Basketball

This is the Basketball section.

Basketball

Top 10 Fantasy Basketball Rankings for 2016-17

The fantasy season creeps ever closer, so now is as good a time to publish my preseason fantasy basketball rankings… well, part of them. You read my post last week about the best players not to qualify for my Top 10. Here are the ones that did. I’ve determined all rankings based on 12-team Sports.ws leagues with Production Scoring because a) Sports.ws is the only fantasy basketball site to take things like player efficiency into consideration and b) Production…

Basketball

Who to avoid in the Top 10 of your fantasy basketball draft

It’s the time of year where writers start stringing together fantasy basketball rankings for the upcoming NBA season. I’m no different. Although the actual season remains nearly three months away, the most hardcore fantasy basketball players are already signing up for leagues at Sports.ws or wherever, harassing each other on message boards and pretending they saw Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s breakout coming all along. I’m in the middle of a comprehensive Top 100 list, currently sitting in an…

Basketball

Kent Bazemore’s ATL Ascension

A year ago last week, Kent Bazemore‘s Sports.ws analysis was updated. If Bazemore played more minutes he might be worth a speculative add, but he doesn’t seem to be in the running for a bigger role in Atlanta any time soon. -Jan. 7, 2015 Whether the vague and relatively inconsequential remark was right or wrong comes down to how you want to dissect it, but there’s no disagreement that the general sentiment of it is that of…

Basketball

Danilo Gallinari and Denver’s Nuggets of Hope

The Denver Nuggets haven’t done much in terms of establishing themselves as either movers or shakers in the Western Conference, but that doesn’t mean their 2015-16 campaign – a year  of transition, though lined with promise – has been for naught. Through the first month of the regular season, the franchise has shown that they boast no shortage of valuable commodities. How those puzzle pieces all fit together, however, is a different story. Just last season…

Basketball

C.J. McCollum and Portland’s Next Generation

Nobody knew quite what to expect out of the Portland Trail Blazers this season, with the exception, perhaps, that one could have reasonably expected to at least expect the unexpected. Such is life, we can all agree, when a veteran team that had defied expectations for several seasons goes sadly but swiftly the way of nature, imploding in upon itself like a dying star. The Blazers were a force in the Western Conference from 2013 to 2015,…