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12-Team Mock Draft

by Ryan Knaus
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

This mock draft took place on Oct. 2 and offers a nice realistic mix of owners and picks. I was joined by my colleague Mike Gallagher and a group of Rotoworld readers, and since it was a Yahoo league it defaulted to 9-cat settings. There was one 'autodraft' spot for an owner who didn't show up, but as I said in the draft room, I don't mind having one auto. It's a good reminder that you simply cannot trust a site's pre-rankings if you hope to compete in a real league. Even the savviest waiver-wire moves and most aggressive streaming are unlikely to save you.

 

I'll offer brief comments on each round as we progress. For clarity's sake, here are the default Yahoo roster requirements: PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, C, UTIL, UTIL, Bench x3

 

Round 1
(1) Odaie - Anthony Davis (NO - PF,C) 
(2) Upper - Karl-Anthony Towns (Min - C) 
(3) Michael Gallagher - James Harden (Hou - PG,SG) 
(4) Ned Ryerson - Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil - SF,PF) 
(5) djmotwister - Nikola Jokic (Den - PF,C) 
(6) Ryan Knaus - Kevin Durant (GS - SF,PF) 
(7) blaise - Stephen Curry (GS - PG,SG) 
(8) Ben - Kawhi Leonard (Tor - SG,SF) 
(9) AutoDraft - LeBron James (LAL - SF,PF) 
(10) M - Russell Westbrook (OKC - PG) 
(11) Elijah - Damian Lillard (Por - PG) 
(12) David - Victor Oladipo (Ind - PG,SG) 

Anthony Davis going No. 1 overall is predictable. He's simply a fantasy behemoth whose usage should be sky-high without DeMarcus Cousins competing for touches. KAT at No. 2 is far less common, but I'm 100% on board. You don't often see Jokic at No. 5 but that's a reasonable spot for him, and I opted to grab KD over Steph at No. 6. I intentionally chose the sixth pick because you'll rarely draft the same player in consecutive mocks here -- it all depends what happens with 1-5.

 

Biggest surprise: Kawhi Leonard at No. 8. We were forced to drop him into the 15-20 range earlier this summer due to sheer uncertainty. Was he healthy? Was he willing to suit up for the Raptors, despite a clear preference to be playing in L.A.? That's changed due to his recent preseason debut and subsequent declaration that he's 'pain-free', but there's still inherent risk here, and No. 8 is the absolute highest I'd take him -- I'd prefer to go 'safe' with Lillard.

Best value: Speaking of Lillard, I love him at 11. But unless something goes haywire, it's hard to declare a real 'value pick' in the first round!

Reaching: Westbrook at No. 10 is sketchy. This is a 9-cat league so you're already taking a big hit for percentages and (especially) turnovers. Throw in WB's recent knee surgery and I'm not interested in him as a first-round pick.

 

Round 2
(1) David - Paul George (OKC - SG,SF) 
(2) Elijah - Joel Embiid (Phi - PF,C) 
(3) M - Ben Simmons (Phi - PG) 
(4) AutoDraft - Kemba Walker (Cha - PG) 
(5) Ben - Rudy Gobert (Uta - C) 
(6) blaise - Devin Booker (Pho - PG,SG) 
(7) Ryan Knaus - Donovan Mitchell (Uta - PG,SG) 
(8) djmotwister - Jimmy Butler (Min - SG,SF) 
(9) Ned Ryerson - Kyrie Irving (Bos - PG,SG) 
(10) Michael Gallagher - Kyle Lowry (Tor - PG) 
(11) Upper - Bradley Beal (Was - SG) 
(12) Odaie - John Wall (Was - PG) 

Biggest surprise: Kemba Walker being ranked so high on Yahoo. Don't get me wrong, I love Kemba and think he's an easy top-20 value. That said, at No. 16 there's no 'value' to me -- you're paying for his ceiling rather than his floor.

Best value: Jimmy Butler at No. 20 overall is a calculated gamble. He could burn owners if his holdout extends into the regular season, which increasingly seems like a possibility. Tom Thibodeau and the Wolves have staunchly refused to trade him without receiving tons of assets, but potential suitors aren't eager to unload young talent and draft picks -- Minnesota has no leverage and teams can always vie for Jimmy in free agency next summer. When he's active, though, he's basically a lock for top-20 value in any uniform.

Reaching: Ben Simmons at No. 15. Again, this is a 9-cat league...and Simmons made ZERO 3-pointers last season (0-of-11) while committing 3.4 turnovers and shooting 56.0% from the line. This owner previously took Westbrook, so the triple-double categories are stacked. Punting TOs is perfectly reasonable, but this already a punt-TOs-and-FT% build, so the margin for error as the draft progresses is extremely narrow.

 

 

Round 3
(1) Odaie - Andre Drummond (Det - PF,C) 
(2) Upper - Clint Capela (Hou - PF,C) 
(3) Michael Gallagher - Khris Middleton (Mil - SG,SF) 
(4) Ned Ryerson - Chris Paul (Hou - PG) 
(5) djmotwister - Jrue Holiday (NO - PG,SG) 
(6) Ryan Knaus - Myles Turner (Ind - PF,C) 
(7) blaise - Jarrett Allen (Bkn - PF,C) 
(8) Ben - Kevin Love (Cle - PF,C) 
(9) AutoDraft - CJ McCollum (Por - PG,SG) 
(10) M - LaMarcus Aldridge (SA - PF,C) 
(11) Elijah - Klay Thompson (GS - SG,SF) 
(12) David - Eric Bledsoe (Mil - PG,SG) 

Biggest surprise: Andre Drummond at No. 25. This is a strong pick, don't get me wrong -- Drummond lapped the league in rebounding last year, stepped up his dimes at 3.0 per game, and was a terrific source of defensive stats (1.5 steals, 1.6 blocks). Due to the 'if you draft him you're punting' factor, though, he's typically available a round or two later in 8-cat/9-cat leagues. With another team already punting FT% (Westbrook & Simmons) you know you'll be squabbling over the same poor-FT% guys the rest of the draft, which is why I didn't expect Drummond to come off the board so early.

Best value: Kevin Love. There's a case to be made for Chris Paul since he's a per-game beast who will crush his ADP if he stays healthy. With a combined 45 DNPs in the past two seasons, though, that's anything but assured. K-Love has his own injury concerns but is in a simply delicious spot for fantasy in 2018-19. He's in his prime and was just paid a mint to serve as the Cavs' No. 1 go-to guy -- it's not even close. Seriously, coach Ty Lue said recently that Rodney Hood might have to be the team's second-leading scorer. If Love stays healthy he could be an absolute monster.

Reaching: Jarrett Allen is built for fantasy, in certain respects. He's the rare center who won't hurt your FT% (77.6% last year) despite providing a huge boost in blocks and FG%. His game is still developing and the Nets want to feature him this season. My mild concerns stem from a lack of versatility. Allen won't hit 3-pointers, which is fine. But he also won't give you any assists, and he averaged a mere 0.7 steals per 36 minutes last season. I also doubt he'll approach 30 minutes per game, so I'm capping his upside (this season, at least) around top-50. To take him at No. 31 overall seems unnecessary, at best. Mike Gallagher vehemently disagrees with this paragraph. (The biggest reach in this round was C.J. McCollum but that's to be expected from the auto-draft.)

 

Round 4
(1) David - Tobias Harris (LAC - SF,PF) 
(2) Elijah - John Collins (Atl - PF,C) 
(3) M - Draymond Green (GS - PF,C) 
(4) AutoDraft - Otto Porter Jr. (Was - SF,PF) 
(5) Ben - Aaron Gordon (Orl - SF,PF) 
(6) blaise - Gary Harris (Den - SG,SF) 
(7) Ryan Knaus - Al Horford (Bos - PF,C) 
(8) djmotwister - Mike Conley (Mem - PG) 
(9) Ned Ryerson - DeMar DeRozan (SA - SG,SF) 
(10) Michael Gallagher - Jamal Murray (Den - PG,SG) 
(11) Upper - Robert Covington (Phi - SF,PF) 
(12) Odaie - Josh Richardson (Mia - PG,SG) 

Biggest surprise: Mike Conley at No. 44. The injuries are piling up for the 11-year veteran, who enters this season on the wrong side of 30 years. Can he hit top-40 value per game? Obviously, yes...especially with the startling lack of depth/talent in Memphis. Do I trust him to stay on the court, particularly late in the season when the Grizzlies will likely be tanking? Not at all.

Best value: Otto Porter. Hats off to the auto-draft here...there's nothing particularly 'fun' about owning Otto, but he's a 9-cat machine. The Wizards are literally begging him to take more shots, particularly 3-pointers, and I'll be surprised if he doesn't take another statistical step forward this year. He's still just 25 years old and every single year in the league he's improved his points, 3PT%, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Oh, and he's never averaged more than 1.0 turnovers per game. Ridiculous. (Jamal Murray and J-Rich deserve a mention as values here, too.)

Reaching: My own Al Horford pick. He's falling into the 60+ range in some drafts, at which point there's automatic value -- especially in 9-cat, where he thrives. It wasn't necessary for me to grab him in the 4th round, though, and in retrospect I should have gone with a big like Ayton.

 

Round 5
(1) Odaie - Jeff Teague (Min - PG) 
(2) Upper - Jayson Tatum (Bos - SF,PF) 
(3) Michael Gallagher - Deandre Ayton (Pho - C) 
(4) Ned Ryerson - Marc Gasol (Mem - C) 
(5) djmotwister - Hassan Whiteside (Mia - C) 
(6) Ryan Knaus - Taurean Prince (Atl - SF) 
(7) blaise - Gordon Hayward (Bos - SG,SF) 
(8) Ben - Lou Williams (LAC - PG,SG) 
(9) AutoDraft - Blake Griffin (Det - PF,C) 
(10) M - Zach LaVine (Chi - PG,SG) 
(11) Elijah - Ricky Rubio (Uta - PG) 
(12) David - Will Barton (Den - SG,SF) 

Biggest surprise: Jeff Teague kicking off the round. He's a rock-solid fantasy guard and should benefit if/when Jimmy Butler is traded. Still, I can't see him being a 'value' at No. 49 overall...and there's still the uncertainty of whom the Wolves will take back in a potential Butler deal. With Tyus Jones and Derrick Rose already in the mix, one more rotation-ready guard could make this a situation to avoid.

Best value: Will Barton at No. 60 is a strong spot. I've made the case for him elsewhere, in blurbs, podcasts and columns, so I won't repeat myself. But yeah, outside of the top-50 I think Barton is automatic.

Reaching: I'm far lower on Hayward than most owners, apparently. He's consistently going in the 40-60 range but I just don't see it. At his peak, Hayward was a top-35 roto value in 34+ minutes per game. But he's coming off a major injury and (perhaps more importantly) playing on a stacked team with a coach who's unafraid to spread minutes around -- nobody averaged more than 32.2 minutes for the Celtics last year. I'll let someone else roll the dice in Rds. 4-5.

 

Round 6
(1) David - Dejounte Murray (SA - PG) 
(2) Elijah - Lauri Markkanen (Chi - PF) 
(3) M - DeAndre Jordan (Dal - C) 
(4) AutoDraft - Joe Ingles (Uta - SG,SF) 
(5) Ben - Nikola Vucevic (Orl - PF,C) 
(6) blaise - Kyle Anderson (Mem - SG,SF) 
(7) Ryan Knaus - Dennis Smith Jr. (Dal - PG,SG) 
(8) djmotwister - Enes Kanter (NY - C) 
(9) Ned Ryerson - Paul Millsap (Den - PF,C) 
(10) Michael Gallagher - Wendell Carter Jr. (Chi - C) 
(11) Upper - Jonathan Isaac (Orl - PF) 
(12) Odaie - Steven Adams (OKC - C) 

Biggest surprise: My pick of Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 67 overall was a curveball. I typically loathe players who tank percentages, yet there I was drafting a player in the middle rounds who shot 39.5% from the field last year, and 69.4% from the line. Yikes. I'm banking on all-around improvement from DSJ, better shot selection, and easier opportunities with Doncic creating plays and DeAndre's lob threat keeping rim-protectors honest.

Best value: I love Kyle Anderson as much as anyone, but I'll give the nod to Vucevic here. Vuc has been inside the top-50 for 9-cat in six consecutive seasons. He's had occasional injury issues but nothing chronic or particularly worrisome, so to land him at No. 65 overall is a no-brainer. The Magic will be bad and they drafted Mo Bamba, and could float Vuc in trade talks -- but as long as he's earning 28-32 minutes somewhere, he's a top-50 guy.

Reaching: Lauri Markkanen at No. 62 overall. I have no doubt that he'll be great when healthy, and should cruise toward top-40 roto value on a per-game basis. I'm not super keen on big men who can hurt your FG% and won't contribute many defensive stats, though, and he's entering the season with a fairly serious elbow injury. This is too high for my tastes. Also a reach: Enes Kanter.

 

Round 7
(1) Odaie - Luka Doncic (Dal - PG) 
(2) Upper - D'Angelo Russell (Bkn - PG,SG) 
(3) Michael Gallagher - Jonas Valanciunas (Tor - C) 
(4) Ned Ryerson - Goran Dragic (Mia - PG,SG) 
(5) djmotwister - Kris Dunn (Chi - PG,SG) 
(6) Ryan Knaus - Brook Lopez (Mil - C) 
(7) blaise - Jaren Jackson Jr. (Mem - PF) 
(8) Ben - Serge Ibaka (Tor - PF,C) 
(9) AutoDraft - Lonzo Ball (LAL - PG) 
(10) M - Dwight Howard (Was - PF,C) 
(11) Elijah - Dario Saric (Phi - PF,C) 
(12) David - Jordan Bell (GS - PF,C) 

Biggest surprise: Mike taking JV early in the 7th round was a big surprise to me. A featured role with the second unit isn't a bad thing for his fantasy outlook, though, and he was a top-75 value last year in a mere 22.4 minutes per game.

Best value: I'll give myself props for Brook Lopez here. His fantasy stock has plummeted after a down year in L.A., but he no longer has to worry about spurious rest days on a tanking team. The Bucks want him to fire away from deep and I expect him to post a new career-high in triples (currently 1.8 per game) with enough boards and blocks to hit mid-round value. Remember, this is a guy who posted top-40 value for five straight seasons with the Nets, and who has averaged a mere 8.5 DNPs over the past four years. Give me that all day.

Reaching: Jordan Bell. I've touted his per-minute stats and I'm on board with drafting him, but not this early. Damian Jones looks like the favored starting center until DeMarcus Cousins is healthy, and the Warriors can run a wide array of small lineups that don't include Bell. You might have to grab him in Rds. 7-8 if you really want him, but I prefer to see if he'll slide to me even later.

 

Round 8
(1) David - Buddy Hield (Sac - SG) 
(2) Elijah - Nicolas Batum (Cha - SG,SF) 
(3) M - Andrew Wiggins (Min - SG,SF) 
(4) AutoDraft - Nikola Mirotic (NO - SF,PF) 
(5) Ben - Patrick Beverley (LAC - PG,SG) 
(6) blaise - Markelle Fultz (Phi - PG,SG) 
(7) Ryan Knaus - Julius Randle (NO - PF,C) 
(8) djmotwister - Brandon Ingram (LAL - SG,SF) 
(9) Ned Ryerson - Tim Hardaway Jr. (NY - SG,SF) 
(10) Michael Gallagher - Jusuf Nurkic (Por - C) 
(11) Upper - Larry Nance Jr. (Cle - PF,C) 
(12) Odaie - Tyreke Evans (Ind - PG,SG) 

Biggest surprise: Patrick Beverley in Round 8. I love watching Bev play but there are so many questions here...where will he end up after the trade deadline? The Clippers backcourt is overflowing and he's on an affordable, expiring deal -- I'll be shocked if he finishes the year in L.A. How healthy is Bev after missing most of the 2017-18 season, and can he finally stay healthy? Doubtful.

Best value: I kinda like the gamble on Markelle Fultz, even if I don't intend to own him in many leagues -- I want my overall exposure to him around 10%. If we're betting on emerging talents, give me Brandon Ingram. The Lakers are playing a sort of position-less basketball that should lead to plenty of easy buckets for Ingram...LeBron, Lonzo and Rondo will be constantly feeding him. Ingram only needs to improve his FT shooting and chip in more supporting stats to surge toward mid-round (dare I say early-round?) value.

Reaching: AutoDraft had Nikola Mirotic here, which is a reach. I'd rather have his teammate Julius Randle. I dislike his lack of statistical versatility, particularly on defense, but he's growing on me as a playmaking monster with a huge FG% boost.

 

Round 9
(1) Odaie - JaVale McGee (LAL - C) 
(2) Upper - Evan Fournier (Orl - SG,SF) 
(3) Michael Gallagher - Caris LeVert (Bkn - SF) 
(4) Ned Ryerson - Kevin Knox (NY - SF,PF) 
(5) djmotwister - Eric Gordon (Hou - SG) 
(6) Ryan Knaus - De'Aaron Fox (Sac - PG) 
(7) blaise - Kelly Olynyk (Mia - PF,C) 
(8) Ben - JJ Redick (Phi - SG) 
(9) AutoDraft - Harrison Barnes (Dal - SF,PF) 
(10) M - Elfrid Payton (NO - PG) 
(11) Elijah - Dennis Schroder (OKC - PG) 
(12) David - Terry Rozier (Bos - PG,SG) 

Biggest surprise: JaVale McGee and Kelly Olynyk being drafted in Round 9. I have both tagged as late-round sleepers, but mostly in the 100-120 range. In most leagues, I'd assume you can get them later (see below).

Best value: I'm loving LeVert and this was a great spot for Mike to snag him, but I'll go with Evan Fournier. Mario Hezonja is gone and the Magic simply don't have many scoring options, with up-and-coming guys like J. Isaac and Bamba focused on the defensive end. Head coach Steve Clifford has raved about Fournier and I'm not too worried about his 35 DNPs last year becoming a trend...he let me down last season but is quickly moving up my draft board again.

Reaching: I see a few reaches here...I'm shockingly selling myself on the idea of JaVale McGee as a fantasy asset in L.A., but he could have been taken two rounds later. My pick of De'Aaron Fox was a bit of a high-stakes gamble...Olynyk is a solid pick but again, could have been had in Rd. 11...J.J. Redick's value is tethered almost entirely to 3-point shooting, where's the upside?...I can be sold on Elfrid Payton, almost, but don't want anything to do with Dennis Schroder.

Round 10
(1) David - Jakob Poeltl (SA - C) 
(2) Elijah - Rudy Gay (SA - SF,PF) 
(3) M - Thaddeus Young (Ind - SF,PF) 
(4) AutoDraft - Dewayne Dedmon (Atl - C) 
(5) Ben - Trevor Ariza (Pho - SG,SF) 
(6) blaise - Mohamed Bamba (Orl - C) 
(7) Ryan Knaus - Mario Hezonja (NY - SG,SF) 
(8) djmotwister - Jabari Parker (Chi - SF,PF) 
(9) Ned Ryerson - Kyle Kuzma (LAL - SF,PF) 
(10) Michael Gallagher - Josh Jackson (Pho - SG,SF) 
(11) Upper - Darren Collison (Ind - PG,SG) 
(12) Odaie - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Bkn - SF,PF) 

Biggest surprise: When Rudy Gay was drafted early in the 10th round, I didn't hate it...and that surprised me. He's 32 years old and has a surgically-repaired Achilles, so I don't expect him to be anything like the fantasy stud he once was. Nevertheless, this is a guy who cracked the top-150 last season (per-game) in only 21.6 minutes. He looks healthy and should get enough touches to flirt with top-100 value. Gay isn't a guy I'm targeting, but I'm rooting for him.

Best value: Mike deserves this one for plucking Josh Jackson out of the heap. Devastatingly bad percentages aside, Jackson has all the tools to stuff the stat sheet -- especially on a team like Phoenix, which is unleashing their young talent. I wish I'd taken him and regret my Hezonja pick...he's still in play for fantasy, but Knox at SF is really spoiling his upside.

Reaching: Thaddeus Young. The veteran PF admitted recently that he's likely to play fewer minutes this season, as Indy seeks to keep Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis on the court more often. His incredible durability is a big plus here, and this owner wasn't concerned about FT%, but I still can't get excited about Thad this season.

 

Round 11
(1) Odaie - Willie Cauley-Stein (Sac - PF,C) 
(2) Upper - Trae Young (Atl - PG) 
(3) Michael Gallagher - Bobby Portis (Chi - PF,C) 
(4) Ned Ryerson - Montrezl Harrell (LAC - PF,C) 
(5) djmotwister - Danilo Gallinari (LAC - SF,PF) 
(6) Ryan Knaus - Collin Sexton (Cle - PG
(7) blaise - DeMarcus Cousins (GS - PF,C) 
(8) Ben - Avery Bradley (LAC - PG,SG) 
(9) AutoDraft - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (LAL - SG,SF) 
(10) M - Kent Bazemore (Atl - SG,SF) 
(11) Elijah - Cedi Osman (Cle - SF,PF) 
(12) David - Allen Crabbe (Bkn - SG,SF) 

Biggest surprise: I thought Collin Sexton would be drafted higher, especially in mocks with RW readers eager for unknown upside (Mike's preferred brand). I'm not super sold on him as a 9-cat value and think he'll fare better in points leagues, but the touches will be there and he should be unleashed late in the season. Worth a shot in Rd. 11.

Best value: DeMarcus Cousins at No. 127. He should probably be closer to the 100-mark, but in fairness it's never flashy to draft an injured guy in a mock draft! Honorable mention goes to Danilo Gallinari...in Rd. 11 there's simply zero risk and a ton of upside. He's a potential top-50 player when healthy, Doc Rivers seems to love him, and I'm suddenly targeting him in my drafts (especially those with IR spots).

Reaching: Montrezl Harrell has been on my low-end 'guys to watch' list all summer. I've been enamored with his per-minute production, but maybe I'm just blinded by his 63.5% shooting, which I love. On a per-36-minute basis, he averaged 2.1 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.0 triples, with a mediocre 8.5 rebounds. Throw in his 62.6% FT shooting, and I'm no longer very interested even if he does force a true timeshare with Marcin Gortat.

 

Round 12
(1) David - Mitchell Robinson (NY - C) 
(2) Elijah - Malcolm Brogdon (Mil - PG,SG) 
(3) M - Reggie Jackson (Det - PG,SG) 
(4) AutoDraft - Fred VanVleet (Tor - PG) 
(5) Ben - D.J. Augustin (Orl - PG) 
(6) blaise - Frank Ntilikina (NY - PG) 
(7) Ryan Knaus - Kristaps Porzingis (NY - PF,C) 
(8) djmotwister - Bogdan Bogdanovic (Sac - SG,SF) 
(9) Ned Ryerson - Rodney Hood (Cle - SG,SF) 
(10) Michael Gallagher - Tyus Jones (Min - PG) 
(11) Upper - Willy Hernangomez (Cha - C) 
(12) Odaie - Jerami Grant (OKC - SF,PF) 

Biggest surprise: Bogdanovic went too early given his recent knee surgery and coach Joerger's quote that he'll "wait longer than he should" before returning. Yikes. The biggest surprise, though, was Mike passing on Willy Hernangomez for Tyus Jones. I get stashing Jones, especially considering the Butler uncertainty, but Mike has gone all-in for Willy over the past few weeks -- I thought for sure he'd scoop him here.

Best value: I'm digging Mitchell Robinson, who continues to impress after a fantastic Summer League. The Knicks are going to get him minutes sooner, rather than later, and his defensive presence is such a stark contrast to Enes Kanter.

Reaching: Frank Ntilikina doesn't intrigue me very much. I took him in a Dynasty league this summer, but in re-draft I simply don't see how he can make enough improvements to help you -- 36.4% FGs, 72.1% FTs, and not enough assists or steals to make up the difference. The fact that Trey Burke could hold onto the starting PG job doesn't help.

Round 13
(1) Odaie - Jeremy Lamb (Cha - SG,SF) 
(2) Upper - Bam Adebayo (Mia - PF,C) 
(3) Michael Gallagher - Harry Giles (Sac - PF,C) 
(4) Ned Ryerson - Trey Burke (NY - PG) 
(5) djmotwister - Jaylen Brown (Bos - SG,SF) 
(6) Ryan Knaus - Derrick White (SA - PG) 
(7) blaise - Zach Collins (Por - PF,C) 
(8) Ben - James Johnson (Mia - SF,PF) 
(9) AutoDraft - Dirk Nowitzki (Dal - PF,C) 
(10) M - Carmelo Anthony (Hou - SF,PF) 
(11) Elijah - Miles Bridges (Cha - SF) 
(12) David - Isaiah Thomas (Den - PG) 

 

Biggest surprise: Bam Adebayo hasn't been drafted in any 12-team league I've joined, prior to this...if the owner had previously taken Hassan Whiteside, I might understand it as an insurance play. But that's not the case.

Best value: James Johnson could be an absolute steal this late in the draft. He's coming off a down year due to injuries but should be fully healthy early in the season (he's still iffy for the opener).

Reaching: It's the final round of the draft, so there really are no 'reaches'...but Zach Collins is a longshot. Harry Giles intrigues me but the Kings' frontcourt is so messy, coach Joerger is infuriating, and he said recently, "[Giles] is getting healthy and hopefully we’ll see his growth over the next two or three years." That's extremely problematic in re-draft leagues.

Ryan Knaus
Despite residing in Portland, Maine, Ryan Knaus remains a heartbroken Sonics fan who longs for the days of Shawn Kemp and Xavier McDaniel. He has written for Rotoworld.com since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter.