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DescriptionThe middle of the draft can be a tough spot. After your first pick, you have to wait while 11-12 players leave the board before it is your turn again. I am sure everyone here at Dropping Dimes believes that one can win from any draft slot if you play your chips right. A lot of people will be down on this pick, I am sure. Sure, his stats went south last year. Yet he was still given first fantasy all-star kudos from many faces in different places. It was not too long ago he would be gone by the second pick. Now the question is can he possibly be a steal at the 18th pick?

Round 2, Pick 6: Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs

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Two basic business theories can be applied to fantasy basketball. “Consolidate your assets” is one. “Diversify your portfolio is the other.” The tone of the draft to this point has been to build strength on top of existing strengths. So far we have some pretty interesting combinations of guards (Ray Allen/Allen Iverson and Chris Paul/Steve Nash) and big men (Yao Ming/Andrei Kirilenko). There are a million ways to skin a cat, and possibly even more ways to build a successful fantasy team. Sometimes the right play is to follow a trend and other times it helps to take on a different strategy. With Elton Brand already in the fold and as solid as they come, it is time for the big to get bigger and you to get richer.

Round 2, Pick 5: Pau Gasol, PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies

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DescriptionSo, a friend of mine always seems to bring up turnovers when considering drafting a player and while I can understand why (as it is one of the nine basic categories in fantasy basketball) I can’t help but to say the following:

Who cares.

No disrespect to my friend, as he does know his fantasy hoops, but I just don’t care so much about this business of turnovers.  I’m not saying to knowingly punt the category, but I am saying don’t care about it as much as you do points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, 3-pointers made, and the percentages when you draft.  Why you ask?

Let me give you my $0.10.

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Yao Ming taking it to the rack!Yao Ming, C, Houston Rockets

Scott brought up some good points with his 10th overall pick of Chris Paul.  In particular how he was thinking about drafting Yao Ming, but was worried about his health.  Well, while I can understand Scott’s feelings, I gotta go with mine and take Yao here at 11, especially considering that this is a league where we have to start dos grande hombres.  That is to say, a pair of centers.

As far as Yao’s health concerns, let’s take a look at it. 

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Description If anything, this pick shows how much debate can be had about the 10th pick in the first round.  After the top tier guys are taken, owners that land this draft slot can either take a Risk/Reward approach, or make a slight reach on a safer selection.  My decision came down to, do I think Andrei Kirilenko will play more than 60 games this year?  Is Yao Ming going to be 100%?  Can Allen Iverson keep up his warrior-type play, and still be there for me come playoffs? 

If any of these questions were answered with “maybe,” it isn’t something I’m willing to tag a first round draft pick on.  Since this is pretty much the case for all three of the aforementioned players, I’m going with talent, upside, and pure “studliness.”

Round 1, Pick 10: Chris Paul (PG-NO) 

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Description Round 1 Pick 2: Dirk Nowitzki

Now the real draft can begin. James is a no-brainer for a 1st overall pick regardless of league type (Roto or H2H), however, the 2nd pick is not as easy. There are many options I could go with - KG, Wade, Kobe or the Matrix.  Like the 2003 NBA draft, I will make the 2nd pick from overseas but he is no Darko - Dirk Nowitzki.

I love the passion and leadership he displayed in the past NBA Finals. Losing four games in a row to the Heat after winning the first two games is tough. He got a taste of the Finals and I think this will translate into a hungrier Dirk this season.

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DescriptionOpinionated.  o•pin•ion•at•ed

adj.
Holding stubbornly and often unreasonably to one’s own opinions.

Now, to me, there is a fine line between stubbornness and persistence...especially in the world of fantasy basketball.  Sure, I can choose to like 28 points a game, but I can also choose to despise the four turnovers that come with it.  You see, I’m not a big fan of “baggage.”  I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t have to “give and take” in this sport, thus I choose to hate on certain big name players from time to time for the things that they don’t do…

With that said, I present to you, the soon-to-be (if not already!) dedicated readers of DroppingDimes.com, the first Sargent Says of the 2006-07 basketball season.

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I believe in Chris Paul

I think Steve Nash is probably definitely the king of assists at this point and will be again, but don’t laugh about Chris Paul possibly taking the assists title in his sophomore campaign.

Nash has the horses to run the floor with him and great shooters that can stop and pop, as well as great penetrators that can take it to the house. And, obviously, Nash has great court vision, but he’s lucky to have the personnel that he does - namely Shawn Marion, Amare Stoudemire, and the perimeter player du annee. This past season it was Raja Bell and Leandro Barbosa; the previous season, Joe Johnson and Quentin Richardson.

Who did Paul have his rookie year?

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