Monday, March 14, 2005

Weekend Review

For the first time since I can remember, Selection Sunday came and went and I really couldn’t have cared less. Rather than watching the Big Ten or ACC Finals, I was busy peeking in on Dallas/Minnesota and Houston/Sacramento. I’m not sure what that says about me, but keep this in mind – the NCAA Tournament is a great chance for you to sneak in and make some great pickups while everyone else is distracted by opening weekend. Remember, no matter how much studying and thinking you do regarding the NCAA Tourney, you’ve got no chance. None. Zero. Okay? Good. Now on to Fantasy Basketball…

FBB Roadtrip!

That’s right, I was out of town on "business" Thursday and Friday. I know, you’re shocked that FBB doesn’t provide enough income on it’s own, but it doesn’t. Anyhow, I was able to take advantage of being in lovely Philadelphia by going to the Sixers/Bobcats game on Friday night. It wasn’t much of a game. After keeping it tied after one quarter, the Bobcats seemingly gave up. The Sixers opened the second with a 19-2 run, and never looked back, winning 112-80. With most starters resting in the 4th quarter, the game did not really provide all that much fantasy insight. But a couple of things did strike me:

Allen Iverson is one of the best passers in the NBA. A lot of guys rack up assists by passing to a guy on the perimeter who knocks down a jumper. Not AI. At least 3, maybe 4 of his 12 assists that night were on spectacular alley-oops. A couple more were thread-the-needle passes to cutting teammates. A very impressive evening from AI, and I think he’ll be running the point for years to come in Philly.

Kyle Korver could be worth drafting in the middle rounds next year. His repartee with Iverson is great. One thing that Iverson’s never really had is that knockdown 3-point shooter. Other than Iverson, Aaron McKie – he of the .352 career 3pt% - has been the leading three-point shooter on the squad for most of the past 5 years. Now with Iverson playing the point, he’s doing more driving and kicking out, which means more 3’s for Korver. Plus, he’s a huge fan favorite in Philly.

Emeka Okafor is the only Bobcat worth playing every single night. The rest will simply not get the minutes to be effective. Primoz Brezec, Marvin Ely and Malik Allen overload the frontcourt, and even with Brevin Knight out, Jason Hart played only 21 minutes in the game. Maybe next year, Charlotte.

Miller? Damn near killed her!

Well I guess this is why you trade Webber for 3 decent bigs. With Brad Miller out for what is likely the rest of the regular season, all the Kings horses and all the Kings men are going to see a significant bump in stats. Brian Skinner has averaged 10.9/10.6 with 2.7 blocks in 34.4 minutes since taking over for Miller, and will be a decent starter at center over the rest of the year. The Big Three of Peja, Cuttino Mobley and Mike Bibby will be counted on for the majority of the scoring, as evidenced by the fact that they took 61% of their team’s shots in their loss to Houston on Sunday. Something tells me that Peja still isn’t healthy, as evidenced by his horrendous line on Friday. In 38 minutes, he had 6 points, 1 board, 1 assist, no steals, no blocks, and shot 2-10 from the field. This, from a first-round pick in most leagues this year, with no Brad Miller or Webber in the lineup? He may have recovered somewhat on Sunday, but keep an eye of this situation.

Miller? Damn near killed her! Part 2

Reggie Miller isn’t done producing just yet. Sure he’s 39 years old and still possibly the skinniest player in league history, and sure he gets banged around a lot, but Reggie just keeps coming back. And how! Over his last 5, he’s averaged 21.4 points, with 1.6 3’s and 97.1 FT%. Yes, those are the only categories he’ll ever help you in, but if you need help in those categories, by all means go get him if he’s available.


Blogger Nels said...

I also spent more time watching the NBA games on Sunday than any college bball. Infinitely more, in fact.

I'd have to agree that Peja is struggling. He seems to have lost his toughness. I think maybe he gave it to Yao Ming, cause he has sprouted some grit all of a sudden.

3:05 PM  
Blogger bv said...

yeah, how about that technical he picked up! that Yao, he's turning into a regular Dennis Rodman.

4:36 PM  

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