Everyone should be preoccupied with the playoffs. I’m still here licking my wounds because I finished near the bottom three in my pay league. I had to pay up. I knew I was out after the fourth week of fantasy basketball losing most of the categories. I wasn’t just losing. I was getting blown out. I started looking at my roster, piece by piece. Lessons learned. Here are the guys that I am staying away from.
5) Chris Paul – 80 games, 15.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 9.8 assists, 2.4 steals
He’s known in this world as the number one fantasy stat god. He is the best when healthy. He played in 80 games this season, but the production fell sharply compared to what he was in 2008. Was his knee still bothering him? I cannot take that chance next season. He is not the number one stat guy because, even though he started 80 games, durability remains a concern. He was lousy in a few games, too.
4) Evan Turner – 78 games, 7.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2 assists
The second pick in the 2010 draft winds up producing like a D-Leaguer. There were a few games where he barely got any burn. Unbelievable. What a waste of a pick. Turner is a rookie. I’ll let him slide just a few, but that’s it. Remember, he barely got playing time and he was not even injured.
3) The Milwaukee Bucks
Damn. Where do I start? The whole team was offensively awful. Yes, they offended me and my family. Brandon Jennings was the biggest offender followed by Andrew Bogut. There is nothing left to say. Stay away from any Bucks player until further notice.
2) Brook Lopez – 82 games, 20.4 points, 6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks
I overrated this kid. He is not going to be a consistent double-double machine. You are supposed to get points and rebounds in double figures from a center not named Spencer Hawes. Get this – Lopez’s rebound average decreased from the season before. Wow. Deron Williams will create more scoring opportunities for him, but the rebounding makes him a mirage in fantasy stat land. Do not pick him in the first or second round of your draft. Avoid.
1) Tyreke Evans – 57 games, 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.5 steals
Evans averaged 20-5-5 last season. You probably thought that his production increases, right? Wrong. He regressed. Most of it is due to injury hence the missed games. This season was still very disappointing. I had higher projections for Tyreke, but he failed to reach them. The team believes that he is better suited as a shooting guard. I don’t buy it. He was much more effective as the point guard in stat land. The kid lost me a lot of games and the injury made him useless this season. Avoid him until the third round.
I hope everyone had a great year and won some money. I was out $20. Yes, I am salty as hell. Now I am off to get drunk. I’ll be back.
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