We wrap up our mid-season looks across the Association with the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. This is the home of the defending NBA champions (Dallas Mavericks), the team with the best regular season record a season ago (San Antonio Spurs) and a team that came of age in the post season last spring (Memphis Grizzlies.). Also in the Southwest, a team searching for a center since Hakeem left (Houston Rockets) and one owned by the Association (New Orleans Hornets).
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!
As the NBA season storms into the second half, we continue our reviews of the Association, division by division. We have wrapped up the Eastern Conference, and now begin the Western Conference with the Northwest Division. Oklahoma City is on a collision course to meet the Miami Heat in the NBA finals. Anything short of that would be a major disappointment for the Thunder and their fans.
Are you getting distracted by Spring training? If you are like me, you are balancing your time (or trying to) between prepping for MLB auction/drafts and keeping a keen eye on your NBA fantasy team. Continuing with our NBA mid-season reviews, we wrap up the Eastern Conference with a look at the Southeast Division.
With the second half of the shortened NBA season underway, we pass along our Mid-season grades. Continuing in the Eastern Conference, we look at the five teams that make up the Central Division. The Chicago Bulls appear set to rule supreme in the Central, with the Indiana Pacers their only threat, albeit a nominal one.
It seems like the season just got started, but we are already well into the second half. Yes, the playoffs are next month, a great opportunity to review each member of the Association. We begin with the Eastern Conference, specifically the Atlantic Division.
It's a great week to have Mavericks, as Dallas is the only team this week with five games. We take a look at who may be on your league's waiver wire or available in free agency. Also, a reminder to keep on the trading deadline, in the NBA as well as your fantasy league.
Kobe explodes, better than Rip ever did in "the mask". Joe Johnson returns, then gets shut down again. Chris Bosh takes a temporary leave. Kenyon Martin shows why he could make a difference for the Clippers. Manu is getting close, while Stephen Curry continues to sit out. Nene and Danilo near a return. More "word" from Friday night and a look at Saturday's play.
Wondering when the trade deadline is? Planning your next fantasy move around potential moves in the Association? Perhaps your fantasy team is already out of contention and you are interested in scouting the next crop of NBA stars? For your planning purposes, we share all the key upcoming dates, including Team USA beginning defense of its Gold medal in London.