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Mock Draft: Dynasty

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

Dynasty league drafts are a ton of fun, and this recent mock draft was no exception. Owners are typically thinking 3-5 years ahead, at a minimum, so youth comes at a premium on draft day -- Carmelo Anthony was the first player over 30 years old to be selected, and he didn't come off the board until pick No. 56.

 

We operated with a standard 13-player Yahoo! roster -- PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, C, UTIL, UTIL, BENCH, BENCH, BENCH.

 

The format, beyond being Dynasty, was a typical 8-cat, H2H league. All players drafted are yours in perpetuity unless you trade or cut them. A rolling free-agent priority list is available in-season, and the assumption is that each year we would have a mini-draft for rookies and free agents. With those basic ground rules in place, let's see what happened.

 

Round 1

 

 

1

Anthony Davis(NO - PF,C)

Jared Johnson

2

Stephen Curry(GS - PG,SG)

Galin Dragiev

3

James Harden(Hou - SG,SF)

BrianN's Team

4

Kevin Durant(OKC - SF,PF)

Ryan Knaus

5

Kawhi Leonard(SA - SG,SF)

Thai Nguyen

6

LeBron James(Cle - SF,PF)

Danny Stokes

7

DeMarcus Cousins(Sac - PF,C)

Aaron Bruski

8

Russell Westbrook(OKC - PG)

Matt Satten

9

Damian Lillard(Por - PG)

Jonas Nader

10

John Wall(Was - PG)

Ethan Norof

11

Jimmy Butler(Chi - SG,SF)

Michael Gallagher

12

Klay Thompson(GS - SG,SF)

Ed Isaacson

 

With No. 1 fantasy potential oozing out of every pore, the 23-year-old Davis is the easiest pick in the draft, and even Jared (who loves Steph Curry) didn't have to think about this pick. LeBron James at No. 6 is the first mild surprise. He's 30 years old and has plenty of mileage, and slipped outside of the top-5 in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues last year, for the first time since the 2006-07 season. He's as durable as they come but still missed 13 games last season.

 

The rest of the first round was unexceptional for a Dynasty league, which a host of young studs flying off the board in quick succession. Not a single complaint can be lodged here.

 

Round 2

 

 

1

Chris Paul(LAC - PG)

Ed Isaacson

2

Rudy Gobert(Uta - C)

Michael Gallagher

3

Andre Drummond(Det - PF,C)

Ethan Norof

4

Karl-Anthony Towns(Min - C)

Jonas Nader

5

Kyrie Irving(Cle - PG,SG)

Matt Satten

6

Draymond Green(GS - SF,PF)

Aaron Bruski

7

Paul George(Ind - SG,SF)

Danny Stokes

8

Serge Ibaka(OKC - PF,C)

Thai Nguyen

9

Nerlens Noel(Phi - PF,C)

Ryan Knaus

10

Al Horford(Atl - PF,C)

BrianN's Team

11

DeAndre Jordan(LAC - C)

Galin Dragiev

12

Blake Griffin(LAC - PF,C)

Jared Johnson

 

Chris Paul was the second 30-year-old to be drafted, going to Ed at No. 13 overall. CP3's stellar assist-to-turnover ratio is wasted in 8-cat but he should still be a reliable top-10 value for years to come. I didn't think Gobert would last this long, and unsurprisingly Gallagher scooped him up with his second pick. The sky's the limit. Ethan secured the 22-year-old Drummond with the next pick, essentially adopting a punt-FT% approach for the next decade. Drummond should be the No. 1 fantasy player with FT% excluded, so the logic is apparent, and he proceeded to add guys like Dwight Howard, Ed Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. It's hard to intentionally lose one of eight categories every week, but if you're going to try it Drummond is the best building block in Dynasty leagues (DeAndre Drummond, who went to Galin eight picks later, is five years older than Drummond).

 

Karl-Anthony Towns was a great gamble by Jonas -- he's highly unlikely to reach this valuation as a rookie, but could prove to be an absolute steal as the seasons progress. Kyrie Irving's likely limitations this year due to knee surgery are minimized in the long-view, hence Satten's willingness to lock him up at No. 17 overall. The same holds true for Paul George, taken two picks later by Danny.

 

Draymond Green, Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin are all nice picks entering their prime years, and I was thrilled to get Nerlens Noel late in the second round. Over his final 40 games last season, the 21-year-old Noel averaged 11.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.2 blocks, with 48.9% FGs and 66.9% FTs. The free throws take a toll but not as much as many other elite centers, and his upside is still a matter of conjecture.

 

Round 3

 

 

1

Victor Oladipo(Orl - PG,SG)

Jared Johnson

2

Kevin Love(Cle - PF,C)

Galin Dragiev

3

Eric Bledsoe(Pho - PG,SG)

BrianN's Team

4

Giannis Antetokounmpo(Mil - SF,PF)

Ryan Knaus

5

Nikola Vucevic(Orl - PF,C)

Thai Nguyen

6

Marc Gasol(Mem - C)

Danny Stokes

7

Andrew Wiggins(Min - SG,SF)

Aaron Bruski

8

LaMarcus Aldridge(SA - PF,C)

Matt Satten

9

Gordon Hayward(Uta - SG,SF)

Jonas Nader

10

Jahlil Okafor(Phi - C)

Ethan Norof

11

Tobias Harris(Orl - SF,PF)

Michael Gallagher

12

Hassan Whiteside(Mia - C)

Ed Isaacson

 

I had three players at the top of my queue heading into Round 3 -- Victor Oladipo, Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo. I was almost relieved to have the decision made for me with Jared and Brian sniping two of those preferred picks, and the Alphabet is another prototypical target in Dynasty leagues -- he's 20 years old, can play multiple positions, contributes on both ends of the court, and is already slowly expanding his shooting range.

 

Gasol and Aldridge, both 30 years old, are still reasonable picks in Round 3, but the youth movement once again carried the round. Wiggins and Okafor in particular saw a huge bump from their typical valuation in re-draft leagues, while Vucevic, Harris and Whiteside offer a mixture of immediate results and youth (ages 24, 23 and 26, respectively).

 

Round 4

 

 

1

Emmanuel Mudiay(Den - PG)

Ed Isaacson

2

Nicolas Batum(Cha - SG,SF)

Michael Gallagher

3

Khris Middleton(Mil - SG,SF)

Ethan Norof

4

D'Angelo Russell(LAL - PG)

Jonas Nader

5

Jabari Parker(Mil - SF,PF)

Matt Satten

6

Goran Dragic(Mia - PG,SG)

Aaron Bruski

7

Derrick Favors(Uta - PF,C)

Danny Stokes

8

Zach LaVine(Min - PG)

Thai Nguyen

9

Kemba Walker(Cha - PG)

Ryan Knaus

10

Reggie Jackson(Det - PG,SG)

BrianN's Team

11

Elfrid Payton(Orl - PG)

Galin Dragiev

12

Paul Millsap(Atl - PF,C)

Jared Johnson

 

I'm going to pause at this point to say: I'm not being critical of many picks because this was a really solid group of GMs who knew what they were doing. We were sniping each other left and right, very few young talents slipped through the cracks, and it wasn't until the late rounds that I had real skepticism about certain picks, etc. Let's press on with Round 4!

 

Ed is the Rotoworld-NBA draft guru so I inherently give credence to his selection of Emmanuel Mudiay over D'Angelo Russell, especially since he's drafting for the future and not simply this season (when Mudiay should be given free reign with Jameer Nelson as his only real competition). Khris Middleton is perpetually underrated, Derrick Favors is still only 24 and gets better every year, and we haven't seen the best from either Reggie Jackson (25) or Elfrid Payton (21). Thai's decision to take Zach LaVine was a head-scratcher, simply because there was so much young talent with more proven fantasy track-records on the board (R-Jax and Payton among them). Even with turnovers excluded for 8-cat, LaVine didn't crack the top-120 last season on a per-minute basis.

 

If you're going to draft a 30-year-old with borderline first-round talent, Jared showed how it should be done by selecting Paul Millsap at No. 48 overall.

 

Round 5

 

 

1

Jeff Teague(Atl - PG)

Jared Johnson

2

Brandon Knight(Pho - PG,SG)

Galin Dragiev

3

Jonas Valanciunas(Tor - C)

BrianN's Team

4

Greg Monroe(Mil - PF,C)

Ryan Knaus

5

Mike Conley(Mem - PG)

Thai Nguyen

6

Kyle Lowry(Tor - PG)

Danny Stokes

7

Michael Carter-Williams(Mil - PG)

Aaron Bruski

8

Carmelo Anthony(NY - SF,PF)

Matt Satten

9

Nikola Mirotic(Chi - SF,PF)

Jonas Nader

10

Dwight Howard(Hou - PF,C)

Ethan Norof

11

Kristaps Porzingis(NY - PF)

Michael Gallagher

12

Kenneth Faried(Den - PF,C)

Ed Isaacson

 

I absolutely love Greg Monroe's potential as a centerpiece in the Bucks' frontcourt -- he was phenomenal after the All-Star break with Detroit last year, despite being paired with Drummond, and I'm eager to see what the 25-year-old will do over the next few seasons. Valanciunas could also be a steal if he improves defensively and convinces coach Dwane Casey to play him more than 26 minutes per game -- it helps that the Raptors have financial incentive to do so, having given him a four-year, $64 million extension.

 

We see a slight pivot toward somewhat older, established players in this round. Mike Conley, Kyle Lowry, Melo and Dwight all went off the board, as the allure of guaranteed value started to outweigh unquantified potential. As with the Millsap pick, you can't argue with Satten finally taking Carmelo this late in the draft. That said, we still saw above-re-draft values for guys like Brandon Knight, MCW, Mirotic and especially Porzingis. KP (who said that he doesn't like the nickname 'Zinger') is one of those guys with as-yet-unknowable potential, but his athleticism and skills, verified by all available video of him, suggest that he'll be a beast in a few years.

 

Round 6

 

 

1

Bradley Beal(Was - SG)

Ed Isaacson

2

C.J. McCollum(Por - PG,SG)

Michael Gallagher

3

Marcus Smart(Bos - PG)

Ethan Norof

4

Terrence Jones(Hou - SF,PF)

Jonas Nader

5

Brook Lopez(Bkn - C)

Matt Satten

6

Chris Bosh(Mia - PF,C)

Aaron Bruski

7

Willie Cauley-Stein(Sac - C)

Danny Stokes

8

Steven Adams(OKC - C)

Thai Nguyen

9

Tyreke Evans(NO - PG,SG)

Ryan Knaus

10

Danilo Gallinari(Den - SF)

BrianN's Team

11

Ricky Rubio(Min - PG)

Galin Dragiev

12

Isaiah Thomas(Bos - PG)

Jared Johnson

 

Beal at No. 61 overall in  Dynasty league is a complete steal for Ed. Stress reactions in his legs have limited Beal for three straight years, but the Wizards have taken a cautious tack and it's easy to forget that Beal just turned 22 years old in June. He skated inside the top-100 for 8-cat value each of the past two years, on a cumulative basis, and the best is yet to come.

 

Gallagher offered up a "what the hell, it's just a mock" comment before taking C.J. McCollum one pick after Beal, but it's by no means a casual selection. Mike's convictions about McCollum's potential are well-founded. He's improved in every single category last season, even reducing his personal fouls and turnovers despite increased minutes. He shot nearly 40% from downtown last season, has worked hard to improve his ball-handling and play-making this summer, and he should step into a massive role for the Blazers' gutted 2015-16 iteration. Should McCollum go this high in a re-draft league? No. But it's a solid bet in Dynasty.

 

Terrence Jones is one of fellow RW-writer Jonas Nader's favorite targets this year, and he was a nice pick at No. 64 overall. T-Jones is 23 years old. The nerve issue in his leg which caused him to miss 49 games last year was a complete fluke, and he missed only six games the previous season. He contributes in all of the typical big-man categories and the only real negative is his FT shooting (60.6% last year). He'd be a slam-dunk at this draft position in a 9-cat Dynasty league, since he doesn't turn the ball over.

 

Round 7

 

 

1

Gorgui Dieng(Min - PF,C)

Jared Johnson

2

Otto Porter(Was - SF)

Galin Dragiev

3

Rudy Gay(Sac - SF,PF)

BrianN's Team

4

Myles Turner(Ind - C)

Ryan Knaus

5

DeMar DeRozan(Tor - SG,SF)

Thai Nguyen

6

Justise Winslow(Mia - SF)

Danny Stokes

7

Mario Hezonja(Orl - SG)

Aaron Bruski

8

Joel Embiid(Phi - C)

Matt Satten

9

Jusuf Nurkic(Den - C)

Jonas Nader

10

Jordan Clarkson(LAL - PG)

Ethan Norof

11

Aaron Gordon(Orl - PF)

Michael Gallagher

12

Stanley Johnson(Det - SF)

Ed Isaacson

 

Gorgui Dieng could be a value-pick at No. 73 overall in a re-draft league, and he's a terrific pick in Dynasty, as the 25-year-old has already supplanted injury-ravaged Nikola Pekovic on the Wolves' depth chart. Rudy Gay is another solid pick this late, and Thai did well to lock up the 26-year-old DeRozan in the seventh round -- DeRozan's value dipped last season, largely due to his 41.3% shooting, but he still cracked the top-75 in 8-cat leagues.

 

The youth movement continued with four rookies (Turner, Winslow, Hezonja and Johnson), as well as Jordan Clarkson and Aaron Gordon. Myles Turner drew the most sighs from opposing owners hoping he'd fall to them, and his upside is tantalizing. He already has a starting job as a rookie and managed to average 10.1 points, 6.5 boards and 2.6 blocks in just 22.2 minutes with Texas last year.

 

Round 8

 

 

1

Roy Hibbert(LAL - C)

Ed Isaacson

2

Marcin Gortat(Was - C)

Michael Gallagher

3

Derrick Rose(Chi - PG)

Ethan Norof

4

Chandler Parsons(Dal - SF,PF)

Jonas Nader

5

Monta Ellis(Ind - PG,SG)

Matt Satten

6

Pau Gasol(Chi - PF,C)

Aaron Bruski

7

Al Jefferson(Cha - PF,C)

Danny Stokes

8

Dennis Schroder(Atl - PG)

Thai Nguyen

9

Ty Lawson(Hou - PG)

Ryan Knaus

10

Danny Green(SA - SG,SF)

BrianN's Team

11

Rodney Hood(Uta - SG,SF)

Galin Dragiev

12

Julius Randle(LAL - PF)

Jared Johnson

 

At 28 years old I'm not confident that Roy Hibbert can turn things around and produce consistently for an entire season, let alone multiple seasons, but it's not a bad gamble by Ed, who added some big-man insurance behind Hassan Whiteside and Kenneth Faried. I'm all about Gortat in re-draft leagues but wasn't sad to see the 31 year old go to Mike with the 86th pick. Pau Gasol proved last season (again this summer at EuroBasket) that he has gas in the tank, but at age 35 his immediate value is nearly eclipsed by the looming end of his career.

 

Big Al Jefferson has steadily declined in recent seasons but still possesses enough fantasy oomph to be worthy of a pick this late, and I love Brian's Danny Green pick. Green is better in 9-cat thanks to his non-existent turnovers, but it's still shocking to see him fall this far in a Dynasty format. Rodney Hood is another underrated talent, a 6'8" shooting guard who averaged 11.8 points, 1.6 threes, 2.1 assists and 0.8 steals in only 24.1 minutes after the break last season. Don't sleep on him.

 

Round 9

 

 

1

DeMarre Carroll(Tor - SF,PF)

Jared Johnson

2

Meyers Leonard(Por - PF,C)

Galin Dragiev

3

Nik Stauskas(Phi - SG)

BrianN's Team

4

Enes Kanter(OKC - C)

Ryan Knaus

5

Ryan Anderson(NO - PF,C)

Thai Nguyen

6

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope(Det - SG)

Danny Stokes

7

Tim Duncan(SA - PF,C)

Aaron Bruski

8

Robert Covington(Phi - SG,SF)

Matt Satten

9

Trevor Ariza(Hou - SG,SF)

Jonas Nader

10

George Hill(Ind - PG,SG)

Ethan Norof

11

Jrue Holiday(NO - PG)

Michael Gallagher

12

Harrison Barnes(GS - SF,PF)

Ed Isaacson

 

Mike's only PG-eligible player through eight rounds was C.J. McCollum, so he rolled the dice on the 25-year-old Holiday. He may be a headache this season due to a minute-limit and possible rest days, but in the long-view he's a solid value outside of the top-100.

 

In addition to a handful of established-value veterans (Ariza, Carroll, Anderson, etc.), Tim Duncan finally went to Bruski with pick No. 103. He already had Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, Goran Dragic, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins, and he went on to add Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant in the next two rounds. With so many teams emphasizing youth and upside over players who can produce in 2015-16, Bruski would easily be the favorite to win the championship this year.

 

The 24-year-old Covington proved to be a tremendous pickup for fantasy owners last year, and he certainly warrants a pick around the century mark, but there is some risk. Even the free-wheeling 76ers only played him 27.3 minutes after the All-Star break, and he shot 39.5% on the season with the vast majority of his value coming from 3-pointers (he also contributed in steals and FT%). Covington rarely created his own shots and when he did put the ball on the floor his shooting percentages dipped even further to 34.7% (one dribble) and 36.5% (two dribbles). Hopefully we'll see his offensive game evolve this year.

 

Round 10

 

 

1

Nemanja Bjelica(Min - PF)

Ed Isaacson

2

Alec Burks(Uta - PG,SG)

Michael Gallagher

3

Ed Davis(Por - PF,C)

Ethan Norof

4

Alex Len(Pho - C)

Jonas Nader

5

Tyson Chandler(Pho - C)

Matt Satten

6

Dirk Nowitzki(Dal - PF,C)

Aaron Bruski

7

Thaddeus Young(Bkn - SF,PF)

Danny Stokes

8

Avery Bradley(Bos - PG,SG)

Thai Nguyen

9

Ben McLemore(Sac - SG)

Ryan Knaus

10

Markieff Morris(Pho - PF,C)

BrianN's Team

11

Jae Crowder(Bos - SF,PF)

Galin Dragiev

12

Noah Vonleh(Por - PF)

Jared Johnson

 

Bjelica's excellent EuroBasket performance, combined with the Wolves' obvious desire to play him substantial minutes as a rookie, have placed him firmly on the fantasy map this year. He's an excellent late-round target and this seems like an appropriate place for him in a Dynasty league -- Bjelica enters the NBA at age 27 so he lacks the decade-long upside of many rookies.

 

Burks, Len, Bradley and McLemore all have enough fantasy value to be worthy late-round targets, and I love Thaddeus Young (27 years old) with the No. 115 pick. That's ridiculous value and he shouldn't have fallen this far, regardless of concerns about his FT shooting. It surprised me to see Ethan, who is punting FT% with Drummond and Dwight, opt for Ed Davis over Thad this round.

 

 

Round 11

 

 

1

J.R. Smith(Cle - SG,SF)

Jared Johnson

2

Wesley Matthews(Dal - SG,SF)

Galin Dragiev

3

Deron Williams(Dal - PG)

BrianN's Team

4

Wilson Chandler(Den - SG,SF)

Ryan Knaus

5

Shabazz Muhammad(Min - SG,SF)

Thai Nguyen

6

Tyus Jones(Min - PG)

Danny Stokes

7

Kobe Bryant(LAL - SG,SF)

Aaron Bruski

8

Kyle Korver(Atl - SG,SF)

Matt Satten

9

Justin Anderson(Dal - SF)

Jonas Nader

10

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist(Cha - SF)

Ethan Norof

11

Devin Booker(Pho - SG)

Michael Gallagher

12

Clint Capela(Hou - PF,C)

Ed Isaacson

 

J.R. Smith falls too far in virtually every draft I've been a part of this summer. He's mercurial, for sure, but he was excellent after joining the Cavs last season, averaging 12.7 points, a career-high 2.8 threes, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals. His role hasn't changed and he should continue to feast on easy opportunities created by his star teammates. Having just turned 30 in September, Smith is an excellent choice in the 11th round of a Dynasty draft.

 

Kobe Bryant fell this far for a reason, as age, injuries and inefficiency are conspiring to decimate his once-gaudy fantasy value. Ethan is betting that MKG can avoid injuries and slowly improve his offense in the coming years. His defensive stats also slipped on a per-36-minute basis last year, and he averaged only 0.6 steals and 0.7 blocks, but the 22-year-old has tons of potential -- I was eyeing MKG this round but couldn't pass up the 28-year-old Wilson Chandler.

 

Round 12

 

 

1

Eric Gordon(NO - SG)

Ed Isaacson

2

T.J. Warren(Pho - SF)

Michael Gallagher

3

Cory Joseph(Tor - PG)

Ethan Norof

4

Mason Plumlee(Por - PF,C)

Jonas Nader

5

Robin Lopez(NY - C)

Matt Satten

6

Jerian Grant(NY - PG)

Aaron Bruski

7

Bobby Portis(Chi - PF)

Danny Stokes

8

Kyle Anderson(SA - SF)

Thai Nguyen

9

Brandon Jennings(Det - PG)

Ryan Knaus

10

Ersan Ilyasova(Det - SF,PF)

BrianN's Team

11

Frank Kaminsky(Cha - C)

Galin Dragiev

12

Bojan Bogdanovic(Bkn - SG,SF)

Jared Johnson

 

Robin Lopez fell surprisingly far, especially since he's in a great spot as the Knicks' unquestioned starter, and Satten made sure that his slide ended at No. 137 overall. Jerian Grant will play both guard positions for New York, he could eventually overtake Jose Calderon at PG, and Phil Jackson expects him to contribute immediately. A solid choice for Bruski, who snared two promising rookies as well as Andrew Wiggins to balance out his platoon of grizzled vets.

 

I drafted Brandon Jennings with no expectations of value this season, as he recovers from a torn Achilles and finds himself behind Reggie Jackson at PG. He just turned 25 a few weeks ago, however, and should at least return to mid-round value once he's healthy, so the long-term gains outweighed the risk in Round 12.

 

Frank Kaminsky was the biggest surprise here, falling below 15 other rookies before Galin scooped him up. Frank the Tank is beloved by the Hornets, who scorned a bushel of future draft picks to keep him, and it's reasonable to assume he'll soon leap ahead of Cody Zeller at PF. He has 3-point range and solid ball-handling for a 7'1" PF, and once he bulks up he could be a formidable offensive weapon. I think his free-fall in this Dynasty mock is more of an exception than a rule.

 

Round 13

 

 

1

Dwyane Wade(Mia - PG,SG)

Jared Johnson

2

Tony Wroten(Phi - PG,SG)

Galin Dragiev

3

Patrick Patterson(Tor - PF,C)

BrianN's Team

4

Tristan Thompson(Cle - PF,C)

Ryan Knaus

5

Seth Curry(Sac - PG)

Thai Nguyen

6

Kevin Martin(Min - SG,SF)

Danny Stokes

7

John Henson(Mil - PF,C)

Aaron Bruski

8

R.J. Hunter(Bos - SG)

Matt Satten

9

Nikola Jokic(Den - C)

Jonas Nader

10

Jarrett Jack(Bkn - PG,SG)

Ethan Norof

11

Walter Tavares(Atl - C)

Michael Gallagher

12

Cameron Payne(OKC - PG)

Ed Isaacson

 

We close out the mock with a mixed bag of picks, ranging from a 2014 second-round draft pick (Jokic) to a future Hall-of-Famer (Wade). This recap has run long already so I'll let the picks speak for themselves!

 

As I said earlier, this Dynasty mock was full of educated GMs vying for similar players round after round. Even if you disagree with the picks it's a good resource to determine how other owners may view the league -- if you really want T.J. Warren, for instance, you shouldn't any feel pressure to reach for him inside the first 10 rounds. Good luck in all your drafts, and keep an eye out for more mocks coming exclusively to the Draft Guide in the coming weeks.

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 NBC Sports Edge since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter.