2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Preview: The Starters

2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Preview: The Starters
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>>WHO SHOULD YOU DRAFT AND WHO SHOULD YOU STAY AWAY FROM? WE’VE GOT YOUR ANSWERS IN THE STARTERS FANTASY PREVIEW. GOOD EVENING, SWEETWORLD! AND WELCOME TO THE STARTERS FANTASY BASKETBALL PREVIEW SHOW. WHETHER YOU’RE LISTENING TO THE PODCAST, CATCHING US ON NBA TV, WE’RE VERY, VERY HAPPY TO HAVE YOU BACK FOR THE SECOND SEASON OF NBA FUN. I’M J.E. SKEETS. AND ALONGSIDE ME IS TAS MELAS. AND THEN THERE’S TRAY KIRBY. AND FINALLY IT’S THE AUSSIE, LEE ELLIS. ON TONIGHT’S SHOW, THE NBA SEASON, A FEW WEEKS UPON US HERE SO A LOT OF YOU ARE GEARING UP FOR YOUR NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL DRAFTS AND WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU OUT, TACKLE SOME KEY QUESTIONS, SOME SLEEPERS, GUYS TO AVOID. WE’LL BREAK THIS DOWN TO THREE SEPARATE POSITIONS — GUARDS, CENTERS AND WE’LL START WITH THE FORWARDS.>>A TOUGH SPOT HERE.>>LOOK. THE FANTASY DRAFT HAS CHANGED. I HOPE YOU HAVEN’T HAD YOURS YET. THE TODAY WE’VE LEARNED THAT KEVIN DURANT HAS A FRACTURE IN HIS FOOT FIRST MONTH OF THE SEASON AT LEAST, SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS. THE QUESTION IS, IF YOU HAVEN’T HAD YOUR DRAFT YET, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH K.D. ON THE CLOCK? I MEAN, AT THE NUMBER-ONE SPOT OR DOES HE GO — EVEN GO IN THE TOP THREE STILL ANY MORE, WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>I THINK HE DROPS. I’VE HAD HIM RANKED AT NUMBER ONE BUT I’D GO WITH HIM AT THE NUMBER SEVEN SPOT. HE’S GO GOING TO MISS ABOUT 20 GAMES. BUT WHEN THAT RING COMES AND IT’S YOUR TIME TO PICK, ARE YOU GOING TO THINK SHORT-TERM OR LONG-TERM? BECAUSE 20 GAMES, YOU MIGHT THINK, AH, YOU MIGHT WANT TO PULL THE TRIGGER ON A GUY WHO’S GOING TO PLAY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON. YOU’VE GOT TO THINK LONG-TERM WITH KEVIN DURANT. FOR ME, ANYWAYS. MY SECOND AND THIRD-ROUND PICKS ARE GOING TO GET ME TO THE PLAYOFFS AND THEN K.D. IS GOING TO BRING IT HOME.>>TAS HAS ALREADY WON THIS LEAGUE AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN PLAYED IT.>>YEAH. I’M A WINNER.>>HE’S VERY DURABLE AS WELL. IT SORT OF DEPENDS WHETHER OR NOT YOU’RE DOING A ROW TESTRY LEAGUE TOE ROTISSERIE LEAGUE OR HEAD-TO-HEAD. BUT DO YOU PULL THE TRIGGER AND TAKE HIM?>>THE FIFTH AND SIXTH SPOT IS JUST THE WORST SPOT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE YOU KIND OF HAVE TO TAKE HIM THERE. YOU DON’T WANT HIM TO SLIP ANY LOWER. BUT WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY HOW LONG HE’S GOING TO BE OUT. HOPEFULLY HE’S ONLY GOING TO MISS FOUR WEEKS OF ACTION. HE’S A VERY DURABLE PLAYER SO HOPEFULLY HE COMES BACK ON THE SHORTER END OF THAT SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS.>>I CAN SENSE THAT YOU’RE ALREADY PANICKING.>>I AM PANICKY I’M VERY NERVOUS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO NOW.>>I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THIS NOW MEANS FOR ALL THE RUSSELL WESTBROOK FANS OUT THERE AND HOW HIGH HE JUMPS UP ON YOUR DRAFT BOARD. HE COULD BE LEADING THIS LEAGUE IN SCORING WITHOUT DURANT THERE FOR A MONTH OR SO. THIS IS A STAT — SORT OF A STAT — WESTBROOK PLAYED ONLY 41 MINUTES WITHOUT DURANT LAST SEASON. HE ATTEMPTED 35 SHOTS IN THOSE 41 MINUTES.>>A LITTLE LOW ACTUALLY.>>IT IS A LITTLE SLOW. COULD BE A BIT HIGHER. AGAIN, IF YOU’RE IN A HEAD-TO-HEAD LEAGUE WITH WESTBROOK, YOU CAN PUNT CATEGORIES LIKE TURNOVERS AND FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE.>>YEAH.>>BUT HE IS GOING TO PUT UP A WHOLE LOT OF POINTS.>>HE’S BEEN A TRIPLE-DOUBLE MACHINE PLAYING WITH KEVIN DURANT AND PLAYING WITHOUT HIM. HE’S GOING TO HAVE ALL THE OPPORTUNITY IN THE WORLD. AND THE OFFENSE, AS WE’VE SEEN WITH — EVEN WITH KEVIN DURANT IS AROUND, IT’S KIND OF RUDIMENTARY. YOU FIGURE WESTBROOK WILL HAVE THE BALL, DRIBBLE LIKE CRAZY AND GO HARD TO THE RIM AND PUT IT UP.>>HE’S ABSOLUTELY GOING TO TAKE T. LET’S KEEP GOING HERE. AFTER LeBRON AND THEN AFTER GUYS LIKE CURRY AND HARDEN — AND WE’LL GET TO THE GUARDS, AS I SAID, LATER — WHO’S THE NEXT BEST FORWARD IN FANTASY BASKETBALL TERMS?>>IT’S ANTHONY DAVIS FOR ME. THIS IS YEAR THREE FOR ANTHONY DAVIS AND IT FEELS LIKE YEAR FOUR OR FIVE OR SIX BECAUSE WE ALREADY SAW HIM TAKE OFF IN YEAR TWO. BUT THIS IS THE THIRD SEASON FOR AN NBA PLAYER. USUALLY WHEN A GUY EXPLODES. BUT HE ALREADY EXPLODED IN HIS SECOND SEASON. AND I KNOW TREY’S GOT KEVIN LOVE, LOVE, WHICH IS A GREAT PICK. BUT I GO WITH KEVIN LOVE. IN A WEEK, HE CAN EASILY WIN YOU THE BLOCKS AND STEALS. BUT ANTHONY DAVIS IS GOING TO BE LOOKED FOR ON EVERY POSSESSION WHILE KEVIN LOVE MIGHT BE OVERLOOKED ON A LOT OF POSSESSIONS, PLAYING WITH TWO SUPERSTARS, UNLIKE HIS DAYS WITH THE MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES.>>THERE’S A LOT OF GUYS ON THE PELICANS WHO LIKE TO GET SHOTS OFF TOO.>>I KNOW. BUT THEY’RE GOING TO BE PLAYING PICK-AND-ROLLS WITH ANTHONY DAVIS. THEY’RE GOING TO LOOK FROM HIM ON EVERY SEASON PLAY. IT’S GOING TO GO UP IN SEASON THREE. KEVIN LOVE HAS BEEN IN THE LEAGUE FOR SIX YEARS. YOU KIND OF KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO GET, PLAYING WITH LeBRON AND KYRIE IRVING. YOU SEE WHAT IT WE’LL SEE WHAT IT DID FOR CHRIS BOSH’S NUMBERS, WHICH WE’LL SEE IN A SECOND.>>LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS. HE’S NOT EVEN 21 YEARS OLD.>>EVEN PRIOR TO KEVIN DURANT’S INJURY, I WAS THINKING ABOUT TAKING ANTHONY DAVIS AT NUMBER ONE. HE LED THE LEAGUE IN BLOCKS PER GAME LAST YEAR. HE COULD EASILY GET THREE OR MORE BLOCKS A GAME. AND HE’S APPARENTLY WORKED ON HIS CORNER THREE-POINT SHOT.>>HE’S GOING TO ADD THE THREE.>>I’M NOT SAYING ANYTHING. I’M NOT SAYING. BUT I READ THAT HE’S BEEN WORKING.>>HOW IS HE GOING TO BE ON THE CORNER IF HE’S RUNNING PICK-AND-ROLL DOWN THE COURT. HE’S RUNNING EVERYTHING.>>YOU OBVIOUSLY DON’T THINK KEVIN LOVE’S NUMBERS WILL FALL OFF ALL THAT MUCH?>>I’M SURE THEY’LL JUMP OFF A LITTLE BIT.>>ANTHONY JUMP WOULD HAVE TO BE CATASTROPHIC TO GET TO KEVIN LOVE NUMBERS. HE GIVES YOU ASSISTS AND THREES THAT YOU DON’T GET FROM A BIG MAN USUALLY. HE’S NOT GIVING YOU A TON OF BLOCKS AND STEALS BUT YOU CAN MAKE THAT UP. BUT I THINK THE ADDED EFFICIENCY IS GOING TO BE WORK IT TO TAKE LOVE AHEAD OF DAVIS.>>HE’S GOING TO GET A TON OF SPACE, THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.>>THE THREES ARE GOING TO BE THERE.>>YEAH. THAT’S WHAT I THINK IS GOING TO BE BEST. HE’S GOING TO BE SO OPEN. LeBRON IS STILL GOING TO DEMAND THE DOUBLE-TEAMS AND KEVIN IS GOING TO BE SITTING ON THE WING THERE.>>HE’S GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF GUYS TO PASS TO, WHICH IS WHY YOU’RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF ASSISTS.>>YOU’RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE SUPER SUPERSTAR/LeBRON.>>I WOULD SAY THAT CHRIS BOSH AND KEVIN LOVE HAVE DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES AND I DON’T THINK HE’LL FALL OFF. HE’S NOT GOING TO WANT TO TAKE AS MUCH OF A BACKSEAT ROLE AS CHRIS BOSH.>>>>THEY TOOK A DIVMENT.>>THEY TOOK FIVE POINTS A GAME AND ABOUT THREE SHOTS PER GAME. AND I THINK LeBRON WILL HAVE LEARNED, THIS BEING THE SECOND TIME COMING OVER WITH A FANTASTIC POWER FORWARD, NOW WE’VE GOT KYRIE IRVING WHO ALSO HAS TO LEARN. THE BALL IS GOING TO BE IN HIS HANDS, IT’S GOING TO BE IN LeBRON’S HANDS. I THINK LOVE TAKES A BACK SEAT. HUGE THING FOR ANTHONY DAVIS TOO IS HE DOESN’T HAVE TO PLAY CENTER THIS YEAR. THEY WENT AND GOT OMER ASIK AND YOU CAN COMPARE HIS NUMBERS TO ANOTHER FANTASTIC CENTER.>>A YOUNG HAKEEM OLAJUWON BACK IN 1985-1986. THE NUMBERS ARE VERY, VERY CLOSE THEIR SECOND YEAR. HAKEEM WHEN HE WENT INTO THINKS THIRD YEAR WITH THE ROCKETS WAY BACK THEN — IF YOU WERE PLAYING FANTASY BASKETBALL WAY BACK THEN, HAT’S OFF TO YOU — BUT THEY WERE VERY SIMILAR TO THOSE. DAVIS WE THINK IS GOING TO JUMP AND THAT MAKES SENSE TO ME BECAUSE HAKEEM WAS 24 GOING INTO THE THIRD YEAR. DAVIS IS STILL 21 YEARS OLD.>>YEAH.>>SO 25 AND 12 IS NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION.>>ESPECIALLY IF YOU SAW HIM WITH TEAM U.S.A. AS WELL. HE’S BLOCKED UP A LOT AND GOT CONFIDENCE IN THE MID-RANGE GAME. DAVIS SINK GOING TO BE IN FOR A BIG, BIG GAME.>>I LIKE HOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT CORNER GAMES, PICK-AND-ROLLS, MID-RANGE GAMES.>>WHO’S THE SLEEPER THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE LOOKING DEEP IN THE DRAFT FOR? VERY DEEP ACCORDING TO SOME.>>I’M GOING EXTREMELY DEEP WITH JONAS HAPPER. HE’S EXTREMELY DEEP. DON’T GET HIM. I THINK HE’S GOING TO MAKE A TON OF SENSE. STAN VAN GUNDY IS THE POST OF THE PISTONS COACH OF THIS PISTONS TEAM. CARON BUTLER IS GOING TO START AT THE SMALL FORWARD POSITION. BUT JONAS HAS SO MUCH MORE POTENTIAL TO ME THAN BUTLER. SAM VAN GUNDY HAS SAID THAT THIS GUY HAS BEEN WORKING HIS BUTT OFF, THE HARDEST PISTON WORKING HIS BUTT OFF DURING THE SUMMER SEASON, THAT’S BECAUSE HE’S NOT ONLY PLAYING FOR A CONTRACT BUT ALSO POSSIBLY PLAYING FOR HIS NBA CAREER. HE LOOKS AT A GUY LIKE RASHEEM HABIT, WHO’S GOT AN UNGUARANTEED CONTRACT, MIGHT BE OUT OF THE LEAGUE VERY SOON, OR OTHER GUYS. HE’S PLAYING FOR HIS LIFE. DON’T GO PICK THIS GUY NOW. IT MAKES NO SENSE. BUT I THINK HE’S GOING TO PLAY A LOT OF MINUTES ON THIS PISTONS TEAM EVENTUALLY.>>DO YOU HAVE A GUY?>>A BIT OF FORGOTTEN MAN OUT THERE AS WELL. HIS SEASON WAS DERAILED LAST YEAR DUE TO INJURY BUT 15 POINTS A GAME, SEVEN REBOUNDS, 51% FROM THE FIELD AND 82% FROM 9 LINE IN GAMES. NOW, THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY IN MILWAUKEE. THAT’S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT. SOMEONE, HE’S KIND OF LIKE A VETERAN NOW TO THESE YOUNGER GUYS SO I THINK THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HIM TO GET SOME SNEAKY POINTS. AND HE DOESN’T GIVE YOU A LOT OUTSIDE OTHER THAN THE POINTS AND REBOUNDING AND GOOD PERCENTAGES.>>IS SNEAKY POINTS ONE OF THE CATEGORIES?>>I’M ADDING IT.>>TRAY, SLEEPER FORWARD?>>I LIKE JOSH McROBERTS. I THINK HE’S A GREAT FIT. HE WAS CAREER HIGHS LAST YEAR FOR THE BOBCATS AND THEY WERE A SLOWDOWN, POST-UP TEAM. NOW HE’S PLAYING IN A PACE AND SPACE SYSTEM. PEOPLE WITH A COACH LIKE ERIK SPOELSTRA, WHO’S GOING TO KNOW HOW TO USE A STRETCH 4, AND HE’S PLAYING WITH A LOT BETTER TEAMMATES AND HE’S GOING TO GET A TON OF MINUTES BECAUSE IT’S BASICALLY HIM AND YUDONIS HASLEM.>>HE COULD EASILY BE 4 OR 5, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>AND IF YOU GET POINTS FROM BEHIND-THE-BACK PASSES, YOU’RE GOING TO WIN EVERY WEEK.>>MY SLEEPER IS DRAYMOND GREEN. MAYBE YOU DON’T DRAFT THIS GUY UNLESS YOU’RE IN A VERY, VERY DEEP LEAGUE. BUT I WOULD KEEP AN EYE ON GREEN BECAUSE HIS NUMBERS WERE GREAT WHEN HE GOT MINUTES. HE JUST DIDN’T GET A WHOLE LOT OF MINUTES. BUT I THINK STEVE KERR COMING IN THERE AS THE NEW HEAD COACH IS GOING TO LIKE HIS DEFENSE.>>BUT CAN ANYBODY LIKE HIM MORE THAN MARK JACKSON DOES?>>I ACTUALLY THINK HE’S GOING TO GET MORE MINUTES. I THINK KERR’S GOING TO REALIZE WHAT HE CAN DO OUT THERE. WHEN HE PLAYS, I MEAN, WE SAW HIM IN THE PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR, SEVEN GAMES DURING THE PLAYOFFS, HE WAS PUTTING UP LIKE 12, 8 AND 3, HITTING A THREE AS WELL. AND COMBINED DEFENSE WAS LIKE 3 1/2. AGAIN, OBVIOUSLY VERY, VERY SMALL SAMPLE FOR HIS IN THE PLAYOFFS BUT IF HE GETS MINUTES, PICK HIM UP RIGHT AWAY. AND YOU NEVER KNOW WITH THE WARRIORS, TOO, IF BARNES IS TRADED OR IGUODALA OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, YOU WANT TO KEEP AN EYE ON GREEN. LET’S GO FROM THE SLEEPERS TO GUYS JUST, YOU KNOW, FLAT-OUT TO AVOID. BOTH YOU AND LEE SAYING GREG MONROE.>>YEAH, I THINK GREG MONROE OF THE PISTONS IS GOING TO COME OFF THE BENCH. STAN VAN GUNDY IS NOT GOING TO PLAY THREE GUYS WHO CAN’T SHOOT. ANDRE DRUMMOND IS PLAYING AT THE CENTER SPOT. HE’S GOING TO TRY AND MAKE HIM HIS DWIGHT HOWARD FROM HIS ORLANDO DAYS. JOSH SMITH BESIDE HIM. I KIND OF WAS HESITANT TO PICK THIS BECAUSE GREG MONROE IS GOING TO EAT UP SECOND UNITS. HE’S GOING TO DESTROY THEM.>>AND HE’S PLAYING FOR A CONTRACT, RIGHT?>>YES. I THINK HE’S NOT GOING TO PLAY A TON.>>WHAT ABOUT YOU?>>I’M KIND OF WORD ABOUT RYAN ANDERSON BECAUSE HE’S A GUY THAT GETS HURT A LOT ANYWAYS. YOU CAN’T COUNT ON HIM, COMING OFF FROM A NECK INJURY.>>I LOVE DAVID WEST, I JUST THINK PEOPLE ARE REACHING A LITTLE TOO MUCH BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING THE OFFENSE NOW THAT PAUL GEORGE ISN’T THERE, LANCE IS GONE, HE’S GOING TO SCORE 20 A GAME. I JUST DON’T SEE THAT’S HAPPENING. I WOULD GET WEST BUT DON’T GO TAKING HIM IN THE SIXTH ROUND. THAT’S A LITTLE TOO EARLY.>>LOTS MORE STILL TO COME. WE’LL TURN OUR ATTENTION TO GUARDS OF FANTASY BASKETBALL. SLEEPERS, BUST. WHO’S THE NUMBER-ONE GUARD TO DRAFT? IS IT HARDEN OR CURRY, OR, HECK, IS IT CHRIS PAUL? DON’T GO ANYWHERE. YOU’RE WATCHING “THE STARTERS.” ♪>>WELCOME BACK TO THE STARTERS FACT SAY PREVIEW SHOW. WE TALKED ABOUT THE FORWARDS. LET’S TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE GUARDS AND THE QUESTION FOR EVERYONE HERE AT THE TABLE AND EVERYONE LISTENING, BY THE WAY, JOIN IN ON TWITTERS WITH YOUR OPINIONS. WHO’S THE NUMBER-ONE FANTASY GUARD? THE THREE OF YOU GUYS GO WITH STEPH CURRY. I’LL PLAY DEVIL’S ADVOCATE A LITTLE BIT AND GO WITH JAMES HARDEN, JUST BECAUSE THE NUMBERS ARE SO, SO CLOSE.>>YEAH.>>YOU KNOW, YOU’RE GOING TO GET MORE THREES, YES, FROM CURRY BUT YOU’RE GOING TO GET WAY MORE FREE THROWS FROM JAMES HARDEN, WHO USUALLY GOES TO THE LINE AT LEAST TWICE MORE THAN CURRY. AND, OF COURSE, KNOCKS THEM DOWN WITH CONSISTENCY. NOT THAT CURRY DOESN’T, YOU KNOW, KNOCK DOWN THE FREE THROWS WELL AS WELL. BUT JAMES JUST GETS THERE SO MUCH MORE.>>COUNTERACT SOME OTHER GUYS ON YOUR TEAM MAYBE.>>I’M GOING WITH JAMES BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT CHANDLER PARSONS LEAVING. I EXPECT HUGE YEARS FROM HARDEN AND HOWARD. AND WITH CURRY, THE NEW COACH SCARES ME A LITTLE BIT IN JUST WONDERING IF HIS NUMBERS DIP A BIT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GO THROUGH BOGUT A LITTLE BIT MORE, MAYBE ASSISTS GO UP BUT I DON’T KNOW IF CURRY IS GOING TO BE SCORING AS MUCH. THAT’S WHY I GO HARDEN.>>STEPH CURRY, I’M ACTUALLY EXCITED WITH STEVE KERR IN THE MIX. I THINK THEY’RE GOING TO DISTRIBUTE THE BALL A LITTLE BIT MORE. I THINK STEPH CURRY’S GOING TO COME OFF THE BALL A LITTLE BIT MORE. NOT BRING IT UP EACH AND EVERY TIME. I SEE THE EFFICIENCY GOING UP. I DON’T SEE IT SCALING BACK WHATSOEVER. MARK JACKSON PLAYED A LITTLE BIT OF THE ISOLATION BASKETBALL. HE HAD THE 12th BEST OFFENSE LAST YEAR. THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR A TEAM TEAM THAT’S THAT GOOD WITH THEIR STARTING FIVE.>>YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH EITHER.>>YOU WOULD THINK WITH STEVE KERR AS THE COACH, NOBODY IS GOING TO WANT TO UTILIZE THE THREE-POINTER MORE THAN THE GUY WHO’S ONE OF THE BEST THREE-POINT SHOOTERS OF ALL TIME. THAT’S WHY I’M IN TO CURRY, BECAUSE HE’S A LOT MORE FUN TO WATCH THAN HARDEN. WHEN YOU’RE JUST COUNTING ON A GUY TO JUST GO TO THE LINE, IT’S NOT AS FUN AS WATCHING A GUY TAKE IT OFF THE DRIBBLE.>>HE’S GOING TO DESTROY TEAMS.>>KERR HAS MENTIONED THAT. HE WANTS TO EASE HIS WORKLOAD. SO HIS ASSISTS MIGHT GO DOWN BUT HIS POINTS PER GAME COULD INCREASE JUST DEPENDING ON HOW HE OPERATES THERE.>>JAMES HARDEN KNOWS THAT EVERYONE KILLS HIM FOR HIS DEFENSE. HE’S MENTIONED THAT. HE’S GOING TO BE A BETTER DEFENSE. THAT’S GOING TO TAKE AWAY FROM HIS OFFENSE, HE’S GOING TO BE TIRED.>>HE’S JUST SAYING THAT. HE WATCHES THE YOUTUBE VIDEO. S.>>LET’S LOOK AT THE SLEEPERS IN THE GUARD POSITION.>>I DON’T SEE DEREK FISHER PLAYING ANYBODY OTHER THAN JOSE CALDERON. THE MINUTES WILL BE SPECTACULAR.>>LEE IS BUYING INTO THE GEORGE HILL HYPE ONCE AGAIN.>>SOMEONE HAS TO SCORE POINTS FOR THE INDIANA PACERS AND I’M GOING WITH GEORGE HILL. AVERAGED 14 POINTS AND 5 ASSISTS TWO SEASONS AGO. I THINK HE CAN GET CLOSE TO THAT AGAIN.>>TRAY WITH>>TREY WITH A VERY DEEP SLEEPER IN BEN GORDON. WHAT?>>THE MAGIC LOCK AFLALO AND NELSON. THEY MIGHT GO WITH THE VETERAN AND SUPPOSEDLY BEN GORDON HAS BEEN FLEXING THOSE BICEPS.>>REGGIE JACKSON IS MY SLEEPER. I MADE THIS PICK EVEN BEFORE THE DURANT NEWS BECAUSE IF THE GUY GETS MINUTES — AND THIS IS EVEN BETTER — BUT HE GETS THE MINUTES, HE PERFORMS. 24 GAMES LAST YEAR, WHEN HE PLAYED, 32 MINUTES OR MORE, HE WAS PUTTING UP 15, 5 AND 5 WITH THE THREES AND GREAT PERCENTAGES.>>YEP.>>SO IF THIS GUY IS THERE LET LATE, PICK UP REGGIE JACKSON.>>HE’S PLAYING FOR A CONTRACT AS WELL.>>LET’S GO FROM THE SLEEPERS TO THE BUS OR MAYBE GUYS TO AVOID.>>BUSTS IS A HARN WORD.>>YEAH, IT SEEMS TO WORD.>>FOR THE TALENTED GUYS WE’RE PICKING HERE. THERE’S A LOT OF TALENT ON THAT LIST.>>I’LL START IT OFF WITH DWAYNE WADE. IF YOU WANT TO WIN, YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE GUYS ON THE FLOOR. AND DWAYNE WADE, HE IS GOING TO TAKE SOME GAMES OFF. I THINK YOU HAVE TO EXPECT THAT. HE WAS PROJECTED TO BE THE 33rd BEST FANTASY PLAYER THIS YEAR. HE WAS 46THS LAST YEAR. SO I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU CAN PICK HIM THAT HIGH. A GUY WHO PLAYED ONLY 54 REGULAR-SEASON GAMES. BUST IS JUST A HARSH WORD BUT YOU CAN’T WIN FANTASY IF YOUR GUYS DON’T PLAY. IN THE PLAYOFFS, IS DWAYNE WADE GOING TO SUIT UP EVERY GAME? HE’S A LITTLE TOO HIGH.>>STAY AWAY FROM HIM. EVEN WHEN HE DOES PLAY, THE PRODUCTION IS NOT THERE. 14 POINTS AND 6 ASSISTS FOR A STARTING POINT GUARD. HE’S GOT AN ASSIST-TO-TURNOVER RATIO OF 3-1. HE’S GOT A NEW COACH COMING IN THIS YEAR. WE KNOW THAT HE STRUGGLES IN THOSE BIG MOMENTS, IN THOSE BIG GAMES AS WELL. I DON’T THINK HIS CONFIDENCE IS THERE. HE’S NOT THE LEADER HE ONCE WAS, ESPECIALLY OUT IN UTAH. HE’S NOT A PLAYER YOU WANT TO PICK UP EARLY ON.>>LOWEST NUMBERS SINCE HIS ROOKIE YEAR.>>TREY, ISIAH THOMAS. THIS ONE SURPRISED ME A LITTLE BIT.>>I REALLY DON’T THINK HE’S GOING TO TOUCH THE STATS HE PICKED UP LAST YEAR BECAUSE HE HAD 35 MINUTES A GAME WHERE HE GOT TO DRIBBLE THE BALL AS MUCH AS HE WANTED AND HE WANTED TO DRIBBLE IT A LOT. YOU’RE NOW PLAYING WITH THE THUNDER, HE’S THE THIRD POINT GUARD, THEY SHARE THE BALL A LOT. I DON’T THINK HE’S GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE AS BIG OF AN IMPACT. HE’LL PROBABLY BE A BETTER PLAYER BUT THAT DOESN’T NECESSARILY TRANSLATE TO FANTASY.>>NOT 20 POINTS PER GAME, LIKE WE SAW.>>THAT WOULD BE PRETTY RARE.>>I’M GOING D. ROSE. I HOPE D. ROSE PLAYS THE ENTIRE SEASON, I REALLY DO, BUT I DON’T WANT TO BE THAT GUY AGAIN THAT HAS D. ROSE AND THEN YOU GET THE ALERT ON THINKS PHONE THAT HE’S GONE DOWN. THE GUY HAS PLAYED 49 OUT OF THE LAST 230 NBA GAMES. LET SOMEONE ELSE TAKE D. ROSE. YOU KNOW, JUST LET SOMEONE ELSE DO IT. I WANT TO SLEEP AT NIGHT, OKAY? I REALLY DO. SO THERE YOU GO. THERE’S SOME GUYS TO MAYBE AVOID. GOT TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL GETS TO THE CENTERS. YOU’RE WATCHING “THE STARTERS.”>>THE PUN GUN IS BACK!>>WELCOME BACK TO THE STARTERS FANTASY PREVIEW. WE’VE GOT FORWARDS, GUARDS, IN TO THE CENTERS. NOW, THIS IS A SORT OF TRICKY WEIRD POSITION IN FANTASY SAY BASKETBALL BECAUSE A LOT OF GUYS GET THE FORWARD/CENTER ELIGIBILITY. GUYS LIKE ANTHONY DAVIS, KEVIN LOVE AND ALDRICH. BUT LET’S SAY YOU CAN’T PICK THOSE GUYS AND YOU’VE SORT OF GOT TO GO WITH A REAL CENTER. WHO’S THE BEST OF THE REST? TAS AND TREY, YOU’RE GOING DeMARCUS, WHY?>>DeMARCUS COUSINS IS THE NUMBER TWO CENTER. I KNOW EVERYONE SAYS IT EVERY SINGLE YEAR BUT THIS IS THE YEAR FOR DeMARCUS COUSINS. THIS IS IT. IT’S TIME YOU BUMP HIM UP FROM 392 MINUTES PLAYED TO THE 36, LIKE YOUR LOVE, YOUR GRIFFIN, YOUR ALDRICHS, YOUR BIG GUYS. BECAUSE THIS IS HIS TEAM. I MEAN, HE’S GOING TO LEAD THIS TEAM TO 30 WINS. HE CAN DO IT.>>[LAUGHTER] LAST YEAR WAS KIND OF THE YEAR FOR HIM TOO BECAUSE HE SCORED AND REBOUNDED REALLY WELL. NOW HE’S GOING TO HAVE THE BALL EVEN MORE.>>HUGE NUMBERS.>>NUMBERS ARE IMPRESSIVE. JOAKIM NOAH, LEE?>>YEAH, THIS IS A BIT OF A PERSONAL DECISION. I’VE GONE WITH COUSINS THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT HE’S GOTTEN THE EJECTIONS. BUT I HAVE TO STAY AWAY FROM HIM THIS YEAR.>>I’M WITH CHRIS BOSH. YOU SHOWED US THE NUMBERS EARLIER THERE. WITHOUT LeBRON, WHEN HE WAS WITH THE RAPTORS, THE GUY WAS LIKE 24, 11 AND 3, YOU KNOW, GOOD PERCENTAGES. NOW HE’S ADDED THE THREE-POINT SHOT TO HIS GAME. HE’S GOING TO PUT UP SOME GOOD NUMBERS. CHRIS BOSH IS MINE. HE’S ALWAYS UNDERRATED WHEN IT COMES TO FANTASY BASKETBALL. HE HAD TOP 20 PRODUCTION AND HE GETS DRAFTED 45th, 46th. THAT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR. KEEP AN EYE ON CHRIS BOSH. BUT LET’S GET TO THE SLEEPERS AT THE CENTER POSITION. WHO ARE PEOPLE SLEEPING ON?>>JARED SULLINGER FOR ME WITH THE BOSTON CELTICS IS A SLEEPER. CAN YOU GUYS NAME ANOTHER BIG ON THE CELTICS?>>KELLY OELENIK.>>THE POINT IS HE’S GOING TO GET A TON OF MINUTES. TYLER ZELLER MIGHT SEE THE FLOOR. JARED SULLINGER, COMBINED WITH THE FACT THAT IT’S HIS THIRD YEAR, COMBINED WITH THE FACT THAT, HEY, THEY JUST DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TALENT UP THERE. THE GUY IS GOING TO PLAY. 130th? DON’T DRAFT HIM BUT PICK HIM UP LATER O. WHEN YOU GO TO THE WAIVER WIRE, THIS GUY PRODUCES.>>LEE?>>I KNOW IT’S A BIT OF A REACH BUT THIS IS THE SORT OF GUY WHO CAN EVERY NOW AND AGAIN HAVE ONE OF THOSE WEEKS WHERE HE PUTS UP 13, 15 REBOUNDS. HE CAN WIN YOU BLOCK SHOT CATEGORIES. IF HE GETS TWO BLOCKS PER GAME PLAYING IN 18 MINUTES TWO SEASONS AGO. HE’S ONLY REALLY PLAYING AGAINST TIMOTHY MOSKOV.>>YEAH, BUT THEY LIKE HIM MORE.>>AND HE’S INJURED! [LAUGHTER]>>I’M A BIG-TIME BELIEVER IN STAN VAN GUNDY, THAT’S WHY I THINK ANDRE DRUMMOND IS GOING TO HAVE AN AMAZING YEAR THIS YEAR. HE WAS AMAZING ON THE GLASS AND SCORING, AFTER NEVER HAVING A PLAY RUN FOR HIM. NOW HE’S PLAYING IN A SYSTEM WITH A GUY WHO KNOWS WHAT TO DO. STAN VAN GUNDY, WHEN DWIGHT HOWARD FINALLY GOT UNDER STAN’S TUTELAGE, HE REALLY TOOK OFF. I THINK THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH DRUMMOND.>>AND DRUMMOND WILL ALSO MISS A WHOLE BUNCH OF FREE THROWS.>>YEAH. [LAUGHTER]>>AND I’M GOING WITH WOLVES BACKUP GEORGI JENG. MAYBE DON’T DRAFT HIM. BUT AS A STARTER LAST YEAR, 12 AND 12. GIVES YOU SOME BLOCKS. WHEN HE GETS THE MINUTES, WE SAW HIM IN INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL, HE PLAYED GREAT.>>OKAY. LET’S GET TO THE BUS QUICKLY HERE. A LOT OF GUYS THAT ARE EITHER COMING BACK FROM INJURY — WELL, A WHOLE LOT OF GUYS COMING BACK FROM INJURY.>>GREAT HAIR.>>MY BUST IS NERLINS NOEL.>>LEE? CHANDLER?>>MISSED 27 LAST YEAR. HE’S NOT THE PLAYER HE WAS A COUPLE YEARS AGO.>>VAREJAO FOR TREY?>>HE GETS HURT A LOT. AND HE HAS LESS TO DO THIS YEAR.>>SAME THING, THE WHOLE INJURY SCARE WITH ME, BROOKE LOPEZ. WHEN HE PLAYS, HE’S LOCKED N. BUT HE JUST DOESN’T PLAY A WHOLE LOT. HE’S GOT FOOT PROBLEMS. SCREAMS YAO MING TO ME. WE’VE GOT TO TAKE ONE MORE BREAK. BUT WHEN WE RETURN, KRISTIN LEDLOW AND THE STARTERS REUNITED ONCE AGAIN?>>YOU DON’T SAY?>>WE’LL EXPLAIN IN TWO.>>WELCOME BACK TO “THE STARTERS.” THERE IT IS, GUYS. OCTOBER 24, “THE STARTERS” FANTASY DRAFT RECAP. WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING OUR DRAFT VERY, VERY SOON. KRISTIN LEDLOW IN THE MIX. COMEDIAN JOE MANDY. ALL OF US CAN’T WAKE TO DUKE IT OFF. EVEN OUR PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS ARE GOING TO BE IN THIS THING. THAT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF FUN. AGAIN, OCTOBER 24. WE’LL RECAP THE CRAZINESS THAT GOES DOWN WITHIN THAT DRAFT. BUT FORGET THE 24th. LET’S TALK ABOUT TOMORROW. WE START “THE STARTERS” SEASON PREVIEWS. 72 BURNING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE UPCOMING SEASON. WE’RE GOING TO BREAK THIS INTO NINE PARTS. IT’S GOING TO BE A BLAST. WE’LL SEE YOU TOMB.>>YEAH, TUNE IN TOMORROW. THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY. AND REMEMBER, YOU CAN LOOK AT IT AS A BEST BEFORE DATE OR YOU CAN LOOK AT IT AS A PRETTY GOOD

26 thoughts on “2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Preview: The Starters

  1. Pg: Lowry SG: Eric Bledsoe SF:J.R smith G:Lance Stephenson PF: Blake griffin F: Faried C: Bogut and Mason plumlee Util: Jennings , Belinelli, Bench: Luis scola, Marion , Terrance Ross

  2. i have
    cp3
    klay t
    gay
    love
    noah
    lowry
    millsap
    faried
    iggy
    valenciunas
    rubio
    manu
    and markieff.
    should i drop anyone. seriously need help!

  3. This is a year to take Roy Hibbert if you have a late first or early second. 
    With no Lance and no PG they are going to be making plays in the post and going back to the consistent model that helped Hibbert have his break out season. IMO he is not going to get less than 18ppg, 11reb and 3 blks. 

    Monroe will not be a bust. Detroit is trying to trade Smith, eventually, probably before XMas, they will take a cheap trade for him. 
    West is also a stupid "bust" pick. West will be his consistent self. 

  4. Do you guys think my team looks good??? J Teague, Danny Green, Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, Robert Sacre, Mo Williams, David West, Julius Randle, Caron Butler, James Anderson, Zach Lavine, Xavier Henry

  5.  MY 2014-2015 FANTASY TEAM *please help *                                                
    PG     Jrue Holiday, Nor PG
    SG Gordon Hayward, Uta SG, SF
    SF Luol Deng, Mia SF
    PF Anthony Davis, Nor PF, C  DTDBreaking News
    C Chris Bosh, Mia C, PF
    G Trey Burke, Uta PG
    F Dwight Howard, Hou C, PF  DTDBreaking News
    UTIL Jared Sullinger, Bos PF, C
    UTIL Jeremy Lin, LAL PGBreaking News
    UTIL Josh McRoberts*, Mia PF  OBreaking News
    Bench Carlos Boozer, LAL PFRecent News
    Bench Dante Exum, Uta SG
    Bench Doug McDermott, Chi SF
    Im trying to find some sleepers to trade for or pick up in free agency, willing to drop Jlin, Dante, and McDermott. Suggestions?

  6. I got Westbrook in the first round. Then Durant was available in the second. My friends have no idea. We did a snake draft and I had the sixth pick Haha

  7. My prediction for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers and Busts :

    Sleepers :
    Guard – Jeremy Lamb (Hornets)
    Forward – Rodney Hood (Jazz)
    Centers – Tyler Zeller (Celtics)

    Busts :
    Guard – Jarrett Jack (Nets)
    Forward – DeMarre Carroll (Raptors)
    Center – Omer Asik (Pelicans)

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