Were you looking for fireworks at the NBA trade deadline? As things turned out, the pre-season James Harden deal and the trade that sent Rudy Gay north of the border, turned out to be the biggest deals across the Association. New, more stringent rules involving the luxury tax are trying to keep the NBA elite (Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, etc.) from dominating the transaction market and clubs are certainly more luxury tax sensitive. The biggest move ending up actually came on deadline eve, making for a very un-eventful Februuary 21st.
It's not exactly the midway point in the season, but the All-Star break is as good time at time as any for teams across the country... and us to evaulate. We continue our swing through the Association, checking in on each Division. Who is having a break out season? What rookies are fantasy worthy? Who may be on the block and possibly moved by the trade deadline? We continue with the Southeast Division.
Can you believe we have already reached the end of the first quarter of the season? A year ago at this time, the Association was just getting started on their abbreviated season. As with any fantasy sport, injuries are the biggest factor in creating opportunity and productive talent from the waiver wire. We keep and eye on that, along with rookies who settle in and begin to emerge. Teams are also preparing to wheel and deel as newly signed and/or acquired players are eligible to be traded. Let's take a look at some players that may be available through free agency in your league.
We've checked in on big men around the Association, lets move on to swing men. What are swing men you may be asking? Swing men are players that qualify at shooting guard, small forward, combo forward or in some cases, guard/forward. Swing men are typically your best all-around players who almost always contribute in the scoring category. Swing men are also those you see moved in and out of rosters the most. Lets take a look at those swing men that are beginning to populate rosters and those that have been, or should be on the chopping block. As a reminder, always check your own league for position eligibility.
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 Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference with the Orlando Magic.
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 Portland Trail Blazers.
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.
Are you a big man short from landing in the money in your fantasy league? If you have a shot at the money, it's decision making time. Some don't want to spend any more money on free agents/waivers and ride out what they have. The other option is to spend money to try and gain every point you can down the stretch. While it's hard to find well rounded talent, you can certainly find big men that bring rebounds, blocks, scoring, just not all in one player. We have identified the best power forwards that are available in 50% or more of Flea Flicker leagues.
It's really hard to believe that we have reached the All-Star break. We do have an abbreviated week of action, but everyone gets Friday, Saturday and Sunday off, unless of course they are part of All-Star weekend festivities. What's in store in the second half of this shortened 66-game season? Those fantasy owners that get the jump on the future are the same ones that are going to get a jump in the standings. Lets take a look.
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.