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Fantasy Basketball Christmas Day Wish List

by on Dec.24, 2011, under Other

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups

Yep, this will be fun. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

The 2011-12 NBA season is finally within reach, ready to be ripped open by the childishly eager fingers of ravenous fans. For fantasy basketball owners, the joy comes with a bit of business. Once they cut through the excitement of seeing the first tip-off of the season, they’ll immediately wonder how their draft picks will pay off, what clues they can pick up in the early going and which players sitting in the free-agent pool might be worth a pickup.

While making heavy-handed conclusions after just the first day of games isn’t recommended, it doesn’t hurt to have a list of things to watch and hope for during the first official day of this unique NBA season. Below is a Christmas Day wish list for fantasy basketball owners who have players participating in the first day’s games. (continue reading…)

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NBA Player Stats: 2004-2011

by on Oct.05, 2011, under Other

Kevin Garnett, Minnesota

Youngsters might not remember, but back in Minnesota, KG was one B.A.M.F. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Reddit is a wonderful thing. Reddit’s r/NBA subreddit just makes it even wonderfuller.

User Browsing_From_Work recently posted a spreadsheet including all NBA player stats from 2004-2011, scraped from NBA.com. Go have fun with it. (The best way to play with the data is to go to “File” –> “Download as” –> “Excel,” then sort and fiddle to your heart’s content.)

Using that data, here are the 10 most efficient individual player seasons from 2004-2011:

  1. LeBron James, 2009-10 (CLE): 32.42
  2. Kevin Garnett, 2004-05 (MIN): 31.96
  3. LeBron James, 2008-09 (CLE): 30.88
  4. Chris Paul, 2008-09 (NOH): 30.46
  5. LeBron James, 2007-08 (CLE): 30.33
  6. LeBron James, 2005-06 (CLE): 29.42
  7. Dwyane Wade, 2008-09 (MIA): 29.29
  8. Kevin Garnett, 2006-07 (MIN): 29.17
  9. Shawn Marion, 2005-06 (PHX): 28.85

Here are the 10 most efficient players in 2010-11:

  1. LeBron James (MIA): 28.58
  2. Kevin Love (MIN): 28.37
  3. Dwight Howard (ORL): 28.31
  4. Blake Griffin (LAC): 25.63
  5. Pau Gasol (LAL): 25.40
  6. Kevin Durant (OKC): 24.95
  7. Dwyane Wade (MIA): 24.78
  8. Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK): 24.59
  9. Zach Randolph (MEM): 24.43
  10. Dirk Nowitzki (DAL): 23.49

Do you notice any big names missing from these lists? What other interesting tidbits do you find in this data?

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Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Los Angeles Clippers

by on Sep.30, 2011, under Team analysis

Blake Griffin

The Griffin will take flight -- again, and again, and again. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Depth chart:
PG: Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe
SG: Eric Gordon, Randy Foye, Willie Warren, Travis Leslie
SF: Al-Farouq Aminu, Ryan Gomes, Jamario Moon*
PF: Blake Griffin, Craig Smith*, Trey Thompkins, Ike Diogu, Brian Cook
C: Chris Kaman, DeAndre Jordan**

* unrestricted free agent
** restricted free agent (continue reading…)

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2010-11 Fantasy Basketball Honors

by on Apr.15, 2011, under Quick hits

Kevin Durant

Despite taking a step back from his huge 2009-10 campaign, KD held onto his crown. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

[Read the full post at DimeMag.com]

MVP:
Kevin Durant

Biggest Letdown:
Troy Murphy

Waiver-Wire Gem of the Year:
Dorell Wright

Fantasy Rookie of the Year:
Blake Griffin

Biggest Bang-for-Your-Buck of the Year:
Kevin Love

Most Unappreciated Stud:
Dirk Nowitzki

Biggest WTF of the Year:
Kris Humphries

Most Pleasant Surprise of the Year:
Kevin Garnett

Gear-Shifter of the Year
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LaMarcus Aldridge (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 4.14.11

by on Apr.14, 2011, under Quick hits

Kobe Bryant

The man with the foul mouth went out with a bang this season. But make no mistake: Kobe's starting his ride into the sunset. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

[Read the full post at DimeMag.com]

Beast of the Night: Kobe Bryant finished the season with a strong game to the tune of 36 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one three-pointer. He shot 54 percent (13-24) from the field, 90 percent (9-10) from the foul line and had two turnovers. While he was taken in the first round of virtually all drafts, Bryant returned top-30 value, signaling the end of his time as a truly elite fantasy player. His name will cause many to take him too early in next season’s drafts – don’t be the one to make that mistake.

Lines for Discussion:
Chase Budinger: 12-21 FG (57%), 7-7 FT (100%), 4 threes, 35 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

Gordon Hayward: 12-17 FG (71%), 5-5 FT (100%), 5 threes, 34 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO (continue reading…)

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