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.
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 tip off with the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, home of the NBA defending champion Miami Heat.
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 Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference with the Washington Wizards.
Four more night's of action until the Association heads to Orlando for the annual NBA All-Star weekend. We've told you about the Slam Dunk competion and share with you those competing in the three-point shootout. We went through the draft by Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley for the "Futures" game and now we wrap up our previews with the Skills Challenge contestants.
Last night, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley chose their rosters for the Rising Stars game, which is part of NBA All-Star weekend. A week prior, I took a shot at drafting for them to see how it would compare. Was there any doubt that the Association had to add Jeremy L-in every event possible? Miami rookie point guard Norris Cole was the lucky beneficiary also added to balance the rosters at ten each.
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 world is buzzing over last night’s preseason battle of Los Angeles between the Lakers and the Clippers. Chris Paul didn’t disappoint in his Clippers debut with 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the 114-95 win over the Lakers. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 22 points before injuring the wrist on his shooting hand. The injury has been determined to be minor.
The season is just a few days old, but already there is news all over the NBA. Whether it is stars potentially on the move, injury concerns or former number one picks making their debut, there is already a lot of shakeup in the Association. You can email me any time at email@example.com for all of your fantasy basketball questions and advice. I guarantee a response within 18 hours.