We are moving along in our first Fantasy hoops mock of the season. Make sure to keep checking back as the draft goes on for my take on how each round unfolded.
Here's a look at the picks made in Round 5:
Lauren Shehadi - Paul Millsap, F, UTA
Eric Mack - Richard Jefferson, F, SA
Ian Melmood - Jason Kidd, G, DAL
Sergio Gonzalez - Baron Davis, G, LAC
Jeff Lippman - Jeff Green, F, OKC
Jamey Eisenberg - Luis Scola, F, HOU
Peter Madden - Raymond Felton, G, CHA
Fazal Imam - Kevin Martin, G, SAC
Michael Hurcomb - John Salmons, F/G, CHI
Ross Devonport - Rodney Stuckey, G, DET
Scott White - Andre Miller, G, POR
Dave Richard - Josh Howard, F, DAL
The Breakdown: The Paul Millsap pick here by Shehadi is largely dependant on Carlos Boozer leaving Utah. However, the longer this situation takes to unfold, the more likely it seems that Boozer could return to Utah. Take this as a view of what you should expect to see closer to the start of the season if the Jazz decide to let Boozer go. Things will be a lot clearer then.
My Baron Davis pick was a result of me thinking he was too good of a value in Round 5 to pass up. Davis became my No. 4 guard, which should be pretty solid for my guard situation, but it means there is work to be done at forward and center. It was a pick that was measured, and one that puts pressure on me to hit it big with my forward picks the rest of the way.
Eisenberg loves Scola heading into the season and you have to agree with him when you consider the fact that the Rockets have absolutely no other inside presence to speak of. Eisenberg also said he's counting on Scola picking up center eligibility as our standard Commissioner league allows for multiple eligibility. Even if he doesn't, however, Scola will be looking at a career season. It's possible he could be somewhere in the David Lee neighborhood by season's end. He's a breakout candidate if there ever was one.
White is aware of the fact that Andre Miller could be coming off the bench in Portland this season behind Steve Blake, but there's no question he is going to be getting starter's minutes regardless. In a standard Head-to-Head league that rewards two points per assist, Miller should remain a solid No. 2 guard this fall.
Josh Howard may have been an absolute steal here for Richard. Sure, he is coming off an injury-plagued campaign that also included plenty of off-the-court issues, but he is young and now healthy. Fantasy owners may be able to capitalize on the wariness of other owners.
Here's a look at the picks made in Round 6:
Dave Richard - Blake Griffin, F, LAC
Scott White - Boris Diaw, F, CHA
Ross Devonport - Mo Williams, G, CLE
Michael Hurcomb - Jamal Crawford, G, ATL
Fazal Imam - Al Horford, C, ATL
Peter Madden - Al Harrington, F, NY
Jamey Eisenberg - Josh Smith, F, ATL
Jeff Lippman - Ron Artest, F, LAL
Sergio Gonzalez - Michael Beasley, F, MIA
Ian Melmood - Nene, C
Eric Mack - Tayshaun Pince, F, DET
Lauren Shehadi - Spencer Hawes, C, SAC
The Breakdown: Blake Griffin has Rookie of the Year written all over him and the Clippers seem to be willing to make things as easy as possible for him this season. He's a No. 1-caliber forward in the making who Fantasy owners should view as a No. 2 going into the season. This is fair value for him, though, you could see him go even earlier in drafts.
White drafted Diaw off his Charlotte numbers last season and there really isn't much reason to think he can't repeat those numbers in his first full season under Larry Brown this fall. His versatility and defensive ability makes him a Brown favorite and he averaged over 14.5 points, 4.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds with a little over a three-pointer per game. He's also good for some steals and blocks with a good field-goal percentage. Diaw has not yet hit the "big time" in Fantasy parlance, but he's a stud to anyone who paid attention last year. He belongs in this class, but could also fall to you later because of his lack of big-name appeal.
Josh Smith's Fantasy appeal has taken a big hit coming off what was a down year for him last season and that fall will be more evident this year in H2H leagues than in Rotisserie leagues where his blocks still make him worthy of a higher pick.
My Michael Beasley pick came before news broke about him having to check into a rehab center to help him with depression-related issues. Remember, my Baron Davis pick in Round 5 was one that would have been better used on a forward, but I found it hard to resist B. Diddy's siren song as a potential No. 4 guard. I was banking on Josh Howard here, but he went two picks ahead of me and the highest rated forward was Tayshaun Prince. I went with Beasley's breakout potential here, especially with most players seeing their biggest statistical increases in their second NBA season. I still like the pick, but don't feel quite as comfortable as I did before the Beasley news.
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