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2019 Hawksquawk Dynasty Draft - Picks and Discussion

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DA couple changes underlined below to the rules for this year's draft based on feedback from the group.  So without further ado, here are the rules:

1.  Draft Format: This is a sixteen round snake draft (15 players, 1 coach), so Draft order goes 1,2,3,4,...11, 11, 10, 9, 8...3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3,..

2. Eligibility: You can Draft anybody that is currently in the league or is or has been draft eligible. So players eligible for the 2019 draft can be drafted as can foreign players drafted in the past or draft eligible in the past who haven't played in the NBA. Players like incoming college freshmen are still not eligible for this draft because they have never been draft eligible and will not be eligible until next year's draft.  As a clarification, you can pick pretty much anyone to coach.

 3. Making Your Picks/Discussion and Debate: When it's your turn to draft, you just post (in bold) the player's name and you should do a writeup on why you chose that player. If you don't have time for a writeup, you can just make your selection to keep Draft moving and then post writeup later when you have time. Your writeup should explain why the player rules and how well they fit with your squad and why your team is now going to dominate the '10s. You should always pm the next person in the list after you pick.
Example:
AHF Team Pick: Joe Johnson
I am taking Joe to bolster my scoring. While he is getting older, he will be playing limited minutes on my roster behind James Harden [note: already picked by me so can be discussed] and will still be able to dominate smaller wings like Avery Bradley [note: already selected so can be named]. Health is a concern but in round 11 there isn’t a lot of depth on the perimeter so this pick makes all the sense in the world.  Next person on the list has been PM'd

Discussion of picks is encouraged but do not discuss undrafted players to avoid influencing future picks. So, for example, if Wilt is picked #1 then it is a breach of draft etiquette to start discussion other available centers or how MJ is still available, etc. If you are explaining why you picked Wilt, you need to just generally address other available players or use the word "Player" as a substitute for someone specific.

 Example: AHF Team Selects:  Dominique Wilkins. I took Nique because he was so dominant in the playoffs, and I don't think that Player would hold up as well as him when guarded by other elite picks. Next person on the list has been PM'd.  (Note:  Nique would not be a good choice at all as explained below).

 We will keep a separate thread with a summary of all picks for easy reference.

 4. Time Frame/Finances: You get the player as they are and their projected potential/output for their projected career from here on out. So if you Draft Joe Johnson, you are getting the 2019-20 Joe Johnson who has a very limited number of years left. If you Draft someone from this years draft you might get a young player who may project to play for 10+ years at a high level. Assume for purposes of this draft that all players get paid 1/15th of your salary cap every year so that you don’t need to bypass Michael Conley for Emmanual Mudiay just because Conley is expensive and you already have several high salaries.  This applies equally to coaches.  

5. Roster: Each team gets 15 players and one coach, no restrictions on positions...draft 15 centers if you want.  Your coach pick must be a current NBA head coach.

6. Evaluation Criteria: Draft as if you are starting a new franchise, so consider how your team will play into the future, not just year one. That said, you can choose to weight immediate success or long-term success as you wish.

7. Trades: Teams are free to trade players, coaches or picks but the total number of incoming and outgoing roster spots must be the same. I.e., you can trade your first round pick and fifth round pick for someone’s second and third round picks but can’t trade your first round pick for a second round pick and a tenth round pick. Trades are subject to review but will only be overturned where both a number of posters and the commish (AHF) feel the trade is so unfair that it could ruin balance. Basically, we want to avoid stacking one team up with lopsided trades but trades for fit or due to different projections of talent are fine.

8. Time Limits: We'll start off with an 8 hour time limit for each pick (see note on nighttime shutdown). So when the person before you picks, you have 8 hours from then to make your selection or you are skipped. If you are skipped, the next person's clock starts and they have 8 hours. You may make up skipped picks at any time. Just post who you want when you get back to the thread. We may decrease time limit if the draft drags to a crawl and people aren’t expected to take that long if they are available. Draft moving smoothly, but we'll decide that as a group.
One Caveat: The clock does not run from 11pm-7am EST. So if team 5 makes a selection at 9pm then team 6 has until 1pm the next day (2 hours until 11pm then 6 hours after 7am.)

Second Caveat:  If you miss your pick and make everyone wait 8 hours, if you haven't made that next pick you will only have 1 hour for your next pick. Once you are current on your picks, you will get a full 8 hours again.

9. PM The Next Pick: You should PM the person after you and/or tag them with an @name when you make your pick so they know it's their turn. However, everyone should also follow along with the thread and know when they are up soon. Please make sure you have set your preferences to receive emails when you are PM’d.

10. Anticipated Absences – Advance Picks: If your pick is coming up soon and you'll be away, just ask in thread who will take your pm and be around to post it when it's your turn. I like to pm someone picking after me, and ideally someone that I have 2 picks before they go again so I can pm them 2 choices in case my top choice gets selected.

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Simulations - If anyone wants to run simulations or fantasy results, I am sure people would enjoy seeing them for discussion so have at it.

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@Buzzard is free to start picking now but time will officially start to run at 7 a.m. EST Thursday (July 18) morning.  Good luck!

 

Pick # Team Player Selected
1 Buzzard Trae Young
2 bleachkit Giannis Antetokounmpo
3 capstone21 Anthony Davis
4 lethalweapon3 Joel Embiid
5 IheartVolt Steph Curry
6 pimp Kawhi Leonard
7 AHF James Harden
8 LucastheThird Nikola Jokic
9 JayBirdHawk Karl Anthony-Towns
10 Spud2nique Luka Doncic
11 Spud2nique Zion Williamson
12 JayBirdHawk Kyrie Irving
13 LucastheThird Paul George
14 AHF Rudy Gobert
15 pimp Damian Lillard
16 IheartVolt John Collins
17 lethalweapon3 Kemba Walker
18 capstone21 Devin Booker
19 bleachkit Ben Simmons
20 Buzzard DeAndre Ayton
21 Buzzard Jaren Jackson, Jr.
22 bleachkit Bradley Beal
23 capstone21 Jrue Holiday
24 lethalweapon3 Jimmy Butler
25 IheartVolt Donovan Mitchell
26 pimp Kevin Durant
27 AHF LeBron James
28 LucastheThird Klay Thompson
29 JayBirdHawk Russell Westbrook
30 Spud2nique Jayson Tatum
31 Spud2nique Ja Morant
32 JayBirdHawk Victor Oladipo
33 LucastheThird Draymond Green
34 AHF De'Aaron Fox
35 pimp Kristaps Porzingis
36 IheartVolt COACH Mike Budenholzer
37 lethalweapon3 Pascal Siakam
38 capstone21 Myles Turner
39 bleachkit R.J. Barrett
40 Buzzard Zach LaVine
41 Buzzard Marvin Bagley
42 bleachkit Nikola Vucevic
43 capstone21 Khris Middleton
44 lethalweapon3 COACH Nick Nurse
45 IheartVolt Tobias Harris
46 pimp Montrezl Harrell
47 AHF Blake Griffin
48 LucastheThird Mike Conley
49 JayBirdHawk Josh Richardson
50 Spud2nique Domantas Sabonis
51 Spud2nique Kevin Huerter
52 JayBirdHawk COACH Gregg Popovich
53 LucastheThird D'Angelo Russell
54 AHF Otto Porter
55 pimp Buddy Hield
56 IheartVolt LaMarcus Aldridge
57 lethalweapon3 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
58 capstone21 Aaron Gordon
59 bleachkit Julius Randle
60 Buzzard CJ McCollum
61 Buzzard Jamal Murray
62 bleachkit Lonzo Ball
63 capstone21 Eric Bledsoe
64 lethalweapon3 De'Andre Hunter
65 IheartVolt Derrick Favors
66 pimp Andre Drummond
67 AHF Lauri Markkanen
68 LucastheThird Mitchell Robinson
69 JayBirdHawk Jarrett Allen
70 Spud2nique Marcus Smart
71 Spud2nique Clint Capela
72 JayBirdHawk Lonnie Walker
73 LucastheThird Robert Covington
74 AHF Wendell Carter, Jr.
75 pimp DeMar DeRozan
76 IheartVolt Chris Paul
77 lethalweapon3 Malcolm Brogdon
78 capstone21 Jaylen Brown
79 bleachkit Kevin Love
80 Buzzard T.J. Warren
81 Buzzard Kyle Kuzma
82 bleachkit Al Horford
83 capstone21 Steven Adams
84 lethalweapon3 Dewayne Dedmon
85 IheartVolt Jusuf Nurkic
86 pimp Lou Williams
87 AHF Darius Garland
88 LucastheThird Gordon Hayward
89 JayBirdHawk Jonathan Isaac
90 Spud2nique Cam Reddish
91 Spud2nique Brandon Ingram
92 JayBirdHawk Bam Adebayo
93 LucastheThird Paul Millsap
94 AHF Kyle Lowry
95 pimp Mo Bamba
96 IheartVolt Gary Harris
97 lethalweapon3 Joe Harris
98 capstone21 Harrison Barnes
99 bleachkit Danilo Gallinari
100 Buzzard Jaxson Hayes
101 Buzzard Rui Hachimura
102 bleachkit Bojan Bogdanovic
103 capstone21 Dario Saric
104 lethalweapon3 Jeremy Lamb
105 IheartVolt Joe Ingles
106 pimp Bol Bol
107 AHF Jarrett Culver
108 LucastheThird DeMarcus Cousins
109 JayBirdHawk Justise Winslow
110 Spud2nique Luka Samanic
111 Spud2nique COACH Lloyd Pierce
112 JayBirdHawk Mikal Bridges
113 LucastheThird Patrick Beverley
114 AHF Jonas Valanciunas
115 pimp Caris LeVert
116 IheartVolt Alex Len
117 lethalweapon3 Brandon Clarke
118 capstone21 OG Anunoby
119 bleachkit Tyler Herro
120 Buzzard Collin Sexton
121 Buzzard Harry Giles
122 bleachkit Taurean Prince
123 capstone21 Terry Rozier
124 lethalweapon3 Dejounte Murray
125 IheartVolt Miles Bridges
126 pimp Coby White
127 AHF Sekou Doumbouya
128 LucastheThird DeAndre' Bembry
129 JayBirdHawk Derrick White
130 Spud2nique Josh Okogie
131 Spud2nique Zach Collins
132 JayBirdHawk Rodions Kurucs
133 LucastheThird Jae Crowder
134 AHF Luke Kennard
135 pimp Nickeil Alexander-Walker
136 IheartVolt JJ Redick
137 lethalweapon3 Terrence Ross
138 capstone21 Dwight Powell
139 bleachkit Cedi Osman
140 Buzzard Keldon Johnson
141 Buzzard COACH Quin Snyder
142 bleachkit COACH Steve Kerr
143 capstone21 Josh Hart
144 lethalweapon3 Maxi Kleber
145 IheartVolt Nikola Mirotic
146 pimp Thomas Bryant
147 AHF Michael Porter
148 LucastheThird Jerami Grant
149 JayBirdHawk Jabari Parker
150 Spud2nique Mfiondu Kabengele
151 Spud2nique Landry Shamet
152 JayBirdHawk Danny Green
153 LucastheThird COACH Doc Rivers
154 AHF COACH Erik Spoelstra
155 pimp COACH Tim Duncan
156 IheartVolt Goran Dragic
157 lethalweapon3 Ivica Zubac
158 capstone21 COACH Brad Stevens
159 bleachkit Thaddeus Young
160 Buzzard Grant Williams

Pick #    Team    Player Selected
1    Buzzard    Trae Young
2    bleachkit    Giannis Antetokounmpo
3    capstone21    Anthony Davis
4    lethalweapon3    Joel Embiid
5    IheartVolt    Steph Curry
6    pimp    Kawhi Leonard
7    AHF    James Harden
8    LucastheThird    Nikola Jokic
9    JayBirdHawk    Karl Anthony-Towns
10    Spud2nique    Luka Doncic
11    Spud2nique    Zion Williamson
12    JayBirdHawk    Kyrie Irving
13    LucastheThird    Paul George
14    AHF    Rudy Gobert
15    pimp    Damian Lillard
16    IheartVolt    John Collins
17    lethalweapon3    Kemba Walker
18    capstone21    Devin Booker
19    bleachkit    Ben Simmons
20    Buzzard    DeAndre Ayton
21    Buzzard    Jaren Jackson, Jr.
22    bleachkit    Bradley Beal
23    capstone21    Jrue Holiday
24    lethalweapon3    Jimmy Butler
25    IheartVolt    Donovan Mitchell
26    pimp    Kevin Durant
27    AHF    LeBron James
28    LucastheThird    Klay Thompson
29    JayBirdHawk    Russell Westbrook
30    Spud2nique    Jayson Tatum
31    Spud2nique    Ja Morant
32    JayBirdHawk    Victor Oladipo
33    LucastheThird    Draymond Green
34    AHF    De'Aaron Fox
35    pimp    Kristaps Porzingis
36    IheartVolt  COACH Mike Budenholzer  
37    lethalweapon3    Pascal Siakam
38    capstone21    Myles Turner
39    bleachkit    R.J. Barrett
40    Buzzard    Zach LaVine
41    Buzzard    Marvin Bagley
42    bleachkit    Nikola Vucevic
43    capstone21    Khris Middleton
44    lethalweapon3    COACH Nick Nurse
45    IheartVolt    Tobias Harris
46    pimp    Montrezl Harrell
47    AHF    Blake Griffin
48    LucastheThird    Mike Conley
49    JayBirdHawk    Josh Richardson
50    Spud2nique    Domantas Sabonis
51    Spud2nique    Kevin Huerter
52    JayBirdHawk    COACH Gregg Popovich
53    LucastheThird    D'Angelo Russell
54    AHF    Otto Porter
55    pimp    Buddy Hield
56    IheartVolt    LaMarcus Aldridge
57    lethalweapon3    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
58    capstone21    Aaron Gordon
59    bleachkit    Julius Randle
60    Buzzard    CJ McCollum
61    Buzzard    Jamal Murray
62    bleachkit    Lonzo Ball
63    capstone21    Eric Bledsoe
64    lethalweapon3    De'Andre Hunter
65    IheartVolt    Derrick Favors
66    pimp    Andre Drummond
67    AHF    Lauri Markkanen
68    LucastheThird    Mitchell Robinson
69    JayBirdHawk    Jarrett Allen
70    Spud2nique    Marcus Smart
71    Spud2nique    Clint Capela
72    JayBirdHawk    Lonnie Walker
73    LucastheThird    Robert Covington
74    AHF    Wendell Carter, Jr.
75    pimp    DeMar DeRozan
76    IheartVolt    Chris Paul
77    lethalweapon3    Malcolm Brogdon
78    capstone21    Jaylen Brown
79    bleachkit    Kevin Love
80    Buzzard    T.J. Warren
81    Buzzard    Kyle Kuzma
82    bleachkit    Al Horford
83    capstone21    Steven Adams
84    lethalweapon3    Dewayne Dedmon
85    IheartVolt    Jusuf Nurkic
86    pimp    Lou Williams
87    AHF    Darius Garland
88    LucastheThird    Gordon Hayward
89    JayBirdHawk    Jonathan Isaac
90    Spud2nique    Cam Reddish
91    Spud2nique    Brandon Ingram
92    JayBirdHawk    Bam Adebayo
93    LucastheThird    Paul Millsap
94    AHF    Kyle Lowry
95    pimp    Mo Bamba
96    IheartVolt    Gary Harris
97    lethalweapon3    Joe Harris
98    capstone21    Harrison Barnes
99    bleachkit    Danilo Gallinari
100    Buzzard    Jaxson Hayes
101    Buzzard    Rui Hachimura
102    bleachkit    Bojan Bogdanovic
103    capstone21    Dario Saric
104    lethalweapon3    Jeremy Lamb
105    IheartVolt    Joe Ingles
106    pimp    Bol Bol
107    AHF    Jarrett Culver
108    LucastheThird    DeMarcus Cousins
109    JayBirdHawk    Justise Winslow
110    Spud2nique    Luka Samanic
111    Spud2nique    COACH Lloyd Pierce
112    JayBirdHawk    Mikal Bridges
113    LucastheThird    Patrick Beverley
114    AHF    Jonas Valanciunas
115    pimp    Caris LeVert
116    IheartVolt    Alex Len
117    lethalweapon3    Brandon Clarke
118    capstone21    OG Anunoby
119    bleachkit    Tyler Herro
120    Buzzard    Collin Sexton
121    Buzzard    Harry Giles
122    bleachkit    Taurean Prince
123    capstone21    Terry Rozier
124    lethalweapon3    Dejounte Murray
125    IheartVolt    Miles Bridges
126    pimp    Coby White
127    AHF    Sekou Doumbouya
128    LucastheThird    DeAndre' Bembry
129    JayBirdHawk    Derrick White
130    Spud2nique    Josh Okogie
131    Spud2nique    Zach Collins
132    JayBirdHawk    Rodions Kurucs
133    LucastheThird    Jae Crowder
134    AHF    Luke Kennard
135    pimp    Nickeil Alexander-Walker
136    IheartVolt    JJ Redick
137    lethalweapon3    Terrence Ross
138    capstone21    Dwight Powell
139    bleachkit     Cedi Osman
140    Buzzard    Keldon Johnson
141    Buzzard    COACH Quin Snyder
142    bleachkit    COACH Steve Kerr
143    capstone21    Josh Hart
144    lethalweapon3    Maxi Kleber
145    IheartVolt    Nikola Mirotic
146    pimp    Thomas Bryant
147    AHF    Michael Porter
148    LucastheThird    Jerami Grant
149    JayBirdHawk    Jabari Parker
150    Spud2nique    Mfiondu Kabengele
151    Spud2nique    Landry Shamet
152    JayBirdHawk    Danny Green
153    LucastheThird    COACH Doc Rivers
154    AHF    COACH Erik Spoelstra
155    pimp    COACH Tim Duncan
156    IheartVolt    Goran Dragic
157    lethalweapon3    Ivica Zubac
158    capstone21    COACH Brad Stevens
159    bleachkit    Thaddeus Young
160    Buzzard    Grant Williams

 

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I am about ready. Do I make my pick in this thread or the other one? Never mind, I see this ones title is picks and discussions lol

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I can't add a image 😞

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1 hour ago, Buzzard said:

I can't add a image 😞

No worries, I gotcha!

~lw3

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I have a question. Is this like fantasy football, but with basketball? How does the scoring work?

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18 minutes ago, bleachkit said:

I have a question. Is this like fantasy football, but with basketball? How does the scoring work?

Consider Dynasty Draft evaluations to be qualitative rather than quantitative! We simply pick players either for a short-term title contender, or a team that develops into one over the next four or five years, or some hybrid of those, however you choose, As you pick your players, and finally at the end of the draft, you get to share with the other SquawkGMs why/how your squad will compete, and you can use stats or intangibles as you wish for justification.

A couple years ago, I began providing a post-draft summation of the newest CARMELO values developed by fivethirtyeight.com (we call it SUM-MELO on here) for each Dynasty Draft team, just for entertainment purposes for those of us who dig the quantitative stuff (they've added a "5-Year Market Value" for each NBA player, if that interests you). But ultimately, based on scores or stats or not, "winning" is in the eye of the beholder!

~lw3

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5 minutes ago, lethalweapon3 said:

Consider Dynasty Draft evaluations to be qualitative rather than quantitative! We simply pick players either for a short-term title contender, or a team that develops into one over the next four or five years, or some hybrid of those, however you choose, As you pick your players, and finally at the end of the draft, you get to share with the other SquawkGMs why/how your squad will compete, and you can use stats or intangibles as you wish for justification.

A couple years ago, I began providing a post-draft summation of the newest CARMELO values developed by fivethirtyeight.com (we call it SUM-MELO on here) for each Dynasty Draft team, just for entertainment purposes for those of us who dig the quantitative stuff (they've added a "5-Year Market Value" for each NBA player, if that interests you). But ultimately, based on scores or stats or not, "winning" is in the eye of the beholder!

~lw3

So are all players available? What about players taken last year, etc?

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Just now, bleachkit said:

So are all players available? What about players taken last year, etc?

Yep, any player as noted in AHF's guidelines up top. As long as they have been drafted, including the new 2019 class, at some point, or even undrafted but signed to a guaranteed contract of some type in the league. You can even go rogue and take, say, a currently inactive player that was a bust from an old draft that you believe will soon make a grand re-entrance into the league. Or a draft-and-stash guy, or a perennial G-Leaguer or two-way player, so long as they at some point were eligible to be in an NBA draft in a year before 2020.

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13 minutes ago, bleachkit said:

So are all players available? What about players taken last year, etc?

All active players are available. Its a draft do over every year just like any other fantasy league. Difference is you can go back over the years and look how you did.

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He's a movin' on up! Spud took Trae Young last year at #56 (Round 5).

~lw3

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Just now, lethalweapon3 said:

He's a movin' on up! Spud took Trae Young last year at #56 (Round 5).

~lw3

Dynasty draft, I had to grab him. He is going in the top 30 in most mock fantasy drafts already. Trae is getting the hype and its well deserved.

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Well I'm not sure who to take, but I guess at #2 I'll go with the should-have-been-a-Hawk, the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

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30 minutes ago, Buzzard said:

Dynasty draft, I had to grab him. He is going in the top 30 in most mock fantasy drafts already. Trae is getting the hype and its well deserved.

Wow ,  Trae going #1 is a surprise . Espn and fox sports are gonna be calling for your job after taking Trae #1
I know Skip Bayless is tearing you a new one on twitter right now 😋

 

I hope you prove that fool wrong!

I took Trae in the fantasy draft last year. It looked like i made a mistake in November, but by Jan. Trae had become the best pick of my draft.

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9 hours ago, bleachkit said:

Well I'm not sure who to take, but I guess at #2 I'll go with the should-have-been-a-Hawk, the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Another superb selecton!

We're still in the Squawkatorium for a final day, but as a force of habit, don't forget once you've made your pick to send a PM message (using the Messenger icon on the top of the page) to the next SquawkGM in the queue (in this round, it's @capstone21; next round it'll be Buzzard), and then to let us know that he/she has been PM'd. After today, the PM confirmations will officially "start the clock" for the next GM.

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9 hours ago, pimp said:

Wow ,  Trae going #1 is a surprise . Espn and fox sports are gonna be calling for your job after taking Trae #1
I know Skip Bayless is tearing you a new one on twitter right now 😋

 

I hope you prove that fool wrong!

I took Trae in the fantasy draft last year. It looked like i made a mistake in November, but by Jan. Trae had become the best pick of my draft.

Bump them two fools! Last season I got trapped after getting the #1 pick and no PG options I really liked later on as they kept getting nabbed. I was determined to not let that happen again this year. I am sure there is some homerism mixed in; but take the top five PG's 25 and under and I like Trae the best. So he was my pick.

@bleachkit The Freak is a keeper. Nice pick!

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36 minutes ago, capstone21 said:

Anthony Davis ... not feeling the greatest so will do a write up later.

@lethalweapon3 is up

Just out of curiosity, would you have taken AD at #2? I was torn between the two.

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With the 4th Pick in the Opening Round of the 2019 Hawksquawk Summer Dynasty Draft, Lethal Nas X will select:

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Ah, there he is. Joel Hans Embiid (Center, 7’0”, 250 lbs., Age 25 as of 10/1/2019), always the strong, silent type. A little more of the former than the latter!

 

Maddening, or endearing? Many of the traits and habits that so frustrate Summer Dynasty League fans about Joel Embiid may also be viewed as encouraging signs of growth.

One need not mistake his tears, brought forth by a 2019 Playoff campaign that ended abruptly short, for a player devoid of the passion (or, perhaps TOO passionate) to win, and win big.

Much to the chagrin of Tough Guy Twitter, the seven-footer spends a notoriously inordinate amount of time flopping to the hardwood floor, but that’s by design.

Embiid is all about big-man longevity, and sustainability for him means not over-stressing his surgically-repaired foot, one that he sat out the first two seasons of his career in order to get SDL-ready. At the first hint of a possible lower-limb strain, he has trained himself to Hit The Floor, spread the impact across his body, and let chips fall where they may.

He’s seeing the floor an awful lot, but we have yet to witness his ceiling.

Load management being the new name of the game, Embiid was in action for just 64 out of 82 regular-season games in 2018-19, a slight improvement over his breakout sophomore and injury-shortened rookie seasons (63 and 31 games played, respectively). Even so, while averaging a career-best 33.7 per-game minutes, he managed to be the only SDL player to finish this past season Top-5 in both points and rebounds per game. In The Process, Embiid amassed more made free throws than all except the league’s most notorious foul-sponge.

Despite the limited appearances, Joel also was among just four players to rank Top-10 in total blocks and total rebounds. His defensive acumen in the post and on switches was rewarded with his second consecutive All-Defensive Second-Team selection at center. The race for First Team would likely be closer, if he were to stay impactful on the floor a bit more frequently.

As he has done this past season by becoming a more reliable free throw shooter (80.4 FT% in 2018-19, pretty good relative to many of the league’s bricklaying bigs), Embiid is committed to rounding out his game to become a more “complete” full-court player, as he says himself. Last season was the first in which he produced more assists (3.7 APG) than turnovers (3.5 TOs/game). For a player who has been Top-3 in Usage% for two straight seasons, continued improvement with ball-handling and decision-making on offense is a surefire way to leave a lasting imprint.

Embiid also seeks to better balance his ability to bully around the offensive paint with the skill to become a reliable pick-and-pop, perimeter-shooting big man (30.0 3FG% regular-season, 30.8% in the playoffs), as has become the trend in this day and age. Trying to keep up with pivots more skilled in this area was part of his downfall in the postseason. But as he improves his own mechanics and decision-making outside the paint, hopefully, he will also have some co-starters at his disposal that are willing-and-able to take those shots.

Embiid's game is still growing, and to channel that growth into prosperity for Lethal Nas X, he needs to demonstrate better leadership on and off the court. This summer, his offseason diet and conditioning are bearing out his acknowledgement. Still, as he approaches his prime, Joel will need a coach and complementary players that are willing to positively evolve alongside him.

 

Find you someone in life who can love you as much as @IheartVolt loves shocking yellowish-green uniform colors. He has been PM’d, and is now free to pick to his heart’s content!

 

~lw3

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