James Harden has been the best, if not the best, fantasy basketball player over the last five years but does he still sit atop the fantasy basketball world this season?
For roto-based leagues, he might still be. ESPN's rankings on category-based leagues (roto and H2H categories) all have the Beard as No. 1. He was No. 6 on points rankings but there's no denying the statistical impact he still has, despite playing with a high-usage guy next to him.
Like LeBron James, Harden's longevity in fantasy Read More
Here's a recap for the Jan. 7 picks:
I started out by striking out because Dante Exum did not play overall, it was a pretty decent batch of bargain options. Naz Reid was OK in only 10 minutes of playing time (10 points, five rebounds, 1 assist) but a a block or a steal here or there would have pushed his total to about 20 FP.
Svi Mykhailiuk and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson each had over 20 FP with Svi with 23 FP which were also fine given their salaries.
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A six-game slate on Sunday provides us with a lot of options but you need to give it a second thought before you decide to tap the services of any of these players.
1.) Luka Doncic, PG, Mavericks
Doncic possibly came up with the best game of his career against LeBron James and the Lakers but he did not come out unscathed on that one.
While he did register an insane 31-13-15 outing, he needed stitches after he was hit by the head. The Mavs did not rule him out Sunday versus Cleveland (for now) but Read More
1.) New Stockton to Malone?
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The most assisted play of the 2018-19 season is James Harden to Clint Capela. The second is Russell Westbrook to Steven Adams. So, with Brodie and The Beard on the Rockets, how many points will Capela score next season?
2.) Speaking of Harden...
James Harden's 36.1 PPG average last season was the most since Michael Jordan in 1986-87.
James Harden had a 32-game stretch where Harden scored 30 points or more. In addition, Harden Read More
Jersey sales have really started to have a life of its own this past decade and I think it's a reliable metric on how popular a player really is (or how bandwagon-y fans really are, depending on how you look at it). Here are the top 10 best-selling jerseys that you can find in Amazon:
1.) Jordan #23 Black Retro Basketball Jersey
Michael Jordan's jersey at the top of the list? Not an inch of surprise there.
This jersey sold by RAAVIN is priced at a little less than $30 so from that Read More
1.) Steph's three-point shooting.
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SC30 is the greatest shooter of all time bar none but the Rockets have been doing a pretty good job taking his ultimate weapon. He has missed a total of 42 attempts from distance, the most he had over a five-game stretch.
2.) Ben Simmons is shooting 100% from midrange in the Playoffs...
... on one attempt.
3.) Hey, that looked like James Harden's chart shot in the last 8:30 minutes of Game 5 without KD!
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1.) Joel Embiid's points per 100 possessions against everyone guarding him for at least 50 possessions.
Doesn't matter now. Embiid got 33 against Gasol and company in Game 3 to give Sixers a 2-1 lead.
2.) I mean, I wouldn't call that "UNPLAYABLE".
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Enes Kanter is averaging 15.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game on 66.3% True Shooting Percentage so far in the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
3.) Analytics darling no more
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1.) Sixers knocking down their free throws.
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Philly stole one in Toronto in Game 2, 94-89, the first time the team won up north since 2012. One way they did it is by making their free throws, making 24 out of 26 from there.
2.) Raptors still played D.
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Even with the loss, it was the fifth consecutive time that the Raptors held their opponents under 100 points and 42% shooting. Only 11 other teams have done that in the Read More
1. Dwyane Wade and the art of the pump fake.
Wade and pump fakes are pretty much synonymous but how good is he exactly with these weapons? Someone did the math, and they have the stats:
“Around 1,350 players, give or take, have played at least a single minute against the Miami HEAT since Wade was drafted in 2003. And he got 339 of them to jump.”
“Which means Wade got 25% of all the players he ever played against to bite.”
John Salmons was the worst offender (9 times), followed Read More
The point guard position is the deepest in fantasy basketball but owning the best ones will allow yourself to separate from the pack in many categories. Ideally, a point guard is your lynchpin for assists and steals, gives you a healthy dose of scoring and three-pointers while being a stabilizing force for the FT% category.
But what if your PG also contribute in the rebounding category, possibly even add some defensive stats, and not hurt you because of a poor shooting clip? Well, I'm talking exactly Read More