To preface this, I'll state that Boyd and I did this draft yesterday using IM. The great thing about this is that neither of us exactly have a ton of time - we actually made time to do this. In and of itself, that's awesome. Boyd (the salary cap guru - seriously) lays out exactly what we did at the beginning, so, I'm just going to copy and paste this in. It's a bit long, but it's entertaining, so give it a look:
Playboyd: Today, The Bone (Taylor) and I, the Playboy (Boyd) have gotten together to do a little NBA GM'ing. The NBA Draft is today, and someone, presumably the Bulls, is going to squander its pick on Derrick Rose. Well, T and I have decided to test out our GM skills with a little mock draft of our own. We won't bore ourselves with breaking down the current draft "And with the 26th pick, the Washington Wizards pick---some foreigner you've never heard of!" Instead, we decided to use the current NBA players for our Fantasy Mock Draft. The rules are simple: Any player currently in the NBA is available, but here is the catch: we must keep our salaries within the Salary Cap "guidelines"of 55.63 Million.
Playboyd: Of course, if a team is OVER the cap (The NBA has a "soft" cap) then a player can be signed with the so-called mid-level exception (up to 5.356 Million).
Playboyd: No one will be allowed over the Luxury Tax Threshold of 67,865,000. As you can see, that gives you quite a bit of leeway
Playboyd: Hang on!
Playboyd: The test of who does better will be tested in a world that
Playboyd: Let the games begin!
Playboyd: Ok. With the first pick, it is pretty obvious where I am going. The undisputed best player on the planet.
Playboyd: Labron James.
Playboyd: If I spell it wrong does that mean I don't get him?
Playboyd: Chris Paul? What a ....great pick. He was next off my board. Oh well, with the 3rd Pick, I will select Dwayne Wade at 14.4 million. Can you imagine that tandem?
Playboyd: That puts my cap figure at $28,821,162
Playboyd: that puts your cap number at $17,615,439
Playboyd: With my 3rd Pick, I'll take Amare Stoudamire at 15 million, putting my cap figure at $43,891,712. Might not be enough balls to go around!
Playboyd: Your cap number is now at $ 32,026,020.
Playboyd: Carmelo is solid. I’m sure the video game will over rate him
Playboyd: With my 4th pick, I'll take Deron Williams for 5.0 million. That puts my cap number at $48, 961,160. Already perilously close to the cap. (It should be noted that you can always add a veteran at the veteran’s minimum of 1.3 mill or a less than 3 year for 700 k., even if you are over the cap)
Playboyd: Not a bad pick. Puts your number at $35,826,645 - still a lot of talent out there.
Playboyd: I now have to go value, and I need another big, so I'll take Josh Smith of the Hawks for 3.2 Million. That puts my cap number at $ 52,129,043
Playboyd: I don't like that pick-at all. I think Ron Artest of Shane Battier would BOTH be better values. Especially with your cap number being so low. That puts you at $40,458,045. I was above that after three picks!
Playboyd: My next pick is probably the highest value/cost ratio in the leauge: my little sparkplug off the bench: at 770 K, Monta Ellis. That puts me at $52,899,652
Playboyd: that is such a sick pick
Playboyd: He's a stud. You are at $43,542,285
Playboyd: Need a backup PG. On the cheap, a defender off the bench, PG for Your World Champion Celtics, Rajon Rondo (I had to go with someone from the C's, didn't I?) at 1.6 million. That puts me at $ 54,546,436
Playboyd: Nice. He's one of the best in the league. Puts you at $46,013,285
Playboyd: This is gonna be tight, but I'll take Bruce Bowen for 4 mill flat. Need that D off the bench. That puts me at $58,546,436. I'm over the cap so now I can sign one player for up to the mid-level exception or players to the minimum contracts.
Playboyd: That puts you at $50,040,005
Playboyd: I'll use my midlevel here at pick 9, and take Greg Oden at 5 million. That puts me at $63,546,436
Playboyd: I can now only take minimum contract players.
Playboyd: Nice. I wanted him but couldn't work it out. Puts you at $51,828,038. Still 3.8 million below the salary cap-with the full midlevel available.
Playboyd: Ok. so here I'll grab Brent Barry for some outside shooting (probably won't play a minute) at the league minimum for a 10 year vet-1.2 mil, putting me at 65,546,017
Playboyd: Rudy Gay. Nice. Puts you at $54,407,438. 2 big ones coming up for you. (yes I saw the trade but don't know enough of the details yet to say.)
Playboyd: My next pick I take Jamario Moon for 700 k and that puts me at $65,459,943.
Playboyd: you need another stud: Paul, Howard and Anothony aren't going to be enough
Playboyd: Nice, you know I love me some BIG AL. That puts you at $65,407,438.
Playboyd: I'll take Paul Millsap with my final pick, at the league min for his years at about 800k, bringing my total to $66,257534. I like my team.
Playboyd: absolutely. Nice.
Playboyd: Well done. Puts you at $67,737,242.
Playboyd: Best of 7, may the best Virtual Fantasy GM win!
Playboyd: I'm not going to alter any settings
Playboyd: Good luck, you'll need it little man.
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