Karabell Thoughts: Oct. 27

Originally Published: October 27, 2004
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
With less than a week to go before the NBA regular season begins, Eric Karabell discusses some players whose stock has gone up recently, and others you may not want to draft too highly.

  • Drew Gooden, Cavaliers: Sure, his career has been a disappointment, and now he's on his third team in three seasons, but this might be a great place for him. Cleveland fans hate Carlos Boozer for what he did to the city (bolting to Utah), and Gooden takes his place, in more ways than one. Gooden's not the same rebounder, but he did average 8.5 boards as a rookie, and he's having a terrific preseason, averaging about 11 boards a game. I could see him averaging 15 points and nine rebounds a game, which means he's more valuable than where he's being selected, which is about 90th overall. Also, watch teammate Jeff McInnis go later than he should; the guy is the starting point guard and should be good for 12 points and six assists per.