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.
By now, you should have a pretty good idea how you did in your draft or auction. With two weeks behind us in the NBA season, numbers and trends begin to have meaning. If you haven't yet, you need to figure out where your strengths and weaknesses are. Whether you are in a head to head or roto league, identifying what moves need to be made is imperative. If doesn't matter how much you win a category by, excess is just that.
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.
Just 48 hours until the long awaited NBA season tips off with a marathon of TV games. We are in the midst of breaking down each division and wrap up the Eastern Conference with a look at the Central Division. The Chicago Bulls own this group and anything short of a first place finish would have to be a huge disappointment. We'll take you thorugh the Central looking at projected starters and updates on ongoing Flea Flicker auctions and drafts. Keep Talking Hoops bookmarked and check in all season long for the latest on news impacting wagers and fantasy basketball.