Lower The Rim’s annual “Get With These!” NBA fantasy draft projections are here, as DJ and the one and only Dr. A are going to give you a leg up in YOUR fantasy draft with our SURE THING, LET DOWN, DARK HORSE, and YOU WANNA GET NUTS? LET’S GET NUTS! selections for 2011-2012. And here they are:
SURE THING: Chris Paul. As much as it pains me to say it Chris Paul’s “I’m a chump” move to whatever LA sports team would take him is actually going to pay dividends to his already stellar game. He’s the best point guard in the league and now he’s going to have more firepower at his disposal than he’s ever had by a long shot. Long story short, look for him to lead the league in assists, and maybe even break the record for single season average.
LET DOWN: Dwight Howard. The guy is stuck in Orlando and he’s got nothing to play for. Quite frankly, he could launch 30 half court shots from between his legs every single game and still remain the top Free Agent next summer. Ironically, he’ll still be the best center in the game, but I wouldn’t throw a number one pick at him.
DARK HORSE: Jarret Jack. Nobody is happier about Chris Paul’s desire to jump over the lowest points of a Kia with Blake Griffin than Jack. This will be a career year for Jack, who produced well above average as a reserve for the Hornets, and now assumes the starting role. Keep him on your radar; you’ll probably be able to get him at a pretty decent bargain, but don’t wait too long.
YOU WANNA GET NUTS? LET’S GET NUTS!: All Denver Nuggets stuck in China. It’s quite possible that JR Smith, Wilson Chandler, and Kenyon Martin, will all be available in the final rounds of your fantasy draft. My advice to you? Draft them. They aren’t projected to be free from China until March, but don’t be surprised if a little Mob Money quietly changes hands and we see these three suited up in January–all starters, all with moderate to big point potential. When it comes to the bottom of the draft, it’s anarchy anyway, so scoop these guys up while you can.
Dr. A offered me no explanation for these picks–as he is often times apt to do–so take them as you will.
SURE THING: Kevin Durant
LET DOWN: Russel Westbrook… How one team member is a sure thing, and the man passing him the ball is a let down is beyond me, but these are the Dr.’s orders, and in these parts of the country the doc is a fantasy dynamo.
DARK HORSE: Greg Monroe
YOU WANNA GET NUTS? LET’S GET NUTS!: Gordon Hayward
There you have it folks, the first installment of Lower The Rim’s “Get With These!” fantasy projections. Stay tuned. It’s going to be a freakin’ weird year.