As we play out the final days of the 2011-'12 NBA regular 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 Miami Heat.
Time to take a trip across the Association in search of help for your fantasy roster. The regular season finale is right around the corner and time is running out to make a push. We will take a look at each position, providing a suggested list of players available through free agency or waivers that are available in more than 50% of Flea Flicker leagues. We begin with the point guard crop.
Are you getting distracted by Spring training? If you are like me, you are balancing your time (or trying to) between prepping for MLB auction/drafts and keeping a keen eye on your NBA fantasy team. Continuing with our NBA mid-season reviews, we wrap up the Eastern Conference with a look at the Southeast Division.
Believe it or not, there is news from the Association that isn't just Jeremy Lin related, but not here. The NBA hits the All-Star break this weekend and very wisely, officials have worked Lin into the festivities. While they should have worked him into the three point and skills competition given his white hot stauts, he will assist teammate Iman Shumpert in the slam dunk competition and play in the rising stars game.
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.
While many of the festivities during NBA All-Star weekend have nothing to do with fantasy basketball, one event certainly does. The 3-point shooting contest features players that can certainly help you out in a roto category. The long range shooting event, along with the dunk contest make up All-Star Saturday. The skills challenge also takes place February 25th in Orlando.
When dealing with investments, its advisable to buy low and sell high and fantasy sports are no different. Have a player who is outpeforming or overachieving? Time to move him before reality balances the numbers. Is a stud player off to a slow start? Law of averages suggests he will have to exceed the norm in order to balance things out. Its difficult for many in fantasy sports to execute this policy and sometimes it does backfire. While this applies to trading, you should also buy low when considering waiver moves.
The NBA tipped off the 2011/12 season with a tremendous slate of Christmas Day games. Although the season has been shortened from 82 to 66 games, there will never be a shortage of action. For the first time, we are seeing teams playing back, to back, to back games. The schedule is so compact that some teams are expecting less than a dozen practices during the entire season! Given the pace of the schedule, the older teams may be at a disadvantage and bench play is more important than ever. Fantasy leagues are taking note and many are holding their auctions/drafts after the opener to get a better feel for rotations and flow.
In many cases, its akin to shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. We are seeing that some teams trash is another teams treasure. Clubs continue to use the amnesty clause to rid themselves of the un-wanted, with the same players welcomed by others through free agency. With most of the premiere players already re-settled, transactions from here to opening day are mostly role players as teams round out their rotations.