Basketball Roundtable

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We are bringing back the fantasy basketball roundtable. I am hosting the discussion.
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This week’s question is:
How will LeBron’s taking his talents to South Beach affect his fantasy production?
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Ryan Lester from LestersLegends.com
When LeBron James decided to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh I cringed a bit. Because it was tacky? Yes, that certainly was part of it. I don’t blame him for leaving, but he could have taken a more subtle approach. Mainly I cringed because I have him as a keeper on my fantasy team.
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While I think he still puts up monster numbers, I think his production takes a hit. With other capable scorers on his team, I don’t expect him to score 27+ points a night. I think 25 is a more likely number. He won’t touch the ball nearly as much with Dwyane Wade on the floor with him, so look for the assists to drop down closer to the 7.0 per night range. With Bosh, Udonis Haslem, and company I expect him to grab about 7.0 boards a night.
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It won’t be all bad though. Wade and Bosh should take some pressure off LeBron, freeing him up to take better shots. I expect his field goal percentage to increase. Also, having the ball less will mean fewer turnovers.
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I would still take LeBron number two overall because he is so good in so many categories, but his sharing of the limelight allowed Kevin Durant to surpass him as fantasy basketball’s number one player. continue reading »

Well, the decision has come down. Like Stephen A. Smith and others suspected, LeBron is joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. They have to be the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. Time will tell if this power trio will be enough to dethrone the Lakers.

From a fantasy perspective, I’m afraid all three will take a hit to their production. It would be hard not to take LeBron with the number one pick in fantasy drafts, but there has to be a case for Kevin Durant.

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As the world prepares for LeBron’s announcement later tonight, the Celtics made a move to bolster their chances of repeating as Eastern Conference Champions. They added Jermaine O’Neal to fill the void the C’s will feel as Kendrick Perkins recovers from his knee injury. O’Neal, who will turn 32 in October should give them an upgrade over the recently retired Rasheed Wallace. His fantasy value takes a hit as there are more scoring options  in Boston than there were in Miami.


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Carlos Boozer was Public Enemy number one when he gave his word on a contract extension with the Cavs, only to skip town for the extra money Utah was offering. Now he has a chance to stick a dagger in the hearts of Cavs fans once again if his decision to sign with the Bulls sways LeBron James to join him.

The Bulls certainly have a nice team to play alongside James should he choose Chicago. Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, LeBron James, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah would certainly make a formidable starting unit. Boozer and LeBron played one year together in 2003-04, and LeBron told Boozer he has to do what is best for his family prior to his departure. If New York and Miami became the front runners by signing A’mare Stoudemire and Chris Bosh, Chicago is back in the game with the signing. I’m afraid Cleveland just won’t have anything to offer LeBron in order to keep their hometown hero.

From a fantasy perspective, look for Noah and Boozer’s rebound totals to take a hit. Luol Deng will likely also take a hit both in points and rebounds. Rose could see an increase in assists.

Bosh Going to Miami

7 July 2010

Will LeBron Join Wade and Bosh in Miami?

 

ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have decided to team up in Miami. Details have not emerged the compensation Bosh will receive, specifically if he will get the extra money associated with a sign-and-trade deal with the Raptors. There is also no word whether or not LeBron James, who will announce live on ESPN his intentions tomorrow night, will join them in South Beach or not. For now, Wade is Batman and Bosh is Robin. Wade is Crockett and Bosh is Tubbs.

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OK, this one was a little bigger deal. Rudy Gay has agreed to a max deal with the Grizzlies. The deal will have to wait until July 8th when deals can become official. Gay is the first of the big name free agents to agree to a deal (Drew Gooden doesn’t count), though it sounds like Joe Johnson will agree to stay in Atlanta. If both of these deals hold up, there are two fewer options to form super teams.

 

What I can’t get is why Gay (and likely Johnson) are getting max deals? They aren’t max players. That should be held for guys like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Dirk Nowitzki. In this economy teams are foolish to overpay players.

 

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The first chip fell in the NBA free agency run. OK, not really, but ESPN is reporting that the Bucks have bolstered their front line by agreeing on a deal with PF Drew Gooden. If he receives around 25-30 minutes per game with the Bucks he should be able to approach a double-double average. The deal can not be finalized until July 8th. This move has no effect on the eventual destination of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and company.

Basketball Roundtable

Time for another fantasy basketball roundtable.

I am responsible for this week’s Fantasy Hoops Roundtable debate topic.


This Week’s Topic
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Looking forward to next year, where do you see LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh playing next year?

Jeff/Tom of Damn Lies & Statistics
It is going to be a wild offseason as teams with cap room vie for the right to sign these three guys and a few others to max contracts. LeBron is in the driver’s seat and will set the tone for the rest of the free agent class to choose their destinations. My guess is that The King will remain in Cleveland as they A) can offer him the most and B) are proving, albeit clumsily at times, that they want to win. I’m not sure if LeBron will be more motivated to stay in Ohio if the Cavs do win it all vs. if they fall short again, and whenever someone tries to make the argument either way my head starts to hurt. Here’s my take: Ohio is home, he can make any number he wants in endorsements no matter what team he plays for, and he can always get Danny Ferry to fetch whatever he thinks he needs on the court in the future.

The Knicks will be devastated if this happens, of course, but will push hard for Wade and Bosh. I think Wade and Bosh are likely to make a package deal, and if I had to guess, I think Wade would stay in Miami if he knew Bosh would join him there. Don’t underestimate that city, even if the fan support is lame. It will pick up if they contend again, and the weather, and the women…

So did I just depress all Knick fans? Probably. Consolation prizes of Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer or Amare Stoudemire will prove to be a huge waste of money with not much of a bump in ticket sales. But they have so much cap space and so few players that someone is going to get rich on the Knicks’ dime, even if it isn’t one of the top three guys available.

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Cleveland’s #2 man Mo Williams will miss about a month with a shoulder injury. Delonte West figures to fill the void for the next few weeks. If you have a player on your bench that you can cut ties with, go ahead and snag West immediately. He will give you a nice boost in assists, three-pointers, and steals.

The Cavs will likely lean on LeBron James even more as well. Great news if you are a LBJ owner. Not so much if you’re playing against him.


5/30/09

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic
Dwight Howard – 40 Points, 14 Rebounds, 4 Assists
LeBron James – 25 Points, 7 Rebounds, 7 Assists
Rashard Lewis – 18 Points, 8 Rebounds
Delonte West – 22 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Steals
Mo Williams – 17 Points, 5 Assists, 3 Rebounds
Anderson Varejao – 14 Points, 8 Rebounds
Mickael Pietrus – 14 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Steals
Hedo Turkoglu – 10 Points, 7 Rebounds, 5 Assists


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