Matt Bonner Projected to Win Jon Barry MVP

6 04 2009

Each week I look at the top players available in my fantasy basketball league to determine the Jon Barry All-stars, named after waiver wire favorite Jon Barry. At year’s end, the player earning the most Jon Barry points will be named Jon Barry MVP.

Here are the top competitors in the Jon Barry MVP race, with this week’s score and season-long score:

  • Matt Bonner, 1.0, 10.5
  • Jarrett Jack, 0.9, 0.9
  • Rasual Butler, 0.8, 1.6
  • Delonte West, 0.7, 2.9
  • Steve Blake, 0.6, 0.6
  • James Posey, 0, 7.6
  • Udonis Haslem, 0, 4.0

With only a week or so left to play, it’s safe to say that Matt Bonner will win the Jon Barry MVP trophy.  Congratulations to Matt, who will also star in an upcoming film with Jon Barry, who’s actually just one of Ali G’s alter-egos.

Meanwhile, here are the standings in my lone fantasy basketball league:

  • League leader: 92 points
  • 2nd place: 75 points
  • My team: 71.5 points
  • 4th place 68.5 points

Thus it’s also safe to project that the Hurricane and I will not win our league, after a moderately disastrous season.  2nd and 4th are both remote possibilities, but we likely finish 3rd.  Next year, when planning our draft, I plan to experiment by using Bonner, Posey, Haslem and West as examples of replacement players.


The Hurricane and I

28 03 2009

There’s a story about the original Star Trek TV series that early on, the creators wanted to have Captain Kirk have fierce arguments with himself (a la Stephen Colbert?), with one version of Kirk driven by logic and the other by emotion.  Instead, they created Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy to have those arguments, with Kirk serving as arbiter.  As fantasy co-managers, Hurricane Kawasaki and I play similar roles, with him as Bones and me as the Vulcan. Read the rest of this entry »

Jon Barry All-Stars, Feb. 2

2 02 2009

Each week I look at the top 5 players available in my fantasy basketball league to determine the Jon Barry All-stars, named after waiver wire favorite Jon Barry.  At year’s end, the player appearing most often in this list will be named Jon Barry MVP.

Here are the top 5:

Delonte West, Matt Bonner, James Posey, Steve Blake, Ronny Turiaf

The only difference from last week is Bonner and Posey switching places.  Posey was add and dropped during the week; I still see Bonner as the favorite to win the Jon Barry MVP.

The Jon Barry All-Stars, Jan. 26

26 01 2009

Current TV analyst Jon Barry is famous for four things.

  1. Son of Rick Barry, the guy who shot free-throws underhanded.
  2. Brother of Brent Barry, the only white guy to win the slam-dunk contest.
  3. Looks suspiciously like Sasha Baron Cohen, enough so to make me think there may some day be a Jon Barry movie where he does fake interviews with NBA players.
  4. For years, he was always the best player to not get picked up in my fantasy leagues.  Whenever I’d search for players to add, he’d always be there, but I’d never pick him up.  He’d end the year as a top 125 player, which should be good enough for a roster spot in a 12-team league with 14 players per team, but no one would make the move, because he was, well, Jon Barry.

Barry’s retired now, so it’s time to find a suitable heir.  Each week I’ll post the top 5 players available in my hoops league; at the end of the year, the player appearing most often will win the Jon Barry fantasy MVP award.

Here’s today’s top 5:

Delonte West, James Posey, Matt Bonner, Steve Blake, Ronny Turiaf

West and Blake are recent injury-related drops and are likely to win the Jon Barry MVP.  If they stay hurt, they drop in value and fall off the list; if they recover, someone will add them.  Posey has chance, though he could get picked up.  Turiaf is a blocks specialist (2.1 per game) and may get picked up by a team desperate for blocks, such as mine.  If I had to guess, I’d say right now Matt Bonner is the player most likely to become the Jon  Barry MVP.

Fantasy basketball update

17 11 2008

Here are the things that went wrong with my fantasy basketball team this year:

1) I missed the draft.  I knew this was going to happen, because I was in Italy at the time, so I cleverly arranged for my co-manager to draft instead.  This was a risky decision, because my co-manager is kinda crazy with regard to drafting and can go way off book.  I entered in some pre-rankings and told him to stick to the script we’d discussed.  Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), Yahoo! doesn’t allow co-managers to draft, so with me in Italy and my co-manager in Japan unable to draft, we were stuck with the pre-rankings I’d put in, which didn’t match our script (I figured my co-manager would correct).  I can’t really understand Yahoo! autodraft–at one point it picked Rip Hamilton ahead of Peja Stojakovic even though a) we had Peja ranked higher, b) Yahoo!’s rankings had Peja higher and c) Peja qualifies at both shooting guard (Rip’s one position) and another position, small forward.

2) In the fourth round, we picked Mike Dunleavy, who would have been a good pick, except that he’s injured, no one seemed to have known that before the draft, and no one seems to know why he’s hurt or when he’s coming back.  There’s no news on his condition anywhere.  We dropped him.

3) In the seventh round, we picked Anthony Carter, who would have been a good pick, except that a week into the season the Iverson-Billups trade erased all his value.  We dropped him.

4) Haven’t had any waiver-wire pickups that are that strong.  Some seem solid: Marc Gasol, Steve Blake, Anderson Varejao, Anthony Morrow.  No one crazy good.

Anyway, we’re currently in second place, in striking distance of first.  What does this mean?  My league is full of suckas!