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.
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).
The Memphis Grizzlies finally cleared the salary they had been seeking, trading Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. Gay, along with center Hamed Haddadi heads north of the border to Toronto, with the Raptors sending big man Ed Davis and point guard Jose Calderon to Memphis. But there's more, the Grizzlies had no interest in taking on Calderon's massive salary, shipping him to Detroit. The Pistons send forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to complete the deal.
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 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 wrapping up the Eastern Conference with a look at the Central Division. Can Chicago stay competitive until Derrick Rose returns? Will Rose actually return this season? Are the Pacers for real, or was last season an abberration? Danny Granger's injury will put them to the test. Detroit is slowly rebuilding a nice core surrounding Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight. Did the Pistons hit the jackpot with the Andre Drummond draft gamble? Milwaukee has a dynamic, but tiny backcourt, did they get too "small" by trading away Andrew Bogut? The Cavs hit paydirt with Kyrie Irving, but were Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters lottery reaches?
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 Detroit Pistons.
Time to take a trip across the Association in search of help for your fantasy roster. The regular season finale is right around the corner and time is running out to make a push. We will take a look at each position, providing a suggested list of players available through free agency or waivers that are available in more than 50% of Flea Flicker leagues. We begin with the point guard crop.
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'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.
How you looking at guard? So many categories, hard to get 'em all covered with one player. I have always struggled addressing field goal percentage and three pointers. I have always leaned towards the point guard types, obviously contributing more assists and in many cases more likely to pickup steals. Very general observation, but a guide nonetheless. So what's available in free agency or on the waivers in your league? We have taken a look and provide you some options, based on players that are available in more than 50% of Flea Flicker fantasy basketball leagues.