As we wrap up the early returns around the Association, we take a look at point guards. The elite point guards provide scoring, assists and steals, while the rest contribute in just two or even only one of the categories. Obviously its important to grab your point guards during the draft or auction as the chances of grabbing a "great" one during the season through free agency or waivers is doubtful. The best chance to improve your lot mid-season is to find emerging rookies or players getting increased playing time due to injury. From time to time a point may move to two guard, opening up a spot for some new talent.
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 Pacific Division of the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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.
A flurry of activity at the NBA trading deadline, but no huge deals we have seen in recent years. The biggest, Dwight Howard, stayed in Orlando despite talk all season long of a pending move. The Lakers were within a "wisker" of acquiring Michael Beasley until the Minnesota owner nixed a three team deal that included Portland. Lets take a look at the deals that did get done. Percentage owned in Flea Flicker leagues shown.
The Lakers make a move as the trade deadline approaches, the Clippers get much needed help in the paint, Steve Nash is playing out his last season in the desert, the Warriors finally get their big man and Sacramento, well they're still the Kings!
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.