Last night, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley chose their rosters for the Rising Stars game, which is part of NBA All-Star weekend. A week prior, I took a shot at drafting for them to see how it would compare. Was there any doubt that the Association had to add Jeremy L-in every event possible? Miami rookie point guard Norris Cole was the lucky beneficiary also added to balance the rosters at ten each.
While many of the festivities during NBA All-Star weekend have nothing to do with fantasy basketball, one event certainly does. The 3-point shooting contest features players that can certainly help you out in a roto category. The long range shooting event, along with the dunk contest make up All-Star Saturday. The skills challenge also takes place February 25th in Orlando.
I don't know about you, but it adds a little something when one of my fantasy players takes part in All-Star Weekend. It's usually difficult to have more than one or two in the All-Star game itself, but with additions over the years of the Future's game and individual competition, its pretty hard not to have someone, competing somewhere.
As we continue towards the NBA All-Star break and the abbreviated season mid-way point, time to review your roster. What young players are emerging? Who is returning from injury? Who on your squad may need replacing with minutes soon to be lost to a returning starter? These are things you need to consider when reviewing your team. Here is a look at forwards you may want to give a along with percentage owned in Flea Flicker leagues.
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.
NBA's All-Star weekend is right around the corner, and a week from now, most teams will be approaching the midway point of the abbreviated 66-game season. What does this mean to you? Enough games have been played and given your league's rosters remain somewhat static, the standings aren't going to chance a whole heckuva lot. Now if you were fortunate enough to add Jeremy Lin, you are the exception not the rule.
Scouting services are arguably the fastest growing industry related to sports. But just how accurate are they? With college football's National Signing Day just a week and a half ago, ratings of high school stars remain fresh in many fans minds. An analysis of the Super Bowl rosters of the Patriots and Giants showed just how many "under the radar" players eventually make it big. Baseball is a crap shoot with so many players at so many levels. Basketball has the least amount of "wiggle room" with only five players competing at one time and the huge impact that one player can have on a game, even a season. Our unscientific research finds that the "science" of unearthing talent is at its best, in basketball.
I really like the changes that the NBA has made involving All-Star weekend. Specifically, mixing the rookies and sophomores in what was the Rookie Challenge and dividing the teams up with a fantasy draft. Whenever I hear fantasy draft, I want in! In a coin flip, Shaquille O'Neal gets to go first, Charles Barkley gets two picks, then they alternate until their nine man rosters are filled. The real fantasy draft will take place a week from tonight at 7pm EST on TNT.
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.
The NBA All-Star game voting is over and the starters have been announced. On Thursday, prior to the TNT doubleheader, the NBA will announce the reserve players for the Eastern and Western Conferences for the mid-season classic. We are only a week short of the midway point of the abbreviated 66 game season and what better time to identify the leaders in the race for the annnual awards. While many players of this caliber are rarely available on the waiver wire or in free agency in fantasy leagues, we list ownership percentages in Flea Flicker leagues... just in case!