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Wilson, Damn: NBA Players in China Could Be Stuck There Until March

Some interesting and important news for fantasy owners to take into account when working on their draft cheat sheets (and you ARE working on your cheat sheets, right? RIGHT?): According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Chinese Basketball Association is not going to let NBA players out of their contracts, and thus restrict players such as Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith from playing in the NBA until March, when the Chinese season ends.

Chandler, Smith, Kenyon Martin and Aaron Brooks are the relevant names in China right now. Brooks curiously signed his deal on Nov. 17, and is now stuck. Chandler and Brooks are currently under contract with the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns, respectively, while Smith and Martin are unrestricted free agents. Continue reading

2011-12 Damn Mock I: Tenth Round

This is it! The last round! Our heads are spinning. We may have forgotten some deserving players. Thems the breaks. The bottom line is we got it out there for the world to see. We may not be the best mock drafters, but we’re certainly the first. I can’t wait until the real NBA draft and free agency, not to mention the lockout, which will make all of this moot. In the meantime, enjoy. We’ll be analyzing it soon and posting the entire draft order.

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.



109. Team 12 (Tom) – Paul George – Time to start taking shots on upside players. George has tons of talent, but the questions now remains whether or not he’ll get the opportunity. He did start 19 games last season and added decent value–7.3 points, 0.7 threes, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 23.5 minutes. If he pushes up to 28-30 minutes we might be looking at a dozen points, 5 boards, a three-plus, and 1.5 steals. I can live with that this late. Think of George as this season’s DeMar DeRozan. If he gets the opportunity, he can pay pretty high dividends.  Continue reading

I’ll Be Damned: Carmelo Anthony is a Knick

A group of guys that is slowly starting to make me root for the owners this offseason.

Carmelo Anthony. Just seeing that name in print triggers an attack on my nervous system even an alarming amount of beer can’t cure, and believe me I’ve experimented. He’s everywhere. Everything’s “Melo”. Melo this, Melo that. And now that we’ve gone through an All-Star Break of Melo Mania, with four straight days without a real NBA game, I’ve had it. Melo has harshed my mellow.

Well, he’s now a Knick. Finally. Shamefully (really, did he want to get his cash that badly that he made NY trade away all of their assets?). And he’ll probably praise himself at his press conference for how he handled all of this.

How I handled all of this was similar to how I handle a day-long hangover, which is writhing around in bed and finally forcing myself to vomit. Only this was every day for like six months.

We can finally vomit. Here are the specific chunks:

The Knicks get Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman and Corey Brewer. The Nuggets get Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov and Donnie Walsh hiding in the luggage compartment. The Timberwolves get Anthony Randolph, the right to negotiate with Ricky Rubio over ice cream, cash, and Eddy Curry‘s body for medical research. In a widely-unreported off-shoot of the blockbuster, Damn Lies & Statistics blogger Tom Lorenzo, a long-time Gallinari shill, has been traded to the alternative Denver-area publication Rocky Mountain High, where he will cover Gallinari full-time, probably literally. In return, we receive an ounce of the copy desk’s finest “bubbly” and cash considerations, pending a Lorenzo physical.

Let’s examine the fantasy fallout (grades based on a five-Melohead system, five being the best fantasy situation). Continue reading

Damn Lies Midseason Report: Atlantic Division

A cheap ploy for us to get page views, and Nets forward Kris Humphries.

We’re gonna mix it up a bit this week at Damn Lies. Now that the season is roughly halfway over (emphasis on ‘roughly’), we thought it would be fun to hand out grades to each player who has made an impact, positive or negative, on the fantasy landscape. Think of these as sort of the Golden Globes to our annual postseason awards, The Dammies, only with fewer scientology jokes. This isn’t very scientific, in the sense that the three of us were liberal arts majors and are much more comfortable making stuff up rather than postulating an actual theory, which I can rarely do without pulling a muscle. For each team, we’ll assign grades based on how players have lived up to fantasy expectations. If a guy has disappointed or has been hurt more than not, he could get a ‘D’ or ‘F’ even though his numbers aren’t totally awful. If someone went undrafted in every league but has come out of nowhere to offer solid value, he could get an ‘A’. Or not. It’s really up to us. Don’t think to much about it.

I’ll start with the Atlantic Division, and we’ll have a new division per day. Enjoy! Continue reading

Fox Unbalanced: Courting Carmelo

Two guys who won't be able to go back to Denver.

I’ve never been known to have any real faith. I go to church once a year, been to temple twice in the last 30, and the last time I was in the vicinity of a mosque the alarms went off. Here is the short list of the things I do have faith in: that the earth will continue to rotate around its axis and not hurtle towards the sun; that my hiatal hernia will continue to contribute to my heinous acid reflux; that my four-month old German Shepherd will continue to make pee-pees on my 130-year old wood floors; and that Donnie Walsh is smart enough not to part ways with any combination of Landry Fields, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari in a deal with Denver that lands him Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks have a good thing going right now and for their current chemistry to be messed with, they’d be taking a big gamble. Even though my eyes are bleeding from watching my own fantasy team, I still have enough vision to know that Anthony is not the piece to put them over the top. He is a great offensive talent, arguably the top inside-outside threat in the game. I also know that he is clearly better than either of the three guys linked in the trade… whatever.

Talent alone doesn’t put a team in the upper echelon… defense, toughness, smarts and chemistry do. The Knicks can score with anyone and are playing some pretty underrated defense right now and Fields, Chandler and Gallinari are a big part of that. New York needs an Anderson Varejao, or a DeAndre Jordan, or a Nene, some modern day version of Charles Oakley, sans the long-range marksmanship, to co-exist with Amare Stoudemire up front. They are being linked right now to Jordan and Marc Gasol, two solid fits.

Whomever Carmelo goes to will likely see him immediately ink a long-term extension as labor negotiations this summer could change the league’s financial landscape.  An Anthony deal is going to happen before the end of the month as he has become a dead man walking in the Rocky Mountains. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will do what he has to do to get him to board a plane to Newark, despite Melo’s claim that he only wants to run with Mike D’Antoni’s club. Let’s see how this would shake out for each player involved from a fantasy perspective. Continue reading

I’ll Be Damned: Damned if You Do…

Serge Ibaka is third in the league in blockahs.

Each week in this space, I like to take the time to marvel at the oddities that abound in the fantasy basketball universe. What’s more important than pure wonder, however, is useful knowledge. We can’t act so surprised that we turn to stone. This week I’m going to take a look at players off to surprising starts, and offer verdicts on whether or not they are destined to be this good all year.

When considering trading players, a lot of people get caught up in what someone has done in the recent past as opposed to the near future and beyond. Remember, you don’t ever get someone’s current stats in a deal.

I’m damned about the following players vastly out-performing their draft spot. It’s a worthy buy-low or sell-high exercise to do this regularly with any players who seem to be trending well below or above their norms. If the player seems to be here to stay and worth hanging on to, I’ll exclaim “Damn!” about how good they’ve become. If I feel you’d be better off moving one of these guys before it’s too late, or if you might be stuck with them, I’ll simply label them “Damned”. We good? If you have any questions, please wait until after the presentation. Continue reading

Moving Without the Ball (11/1)

via RotoExperts

What a great week it’s been. All seems right when I can open up my League Pass on Wednesday night and flip through eight early games. To be honest with you, it’s almost a bit overwhelming. Almost. Do I love this game or what? More than I can express in words. But I’m not here to wax poetic about the NBA. I’m here to talk Fantasy Hoops.

We have a few early trends happening and a number of players who are already outperforming our expectations for them. Some could be in for a legitimate rise, while many others are likely to fall back down to earth. This week I’ll give you my thoughts on a few players everyone seems to be talking about after their Week 1 performances. Continue reading

Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: New York Knicks


Greg hasn't handled being a Knick fan very well in recent years.


I’m a little embarrassed to admit how long I’ve been following the Knicks.  As a hint, when I was barely able to whine about my favorite teams I remember hearing on the radio that Dave DeBusschere broke his nose in a game and thinking that his nose was no longer attached to his face.  I’ve been following for so long that there is no need for me to look up the correct spelling of DeBusschere.

While the last decade has deterred even the staunchest of Knicks fans, I am looking forward to the 2010-11 version.  I really have no clue as to how Mike D’Antoni is going to use his bizarre roster, which is now filled with too many capable swing players and a few Golden State castoffs.  New York made three big moves in the offseason, signing America’s favorite semite, Amar’e Stoudemire, to a max contract, then flipping studly David Lee for Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike, then finally corralling Ray Felton from Charlotte to run the point.  Straight up, I would rather have the hard-working Lee than Stoudemire.  Same goes from a fantasy perspective as Lee averaged 20.2 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.1 steals to go along with top-shelf percentages, while Stoudemire, a first-rounder in most drafts, finished with 23.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and a disappointing 1.0 blocks.  Amare will no longer have Steve Nash at his disposal, so he may struggle to exhibit his patented “stand around and wait for his point guard to miraculously create a passing lane for him to dunk” move.

Last year, fantasy owners everywhere were frothing at the mouth at Randolph’s potential.  This year, those same owners are simply salivating as taking the long and lean Randolph is surely a crapshoot.  This is a player whose per minute numbers were staggering as he produced 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds 1.6 blocks and 0.9 steals in 22.7 minutes of daylight.  He will likely begin the year backing up both Stoudemire and Turiaf, and even with the fickle D’Antoni at the helm, I see the 21-year old playing 23-28 minutes per game as the hard-nosed Turiaf perennially is about as healthy as Hyman Roth.  Don’t discount Turiaf in your drafts, however. He will have a chance to play consistent minutes for the first time in his career and you could garner a couple of blocks per game before he makes medical history.  Take Randolph in the seventh or eighth round and Turiaf in the latter stages.

The Knicks point guard situation has left a little to be desired the past few years.  In comes Felton, a legitimate middle-of-the-road NBA starter at the position.  I don’t expect huge totals from him, but 12.0 points, 7.0 assists and decent steals seem reasonable.  D’Antoni won’t shut out second-year man Toney Douglas, who came on strong the final 18 games of ’09-10 and averaged 14.2 points, 3.8 assists and 2.2 threes over this period.  Keep an eye on Douglas in case of an injury to Felton.

At shooting guard and small forward the Knicks have many interchangeable parts with Azubuike, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, newcomer Roger Mason and Bill Walker.  I even like rookie Andy Rautins, but he looks to be taxi-squad bound.  Azubuike is that athletic, 3-point shooting type who can excel in D’Antoni’s shoot first and ask questions later offense, but with all the congestion at his position, I wouldn’t touch him before round 11.  I expect Gallinari to go off our league’s draft board early as my Damn Lies colleague Tom is on the verge of proposing.  Even with inconsistent minutes, Gallo will knock down enough threes to help dominate the category.  He can also block a shot or two, rendering him a pretty valuable guy. I’m looking at him around the fifth or sixth round.  Chandler is a terrific athlete who does everything decently.  If he finds his way to 30 minutes a night, he could be a decent sleeper.  I’ll be staying away unless he lasts past the 11th round.  Mason and Walker are free agent fodder.

PG: Raymond Felton, Toney Douglas
SG: Kelenna Azubuike, Roger Mason
SF: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler
PF: Amare Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph
C: Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov

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