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In our recent appraisal of the top sleepers, breakouts and busts for the upcoming fantasy basketball campaign, we defined a sleeper as player who will far surpass his average draft position (ADP) in standard ESPN leagues for the 2016 season. If we consider deep as something far below the surface, then our interpretation of deep sleepers can be understood as players found far below the surface, in this case past the top 120 picks in our current ADP index, who can far exceed the statistical expectations of this tier in drafts.In going past at least the 120th pick on average in drafts, we can offer players realistically available to you in the later rounds and some names that might not even show up on our ADP list. Working the waiver wire is crucial in fantasy hoops, but it also helps to get ahead of the market by securing some intriguing assets that have the potential to become enduring values for the coming season.With mining for value in mind, lets delve into some deep fantasy sleepers for the 2016-17 NBA season.Eric Gordon and Clint Capela, Houston Rockets Gordon is a career 38.3 percent shooter from beyond the arc and just one of five players over the last three seasons to average at least two made 3-pointers while shooting at least 40 percent from beyond. With some upside in the assist department beyond his elite shooting potential in a combo role for Mike DAntonis up-tempo, spread offense, Gordon is an ideal pick in the twilight rounds. As for Capela, he could thrive as a blocks and boards commodity with increased minutes for a team likely to challenge for the highest pace in the NBA.Dario Saric, Philadelphia 76ers Dario finally made it to South Philly after spending the past two years playing in Turkey. The lottery pick will see increased minutes with Ben Simmons sidelined for several months and offers rare statistical diversity in regards to assist production.Justin Anderson, Seth Curry and Dwight Powell, Dallas MavericksCurry could immediately provide cheap shooting pop for investors, as hes already flashing rare efficiency from beyond the arc in the preseason for a team that desperately needs more scoring touch from the backcourt rotation. Powell reportedly bulked up this offseason after earning a massive payday from the Mavericks. If he can earn around 25 minutes per night for a thin Dallas frontcourt, Powell could become a valuable source of boards -- as he averaged 9.9 per 36 minutes last season.The sample size from Andersons rookie season is truly limited, as he only averaged 11.8 minutes and appeared in 55 games for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki has gone out of his several times this preseason to praise Andersons ascending game. The minutes might not be there for Anderson to merit drafting in league smaller than 12 teams, but keep an eye on his progression given the preseason buzz and the injury-prone veterans ahead of him in the backcourt.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker, Brookyln NetsWe already covered RHJ in our bold predictions piece, but as a reminder, hes a top option for sourcing steals and could provide one of the better rebounding rates at the small forward position. As for Booker, hes slated to start at power forward and this is mostly an angle for increased minutes, as he averaged a double-double using his per-36 minutes clip from last season in Utah. With Brooklyns thin frontcourt offering Booker tons of exposure and upside on the glass, hes a fine late stash in deeper formats.Jamal Murray, Denver NuggetsMurray could earn meaningful minutes right away in Denver with Gary Harris due to miss four-to-six weeks due to a groin injury. Late shares of this savvy shooting rookie could prove rewarding, as hes already shown an ability to lead the pick-and-roll in the preseason and bankable shooting metrics could buoy some nice nights to start the season.James Ennis, Memphis Grizzlies Ennis got some love from ESPNs Kevin Pelton in our staff sleepers piece mentioned above. We agree with Peltons endorsement, as Ennis averaged 15.9 points, 2.7 3-pointers made and 1.3 steals in just over 31 minutes per game over the past nine games for Memphis last season. Glowing reports of Ennis cleaning the glass in training camp suggest he could add some statistical diversity to his line, while any player who can average more than two 3-pointers and one steal is a valuable commodity to consider late in drafts.Kyle Anderson, San Antonio Spurs Known as Slo Mo for his lack of speed, Andersons deliberate style of play could prove truly rewarding for fantasy purposes if he ever nets increased exposure. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wants to get him more time this season, while a thin frontcourt featuring an aging and somewhat injury-prone Pau Gasol could eventually lead to some spikes in minutes for the versatile Anderson, who can play the three, four or even run the point. As evidence of his diverse skill set, Andersons per-36 rates last season includes 10.1 points, 6.3 boards and 1.7 steals.Bismack Biyombo, Orlando Magic Biyombo played more than 25 minutes 26 times for the Raptors last season and recorded at least 10 boards and two blocks in 12 of those outings. With a surge in minutes on the way this season as the lead rim protector for the Magic, Biyombo -- going 152nd on average in ESPN drafts -- is a fine source of blocks and steals for those who loaded up on guards and wings the early rounds.Willie Cauley-Stein and Ty Lawson, Sacramento Kings Over the final 11 games last season, Cauley-Stein averaged 30.3 minutes and delivered 11.7 points, 6.8 boards and most valuably 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. Wed like to see more rebounds given the uptick in minutes, but this Kentucky product offers helpful potential in steals and blocks -- two of the scarcest stats in all fantasy hoops.Lawson is merely a rental, as hes due to start the first eight games of the season with Darren Collison suspended to start the season. The speedy veteran point guard was somewhat terrible on the court last season, shooting below 40 percent from the field while averaging jut 5.7 points between stints with the Rockets and Pacers. As recently as the 2014-15 campaign, though, Lawson was a fantasy stud, with nearly 10 dimes and more than 15 points per game. Lawson is a fine rental commodity for that first two weeks of the season, giving investors a buffer to seek out more enduring point guard assets from the wire over that period. Lakers Jerseys China . Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six. 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Cheap Lakers Jerseys . -- Josh Sterk scored once and set up two more as the Oshawa Generals edged the visiting Belleville Bulls 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Hours after 18-year NBA professional Ray Allen announced his retirement, his former coach, Erik Spoelstra, was already nostalgic for a player he called truly one of a kind. The Miami Heat coach didnt have to be prompted to tell one Allen story after another.SPOELSTRAS ADMIRATION BEGAN?before he ever met the player, with extra practice.In the late 2000s, when the Heat were due to play Allens Celtics, Spoelstra kicked off every practice preparing the Heat for Allens Oh s--- moments. Those ones in which Allen would somehow, even though everyone was waiting for it, catch the defense blinking for a half a second and move into a different spot as if he was teleporting.Before doing anything else, we would just spend 20 minutes trying to prevent Ray from doing the unexpected -- the Oh s---, Spoelstra says now. You know, the Oh s---, howd he get there? or Oh s---, there he is! moments. Killed us for years.More often than not, the Oh S---! came with an Ah, s--- when he hit the shot.During Tuesdays news conference in Miami, Spoelstra found out that Allen had officially retired. Even though Allen hadnt played in two years, Spoelstra still was taken aback. Deep down, Spoelstra felt that Allens other-worldly work ethic and conditioning could keep the 41-year-old playing in todays NBA.... for another five years, Spoelstra says.SPOELSTRA REMEMBERS THE first time he met Allen. It happened one Thursday night during the first round of the 2010 playoffs when the fifth-seeded Heat had just been blown out in Games 1 and 2 in Boston.In an effort to unwind after a long flight to Miami and an even longer beatdown at the hands of Allens Celtics, Spoelstra decided to catch his favorite 6:30 p.m. spinning class at the local Four Seasons hotel. After the hourlong class, Spoelstra walked out the door and noticed a familiar face walking in for the next class at 7:30 p.m.It was Ray, Spoelstra recalls.This didnt make sense. Maybe it was a Ray Allen look-alike? Spoelstra dialed a Heat staffer, who confirmed that the Celtics had gone through a full practice earlier in the day and flew from Logan Airport down to Miami International Airport that evening.Spoelstra picked up his cell again, this time to dial the Four Seasons. Spoelstra needed to talk to the instructor.I was curious, Spoelstra recalls.Was that really Allen? Did he come in just to loosen up his joints after a long flight? A stretch to warm up the muscles? Maybe just a few minutes, right?The instructor, a devoted Heat fan, confirmed it was Allen.But dont worry about him, Coach, the Miami instructor told Spoelstra. I crushed him, double-time for an hour. He wanted it. But believe me, hell have no legs tomorrow.Allen torched the Heat for 25 points the next night.THE CELTICS WON Game 3 by two points and dispatched the Heat in five games, prompting the Heat to blow it all up and lay down a new foundation.Three months later, LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade with the Heat. The summer after the trio took down Boston and OKC en route to the 2012 title, Spoelstra and Riley met with Allen and later signed him.Spoelstra, of course, had heard stories about Allen. People called him Everyday Ray for a reason. He was obsessive and then some about his basketball routines. Hed come to the gym early and often, repeating the same motions, the same routes over and over.Like a wide receiver, Spoelstra says.But even still, Spoelstra couldnt believe what he saw during that first workout in September 2012, the week before Labor Day.Spoelstra laughs about it now. Allen was laying on his back under the basket. When a Heat assistant coach blew the whistle, Allen would get up off his back, backpedal to the corner as if being chased, and somehow precisely place his ffeet in the slot between the 3-point arc and the out-of-bounds line with only inches to spare.dddddddddddd All in one motion. All without looking down.After all that, Allen would catch a pass and rise up for a 3-pointer.Pat [Riley] and I invented so many dumb drills over the years, but that, Spoelstra recalls, that ... was a new one on us.After watching the then-37-year-old do it dozens of times, Spoelstra stopped him.What on earth are you trying to accomplish here?Allen replied matter-of-factly.Offensive rebound, say I get knocked down after a layup and need to jump out for the corner 3, Allen told him. Gotta get in the habit. You never know.Allen performed that drill religiously for the ensuing weeks. And nine months after that September workout, Allen made perhaps the most famous clutch 3-pointer in NBA Finals history to force a Game 7.Offensive rebound. Backpedal out to the corner 3. In one motion, without looking down. Bang.IT WAS DECEMBER 2, 2012, in Washington D.C., and the Heat were finishing up a grueling practice ahead of a Wizards game. The team had three days between games, so Spoelstra decided to orchestrate one of the hardest practices of the season. Players groaned. They had just won six straight. Why the punishment? After practice, the whole team had started to gather their stuff for the bus. Allen stroked his shots as he normally does after practice.What was not normal: he was putting on a winter hat and gloves to go outside.Spoelstra told him to suck it up. Yeah, there was snow on the ground outside, but all of fifteen feet separated the gym door to the team bus. Allens hands couldnt endure the chill for two seconds?Apparently, Allen had other ideas.Ill see you at the hotel, Allen said. Im going for a run.The hotel was at least three miles away. The reigning MVP LeBron James saw Allen bundling up. So the uber-competitive James also suited up and jogged with him.Just a casual 5K among future Hall of Famers after practice.DURING THEIR TIME in Miami, James often tried to walk in Allens footsteps. He held rare, genuine reverence for his teammate of two years as if they had been teammates his whole career. In the 2013 playoffs, James even copied Allens routine at the free throw line. Three dribbles. Spin the ball. Collect. Rise off the heels. Release. He shot about 80 percent for the rest of the playoffs.Allens fingerprints can still be found on James game. That physics-defying pass?to Mike Dunleavy in the corner? That was a version of the hammer play that the Celtics used to run for Allen. Look it up. Doc Rivers drew it to free Allen for the game-winning shot in the 2011 playoffs against the New York Knicks. Except in that version, it was Kevin Garnett, not Tristan Thompson, setting the screen. Spoelstra stole it for James and Allen to use in Miami.The play tortured us for years, Spoelstra remembers.SINCE HE LAST played in the NBA, Allen has been in Miami with his family, helping to get his healthy fast-food restaurant off the ground in South Miami. You might know hes just about a scratch-golfer. In Miami, he once turned down a tee-time invitation from President Barack Obama because he had shootaround that morning with the team.But heres what you may not know: Hes a devoted long-distance runner now, taking part in community charity races to build up his stamina.On his daily drive to AmericanAirlines Arena, Spoelstra often spots a 6-foot-5, chiseled man with no shirt on, galloping in a fierce stride underneath the ruthless South Florida sun.Who is that? Spoelstra thinks to himself.It gets him every time.Oh s---, Spoelstra gasps. Its Ray. ' ' '

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