Thursday, December 30, 2004

NBA FAN BLOG: Merry Christmas There Little Guy

Click on the title link to check out a picture of Shaq and Earl Boykins. It's pretty awesome.

Jim Jackson Suspended by Hornets

The New Orleans Hornets suspended Jim Jackson indefinitely on Wednesday for not reporting to the team, two days after he was acquired from Houston in a trade. Hornets coach Byron Scott suspected Jackson would not show up as scheduled after speaking with him by phone shortly after the trade brought the 13-year veteran to the worst team the league.


I'm sorry, but is JJ really good enough to not report after a trade?? I mean, sure he did get traded to the worst team in the league (and possibly ever) ... but seriously, it's not like he's Tracy McGrady or Shaq or Kevin Garnett... he's Jim "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Jackson! Ass.

Fantasy Impact

Much like Mourning owners are pissed at his inability to play for a crappy team, I'm sure Jackson owners are just as pissed as Jimmy boy for not showing up. Ass.

Count it.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Fantasy Basketblog: Wait For It...

Check out Fantasy Basketblog's take on the Wesley for JJ-Nachbar trade. Also some other good fantasy notes in this post.

Fantasy Basketblog: Wait For It...

Spreading love... among the fantasy basketball bloggers out there - all 2 of them ;)

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Central Star (of Wonder) Central Star (of Might)

Vince Carter.

Those who traded for him when his value was low, or hung onto him are now being rewarded for the cunning and/or patience...

25 P, 6 R, 2 A, 2 STL, 0 TO tonight.

Dirk had a better game going tonight, but I thought I'd mention Vince since his fantasy status is much more in limbo. Looks like he likes New Jersey a lot more than Toronto.

Count it.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

O'Neal suspension cut by 10 games

"NEW YORK (AP) -- Jermaine O'Neal won a 10-game reduction Wednesday in his suspension for fighting with fans during the Nov. 19 Pacers-Pistons brawl, but an arbitrator upheld NBA commissioner David Stern's bans on Ron Artest and two other Indiana players.

Arbitrator Roger Kaplan's decision makes O'Neal eligible to return Saturday, when the Pacers host the Pistons in the teams' first matchup since one of the most violent melees in NBA history.

It was unclear whether the NBA would recognize Kaplan's authority to intervene. The league refused to participate in the arbitration hearing Kaplan conducted Dec. 9.

The NBA had no immediate comment."


This is obviously a huge victory for O'Neal and his fantasy owners alike. Interesting that the arbitrator cut the suspension to allow him back in time to play the Pistons... Not that the NBA wants to acknowledge that the game will be anything out of the ordinary, but they sure are hyping the Corvette-BrickWall matchup. It could be a bad-blood double-header for the ages. If the league marketing department is smart, they'll tell everyone to just keep their mouths shut and accept the arbitrator's ruling. "Revenge mean ratings" seems to be the marketing philosophy so far... why quit now?

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Davis activated but not ready to play

"The Hornets activated All-Star point guard Baron Davis off the injured list Tuesday.

Davis, who had been on the list since Nov. 17 because of an inflamed disc in his lower back, did not play Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. And Scott has not made a decision yet on whether Davis will play tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Scott said he will meet with Davis this morning."


Weekly changers won't care cause they won't be able to put him anyway...

Daily changers might want to wait - tonight is pretty crowded with 24 of 30 teams playing, so you might not be able to get Baron into the line-up without relegating another player to the bench. If most of your players are on those other 6 teams and you can fit Baron in there, heaven help you, but you might as well give it a go.

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Fanball's Pick-up of the Week


"On December 12, Gerald quietly returned to the hardwood. He came off the bench in his first game back against the Warriors, recording nine points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and three blocks in just 28 minutes. He then got back into Charlotte's starting lineup, posting 32 points, 19 rebounds, six dimes, and six steals in 80 minutes over two nights. After a three-game span in which he averaged 15 points, 11 boards, two takeaways, and one block per night, Wallace has obviously found himself a popular acquisition early this week. "


Indeed Fanball is right on this one... Wallace's Weekly Change (of percent owned) on ESPN is 50.9. Meaning that he was picked up in over half of the ESPN leagues... Of course, he was never dropped in my league... If he's available and you're looking for Points, Rebounds, Steals, and decent blocks from a SG - and can sacrifice FG%, and FT%, then Wallace is a good pickup. Small-ballers beware!

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Carted Out

I'm not even going to try to understand why the Nets would basically trade Kenyon Martin for Vince Carter. I mean, yes, in his prime, Vince was certainly the better player, but wasn't Martin working well with the Nets? And hasn't Carter been perpetually injured the last few seasons?

So... moving on:

Fantasy Impact on the Nets

Not much. Vince is probably a better fantasy option now that he's playing Kidd and Jefferson. Perhaps he'll be happier with New Jersey than he was with Toronto, but who's to say... He's not on a really great team either way. New Jersey's bench is not good, and is now worse off than before. Jason Collins has been playing 31 minutes a game, so it's not like he's got all that much room to move up. Even if he did, his numbers aren't that great.

Nenad Krstic looks to be the starting center now that Aaron Williams and Alonzo Mourning have shipped out. Krstic's numbers per 48 minutes aren't that bad really (especially compared to Collins). On the 19th he played 25 minutes, had 15 points, 4 rebs, 4 ast, and a block, on 48% FG and 75% FT. Like I sadi, not too shabby. Of course, that was without Carter in the lineup to absorb a few shot attempts.

Fantasy Impact on the Raptors

Mourning is already saying he wants a buyout... And if Toronto's position on satisficing unhappy players remains the same, he'll get it. Let's play the wait and see game to find out where he eventually ends up.

So, Aaron Williams will play backup Center to Loren Woods (according to ESPN's depth chart). The other Williams (Eric) will take over the starting SF spot (meaning that he'll get Carter's mintes), and Peterson and Murray (Lamond, in case you'd forgotten about him) will be putting up the same kind of anemic numbers they did when Carter was in Toronto.

Now... while some can criticize the Bulls for having Brand, Artest, and Miller as their front three a few years ago... the Raptors had Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady. They could have (and should have) built a team around those two that Mourning (and Kidd, and Malone) would have wanted to play for.

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Friday, December 17, 2004

J-Will to Clippers

League sources have told Give Me The Rock that the Grizzlies are talking about sending out-of-favor point guard Jason Williams to LA, along with Ryan Humphrey, for Kerry Kittles and his large expiring contract.

Okay, that's not entirely true. But since certain other columnists feel that they have the right to simply create trade rumors, why can't I?

Before you dismiss me out of hand, let's take a look at these two teams...

As Bill Simmons points out, the Clippers need a point guard. Memphis has been doing pretty well with Earl Watson running the point, and there are other rumors that Fratello wants to be rid of J-Will. So, wouldn't this actually seem like a good time to trade him to the Clippers? Memphis could probably work it so they get Kerry Kittles expiring contract back in exchange for J-Will and another role player. They'd also then have Kittles to work with, instead of 2 players they don't need.

In the mean time, J-Will would actually be useful in helping the Clippers continue their dream season. They might even make the playoffs this year, something the Grizzlies aren't likely to do. Jerry West should stop sniffing around Chicago (now that I'm happy with the Bulls keeping Eddy Curry), and go talk Elgin Baylor into continuing to improve his team.

Now that I've had the rock, you take it... pass it around... spread it like wildfire! Especially you Clippers fans!

Update: If you post this trade rumor on your basketball/sports related blog, I'll send you a Gmail invite.

If you don't need a Gmail invite, just post the rumor anyway. It's time we take some "creationism" power away from the sports writers who think they're the only ones who can make this stuff up. Maybe then they'll actually report on real trade rumors.


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AOL's White S

At the beginning of the season, AOL has a white D with a green background (in a square) to show a players was "Day-to-day" ... They had a white IL on a black background to signify "Injured list" (even though they don't actually have an injured list)... White O with black background for "Out For Year" (which is nice, since Yahoo says Voshon Lenard is just IL) ...

Now, they have added a white S on a black background for "Suspended." I bet nobody thought they'd need that when they started implementing their system...

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Deep League Sleepers

I stole this from kingmob6 over at the FantasyRef boards... but at least I'm giving him credit for it. :)


"1. Eric Williams (NJ Nets)---those in deeper leagues especially, pick this guy up while you can. He is contributing in almost every category with excellent shooting numbers. 3 straight games with close to 20pts, 10 out of last 12 in double digits.

2.Josh Smith(atlanta)---good depth guy, good blocks

3.Karem Rush(Bobcats)---if he is still available

4.Brian Cook(Lakers)--good C eligible guy for deep leagues.

5.David West(Hornets)---he is on the injured list right now, but should be back shortly. Pick him up and stash him for a week or 2. Should be a good double double guy once he comes back, with an occasional 3pter.

6.Jonathan Bender(Pacers)--out for another 3weeks, but worth an IR spot. Guys in deep leagues could get a good value with this guy if he stays healthy. With Artest out for the season, he could play major minutes at SF.

7.Ben Gordon--if he is on a FA list, pick him up. He is showing more promise in the scoring department, and gives you a few assists and boards. Would be a good pick up.

8.Darius Miles(Blazers)--Those guys in leagues with 12-16 teams especially, look for Darius Miles. If he is still available snap him up.

9.Danny Fortson(Sonics)--He seems to produce decent numbers if he gets over 20min a game. Constant foul trouble limits his overall production. Worth a pick up for deepr leagues.

10.Michael Pietrius(Warriors)--Mike Montgomery likes his defensive prowness and plays him quite a lot. With Dunleavy involved in various trade talks, he is worth a roster spot."


My comments:

I've already got Cook and Gordon on my team. And I'm only in a 12 team league... Also, I'm pretty sure Bender, Miles, Fortson, and Pietrus were drafted in my league. So, perhaps kingmob6 is in a deep 12 team league... or else, the other guys in his league are stupid for leaving some of these guys on the FA list.

Rush was picked up in my league the precise second he was traded - perhaps even before Rush himself knew he had been traded. He's averaging 23 minutes for Charlotte, by the way.

So, as much as I can't fathom that these guys would be available in any true "deep" league, I must thank kingmob6 for giving me some easy content. :)

Count it.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Fanball.com - On the rise/Falling fast

According to Fanball:

On the rise:

Quentin Richardson
Corey Maggette
Al Harrington
Jeff Foster

Falling Fast:
Brent Barry
Manu Ginobli
Keith Van Horn
Austin Croshere
Alonzo Mourning

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Central Starrz (12/15)

Obviously, someone like Garnett, Duncan, or Lebron would be a good candidate for Central Star, but between them they get enough awards as it is. That, and the fact that if I tell you they're good fantasy players, I'm not providing any value. That said, we've got co-Central Starrz for tonight:

Damon Jones
and Speedy "Craig" Claxton.

DJ: 50% FG, 100% FT, 5 threes, 23 pts, 6 rebs, 4 ast, 0 TO's
SC: 62% FG, 80% FT, 1 three, 21 pts, 5 rebs, 12 ast, 3 stl, 0 TO's

If these guys haven't been picked up in your league, make an effort to check them out. Don't put yourself out to trade for them - especially Claxton, since Derek Fisher will take some of Speedy's minutes when he gets back. Jones seems like he should be on the Sonics right now, in that it's like "How long can he keep this up?" So far, like the Sonics, the answers appears to be: quite a while. And with Shaq in the middle, and Wade helping out, it could go on all season.

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Jason Williams Returns

"Memphis, Tenn. (Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday activated point guard Jason Williams from the injured list, while placing guard Antonio Burks on the IL.

Williams, who was placed on the injured list with a sprained right ankle on December 7, has averaged 9.3 points in 16 games this season for the Grizzlies."


Fantasy Impact

There are probably some out there who care that Williams is back. Those that care more are probably the people who picked up Earl Watson along the way. Watson has been playing like a starting point guard while White Chocolate has been away, and there are Rumours that a Landslide will bring J-Will to another team now that the Grizz have Mike Fratello as their head coach. I'd hang on to Watson for at least a little longer... if they do trade Williams for someone who's not a point guard, then Watson will be back to playing 35 minutes a game.

Count it.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

T-Mac Video

Here's T-Mac's 13 points in 35 seconds. I realize I'm a little late to the party, but it was the first time I actually saw it... and it's definitely worth seeing.

Count it.

Monday, December 13, 2004

NBA.com Germany: Threes for the Memories

NBA.com Germany: Threes for the Memories

If your fantasy team isn't living up to your dreams, take a look at this page to relive some of the better moments in basketball. You have to register with NBA.com, but considering they actually have FREE videos here (and you don't have to search for them) it's worth it.

Count it.

WARRIORS NOTEBOOK / Fisher is placed on injured list

"Derek Fisher missed Sunday's game and will not play on the team's upcoming four-game road trip because of a sprained right knee."


Fantasy Impact

At this point, Fisher's only real redeeming fantasy stat is his 89.5% FT shooting. Speed Claxton played 42 minutes (up from his average of 29) in Fishers abscence yesterday. Rotowire is saying with Fisher out, Dunleavy Jr. will be Claxton's backup at PG. DJ's been playing more than his average minutes in 4 of the last 5 games with mixed results.

Hard to say where I'm going with all this...

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Raptors place Carter on injured list

"Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors was placed on the injured list with a strained left Achilles' tendon Friday and will miss at least five games.

Carter was hurt in the first minute of the second half in Toronto's 90-86 overtime loss at Detroit on Wednesday.

'It's just something that's been bothering me for three years,' Carter said. 'I want to let it settle down and get better instead of having it nag me.'"


Fantasy Impact

Expect Donyell Marshall too continue to make the most of Carter's abscence. His minutes haven't increased much since Carter's latest injury, but his shot attempts and points have been above their normal levels. His rebounding has also increased in the month of December.

Fanball and Stats Inc say that Mo-Pete will replace Carter in the starting lineup until at least Dec. 20th. Perhaps Peterson will use the opportunity to step his game up. In their game against Denver last night, he played 32 minutes, and got 10 points (above his season avg), 6 rebounds (above season avg), on 45% shooting. He also had 3 TO's and 2 steals.

Lamond Murray has also been getting more minutes, and had a good game on Friday as well, with 16 pts, 6 rebs, 2 asts, 1 three-pointer, and 2 steals, on 50% FG shooting and 75% from the line.

Count it.

O'Brien says Robinson's ankle injury may keep him out all season

"Glenn Robinson may sit out the entire season because of an ankle injury, Philadelphia 76ers coach Jim O'Brien said Friday.

Robinson, earning more than $12 million in the final year of his contract, has been on the injured list all season with left ankle tendinitis and a sore elbow.

'I don't anticipate seeing him at all,' O'Brien said. 'He said he is incapable of playing. My understanding is that his ankles are incapable of carrying him on the court.'"


Fantasy Impact

Well, not much really... in that, not much is going to change. If you're holding out hope on Robinson, it might be time to give it up. Especially if he's stashed on your IL and you've got other players who need to go there (like Vince Carter, maybe...)

Friday, December 10, 2004

AK out of ammunition

"The Jazz are now saying they don't expect Andrei Kirilenko back for at least another month. Kirilenko won't begin to rehab his sprained MCL until around Christmas. The Jazz have been in a standings free-fall since their star went down.
Salte Lake Tribuine - Dec. 10 - 8:38 am et"


Fantasy Impact

To keep or not to keep? That is the question.

I can't give a definitive answer for AK owners... If youre team is doing okay, and can stay at or around .500 without AK in the lineup, you're probably best to hang on to him. But if youre team is sucking wind (like the Jazz themselves) without him, trade him to keep your team competitive. And if you're going to sell, don't sell too low. The man was averaging 5 blocks a game, remember.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

For you RSS Fans out there

If you go to SportsBlogs.org, and check out their RSS feeds page, you can subscribe to an RSS feed that will give you the new posts from all of the blogs in a given category. I've subscribed to the NBA category, and - with the exception of a Boston Sports Blog that reports on all Boston sports - it works really well. GMTR is on there, as are a lot of fan blogs that I had not previously encountered.

I almost have too much to read now... Have you seen my Bloglines blogroll over there --->?
It's ginormous!!

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Vince Carter's Achilles' heel (or tendon, rather)

"Dec 9 Guard/forward Vince Carter injured his left Achilles' tendon early in Wednesday's second half against the Pistons and was unable to return to the contest. Carter pulled up lame while driving the baseline and was helped off the court by his teammates.

Views: Any injury to Carter is significant because of his fragile nature, and an injury to the Achilles' area of a leaper like him is even more disconcerting. We'll let you know what the diagnosis is as soon as it's made available. In the meantime, if Carter misses time, expect Donyell Marshall (22 points, 14 rebounds on Wednesday) to slide into the starting lineup and for Jalen Rose and Rafer Alston to see more shots."


If Carter is injured for any real amount of time, Marshall and Rose will be good pickups. Someone in your league probably already has Alston, and probably Marshall... but it's worth looking.

Count it.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

AOL stepping in the right direction

Looks like AOL is working on getting individual player results up on their site... I think they might be trying to hide it, since the results are only available in a couple places, and they're clearly not the correct results... but I see it as a step in the right direction.

Another note on AOL, though... a quick comparison of their scoring system with the John Hollinger "quick" system...

I'm going to look at Zach Randolph and Peja Stoksojsflsk#$jciscas3j's games from last Sunday (12/5). First, AOL... Zebo: 38, Peyj (from Beyond Good and Evil): 33. Noteworthy is Zach's 8 offensive rebounds. That gives him 16 of his 38 points right there (according to AOL) while PJ only had 1 OREB. Also interesting to note that neither player committed a turnover. (Mmmmm... turnovers....)

Now, let's use J-Hol's "quick" Game Score system derviced from his fairly detailed statistical work... Zebe: 23.7, Peyj: 23.8 ... Where's the difference in the two systems come from?

It seems that PS has 3 more points, 2 more assists, 9 less rebounds, and 2 more steals. The rebounds are the biggest factor in AOL's system, while the points and steals count for the most with Hollinger (given that neither player had a turnover).

Hollinger maintains that steals are worth their full 1 point because they essentially give a team a possessions (which is, of course, pretty obvious). So, the 3 points and 2 steals give P-Ja a full 5 points on the Hollinger scale.

I hope AOL lets me set my own point values next year so I can use the J-Hol system. It obviously makes more sense than the AOL system - which clearly favors anyone who get lots of offensive rebounds. I'm going to lobby AOL to use his point values as their official system next year. I believe with that system, AOL could start to pull away as a fantasy basketball powerhouse.

Count it.

PS: Beyond Good and Evil is an excellent game. :)

Malone says Kobe stabbed him in back


LOS ANGELES - Karl Malone has ruled out a return to the Los Angeles Lakers because of comments made by Kobe Bryant in a radio interview, Malone’s agent said Tuesday.


I don't even know what to say. It seems that Kobe is trying to become as much of a destructive force off the court as he is on. The Lakers might as well fire their GM (who's that? Buss still?) and save themselves some money on his salary. It's clear that Kobe is the one running the team.

I say that Malone should sign with San Antonio or Minnesota now.
As much as I don't like Malone, I like Kobe even less, so I wouldn't mind Karl getting a championship just to spite him.

Fantasy Impact

Malone owners may have to wait a while longer now for the Mailman's comeback - although if he really is back on the market, it probably won't take that long for someone to snap him up. Especially if he's willing to play for less than $2M again.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Yahoo! Sports - NBA - Magic: Cato could miss up to three weeks

"Magic center Kelvin Cato could miss the next three weeks due to a left shoulder injury. Cato fell hard on the shoulder during Monday's game. He went to the locker room and the shoulder was popped back into the socket, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Cato is back in Orlando and will miss at least the rest of the team's road trip, which runs through December 15. Tony Battie will start in his place."


Just when Cato had started to make his run at being a fantasy monster... :( Hopefully he'll be on the IL soon so you can put him there. He's never played a full season, though, so he'll probably be back. And maybe he'll bring his monstrous numbers with him... if not, you can at least count him for 7 and 7 and 1 or 2 blocks...

Count it.

Grizzlies place G Williams on injured list

"MEMPHIS, Tennessee - The struggling Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday placed point guard Jason Williams on the injured list with a sprained right ankle.

Williams, who did not play in Saturday's game against Orlando, will miss at least the next five games.

The Grizzlies' starting point guard, Williams is averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 assists in 16 games this season.

Earl Watson will start while Williams is sidelined."


Fantasy Impact

I just checked in my league and Watson has already been picked up. With him averaging 8.2 pts and 5.2 assists it's not a bad pick-up. Check him out if you're not in a super-intense psycho league where people don't hesitate to pick up Christian Laettner after he scores 23 points in a game.

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ChicagoSports.com - 3 starters benched early in Bulls loss

"Hinrich's scant 21 minutes opened the door for Frank Williams, not Ben Gordon, who played only four minutes and missed both shots.

'I didn't think Ben was up to it tonight,' Skiles said."


With the trade rumours that have been running rampant about Eddy Curry since ... well, I can't even remember ... you kind of have to wonder if Skiles has a mandate from above to play Frank Williams so they can include him in a trade with Curry... I mean, 4 minutes for Gordon because Skiles "didn't think" he "was up to it." As John Hollinger said in his latest article, referring to Skiles,
"With every game that Scott Skiles leaves Chris Duhon in the starting lineup, I become a little more convinced that maybe this NBA coaching thing isn't his bag."


I'm sure everyone with Hinrich, Deny, and Curry on their team is with J-Hol on that one.

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Update: What is 6 TO's worth?

In the ongoing quest to determine the value of 6 TO's (or more by sheer coincidence than anything else) ... he's my Yahoo teams stat line from last night:

FG: 58.3%
FT: 77.8%
3pt: 8
Pts: 78
Reb: 15
Ast: 13
Stl: 2
Blk: 2
TO: 6

So I guess by default that is what I can get for 6 turnovers. (No, that was Dirk Nowitzki going off again... I had 5 players combine for those numbers. Oh, and thanks Ben Gordon for contributing your 1 assist [and nothing else].)

Don't leave without telling me (and the world) what you can get for 6 turnovers. Please also mention what kind of turnovers they be (eg: apple, blueberry, etc.). My mind is trying to forumulate a joke about eating other teams for breakfast, but it's not coming out...

Count 'em. 6.

Hardaway to IL

"Knicks guard Penny Hardaway will fly back to New York today for an MRI with team orthopedist Norman Scott to see if he has a torn hamstring. Hardaway will be placed on the injured list and could miss at least two weeks. Moochie Norris will be activated. "


Fantasy Impact


Don't play Penny. Is he worth stashing on the IL? If you've got no one else there, certainly... But he's not going to better than he was before the injury when he comes back. The Knicks just have too many players, especially if/when they decide Allan Houston is ready to play again.

Count it.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Jason the Kidd is back in town

So here's my question... is 6 turnovers worth 2 three-pointers, 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal? Don't take this the wrong way, it could happen to anyone. I'm not being down on Kidd - it's only his first game back from knee surgery.

I guess I'm asking, in fantasy terms, how much production do you need/want to make it okay for a guy to have 6 turnovers - no matter who it is?

Feel free to leave comments...

Count it.

Yahoo! Sports - NBA - Bobcats acquire Rush from Lakers

"CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakes guard Kareem Rush was acquired by the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday for two second-round draft picks.

The Lakers received Charlotte's second-round picks for 2005 and 2008."


We'd been reading about this since at least yesterday... And now that's it's been completed, doesn't it seems like the rumors are exponentially more likely to be true the farther down the player rater you go?

Fantasy Impact

Rush will certainly see more time with the Cats that he did in LA (6.5 minutes). Gerald Wallace and Keith Bogans are not exactly working miracles the way Okafor is in Charlotte. I'm sure Rush will take time away from those two. How much remains to be seen, but it could be enough to get him around the 17 minutes he had with LA last season. That'd give him 6.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.5 spg, and 0.7 3pg... But, he does have a lot more potential than those numbers would seem to indicate, and he will be playing for the Bobcats, where every player can be a fantasy goldmine. Add him to your watch list if you need a SG, and see how his minutes go.

Count it.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Hornets Trade Darrell Armstrong To Dallas


New Orleans - The Hornets have acquired guard Dan Dickau and a 2005 second round draft pick from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for guard Darrell Armstrong.

“This move helps our team by letting Junior Harrington and Alex Garcia see more playing time,” said Hornets General Manager Allan Bristow. “We see bright futures for both of them and feel very comfortable with them receiving more minutes and continuing to develop.”


Fantasy Impact

So, the Hornets suck, and they're dumping contracts. Seems a little early in the season to do that... but I guess they can do what they want. As far as fantasy goes, DA will have a much harder time playing in Dallas than NO. Jason Terry has been averaging 26 minutes a game while DA has had 29. Together that's more than 48... not to mention the 22 minutes/game Devin Harris has been getting.

Armstrong's value: down
Terry's value: sinking still
Harris' value: down

Trades like this just don't seem good for fantasy basketball, do they?

On the other hand... Junior Harrington is now a pretty good PG pick-up. I know that to be true, because he was picked up in my league mere seconds after the trade was announced. Luckily I'm stocked up on point guards for now - kind of like Dallas. But if you need to add to your arsenal in that particular place, Harrington was averaging 8 pts, 2.8 rebs, 2.3 assists and had yet to miss a free throw before the trade.

Count it.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Central Starr (12/3)

I'm giving the CS award tonight to Cuttino Mobley: 34, 6 r, 2 a, 4 s, 1 blk, and only 2 TO. The 34 included 6 three-pointers on 47.6% FG shooting, and 80% FT shooting.

Runners up include Kevin Garnett (23, 19, 8), and Pau Gasol (34, 15, 3 blk, 90% FT).

Count it.

Bobcats' Wallace suffers concussion

"CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace suffered a concussion Thursday after being hit in the face with an elbow during practice.

Wallace was taken from the court on a stretcher and taken to Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, where he was diagnosed as suffering a Grade II concussion, or one that results in amnesia. He won't play in the Bobcats' next game at New York on Saturday, the team said."


Fantasy Impact

Wallace hasn't had as much of an impact as many people thought he might after moving from the West to East Coast - but that's really beside the point. The point is: he's only going to miss one game (as a precautionary measure), so if you've got daily changes, you can use someone else in his stead. If you've got him in your weekly lineup, you'll just have to hope that T-Mac or Dirk are on your team to fill in for his 11 points and 6 rebouns on Saturday. ;)

Count it.

Central Starrz

After seeing the box score, I don't know how I didn't notice it last night... but the Diggler deserves to be co-honored with the inaugural Central Star award.

Dirk's line from his duel with T-Mac: 53 pts, 16 rebs, 2 asts, 3 stls, 4 blocks, and only 1 TO, on 15-32 from the field, and an unbelievable 21-22 from the line. That's almost enough to carry a team's FT% right there!

Yahoo Position Updates


Wilcox gets the long awaited and coveted 'FC'. Too bad he doesn't have much fantasy value anymore.

Marion gets 'F', completing the Suns small-ball transformation.

And PJ Brown gets 'FC'.


Thursday, December 02, 2004

Central Star

So, for those who don't know, I live in Chicago. The obvious implication is I'm a Bulls fan. While that is indeed true, that's not where I'm going with this. The reason I mention that I live in Chicago is because I often don't get to see final scores (and fantasy totals) for West Coast games...

To remedy this situation, I'm creating a feature called "Central Star." It will involve checking scores before I go to bed (maybe not every night; I'm not a machine), and doing a little piece on the star of the day (up to that point - hence: the Central [Time] Star).

And now is great time to kick it off because Tracy "Lazy Eyes" McGrady has a pretty stunning stat line going tonight. Check this one: 45 pts, 5 three-pointers, 8 rebs, 8 assists, 2 stls, 3 blks, 2 TO's... 53% FG and the only downer: 57% from the line... And there's still 2:24 left in OT!

If that's not a Central Star... I don't know what is...

And if you want to know how LeBron did... you'll have to find another weblog. Cause the ClevelandDenver Match-Up of the Century doesn't for another half hour...

Count it.

Nothing like the league saying "You guys are TOO injured"

If you're wondering why Jamaal Magloire isn't on the injured list yet, it's because the Hornets are too banged up already. So much so that they have to apply for an exemption (I guess their project leader didn't win the last task) to have more than 3 players on the IL. They've already got the Baron, Mashburn, and Rogers up in there. "They" say once Magloire misses his third game, they should be eligible for the exemption.

They should be eligible right now, if you ask me. It's not like they're trying to just hang on to some guys until someone else gets injured. Their players are legitimately bruised and battered. But, rules are rules. This isn't Calvinball we're dealing with.

Fantasy Impact

Magloire owners should sit tight. He's definitely not worth dropping, despite being out for the foreseeable future (I can't see the end of February right now - I can only see to about the 24th, since that's my girlfriend's birthday) ... If you have a spot on your IL available, just be patient.