Let’s just get this out of the way – the title of the blog is my best attempt at recreating the “Star Wars” theme song. Please take a second look and adjust accordingly. Now back to regularly scheduled programing.
The purpose of today’s blog is looking at the real “stars” in today’s NBA. It’s the first thing I do when evaluating my strategy for the following day: identify the big swinging dicks – typically the top 5 salaried players. It’s the same pool of say 10 players (this is excluding Thursday’s which are a whole new ball game) but it is vital that you really take a look at the matchups. This could put the fifth most expensive as perhaps the number 1 play of the night. Sunday featured a lot of talent at the top and I wanted to break down the first round of a six man snake draft for today.
There was no conventional way to go about a six man snake with the top pick. I personally always look to address the center position early if the pool is thin. However, this was not the case this past Sunday with so many teams in action. In fact I actually had no problem starting a center outside of the top 6 at the position and did (Roy Hibbert). Still Dwight Howard has the potential to drop 70 and was playing the Miami Heat who he recently blew up against. Speaking of the Heat you can never go wrong with LeBron James at the top spot as he is enjoying a great Sophomore campaign with the Miami Heat. But neither was the top play according to DraftStreet, as the top rated player for Sunday was the ultra consistent Kevin Love. Below is the first round of our six man snake and who went where. I will point out my pregame thoughts on each and help illustrate how vital it is to draft correctly this early.
DraftStreet Snake Draft Top Picks – Recap of Sunday Draft
First overall was Kevin Love. This would never have been my pick and my guess is most feel the same way. Truth be told I think it was auto picked, but that is not to say it is a wrong pick. Kevin Love is always a threat for forty points twenty rebounds. Unlike Howard he won’t burn you from the line and with turnovers, but won’t have the cushion of three blocks. I pegged Love in at 40 points, but as safe as they come for 30. He finished with 31.75 leaving his owner with a lot of ground to make up as you will see.
Second was Dwight Howard. I’ve touched on him earlier – he’s usually my favorite player to use. I picked third and was actually hoping he fell to me. Luckily he didn’t as he dropped the lowest total of the “stars” offering 29.75 which is just not good enough. He really needs a change of scenery.
I picked third and landed LeBron James. This could be the first time in the history of DraftStreet snakes he didn’t go in the top two. I never really considered Kevin Durant in the spot, I was probably on the clock for five seconds. I figured I could get no less than 38 from LeBron which is a very good building block, especially drafting in the middle of the pack. He casually dropped 49.75 and I was in good shape going forward. However, it appears fourth was the best draft spot.
Kevin Durant is a very good basketball player. Add that to an uptempo game against the Denver Nuggets and then multiply that by overtime. That leaves you with 63 points and a career high 51 real points. Scary thing is he could have probably played another 30 minutes if he needed too. Guy makes Richard Hamilton seem like a couch potato.
Fifth was a tricky spot as you had a trio of Lakers to choose from. In my draft Kobe went and who could blame the owner. Just hours before he had absolutely tormented the Suns. However, LA never really got into the game and it was pretty much over by the end of the first quarter. After the game Kobe was visably frustrated when discussing Lakers management. He finished with 34.5, a far cry from the 56 from the night before.
The last pick in the first round went to Pau Gasol who has been a double double machine of late. Sure enough despite the poor result Gasol still got his 30+ this time finishing with 38. Taking it one step further the first pick of the second round went to Bynum, who provided 33.5. If nothing else the Lakers are more than capable of providing multiple 30+ point games, just something to consider going forward.
I’ll be adding some more blogs like this in the future as I believe the snake is an under used product offered for the daily game.
As always happy grinding!