While there are players emerging that can help you down the home stretch, the lack of activity at the trade deadline has certainly lessened the fantasy impact. With approximately seven weeks remaining in the regular season, the time to make a move is now. I was mired in last place in rebounding in my league, so I moved several big men for perimeter players to attempt to gain points in assists, three pointers and steals. Don't force moves or make them just to do it, but in order for transactions to have time to take effect, do them now.
We hit the All-Star break this week, with most teams in the Association having only two games on their schedule. We are taking this opportunity to check in across the NBA, looking at each team, division by division. Who has emerged this season? Who are potential players as we approach the trading deadline? We move to the Western Conference and continue with the Northwest Division.
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 continue in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Is now the time to pickup Minnesota rookie forward Derrick Williams? The Andrea Bargnani injury watch continues. Does the explosive return of Brooke Lopez rekindle Dwight Howard to New Jersey discussion? We wrap up injury progress from across the Association.
And a Happy Ash Wednesday on the eve of the final games before the NBA All-Star break. We have some replacement news, involving those opting out of this weekend's festivities due to injury and more. Impact fantasy players are using the break to get a few extra days to heal heading into the weekend and news of some potential "hazing" of a rookie in the slam dunk competition.
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.
Last week we told you about changes in store for NBA All-Star weekend. Instead of the rookies taking on the sophomores in the "futures" game, the best 1st and 2nd year players will be split up. Taking a cue from the NHL, the NBA will draft the squads, with Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley doing the honors. Does the NBA have the best All-Star game among major sports? MLB may still be the best, but what we do know is that the Pro Bowl remains horrible.
The NBA All-Star game voting is over and the starters have been announced. On Thursday, prior to the TNT doubleheader, the NBA will announce the reserve players for the Eastern and Western Conferences for the mid-season classic. We are only a week short of the midway point of the abbreviated 66 game season and what better time to identify the leaders in the race for the annnual awards. While many players of this caliber are rarely available on the waiver wire or in free agency in fantasy leagues, we list ownership percentages in Flea Flicker leagues... just in case!
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.