Watching turnovers in fantasy hoops

Updated: March 4, 2008, 12:24 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
The year was either 1994 or 1995, and the draft pick was Shawn Kemp. I needed points, rebounds and blocks, and we had already protected a few players on our fantasy basketball teams, five I think. I was surprised to see Kemp available in the draft. This was a 20-and-10 guy, still rather young and capable of improving. Why was he in the draft at all?

Then someone tapped me on the shoulder, as he saw me checking out Kemp's stats in some magazine. Hey, way back then everyone in the room didn't have a laptop and Internet access, you know. "Eric, you know we have assist-to-turnover ratio as a category, dontcha?

Well, I didn't much care. At the time, even knowing what all the league rules were, I still drafted for the big categories and didn't pay any mind to those secondary numbers. Even now, in fantasy baseball for example, some people totally disregard batting average and WHIP. Bad idea. You can draft someone who won't hit any home runs and compensate, but those percentage categories will kill you.