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                         NBA 2k9 Fantasy Draft FAQ

                            Written by Lozenger4
                       email at kalambo48@hotmail.com


This is a Fantasy Draft FAQ for the Xbox 360 game NBA 2K9. The guide can only
be distributed for personal use. It cannot be sold or put on websites without
getting my permission first. As of now, Gamefaqs is the only place where this
guide may be posted.


Version 1.0 completed 12/11/2008


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     Table of Contents

     A)  Introduction
     B)  Fantasy draft basics
     C)  Pros and cons of a fantasy draft
     D)  Draft strategies and pointers
     E)  Draft outcomes (Player draft rankings)
     F)  Fantasy draft examples
     G)  Final Thoughts and Observations


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A)  Introduction


  Although it may seem foolish to do a fantasy draft FAQ when most of it can
  be construed as common sense, there are a number of reasons as to why I
  took a couple hours out of several days to make this.

     1) It was fun. I had always wanted to do a FAQ and this seemed like a
        good situation to make one.

     2) Several people requested it. Over the first couple months since the
        game's release, I've seen numerous topics asking for help on fantasy
        drafts. Now there is one central place to go for tips and advice.

     3) I'm a seasoned pro at fantasy drafts. Ever since Hardball 6 on the
        computer, I've loved to draft and create my own teams. I've been
        drafting teams in this franchise since NBA 2k3 (when Tyson Chandler
        was listed as a Small Forward).

     4) I love analyzing statistics. Statistical analysis is my job (literally
        it is in real life. I get paid for it). So this wasn't much of a chore
        at all.

     5) Why not? Seemed like a fun idea at the time. Turned out it was.


  This FAQ is designed for:

     1) Newcomers to the NBA 2k francise

     2) Those who have never done a fantasy draft before

     3) Those who are no good at doing fantasy drafts and need help

     4) Anyone who just wants to look at how the computer uses its tendancies
        to draft players


  As I mentioned earlier, this is my first FAQ, so all criticism/acclamation
  is more than welcome. If anyone notices any errors, let me know via email
  or just find me on the Gamefaqs board and let me know there so I can make
  a correction. Additionally, any other helpful advice/information/knowledge
  is also appreciated! Hopefully this FAQ sheds some light to those in need
  of help in the world of fantasy drafts. Enjoy!





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B)  Fantasy Draft Basics

   1.  In the past, NBA 2k games had their fantasy draft order set up in a
       "straight" formation.  In other words, if a team had the first overall
       pick, they would also have the first pick in each round.  Fortunately,
       this year's version is of the "snake," or "serpentine," formation.
       This way the team who gets the first overall pick will get the last
       pick of the 2nd round (but the first pick of the 3rd round).

          ex:  Bulls get the 10th pick in the first round, then the 20th pick
               in the 2nd round, then the 10th pick in the 3rd round, etc.

   2.  There are 30 teams in the league and they all must participate in the
       fantasy draft if that option is chosen in Association, Season, or
       Playoff mode.  A custom team can be used if it is sustituted for
       a different team when that option is chosen. These players will be
       available in the draft but the substituted team's players will not. To
       have them available, assign them to free agency before the draft.

   3.  Draft order is assigned at random during each new draft.  If you want a
       certain position and do not get it, you will have to exit the draft,
       reload the rosters, and try again.

   4.  IMPORTANT:  Salaries and contracts are all randomized to each player's
       skill level.  Nearly every player is overpaid.  So don't bank on
       picking players who have expiring contracts in real life.  Always check
       their contract situations before making a pick!



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C)  Pros and Cons of a Fantasy Draft


   PROS: - You are the GM!  You get to make a team based on your tendancies
           and interests!  If your favorite player is Kirk Hinrich (like me)
           go ahead and draft him a little earlier than usual and make him
           a primary player on your team.

         - From a personal standpoint, I feel guilty making major trades that
           may seem a bit unrealistic in the NBA.  The Magic aren't going
           to trade Dwight Howard in real life, but for the right price he
           could be available in your Association or Season mode.  Yet I still
           feel guilty when I would make a league altering trade...except when
           the players are scrambled anyways!

         - The AI is smarter than in the past. Finally! No longer will they
           always pick the highest rated player and end up with 7 power
           forwards all over the age of 33. Now all of the teams strive for
           a balance between positions and player potential (how's that for
           an alliteration?)


   CONS: - The biggest disadvantage is what I mentioned in the previous
           section:  contracts are all screwed up.  Every team is well over
           the salary cap, even after the season is over (for any moderately
           constructed team).  This leaves star players asking for too much
           money and left without a contract after the free agency period.  On
           the positive side, I was able to get Allen Iverson to sign for the
           mid-level exception after my 2nd year started in one of my leagues.

         - Player ratings are hidden.  You can still see each player's overall
           rating and a letter value of various categories, but the specific
           numerical ratings aren't there for comparison purposes.

         - Accessibility.  You must cycle to your spot in the draft order to
           view your team.  Also, players can only sorted by position.

         - All 15 rounds require a player to be selected.  There is no option
           to skip a round.  There are simple solutions to this issue in the
           "Strategies and Pointers" section.


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D)  Draft Strategies and Pointers

 - Point Guards are the least important position to fill. There are no super-
   elite PGs like the other positions outside of Chris Paul, but there are
   plenty of serviceable ones. Fine with Chris Duhon being your starting point
   guard? Take him in the 7th round and fill in other positions first.

 - There aren't many elite centers, but power forwards are abundant. Guys like
   Jermaine O'Neal can double for both of these positions.

 - Every team needs specialists to serve as their role players. Drafting good
   defenders late like or Ime Udoka or Brevin Kight can be useful. Also,
   getting a good rebounder such as Reggie Evans is nice.

 - Most imporant of the role players is a shooter. Taking Peja Stojakovic in
   the 5th round is a personal favorite of mine, but taking Jason Kapono later
   works too. Even later Kyle Korver is available for a spark off the bench.
   I like to label this as my "Eric Piakowski" for every team because he would
   always be my 11th man and come in and hit a few 3's when I would get down
   late in a game.

 - Don't plan on making too many free agent signings in the offseason. All
   of the player contracts are messed up, and it generally takes 4-6 years to
   get a realistic contract situation again for all players.

 - Some players whose contracts expire can be had for the mid-level exception
   after the following season starts. For example, I got Allen Iverson for the
   MLE in November of the following year because no team could afford his
   free agency period asking price.

 - If you're picking toward the start or end of a round (I term it bookends),
   be sure to plan ahead. Taking two picks at a time is nice but there is a
   big layoff where a huge gap in talent levels will take place.

 Sidenote: Is there a more underrated player in the game than Renaldo Balkman?
           He may not be an all-star, but his 65 rating is worse than Awvee
           Storey (he of his 3 pro seasons at age 31 with a 2.4 PPG career).

 - The last few picks could amount to some usefulness, but why waste the money
   on guys who are never going to play. Take players with the short contract
   for minimum pay and then cut them to open space so the computer can offer
   you trades.


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E)  Draft Outcomes (Player Draft Rankings)


     Sample:  Here are the results of a number of fantasy drafts where the
     computertypically selects their players.  There were 3 drafts in which 8
     of the 15 rounds were completed, 5 drafts with over 4 rounds, 8 drafts
     with 2 rounds, and 2 drafts with nearly 2 rounds.  This allows better
     results for the more important selections earlier in the draft.


     Key:  Rank - Player's Draft Rank (Based on average position selected)
           Player - Duh
           Rate - Player's Default Rating
           Average - Average Position Selected in Sample (Round-Pick)
           High - Earliest Selection in Sample (Round-Pick)
           Low - Latest Selection in Sample (Round-Pick)
           N/D - Not Drafted (only for Latest Selection)


     Players in the top 250 draft picks by position:

                         PG:  55
                         SG:  56
                         SF:  51
                         PF:  51
                         C:   37


     Players draft average by round per position:

   Round    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8

    PG      6    7    8    7    7    7    6    7
    SG      4    9    6    7    3    8    9    10
    SF      6    5    8    5    8    5    6    8
    PF      10   4    4    5    6    7    6    9
    C       4    5    5    6    5    3    4    5


     Go ahead.  Print the list.  You know you want to.


 - Point Guards - Point Guards - Point Guards - Point Guards - Point Guards -


   Rank    Player           Rate    Average     High     Low

    2    Chris Paul          99      1-2        1-1      1-4
    5    Gilbert Arenas      95      1-6        1-3      1-9
    10   Deron Williams      94      1-9        1-6      1-12
    13   Baron Davis         94      1-13       1-10     1-18
    16   Steve Nash          95      1-16       1-14     1-21
    21   Jason Kidd          92      1-21       1-15     1-27
    33   Chauncey Billups    90      2-4        1-29     2-8
    39   Tony Parker         88      2-8        2-5      2-10
    40   Monta Ellis         87      2-10       2-7      2-13
    43   Derrick Rose        80      2-14       2-11     2-19
    50   Jerryd Bayless      79      2-19       2-13     2-23
    54   Jose Calderon       87      2-22       2-17     2-25
    57   T.J. Ford           84      2-28       2-25     3-1
    64   Rajon Rondo         83      3-5        3-1      3-10
    69   Mike Bibby          85      3-8        3-1      3-12
    72   Maurice Williams    84      3-13       3-10     3-16
    78   Kirk Hinrich        84      3-17       3-11     3-21
    80   Devin Harris        83      3-18       3-14     3-24
    83   Raymond Felton      81      3-24       3-19     3-26
    87   Russell Westbrook   77      3-26       3-20     4-1
    91   Randy Foye          79      3-30       3-27     4-3
    95   Mario Chalmers      79      4-5        4-3      4-9
   100   Michael Conley      77      4-9        4-5      4-13
   103   D.J. Augustin       77      4-14       4-7      4-17
   105   Jameer Nelson       80      4-16       4-11     4-20
   109   Jamaal Tinsley      82      4-19       4-12     4-24
   112   Rafer Alston        81      4-23       4-19     4-26
   115   Shaun Livingston    76      4-26       4-24     4-27
   122   Nate Robinson       78      5-2        4-28     5-5
   126   Andre Miller        81      5-7        4-9      5-22
   127   Derek Fisher        78      5-7        5-4      5-11
   129   Stephon Marbury     80      5-13       5-8      5-20
   133   Sam Cassell         80      5-13       5-7      5-21
   141   Louis Williams      79      5-23       5-17     5-27
   146   Luther Head         77      5-26       5-22     5-29
   150   Jordan Farmar       77      6-1        5-24     6-7
   159   Daniel Gibson       74      6-8        6-4      6-16
   164   Bobby Jackson       77      6-14       6-9      6-21
   169   Steve Blake         78      6-19       6-10     7-1
   172   Ramon Sessions      78      6-24       6-13     7-13
   173   Delonte West        77      6-24       6-12     7-9
   177   Beno Uhdrih         76      6-28       6-15     7-14
   182   Aaron Brooks        76      7-2        6-22     7-16
   190   Steve Francis       76      7-9        7-1      7-18
   192   Marcus Banks        74      7-12       7-8      7-19
   193   Chris Duhon         78      7-12       7-1      7-25
   203   Jarrett Jack        75      7-23       7-14     8-3
   207   Chris Quinn         76      7-27       7-23     8-4
   212   Keyon Dooling       75      8-3        7-24     8-13
   219   Brevin Knight       77      8-11       8-2      8-24
   225   Mike James          74      8-15       8-5      8-29
   234   Jason Williams      77                 8-1      N/D
   236   Antonio Daniels     77                 8-2      N/D
   238   Goron Dragic        74                 8-14     N/D
   240   Marcus Williams     73                 8-18     N/D



 - Shooting Guards - Shooting Guards - Shooting Guards - Shooting Guards -


   Rank    Player           Rate    Average     High     Low

    4    Dwyane Wade         97      1-5        1-1      1-9
    7    Kobe Bryant         99      1-7        1-3      1-10
    18   Allen Iverson       94      1-18       1-14     1-22
    23   Brandon Roy         88      1-23       1-18     1-28
    32   Joe Johnson         89      2-2        1-24     2-8
    36   Andre Iguodala      87      2-6        2-1      2-10
    38   Manu Ginobili       91      2-7        2-1      2-17
    46   O.J. Mayo           82      2-15       2-13     2-18
    47   Kevin Martin        86      2-16       2-14     2-19
    48   Vince Carter        89      2-18       2-15     2-20
    52   Ray Allen           89      2-20       2-16     2-23
    55   Richard Hamilton    88      2-23       2-20     2-24
    56   Michael Redd        86      2-25       2-23     2-28
    61   Leandro Barbosa     86      3-1        2-28     3-6
    68   Jason Richardson    84      3-8        3-5      3-12
    71   Ben Gordon          82      3-12       3-8      3-20
    77   Stephen Jackson     85      3-16       3-7      3-29
    85   Raja Bell           84      3-25       3-19     4-4
    89   Jason Terry         84      3-29       3-21     4-8
    93   J.R. Smith          80      4-5        3-30     4-13
    97   Mike Miller         82      4-8        4-1      4-18
   104   Eric Gordon         78      4-16       4-10     4-27
   110   Martell Webster     77      4-22       4-16     4-29
   111   Jamal Crawford      80      4-23       4-17     4-30
   116   Sasha Vujacic       80      4-26       4-17     5-1
   119   Marco Belinelli     77      4-30       4-25     5-2
   131   Larry Hughes        79      5-13       5-10     5-15
   136   Jerry Stackhouse    80      5-14       5-12     5-17
   142   Rudy Fernandez      79      5-23       5-18     5-26
   151   Michael Finley      79      6-4        6-1      6-11
   152   Brent Barry         79      6-4        6-3      6-6
   153   Charlie Bell        79      6-5        5-16     6-14
   155   Nick Young          77      6-6        6-5      6-8
   165   Ricky Davis         78      6-16       6-8      6-20
   170   Juan Dixon          78      6-20       6-11     6-26
   176   DeShawn Stevenson   77      6-26       6-20     6-30
   179   Rashad McCants      76      6-30       6-22     7-7
   180   Corey Brewer        75      7-2        6-25     7-6
   184   Brandon Rush        76      7-3        6-27     7-8
   185   Anthony Parker      78      7-3        6-9      7-17
   188   Courtney Lee        76      7-7        7-3      7-10
   191   Cuttino Mobley      78      7-10       6-24     7-25
   196   Willie Green        77      7-14       6-28     7-29
   201   Gerald Green        71      7-21       7-17     7-26
   206   Chris Douglas-Roberts 75    7-26       7-18     8-3
   208   Matt Harpring       76      7-29       7-20     8-6
   211   Bonzi Wells         76      8-1        7-27     8-7
   214   Ronnie Brewer       73      8-6        7-29     8-15
   222   Tony Allen          76      8-14       8-7      8-18
   224   Eddie Jones         76      8-14       7-22     8-26
   226   John Salmons        76      8-16       8-11     8-19
   228   Morris Almond       74      8-18       8-12     8-23
   231   Marquis Daniels     76      8-24       8-17     8-28
   243   Tarence Kinsey      76                 8-23     N/D
   244   Keith Bogans        76                 8-25     N/D
   249   Morris Peterson     76                 8-30     N/D



 - Small Forwards - Small Forwards - Small Forwards - Small Forwards - Small -


   Rank    Player           Rate    Average     High     Low

    1    LeBron James        99      1-2        1-1      1-3
    9    Carmello Anthony    94      1-9        1-3      1-12
    17   Josh Smith          86      1-18       1-12     1-22
    25   Paul Pierce         92      1-23       1-18     1-29
    27   Tracy McGrady       91      1-26       1-22     2-3
    29   Caron Butler        91      1-28       1-25     2-2
    31   Kevin Durant        83      2-2        1-28     2-5
    34   Rudy Gay            85      2-5        1-30     2-8
    45   Luol Deng           84      2-15       2-10     2-22
    53   Ron Artest          87      2-21       2-16     2-24
    58   Shawn Marion        85      2-29       2-26     3-2
    62   Danny Granger       85      3-1        2-28     3-3
    63   Lamar Odom          85      3-4        3-1      3-8
    66   Josh Howard         85      3-6        3-3      3-13
    74   Hedo Turkoglu       85      3-14       3-6      3-17
    75   Gerald Wallace      84      3-14       3-11     3-16
    79   James Posey         84      3-18       3-15     3-21
    82   Rashard Lewis       84      3-23       3-18     3-30
    88   Richard Jefferson   83      3-28       3-22     4-8
    92   Corey Maggette      83      4-3        3-25     4-14
    96   Grant Hill          83      4-8        3-27     4-16
    99   Tayshaun Prince     82      4-9        3-30     4-17
   106   Andrei Kirilenko    80      4-18       4-10     5-10
   117   Anthony Randolph    74      4-28       4-15     5-1
   121   Shane Battier       81      5-1        4-23     5-2
   124   Andres Nocioni      80      5-4        4-26     5-14
   125   Mike Dunleavy       80      5-6        5-1      5-16
   132   Danilo Gallinari    76      5-13       5-4      5-21
   137   Peja Stojakovic     80      5-15       5-1      5-24
   139   Tavis Outlaw        79      5-16       5-6      5-28
   144   Mickael Pietrus     79      5-24       5-20     5-29
   147   Marvin Williams     75      5-27       5-22     6-5
   156   Thaddeus Young      78      6-7        6-3      6-10
   158   Wally Szczerbiak    79      6-8        5-30     6-25
   160   Julian Wright       77      6-9        6-7      6-12
   166   Al Thornton         77      6-16       6-13     6-21
   174   Jeff Green          74      6-24       6-17     7-22
   181   Ryan Gomes          78      7-2        6-17     7-20
   187   Bruce Bowen         78      7-6        6-29     7-13
   194   Matt Barnes         77      7-12       7-3      7-19
   198   James Jones         77      7-16       7-11     7-23
   202   Dorell Wright       73      7-22       7-19     7-26
   209   Linas Kleiza        76      7-30       7-25     8-4
   215   Jamario Moon        72      8-8        8-4      8-15
   221   Adam Morrison       73      8-12       8-9      8-16
   223   James Singleton     71      8-14       8-10     8-19
   229   Jarvis Hayes        76      8-19       8-14     8-23
   235   Walter Hermann      76                 8-1      N/D
   239   Joe Alexander       73                 8-16     N/D
   241   Eric Piakowski      75                 8-22     N/D
   246   Ime Udoka           75                 8-28     N/D



 - Power Forwards - Power Forwards - Power Forwards - Power Forwards - Power -


   Rank    Player           Rate    Average     High     Low

    6    Kevin Garnett       99      1-6        1-2      1-11
    8    Amare Stoudemire    94      1-8        1-5      1-12
    12   Tim Duncan          97      1-11       1-10     1-12
    14   Al Jefferson        91      1-13       1-12     1-15
    15   Chris Bosh          90      1-16       1-15     1-17
    19   Pau Gasol           91      1-19       1-16     1-22
    22   Michael Beasley     83      1-22       1-19     1-25
    26   Elton Brand         92      1-24       1-21     1-27
    28   Carlos Boozer       90      1-28       1-24     2-1
    30   Dirk Nowitzki       91      1-29       1-26     2-2
    35   David West          88      2-5        1-30     2-9
    41   Emeka Okafor        83      2-11       2-3      2-22
    51   Lamarcus Aldridge   84      2-20       2-9      2-27
    60   Antawn Jamison      85      2-30       2-28     3-3
    70   Jermaine O'Neal     84      3-9        3-4      3-16
    73   Zach Randolph       83      3-13       3-9      3-18
    81   Kevin Love          80      3-18       3-11     3-26
    84   Marreese Speights   77      3-24       3-18     3-29
    94   Brandon Wright      76      4-5        4-2      4-11
   102   Yi Jianlian         76      4-12       4-6      4-17
   107   Ben Wallace         78      4-18       4-12     4-23
   113   Al Harrington       77      4-23       4-19     5-5
   118   David Lee           80      4-28       4-21     5-9
   123   Jason Maxiell       78      5-3        4-26     5-13
   130   Nene Hilario        78      5-13       5-6      5-17
   135   Channing Frye       77      5-14       5-7      5-18
   138   Luis Scola          79      5-15       4-28     6-3
   140   Charlie Villanueva  77      5-21       5-16     5-23
   149   Boris Diaw          75      5-30       5-20     6-10
   157   Tyrus Thomas        73      6-7        5-21     6-16
   161   Troy Murphy         77      6-11       5-27     6-19
   163   Andrea Bargnani     74      6-14       5-28     6-23
   168   P.J. Brown          77      6-18       6-6      6-25
   171   Sean Williams       74      6-22       6-11     6-28
   175   Paul Millsap        77      6-26       6-18     7-4
   178   Udonis Haslem       77      6-28       6-22     7-5
   183   Amir Johnson        74      7-3        6-23     7-10
   189   Sean May            75      7-8        7-4      7-14
   197   Brandon Bass        77      7-15       7-7      7-28
   200   Leon Powe           76      7-21       7-12     8-6
   205   Shareef Abdur-Rahim 76      7-26       7-18     8-7
   210   Ryan Anderson       76      7-30       7-21     8-13
   213   Jason Thompson      74      8-5        7-22     8-10
   216   Antonio McDyess     76      8-9        7-14     8-24
   218   Kenyon Martin       76      8-10       8-6      8-15
   227   Darrell Arthur      73      8-17       8-10     8-21
   232   Andray Blatche      74      8-28       8-26     8-30
   237   Drew Gooden         76                 8-9      N/D
   247   Sean Williams       74                 8-28     N/D
   248   Hakim Warrick       74                 8-29     N/D
   250   Malik Allen         74                 8-30     N/D



 - - Centers - Centers - Centers - Centers - Centers - Centers - Centers - -


   Rank    Player           Rate    Average     High     Low

    3    Dwight Howard       93      1-4        1-1      1-8
    11   Yao Ming            94      1-11       1-5      1-17
    20   Greg Oden           83      1-21       1-15     1-25
    24   Andrew Bynum        86      1-23       1-18     1-27
    37   Al Horford          82      2-6        1-29     2-17
    42   Marcus Camby        87      2-12       2-1      2-18
    44   Chris Kaman         86      2-14       2-8      2-20
    49   Tyson Chandler      84      2-19       2-12     2-22
    59   Andris Biedrins     81      2-29       2-26     3-4
    65   Shaquille O'Neal    84      3-5        2-27     3-17
    67   Rasheed Wallace     84      3-7        2-28     3-18
    76   Andrew Bogut        79      3-15       3-8      3-22
    86   Mehmet Okur         80      3-26       3-13     4-4
    90   Samuel Dalembert    81      3-30       3-27     4-7
    98   Alonzo Mourning     82      4-8        4-2      4-15
   101   Zydrunas Ilgauskas  82      4-11       4-2      4-22
   108   Kurt Thomas         80      4-19       4-8      5-2
   114   Brad Miller         78      4-24       4-9      5-7
   120   Spencer Hawes       74      4-30       4-12     5-10
   128   Jamaal Magloire     78      5-10       5-4      5-19
   134   Brook Lopez         74      5-14       5-6      5-23
   143   Eddy Curry          74      5-23       5-19     6-2
   145   Robin Lopez         75      5-26       5-20     6-3
   148   Joakim Noah         74      5-30       5-25     6-8
   154   Erick Dampier       76      6-5        5-29     6-13
   162   Etan Thomas         75      6-12       5-30     6-18
   167   Brendan Haywood     75      6-18       6-4      6-22
   186   Kendrick Perkins    75      7-5        6-24     7-12
   195   Kosta Koufos        73      7-13       7-2      7-22
   199   Rasho Nesterovic    75      7-18       7-5      7-26
   204   Theo Ratliff        75      7-26       7-17     8-3
   217   Nazr Muhammed       74      8-9        8-8      8-10
   220   Joel Przybilla      74      8-12       8-10     8-14
   230   Dikembe Mutombo     74      8-20       8-12     8-26
   233   Fabricio Oberto     74                 7-6      N/D
   242   Michael Doleac      74                 8-22     N/D
   245   Darko Milicic       71                 8-25     N/D



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F)  Fantasy Draft Examples

   *"Team Record" is with all simulation, no trades, nothing changed from
    default draft in "Season" mode except for line-ups at beginning of year.
    Not even stopping for injuries

   *Remember all team records will be more evenly balanced since the teams
    are more evenly balanced than in real life

   *Important:  All drafts and rankings are based off of default rosters,
                not downloaded

   *Note: "-" denotes standard notes, while "+" signifies important points

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     Draft 1 - Early Pick                    Team Record: 46-36 (5 Seed)

 Round 1/Pick   1: LeBron James (SF)   | PG: Brooks/Stuckey/Jones
 Round 2/Pick  30: Tyson Chandler (C)  | SG: Barbosa/Allen/Carroll
 Round 3/Pick   1: Leandro Barbosa (SG)| SF: James/Udoka
 Round 4/Pick  30: David Lee (PF)      | PF: Lee/Wilcox/Bonner
 Round 5/Pick   1: Brook Lopez (C)     |  C: Chandler/Lopez
 Round 6/Pick  30: Aaron Brooks (PG)   |
 Round 7/Pick   1: Tony Allen (SG)     |
 Round 8/Pick  30: Chris Wilcox (PF)   | Good news is that you get the #1
 Round 9/Pick   1: Rodney Stuckey (PG) | pick! Plus, you get two picks in a
 Round 10/Pick 30: Ime Udoka (SF)      | row. Bad news is that you have to
 Round 11/Pick  1: Matt Bonner (PF)    | wait 58 picks until your next choice
 Round 12/Pick 30: Matt Carroll (SG)   |
 Round 13/Pick  1: Damon Jones (PG)    |

                                   Notes

 - I cannot honestly think of a reason not to pick LeBron #1 overall. The
   desparity between him and the rest of the top 5 at his position is only
   greater at center.  Plus, he's 23 years old with a neutral personality and
   a "Very Loyal" ambition (at least in the game)
 - I was really hoping for Michael Redd, but he went one pick before mine.
   A good defending post is important at the first chance with the bookends.
   Chandler never fell lower than the 22nd pick in this round in my other sim
   drafts, so he's quite the prize this late in the 2nd round
 - Not a big fan of Barbosa, but he is a good shooter to help spread the floor
   for James and can also put in some minutes as a PG
 + Andre Miller is a good pick next if I didn't already have James, since he
   has no range. Need a point guard to can shoot from the outside, which can
   wait until later
 + Brook Lopez usually doesn't go until a little later in the 5th round, but
   since I won't have a pick for awhile, it was necessary to take him early
 - Again, Tony Allen shouldn't go this early but it's important to get a good
   perimeter defender on the roster outside of LeBron. Aaron Brooks is a solid
   young shooter who can develop
 - Most of the players on this roster are young and can develop around LeBron
 - Take the arm sleeve off of Matt Carroll. It's for the best

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     Draft 2 - Early/Middle Pick             Team Record: 51-31 (2 Seed)
                                               *Won NBA Championship!*

 Round 1/Pick  10: Yao Ming (C)        | PG: Hinrich/Price
 Round 2/Pick  20: Ron Artest (SF)     | SG: Steveson/Jaric
 Round 3/Pick  10: Kirk Hinrich (PG)   | SF: Artest/Dunleavy/Kapono
 Round 4/Pick  20: David Lee (PF)      | PF: Lee/Joe Smith/Ja. Smith
 Round 5/Pick  10: Mike Dunleavy (SF)  |  C: Yao/Przybilla
 Round 6/Pick  20: DeShawn Stevenson (SG)|
 Round 7/Pick  10: Joel Przybilla (C)  |
 Round 8/Pick  20: Jason Kapono (SF)   | A good spot to pick because there
 Round 9/Pick  10: Ronnie Price (PG)   | are still franchise players avaiable
 Round 10/Pick 20: Joe Smith (PF)      | in the first round and lower-level
 Round 11/Pick 10: Marko Jaric (SG)    | all-stars in the second round
 Round 12/Pick 20: Jason Smith (PF)    |

                                   Notes

 + Developing Yao's stamina and endurace will make him an MVP in this game.
   Completely unstoppable down low and has a great shot to boot
 - Artest can't charge into the crowd in this game, but he can play great
   defense and hit a jump shot. Having PF for his 2nd position is nice for
   going small when Yao is out
 - Taking Kevin Love 3rd round gives a good young post,which is always a good
   thing, but sometimes you have to take your favorite player in the end.
   Hence, Kirk Hinrich. Ben Gordon is a terrific shooter who would have
   worked as well, as would have Mo Williams
 + Mike Dunleavy can start at SG and is a very good outside shooter who just
   happens to be 6'9". Although a poor defender, Artest can take the primary
   scorer and Dunleavy can just guard the other wingman since he is better
   than any other available perimeter players at this time
 - Yao gets tired fast, so taking a backup center is important until you can
   improve his stamina and endurance. Best to wait until the 7th round though
 - Kapono is the standard 3-point shooter off the bench that every team needs
 - Marko Jaric once had his uniform on BACKWARDS when he came into a game for
   Minnesota, so I gotta show him love in the 11th round. Plus he's also a PG
 - Didn't realize it until the draft was completed, but this team could have
   some serious white-wash capabilities with Hinrich, Kapono/Jaric, Dunleavy,
   Lee, and Yao (or if you don't count him as white, Przybilla). Look out
   80's Celtics!

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     Draft 3 - Middle Pick                 Team Record: 45-37 (4 Seed)

 Round 1/Pick  14: T. Duncan (PF)    | PG: Kight/Watson
 Round 2/Pick  16: D. Granger (SF)   | SG: Crawford/Daniels
 Round 3/Pick  14: S. Dalembert (C)  | SF: Granger/Stojakovic
 Round 4/Pick  16: J. Crawford (SG)  | PF: Duncan/Millsap/Bonner/Humphries
 Round 5/Pick  14: P. Stojakovic (SF)|  C: Dalembert/Varejao
 Round 6/Pick  16: P. Millsap (PF)   |
 Round 7/Pick  14: B. Knight (PG)    |
 Round 8/Pick  16: M. Daniels (SG)   | Picks are spread out here so it's
 Round 9/Pick  14: E. Watson (PG)    | difficult to gamble on as to whether
 Round 10/Pick 16: A. Varejao (C)    | a player will still be here in the
 Round 11/Pick 14: M. Bonner (PF)    | next round
 Round 12/Pick 16: K. Humphries (PF) |
 Round 13/Pick 14: S. Rodriguez (PG) |

                                   Notes

 - Duncan never slid this far in my other sim drafts, so I was fortunate to
   get him here.  He can also slip to center so Millsap can get more minutes
   to develop
 - Danny Granger is a very promising SF who can do it all.  Rebounding needs
   work though
 + I love Peja Stojakovic and have no problem drafting him in the 5th round
   for his shooting.  Gotta love that "99" 3-point rating.  However, he is an
   absolutely awful defender and a poor rebounder for someone 6'10", so it
   may be wise to go after a Kyle Korver or Jason Kapono in later rounds
   and draft elsewhere here
 - Young backups are nice to have behind superstars. When given a "prospect"
   role they rarely complain about their minutes
 - Knight might not seem like an ideal PG, but with other a low post scorer
   and good shooters, a scoring PG was not necessary.  Knight is a terrific
   perimeter defender
 - Daniels is a solid perimeter defender, which matches well with Peja's
   offense off the bench
 - Every team needs a hustler.  Waiting until the 10th round to get a quality
   one in Anderson Varejao makes sense...even if the announcers can't
   pronounce his last name
 - Having and post player who can specialize in extending the defense with
   his range is always a staple of my teams. Matt Bonner does that perfectly
 - Never hurts to have another rebounding specialist like Humphries
 - Rodriguez doesn't have the potential on the default rosters that he should
   have, but he's still a steal at 13, especially if you edit this rating

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     Draft 4 - Middle/Late Pick            Team Record: 42-40 (8 Seed)

 Round 1/Pick  23: M. Beasley (PF)   | PG: Rose/Claxton
 Round 2/Pick   7: D. Rose (PG)      | SG: Bogans/Peterson/Redick
 Round 3/Pick  23: R. Lewis (SF)     | SF: Lewis/Bowen/Udoka
 Round 4/Pick   7: Z. Ilgauskas (C)  | PF: Beasley/Haslem
 Round 5/Pick  23: U. Haslem (PF/C)  | C: Z/Gadzuric
 Round 6/Pick   7: B. Bowen (SF)     |
 Round 7/Pick  23: K. Bogans (SG)    | This draft location is tricky because
 Round 8/Pick   7: M. Peterson (SG)  | of a late first rounder, two picks
 Round 9/Pick  23: D. Gadzuric (C)   | not super close to each other, and
 Round 10/Pick  7: I. Udoka (SF)     | a long layoff in between many of the
 Round 11/Pick 23: J.J. Redick (SG)  | rounds
 Round 12/Pick  7: S. Claxton (PG)   |


                                   Notes

 - Ok. Usually I'm not a fan of drafting a PF who still has to develop with my
   first pick, primarily because there are so many good ones already, but this
   is my draft for the future. 4 years from now this team should be winning
   championships
 + Both Rose and Beasley should be in the 90s within 2-3 years with no
   development at all, so having a good backup isn't needed
 - Both Lewis and Beasley can alternate between SF and PF if necessary
 - "Big Z" is one of my favorite players in the NBA today. Slower than a PS2
   loading time but a good unorthodox post game and a sweet jumper. When he
   gets tired, go small and push the ball
 + Ideally a good defender like Battier would be good in the 5th round, but
   Z's lack of stamina is a concern, so getting a small, athletic PF/C like
   Udonis Haslem is necessary, even if it is too early. The other young player
   won't get tired as fast so their replacements aren't as important. The SG
   is just a role player and can be added later
 - I wanted Charlie Bell in the 6th round, but that would leave me with little
   perimeter defense against superstars
 - Keith Bogans is a serviceable stopper at SG until a better option comes
   along. His contract is expiring in this draft so he is a good short-term
   plug for the time being. Bowen would likely start against opposing scorers

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     Draft 5 - Late Pick                   Team Record: 50-32 (1 Seed)

 Round 1/Pick  28: E. Brand (PF)     | PG: Billups/Lowry
 Round 2/Pick   2: C. Billups (PG)   | SG: Miller/Ross/Azubuike
 Round 3/Pick  28: R. Jefferson (SF) | SF: Jefferson/Young
 Round 4/Pick   2: M. Miller (SG)    | PF: Brand/McDyess/White
 Round 5/Pick  28: E. Dampier (C)    |  C: Dampier/Pryzbilla
 Round 6/Pick   2: T. Young (SF)     |
 Round 7/Pick  28: J. Pryzbilla (C)  | End-of-round picks are always a double-
 Round 8/Pick   2: A. McDyess (PF)   | edged sword. Picking here prevents a
 Round 9/Pick  28: Q. Ross (SG)      | superstar, but generally two All-Stars
 Round 10/Pick  2: D.J. White (PF)   | can be had. Be careful to balance your
 Round 11/Pick 28: K. Lowry (PG)     | team properly with the two close picks
 Round 12/Pick  2: K. Azubuike (SG)  |

                                   Notes

 - I love Dirk Nowitzki, but Brand is a more complete player.  Rated A+ for
   inside scoring, but the A on post defense is the big difference here
 + I wanted Joe Johnson with my 2nd pick, but he got taken one spot ahead of
   me.  Dirk is still available, which would create an absolutely devestating
   post offense with Nowitzki's ability to spread the floor and create too.
   Unfortunately I won't be able to get another pick until late in the 3rd
   round, so the perimeter studs will be depleted by then, forcing me to take
   a solid guard to balance out with Brand
 - Normally I would prefer to take a All-Star potential player here at SG,
   giving the team two primary scorers off the ball, but Billups is a very
   solid PG with a strong balance between offense, defense, and intangibles
 - The 3rd and 4th round picks are crucial because the 5th rounder will be by
   far the least talented of all starters
 - I really like Ilgauskas, but as the primary scorer at post. Since there
   aren't any other decent centers, there isn't real big drop-off at that
   position, so taking another guard works
 - Plenty of scoring after the 4th round, time to stock up on defense and post
   depth



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G)  Final Thoughts and Observations


   After doing so many fantasy drafts in this year's game, I can honestly say
   that it is the most balanced form of fantasy draft in any game I've ever
   played. Teams do such a great job of balancing between young and old,
   perimeter and post, and superstars and role players. From all 5 of my
   example drafts, the highest win total was 55 games. That's balance.

   Hopefully my experiences and advice will be helpful to those new to the
   draft. To other vets like me, the draft rankings should be worthwile to
   get a better idea as to how the computer AI thinks this year.  Enjoy!


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                         NBA 2k9 Fantasy Draft FAQ

                            Written by Lozenger4
                       email at kalambo48@hotmail.com

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