After a quiet month or so, things are starting to heat up again in the NBA. Several teams had their media days yesterday, so there’s some pretty juicy news items below. First, though, be sure to check out a loaded lineup of new columns here at SH. Start with Jan Hubbard’s piece on the Mavs, take a look at Chris Perkins’ column on LeBron, and, if you’re a prep fan, Adam Zagoria has a rundown of the top 20 high school
Pacific Division Fantasy Preview (Part I) So far this week we’ve brought you Jeff’s view on the Northwest (which I think is the division to own players in this season) and Kent’s take on the Atlantic. Today it’s the Pacific Division. This is a pretty good division fantasy-wise: there are three teams that play at a pretty good pace–Sacramento especially, who led the NBA in field goal attempts last season–plus the two Los Angeles teams who are very interesting in fantasy terms
With the season approaching and the players gearing up for training camp, there’s not much to be done except discuss goals and aspirations for the upcoming season, as well as feelings about all that has happened over the summer. That’s exactly what today’s blog will contain plenty of – goals and feelings. See how Jose Calderon feels about backing up Kyle Lowry, why Doc Rivers blames himself for Ray Allen’s unhappiness, what Billy King thinks about the level of the
“Curry, agent optimistic about extension” Matt Steinmetz: CSNBayArea.com “DiLeo: Bynum ‘feels very good’ after knee injection” Tom Moore: phillyburbs.com “Chris Paul says he’ll be ready” Arash Markazi: ESPN.com “Kyrie Irving returns to Cavs after breaking hand” Mark J. Spears: Yahoo! Sports “Utah Jazz’s Paul Millsap embraces biggest year of career” Brian T. Smith of The Salt Lake Tribune: “Amundson agrees to deal with the Wolves” Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:
The Dallas Mavericks acquired loads of solid players over the summer and have put themselves in position to be successful despite losing key players in Jason Kidd and Jason Terry to free agency. But can O.J. Mayo be good enough to become a star in the NBA? Could Chris Kaman become the best offensive center of all time in Dallas? Both are conceivable, depending on who you ask. See the chatter going on in Dallas, along with the true status of
It’s time to start counting the weeks, not the months, until NBA season starts, and we’ve got a whole bunch of ways to help you get ready. Start with Chris Bernucca’s column to find out which NBA stars might not be playing on Opening Night, and also be sure to check out Kent Williams’ awesome NBA depth chart, whether as a cheat sheet for a fantasy draft or just because it’s really cool. And now let’s get to all the latest
When training camps open later this month, a handful of teams will be at less than full strength. And some of them may be that way for a while. The Los Angeles Lakers, a legitimate title contender, will be without the biggest prize of the offseason. The Chicago Bulls, who have the NBA’s best record over the last two seasons, will be without their best player. The New York Knicks, who claim to be contenders, will be without two of their three shooting guards.
PG Tiers It’s a deep, talented pool at the point guard position. Most teams have an experienced starter, several backups are well worth owning and the rookie crop is interesting. These are one man’s opinions, early in the game. I don’t even attempt to compile “accurate” rankings, only these tiers. After adjusting for each league’s settings (and specific needs in categories or positions) my own cheat sheets will evolve over the next six weeks and no two will end up identical. Many SG have