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Offseason Beat

14 Team, 9-cat NBA Draft

by Steve Alexander
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

I took part in a 14-team, nine-cat, head-to-head Yahoo! draft on Thursday, Oct. 21. If you like music or food, you might be familiar with some of the people I was drafting with. This draft is probably pretty typical of standard, nine-cat Yahoo! leagues, so my hope is that it helps you prepare for your draft. The owner list and draft order are as follows:

 

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Round 1

 

1. Bob Nastanovich – Stephen Curry PG GSW

2. Steve Alexander – James Harden G HOU

3. Kevin Hogan – Russell Westbrook PG OKC

4. Sam Coomes – Karl-Anthony Towns C MIN

5. Doug Martsch –Kevin Durant SF OKC

6. Janet Weiss – Kawhi Leonard SF SAN

7. David Chang – Giannis Antetokounmpo G/F MIL

8. Stephen Malkmus – Chris Paul PG LAC

9. Lance Rochester – Paul George F IND

10. William Slater  - Anthony Davis PF NOP

11. Joanna Bolme – Hassan Whiteside C MIA

12. Matthew Hogan - Damian Lillard PG POR

13. Yuri Ono – DeMarcus Cousins C SAC

14. Jake Morris – LeBron James SF CLE

 

I would have taken Harden No. 1 so I was happy to see him fall. KAT went 4th instead of his standard fifth, so it will be interesting to see how big of a steal Doug got by getting Durant at No. 5. And look at Anthony Davis way down there at No. 10!

 

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Round 2

 

15. Victor Oladipo SG OKC

16. Draymond Green F GSW

17. Kristaps Porzingis PF NYK

18. Paul Millsap PF ATL

19. Klay Thompson SG GSW

20. Jimmy Butler G/F CHI

21. Al Horford F/C BOS

22. LaMarcus Aldridge PF SAN

23. Kemba Walker PG CHA

24. Kyle Lowry PG TOR

25. Isaiah Thomas PG BOS

26. John Wall PG WAS

27. Nikola Jokic C DEN

28. Kyrie Irving PG CLE

 

I’m leery of the hype and lack of a production from Jokic in the preseason, but I felt like 25 was a good spot to take him. The point guard run was on in Round 2, as four of the last five picks were ball handlers.

 

Round 3

 

29. Serge Ibaka PF ORL

30. D’Angelo Russell PG LAL

31. Eric Bledsoe G PHX

32. DeMar DeRozan G/F TOR

33. Brook Lopez C BKN

34. Derrick Favors F/C UTA

35. C.J. McCollum SG POR

36. Myles Turner F/C IND

37. Kevin Love PF CLE

38. Blake Griffin PF LAC

39. Mike Conley PG MEM

40. Rudy Gobert C UTA

41. Jeff Teague PG IND

42. Carmelo Anthony F NYK

 

Do I think Round 3 is too early for Russell? Yes. Would he have been there when I picked again? No way. I’ve been trying to get him in drafts this year and this was the first time I pulled it off. Sure, I might regret it, but I love the situation he’s in for the Lakers and think he’s going to have a big year. Malkmus said “this one’s for Mike Gallagher” in the chat room just before he scooped up Turner, while Jake ended up with the guy he always seems to end up with – Melo.

 

Round 4

 

43. Jonas Valanciunas C TOR

44. Andre Drummond C DET

45. Andrew Wiggins G/F MIN

46. Tobias Harris F DET

47. Aaron Gordon F ORL

48. Jae Crowder F BOS

49. Trevor Ariza G/F HOU

50. Goran Dragic PG MIA

51. Ricky Rubio PG MIN

52. Gorgui Dieng F/C MIN

53. Ryan Anderson PF HOU

54. Jabari Parker F MIL

55. Jusuf Nurkic C DEN

56. DeAndre Jordan C LAC

 

There was a bit of a center run in Round 4 and I’m officially all-in with the Nuggets bigs. Maybe I could have had Nurkic with my next pick, but with both Denver bigs on my team, I’m set at center. I was going to go forward here, but when Harris, Gordon, Crowder, Ariza, my man Ryno Anderson, and Parker all went, I said screw it and took Nurkic.

 

Round 5

 

57. Nikola Vucevic C ORL

58. Nicolas Batum G/F CHA

59. Avery Bradley SG BOS

60. Thaddeus Young PF IND

61. Evan Fournier SG ORL

62. Pau Gasol F/C SAN

63. Steven Adams C OKC

64. Marcin Gortat C WAS

65. Marc Gasol C MEM

66. Gordon Hayward G/F UTA

67. Otto Porter SF WAS

68. Dennis Schroder PG ATL

69. Devin Booker SG PHX

70. Zach LaVine G MIN

 

Sensing that I really needed a decent small forward before it was too late, I was thrilled to get Batum here. And I was sad to see LaVine scooped up with the last pick by Jake.

 

Round 6

 

71. Darren Collison PG SAC

72. Rudy Gay SF SAC

73. Enes Kanter F/C OKC

74. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson G/F BKN

75. Monta Ellis SG IND

76. Bradley Beal SG WAS

77. Robin Lopez C CHI

78. Nerlens Noel F/C PHI

79. Dirk Nowitzki PF DAL

80. Rajon Rondo PG CHI

81. Jordan Clarkson G LAL

82. Joel Embiid C PHI

83. Jeremy Lin PG BKN

84. Danilo Gallinari SF DEN

 

I was eyeing Kanter, Dirk and especially Clarkson here, and while I probably should have taken the human injury known as Gallinari, I decided to get another point guard instead. With Harden, D’Angelo and Lin, I should at least be competitive in assists. And I’m pretty certain Lin might play more games than the guys taken around him combined (Embiid/Gallinari). And for the record, I think Dirk was a steal at 78.

 

Round 7

 

85. Nikola Mirotic F CHI

86. Dwyane Wade SG CHI

87. Justise Winslow F MIA

88. Greg Monroe F/C MIL

89. Kent Bazemore G/F ATL

90. Danny Green G/F SAN

91. Wesley Matthews G/F DAL

92. George Hill PG UTA

93. Stanley Johnson F DET

94. Chandler Parsons F MEM

95. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG DET

96. Rodney Hood SG UTA

97. Dwight Howard F/C ATL

98. Brandon Knight G PHX

 

Wade qualifies as a F in Yahoo! leagues so I went ahead and grabbed him, possibly against my better judgment. But maybe, just maybe, he’ll stay healthy. I was queuing up Danny Green for my next pick, but Janet ruined that plan. 

 

Round 8

 

99. DeMarre Carroll F TOR

100. Julius Randle PF LAL

101. Dario Saric PF PHI

102. Tristan Thompson F/C CLE

103. Terrence Jones PF NOP

104. Elfrid Payton PG ORL

105. Gary Harris SG DEN

106. J.J. Redick SG LAC

107. Kenneth Faried PF DEN

108. Mason Plumlee C POR

109. Will Barton G/F DEN

110. Marcus Smart PG BOS

111. Harrison Barnes F DAL

112. Marvin Williams F CHA

 

I had Saric and Terrence Jones on my list, but I really thought I could get TJ a round or two later, but Slater was buying the same hype I was. Thankfully Janet took Faried so I didn’t have to think about it, and I was pretty happy to land Harry B at 109.

 

Round 9

 

113. J.R. Smith G/F CLE

114. Robert Covington SF PHI

115. Joakim Noah C NYK

116. Taj Gibson PF CHI

117. Zach Randolph PF MEM

118. Jahlil Okafor C PHI

119. Kyle Korver SG ATL

120. Al-Farouq Aminu F POR

121. Emmanuel Mudiay PG DEN

122. Reggie Jackson PG DET

123. Deron Williams PG DAL

124. Bismack Biyombo F/C ORL

125. Jrue Holiday PG NOP

124. Clint Capela C HOU

 

Covington was the final piece to my forward puzzle and I was happy to get him. Now I just hope he can somehow stay healthy. Reggie Jackson – oh how the mighty have fallen, and I doubt Yuri will be able to hang onto Holiday for too long in a daily lineup league.

 

Round 10

 

127. Patrick Beverley PG HOU

128. Courtney Lee SG NYK

129. Eric Gordon SG HOU

130. Mirza Teletovic F MIL

131. Roy Hibbert C CHA

132. Brandon Ingram SF LAL

133. Markieff Morris PF WAS

134. Derrick Rose PG NYK

135. Luol Deng F LAL

136. Tim Frazier PG NOP

137. Willie Cauley-Stein C SAC

138. Frank Kaminsky PF CHA

139. Jared Sullinger F/C TOR

140. Kris Dunn PG MIN

 

I seem to end up with Sullinger in every draft, and this was no exception. I liked Sticky’s Eric Gordon pick, am thankful I don’t have Hibbert or Rose on my team, and like the sneakiness of Frazier, who could start at PG until Holiday is back.

 

Round 11

 

141. Tyreke Evans SG NOP

142. Evan Turner G/F POR

143. Kelly Olynyk C BOS

144. Marcus Morris F DET

145. Seth Curry PG DAL

146. Buddy Hield SG NOP

147. Trey Lyles PF UTA

148. Matthew Dellavedova PG MIL

149. Ben Simmons PF PHI

150. Andrew Bogut C DAL

151. Allen Crabbe SG POR

152. Ish Smith PG DET

153. JaMychal Green PF MEM

154. Josh Richardson G/F MIA

 

Turner qualifies at G/F and I like his role in Portland. Curry and Crabbe are nice sleepers here, while I’m not sure Simmons and Richardson will still be rostered a couple weeks from now as they recover from their injuries. Injured players are tough to hold in this deeper daily league.

 

Round 12

 

155. Jamal Murray SG DEN

156. E’Twaun Moore G NOP

157. Brandon Jennings PG NYK

158. Ed Davis F/C POR

159. Lou Williams G LAL

160. Solomon Hill SF NOP

161. Tyler Johnson G MIA

162. Alex Len C PHX

163. T.J. Warren SF PHX

164. Bojan Bogdanovic G/F BKN

165. Dwight Powell PF DAL

166. Mario Hezonja SG ORL

167. Jamal Crawford SG LAC

168. Jerryd Bayless G PHI

 

I finished things up with Crawford, who somehow qualifies at SF in Yahoo! leagues. Jennings could end up playing a lot of PG if Rose can’t stay healthy, while Warren, Bogdanovic, Powell and Bayless are interesting sleepers.

 

Good luck in your drafts!!

Steve Alexander

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for NBC Sports Edge and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2020-21 NBA season marks (at least) his 20th year of covering fantasy hoops for NBC Sports. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.