Welcome to fantasy hoops '08

Updated: October 18, 2007, 6:00 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
While fantasy basketball drafts are normally about getting stars and building a balanced team, I won't soon forget the best pick I made, or at least the most memorable one. Turn the clock all the way back to the fall of 1989, in my formative years playing fantasy, and the same day the Athletics dispatched the Giants in the earthquake-delayed World Series. I chose Terry Catledge with my last draft pick on a Saturday night.

I knew who Catledge was because the 76ers had drafted him, and knew he had been a double-digit scorer and decent per-minute rebounder with the Washington Bullets (yeah, it was a long time ago!). The Orlando Magic was building a team, and Catledge figured to be one of the few scorers the maiden franchise had. Ancient Reggie Theus was there, Nick Anderson came via the draft, but would the old man still have it (he did), or would the rookie start right away (he did not)?

I knew on opening night I had made a solid pick, when Catledge scored 25 points and added 16 boards against Charles Shackleford, Dennis Hopson, Joe Barry Carroll and the rest of the Nets. Catledge ended up averaging 19.4 points and 7.6 rebounds that season. He never did either again, and he was out of the NBA three seasons later, but the memories, ah, they live on.