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  1. 2018-19 Sleepers and Busts

    I wasn't asking about losing out on the production of a legit first or second rounder, though. In a mock, I drafted Boogie and Zinger in the ninth and thirteenth. I am asking if these guys have potential in redraft as low-risk/high-reward gambles late in the draft, especially in a league with IL slots.
  2. 2018-19 Sleepers and Busts

    Crazy question, but are Boogie and Porzingis sleepers? I just did a mock where I took them in the ninth and thirteenth respectively. Even if they sit on your IL until January, it seems like a worthwhile gamble.
  3. Kawhi Leonard 2018-19 Season Thread

    Actually, what he said after he came back was, "I’m just happy to be out there, just to play the game and enjoy the things I missed — missing shots, losing games, making mistakes, just everything. I missed everything on the court." It wasn't until a month after that article that he opted not to play despite being cleared and sought a second opinion. About two weeks after that, Kawhi was saying that he was making great progress and would return soon. He also said that there was not friction between himself and the Spurs. Here's DeMarcus Cousins saying in that he thinks he can be ready for training camp: https://theundefeated.com/features/new-orleans-pelicans-demarcus-cousins-im-shooting-to-be-ready-for-training-camp/. Should we take Boogie at his usual draft position? In other words, it doesn't matter what the player says, it matters what his body says. You can invent "some Spurs fans who got f'd over" saying that Kawhi is unhealthy, but what you have in this thread is people saying that they feel the need to factor in the uncertainty surrounding Kawhi's health--recently a chronic and degenerative quad problem that affected him for at least a year and could easily return, and prior to that a chain of injuries that saw him average 67 games a season for five years. To act like none of that matters because he passed an exam and says that he is okay is at least bias, if not hubris.
  4. Kawhi Leonard 2018-19 Season Thread

    He passed a medical exam a month and a half before that article was written, too.
  5. I don't want to say, "I told you so," but
  6. Bold Predictions for the 2018-2019 Season

    If it was Lowry shouldering the load, then how was the whole team built around DeRozan?
  7. Bold Predictions for the 2018-2019 Season

    Did the Raptors have a more success when in was Andrea Bargnani shouldering the load?
  8. 2018-19 Sleepers and Busts

    Honestly, I don't want a player who's good at eating basketballs.
  9. Schedule grid is up. I won't post a link, since outside resources sometimes get posts deleted here, but you all know where to go. Sacto and Washington are the only teams with a 4/4/4 in the standard playoffs. Golden State has the only five-game week but is otherwise kind of ugly, with a 2/5/3. Denver has the only 3/4/4. LAC, LAL, and OKC all have 4/3/4. Ten teams have only nine games in the playoffs.
  10. Dynasty: How many keepers is too many?

    Okay, I gave it some thought and came back to give a more useful answer to the question. There is a noticeable leveling off after the first fifty-ish players. To illustrate, the 1st-ranked player is almost twice as valuable per game as the 51st, but the 51st is only worth about 25% more than the 101st, which, in turn, is worth about 18% more than the 151st. It's really those top fifty-ish players that define teams, so I would start with that as a minimum number--meaning four keepers per team in a twelve-team league or five in a ten team. My next consideration would be how many players each team starts on a given night (or in a given week, depending on lineup settings). I wouldn't want the teams to have more keepers than that. For example, if your league starts eight players [PG, SG, SF, PF, C, 3x util], I wouldn't go above eight keepers. The rationale here is that an owner who is able to stockpile starting-quality players beyond his or her number of starters--and trust me, it happens in dynasty leagues--gains a significant advantage in tailoring lineups and overcoming injuries. Within that range, I think it is matter of preference more than anything. Fewer keepers will make for more exciting but longer drafts, and teams that vary more from year to year, but it might have some of the same problems as your current setup. More keepers will give more of a sense of building a culture, and decisions will have longer-lasting consequences, but bad mistakes might take years to recover from. I prefer more keepers, personally. One possibility that occurs to me is that you might also have conditional keepers. For example, you could have six normal keepers and two "rookie-scale contract" keepers that can be used only on players with no more than three years NBA experience.
  11. 2018-19 Sleepers and Busts

    Any thoughts on Luke Kennard? Does he have a chance to win a starting job?
  12. 2018-19 Sleepers and Busts

    Cody Zeller isn't?
  13. Dynasty: How many keepers is too many?

    It's not dynasty unless you're keeping everyone. (Which is not to say that that setup is the most competitive.)
  14. Keep it or Leave it? Auction keepers

    Hmm, guess I was sleeping on him. It does seem a pretty good price, now that I've looked into it a little. My only worry would be his minutes declining later in the season if the Clips start tanking.
  15. Keep it or Leave it? Auction keepers

    With the caveat that I don't know all that much about auction values, I think that Dipo and Jamal Murray both look cheap at those prices. Gobert seems like a slight overpay, but I could see paying it to have that blocks anchor.