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.
We are approaching the magical 41 game mark as the NBA season reaches the midway point. Unfortunately, NBA fans now have to share time on Sportscenter with NHL fans, less highlights from the hardwood to make time for the ice. Lets make the rounds in the Association and check in on each Division. What veteran players have emerged? Grading the acquisitions and evaluating draft picks. Most importantly, the fantasy winners and losers across the Association. We begin in the Atlantic Division.
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 with the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Does Boston have another run left? How improved is Brooklyn with a healthy Brook Lopez and the addition of Joe Johnson? Are the Knicks ready for a run with the best front court in the Eastern Conference? And is Andrew Bynum durable enough to provide the post presence to support the perimeter rich Sixers? Toronto... in a case of the rich getting richer, one of first round picks that Oklahoma City received in the James Harden deal is going to be a Raptors lottery pick.
As we play out the final weeks 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 Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Looking at your roster, I can tell you need some help! Before we continue across the Association with a look at shooting guards that may be available in your league, there is some activity we need to pass along your way. Boris Diaw has finally been released from the CBACharlotte Hornets, point guard Derek Fisher is joining Memphis who has been desperate for a veteran point guard off the bench and Ronny Turiaf is on his third team in a week, as the Miami Heat continue their search for post players to support the Big Three. Now, as promised, a look at shooting guards that may be available through free agency or waivers, that are available in more than 50% of Flea Flicker leagues.
It seems like the season just got started, but we are already well into the second half. Yes, the playoffs are next month, a great opportunity to review each member of the Association. We begin with the Eastern Conference, specifically the Atlantic Division.
How you looking at guard? So many categories, hard to get 'em all covered with one player. I have always struggled addressing field goal percentage and three pointers. I have always leaned towards the point guard types, obviously contributing more assists and in many cases more likely to pickup steals. Very general observation, but a guide nonetheless. So what's available in free agency or on the waivers in your league? We have taken a look and provide you some options, based on players that are available in more than 50% of Flea Flicker fantasy basketball leagues.
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.
As we roll into week three of the young 2012 NBA season, time for a roll call across the Association. With an abbreviated training camp and flash free agency, properly projecting who, what and where was certainly a challenge for so called NBA experts. Who did you overpay for? Did you waste a high draft pick on a player mired on the bench? With most teams approaching or at ten games played, we certainly have a better feel for rotations and production. Lets take a look, beginning with the Eastern Conference, specifically the Atlantic Division. Players are shown with percentage owned in Flea Flicker leagues.