Here’s the first salvo in what I anticipate to be a full season’s worth of fantastical trash-talking the likes which have never been conceived or realized before and quite possibly may never be executed again….
Alright guys and gals (who care), let me first say that I am feeling nearly ecstatic about my team. I didn’t feel like I wasted any picks. I feel like I drafted everybody where they should have been drafted and didn’t get anybody too early (with the exceptions of Collison and Milicic). I feel I’ve done a lot better job than last year, when I drafted big man duds Chander, Curry, and Stro Swift. I also got Maggette last year, who didn’t play most of the year and when he did, wasn’t all that. Now that I think about it, the draft was a big reason why I lost the thing at the end b/c while I made wily waiver pickups, I didn’t have enough intitial big-man firepower to topple Ninja Man.
This year, though, I feel I have some super quality big men in Randolph, Yao, Boozer, and Diaw. Randolph has been reaming people in preseason and is a definite 20/10 type performer (he was a couple of years ago). I also have potential sleepers in Collison, Wilcox, and Milicic. R. Swift is injured for the year so Collison/Wilcox will get plenty o’ burn for the Sonics. Wilcox hasn’t gotten out of the gates very quickly, but I remember him being a super waiver pickup for me last year with something around 15 ppg and 9rpg with great %’s when he was with Seattle. I’m planning on one and maybe two of my big men getting injured so hopefully I’ll have enough performers to absorb that.
I’m admittedly thin at shooting guard and small forward but I have Ray Allen, Shawn Marion, and Peja Stojakovic there. My other SF is Mr. Sharp Face from the Bay area. Crazy Don Nelson will run much of the O through Mike Dunleavy as point forward this year, so he’s a possible sleeper and then there’s Kevin Martin from Sac-Town who was a pleasant surprise for me off the waivers last year. They got rid of Bonzi Wells to open up playing time for the guy. He’s a very efficient player and quietly puts up fantasy points — another possible sleeper.
I’m loving my PGs — Mike Bibby should be solid again this year, and reports out of Utah have Deron Williams becoming a big-time PG who could be a surprise star this year ala Boris Diaw or David West from 05-06. Providing depth I have a couple of semi-projects in, firstly, Mo Williams, who devastated last year in small amounts of time. Milwaukee moved TJ Ford to open up the position for him. He has gotten injured every year of his career and I anticipate injury again this year. Finally, Marcus Williams — heir apparent to Jason Kidd — this Kid has been killing in summer league and preseason and looks to be a stud. He’ll be backing Kidd up but should get burn b/c they want to rest the hall of famer for the postseason. Plus, Kidd could always get injured and then he becomes a major steal.
Overall, I am pleased with every one of the choices. I anticipate a couple of duds/injuries in my PGs and big men but no more than that. I should be able to absorb up to 2. If Dunleavy is able to have his best season, and Peja nearly regains his form of a couple of years ago, it’s over.
Let the trash talking begin! Who thinks they have the stuff to topppppple me?