With less than a month remaining in the 2012-'13 NBA regular season, take a moment away from March Madness to attend to your fantasy squad. Fortunately, unless you are always riding an NIT bracket, college hoops takes a three day break before Sweet 16 play begins on Thursday night. What does your team need down the stretch? I find myself searching for a player that can pass, hit an occassional three and also block shots. Not surprisingly, very few players exist with those traits.
The Spring is the best time of the year for sports fan. Spring training, The Masters, NFL free agency and the draft, but March and April are also arguably the best time of the year for the sport of basketball. It's easily the highlight of the season for college hoops with the conference tournaments, leading into March Madness. In the NBA, teams jockey not only for a spot in the playoffs, but seeding as well. In the fantasy world, the focus now is on specific categories and that elusive piece you can land in free agency or on your league's waiver wire!
As we play out the final days of the 2011-'12 NBA regular season, we take a look at each franchise. Who emerged, what went wrong, what lies ahead. A look at post season chances, long term potential and upgrades possible in this summer's NBA draft. We continue in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Lakers make a move as the trade deadline approaches, the Clippers get much needed help in the paint, Steve Nash is playing out his last season in the desert, the Warriors finally get their big man and Sacramento, well they're still the Kings!
Kobe explodes, better than Rip ever did in "the mask". Joe Johnson returns, then gets shut down again. Chris Bosh takes a temporary leave. Kenyon Martin shows why he could make a difference for the Clippers. Manu is getting close, while Stephen Curry continues to sit out. Nene and Danilo near a return. More "word" from Friday night and a look at Saturday's play.
As we roll towards February and the All-Star break, NBA clubs are looking to make adjustments. Most clubs still have hope of making the post season, while a few may already be tinkering with the future in mind. A one time NBA All-Star may finally be emerging from free agency and trade rumors are rampant. Those looking for a center find one on the market after already being traded once this season.
Is one of your New Year's resolutions to be more competitve in fantasy basketball? Well, hopefully we can help you out with that. We know you are looking to improve your team, so we continue our look at potential free agents in your league. We have worked our way around the perimeter and now move to the front court. We have identified power forwards, available in most Flea Flicker leagues you may be looking at. Some may help, others you may want to take a second look.
The New York Knicks made the first big splash of free agency by signing center Tyson Chandler. Chandler is the defensive presence the Knicks need to support the offensive minded front court studs Amare Stoudamire and Carmelo Anthony. Chandler wasn't cheap, so the Knicks had to release point guard Chauncey Billups, further weakening an already questionable backcourt. New York looks to have filled that void by coming to terms with free agent guard Baron Davis.
Chris Paul is settling in on the West coast, Dwight Howard appears content with staying in Florida and the rest of the Association is tinkering with rosters in advance of the season tipping off on Christmas Day. Most of the marquee names have found a new home or re-signed with their old clubs. For now, teams are adding a piece here and there or trimming down their rosters to thirteen players. Lets take a look at recent movement and what might be left.