Just a couple of weeks left in the regular season, as we all limp towards the finish line with injuries. I have reached a point where I am considering dumping legitimate keepers that can't stay healthy in order to try to salvage things down the stretch. Fortunately for me, I am pretty locked in scoring (first) and rebounding (last), so I can really pinpoint the other categories. Unfortunately, I still need someone who can pass the ball and block shots. Nene fits the bill for me to some extent, but he hasn't played the last four games.
Are you building for next year? Is your NBA fantasy season on the rocks? The NBA has released rosters for the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game and it would be a great start in planning your franchise's future. Friday night, February 15th in Houston, nine team rosters of first and second year players (drafted by NBA assistant coaches) will kick off All-Star weekend. Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will again serve as GM's and will draft live on TNT a week from tonight (Thu Feb 7th).
The Memphis Grizzlies finally cleared the salary they had been seeking, trading Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. Gay, along with center Hamed Haddadi heads north of the border to Toronto, with the Raptors sending big man Ed Davis and point guard Jose Calderon to Memphis. But there's more, the Grizzlies had no interest in taking on Calderon's massive salary, shipping him to Detroit. The Pistons send forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to complete the deal.
We are rapidly approaching the All-Star break as the NBA season passes the midway point.. We continue our swing through the Association, checking in on each Division. Who is having a break out season? What rookies are fantasy worthy? Who may be on the block and possibly moved by the trade deadline? We continue with the Central Division.
The NBA takes Christmas Eve off, then returns with five televised games back to back, running from Noon Eastern all the way to midnight! What does your fantasy team need? If you are in a roto style league, the categories should be taking shape. Is it time to bail on certain categories? Much can be said about head to head leagues.... can you pickup in deficient areas? enough to compete? As always, developing rookies, opportunity created by injury and now... anticipating NBA trades are the key to finding fantasy nuggets.
We are not yet a month into the season, but the role of this season's rookie crop is beginning to take shape. While you usually don't want to rely on a first year player, they certainly can contribute. With many players turning pro after just one or two years, development is longer in many cases. While rookies will improve as the season progresses and they get more experience, beware of the "rookie wall". Having never played more than 40 games in a season, many will wear down following the All-Star break. Lets take a look at the fantasy prospects of this year's rookie class, starting with the Eastern Conference.
How did you do in your draft or auction? Have you had to dip into the free agency pool much yet? There are many strategies at play here. When is it too early to bail on a player and seek a replacement? If you wait too long, does the valid talent that slipped through get gobbled up? Is it better to wait and see how surprising talent develops, rather than jumping to changes too early? Lets take a look at the big men across the Association.
As we roll into the 2012-'13 NBA season, we're going to take you through an overview of each of the six divisions. Who are key newcomers? Who are notable for your fantasy team? Last season was brutal with a late and sudden December start to an abbreviated season. We continue our previews wrapping up the Eastern Conference with a look at the Central Division. Can Chicago stay competitive until Derrick Rose returns? Will Rose actually return this season? Are the Pacers for real, or was last season an abberration? Danny Granger's injury will put them to the test. Detroit is slowly rebuilding a nice core surrounding Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight. Did the Pistons hit the jackpot with the Andre Drummond draft gamble? Milwaukee has a dynamic, but tiny backcourt, did they get too "small" by trading away Andrew Bogut? The Cavs hit paydirt with Kyrie Irving, but were Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters lottery reaches?