All posts by Jan Rey Obguia

Jan Rey has been following basketball way before he knew how to write cursive letters. He is also an ardent fantasy basketball participant since 2003 and has won two private All-Filipino 20-team leagues way back when.

Fantasy Basketball Team Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

Overview: People in Los Angeles aren't the most patient in the world so anyone cheering for the Purple and Gold find very little reason to do so. Kobe Bryant seemed to have one thing in mind from the get-go, and that is to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list, shooting percentages be damned. Highly-touted rookie Julius Randle got himself seven minutes of real NBA play before breaking his tibia. And the list goes on. No fantasy-productive players will return this season except Read More

Fantasy Basketball Team Preview: Charlotte Hornets

Last year wasn't especially a good year for Charlotte Hornets fans. Seeing Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker wore coats and ties more than pre-game warmups is not a routine sight you'd like. What's more Cody Zeller hasn't really taken a big leap as expected and the Lance Stephenson signing turned out to be a bust, after all. The Hornets passed on Justise Winslow to nab consensus College Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky ninth overall, which has probably the most complementary skill set to Big Read More

Minor Surprises in the NBA Player Tracking Stats

NBA Player Tracking statistics provides a whole new dimension for stat lovers to delve in. According to the official website, "Player Tracking is the latest example of how technology and statistics are changing the way we understand the game of basketball." How did they do it? "Using six cameras installed in the catwalks of every NBA arena, SportVU software tracks the movements of every player on the court and the basketball 25 times per second. The data collected provides a plethora of innovative Read More

Fantasy Basketball Team Preview: Phoenix Suns

Overview: What's not to like about the Phoenix Suns? They're full of solid rotation players worthy of a fantasy roster on anybody's team. Though they lack a true superstar, Phoenix does things by committee which is a 'glass half full, glass half empty' type of thing depending on who's looking. If I have it my way, I think the pros does outweigh the cons and it's the reason why this team is at least 7-deep when it comes to roster-worthy hoopsters. Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight looks like Read More

Fantasy Basketball Team Preview: Washington Wizards

Overview: The Washington Wizards had a relatively successful 2014-15 season, making it to the second round of the playoffs with ease. However, a John Wall fractured hand cut short the Wizards' joy ride which is kind of sad, because the team is just coming along at the right time. Coach Randy Wittman looked like a genius playing his own version of small ball, benching the much slower (and largely ineffective Nene) in favor of young spry legs underneath Otto Porter. With Paul Pierce now gone, Read More

Fantasy Basketball Team Preview: Orlando Magic

Overview: There's not much to like about the Orlando Magic last season except that they let their group of youngsters develop and see for themselves what works and what doesn't. It's especially encouraging to see then-coach Jacque Vaughn decide to let Elfrid Payton get all the minutes he can in during the last 20 games or so. The Louisiana-Lafayette product never played less than 31 minutes and the results, however mixed they were, are worth something to look forward to. This season, the Read More

Fantasy Projections For Rookies In The 2015-16 Season

Earl Monroe. Terry Cummings. Steve Francis. Blake Griffin. What do those four have in common? Well, for starters, look at their rookie stats and prepare to hold your jaw in place. "The Pearl" is a 24-5-5 guy, Cummings averaged 24 and 11, "Franchise" posted the second-best Effective FG% in a season, and Griffin, how does 22 points and 10 rebounds sound like? The point is, seasons in and seasons, there are going to be first-year studs and fingers crossed, we aim to find the hidden gems two Read More

7 NBA Rookies Who Should Start Next Season

Coming into the NBA, most people would definitely want to play right away. Problem is, not everyone is Michael Jordan or LeBron James or Magic Johnson. Heck, even Kobe Bryant played behind Eddie Jones in his debut season. However, the 2015-16 batch show a handful of prospects that should and could step right into the job. Some are luckily awarded with unhindered paths into the starting lineup while the others may still have to earn their stripes. Either way, these NBA Rookies should start for Read More

5 Teams With Best Offseason Moves In NBA So Far

We have (mostly) seen everything in this year's edition of free agency, from the emoji wars to the backyard stakeouts and everything in between. It must have been clear by now that front offices and thereby, teams, aren't created equal and some definitely did fare better than the others. 1. New Favorites Out West As if its still-solid core isn't enough, the San Antonio Spurs re-tooled and, shall we say, set themselves up for good for another half-decade long of  contention by adding LaMarcus Read More

5 Random Thoughts So Far About The 2015 NBA Finals

I couldn't exactly remember a series this close that it could literally have gone both ways in the first two games. But when the smoke cleared after the two overtime games, we're deadlocked at one-apiece. Somehow, though, it didn't feel that way. The Golden State Warriors, while displaying mad effort all throughout, was left to do the catching up on both occasions with different results. On the other hand, the Cleveland Cavaliers is doing a great job dictating the pace to their liking, turning Read More