Market Watch: Last impressions of 2006-07

Updated: April 23, 2007, 6:24 PM ET
By Neil Tardy | Special to ESPN.com
Your parents always told you to make a good first impression. Well I'm here to tell you not to make too much of a good last impression.

When you watch sports and play fantasy sports, it's easy to get caught up in the last thing you see. At least it is for me. And as I write this, the last thing I've seen is Baron Davis. Given his injury history and career average of 41 percent from the field, I've always been leery of Davis for fantasy. But then I saw Sunday's astonishing performance in Dallas. For six weeks Davis basically willed Golden State into the playoffs, then he absolutely killed the Mavs in Game 1. Seriously, what a fun game to watch, and what a great game from Davis and all of the Warriors, who were the more athletic, better coached and more composed team on Sunday.

So now I'm thinking that, come draft day next fall, I should make Davis a priority. And maybe I should. After all, this Don Nelson guy knows a thing or two about hoops, and Davis, who shot a career-best 43.9 percent from the floor this season, seems perfect for Nellie's offense. Still, Davis has averaged just 56 games played over the past five seasons, and his 3-point makes have declined by nearly half since 2004-05. But those facts will have a tough go competing with the mental images I'll have of Davis dishing to open teammates, getting to loose balls and drilling it from downtown the way he did in Game 1. Something tells me I may overreach.

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Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com

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