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DescriptionImagine a round of golf with your friends that has been fun and competitive thus far. No one usually does anything too crazy when starting off a round. But heading towards the 8th tee, some of them are going to want to take out their driver and try to hit the ball right at the flag. So what, they say, if the hole is set up as a dog leg right, and that their short-cut is protected by trees, a valley and a lake of water. Did I mention that the green is also protected by a series of bunkers and that the wind is blowing in your faces? Let these “expert” friends of yours take this sucker shot. You are going to be like Tiger Woods and play it safer but smart. Leave the big dog to eat another day, take out your 3-wood and launch it a country mile right down the fairway.

Round 1, Pick 8, Elton Brand

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Dwyane Wade coming out party was on center stage during the NBA Finals, where he averaged 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.67 steals and 1.0 blocks per game for the championship series!  Wade was named the MVP for the NBA Finals and showed a glimpse of what he can do for fantasy teams in the future. 

There are whispers that Wade was working on adding the 3-ball to his portfolio. If the NBA Playoffs were an indicator of his newfound range, then he would be making only 50 3-balls made over an 82 game schedule. He would have to at least double the 3 pointers made to have 2nd overall considerations behind Lebron James. Still Wade is a welcome employee to any fantasy team.

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Kobe BryantRound 1, Pick 5: Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers

Have we all forgotten about the Colorado Incident yet?  Isn’t it funny how people almost immediately forget scandals of celebrities, politicians, and jocks… just because there always seems to be a new one daily?  Well, fantasy basketball owners never abandoned the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant as we knew that he could perform (on the court, people, on the court).  And with the incident squarely behind him, Bryant went off and exploded last season (again, on the court, people, on the court).

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Description First off, Dennis, Please tell me that you weren’t considering Dirk in the “sexy” category with LeBron James in your Marion piece.  I mean, unless you dig that kind of thing…then by all means!  Un-pimp Ze Auto!

“Betcha Biggie won’t slip…” – Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G. (Warning)

Now, every once in a while, fantasy owners have prayed to the “Fantasy Gods” for good health, good games, and good luck.  While this is only a mock draft, the Gods shined down on the team with the fourth pick, as Kevin Garnett, or “The Big Ticket” to some, lands in the figurative lap – making this pick to be about as much of a no-brainer as ever.

Round 1, Pick 4: Kevin Garnett

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DescriptionRound 1, Pick 3: Shawn Marion

Okay, I have to admit it.  I asked Ron whom he was going to take with the second overall pick and he said that he probably would go with Marion at that point.  However, he had no problem in relinquishing that pick if I wanted to write about the Matrix because he knew about my man-love for the guy.  All I can say is… MY JEDI MIND TRICK WORKED!

Seriously, I am crushing on Marion and Ron was nice enough to let me pick him for the inaugural Dropping Dimes Draft Blog.  Ron… thank you, sir.

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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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Description Leading up to the start of the 2006-2007 NBA season, Dropping Dimes will be providing fantasy basketball owners with a daily draft blog.  The premise for this draft will be for a standard nine-category scoring league, starting the following positions: PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, C, Util, Util.

Each owner will be supporting their selections individually, allowing readers to digest statistics and facts, with their own splash of opinion.

Check back daily to see the next player taken!

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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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