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Points League Mock Draft

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

What follows are the partial results (14 of 17 rounds) of a 12-team, points-league draft. This is one of the oldest expert leagues in existence and originally included guys like Matthew Berry and John Hollinger back in the day. We use CBSSports.com for the league manager and the scoring system is as follows:

 

3PM: .08 points

ASTS: .17 points

BLKS: .25 points

FGM: .25 points

FGA: -.08 points

FTM: .25 points

FTA: -.17 points

PTS: .08 points

STLS: .17 points

TOs: -.17

 

It may look confusing, but when it’s all said and done in this format, which starts 12 players, with minimums of four guards, four forwards and two centers, the final score of the weekly matchup resembles an actual NBA score (e.g. 121.4 to 117.2)

 

Here are the 12 owners and the draft order. And on a side note, this is a long, snake draft that takes at least a week to complete, so there are several “autopicks.” Sometimes the autopicks were made on purpose, by owners who set up a queue, while others autopicked the “next best player” according to CBS’s rankings. Beware if you’re in a long draft – Bobby Simmons (injured) is ranked VERY high by CBS currently, so it’s easy to get stuck with him if you’re not paying attention.

 

Dan Dobish – RotoExperts.com

Brian Flood – Adweek.com

Tim Trout – Panini America

Andrew Feingold – RotoExperts.com

Randall Dean/Dave Gawron –

Keith Wayland – KFBA

Chris Towers – CBSSports.com

David Klyce – Hoopsklyce.com

Tom Carpenter – ESPN.com

Steve Alexander – Rotoworld.com

Kyle McKeown – Rotowire.com

Hector Castro – UFC

 

Some of those guys used to be in the industry and have moved on, while others never left. Castro knows a lot about Ultimate Fighting, but he also knows a lot about hoops. Since Dobish got the first pick, he then gets the last pick of Round 2, and then goes No. 1 in Round 3, etc. Here are the results.

 

Autopicks designated by *

 

Round 1

 

1. Russell Westbrook PG OKC

2. Stephen Curry PG GSW

3. LeBron James F CLE

4. James Harden G HOU

5. Karl-Anthony Towns C MIN

6. Anthony Davis F NOP

7. Kevin Durant F GSW

8. DeMarcus Cousins C SAC

9. Giannis Antetokounmpo G/F MIL

10. Chris Paul PG LAC

11. Hassan Whiteside C MIA

12. Damian Lillard PG POR

 

There’s not a lot to say about Round 1. I’m a little surprised Harden dropped to No. 4, as he has been going No. 1 in a lot of drafts. Westbrook is going to be a monster, but we hope he’ll be able to stay healthy over the course of the season. Anthony Davis is already hurt and while I’m not a Chris Paul guy, he looked to good to pass up at No. 10.

 

Round 2

 

13. John Wall PG WAS

14. Kristaps Porzingis F NYK

15. Paul George F IND

16. Kawhi Leonard F SAN

17. Blake Griffin F LAC

18. Kyle Lowry PG TOR

19. Carmelo Anthony F NYK

20. Kyrie Irving PG CLE

21. Andre Drummond C DET

22. *Pau Gasol C SAN

23. *Nikola Vucevic C ORL

24. LaMarcus Aldridge F SAN

 

Vucevic, an autopick, is tricky to gauge since Bismack Biyombo is on hand, but he should be solid, especially in two-center formats. I too Paul George, as he should be fun in a points heavy format, while points scoring also helps lessen the damage done by Drummond’s poor free throw shooting.

 

Round 3

 

25. DeMar DeRozan G TOR

26. *Kemba Walker PG CHA

27. *Jimmy Butler SG CHI

28. C.J. McCollum SG POR

29. Draymond Green F GSW

30. Al Horford C BOS

31. Paul Millsap PF ATL

32. Victor Oladipo SG OKC

33. Isaiah Thomas PG BOS

34. Nikola Jokic F/C DEN

35. D’Angelo Russell PG LAL

36. Brook Lopez C BKN

 

Autopicks didn’t hurt anyone here, while I love C.J. McCollum, Horford and most of the other picks here. Especially Oladipo. And take notice of D’Angelo Russell in Round 3. The hype train is rolling and he’s looked really good thus far. I ended up with Nikola Jokic here, as it was time to get a center in a start-two league.

 

Round 4

 

37. Andrew Wiggins F MIN

38. Goran Dragic PG MIA

39. DeAndre Jordan C LAC

40. Derrick Favors PF UTA

41. Eric Bledsoe G PHX

42. Mike Conley PG MEM

43. *Klay Thompson SG GSW

44. Dwyane Wade SG CHI

45. Rudy Gobert C UTA

46. *Greg Monroe C MIL

47. Jonas Valanciunas C TOR

48. Marc Gasol C MEM

 

And the run on centers officially began in Round 4. I took DeAndre Jordan, so my center spots are secure early. Klay Thompson was an autopick and while we still think his scoring will take a hit, that hasn’t been the case in the preseason. This might have been a little early for Wade, given his injury history, while the Bucks seem desperate to move Monroe. But he’s a center, which gives him a little more value in this league.

 

Round 5

 

49. Nicolas Batum G/F CHA

50. *Rudy Gay SF SAC

51. *Kevin Love PF CLE

52. Evan Fournier G/F ORL

53. Jeff Teague PG IND

54. Dwight Howard C ATL

55. Clint Capela C HOU

56. *Dennis Schroder PG ATL

57. Gordon Hayward G/F UTA

58. Myles Turner F/C IND

59. Jabari Parker F MIL

60. Serge Ibaka PF ORL

 

No bad picks in Round 5 and I was thrilled to get Myles Turner, who only qualifies at Forward for now. After 10 starts at center, that should change.

 

Round 6

 

61. Ryan Anderson PF HOU

62. Jusuf Nurkic C DEN

63. *Zach LaVine SG MIN

64. Enes Kanter F/C OKC

65. *Thaddeus Young F IND

66. Tobias Harris F DET

67. *Elfrid Payton PG ORL

68. Dirk Nowitzki PF DAL

69. Devin Booker SG PHX

70. *Julius Randle PF LAL

71. Rajon Rondo PG CHI

72. Marcin Gortat C WAS

 

I really wanted Ryan Anderson or Jusuf Nurkic with this pick, but they were sniped directly in front of me. I love LaVine’s talent and while his role might be a little shaky, he did score 30 in a recent preseason game. In this formats, you can actually field a lineup without a point guard or power forward, if you wanted to. It’s an accumulation of all their stats that matters, so if you don’t have any assists on your team, you could still be fine. The Young and Payton autopicks could sting a little, as it was a little early for them, and I imagine Randle could have been had later.

 

Round 7

 

73. Jeremy Lin PG BKN

74. *George Hill PG UTA

75. *Reggie Jackson PG DET

76. Trevor Ariza G/F HOU

77. *Aaron Gordon F ORL

78. *Darren Collison PG SAC

79. Brandon Knight PG PHX

80. Chandler Parsons F MEM

81. Bradley Beal SG WAS

82. Steven Adams C OKC

83. Joel Embiid C PHI

84. Danilo Gallinari F DEN

 

Collison is suspended for the first eight games, but that will be over before you know it. This was a run on point guards, while I chose to get a decent backup center in the form of Steven Adams. I trust him a heck of a lot more than I trust Embiid.

 

Round 8

 

85. Nerlens Noel F/C PHI

86. Jordan Clarkson G LAL

87. Jae Crowder F BOS

88. Gorgui Dieng F/C MIN

89. Robin Lopez C CHI

90. Joakim Noah C NYK

91. *Ricky Rubio PG MIN

92. *Wesley Matthews G DAL

93. Harrison Barnes F DAL

94. Derrick Rose PG NYK

95. *Evan Turner G/F POR

96. Emmanuel Mudiay G DEN

 

I was pleased to get Crowder here, as I think he’s pretty undervalued, while the last of the good centers disappeared off the board. If Rose can stay healthy, he could be a Round 8 steal.

 

Round 9

 

97. Zach Randolph F MEM

98. Kent Bazemore G/F ATL

99. Jahlil Okafor C PHI

100. Monta Ellis SG IND

101. *Zaza Pachulia C GSW

102. *Tony Parker PG SAN

103. Robert Covington G/F PHI

104. Markieff Morris PF WAS

105. Jrue Holiday PG NOP

106. J.J. Redick SG LAC

107. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson G/F BKN

108. Dario Saric F PHI

 

I was light on guards so I took the always-solid Redick, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson went with the next pick. He’s not going to score very much, which could be a bit of a problem in this format. Dario Saric is a popular sleeper right now, especially with Bobby Simmons’ torn hamstring.

 

Round 10

 

109. Michael Carter-Williams G MIL

110. Nikola Mirotic F CHI

111. Jared Sullinger F/C TOR

112. Avery Bradley SG BOS

113. Willie Cauley-Stein C SAC

114. *Buddy Hield SG NOP

115. Deron Williams PG DAL

116. Brandon Ingram SF LAL

117. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG DET

118. *Kenneth Faried PF DEN

119. Justise Winslow F MIA

120. *Luol Deng F LAL

 

I think Sullinger is going to have a big year in Toronto, while rookies Buddy Hield and Brandon Ingram are intriguing picks. I probably would have gone with more of a sure thing, but to each his own. Faried could be a steal here if he finally puts it together and the risk in taking him is eliminated this late.

 

Round 11

 

121. *Otto Porter SG WAS

122. *JaMychal Green F/C MEM

123. Kris Dunn PG MIN

124. Alex Len C PHX

125. *Timofey Mozgov C LAL

126. *Stanley Johnson F DET

127. *Terrence Jones PF HOU

128. Rodney Hood

129. Tristan Thompson F/C CLE

130. Danny Green SG SAN

131. Marcus Smart PG BOS

132. Will Barton SG DEN

 

You know it’s a two-center league when JaMychal Green, Alex Len, Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson are going in Round 11. Dunn is an intriguing rookie in Minnesota, while we’re all waiting to see if Barton can duplicate last season’s surprising success.

 

Round 12

 

133. J.R. Smith SG CLE

134.Bismack Biyombo C ORL

135. Gary Harris SG DEN

136. Al-Farouq Aminu F POR

137. Marvin Williams F CHA

138. *Jamal Murray SG DEN

139. *Tyson Chandler C PHX

140. DeMarre Carroll F TOR

141. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF CHA

142. *Marcus Morris F DET

143. Ben Simmons PF PHI

144. Ersan Ilyasova F OKC

 

Aminu might be a steal here, I love Gary Harris this late, and I was surprised to see Simmons taken, as he could miss the entire season. Ilyasova is also intriguing, as someone is going to have to replace Kevin Durant in OKC.

 

Round 13

 

145. Taj Gibson F MIL

146. Brandon Jennings G NYK

147. *Kyle Korver SG ATL

148. Eric Gordon SG HOU

149. Andrew Bogut C DAL

150. Bobby Portis F CHI

151. *Cody Zeller C CHA

152. *Mirza Teletovic F MIL

153. Tim Frazier PG NOP

154. Bojan Bogdanovic G BKN

155. T.J. Warren SF PHX

156. Patrick Beverley PG HOU

 

I’m OK with Korver this late, Gordon looks like a potential steal if he can play alongside Harden, and Teletovic, Frazier and Bogdanovic also qualify as sleepers.

 

Round 14

 

157. Marquese Chriss F PHX

158. Josh Richardson SG MIA

159. Seth Curry G DAL

160. Lou Williams G LAL

161. Mason Plumlee C POR

162. Ish Smith PG DET

163. *Frank Kaminsky PF CHA

164. Arron Afflalo SG SAC

165. Jeff Green F ORL

166. *Tyreke Evans G/F NOP

167. *Al Jefferson C IND

168. *Wilson Chandler F DEN

 

I love Josh Richardson, but he’s going to be out for several weeks due to an injury, I took a flier on Seth Curry, who I kind of love, and the Wilson Chandler autopick was probably a throwaway. I just don’t see him doing much.

 

Good luck!!

Steve Alexander

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