Tag Archives: nba

Phantom of the Opera

Great intro to a great ESPN feature on ’30 for 30′. A must watch doco if you love Reggie as much as I do. Or if you love/hate Ewing’s Knicks. Or if you love reminiscing about 90’s hoops. Or if you are simply in need of filling the NBA void in your life, thanks to the stupid lockout.


Special Report from the Newsroom

My Fantasy Basketball Finals

Thousands of fantasy basketball finals are being played all over the world this week and 9 of them have one of my teams. This season 9 out of my 10 ESPN teams are challenging for championships. Here are a few of them…
Bella Vista Trending Upwards
20-team 9-cat H2H 3-year 4-keeper Live Draft Dynasty League
This team has been a long-term project, owning this team since 2008. Slowly over time my team was built to contend for this (the 3rd and final) year’s championship. This is a very deep league of 20 friends who truly live fantasy basketball and come to compete every single day. A 20-team league means the only value you can get from the free agency pool is someone like a Joel Anthony, meaning “who?”, meaning you can’t pick up any real value. Because of the high degree of difficulty in this particular league, it is extremely satisfying to be in the finals. My franchise player is Steve Nash, who is the last surviving name from the original draft. I want to take this opportunity to thank Stevsie for the many years of loyal service. Let’s go win it all!
Team Mondays
10-team 8-cat H2H Auction League
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My favourite team, mainly because it was practically on autopilot all year. Swingman city! I didn’t think that this type of mish-mash would actually work but if you ever have 5 all-star-quality wing guys on your team, you’re going to get enough stats to not require any specialists. In this team’s case, a combination of Durant, Wade, Ginobili, Iguodala and Eric Gordon will get easily you to the finals. This team was simply unbeatable when Kevin Love was playing well.
The Howard
10-team 8-cat H2H Auction League
Big ball team #1. Loooove this team. Monster stats in 6 cats every week. I honestly felt like I had already won the season on the actual draft day. The other managers in the auction draft willingly let me play out my big-ball strategy after drafting Howard. Cheers to them.
The Good Life
10-team 8-cat H2H Auction League
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Balance balance balance. I was consistently winning percentages all year until Nash, Williams and Nowitzki suddenly decided that being an accurate shooter was getting really  boring. I was actually steadily winning 8-0 every week. Proof that balance is always the best approach. I do regret dropping Billups (bad FG%) because my opponent is currently using him against me in the finals with a lot of success.  
The Big Balls
10-team 8-cat H2H Auction League
Big ball team #2. Defence!!! An ugly, slow, plodding, uber-boring team that seldom ever win points in a head-to-head matchup. But who cares if you walk away victorious every single round?

Auction Draft 2.0

The Good life™

OK. Nerd alert! I have completed my second fantasy basketball draft of the year. My first auction draft was so much fun, I wanted to hustle myself another all-star team.

Grab yourself a Friday arvo beer. This is a long post…
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Auction Draft

My Steve Nash Graphic

Above: An editorial illustration we did for Handle Mag. It was a Skybox 92 basketball card inspired artwork of Steve Nash.

Yesterday I had my first live draft of the year for fantasy basketball. This one was a 12-team Auction Draft. Auction is my favourite type of fantasy draft because it demands more than the common mindless plucking of the next best player available on the board. There is no sight of autodrafting. It requires more strategy by allowing you the uncommon possibility of purchasing a handful of top-tier players. You need sharper awareness of team depth charts, player values (here in a very literal sense) and player skill sets. It also is a true test of your overall NBA nerdiness. There is plenty of drama, hustling and one-on-one bidding wars. Great fun for the ultimate basketball geek.

During this particular auction I went in early and hard to sure up my dominance in the scarcest categories of assists, FG% and FT%. You will see from my roster below that I was able to assemble a team that would be IMPOSSIBLE to draft in any other format. If you are going to play fantasy basketball this season please choose Auction Draft!
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Nate’s 10-11 Season Preview

A lot has changed. Namely, the Lebronocalypse. It feels like a totally new NBA landscape. But out with the old and in with the new. It’s time to move forward and look at the upcoming seasons ‘teams to watch’ list…

My favourite On-Paper Fantasy Team if the Melo trade goes through. Wow!
1. Devin Harris
2. Anthony Morrow
3. Carmelo Anthony* (Travis Outlaw)
4. Troy Murphy
5. Brook Lopez

Run + Gun = Fun. Mini Dell is so awesome.
1. Stephan Curry
2. Monta Ellis
3. Reggie Williams
4. David Lee
5. Andris Biedrens

Maybe swap underused Jason Thompson for a vet like Calderon to steady the backcourt, since I’m happier with Beno as a super sub. Wait… imagine if they can somehow get their hands on… Rubio.
1. Beno Udrih
2. Tyreke Evans
3. Carmelo Anthony* (Omri Casspi)
4. DeMarcus Cousins
5. Samuel Dalembert
Super Subs: Landry, Thompson, Green

Get Melo, then trade Deng for D-Favours, then “OMG”.
1. Derrick Rose
2. Ronnie Brewer
3. Carmelo Anthony* (Luol Deng)
4. Carlos Boozer
5. Joakim Noah** (Taj Gibson)

Simply perfect. Just perfect. Great young team, great front office and great foresight. Still wish they stayed green and yellow and most of all ‘sleepless’.
1. Russell Westbrook
2. James Harden
3. Kevin Durant
4. Jeff Green
5. Serge Ibaka

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Before you write off my Celtics…

Just as a reminder, here is Scals sneaking in to the post-game 6 press conference back in 2008…