La Mesa Damn: After the Fantasy Draft


Last September 3, 2010 eleven yuppies (two were online) “geeked up” Baang Coffee in Tomas Morato so they can say that he made ten other guys kiss his ass.

Eww.

Two will probably kiss the winner’s ass... digitally.

Eww still.


We drew slots and I ended up picking ninth. Even if the draft order reverses in the even rounds (making me pick third), I had to give up a lot of picks that eluded me a couple of stars in my wish list. But still I got away with the players I want to pick and more.

By the way, I did my math and created a breakdown on how I should draft my players. I also found a way to mix team wins. Beggars can’t be choosers so when the team wins was activated I wanted to check out who I am picking.

You want to check out what I picked?


FIRST ROUND (PICK 9): RAJON RONDO – It was never a secret that I intended to select Rondo as my top choice. Sure, if I had a Top 3 selection, I could have drafted Kevin Durant or Dwight Howard but Rondo is certainly a stock boost. He doesn’t injure much, he is a potential triple-double player, and he has a lot of passing options in the Boston rotation. I can imagine all those points, rebounds, assists, and steals going berserk in my stats!
MY TABULATED RESULT: RANK # 18
IF YOU COUNT WINS: RANK # 15


SECOND PICK (PICK 3): CARMELO ANTHONY – I just picked up the best player available at that point. While he is not a triple-double threat, his scoring and rebounding should be something to look at. While he seems to be pissing the Denver management into giving in and sending him to New York, I know he is pro enough to not fuck off this season.
MY TABULATED RESULT: RANK # 11
IF YOU COUNT WINS: RANK # 8


THIRD ROUND (PICK 9): TIM DUNCAN – I honestly thought this was a steal. We saw his season decline last year but unlike most teams who think 31 years old is old, he’ll continue to play as San Antonio’s superstar. He can still provide the double-doubles even if his scoring took a dip last year. Also, he is not much of a foul bait during REGULAR season games. Howard has 3.5fpg while Duncan has 1.8fpg.
MY TABULATED RESULT: RANK # 15
IF YOU COUNT WINS: RANK # 15


FOURTH ROUND (PICK 3): LUIS SCOLA – Last season was his strongest season for the Rockets. At this point, I feared most of the double-double players would be drafted so I charged in and selected the Argentine. He will continue to be the focus of the Rockets’ frontline even when Yao Ming returns because of Houston’s shortage of able big men.
MY TABULATED RESULT: RANK # 56
IF YOU COUNT WINS: RANK # 73

FIFTH ROUND (PICK 9): KEVIN GARNETT – Again I was eager to scour the double-double players in the draft. It was hard for me to not draft KG early because he is my most favourite player still in uniform (also I have his rookie card) and I was surprised that no one bothered to pick him. Sure, Boston shored up their frontline but KG is still valuable since he’s bent to faceoff against the Lakers for a third time! HAHAHA!
MY TABULATED RESULT: RANK # 54
IF YOU COUNT WINS: RANK # 39


SIXTH ROUND (PICK 3): EVAN TURNER – For those people who fought against me in Texas Hold ‘Em, I like to scare people by aggressively betting without looking at my cards. I believe Turner has the potential to become a Dwyane Wade clone – considering that when he came to Miami, the Heat had a tolerable roster... just like what Turner will be having right now.
MY TABULATED RESULT: UNRATED
IF YOU COUNT WINS: UNRATED


SEVENTH ROUND (PICK 9): DARKO MILICIC – I love Darko. There... I said it. If I’m a Serb and impregnated a lady from the Balkan States, I’d also name him Darko. The kid is in his prime. He skipped the FIBA World Basketball games for a reason. For THAT same insane reason, the Minnesota bigwigs are giving him the chance. He has dibs on the starting PF spot and the let go of Al Jefferson. This has to amount to something!
MY TABULATED RESULT: RANK # 133
IF YOU COUNT WINS: RANK # 142


EIGHTH ROUND (PICK 3): OJ MAYO – I have to admit, for a guy who was passed up 90 times, he should have been picked higher. He has a huge upside and he plays big time minutes for Memphis. Perhaps one of the reasons why he was still available is he is solely a scorer. Producing Reggie Miller-like numbers is good for the fans and not for Fantasy GM’s. Hopefully he’ll improve this season.
MY TABULATED RESULT: RANK # 70
IF YOU COUNT WINS: RANK # 90


NINTH ROUND (PICK 9): DEMARCUS COUSINS – Here is another rookie that I’d be indulging. Sacramento cleared out their developing bigs, acquired the services of a wily vet in Sam Dalembert, and he came from a winning system. The combo of Cousins and Tyreke Evans excites me. Hopefully he’ll excite me more once he piles up the stats because I’m expecting double-doubles from him.
MY TABULATED RESULT: UNRATED
IF YOU COUNT WINS: UNRATED


TENTH ROUND (PICK 3): WESLEY JOHNSON – Again, I took home another rookie. During the draft, he was always in the Top 6. He can potentially pile up points and I am looking forward to see other facets of his game. If he can dislodge Corey Brewer from the Wolves’ starting spot and if he plays at least 35 minutes per game, he’ll likely become a star.
MY TABULATED RESULT: UNRATED
IF YOU COUNT WINS: UNRATED


ELEVENTH ROUND (PICK 9): GREG ODEN – I have faith. I still have faith on Greg Oden. Even if his first three seasons has been anything but injury-free, I still have faith on Greg Oden. An injury reserve spot will be claimed by my random bench player when he comes in. Bill Walton was injury-plagued throughout his career and he still became a MVP and had three great seasons as a superstar. Oden is anything but bad so I expect him to hopefully have career resurgence this year.
MY TABULATED RESULT: RANK 91
IF YOU COUNT WINS: RANK 60


TWELFTH ROUND (PICK 3): SHAUN LIVINGSTON – Second chances and blind hands!?! SEE THE TREND!?! After that almost career-ending injury, Livingston was literally bounced from team to team. Towards the end of the regular season though, he was one of the keys why Washington still managed to salvage 26 wins despite their lack of talent. Moving to Charlotte, he’ll have to fight for time with DJ Augustin and frankly I want him to win.
MY TABULATED RESULT: UNRATED
IF YOU COUNT WINS: UNRATED


THIRTEENTH ROUND (PICK 9): MARVIN WILLIAMS – I was looking for players that I won’t have a hard time waiving when I stumbled on him and he has yet to be selected. I like his game but I am not sure if he is that effective. He averaged 10.1ppg, 5.1rpg, and 1.1apg last season and these numbers aren’t that strong. Still, I’m looking to play him and hopefully he’ll do wonders.
MY TABULATED RESULT: RANK 136
IF YOU COUNT WINS: RANK 70


I will probably start with my veterans but I’m going to at least insert Turner, Cousins, and Johnson when I find what they are made of. From time to time, I will perch myself in free agency and scouting waivers and potential stars. I latched eyes on a couple of undrafted players and whenever I see something moving up, I would snipe it from the bin.

I have to check out the scouting report because there is two months left before the season implodes and anything can happen at this point.

LA MESA DAMN!!!

Game over.

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