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 wrap up our previews, staying in the Western Conference, with the Pacific Division. The Lakers have assembled the latest "Dream Team" with Steve Nash and Dwight Howard now running showtime alongside Kobe. The Clippers are now a force, with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leading the way. Golden State finally landed a big man to help David Lee, now if only Andrew Bogut can stay healthy. Watch out for Sacramento and mercurial big man DeMarcus Cousins. Marcin Gortat was a nice find in the desert, but Phoenix just doesn't have the horses to compete.
While the Eastern Conference featured Philadelphia's shocking win over top seeded Chicago, the Western Conference held serve, for the most part. The Clippers seven game elimination of Memphis could be considered an upset, while expected by others.
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.
With the NBA regular season ending in exactly a month, it's time to keep focus and push to the end. With a shortage of big men, almost every fantasy team could use a decent center. With a huge gap between the Dwight Howard's and the Brendan Haywood's, improvement can always be found. While no league will have that perfect well rounded center, you may be able to find one that helps in categories where you have a chance to pickup fantasy points.
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.
Do you need help in the middle? Does your team resemble a donut? Without a doubt, center is the position where you have the greatest chance of standings- points gained. The difference between Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan is enormous, just an example of the leg up you can enjoy compared to the guard and forward positions. This week, we take a look at who you may want to take a long look at in the pivot, along with percentage owned in Flea Flicker leagues.
Dwight Howard has been dominating the boards this season and at the same time, dominating conversation when it comes to his next destination. In the last week, he has added the Los Angeles Clippers to his "approved" trade list and has also been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Knicks. New York reportedly suggesting a package that would send Amare Stoudamire and Tyson Chandler to the Magic Kingdom. Today, we have details on Superman's wish to end up in the City of Angels... across town from Kobe.
Continuing with our review of the NBA's Western Conference, we move on to the Pacific Division. Long owned by the Lakers, there's a new player in town with the cross-town Clippers. Stealing a page from showtime's playbook, the Clippers beat the Lakers to the punch in landing Chris Paul. The Lakers were hopeful of landing Paul and Dwight Howard to run with Kobe Bryant, but now it appears even Superman has a preference of teaming up with Blake Griffin. We take a look at how each team is faring thus far, with a look at the best free agent bargain for each club based on Flea Flicker league availability.
Does your NBA Fantasy roster resemble a donut? Do you have a whole in the middle with a bunch of stiffs at center? With incredible scarcity at the position, the standings gained points potential with an effective pivot can earn you noticeable gains. Without a doubt, elite centers go early in drafts and are expensive in auctions, but you cannot survive without remaining competitive at the position. With that in mind, we continue our free agency advice with a look at available big men. Those we have identified are avalable in most Flea Flicker leagues.
Chris Paul and Kobe in the Lakers back court? The three team deal between Houston, New Orleans and Los Angeles is dead. Well, maybe not Los Angeles, just the Lakers. As the LA Times first reported, the Clippers jumped into the fray, withdrew and are now back negotiating. Since the Hornets are owned by the NBA, the Clippers continue negotiations with the NBA front office. While Paul may still be on the move, Dwight Howard now appears happy staying in Orlando. The recent news has Kobe wondering why thus far all the Lakers have done is lose Lamar Odom?