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 Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with the New Jersey Nets..
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.
How are injuries impacting your fantasy team? I picked up then Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Eric Gordon, cheap at my auction. When the bidding ended, I heard hushed mentions of "he's injured again". Well, he wasn't injured at that point, but has been ever since. Just yesterday, I lost Washington Wizards power forward Andray Blatche for three-to-five weeks. This is the case of an injury helping you, at least in the short term. I was able to pickup versatile Boris Diaw of Charlotte. In my league, he qualifes at center and forward and is coming off a 20 point, 10 assist game.
What is the future of the NBA? MLB has the futures game, football has various All-Star games, including Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The Association features the Rookie Challenge, held during All-Star weekend. This is the 13th edition of the Rookie Challenge which historically has matched the league's top rookies against the best 2nd year players. Just in case you were wondering, the sophomore's have won eight times, but the rookie's have won the last two. Washington's John Wall was the MVP of last year's 148-140 shootout.