And on to March, in like a lion, out like a lamb. Tony Parker owners? Sorry.... We aren't projecting a replacement as Manu Ginobili should handle the ball more (if healthy) with players like Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard getting a bump in value. The Spurs only have two games this week, so we won't get a clear picture of San Antonio's plans over the next month. A busy week otherwise, with 19 teams having four games on the slate.
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 Northwest Division of the Western Conference with the Utah Jazz.
Does your NBA Fantasy roster resemble a donut? Do you have a whole in the middle with a bunch of stiffs at center? With incredible scarcity at the position, the standings gained points potential with an effective pivot can earn you noticeable gains. Without a doubt, elite centers go early in drafts and are expensive in auctions, but you cannot survive without remaining competitive at the position. With that in mind, we continue our free agency advice with a look at available big men. Those we have identified are avalable in most Flea Flicker leagues.
It's not only Christmas Eve, but the eve of the start of the NBA season. We continue to provide updates from each of the Association's six divisions, with the Eastern Conference now complete. We begin our Western Conference previews with the Northwest Division. Oklahoma City is the pride here and perhaps the entire Conference. Dallas and the Lakers are a year older with the Clippers arguably the Thunder's main obstacle this season. We highlight key players and updates on also update ongoing Flea Flicker auctions and drafts. Bookmark Talking Hoops and check back daily for the latest information that impacts your 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.