Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Time For The NBA Season Already? Just Five More Minutes...
Wake up suckers, here are 7 sleeper picks for your fantasy draft this year. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I do have a formula for picking them. Breakout Talent + Underrated = Good Sleeper Pick. I am taking calculus after all.
1) Nate Robinson
After an MVP award from the Summer League, Nate Robinson continues to tear up the preseason. He recently posted a 28, 9 and 4 game against the Ceatles in only 28 minutes and as I’m writing this, he is embarrassing the Sixers. He’s a shoe-in for a starting PG position this year
2) Jameer Nelson
He’ll be a restricted free agent next summer if he doesn’t sign something in the next week and he’s dedicated this season to the memory of his father, whose body was found in the Delaware River almost two months ago. With Dwight Howard finally developing inside and Rashard Lewis taking additional pressure off, Nelson just bought a one-way ticket to assist town.
3) Al Thorton
Elton Brand is out and I find it unlikely that Livingston will be making a miraculous recovery to carry the Clippers on his back. Big Al (not Horford) is averaging 18.7 points per game in 29 minutes, with 50% from the field, 70% from beyond the arc and 85% from the line. I expect him to take the ROTY award.
4) Luis Scola
The Rockets picked up Scola for Spanoulis and a second-round pick in 2009 and they couldn’t be happier with his progress. He’s looking at a starting PF spot, but hasn’t been doing too much in the pre-season. Nevertheless, Adelman is excited and expects him to be an effective part of Houston’s offense. He’s probably the most underrated rookie and might go undrafted in your league.
5) Danny Granger
Lucky for Granger, he’s on what looks to be the worst team in the NBA. He’ll get open looks and he’s liable to have a fair amount of 30 point games. He’s big, 6’8” 230 lbs, and can shoot the ball as he proved on Tuesday with 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting.
6) Andrew Bynum
I think he’ll finally reach his potential this year. He won’t be great, but a good option if you’re need rebounds or blocks. He’s crazy athletic and finally developing some go-to-moves on offense. He grabbed 6 boards and added 11 points against Golden State in only 19 minutes. With Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm constantly fighting injuries, he might earn a starting spot this season.
7) Louis Williams
His Summer League performance equaled MVP Nate Robinson’s and since then, he’s been one of the Sixers best scoring options. He put up 33 against the Nets on the 13th, almost hitting a game winner. He’s the number one PG off the bench and if the Sixers need buckets, they might just put him in for Andre Miller.