Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Fantasy Basketblog Midseason Awards

What, you thought I’d let DM give out the midseason awards? As if …

Stud of the Year: To the best-performing first-round pick.
Shawn Marion, PHO
And it really isn’t even close. With Amare sidelined, Marion has been forced to pick up his game, and boy, has he ever. His FG% is up to a remarkable 51%, and he’s a legitimate 7-category player. He’s solved his struggles at the line, going from 68% in December to 86% in January. It’s at the point where, if he keeps it up, Marion could be considered for the #1 overall pick next year. Runner-up: LeBron James.

Supporting Stud of the Year: To the best-performing second- or third-round pick.
Rashard Lewis, SEA
Lewis has been the prototypical supporting stud this year. He’s a huge asset in two categories (threes and points), and doesn’t really hurt you anywhere. I’ve been very critical of Lewis in the past because he doesn’t rebound enough to be a good forward, nor does he get many assists, but at the end of the day, he does enough of everything else to give him supporting stud of the year. Runner-up: Chauncey Billups.

Breakout Player of the Year
David West, NOK
Despite the fact that I hate him for what he did to my Wizards on Monday night, West is undoubtedly the breakout player of the year. His per-minute averages haven’t changed all that much, other than points, and he’s a perfect example of why we preach minutes above all else here at FBB. Still, can he maintain those percentages in the long run? Runner-up: Mehmet Okur.

Breakdown Player of the Year: To the premier player who’s lost the most value between draft day and today.
Steve Francis, ORL
Listen, we’ve been through a lot with Steve Francis, starting with his “99.9%” guarantee to return to Maryland for his senior year. Then there was the draft debacle when he practically died on the spot when drafted by Vancouver. Then his clashes with folks in Houston. Then his clashes with Orlando when they traded his buddy Cuttino Mobley. Still, through it all, his numbers stayed OK. But now he’s complaining again, and his suspension earlier this year got him “last straw” status here at FBB. Now he’s basically admitting he’s not playing his best, because of trade rumors, and the last straw was … well, you know. You just can’t trust the Franchise anymore as a stud, and he should be avoided until at least the middle of the third round in fantasy drafts next year. Runner-up: Stephon Marbury.

Leaper of the Year: To the player who’s made the leap to stud status.
Pau Gasol, MEM
Admittedly, this has very little – if anything – to do with Gasol’s play. But when you draft him, you know you’re going to dominate the Beards category. Plus, he’s getting real live stud minutes now that the Hubie experiment is over in Memphis, and that’s allowed him to finally live up to the promise he showed his first two years in the league. The free throws are a worry, but it’s always good to have something to work on. Runner-up: Carmelo Anthony.

Junior Leaper of the Year: To the mid-round pick who’s made his way to supporting stud status.
Samuel Dalembert, PHI
All he needed was someone to believe in him. Now that he’s getting starter’s minutes, he’s turned into a legit 2nd-tier center. His blocks are absolutely incredible, but don’t overlook his respectable FT% for a center. Runner Up: Rasheed Wallace.

9 Comments:

Blogger TKI said...

I just have a question regarding about the trade that occured yesterday. Chris Wilcox and Radmanovich got traded yesterday, and i was wondering what you guys think about this and who's fantasy value improves.

I personally think Chris Wilcox's value skyrockets with seatle's limited frontcourt post scorers. Also, Wilcox has had some great outings when given the time.

12:03 PM  
Blogger TKI said...

never mind, i read the comments on yesterday's comments section

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off-topic, but anybody think I should trade Joe Johnson for Rip Hamilton and Iguodala?

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and its a keeper league where johnson is one of my keepers if that makes a difference.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about boris diaw as the breakout playeR?

9:00 PM  
Blogger bv said...

good point on diaw, but i tried to pick a guy who really came out of nowhere, who didn't switch teams or anything over the offseason (particularly to a team with steve nash).

as for the johnson deal ... it's borderline. i'd say pull the trigger, but i can't really say that with too much confidence. It depends on if Iggy can really turn it on down the stretch.

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Someone else asked this yesterday but I don't think anyone responded. Is Shareef Abdur-Rahim worth holding on to? I have to believe he'll keep getting better as he regains his strength, but Kenny Thomas has played like a man possessed. There's almost no way SAR will regain the value he had early in the season, but is he droppable?

11:52 PM  
Blogger bv said...

andy,

i don't know that SAR is worth holding onto, but before dropping him i'd definitely offer him around in some trades. remember, it only takes one guy who believes that he'll have value to make him have value in your league.

11:59 PM  
Blogger JM said...

Brian Cook and Kirk Snyder have both looked very impressive over their past five games:
Cook: 18 pts, 1.6 3pt, 5 rbs, 0.4 stls, 0.6 blks, 0.6 TO, 60%FG,100%FT, 29 minutes

Snyder: 18 pts, 1 3pt, 5 asts, 0.8 stl, 0.4 blk, 54%FG, 29 minutes.

The caveats are that C. Mimh missed all of those games for the Lakers, and C.Paul missed 3 of those games for the Hornets.

Any chance that either can put up a solid 2nd half of the season.

The Lakers are dying for a 3rd scorer. Could it be that Cook has begun to break out as that guy?

And Byron Scott seems to love Snyder's agressiveness, and he has basically replaced all of J.R Smith's playing time at shooting guard.

Who's more worthy of picking up? I like that Cook is a great 3pt shooter, but doesn't hurt your FG% (or anything else for that matter)

2:00 AM  

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