Guys are finishing rounding out their starting line up and putting their first reserve players into place. Have you decided which team you're leaning towards yet? We'll only have 2 more rounds after these ones and some teams have some holes still, while some guys are finding some really decent value that other have missed. If you need a refresher on the rules or the voting, click here.
Tako: And to round out my starting five, I select a high-energy guard who could score from anywhere on the floor. A 1966 All-American, he averaged 17.7 points per game for his career, fifth best all-time. He was drafted 8th overall by the Boston Celtics, and went on to an eleven year NBA career, his most memorable moment coming in 1971, when he inspired Blazers broadcaster Bill Schonely to coin the phrase "Rip City!" With my fifth pick, I select Jim Barnett.
Paul: Tako's a Warriors fan, and Barnett's one of their radio announcers, so don't let his Blazers plug fool you.
Rounding out my starting five is the late John Dick, a hero not just at Oregon, but as Rear Admiral in the Navy. If you don't know Dick (get it?) and you consider yourself a Duck fan, you should probably look him up. All-American. Hall of Famer. Leading scorer in the Ducks 1939 National Championship game. Hall of Fame Coach Howard Hobson considered him the glue that tied the Tall Firs together. Also the namesake of the team's annual defensive MVP award. So yeah, if that's all news to you, you should definitely do some research and learn about John Dick.
Nick: To round out my starting, five I'll take an alum out of Portland's Franklin high who was an all-league selection in 1964 and led the team in scoring twice. After his time at Oregon, he went on to star in the ABA before finishing his professional career as a Blazer. At small forward, I select Steve Jones.
Dave: I need to beef up my frontcourt, and I'll do so with a 6'8" post who averaged 15.5 points and 9 rebounds per game as a senior in '80-'81, while shooting nearly 60% from the field. A thousand point scorer, he averaged 10 and 6 for his career. I'll take Mike Clark.
Matt: I actually had to double check that no one had taken this player yet. What is wrong with you guys? Besides, Luke Jackson's 33 of the final 35 point game against Colorado (who is also on my team) is there a more memorable game than this player's 11 for 11 and 32 points in total domination over USC in the Pac 12 Tournament Championship Game? I don't think so. This guy was a four year starter and one of the most athletic players to ever take the floor of Mac Court. Easily the best player coming off the bench of any fantasy team, I select Bryce Taylor.
Jeff: To fill out my starting 5 I'm going DEEP IN THE WOODS to find this player, all the way back to 1951. He was a 6'7" power forward drafted 15th overall to the Boston Celtics. His senior year he averaged a double-double with 16.4 points a game and 14.6 rebounds a game. He led the team twice in scoring. I'm picking Chet Noe.
Jeff: For my first reserve pick I'm going to go back to the well at guard and pick up a player who was dominant in his two years at Oregon. He led the team twice in scoring and is a big guard at 6-4. Averaging 5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 15.3 points a game, he was just shy of the 1,000 point club by 53 points. Alex Scales is a great value pick for me in the sixth round.
Matt: So let's see, I already have the best rebounder in Oregon history with Jim Loscutoff, I think I'll take the guy with the second highest rebounding average in a season. In 1951-52, he averaged 16.6 rebounds per game. He also holds the all time record with 465 total rebounds in a season. He was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1953 Draft and played in the league for another 3 seasons. Coming off the bench to clean the boards with my 6th pick, I select Bob Peterson.
Dave: My next pick fills my hole at small forward with an extremely versatile player who can do a little bit of everything. A thousand point career scorer, as a junior he averaged 13.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, and 2.2 apg while shooting 46% from the field and 91% from the line. He's also an excellent defensive player. I'll take EJ Singler.
Nick: For my first reserve, I'll take a second point guard who played two seasons at Oregon. His 150 assists in his first season ranks 9th all-time for a single season. And, in his senior year he helped lead the Ducks to an NCAA tournament berth. I select Darius Wright.
Paul: I'm actually surprised this guy hasn't been taken, as he's the only Oregon player to be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (and only the second Duck). I'm, of course, talking about Lauren "Laddie" Gale. Although Gale was the second-tallest Tall Fir (behind my center Slim Wintermute), he was the team's leader in scoring two years in a row, including the 1939 championship season. However, he's probably most famous for employing a one-handed shot (he's believed to be one of the first on the national stage). Gale also broke the Pacific Coast Conference scoring record in his stint as a Duck, and was an All American in 1939.
Yes, I realize I have the three best Tall Firs. And since that's clearly the best team in school history, it probably means my team is the best Ducks fantasy team. We can keep drafting if you want, though, to see who gets second.
Tako: A 1960 All-American, he led the Ducks to a regional final appearance in the NCAA tournament, their only such appearance between 1939 and 2002. Every good basketball team needs a good backup point guard, and I more than fill that need with 1996 UO Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Rask.
|Round 5||Tako||Jim Barnett|
|Round 6||Jeff||Alex Scales|
Teams so far:
|Tako||Kenya Wilkins||Jim Barnett||Charlie Warren||Maarty Leunen||Greg Ballard||Chuck Rask|
|Paul||Aaron Brooks||Ron Lee||John Dick||Bryan Bracey||Slim Wintermute||Lauren Gale|
|Nick||Luke Ridnour||Tajuan Porter||Steve Jones||Joevan Catron||Stan Love||Darius Wright|
|Dave||Terrell Brandon||Anthony Taylor||EJ Singler||A.D. Smith||Mike Clark||Antione Stoudamire|
|Matt||Malcolm Armstead||Fred Jones||Luke Jackson||Jim Loscutoff||Bryce Taylor|
|Jeff||Bobby Anet||Orlando Williams||Malik Hairston||Chet Noe||Blair Rassmusen||Alex Scales|