Are you building for next year? Is your NBA fantasy season on the rocks? The NBA has released rosters for the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game and it would be a great start in planning your franchise's future. Friday night, February 15th in Houston, nine team rosters of first and second year players (drafted by NBA assistant coaches) will kick off All-Star weekend. Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will again serve as GM's and will draft live on TNT a week from tonight (Thu Feb 7th).
We are rapidly approaching the All-Star break as the NBA season passes the midway point.. We continue our swing through the Association, checking in on each Division. Who is having a break out season? What rookies are fantasy worthy? Who may be on the block and possibly moved by the trade deadline? We continue with the Central Division.
As we play out the final month 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 Central Division of the Eastern Conference with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As the Association preprare to tip off the second half of the season, we take a look at the All-Surprise team. We also suggest some players that may help you gain some ground in categories where you are lacking. As always, we share percentage owned in Flea Flicker fantasy leagues.
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.
Entering the 2011-12 season, more money was on the Chicago Bulls than any other NBA team on winning their division. Who has the talent to run with the Windy City? Indiana made a bit of a move last season, but that's it, and honestly, we're talking the Pacers. Of the big three sports, the NBA is the one that is impacted the most by one player. (We acknowledge Peyton Manning is a special case). In the case of the Bulls, a 10-2 start is in jeopardy if the Derek Rose injury is lingering in nature. Lets take a look, continuing with the Eastern Conference, specifically the Central Division. Bargain players for each team are shown with percentage availble in Flea Flicker leagues.
Just 48 hours until the long awaited NBA season tips off with a marathon of TV games. We are in the midst of breaking down each division and wrap up the Eastern Conference with a look at the Central Division. The Chicago Bulls own this group and anything short of a first place finish would have to be a huge disappointment. We'll take you thorugh the Central looking at projected starters and updates on ongoing Flea Flicker auctions and drafts. Keep Talking Hoops bookmarked and check in all season long for the latest on news impacting wagers and fantasy basketball.
With the lockout shortened NBA season almost ready to kick off, the biggest question marks around the league are the rookies. With no training camp and just two preseason games to get acclimated to the NBA, this season's rookies will have a far tougher time getting game ready. Throw in the fact that this year's draft class featured a record amount of international players whose success is almost impossible to predict and you have yourself one of the toughest fantasy drafts you can encounter. Luckily, we have compiled the 15 top game-ready rookies you should definitely look at in your draft.
The 2011 NBA Draft was nothing short of the consensus sentiment of the experts – lackluster and filled with project picks, particularly from Europe up front. The one positive that came out of this draft was the lackluster names led to more teams picking defensively-focused players over erratic shooters with inflated offensive numbers.Overall, the draft was filled with a lot of young players in need of serious physical or mental development. Although the draft lacked anyone of the same caliber as LeBron James, Chris Paul, or Blake Griffin, it was certainly not without a good deal of players that could make an immediate impact.