Good stuff Brad. As far as my team is concerned: this squad is about making adjustments from previous failures. Learned first hand what two sub-50 D players equates to in this league as I led the league in points allowed last time and even though I was top-3 in scoring I was toast. Also learned in the last ODL what happens to teams that roll the dice on the ast% penalty, so I didn't want to go down that path again either.
I ALWAYS get my triples in these leagues, so yea at least 2 of my last 3 picks will be bombers. Zero chance I come in with under 400 in RL even though I only have 1/4 of PG and SF minutes along with the SG position left to fill. Rondo allows me to take almost anyone that is left, his 90D along with the 100 of Nance means that I won't get crushed on the perimeter again, and my total ast% is close to 70% from my first four guys, so I'm safely above that penalty. Rondo does hurt in that he lacks range, and I also like to have range at SF but Nance may be the cleanest 100D guy in the sim and he both reduces opponents 3pt% and can guard the 4 and 5.
I'm also using the super-clean (only 2.6 pf48) passing version of Unseld. Efg is over 50 as is his D, and even though I could get more than his 36.6 creb for 38 minutes a game IMO the low negatives are a solid tradeoff.
Overall rebounding will likely be my main issue for this squad. But I'm on track to have one of the better efg's in the league with an adequate D, plenty of ast%, and of course adding triples is just around the corner. Plus my turnovers should be low for an uptempo team given Nance was below 7% in RL and neither Kareem nor Unseld kills me there (not to mention my long-range guys will naturally be low to players as well.)
RL possessions and FTA's could end up a tad low, but the focus for this squad is to get the ball to Kareem. It's impossible to match Wilt's points from last time, but I may be able to push Kareem damn close to 40ppg since he gives me well over 40mpg. Still a few things to decide on for this squad, but at least IMO this team is not dead out of the gate like my last one was.