Some leagues are already in the playoffs, many others are winding down the last three weeks of regular season towards that end. If you are playing fantasy basketball, you are well aware of the barrage of injuries that have peaked this past week in the Association. I have personally seen a comfortable margin in first place turn into a nightmare situation of trying to salvage even a playoff spot. I have no fewer that seven players that are either missing games, or are a threat to miss several. What makes things worst is the injuries are more of the day to day variety, so disabling the players are not an option. Lets take a look at the walking wounded.
All-Star weekend in Houston has wrapped up and was generally panned by observers. What did you think? Did you watch? I found it entertaining for the most part, but found the musical entertainment leaving much to be desired. I would like to see the slam dunk and three point contest get more high profile entrants, perhaps using charity donations as the draw. Lebron in the slam dunk? JJ Reddick in the three point? Just food for thought. We wrap up our mid-season reviews with the Southwest Division of the Western Conference.
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 in the Western Conference, with a look at the Southwest Division. San Antonio's big three are back for another run, do Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan have anything left in the tank? The Memphis Grizzlies continue to ascend and may be poised to take over the Division with Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay among the best in the West at their positions. O.J. Mayo is finally showing his potential, but can Dallas stay competitive until Dirk Nowitzki returns? Wow, that's all I can say about Houston and new leading man James Harden. Lastly, New Orleans rebuilds around Anthony Davis but the process has a long way to go.
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 Southwest Division of the Western Conference with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Looking at your roster, I can tell you need some help! Before we continue across the Association with a look at shooting guards that may be available in your league, there is some activity we need to pass along your way. Boris Diaw has finally been released from the CBACharlotte Hornets, point guard Derek Fisher is joining Memphis who has been desperate for a veteran point guard off the bench and Ronny Turiaf is on his third team in a week, as the Miami Heat continue their search for post players to support the Big Three. Now, as promised, a look at shooting guards that may be available through free agency or waivers, that are available in more than 50% of Flea Flicker leagues.
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.
Dwight Howard has been dominating the boards this season and at the same time, dominating conversation when it comes to his next destination. In the last week, he has added the Los Angeles Clippers to his "approved" trade list and has also been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Knicks. New York reportedly suggesting a package that would send Amare Stoudamire and Tyson Chandler to the Magic Kingdom. Today, we have details on Superman's wish to end up in the City of Angels... across town from Kobe.
Throughout the 2012 NBA season, we will review the Association, division by division. We wrap up the Western Conference with the Southwest Division, home of the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. The Southwest is also home of San Antonio, owner of the 2011 season's best regular season record. We also find the Memphis Grizzlies in the southwest, last season's surprise team. As with each division, we suggest our best waiver/free agent bargain, based on availability in Flea Flicker leagues.
If you are like me, you have already participated in drafts or auctions, and also waiting for those that have yet to take place. Three important thresholds determine how fantasy basketball leagues are won and lost. First and foremost is the draft/auction where the baseline of your team is created. Early on in the season, free agency moves are nearly as important as you weed out those underachieving and claim those that are ahead of projected pace. Lastly, trades at any point during the season, but most importantly at the deadline. If you have yet to field your team, we present shooting guards that may be available yet, or for those with existing teams, a potential free agent list.
The long awaited tip off of the 2011-12 season finally arrives today as the Association presents its fans with a nice Christmas present. Leading up to the season openers, we have been giving you the latest from each conference. The Eastern Conference is complete as we now work our way through the Western Conference. The Southwest Division is home to the defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, who look to defend their crown with a much different roster. Check Fantasy Alarm's Talking Hoops all season long as we track players on the move in Flea Flicker leagues and provide the latest information that impacts not only wagering but fantasy basketball as well.