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The NBA is Back!!!

Well, it has been a pretty rough off-season for NBA fans with the lockout and everything else that has gone on.  I’m not going to talk about that since it has been beaten to death.  What I will talk about is how the NBA is back!!!  Fantasy leagues are popping up like crazy and a lot of you have done little to no research at all since a lot of you were of the out of site out of mind way of thinking.  This will be a particularly hard time to do research for fantasy basketball what with fantasy football playoffs right around the corner.  We are used to having our teams set already while we focus on fantasy football playoffs but that isn’t the case this year.  It is now time to officially go into full crash course mode before the days of fantasy basketball drafts begin.

For starters here is a quick TOP 150 for you to look at: Read the rest of this entry »

Keeper List

Keeper leagues and dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular as more people play fantasy sports.  Fantasy basketball is no different.  If you are in one of these leagues it is important that you do your research before choosing your keepers.  Most leagues ask for your keepers shortly before your draft.  With the ’11-’12 season a ways away, you have plenty of time to make your choices.  But, if you are in a league that wants your keepers turned in earlier and you are looking for players that you should keep, here is a list of young players that you should target for next year. Read the rest of this entry »

2011 NBA Draft Lottery Results

So here are the results for the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery.  A little bit of vindication for the Cavs after losing LeBron.  It won’t make up for the loss but it will help ease the pain a bit.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves
  3. Utah Jazz
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers
  5. Toronto Raptors
  6. Washington Wizards
  7. Sacramento Kings
  8. Detroit Pistons
  9. Charlotte Bobcats
  10. Milwaukee Bucks
  11. Golden State Warriors
  12. Utah Jazz
  13. Phoenix Suns
  14. Houston Rockets

Fantasy Playoffs Nearing Start

With only a few days left before the fantasy playoffs begin for every NBA fantasy leaguer out there, the mad rush is on to fill in the gaps and to put the best rosters forward. For leagues dealing with head-to-head formats, the competition is sure to be intense, as most of the big-name stars in the league are still healthy and still playing great ball – save some recently injured stars like Boozer and Nash.

Other leagues have already adjusted to begin the playoff push. But regardless of what type of league you’re in, we’ll go over a few pointers you can use to give you the best chance of playoff success.

Fantasy basketball isn’t like simply betting on the games. Internet casinos and sports books set odds on teams, not on individual players’ success. So we already know this is a different monster – a game that requires sporadic and scattered talent to outplay competition. To that end, you certainly have to approach the games differently than if one solid team were playing.

First up, it’s time to stop relying on quick injuries to heal. The aforementioned Nash and Boozer aside, you also have to look at players like Channing Frye, Rudy Gay and Eric Gordon. Drop them from our rosters outright. Even if they show up healthy, odds suggest they simply won’t be productive enough to help you through the playoff push.

Next, aim at winning counting categories only; six of nine standard categories go on stats, like rebounds, steals, points, assists, three-pointers and blocks, so focus on building your roster to win those six categories. Put your best players forward at each respective position. Make sure they’re well-rounded players, too, and not one-trick ponies. You shouldn’t sacrifice a goose egg in one category to pad another.

You also have to become more of a dictator-like presence for your team. This means that being a basic manager is out. You need to micromanage the little details, like studying one-on-one matchups and making sure your guys statistically bests your opponents.

It’s true that statistics won’t always pan out. You could be 90% to catch a 10 in real money blackjack, for a quick example, and easily catch a 2. Such is life. And the same holds true for basketball. Your guy might have the edge on paper but end up playing a bad game. However, that’s something you’ll have to eat. Going with the averages and ignoring that proverbial gut feeling is how teams win.

Make sure you’re always studying the schedule. Pay attention to which teams have more games, which players of yours are doing well due to supporting cast or are simply heating up, and make sure you pounce on “hot” players to put in matchups.

Eric Gordon Almost Ready

Los Angeles Clippers SG Eric Gordon is almost ready to make his return to the court from a wrist injury that has bothered him for quite some time now.  Coach Vinny Del Negro believes Gordon could possibly return to the lineup Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports.   This is good news for those of you that have kept him on your bench this whole time.  It will be important to see how he plays for a few games before you insert him back into your lineup.

2010-11 Fantasy Basketball Mock Draft

Here is a mock draft for the upcoming Fantasy Basketball Season.  I hope this helps you out on draft day.

ROUND 1

Pick Overall   Player
1 1   Kevin Durant, OKC SF
2 2   Chris Paul, Nor PG
3 3   LeBron James, Mia SF
4 4   Kobe Bryant, LAL SG
5 5   Dwight Howard, Orl C
6 6   Stephen Curry, GS PG
7 7   Dwyane Wade, Mia SG
8 8   Dirk Nowitzki, Dal PF
9 9   Deron Williams, Uta PG
10 10   Steve Nash, Pho PG
11 11   Danny Granger, Ind SF
12 12   Pau Gasol, LAL PF

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NBA Rumors

Gilbert Arenas has been fined by the NBA for faking a knee injury to help get a teammate more playing time.  That teammate was Nick Young.  This is just anither stupid mistake by Arenas and should only be seen as just that.

Omri Casspi might find himself as a bench player this year.  So far the Kings have started what seems to be everyone else at Forward but Casspi.  A bench role could help preserve him through the entire season.  He fell off in the last half of the the season last year probably from overexposure.  Not so much oncourt but offcourt.  He had a lot of appearances due to being the NBA’s first Israeli player.  Maybe the Kings will learn from this.

Blake Griffin has been a beast so far in the preseason.  With John Wall predicted by many to be the Rookie of the Year, Griffin is doing everything he can to put himself into contention.  Griffin missed all of last year with a broken knee cap so he is still eligible as a Rookie.

Anthony Randolph is looking at a bench role to start the season.  He hasn’t been consistent enough with his jumpshot so far in preseason.  He should see plenty of minutes however.  He has a chance to have a breakout year in Mike D’Antoni’s system as long as he can get a little more consistent with his shooting.

LeBron to South Beach

LeBron James is heading to the Miami Heat.  What does that mean for the NBA, fantasy owners, Cleveland fans, Heat fans and the rest of the world?

The NBA now has a team that in theory can compete with the LA Lakers for a Championship.  In reality though, the Heat are three great players, (James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh) with absolutely ZERO depth.  In their attempt to clear out enough cap space to land LeBron, Bosh and resign Wade, they have completely destroyed their roster.  Some people would say that it was a great move.  Others would say that the season is very long and you need key role players to make it through the season and the playoffs.  LeBron has shown that he can take his team all the way on his own but was never able to finish the job by himself.  He hopes that the new Big-Three will make that possible. Read the rest of this entry »

News and Notes

Here is a quick little update on what is going on in the world of the NBA.  It involves information dealing with injuries, playing time, contract issues and much more.

Amir Johnson has decided to forgo  free agency and instead chose to sign a 5 year, $34 million deal to stay with the Toronto Raptors.

Mike Miller has been offered a 5 year, $30 million deal from the Los Angeles Lakers.  He has also had meetings with the Heat and the Knicks.  It is rumored though that both LeBron James and Dwayne Wade want Miller to sign with whichever team they sign with.

Brendan Haywood was offered a mid-level exception by the Detroit Pistons.  That probably won’t be enough to bring the 7 footer to Detroit.

Rudy Gay has agreed in principle with the Grizzlies to a 5 year, $66.5 million deal, the max allowed for a player with his tenure in the league.

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News and Notes

Here is a quick little update on what is going on in the world of the NBA.  It involves information dealing with injuries, playing time, contract issues and much more.

Jason Kidd has said that he would be open to coming off the bench in order to help with the development of Roddy Beaubois next year.  This is highly unlikely.  Kidd did have a pretty solid season last year but he did slow down toward the end of the season.  Most likely he will still be the starter but his minutes might be cut to give Beaubois some more PT.

John Wall is the only player that the Wizards have scheduled so far for a workout.  The Wizards have the first pick in the upcoming draft and everyone believes that they will take Wall, but what does that mean for Gilbert Arenas?  More on that later.

Charlie Villanueva has decided to stay in Detroit this off season to work with head trainer Kevin Rand.  He was disappointed with his first season as a Piston due to it being riddled with injuries.  Hopefully he can right the ship and stay healthy for next season.