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Vote: 2011-12 NBA Fantasy All-Stars

by on Feb.10, 2012, under Other

Aziz Ansari - Vote

Yep, that's a "T" behind Aziz's head.

The NBA has unveiled the 2012 NBA All-Star rosters, which means it’s now time to bring our version of sexy back. That’s right: It’s time to open up the ballots for the 2011-12 NBA Fantasy All-Stars. (To see how last year’s voting turned out, see here.)

Here are the ballots for this year:

Eastern Conference || Western Conference

Vote based on whatever you want: straight-up value so far this season, returns based on draft positions, or even subjective love or hatred for players. You get two votes for PG, SG, SF and PF, and one vote for C.

Official results will be posted on Friday, Feb. 24. The links to the ballots for each conference will remain at the top of the site until then.

Vote now.

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Fantasy Basketball Analysis: Back-to-Back-to-Back Games

by on Dec.23, 2011, under Other

Mike Brown, Pau Gasol

With Bynum's suspension, Kobe's wrist and an early back-to-back-to-back set, Gasol will be a workhorse in Week 1. Maybe pats on the head instead of punches to the chest will help, too. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

The 2011-12 NBA schedule is peculiar, for various reasons. For one thing, not only will each team play 66 games (in the NBA’s 66th season, no less), but every team is slated to play at least one back-to-back-to-back set – that’s three games in three consecutive nights – at least once during the season. This obviously has implications for older teams/players, guys playing through injuries, etc. Here are a few quick observations:

  • The Lakers will be first to experience a back-to-back-to-back set, right from the Christmas Day start of the season. Given Andrew Bynum’s five-game suspension and Kobe Bryant’s bum shooting wrist, expect Pau Gasol to be heavily leaned on in the first week.
  • The Boston Celtics (Week 16), Cleveland Cavaliers (Week 16), Detroit Pistons (Week 17), Golden State Warriors (Week 17), Memphis Grizzlies (Week 15), Philadelphia 76ers (Week 17), San Antonio Spurs (Week 17) and Washington Wizards (Week 15) all have a back-to-back-to-back set during what could be your league’s fantasy playoffs. While this might seem like a windfall for the fantasy-relevant players on these squads, it’s more nuanced than that (injuries, veteran players in need of rest and playoff standings).
  • Having a back-to-back-to-back set doesn’t guarantee that the team will have five games that week (e.g., Minnesota Timberwolves in Week 10).
  • Some of these three-in-three sets start in one week and end in the next.
  • The New Orleans Hornets are the only team to have a back-to-back-to-back set in the shortened week before All-Star Weekend (Week 9), but they’re not the only team to have three games that week.
  • Twelve teams have two back-to-back-to-back sets; the remaining 18 have just one.

Here’s a look at when each NBA team has three-in-three sets this season: (continue reading…)

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Mock Draft Results and Analysis: Dec. 15 (H2H, 9 Cats)

by on Dec.16, 2011, under Mock drafts

This guy caused me much grief during this mock draft. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In the midst of all the NBA insanity lately, I cleared a couple hours last night to participate in my first mock draft of the season. Here were the settings:

  • 12 teams
  • 14 rounds/roster spots (1 PG, 1 SG, 1 G, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 F, 2 C, 3 Util, 3 Bench)
  • Time per pick: 60 seconds
  • Assumptions: head-to-head, nine categories

We had 12 humans sign up for it, but two didn’t show and one got to the draft late. Regardless, I’m happy that so many readers were able to take part in this mock draft on such short notice.

Here’s a quick recap and analysis of the mock draft, with picks I liked in green and picks I didn’t like in red. (Auto-selected picks were not given color judgments — except for one.) (continue reading…)

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Mock Draft Tonight : Thursday, Dec. 15, at 9:20 p.m. EST

by on Dec.15, 2011, under Mock drafts

Fantasy NBA Mock DraftIt’s time for a mock draft.

If you’re interested and available, let’s meet for a mock draft tonight, Thursday, Dec. 15, at 9:20 p.m. EST. We’ll be holding the draft over at Mock Draft Central: Draft #31200.

Here are the settings (which are fixed):

  • 12 teams
  • 14 rounds/roster spots (1 PG, 1 SG, 1 G, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 F, 2 C, 3 Util, 3 Bench)
  • Time per pick: 60 seconds
  • You can enter the live draft 15 minutes before draft time

The draft will be based on nine-category, head-to-head settings.

You can reserve a spot in the draft now. Just be sure to register for a Mock Draft Central account.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below, via Twitter or via email.

Also, if you’re a fellow fantasy basketball blogger and plan on joining the draft, give me a head’s up and send me the link to your site so I can give you a shout-out in the recap.

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Fantasy Analysis: 2011 NBA Free Agents (updated Dec. 14)

by on Dec.14, 2011, under Free agents

Tyson Chandler

Chandler gives the Knicks what they've lacked for a long time: a legitimate center. His fantasy value remains tied to his ability to stay healthy. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

It’s been a crazy week for the NBA. David Stern’s c-blocking aside, fantasy owners have had a lot to pay attention to — maybe too much. I know for me, my real-life work (you know, the stuff that pays the bills and gets in the way of this penurious passion) has gotten in the way of keeping up with all the chaos, but I finally got a chance to sit down and process the madness a bit.

Though trade rumors are all fine and dandy, we have a long list of free-agent signings to examine. Below is a quick rundown of the signings so far, broken down by team:

Atlanta Hawks:

  • Tracy McGrady (PG/SG): one year, veteran’s minimum
    • If (and probably when) Jamal Crawford leaves town, T-Mac could have inconsistent value here and there. Don’t expect him to get the 25-30 minutes he notched for a few months last season with the Pistons.
  • Vladimir Radmanovic (SF/PF): details undisclosed
    • You know the deal with Radmanovic: If he somehow gets minutes, he’ll hit some threes and get nearly a steal a game, but that’s a big “if.” He’s worthless for the time being. (continue reading…)
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