R9) Serge Ibaka – Five years ago, I would have laughed in your face if you told me that I’d be recommending Ibaka for the punt blocks build one day. This definitely wasn’t expected, but here we are. The Clippers’ new starting center is no longer the force in the category that he once was, and he’ll actually have to improve on his 2019-2020 block rate to even be average in the category for a center (0.8 BPG). Even if his block rate does recover, Ibaka will still be a nice grab for this build due to what he does in the FG% and rebounds categories. The former Raptor hit 51.8 percent of his shot attempts last year and grabbed 8.3 RPG in only 27.5 MPG. Ibaka is very nice value this late, but if you do end up with him on your roster, pay close attention to your assists and steals. Ibaka is a major drag on both categories, even for a big (1.5 APG, 0.5 BPG).
R9) Evan Fournier – A top-50 2019-2020 punt blocks asset near the end of the draft? Sign me up. Fournier is mispriced on ESPN and offers outstanding value to a build that negates one of his greatest weaknesses (0.2 BPG). The shooting guard is a big help in the categories that this strategy will be looking to win every week. He is a much better points (18.8 PPG) and threes (2.7 3PG) option than most players available this late. Fournier is also above-average at the line (82.0 FT% on 3.4 FTA) and scores his points efficiently (47.0 FG%). The only downside to scooping Fournier at a discount is that he makes this build’s natural weakness in rebounds harder to overcome (2.6 RPG).
R9) DeMarcus Cousins – At Cousins’ current late-round price tag, you almost have to roll the dice on him. There is no downside to spending a late pick on the former superstar, and the upside is obviously significant. Even if he looks like a shell of himself – and he probably will – the big man should play enough to be a plus contributor in points, rebounds, and steals. In his lone year with the Warriors, in only 25.7 MPG, Boogie averaged 16.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 1.3 SPG. He’ll be best paired with teams already in good shape in both percentages. Cousins has been below-average from the field for a big ever since he expanded his game to the perimeter and is only a 73.7 percent shooter from the line for his career. The Westbrook-Wall swap increases Cousins’ already considerable ceiling. The move should allow Cousins to average an extra board a night, and with the Rockets losing about 10 points per game, the center will be asked to help pick up the slack in the scoring department.
Other Round 9 Options: Kevin Love, Jarrett Allen, Mikal Bridges
R10) Davis Bertans – Bertans going to back to Washington makes him a no-brainer late-round target in every build except punt threes. Yes, it was mostly due to one category, but the sharpshooter did manage to finish as a top-60 player without blocks in 2019-2020. Targeting Bertans allows you to go heavier early on the big-man categories that this build often struggles to find enough of. He can pull you out of a hole in threes created by loading up on boards and FG% by himself. In addition to his Splash Bros-like three-point contributions (3.7 3PG), the forward will also score more than most players available in this range (15.4 PPG), and grabbing him late is a great way of keeping your turnovers in check (1.1 TOPG). Don’t expect much in the way of rebounds (4.5 RPG), assists (1.7 APG), and steals (0.7 SPG) from Bertans.
R10) O.G. Anunoby – O.G.’s college blocks came back last year, but he still offers enough elsewhere to be worth a look in the second half of the draft. The defensive stopper was a top-70 player in this build last year and has plenty of room to grow. He should play a little more this season (30.1 MPG), and his offensive game was showing signs of life in the playoffs. Anunoby’s best attribute is his stellar steal rate (1.4 SPG), but he will also help your punt blocks squad win boards (5.4 RPG) and FG% (50.7 FG%). This build is also a good fit for Anunoby because the early-round picks are usually strong enough in the points, threes, and FT% categories to offset his below-average numbers in each (10.7 PPG, 1.3 3PG, 68.6 FT%). Anunoby is buried in the ESPN rankings and if you like him, and don’t want to risk being beaten to the punch, he’s a reasonable pick as early as the seventh.
R10) Collin Sexton – From January 1st to the COVID stoppage, fewer than 45 players were more valuable than Sexton in the punt blocks build. Almost all point guards gain value in this build, but few as much as Sexton. Last season, the combo-guard only blocked seven more shots than you or I did. The Cavalier is also a quality fit for this build because he provides above-average points (20.1 PPG) on above-average efficiency (47.2 FG%). That is not a combination that is usually available in the later rounds. Sexton should also hit a couple of threes per game this season (1.5 3PG) and produce average numbers in the steals category (1.0 SPG). Try to pair the 22-year-old with strong rebounders. Sexton is a bigger drag than most point guards on the category (3.1 RPG).
Other Round 10 Options: P.J. Washington, Marvin Bagley, Wendell Carter Jr.
R11) Blake Griffin – Yes, this is a very friendly build for Blake (0.4 BPG), but it’s impossible to get excited about Griffin this year. Even if he’s healthy again (a big if) and 90 percent of what he was in his impressive 2018-2019 campaign, he’s still going to be an incredibly risky pick on draft day. The Pistons’ backcourt and wing rotation is very weak, and it’s hard to see the team being competitive enough to stay in the playoff race and give Griffin a reason to suit up during the fantasy playoffs. If you draft him, and he starts strong, try to trade him. When Griffin is active, he’ll be a strong contributor in four categories while hurting you in the other four non-punted categories. In his big 2018-2019 season, Griffin was a force in points (24.5 PPG), threes (2.5 3PG), rebounds (7.5 RPG), and assists (5.4 APG) and a drag on your steals (0.7 SPG), percentages (46.2 FG%, 75.3 FT%) and turnovers (3.4 TOPG). He’s fine late, but don’t reach for him.
R11) Delon Wright – ESPN went crazy and ranked Delon 65th. He’s not going to go there in any league. How far he drops is hard to say, but I’d start looking at him around the 11th. It’s hard to look at the Pistons’ backcourt and not get excited about Wright’s 2020-2021 prospects. His only competition for playing time is Derrick Rose, who is likely getting traded at some point, and rookie Killian Hayes. He’s rejoining his old coach Dwane Casey and 30 MPG looks very doable. If Wright does end up playing that much, a mid-round finish is very possible. The Piston has always been a strong per-minute producer and was doing mid-round things when given the reigns to the Grizzlies’ offense down the stretch of the 2018-2019 season. That strong finish gives us an idea of what Wright could do in a big role this year. Over the final 11 games of the 2018-2019 campaign, Wright averaged an eye-popping 14.3 PPG, 1.1 3PG, 6.4 RPG, 7.3 APG, and 2.3 SPG. I wouldn’t expect numbers that flashy this season, but that line shows you the type of upside that the combo guard has.
R11) Derrick Rose – Rose should be fairly useful early in the year. I say early in the year because a trade to a contender seems inevitable. He’ll likely be cuttable after that, but we’ll deal with that issue when it happens. As long as Rose is a member of the Detroit Power Forwards and Centers, he’s going to post some excellent scoring numbers that come on the type of percentages that usually cannot be found this late in the draft. In his first year as a Piston, in only 26.0 MPG, Rose averaged 18.1 PPG on 49.0 percent shooting from the floor and 87.1 percent shooting from the line. His numbers in the scoring categories were good enough to make him a top-85 player in this build. The former MVP will also help you win assists (5.6 APG) while hurting you from deep (0.9 3PG), on the boards (2.4 RPG), and in the steals category (0.8 SPG).
Other Round 11 Options: Bojan Bogdanovic, Larry Nance Jr., Derrick White, Elfrid Payton, Bogdan Bogdanovic
R12) Norman Powell – FVV getting a big deal from the Raptors hurts Powell’s 2019-2020 outlook, but I still like him late here for a couple of reasons. The first is that he is playing behind two somewhat injury-prone players. Lowry plays through a lot, but he’ll be 35 in March and has faded in the second half of the season in the past. VanVleet is in his prime, but he’s missed a ton of games over the past two seasons. The second reason is Powell’s efficiency. As mentioned earlier, the punt blocks build loves efficient guards, and there aren’t any more efficient than Norm available this late in the draft. Before the bubble, Powell hit 50.3 percent of his attempts from the floor (16.4 PPG on 11.7 FGA), and that flashy percentage wasn’t due to a lack of threes (2.1 3PG). If Powell can lock in 27+ MPG again, he’ll also be a nice source of steals (1.3 3PG) and will provide his owners with low-end FT% impact (83.8 FT% on 3.0 FTA).
R12) Will Barton – Barton is likely going to lose some minutes to MPJ, but he should still get enough to outperform his late-round price tag. The Nugget was a top-60 player without blocks in 2019-2020 in 33.0 MPG. The swingman managed to produce mid-round value by providing his owners with a little bit of everything. Barton is a better rebounder than most small forwards (6.3 RPG) and is an underrated creator (3.7 APG). He should also be about an average contributor in the points (15.1 PPG), threes (1.9 3PG), and steals (1.1 SPG) categories. None of those numbers jump off the page, but finding a player without any notable weaknesses late in the draft is rare and very useful.
R12) Aron Baynes – The Raptors are a great landing spot for Baynes. He’ll start and is very likely to set a career-high in minutes played. That’s big news as Baynes showed that he be very productive when given the opportunity to play with starters. When Deandre Ayton was serving his 25 game suspension, Baynes dropped a cool 14.8 PPG on 55.0 FG%, 1.8 3PG, 5.6 RPG, and 2.5 APG. Those numbers were good enough to make the Australian a mid-round player over that stretch. He won’t quite match those numbers in Toronto, as that shooting is not sustainable, but a top-100 ranking is possible. Baynes is a nice late-round flier, but he’s not for teams that didn’t find enough steals earlier in the draft. The veteran is larger drag on the category than most big men (0.4 SP36).
Other Round 12 Options: DeAndre Jordan, Duncan Robinson
R13) Seth Curry – Curry doesn’t produce the most well-rounded line in the world, but he is one of the few players available late who can help you in the scoring categories without dragging down your FG%. In the final season of his second stint in Dallas, Steph’s brother averaged a solid 12.4 PPG and 2.3 3PG in only 24.6 MPG while shooting 49.5 percent from the field. The move to Philadelphia should be a boon for his value. The Sixers are desperate for shooting, and it would be surprising if Curry didn’t see minutes in the high-20s. I’m confident in this because we’ve seen the impact that pairing an elite shooter with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons can have. In J.J. Redick’s final season in Philadelphia, the three-man lineup of Redick, Embiid, and Simmons had a net rating of 13.5. That was, by far, the most effective big-minute three-man lineup the Sixers rolled out.
R13) Tim Hardaway Jr. – Hardaway is going to appear in a lot of this year’s draft guides. Not because he’s going to be all that valuable, but because he is one of the only above-average sources of points available in the final rounds. With Kristaps Porzingis looking like he’s going to be out until at least the middle of January, Hardaway has a chance of eclipsing his 2019-2020 averages of 15.8 PPG and 2.9 3PG. He doesn’t do anything else (3.1 APG, 2.0 APG, 0.7 SPG), but last year’s scoring numbers were good enough for the Maverick to finish inside of the top-90 when blocks were thrown out.
R13) Josh Hart – With Jrue Holiday now in Milwaukee, there should be a few more minutes open on the wing for Hart. The playing time wasn’t always there in 2019-2020 for the Pelican, but when Hart was given solid run, he usually produced. Despite only playing 27.4 MPG, Hart managed to sneak inside of the top-100 when blocks were ignored. We like Hart here because of the good work he does on the boards. It’s not easy to find 6.5 RPG attached to decent threes (1.9 3PG). Most of the better sources of rebounds available in the final round of the draft do little from deep. Hart can also provide his owners with average steals (1.0 SPG).
Other Round 13 Options: Harrison Barnes, De’Anthony Melton, Nerlens Noel, Gary Harris, Terrence Ross, Jae Crowder, Troy Brown Jr., Gary Harris, Patrick Beverley, Danuel House, Tristan Thompson, Cam Johnson, Dwight Powell
Deep League Options: Kevon Looney, Gary Trent Jr., Matisse Thybulle, P.J. Tucker, Dario Saric, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kris Dunn, Cody Zeller, Marcus Morris Sr.