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Old 08-24-2008, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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DON'T SLEEP ON: Jamario Moon

What do LeBron James, Rudy Gay, Shawn Marion, Andrei Kirilenko, Danny Granger, Rasheed Wallace, Shane Battier, and Jamario Moon have in common? They were the only players to average 1+ steal, 1+ block, and .5 or more threes per game last season. That's an exclusive group, but Battier & Moon are much less heralded players, partly because both failed to average double digits in scoring last season. Indeed, Moon's 8.5 ppg average was nothing to write home about, but he also helped out fantasy teams by pulling down 6+ boards and shooting 48.5% from the field.

I'm optimistic about Moon's 2nd NBA season because his stats actually improved after the All-Star break, despite playing fewer minutes and opponents being more familiar with him. For example, before the break, he averaged .4 made threes and .8 turnovers while shooting 46.2% FG, 29.7% 3P, and 70.0% FT. After the break, he averaged .7 made threes and just .4 turnovers, while shooting 52.3% FG, 36.2% 3P, and 80.0% FT. If you ask me, those Post All-Star improvements indicate that Moon played with much more confidence after proving that he belongs in the NBA (as opposed to the CBA, USBL, LNBP, or any other league that he previously played in). When you factor in Delfino's departure and a possible increase in playing time for '08-09, that makes Moon an intriguing mid-round pick if you already have some big-time scorers.

BE CAREFUL OF: Jose Calderon

It's not often that a player goes from being picked outside of the Top 100 one year (average draft position of 104.7 according to ESPN) to being a Top 20 pick the next, but that's exactly what might happen with Jose Calderon. The Spanish point guard was one of the top value picks of '07-08, but I'm warning you to be careful because it's hard to exceed value when expectations are set too high. And for knowledgeable fantasy hoops fans, expectations seem to be floating somewhere between the stratosphere and thermosphere right now.

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(Where you should draft these guys in an 8-cat Roto league with 12 teams and 14 man rosters)
Bosh: Late 1st - 2nd
Calderon: Late 2nd - 3rd
O'Neal: 5th - 6th
Moon: 7th - 8th
Parker: 8th - 10th
Bargnani: Don't draft (but watch if you need threes)
Kapono: Don't draft (but watch if you need threes)
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The good thing about our team right now is that we have various players that its almost 100% sure that we will be better than last season. Moon and Bargs will be for sure. Moon because he was just a rookie and bargs, because he was injured, he has worked hard this summer, and well, its just almost imposible to be worse than last year.
After kaponos playoff performance its safe to say that he will have more confidence and playing time. IMO an improvement its pretty realistic.
Bosh defense has been better already in the olympics and with a Oneal there, we can be optimist.

Only two players can really dissapoint IMO. Calde, if the playing time trully hurts him and Oneal, if he just doesnt play anywhere near to the All-star level he should have.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think the guy's fault is that he's looking at the stats too deeply. Moon was more valuable to the team PRIOR to the All-Star break because he was slashing more. The teams has a boat load of shooters who have a nice percentage, they don't have slashers. On offense Moon turned into the norm after the break...
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cald will be one of the biggest fantasy busts this year for people taking him in the top 20.
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Cald will be one of the biggest fantasy busts this year for people taking him in the top 20.
Uh-oh ... let the Roko>Jose threads start.
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Cald will be one of the biggest fantasy busts this year for people taking him in the top 20.
Why is that? He was in the top 15(Yahoo leagues) the entire time TJ was out with injury. Now he's the undisputed guy and he has another star on board to feed the ball to.
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well, you know what you will get from Jose - 10+ assists, very few TOs, 2-3 threes a game, great FG% for a guard, average amount of points, below average in steals and rebounds for his position. If he's not injured, he will be a great fantasy player - because he's so predictable. I think 15ppg, 10 apg, 1spg, 50% FGm 3rbg are top 30 easily. I would definitely take him over Chauncey Billups, that's for sure.
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Exactly, it's fantasy so who really cares, but 50 40 and 90 with double digits in points, 8-10 assists a game game and low turnovers easily make him top 20.
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