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Team analysis: New Jersey Nets

by on Sep.20, 2010, under Team analysis

Brook Lopez

In all the chaos in New Jersey, Lopez is the only picture of dependable fantasy value. (NBA.com)

Depth chart:
PG: Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar, Ben Uzoh
SG: Anthony Morrow, Quinton Ross
SF: Travis Outlaw, Terrence Williams, Stephen Graham, Damion Jones
PF: Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors, Kris Humphries, Joe Smith
C: Brook Lopez, Johan Petro, Brian Zoubek

Relevant fantasy players and projected draft positions/per-game stats:
Brook Lopez – C (Rd. 2): 19.5 Pts, 9 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 2 Blk
Troy Murphy – F/C (Rd. 4-6): 12 Pts, 1.5 threes, 7 Reb, 1 Stl
Devin Harris – PG (Rd. 5-6): 17.5 Pts, 1 three, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 1.5 Stl
Anthony Morrow – G/F (Rd. 6-8): 14.5 Pts, 2 threes, 3 Reb, 1.5 Stl
Terrence Williams – G/F (Rd. 10-12): 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl
Travis Outlaw – F (Rd. 11+): 11 Pts, 1 three, 4 Reb
Derrick Favors – PF (Rd. 12+): 7 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl (continue reading…)

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Breaking news: Collison to Pacers, Ariza to Hornets, Murphy to Nets in four-team deal

by on Aug.11, 2010, under Trades

Four-team NBA trade

Successful for whom? This is a deal with charming implications. (ESPN Trade Machine)

ESPN is reporting that the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets have agreed to a five-player deal. The names involved aren’t going to turn the heads of casual NBA fans, but for fantasy owners there’s some real treasure here. Here’s the quick-and-dirty breakdown:

  • The Pacers get Darren Collison and James Posey: This is pure gold for Collison, who will take the reins of the long-suffering PG spot in Indiana. With word that the Pacers are working to buy out T.J. Ford, Collison’s jump into fantasy stardom seems all but guaranteed. I don’t think it’s too bold to declare him a top-50 fantasy player now. After all, he averaged 18.8/3.5/9.1 along with 1.4 steals and 1.0 threes in 37 starts last season. Granted, he played 40:17 in those games and turned the ball over 4.1 times per outing, but that does little to dampen the happy possibilities for Collison. (The threat of a maddening timeshare with Lance Stephenson and A.J. Price exists, but it’s slim — or it should be.) Those who were banking on Stephenson being a sleeper can probably let that dream go for now. Posey is immaterial here. Also, Chris Paul‘s value has a little more breathing room, though it does little to change his stud status.
  • The Nets get Troy Murphy: Murphy is now playing alongside a capable center in Brook Lopez who, unlike Roy Hibbert (who should get a couple more shots per game along with more caroms bouncing his way), knows how to rebound well. This should knock Murphy out of double-double land. Derrick Favors is the big loser here, as he can kiss his starting gig good-bye. Still, don’t be surprised if the rookie and the new-old dog split time on some nights. For the Pacers, things open up a bit for the likes of Paul George, Josh McRoberts and Mike Dunleavy, especially if Danny Granger moves to the PF spot.
  • The Hornets get Trevor Ariza: While this trade shifts talent to a vacuous SF spot in N.O., which shores up its starting unit and makes it look miles stronger than last season’s, the impact on Ariza’s value is probably minimal. Will playing with a great floor general like CP3 boost his field-goal percentage? Maybe. Will he do his best Peja Stojakovic impersonation and knock down threes like there’s no tomorrow? Yep. Essentially, Ariza takes his talented third-wheel act to New Orleans, which doesn’t exactly exude excitement. (In a separate deal, the Hornets sent Julian Wright to Toronto for Marco Belinelli.) For the Rockets, the (ahem) budding Chase Budinger becomes an even more intriguing sleeper, while Shane Battier‘s minutes are more secure.
  • The Rockets get Courtney Lee: There’s no way Lee plays anywhere near the 33:30 per game he got last season in New Jersey, as he now becomes a backup to Kevin Martin. The big news here is Anthony Morrow, who is now the unquestioned starting SG (and the only viable one at the moment) for the Nets. Visions of 16/4/2 along with around 2.5 threes per game from Morrow are flashing in my head. He should follow Collison up your draft lists and might be worth a spot in the top 70.
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2010-11 Fantasy basketball mock draft w/ Weakside Help: Round 3

by on Jul.28, 2010, under Mock drafts

Tim Duncan

If this photo of Tim Duncan with a basketball doesn't get you excited, I give up. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

If you haven’t heard by now, Henry at Weakside Help and I at — well, here — am going on a mock-drafting adventure. Here’s a quick overview: we’re building 12 teams in a standard nine-category league, round-by-round (for 13 rounds), in order to build the best teams that we can, while also drafting in an appropriate order.

So far, the first two rounds haven’t strayed too much from the script, which means some eyebrow raising is bound to be in store in this round.

Here’s round one (here at fBasketballBlog).

Here’s round two (over at Weakside Help).

Now for round three, where things start to get dicey: (continue reading…)

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Daily fantasy recap: 3.3

by on Mar.03, 2010, under Quick hits

Dwyane Wade

Watch out - Wade's back on the prowl. (NBAE via Getty Images/Issac Baldizon)

[Read the full, original post at Dimemag.com]

Beast of the Night: Dwyane Wade lit up the Warriors with 35 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. He shot 65 percent (15-23) from the field, 63 percent (5-8) from the line and had 3 turnovers.

Noteworthy Lines:
Anthony Morrow – 10-22 FG (46%), 2-3 FT (67%), 2 3ptm, 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 TO

Tyreke Evans – 7-17 FG (41%), 13-17 FT (77%), 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 TO

Russell Westbrook – 10-19 FG (53%), 9-11 FT (82%), 1 3ptm, 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 13 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO (continue reading…)

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Daily fantasy recap: 12.23

by on Dec.23, 2009, under Quick hits

Crash is the one giving headaches now. (NBAE via Getty Images/Brock Williams-Smith)

Crash is the one giving headaches now. (NBAE via Getty Images/Brock Williams-Smith)

[Read the full, original post at Dimemag.com]

Beast of the Night: Gerald Wallace finished with 29 Pts, 12 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks and 4 turnovers. He shot 56 percent (10-18) from the floor, 83 percent (5-6) from the line and hit 4 threes. He seems over his headache.

Notable lines:
Elton Brand – 7-13 FG (54%), 4-6 FT (67%), 18 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk, 2 TO

Troy Murphy – 9-17 FG (53%), 4-4 FT (100%), 2 3ptm, 24 Pts, 18 Reb, 2 Ast

Mike Dunleavy – 2-5 FG (40%), 1-2 FT (50%), 1 3ptm, 6 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 TO

David Lee – 8-13 FG (62%), 2-2 FT (100%), 18 Pts, 21 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 TO (continue reading…)

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