While there are players emerging that can help you down the home stretch, the lack of activity at the trade deadline has certainly lessened the fantasy impact. With approximately seven weeks remaining in the regular season, the time to make a move is now. I was mired in last place in rebounding in my league, so I moved several big men for perimeter players to attempt to gain points in assists, three pointers and steals. Don't force moves or make them just to do it, but in order for transactions to have time to take effect, do them now.
Were you looking for fireworks at the NBA trade deadline? As things turned out, the pre-season James Harden deal and the trade that sent Rudy Gay north of the border, turned out to be the biggest deals across the Association. New, more stringent rules involving the luxury tax are trying to keep the NBA elite (Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, etc.) from dominating the transaction market and clubs are certainly more luxury tax sensitive. The biggest move ending up actually came on deadline eve, making for a very un-eventful Februuary 21st.
It's not exactly the midway point in the season, but the All-Star break is as good time at time as any for teams across the country... and us to evaulate. 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 Southeast Division.
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).
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.
We've checked in on big men around the Association, lets move on to swing men. What are swing men you may be asking? Swing men are players that qualify at shooting guard, small forward, combo forward or in some cases, guard/forward. Swing men are typically your best all-around players who almost always contribute in the scoring category. Swing men are also those you see moved in and out of rosters the most. Lets take a look at those swing men that are beginning to populate rosters and those that have been, or should be on the chopping block. As a reminder, always check your own league for position eligibility.
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 tip off with the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, home of the NBA defending champion Miami Heat.