Nuclear winters, like Kris and Kim, are so yesterday.
If you’re a fellow NBA junkie, the past several days have been filled with suspicious joy — a happiness imbued with a faint fear that this delicate dream of a 2011-12 NBA season could collapse at any given moment. But as we read news outlets churn out rumors about Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo as if they had them stored up for a time such as this, it becomes easier to let down your guard and embrace the season to be.
As a fantasy basketball blogger, I’ll admit that the coming season fills me with 99 percent cheer and 1 percent fear — cheer because I get to participate in and write about the game I love again; and fear because of the rust I’ll have to work off while knowing the window for educated preseason analysis will only be open sometime after Dec. 9 and before Dec. 25.
So, it’s with a curious mix of joy, fear and disbelief that I present to you my updated rankings of the top 150 fantasy basketball players for the 2011-12 NBA season.
By now you’ve surely heard or read that the NBA lockout is all but over. This is, of course, fantastic news.
Now the question is: What does this mean for fantasy basketball this season? (Boy, does it feel good to be able to write “this season” without a cynical smirk plastered on my face and a bitter tear in my eye.) We’ll delve deeper into the fallout through the coming weeks, but here’s a quick rundown of some of the important things to keep in mind for now: (continue reading…)
In case you haven’t noticed, yesterday we finished our previews/analyses of each NBA team for what I’m tentatively referring to “2011-12.” I suppose celebrating this accomplishment is akin to hitting a technical free throw and low-fiving imaginary teammates.
Though I’ll spare you the confetti and balloons, I do want to offer this: a simple list of all 30 fantasy basketball team previews. You can also access it atop the website, no matter what page you’re on.
Here’s what’s included in every team preview:
- depth chart (free agents and players locked into overseas contracts are noted)
- list of relevant fantasy players with projected per-game stats
- player most likely to surprise
- player most likely to disappoint
- category specialists
- things to consider
- the team’s statistical ranks in 2010-11
- fantasy-friendliness grade
- fun bonus video
Now I’ll be working on updating those rankings.
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:
- LeBron James, 2009-10 (CLE): 32.42
- Kevin Garnett, 2004-05 (MIN): 31.96
- LeBron James, 2008-09 (CLE): 30.88
- Chris Paul, 2008-09 (NOH): 30.46
- LeBron James, 2007-08 (CLE): 30.33
- LeBron James, 2005-06 (CLE): 29.42
- Dwyane Wade, 2008-09 (MIA): 29.29
- Kevin Garnett, 2006-07 (MIN): 29.17
- Shawn Marion, 2005-06 (PHX): 28.85
Here are the 10 most efficient players in 2010-11:
- LeBron James (MIA): 28.58
- Kevin Love (MIN): 28.37
- Dwight Howard (ORL): 28.31
- Blake Griffin (LAC): 25.63
- Pau Gasol (LAL): 25.40
- Kevin Durant (OKC): 24.95
- Dwyane Wade (MIA): 24.78
- Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK): 24.59
- Zach Randolph (MEM): 24.43
- 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?
We’re on the cusp of Labor Day weekend, which means students who haven’t already started their new school year are now seeing their summer vacation quickly slipping away. If there’s any solace for students wincing at the thought of going back to school, it’s that they can rest assured that the 2011-12 school year is actually happening. While that may not be much of a comforting thought in and of itself, the start of a school year means graduation is closer than it was yesterday. Imagine if an entire school year were put on hold: While visions of an extended “summer break” are certainly enchanting, it would mean that students would commence their education a year older than they should be, and that graduating and heading off to that coveted next stage of life would be put on a maddening hold. (continue reading…)