The 2012-'13 NBA season has come down to the last ten days At this point, I am just hoping my players see the court! Have you ever seen so many injuries in the Association? Without a doubt, any moves you make now are defined to individual categories. Utah, Detroit, Orlando and Atlanta have only two games this week, with everyone else with either three or four games scheduled. If your league allows changes next week, remember there are only three days of play with the regular season ending on Wednesday, April 17th.
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.
It's a great week to have Mavericks, as Dallas is the only team this week with five games. We take a look at who may be on your league's waiver wire or available in free agency. Also, a reminder to keep on the trading deadline, in the NBA as well as your fantasy league.
What is the future of the NBA? MLB has the futures game, football has various All-Star games, including Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The Association features the Rookie Challenge, held during All-Star weekend. This is the 13th edition of the Rookie Challenge which historically has matched the league's top rookies against the best 2nd year players. Just in case you were wondering, the sophomore's have won eight times, but the rookie's have won the last two. Washington's John Wall was the MVP of last year's 148-140 shootout.
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.
The 2011 NBA Draft was nothing short of the consensus sentiment of the experts – lackluster and filled with project picks, particularly from Europe up front. The one positive that came out of this draft was the lackluster names led to more teams picking defensively-focused players over erratic shooters with inflated offensive numbers.Overall, the draft was filled with a lot of young players in need of serious physical or mental development. Although the draft lacked anyone of the same caliber as LeBron James, Chris Paul, or Blake Griffin, it was certainly not without a good deal of players that could make an immediate impact.