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The Memphis Grizzlies are apparently asking for less now in exchange for Pau Gasol. The Chicago Bulls still seem like the team most likely to land Gasol. Originally, the Grizzlies were asking for Luol Deng and Ben Gordon along with P.J. Brown’s expiring contract and a draft pick. Now, it seems they’ll settle for Deng or Gordon and another young player like Thabo Sefolosha and a draft pick.
Also, the Memphis Grizzlies are trying to trade for Portland’s Jamaal Magloire (whose $8.3 million contract expires after this season) in exchange for Stromile Swift and Dahntay Jones.
Fantasy Spin: Gasol would be a nice fit on the Bulls, who desperately need a back-to-the-basket, low post scorer. Also, Gasol’s ability to pass the ball out of double teams would be an ideal fit. If Gasol goes to Chicago, expect his numbers to still hover around 20-10, as the Bulls don’t have a whole lot of offensive weapons. Having Gasol on the team might hurt Deng or Gordon’s scoring productivity, but certainly it wouldn’t hurt their field goal percentage, as they’d be getting more open looks.
If the Grizzlies move Gasol in one deal and pick up Magloire in another, look for Magloire to get plenty of minutes. In this scenerio, Swift would also be gone, which means Magloire would only have to compete with the oft-injured Jake Tsakalidis for playing time.
The future is looking bright for the NBA as numerous highly touted prospects develop in high school, college and over seas. The NBA adopted a new rule that was effective as of last June’s draft that players must be at least 19 years of age to declare themselves eligible for the draft. As a result, fans hope to see more NBA-ready players come in as rookies. Here are some of the top prospects across the globe.
- Hasheem Thabeet 7-3 265lbs – UConn
Hasn’t played organized ball for long, but is huge and very coordinated and mobile for his size. Has a soft touch to his shot and the frame to add weight. Needs to develop more of an offensive game. Is still very raw.
- Roy Hibbert 7-2 280lbs – Georgetown
Great size and rebounding ability. Excellent free throw shooter with soft hands. Not much of an athlete, though, and has trouble against athletic big men.
- Tyler Hansbrough 6-8 245lbs – North Carolina
Tough-nosed, big game player who can score on the low block and is a savvy rebounder. A bit undersized to play the four in the NBA, though, and not a great athlete.
- Michael Beasley 6-9 235 – High School (eligible in 2008)
Has the potential to be one of those “special” players. Extremely athletic and versatile. Great size. Needs to be more consistent.
- L.R. Lbah a Moute 6-7 230lbs – UCLA
Extremely athletic and versatile. Has a 7-2 wing span. Is relatively new to the game, but learns fast. Has the potential to become a great defender. Needs to play the game more and continue to develop all around.
- Eric Gordon 6-4 210lbs – High School (eligible in 2008)
Excellent scorer. Can shoot the lights out or get to the line on a drive. Very athletic. Is a little undersized for the two guard spot. Could improve his passing ability.
- Bill Walker 6-5 235lbs – High School (eligible in 2008)
Freakish athlete. Dunks like the all-time great dunkers. Still relies too much on atheticism and needs to develop more skill, but his upside is through the roof. Intense on the court and a hard worker.
- Brandon Rush 6-6 205lbs – Kansas
Athletic wing who knows how to take over a game. Very versatile on the wing.
- Nicolas Batum 6-8 210lbs – France
Very versatile player with solid range. Clutch shooter and a tough competitor. Needs to add strength to be able to finish better in traffic.
- Richard Roby 6-6 190lbs – Colorado
Excellent shooter. Has length and athleticism. Is Kenyon Martin’s half brother. Needs to add strength and play with more passion.
- Derrick Rose 6-4 195lbs – High School (eligible in 2008)
An incredible talent. Extremely athletic with great ballhandling skills. Could be a special player. Good head on his shoulders and is humble. Right now he’s a great scorer, but he needs to improve on his point guard skills.
- OJ Mayo 6-5 210lbs – High School (eligible in 2008)
Another potentially special player. Incredible athlete with great one-on-one skills. Incredible first step. Excellent defender. Reminds some of Dwayne Wade. Needs to learn how to take the point guard role.
- Ronald Steele 6-2 185lbs – Alabama
Solid floor general who can make plays around the basket. Excellent leader and tough defender. Not a great athlete and needs to be more consistent of a scorer.
*** Check out the results of the 2007 NBA Draft with comments at the LIVE Pick-by-Pick with Fantapedia***
Eh,…so what if 6/30 isn’t the greatest ratio. With how chaotic the NBA Draft can be, that really isn’t all that bad. Still, here’s a look at what Fantapedia.net predicted for the 2007 NBA Draft.
Greg Oden - Portland Trail Blazers – C 7-0 280lbs
The Blazers need another scorer at the three, so Durant would be a good fit, but they won’t pass on a dominant center. CORRECT
Kevin Durant – Seattle Supersonics – SF 6-10 225lbs
Now they have to figure out what to do with Rashard Lewis. The northwest is the big victor in this draft. CORRECT
Al Horford - Atlanta Hawks – PF 6-9 245lbs
Horford may be one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft. If this pick doesn’t get traded, that could mean either Marvin or Shelden Williams will get dealt. CORRECT
Mike Conley - Memphis Grizzlies – PG 6-1 180lbs
The Grizzlies have narrawed down its options to Conley, Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Brandan Wright, which doesn’t make predicting the pick any easier. CORRECT
Yi Jianlian - Boston Celtics – F 7-0 250lbs
Danny Ainge wants Yi (pronounce “E”), Doc Rivers wants Jeff Green and Paul Pierce wants the pick traded for a veteran. INCORRECT
Brandan Wright - Milwaukee Bucks – PF 6-9 210lbs
The Bucks are elated that Wright, whom some think is the third best prospect in the draft, falls this far. INCORRECT
Corey Brewer - Minnesota Timberwolves- F/G 6-9 190lbs
He’s rail-thin, but some think he’s the second coming of Scottie Pippen. CORRECT
Joakim Noah – Charlotte Bobcats – PF 6-11 235lbs
This might be a mistake. Noah doesn’t have much skill, but he is long, mobile and intense and could help Emeka Okafor down low. INCORRECT
Spencer Hawes - Chicago Bulls – C 7-0 250lbs
He’s a perfect fit for Chicago, even though he’ll need to get stronger and improve defensively. INCORRECT
Jeff Green - Sacramento Kings F 6-9 235lbs
Ron Artest is being shopped and Green could slip because he has limited upside. Though he does look ready to contribute right away. INCORRECT
Rodney Stuckey - Atlanta Hawks – G 6-5 210lbs
Stuckey might be the best kept secret of this draft. Rumors have the Seattle Supersonics sending Luke Ridnour to Atlanta for this pick. If that happens, they could go with Stuckey. INCORRECT
Al Thornton - Philadelphia – SF 6-7 220lbs
Freak of athlete who would give them a scary highlight reel alongside Andre Iguodala. INCORRECT
Thaddeus Young – New Orleans Hornets – F 6-7 210lbs
The Hornets could also opt for Nick Young, but they’ve been very intrigued with Thaddeus’ athleticism of late. INCORRECT
Javaris Crittenton – LA Clippers – PG 6-5 190lbs
Great size and athleticism at point. They need a point guard with Sam Cassell getting older and Shaun Livingston out for a year. INCORRECT
- Nick Young - Detroit Pistons – SG 6-6 200lbs
Young would be the perfect fit in Detroit. Great midrange game and athleticism. Needs to be more assertive attacking the basket. INCORRECT
- Julian Wright - Washington Wizards – F 6-8 225lbs
Wright’s athleticism is appealing, but he slips because he has a suspect outside shot and hasn’t really wow’ed anyone. He was also out of shape for some workouts. INCORRECT
- Jason Smith - New Jersey Nets – F 7-0 230lbs
A very talented forward who needs seasoning. Quick for a seven footer. The Nets could also go with Josh McRoberts. INCORRECT
- Tiago Splitter – Golden State Warriors – F/C 7-0 240lbs
This would be a good pick for the Warriors. Splitter might not be ready to come to the NBA right away, but he’d certainly be a good fit in Golden State. INCORRECT
- Acie Law - LA Lakers – SF 6-3 185lbs
Not nearly as much upside as Crittenton or Conley, but he may be more NBA-ready than the two. The Lakers could use a point guard and Law seems ready to play in the NBA. INCORRECT
- Derrick Byars - Miami Heat – F/G 6-7 225lbs
Byars doesn’t have as much upside as other players available, but he’s a solid defender who can contribute right away. INCORRECT
- Rudy Fernandez – Philadelphia 76ers – SG 6-5 175lbs
Reminds some of a thinner Manu Ginobili. Needs to add muscle. Could help the 76ers’ scoring. INCORRECT
- Daequan Cook – Charlotte Bobcats – SG 6-5 210lbs
Cook has tremendous upside and could be a good prospect for Charlotte. INCORRECT
- Wilson Chandler - New York Knicks – SF 6-7 220lbs
The Knicks don’t need Chandler, but he fits the mold of the type of player Isiah Thomas looks for and they apparently like him a lot. CORRECT
- Marco Belinelli - Phoenix Suns – SG 6-6 190lbs
A great shooter who can play both guard spots. Needs to work on defense. INCORRECT
- Arron Afflalo - Utah Jazz – SG 6-5 216lbs
Afflalo is a smart player who can shoot and play solid defense. INCORRECT
- Josh McRoberts - Houston Rockets – F 6-10 240lbs
McRoberts has great size and skill, but isn’t that athletic and needs to get tougher. INCORRECT
- Jared Dudley - Detroit Pistons – SF 6-7 225lbs
A great basketball talent and a great worker who would fit in with Detroit very well. INCORRECT
- Alando Tucker - San Antonio Spurs – SF 6-7 210lbs
High basketball IQ and solid scorer. Very coachable and would fit right in with the Spurs. INCORRECT
- Petteri Koponen – Phoenix Suns – PG 6-4 195lbs
Koponen has impressed in draft workouts and could be the future point guard after Steve Nash retires. INCORRECT
- Sean Williams - Philadelphia 76ers – PF 6-10 230lbs
High risk, high reward pick. Williams has many off court and attitude problems, but is extremely athletic and has tremendous potential. INCORRECT
The following player rankings are based on rotisserie style with 9 STAT CATS (PTS, RBS, ASSTS, 3s, STLS, BLKS, FG%, FT%, and TOs)
- Kobe Bryant - Might be the league’s top player.
- Dirk Nowitzki - After a disappointing post season, expect Dirk to be fired up.
- Shawn Marion - He falls on this list if he’s traded from the Suns.
- LeBron James - He’s tasted an NBA Finals. Expect a big surge in 2007-2008.
- Kevin Garnett – Will be a fantasy stud wherever he plays.
- Gilbert Arenas - Would be higher, but high turnovers and low FG% hurts.
- Steve Nash – Incredible assists with high percentages is a rare thing.
- Amare Stoudemire – He should be healthy by the start of the season.
- ↑ Chris Paul - If healthy, Paul is one of the league’s top point guards.
- Jason Kidd - His back is a concern.
- Pau Gasol - With Mike Conley Jr. and best friend Juan Carlos Navarro passing him the ball, expect even bigger numbers next season.
- Rashard Lewis - Orlando is a fantasy play ground for Lewis.
- Tim Duncan - An impressive season in 2006-2007 makes him a high commodity for next season.
- ↑ Yao Ming – Injuries and turnovers kill him. His FG and FT percentages are excellent, though, and at a high volume.
- ↑ Josh Smith - Smith fills the stat sheets and provides a big boost in blocks.
- ↑ Marcus Camby - He never plays a whole season, but his numbers are great. He drops on this list if you’re in a H2H league.
↑ Gerald Wallace - Started slow last season, but finished strong.
- Vince Carter - Carter’s decision to re-sign was a smart one.
- Andre Iguodala - He’s the new AI in Philly.
- Chris Bosh - He needs to get those blocks up if he wants to move up on this list.
- Carlos Boozer - Great points and boards, but doesn’t fill some of the other stats.
- Chauncey Billups - Billups has been Mr. Consistent and has a new contract to show for it.
- Caron Butler - He was excellent when healthy last season.
- Baron Davis - If Davis plays like he did last season, he’s easily in the top twenty. The big question is can he repeat a season of being healthy.
- Michael Redd - Excellent scorer with great percentages, but not very well-rounded in fantasy.
- ↑ Kevin Martin - Excellent scorer who provides a big boost in the percentages.
- Ray Allen - He’ll be pumped up to play in his home town with Paul Pierce.
- Tracy McGrady - T-Mac didn’t have that great of a season last year, but assuming he stays healthy, he should do better with more ball handlers on the team.
- Joe Johnson – If he comes to camp healthy, he shoots up fast on this list.
- ↑ Josh Howard – Howard was a first-time All Star last season.
- Luol Deng - Look for another break out season. 20+ ppg.
- ↑ Al Jefferson – Will be the main guy in Minnesota.
- Allen Iverson - Turnovers are still high, but assists might make up for it.
- Antawn Jamison - Jamison is the quiet assasin in fantasy. He’s very consistent, but doesn’t get a lot of attention.
- ↓ Paul Pierce – Allen takes a huge load off Pierce, which should help reduce those turnovers.
- ↓ Dwayne Wade - No clear indication about when he’s coming back.
- Jason Richardson – On the one hand, he won’t be playing under Don Nelson’s system next year. On the other hand, he’ll be the main scorer.
- Kirk Hinrich - He’s off and on, but has the ability to put up numbers like a poor man’s Chauncey Billups.
- Deron Williams - Williams should only continue to improve.
- Emeka Okafor - He had a great season last year, but needs to work on FT%.
- Manu Ginobili - If he stays completely healthy, he’s a great fantasy contributor.
- ↓ Brandon Roy - If he can stay healthy, he’s the man in Portland.
- Rasheed Wallace - See “Antawn Jamison”
- Ron Artest - Suspended for the first seven games of the season.
- Jermaine O’Neal - Health is a concern.
- Carmelo Anthony - Still needs to be more of a well-rounded player and get those turnovers down.
- Tyson Chandler – Can he stay healthy and have a repeat season like last year?
- Dwight Howard – Huge boost in boards along with good blocks, but he comes with a FT% and turnovers that kill.
- Jason Terry - He has a deceptively good fantasy game.
- ↑ LaMarcus Aldridge - Portland will be looking more for him to produce this season.
- ↑ Andrei Kirilenko - Tension with Sloan seems to have subsided.
- Mike Miller - Will have more scorers around him, but should still rack up some threes.
- Ben Gordon - Great scorer who’s shooting more threes these days.
- ↓ Kevin Durant – Expect some rookie hurdles.
- Andris Biedrins - Golden State’s only reliable center. Should get some double-doubles and blocks.
- ↓ Leandro Barbosa - Playing behind Grant Hill might hurt his minutes.
- ↑ Mo Williams - Don’t expect similar numbers to last season. He was playing for a contract and most of his teammates were hurt.
- Ricky Davis - If he stays in Minnesota this season he could be a top fifty fantasy player.
- Shane Battier - Not an attractive pick, but does a lot of the little things fantasy owners need.
- Lamar Odom - Already hurt. Missing the pre-season to an injury.
- ↓ Samuel Dalembert - Dealing with an early injury.
- ↑ Andrea Bargnani - Is expected to start at center, and will hit threes.
- Tony Parker - Great percentages for a point guard, but not much steals or threes.
- Richard Hamilton - Overrated in terms of fantasy, but scorers are sometimes tough to find this late.
- David West - If he’s healthy, he’s good for 17-18 ppg and solid boards.
- Corey Maggette - Opting out of his contract next summer and taking Elton Brand’s touches.
- Danny Granger - Granger should have an increased role this season.
- ↓ Mehmet Okur - Millsap might be taking some of his minutes.
- Andre Miller - Great assists, but no threes.
- ↑ Rajon Rondo - Is in the perfect spot to produce. Expect big assists and steals from him.
- Ben Wallace - Saw a big dip in numbers last season, but still good for boards and some blocks.
- Raja Bell - Reaps the benefits of having Steve Nash as a teammate.
- T.J. Ford - Expect even more assists with Toronto’s run-n-gun system.
- Raymond Felton - Assists are nice, but TOs and FG% are brutal.
- Zydrunas Ilgauskas - Somewhat reliable big man, but he’s seeing his numbers dive as he gets older.
- Zach Randolph - May not be able to co-exist with Eddy Curry. Still, he gets to the line and shoots a high %.
- Tayshaun Prince - Isn’t an appealing pick, but very reliable.
- Chris Wilcox - Will be counted on to take more responsibility.
- Monta Ellis - Ellis will be backing Baron Davis up at the point guard spot and not starting at two like many thought he would.
- Josh Childress - Needs to stay healthy and find minutes amongst many other forwards.
- Rudy Gay - Should benefit from Mike Conley’s presence.
- ↑ Peja Stojakovic - Still not 100%, but worth a gamble this late.
- ↑ Mike Dunleavy - Will be a key component of a bad team.
- Andrew Bynum - Is in better shape and should be ready to produce.
- Chris Kaman - Without Brand in uniform, Kaman should get a lot of boards.
- David Lee - Even with Zach Randolph in the lineup, they’ll need Lee’s defense.
- ↑ John Salmons – Expect solid numbers with Mike Bibby hurt.
- ↓ Mike Bibby - Better than his numbers last season.
- Boris Diaw - Fantasy owners hope he gets back to producing like he did a couple seasons ago.
- ↑ Kelenna Azubuike - Has shown great resolve and with Jason Richardson gone, should take over as the starting two guard. Could be a big steal.
- Devin Harris - Should continue to improve this season.
- Kyle Korver - A three-point specialist, but a reliable three-point specialist.
- Jason Williams - Teammates say he’s looking quick and healthy again.
- Stephen Jackson - Golden State’s starting small forward is often overlooked.
- Andres Nocioni - The Bulls were unable to land a power forward this off season, so look for Nocioni to continue getting some opportunities.
- ↑ Corey Brewer - With Davis gone, Brewer should see minutes right away.
- ↑ Joel Przybilla - He’s back and will start with Oden out for the year.
- Jamal Crawford - He’s back and should be able to bring three-pointers with him.
- Anthony Parker - He was a consistent fantasy contributor last season.
- ↓ Elton Brand - Won’t be back until the All-Star break, but if you can wait on him think of the midseason boost?
- Al Harrington - Overrated fantasy contributer, but is solid.