And on to March, in like a lion, out like a lamb. Tony Parker owners? Sorry.... We aren't projecting a replacement as Manu Ginobili should handle the ball more (if healthy) with players like Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard getting a bump in value. The Spurs only have two games this week, so we won't get a clear picture of San Antonio's plans over the next month. A busy week otherwise, with 19 teams having four games on the slate.
As we approach the NBA break, more details are emerging about All-Star weekend. We know Alicia Keys will be performing at halftime of the main event and we also can pass along particpants in the Sprint Slam Dunk, Taco Bell Skills Challenge and Foot Locker 3-point contest. All events, including the Sears Shooting Stars competition will take place Saturday night February 16th, with the main event on Sunday. Everything will be carried LIVE on TNT from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
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 will announced reserves for next month's All-Star game this week and in advance of the release, we wanted to name our own list. First, the starters as announced by the Association. The guards are Boston's Rajon Rondo and Miami's Dwayne Wade. Wade's teammate Lebron James will man one forward spot, alongside New York's Carmelo Anthony with Boston's Kevin Garnett manning the middle. The starters are always a popularity contest, now a look at those deserving of a reserve roll.
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?
As we play out the final days of the 2011-'12 NBA 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 Central Division of the Eastern Conference with the Indiana Pacers.
The main event tips off tonight at the Amway Arena, but there has been plenty of action in Orlando this weekend. The All-Star game tips at 730pm EST, but we have already enjoyed the Rising Stars game, the three point shootout, the slam dunk competition and the skills challenge. We put a wrap on it.... just in case you missed it.
Believe it or not, there is news from the Association that isn't just Jeremy Lin related, but not here. The NBA hits the All-Star break this weekend and very wisely, officials have worked Lin into the festivities. While they should have worked him into the three point and skills competition given his white hot stauts, he will assist teammate Iman Shumpert in the slam dunk competition and play in the rising stars game.
I don't know about you, but it adds a little something when one of my fantasy players takes part in All-Star Weekend. It's usually difficult to have more than one or two in the All-Star game itself, but with additions over the years of the Future's game and individual competition, its pretty hard not to have someone, competing somewhere.
I really like the changes that the NBA has made involving All-Star weekend. Specifically, mixing the rookies and sophomores in what was the Rookie Challenge and dividing the teams up with a fantasy draft. Whenever I hear fantasy draft, I want in! In a coin flip, Shaquille O'Neal gets to go first, Charles Barkley gets two picks, then they alternate until their nine man rosters are filled. The real fantasy draft will take place a week from tonight at 7pm EST on TNT.