All-Star weekend in Houston has wrapped up and was generally panned by observers. What did you think? Did you watch? I found it entertaining for the most part, but found the musical entertainment leaving much to be desired. I would like to see the slam dunk and three point contest get more high profile entrants, perhaps using charity donations as the draw. Lebron in the slam dunk? JJ Reddick in the three point? Just food for thought. We wrap up our mid-season reviews with the Southwest Division of the Western Conference.
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).
When we last spoke, we broke down the 2012-'13 rookie class in the Eastern Conference. At this early juncture, it appears that the first year players in the Western Conference are not only outperforming their counterparts, they also collectively possess great upside. It helps when you have the first overall pick (New Orleans), as well as multiple high picks (New Orleans and Portland). The Hornets and Blazers both following the quick "flash" rebuild, much like Utah did in the wake of the Deron Williams deal.
As we play out the final month 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 begin in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference with the Charlotte Bobcats.