Some leagues are already in the playoffs, many others are winding down the last three weeks of regular season towards that end. If you are playing fantasy basketball, you are well aware of the barrage of injuries that have peaked this past week in the Association. I have personally seen a comfortable margin in first place turn into a nightmare situation of trying to salvage even a playoff spot. I have no fewer that seven players that are either missing games, or are a threat to miss several. What makes things worst is the injuries are more of the day to day variety, so disabling the players are not an option. Lets take a look at the walking wounded.
We hit the All-Star break this week, with most teams in the Association having only two games on their schedule. We are taking this opportunity to check in across the NBA, looking at each team, division by division. Who has emerged this season? Who are potential players as we approach the trading deadline? We move to the Western Conference and continue with the Northwest Division.
As we roll into the 2012-'13 NBA season, we're going to take you through an overview of each of the six divisions. Who are key newcomers? Who are notable for your fantasy team? Last season was brutal with a late and sudden December start to an abbreviated season. We continue our previews moving over to the Western Conference, beginning with the Northwest Division. Will Oklahoma City regret trading emerging fantasy superstar James Harden? Is Andre Iguodala the spark that Denver needs to lead the deepest team in the Association? Could Damian Lillard be on his way to Rookie of the Year honors in Portland? Has Utah improved enough on the perimeter to compliment the inside power of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson? Ricky Rubio is out until Christmas and now Kevin Love is out until December, can Brandon Roy hold the team together?
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 Northwest Division of the Western Conference with the Denver Nuggets.
How are injuries impacting your fantasy team? I picked up then Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Eric Gordon, cheap at my auction. When the bidding ended, I heard hushed mentions of "he's injured again". Well, he wasn't injured at that point, but has been ever since. Just yesterday, I lost Washington Wizards power forward Andray Blatche for three-to-five weeks. This is the case of an injury helping you, at least in the short term. I was able to pickup versatile Boris Diaw of Charlotte. In my league, he qualifes at center and forward and is coming off a 20 point, 10 assist game.