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Thunder vs. Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals: A Sign of the Times (Poll)

by on Jun.12, 2012, under Other

Kevin Durant

A win for KD and the Thunder would give many people hope... (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

It’s finally here, the way we wanted it and the way we expected it at the start of this strange NBA season: The Oklahoma City Thunder will lock horns with the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals, a matchup that features seven of the top 50 fantasy basketball players in the 2011-12 NBA season (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Chris Bosh).

The poll that’s been up on the home page of this site since the beginning of the season shows that 35 percent of you thought the Heat would win this season’s championship, while 14 percent thought the Thunder would. Granted, perceptions and realities have changed since then: the Thunder look more sure-footed and ready than they did earlier in the season, while LeBron is in full-on Hulk mode.

What strikes me about the matchup, among many other facets that have already been mentioned by others, is that this is a clash of the organic and the inorganic — the natural vs. the unnatural, the honest way vs. the shortcut. (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 2.22.12

by on Feb.22, 2012, under Quick hits

Dwyane Wade

You didn't forget about D-Wade, did you? (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Beast of the Night: Dwyane Wade scored 30 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out 10 assists, stole three balls and blocked two shots last night. He shot 69 percent (11-16) from the field, 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line and had two turnovers. Wade has quietly maintained top five value so far this season, despite dips in his scoring, rebounding and three-point making. He has cut down on his turnovers and had increased his steals and blocks to make up for those declines.

Lines for Discussion:
Trevor Ariza: 8-15 FG (53%), 2-2 FT (100%), 3 threes, 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO; despite his inconsistency, Ariza has been a top 60 player so far this season

Jarrett Jack: 8-17 FG (47%), 1-2 FT (50%), 2 threes, 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 TO; barring any setbacks with that knee, Jack should be back on track after the All-Star break

Roy Hibbert: 11-17 FG (65%), 8-12 FG (67%), 30 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Blk, 2 TO; Hibbert is in the midst of a three-game streak of double-doubles (continue reading…)

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Recap: 1.11.12

by on Jan.11, 2012, under Quick hits

Anthony Tolliver, Luke Ridnour, Derrick Rose

Nope, ain't no one taking this man's "Beast" honors. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Beast of the Night: Derrick Rose put up 31 points, three boards, 11 assists, a steal, two blocks and four three-pointers last night against the Timberwolves. He shot 55 percent (12-22) from the field, 75 percent (3-4) from the free-throw line and had three turnovers. For the season, Rose is scoring less than he did in 2010-11, but he’s dishing out 8.6 assists per outing, an improvement of nearly a full assist per game. Rose has put up top 15 averages so far, a bit disappointing given his first-round expectations heading into the season.

Lines for Discussion:
John Wall: 3-12 FG (25%), 2-3 FT (67%), 8 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Blk, 2 TO; Wall has been straight-up terrible this season

Elton Brand: 10-14 FG (71%), 1-4 FT (25%), 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk; most of his numbers are down from last season, but he’s still a top 75 player

Russell Westbrook: 12-20 FG (60%), 6-10 FT (60%), 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO; he’s averaging 20.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, a steal and 0.5 threes in January, while shooting 48 percent from the field and turning the ball over 2.5 times per game (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 Miami Heat

by on Oct.05, 2011, under Team analysis

LeBron James

Yep, he hears everything you haters have been saying (or so his future fantasy owners should hope). (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Depth chart:
PG: Mario Chalmers**, Mike Bibby*, Norris Cole
SG: Dwyane Wade, Mike Miller, Eddie House
SF: LeBron James, James Jones*
PF: Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Juwan Howard*
C: Joel Anthony, Erick Dampier*, Jamaal Magloire*, Dexter Pittman

* unrestricted free agent
** restricted free agent
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