The Spring is the best time of the year for sports fan. Spring training, The Masters, NFL free agency and the draft, but March and April are also arguably the best time of the year for the sport of basketball. It's easily the highlight of the season for college hoops with the conference tournaments, leading into March Madness. In the NBA, teams jockey not only for a spot in the playoffs, but seeding as well. In the fantasy world, the focus now is on specific categories and that elusive piece you can land in free agency or on your league's waiver wire!
The NBA takes Christmas Eve off, then returns with five televised games back to back, running from Noon Eastern all the way to midnight! What does your fantasy team need? If you are in a roto style league, the categories should be taking shape. Is it time to bail on certain categories? Much can be said about head to head leagues.... can you pickup in deficient areas? enough to compete? As always, developing rookies, opportunity created by injury and now... anticipating NBA trades are the key to finding fantasy nuggets.
As we work our way towards Pro Basketball's version of the Final Four, injuries have and continue to play a huge role. Is there any doubt that Chicago would have taken care of business against Philadelphia with a healthy Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah?
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 Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with the Philadelphia 76ers.
With the NBA regular season ending in exactly a month, it's time to keep focus and push to the end. With a shortage of big men, almost every fantasy team could use a decent center. With a huge gap between the Dwight Howard's and the Brendan Haywood's, improvement can always be found. While no league will have that perfect well rounded center, you may be able to find one that helps in categories where you have a chance to pickup fantasy points.
Is now the time to pickup Minnesota rookie forward Derrick Williams? The Andrea Bargnani injury watch continues. Does the explosive return of Brooke Lopez rekindle Dwight Howard to New Jersey discussion? We wrap up injury progress from across the Association.
It's really hard to believe that we have reached the All-Star break. We do have an abbreviated week of action, but everyone gets Friday, Saturday and Sunday off, unless of course they are part of All-Star weekend festivities. What's in store in the second half of this shortened 66-game season? Those fantasy owners that get the jump on the future are the same ones that are going to get a jump in the standings. Lets take a look.
Do you need help in the middle? Does your team resemble a donut? Without a doubt, center is the position where you have the greatest chance of standings- points gained. The difference between Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan is enormous, just an example of the leg up you can enjoy compared to the guard and forward positions. This week, we take a look at who you may want to take a long look at in the pivot, along with percentage owned in Flea Flicker leagues.
With the start of the NBA season just days away, we continue our team by team previews of all 30 teams in the Association. We continue through the Eastern Conference and move to the Atlantic Division. We highlight projected starters, key transactions and update which players may be getting overlooked in ongoing Flea Flicker auctions and drafts. Bookmark Talking Hoops and check back daily for the latest information that impacts your wagers and fantasy basketball auctions and drafts.
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.