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Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Weird Wednesday

Andray Blatche

The latest Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show taped on Wednesday night, after the early games, so Jeff and Tom start out discussing the strange stat line of Tyrus Thomas, the awful Bobcats and the potential of the Wizards post-Flip Saunders. The also touch upon the Nets upsetting the Sixers in Philly and whether or not 76ers can be trusted in fantasy. Next up was the Miami-Detroit game, which featured an Austin Daye breakout. Or did it? Andrew Bogut’s injury and Ersan Ilyasova’s big game were next, and then Greg came on about 20 minutes in with yet another epic Knicks rant focusing on the loss to the Cavaliers. Tom checked out, but Jeff and Greg still had things to say about David Kahn, Kevin Love and the strange ways of the Timberwolves. Enjoy!
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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Centers

If only free throws were this easy for Dwight...

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 17 and published Dec. 20. I’ve done several drafts in the last few days and have noticed that you are going to have to reach for Greg Monroe, JaVale McGee and DeAndre Jordan if you want them. Joakim Noah is falling and offering great value.  

For years, the center position has been the most important one in Fantasy Basketball. These days, with so many power fowards manning the middle often enough to earn eligibility at the position, it isn’t as crucial to burn early picks on true centers. Pau GasolAmar’e StoudemireKevin Love and David Lee are just a few examples of players who are power forwards most of the time but pick up center eligibility in most leagues.

For the purposes of these rankings, we have including only the players who are expected to play the majority of their minutes at the true center position this year. As always, it is important to examine your own league’s positional eligibility rules prior to drafting. The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO). We break down players into tiers as well to help you organize them within your overall cheat sheets. These rankings take into account not just stat projections, but injury risk, competition for minutes and other intangibles.



1. Dwight Howard, ORL

Projected Stats: 22.7 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.0 3FG, 1.3 SPG, 2.5 BPG, 3.5 TO, 59.1 FG%, 59.8 FT%

To the casual player, Howard is the No. 1 center in the league by a mile. In Fantasy, it certainly depends on the format. He’s more of a second or third-round value in rotisserie leagues. In a head-to-head or points-based format, he challenges Chris Paul for the No. 3 overall selection. Howard’s dominance in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage sets your team up perfectly in H2H leagues, as you can punt free throws and surround him with complementary pieces in the other categories. Howard also averaged 1.4 steals last year, an underrated part of his game and an amazing number for a center.

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Fantasy & Free Agent Fest: Southwest Division

In the days leading up to the start of free agency on Dec. 9, Damn Lies & Statistics will be taking a look at each team’s potential moves, top fantasy players and more. Behold: The Southwest Division.

Fantasy-Worthy Players Under Contract (H2H Draft Round in Parentheses): F Dirk Nowitzki (1/2), G Jason Kidd (8), G Jason Terry (10/11), C Brendan Haywood (13), F Shawn Marion (14)
Key Unrestricted Free Agents: C Tyson Chandler, G/F Caron Butler, G Jose Juan Barea
Key Restricted Free Agents: None
What to Look For: Things could be different for the defending champs as free agents Chandler, Butler and Barea might be bowled over by money elsewhere. It behooves fantasy owners to be on their toes with this group. Haywood is worth considering if Chandler walks, but the big man is risky if you are relying on him as a No. 2 fantasy center. Rudy Fernandez is now a Mav, but there is chatter that he could stay overseas. Roddy Beaubois has a chance to really take a larger role this season, but we’re in “believe it when we see it” mode. He’s coming off foot surgery. Nowitzki is no longer a top five pick. I like him at the end of the first round in most formats.
The Damn Lies Bold Recipe: The Mavericks should do everything in their power to keep Chandler, as heading into your title defense with Haywood at center isn’t ideal, to say the least. Mark Cuban and/or Nowitzki need to convince Fernandez to play for Dallas this year. He’s a nice infusion of energy who can replicate much of what Barea and Butler gave them. Continue reading

2011-12 Damn Mock I: Eighth Round

Welcome to Round 8 of the Damn Lies & Statistics Damn Mock I, a silly little exercise that allows the three of us picking to distract us now that the season is over. And don’t even get us started on the lockout. We refuse to believe it will happen, and plan on mocking all preseason as if everything were fine. Everything is fine, right? RIGHT? Enjoy the eighth round. Only two more to go.

The rules: Jeff, Tom and Greg are taking four teams each in this 12-team league, which is a nine-category rotisserie league (FG%, FT%, PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, TO) that will draft the following: 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 SF, 1 PF, 2 C, 1 F, 1 G, 2 U. We’ll be building each team ourselves based on this format. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to mock us in the Comments.



85. Team 12 (Tom) – Tyson Chandler – This pick may be a reactionary one, after watching Chandler dominate in these NBA Playoffs, but considering he averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in under 28 minutes this season I think I’m getting a good bargain here. If he shows up and plays as “2010-11 regular season Chandler,” I got good value. If he shows up as “NBA Playoffs Chandler,” I got a steal.  Continue reading

Damn Lies Midseason Report: Southwest Division

Let’s be honest, all you care about is the Super Bowl. Am I right? Of course I’m not. You only care about the commercials.

This weekend Super Bowl XLV will be played in Dallas. In case you’re reading this and you don’t know who’s playing, mom, the matchup is between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers. BUT, this week it’s all about Dallas. Just ask Jerry Jones. And since we’re talking about Dallas, we might as well hand out our Southwest Division hardware. And in case you wonder where I’m going with this, mom, the Dallas Mavericks are in the Southwest. Yes, I made this intro come full circle.

In our fifth installment od the Damn Lies Midseason Awards, we present our readers with the Southwest Division hardware… show.

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I’ll Be Damned: Not Done Yet

Richard Jefferson passed up big money with the Spurs to sign with the Spurs.

Last week we lamented the disappointing Chris Bosh for fantasy owners and Heat fans who need instructions as to what to do at a basketball game.

This week, I’ll Be Damned honors some old warhorses, off to great starts, who plummeted in drafts due to age or an earned lack of confidence on the part of fantasy players. If you have them, you are likely fielding trade offers. If you don’t, you (also known as: me) are really jealous.

I’ll be damned that…

…Richard Jefferson’s got pride.
We knew he was a terrific athlete. We should have known he was going to bounce back this year after he was universally ridiculed for leaving $15.2 million on the table this summer and opting out of his contract (only to re-sign for four years/$39 million). At 30 years old and coming off a nightmare season in San Antonio, he made owners skittish and they held off on him until the very late rounds on draft day. Two years ago he averaged 19.6 points for Milwaukee in 82 games, so his 17.6 PPG this season isn’t too shocking. True, Tim Duncan has gotten off to a quiet start offensively, but Jefferson’s numbers are no fluke. I expect some inconsistency because he plays with stars, but his 2.0 threes are a huge help thus far. All of what he does is essentially gravy because everyone outside of his immediate family drafted him to be a reserve. Continue reading

Moving And Shaking: Hoopsters Gone A Courtin’

The early movement in my 7,145 fantasy hoops leagues continues. I am seeing guys come off the free-agent list daily, and I generally like what I see. I’m even starting to see some trades happen, for better or worse. It’s that time of year: panic is setting in! I continue to preach patience, but you never listen to me anyway. This week I saw one blockbuster-type of trade in one of my leagues and successfully pulled off a “meh” for an “eh” in another.

Comparing Bosh to Wallace is a slap in the face... for someone.

Trade: Chris Bosh (PF/C, MIA)
Trade: Gerald Wallace (SF/PF, CHA)

Both players have been disappointing early on. I would say that Bosh has been more disappointing, but that depends on what your expectations were for each player. Bosh hasn’t been this bad since his rookie season. He’s averaging just 14.8 points on 47.7% shooting and 5.9 rebounds on the season. Just awful for a late-2nd, early-3rd rounder. He’s only taking 11.5 shot attempts per game on the season, proving that he can co-exist with the ‘Big Two’ — but if this is co-existing I’d rather he simply exist. (You following me?). I would much rather have Wallace in this case. I don’t see Bosh getting much better. How about 16 points, 7 rebounds, and less than a block per game? That’s just terrible. At least with Wallace he has the upside to give you 2.5 blocks+steals. He’s already scoring more points, pulling down more boards, and playing better defense than Bosh. And he can only get better. I’ll take Wallace in this deal. Besides, I’ve already got the letters “BU..” stitched on my Bosh jersey. The “ST” aren’t too far behind.

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Don won

Nellie finally got the record. Last night, Don Nelson broke the long-standing mark for most random fantasy stars created from nothing in one career, breaking Mike Shanahan’s heart. And on top of all that, Nellie is now the all-time wins leader in NBA history, a feat that necessitated a “champagne” bath with replacement beverages of Sprite and Mountain Dew, according to Anthony Tolliver. How fitting. Tolliver played 45 minutes and poured in 34 points in Golden State’s 116-107 win at Minnesota and is the latest of unlikely Nelson scrap-heap stars to carry fantasy owners in their time of need (April).

At various points during this year, Tolliver, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, C.J. Watson, Corey Maggette, Reggie Williams, Anthony Morrow and Leonard Zelig have been the best fantasy guy on the Warriors, and it’s a testament, I suppose, to Nellie’s ability to make the most out of his bizarre ingredients. It hasn’t always been chicken salad, but at times it’s been edible.

Nellie orders two more from the beer guy in Section 112 during a recent game.

From a fantasy standpoint, us roto geeks are ready to put Nelson on the Mount Rushmore of coaches, but we’d prefer to literally chisel his head into the side of the mountain. Owning Warriors in fantasy over the last several seasons has led to a boom in the psychiatric industry and caused advice pushers like myself to question our very place on this planet. Nellie keeps us humble.

As the lucky recipient of a Stephen Curry prize in the 14th round of the Damn Lies draft, I’m pouring Mountain Dew over myself this morning after Curry’s 27-8-14 last night that featured seven steals and three three-pointers. This is why we put up with Nellie, why we continue to start our Warriors every week. Of course, Maggette owners (8-2-2 in 17 minutes) are as frustrated as Tolliver owners are ecstatic (34-8, 14-22 FG). And Saturday night, when Golden State plays the Clippers, the roles could easily be reversed.

Many will now speculate that Nelson will retire after this year, leaving behind a legacy of frustration, bewilderment and fleeting joy in the fantasy community. One thing’s for sure: this game will get a lot more boring.

It was another huge slate of games in the NBA Wednesday night (13 to be exact), and Damn Lies is here to break it all down.

The Earl Barron Reunion Tour continued to roll through the U.S. as Barron put up a 15 & 9 at Indiana. Weird. Also, Chris Duhon continues to start at point guard, but Toney Douglas continues to out-play him. It’s a strange time to have to count on Knicks in fantasy, but at least David Lee (16 & 16) is doing his thing with consistency.

Chris Bosh will miss the rest of the season with a (cringing) broken face. A shame. Toronto fell to Boston last night unsurprisingly, 115-104. Sonny Weems had 21 points for the Raptors and that about sums things up.

Orlando yawned its way to a 121-94 win over Washington. Desperate fantasy owners could do a lot worse than Nick Young right now. Young is averaging 22 points over his last three. All Magic players other than Dwight Howard are risky plays as Orlando rests guys for the playoffs, but it was nice to see Rashard Lewis break out and have what seemed like his best night of the season with 10 points and three rebounds.

Sam Dalembert asked in to the fantasy playoff party with 19 points, 16 boards and four blocks in Philly’s 99-95 loss at Miami. Sammy contributed a 4 & 4 in his previous game. It seems like every time I open a Heat box score Dorell Wright is doing something interesting. He had 17 points and four threes last night.

The Bobcats – yes, the Bobcats – secured a playoff berth with a 104-103 nail-biter over New Orleans last night. I’d mention that Tyson Chandler had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks last night but nobody’d believe me. Marcus Thornton, who by now has secured a spot on the All-Waiver Wire team for the whole season, was a monster with 36 points and four connections from beyond the NBA regulation three-point line (I’m tired of calling them threes and I refuse to call them “triples”).

Elsewhere: Kentucky teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins put their names in the NBA Draft yesterday to nobody’s surprise. Does a LeBron-Wall-Brook Lopez trio intrigue you?… Manu Ginobili signed a four-year contract extension with the Spurs after proving over the last month or so that he has few peers at the shooting guard position… Chris Paul and Al Harrington join Bosh as stars shutting it down for the season… King James will be playing only intermittently the rest of the way. He will probably sit out Friday’s game.

New Orleans trades Tyson Chandler, this time for real

The Bobcats and Hornets have made it official: a swap of starting centers Emeka Okafor and Tyson Chandler.

New Orleans adds Okafor, a sturdier version of Chandler with far more offensive skills. In fact, Okafor blocks shots at a higher rate than Chandler, who has regularly disappointed in that area for a player of his height and wingspan. I don’t see Okafor’s scoring average going up – quite the opposite actually* – but he should rebound and block shots at his usual high rate. Okafor is under contract for six years, so the Hornets are taking on some salary here. But they have gotten stronger and tougher up front.

Chandler, who according to several eye witnesses played center for New Orleans last year, has only two years left on his contract. The Hornets tried unsuccessfully to move him last season when he failed his physical with Oklahoma City. One of the biggest busts of 2008-09, Chandler will have a chance to revive himself under Larry Brown, but how much better can someone be after leaving Chris Paul? He should probably be thought of as a reserve center unless and until he proves he can average at least 10 boards and a block a game.

I’m not bumping Okafor up any cheat sheets either since David West will hog the low-post plays, but I’m still giving him the fantasy edge in this trade. If anything, Bobcats Boris Diaw and Gerald Wallace will benefit by a few more touches per game.

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