With less than a month remaining in the 2012-'13 NBA regular season, take a moment away from March Madness to attend to your fantasy squad. Fortunately, unless you are always riding an NIT bracket, college hoops takes a three day break before Sweet 16 play begins on Thursday night. What does your team need down the stretch? I find myself searching for a player that can pass, hit an occassional three and also block shots. Not surprisingly, very few players exist with those traits.
As we approach the NBA break, more details are emerging about All-Star weekend. We know Alicia Keys will be performing at halftime of the main event and we also can pass along particpants in the Sprint Slam Dunk, Taco Bell Skills Challenge and Foot Locker 3-point contest. All events, including the Sears Shooting Stars competition will take place Saturday night February 16th, with the main event on Sunday. Everything will be carried LIVE on TNT from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
We are not yet a month into the season, but the role of this season's rookie crop is beginning to take shape. While you usually don't want to rely on a first year player, they certainly can contribute. With many players turning pro after just one or two years, development is longer in many cases. While rookies will improve as the season progresses and they get more experience, beware of the "rookie wall". Having never played more than 40 games in a season, many will wear down following the All-Star break. Lets take a look at the fantasy prospects of this year's rookie class, starting with the Eastern Conference.