Saturday, July 31, 2004

It's Miller Time

Vlade Divac has left the Sacremento Kings. The Kings brought on Greg Ostertag to replace him. However, the Kings starting center would now have to be Brad Miller. It would be sensisble for Rick Adelman - despite sometimes questionable substitions/rotations - to start Miller alongside Webber and Stojakovic.

What I want to know is how Miller went from .59 bpg in Indiana to 1.19 in Sacramento.

Fantasy Impact

With the departure of Vlade Divac, and despite the arrival of Greg Ostertag, Brad Miller should be posting bigger numbers than last season. I had him ranked as somewhat of a sleeper last season, but now everyone knows. He'll still be playing alongside a (probably) healthy Webber, as well as Stojakovic and Bibby, so don't overvalue him. That said, he is a good pick up at Center - especially now that Shaq is in the Eastern Conference. Certainly a good early round pick; I'd say as high as 2nd round in deep leagues as the roster stands now.

Friday, July 30, 2004

Shaq is wicked awesome

I realize they don't say wicked awesome in Miami, but I felt it was somewhat representative of the transition to the East. This quote from End of the Bench is great:

"We're gonna be straight," O'Neal said. "I was down here the other day working out with the kid from Vanderbilt we got (second-round pick Matt Freije), and I told him, 'I'm gonna come across the block, and if I get doubled, I'm gonna pass the ball to you and you're gonna have a wide-open jumper, or (forward) Udonis Haslem is gonna come down the lane and he's gonna get a dunk, and you're all gonna get big contracts.' He said, 'What do you mean?' I said, 'Just look at the history. Travis Knight. Horace Grant. A.C. Green. ' He said, 'Shaq, you're one of the coolest guys I've met.' "

And that's not even the best of Shaq... I'm so glad I can appreciate him once again.

Fantasy Impact

Shaq is clearly going to dominate. That's about the easiest call there is to be made this season. He's arguably the best player in the league and now he doesn't have to give up the ball to anyone unless he wants to. And since it sounds like he wants to, it seems that he could improve his assist numbers in addition to points and probably rebounds. It would not be difficult to make an argument for taking him first overall. He'll be gone by the end of the first round even in the smallest leagues.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

My Fantasy Basketball Resume

My objective is to fill a fantasy basketball void in the RSS arena by providing insight (via Blogger's XML feed) to those who are as addicted to fantasy sports and/or basketball as I am.

Fantasy Sports Experience
I have coached fantasy basketball teams for 4 years, during which I have demonstrated a keen sense for players' hot and cold streaks and an ability to make key trades at opportune times. During 2 of my 4 years I managed 2+ teams in several different leagues. I have drafted live as well as set up draft lists with top 3 finishes in both. I've been in leagues with anywhere from 8 to 18 teams, and have won championships in leagues of both sizes.

1 Basketball Championship - 10 teams, draft list, Head-to-Head
1 Basketball Championship - 18 teams, draft list, Roto
1 Football Championship - 10 teams, live draft, Head-to-Head
3rd place Basketball - 8 teams, live draft, Heat-to-Head

Best trade: In 2003-04, I traded Kwame Brown and Caron Butler for Yao Ming.

Preferences: I prefer Head-to-Head style leagues because they encourage the talking of smack. I also like leagues with lots of teams because they better simulate the importance of role players.

Writing Experience:
For those who doubt my qualifications as a psuedo-intellectual-English-major-type-blogger, I self published a book of poems - some of which are available at: Fanatical In addition, my mother was in fact an English major, and I blame her for my extensive vocabulary.

So close...

Is it just me or does it seem like the Clippers are always on the verge of being awesome and then manage to fudge it up? With the acquisition of Kerry Kittles for a second round draft pick, they basically just traded Quentin Richardson and the pick for KK. I mean, that's great if you're a Villanova fan living in LA... but seriously, can all NBA teams be that cost-conscious that they let good players leave when they are on the edge of stardom?

I guess they must, 'cause... look where this trade leaves the Nets... They're basically putting the whole team on Richard Jefferson's shoulders. I guess they're rebuilding while Kidd rests his knee... They've got 4 picks coming soon, so that must be the plan, right?

Fantasy Impact

If it weren't for everyone saying how they want to rest Kidd's knee, he would be a great pick. The Nets have one other player on their roster beyond Kidd that I would even consider drafting. RJ looks like a great pick. How could he not improve on 14.5, 5.3, and 2.7 with draft picks taking the place of K-Mart and Kerry Kittles???

Kittle maintains his value with this trade. He was about the 3rd or 4th option on the Nets and will be the starting SG for the Clips. I can see Elton Brand and Corey Maggette absorbing a lot of shots and points with the departure of Q-Rich. His rebounds may actually improve, and depending on how well Shaun Livingston distributes the ball, his assists may improve as well. He and Livingston will be feeding Brand and Maggette a lot.

RJ is the Money Ball. Count it.

Anthony Peeler (for lack of a better title)

Anthony is with the Wizards now...

Fantasy Impact

Raise your hand if you had Peeler on your team last year.

No, I'm just kidding. Peeler can be valuable in deeper leagues that count 3 pt. percent and/or 3 pointers made. Of course, he'll be playing with Gilbert Arenas, Steve Blake, Larry Hughes, and Juan Dixon at the other guard positions. I can't see him raising his 18+ mpg, 5.8 ppg, and 2 apg. He might keep up with his nealy 1 3-pointer/game, though... And he does look like a thugged-out baller in his league photo.

Count it.

He's the Man-u

From the above title link:

In the space of three weeks, Argentina's biggest basketball star has been married and signed a six-year, $52 million contract to stay with the San Antonio Spurs. He also started training hard amid hopes of leading his country to a medal at the Athens Olympics.

From me:

In somewhat related news, it appears the Spurs are trying to get as many foreign players as possible. On the one hand, they've got Tony Parker. On the other, Rasho Nesterovic... I guess if they hit 50% with their 4 foreign rookies they won't be too bad off.

Fantasy Impact

Manu had 10 ppg, 3.5 rpg, and 3 apg last season. He was listed after the departed Hedo Turkoglu on the depth chart, and showed progress last year. So, he'll probably be the starting SG for San Antionio. However, the Olympics will surely deplete him - being the star of the Argentine team, he'll be working hard. He'll certainly improve on last years numbers - everyone knows he's just waiting to blow up all over the court. He's still young enough that the Olympics might not take too much out of him. If you take him, don't count on him towards the end of the season.

Count it.

Gordon, Deng signed

I haven't seen terms, but Ben Gordon and Luol Deng - the 3rd and 7th draft picks this year signed contracts with the Chicago Bulls. Am I happy about this? Of course. These guys are the "building blocks" of the team. I like that the organization learned it's lesson about drafting high schoolers after picking up Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry. I would have rather they taken Shaun Livingston and Luke Jackson, but that's cause Livingston is from Illinois, and I'm from Oregon.

I do like that Gordon is number 7 - my favorite basketball jersey number. I used to like 3, but 7 just looks better on a wider variety of teams, so I'm a fan of that one now. Sorry Tyson.

Fantasy Spin

If the trade involving Jamal Crawford ever goes down, Gordon looks to be a good candidate for a starting guard position. I'm thinking something along the lines of Dwayne Wade - but perhaps I'm being optimistic because I'm biased. Deng will be starting at small forward almost for sure. Even with the deal (unless Harrington comes with it) he's the best small forward the Bulls will have. "They" say he's looking good in the summer league games, so he should be a solid mid-round pick.

From Yahoo:

The 21-year-old Gordon, who left Connecticut a year early, is the school's all-time leader with 242 3-pointers and ranks sixth in points.

Deng left the Blue Devils after his freshman season when he averaged 15.1 points and nearly seven rebounds. He should give the team much-needed depth at the small forward position.

How big is it? (Read me first)

Oh, it's real big. The NBA that is. Obviously. I'm not going to try to cover all the news that happens. Well, actually, I'm going to try. But I'm not going to be able to do it... So, I'm going to talk mostly about what interests me, and what I feel is the most relevant to fantasy basketball and the NBA in general.

As my profile indicates, I'm from Chicago. I used to live in Portland, Oregon. So there will likely be more analysis of the Bulls and Blazers than other teams. But I'm completely obsessed with basketball and the fantasy aspect thereof, so I assure you there will be all kinds of news and opinion.

I will beat the Blog Maverick.


I am the Money Ball. Count it.