Fantasy Analysis: Shareef and
Marko Jaric Transactions
August 14, 2005
signed 28-year old
to a 5 year, $29.3 million contract. Shareef had been bound for the Nets
but they insulted him by rescinding an initial offer after discovering some
scar tissue in his knee that had apparently been there since he entered the
NBA. In New Jersey he would have played heavy minutes at the PF position
alongside Jason Kidd. Instead the Nets ended up trading for
Marc Jackson who now
has some sleeper potential as he does not have heavy competition to play PF
for the Nets. The Nets have Nenad Kristic and Jason Collins, but Kristic
will likely start at center with Collins as a backup. On a per minute basis
Jackson is a good offensive player who gets to the line often and shoots
over 80%. He can also contribute rebounds but is weak in assists, blocks,
and steals. He has more potential in fantasy points leagues than in roto
leagues due to his PAR weakness.
The role Shareef will have
with the Kings is not entirely clear yet.
Kenny Thomas did a
nice job when he got to the Kings last season averaging 14.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg,
and 49% FG. The unexpected addition of Shareef will be a blow to Thomas’
fantasy value. At the same time Thomas should be good enough to put doubt on
whether Abdur-Rahim will see over 30 mpg. Training camp will provide good
evidence of the Kings intentions.
LA Clippers re-signed 26-year old
Marko Jaric to
a 6 year, $38 million contract and then traded Jaric and Lionel Chalmers to
and a 2006 1st round draft pick (lottery protected). Jaric was not the long
term PG for the Clippers who have second year player Shaun Livingston for
that role. With the Timberwolves, Jaric is the leading candidate over Troy
Hudson to be the starting point guard due to his 6’-6” size. Also the
contract he got is ‘starters money’. This gives Jaric fantasy sleeper
potential but he will need to remain healthy to realize that potential.
Jaric’s strong fantasy potential lies in his ability to provide assists,
steals, and threes.
The Clippers now have Cuttino Mobley and Sam Cassell on
their roster. Cassell does present some risk to the fantasy potential of
Shaun Livingston. The Clippers were happy with Livingston last season
despite some injuries that prevented him from playing the full season. News
from the Clippers will be monitored to determine what role they intend to use
each player. I would guess that Livingston should still see 30+ minutes
despite the presence of Cassell and Cassell should not be counted on to have
much fantasy value considering his age and his poor performance last season.
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