This is my second Fantasy Basketball team, named the Funky Kimchees, the same name I have used for all my Fantasy Baseball teams. I decided to do another draft because I thought I could do much better than my first draft plus I wanted to try out playing in a head-to-head (H2H) league.
||Jose Calderon, Tor PG
||Dwyane Wade, Mia SG
||Caron Butler WAS SF
||Drew Gooden, Chi PF, C
||Andris Biedrins, GS C
||Jason Kidd, Dal PG
||Tayshaun Prince, Det SF
||Brandon Roy, Por SG
||Jamal Crawford, NY PG, SG
||Zydrunas Ilguaskas, Cle C
||Nate Robinson, NY PG, SG
||Jameer Nelson, Orl PG
||Chris Duhon, NY PG
After the draft I was immediately tied for first, and now I am alone in first.
Looking over the draft I made one glaring mistake.
- I realized when I was drafting my last active player that I had no power forwards. So I had to draft Drew Gooden because he was the only decent power forward left.
- Later I realized there were several better power forwards but I did not notice them because their primary position was center. ESPN’s draft tool is horrible at finding players, I should have used ESPN’s fantasy website to find eligible power forwards. If I had done that I would have Nene and be in much better position.
Here is my analysis of my draft. I had the number six position which I liked a lot. I was hoping for the first or fourth or fifth position but this position worked perfectly.
I had planned on taking Dwayne Wade and if he was not available Dwight Howard. Dwayne was there so I took him and immediately afterwards my friend Kwang took Dwight. I think Dwayne is amazing, according to my stats he is currently #2 behind Chris Paul.
I had planned on taking Jason Kidd in the second round and there he was. Kidd is having a phenomenal season though I expect his field goal percentage to go down.
I knew entering this draft that I would take Jose Calderon and I did as my number three pick. My backups were Paul Pierce, who Kwang took immediately after me, and Chris Bosh, who went four picks after I took Jason Kidd in the previous round. I saw Danny Granger was available and would have liked to have taken him but I am too loyal to Calderon.
Bosh and Al Jefferson were already gone, having gone in the second round. I was excited to pick up Caron Butler though he has been underperforming. I thought of maybe Hedo Turkoglu but Caron Butler excites me more.
Here I took Golden State sensation Andris Biedrins. It was a little high but I had to have him.
Rounds 6 and 7
I was debating at this point whether to take Brandon Roy or Jamal Crawford. I took Brandon Roy, figuring there was a better chance Jamal Crawford would be available in the next round and he was! Fantastic two rounds.
Rounds 8 and 9
I was hoping Zach Randolph would be available but he was taken before I took Jamal Crawford. I was originally expecting to take Zydrunas Ilgauskas but I decided I did not want to take a chance that Tayshaun Prince would be taken. I was quite pleased that Zydrunas Ilgauskas was available for me to pick up in round 9.
Expecting to pick up someone who had been producing a lot like Nene Hilario or Rajon Rando I suddenly realized I needed a power forward and grudgingly drafted Drew Gooden. Later I realized Nene was eligible at power forward and that I should have drafted him. Kenyon Martin might have been a better pick too but he had been a bit hurt.
Rounds 11, 12, 13
Here I took whoever had been hot so I picked Nate Robinson (really hot), Jameer Nelson and Chris Duhon. I wish I had drafted Nene instead of Jameer but I thought I could get Nene in round 13.
Overall the draft went about as well as I could have hoped. Yet still it’s a tight race for first in this league.