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 moving over to the Western Conference, beginning with the Northwest Division. Will Oklahoma City regret trading emerging fantasy superstar James Harden? Is Andre Iguodala the spark that Denver needs to lead the deepest team in the Association? Could Damian Lillard be on his way to Rookie of the Year honors in Portland? Has Utah improved enough on the perimeter to compliment the inside power of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson? Ricky Rubio is out until Christmas and now Kevin Love is out until December, can Brandon Roy hold the team together?
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 Utah Jazz.
If you have a shot in your fantasy league, now is the time to get aggressive. You've spent time and money to get to where you are now, and if you are in striking distance, don't let up! It's all about categories now if you are in a standard roto league. Head to head is much of the same, but leans more towards balance. We have been taking a look at who might be avialable in your league. With the guards done, time to look at small forwards that may be available. We have identified the best that are available in more than 50% of Flea Flicker leagues.
As we continue towards the NBA All-Star break and the abbreviated season mid-way point, time to review your roster. What young players are emerging? Who is returning from injury? Who on your squad may need replacing with minutes soon to be lost to a returning starter? These are things you need to consider when reviewing your team. Here is a look at forwards you may want to give a along with percentage owned in Flea Flicker 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.
Things are beginning to take shape as we roll through January and quickly approach February and the All-Star game. We have completed our first review of the Eastern Conference where injuries are hampering the heavy favorites in Miami and Chicago. Having wrapped up the East, now we move to the Western Conference and begin in the Northwest Division. Bargain players for each team are shown with percentage available in Flea Flicker leagues.
It's not only Christmas Eve, but the eve of the start of the NBA season. We continue to provide updates from each of the Association's six divisions, with the Eastern Conference now complete. We begin our Western Conference previews with the Northwest Division. Oklahoma City is the pride here and perhaps the entire Conference. Dallas and the Lakers are a year older with the Clippers arguably the Thunder's main obstacle this season. We highlight key players and updates on also update ongoing Flea Flicker auctions and drafts. Bookmark Talking Hoops and check back daily for the latest information that impacts your wagers and fantasy basketball.