

September 20, 2008: From time to time and time-permitting, the Master List will include some round recap type of comments. The big news right now is that the debate on whether to draft Gilbert Arenas in the first round has been quashed. Arenas underwent surgery and the talk now is that he will not step onto the court until January. In daily roster leagues, this all but makes him undraftable, and means that the strategy now shifts towards trying to build a lead in the standings early on so you can stash him on your bench sometime in December. In weekly roster leagues, obviously he will not be worth a first round pick but it is possible to spend a mid-to-late pick on him and try to ride things out. For people in keeper leagues and for those who drafted way in advance, keep following our mock draft, as we will try to ride out this roller coaster with you in the following rounds.

Round Two
2.1 Al Jefferson, PF/C, Minnesota Timberwolves
2.2 Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
2.3 Carlos Boozer, PF/C, Utah Jazz
2.4 Chris Bosh, PF/C, Toronto Raptors
2.5 Marcus Camby, C, Los Angeles Clippers
2.6 Baron Davis, PG, Los Angeles Clippers
2.7 Steve Nash, PG, Phoenix Suns
2.8 Danny Granger, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers
2.9 Rashard Lewis, SF/PF, Orlando Magic
2.10 David West, PF, New Orleans Hornets
2.11 Dwight Howard, C, Orlando Magic
2.12 Josh Smith, SF/PF, Atlanta Hawks

Round Three
3.1 Jason Richardson, SG/SF, Charlotte Bobcats
3.2 Pau Gasol, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers
3.3 Deron Williams, PG, Utah Jazz
3.4 Antawn Jamison, SF/PF, Washington Wizards
3.5 Chauncey Billups, PG, Detroit Pistons
3.6 Andrew Bynum, C, Los Angeles Lakers
3.7 Paul Pierce, SG/SF, Boston Celtics
3.8 Jose Calderon, PG, Toronto Raptors
3.9 Joe Johnson, PG/SG, Atlanta Hawks
3.10 Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers
3.11 Carmelo Anthony, SF, Denver Nuggets
3.12 Rudy Gay, SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies

September 29, 2008: Training camp opens today! A little while back, our comments section brought us our first request/inquiry/protest regarding a player yet to be drafted. The player in question is Deron Williams and there is no question about his game. A run on big men in this draft had him drop down a bit, but his average draft position is sure to be much higher.

4.1 Kevin Martin, SG, Sacramento Kings
4.2 Ron Artest, SF/PF, Houston Rockets
4.3 Jason Kidd, PG, Dallas Mavericks
4.4 Brandon Roy, PG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers
4.5 Michael Redd, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
4.6 Chris Kaman, C, Los Angeles Clippers
4.7 Corey Maggette, SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers
4.8 Yao Ming, C, Houston Rockets
4.9 Mo Williams, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
4.10 Rasheed Wallace, PF/C, Detroit Pistons
4.11 Gerald Wallace, SF/PF, Charlotte Bobcats
4.12 Andrew Bogut, C, Milwaukee Bucks



Hey bucko,

Reasonable question. I guess when I wrote that, I was alluding to a couple of things.

1. 8 and 9 cat leagues are probably the most popular out there these days.

2. For the most part, when we’re making picks, the amount of turnovers a player makes is not a big factor, especially in the early rounds. Take a look at the top 10 in to’s last year. Dwyane Wade, Steve Nash, LeBron, Deron Williams, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Josh Smith, Hedo Turkoglu, all very effective fantasy players last year, to say the least. Who commits turnovers? Guys with the ball. We certainly aren’t going to shy away from guys like LBJ, Kobe or Chris Paul just because they commit their share of miscues.

3. A general commentary on the turnovers category. It’s the only cat you can win by having no one in the line-up. It’s meant to reward efficiency and prevent “who’s on the computer the most” roster churning in leagues, but it’s taken a life of its own. If you use turnovers in your league, it should be a daily transaction league so you have the option of sitting players at the end of the week if you have built up a lead in other cats.

You’re right about the use of turnovers making a difference. The easiest example is Dwight Howard. He would be a first rounder if both FT% and TO’s were discarded.

In the end, to address your point directly, I suppose you should consider these picks mainly for an 8 cat league, and decide for yourself how it applies if you use turnovers. Certainly TO’s will continue to be addressed when felt to be relevant in the player write-ups.

Thanks for reading.


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