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While I would have liked it a lot more had he gone to Golden State as once rumored, the Philadelphia 76ers have extended the tweener guard for five more seasons. 

I was pretty big on Williams as a last-round type last season, and think I may do the same this year as he had shown several flashes of brilliance.  Perhaps he steals some time from Willie Green along with backing up the always-distributing Andre Miller.  Williams averaged double figures in only 23 minutes of play per game last year, so an increase in production is not far-fetched.  Plan accordingly.


Chris Paul
If you need a fantasy fix because your playoffs draw near, feel free to check our playoff primers for the Western and Eastern conferences. Also see some science being dropped in the latest installment of Sarge’s Wire to Wire and Brandon’s Beyond the Arc. And if you have some extra idle time, you can think up all the different ways to interpret B’s Fig Cap.

For now we take a walk on the reality side to focus on the playoff races going on in the NBA. Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets have been surprisingly great all year; how deep into the playoffs will they go?

Click to continue reading Playoff Picture: East vs. West

Hey. It’s been a long time. Too long. Props to Sarge and Brandon for holding down the fort as best as they could. Things have been pretty good from my end, except for the fact I haven’t made the time to drop some dimes. The 2007-08 fantasy NBA season has been a downer for me; in my main league my draft crop included Gilbert Arenas, Andrea Bargnani, Randy Foye and Nene, which gives you a good idea where my season is going.

But enough about me and my pity party. Week 18 starts tomorrow. The playoffs start in Week 22. If you have a cushion and are looking to gear up for the playoffs, you’re going to want to check this. We are going to look at every team’s schedule during those key playoff weeks and break it down for you. Use this summary to your best advantage, especially if your league’s trading deadline has not passed.

Let’s start with the Eastern Conference and I’ll try to post on the Western Conference soon.

Click to continue reading Playoff Primer 2008: Eastern Conference


Happy Monday, all.

I just wanted to draw your attention to our man Kelly Dwyer’s post over at Yahoo! that breaks down a list of players with more blocks this season than the Newest Knick, Zach Randolph.

His post breaks down just a few players from the Western Conference.  And no, we’re not talking Tim Duncan and Yao Ming here…One name on the list?  Dan Dickau.  Seriously.  Dan Dickau…of 10 minutes per night fame.  Click Here for the rest, and a big thanks to whichever commenter pointed out that Daniel Gibson (six), all of 6’2” has three times the blocks that Randolph (two) has thus far.

Big thanks to Henry over at TrueHoop for the tip!

(Update: Here’s the link to the Eastern Conference)

New Spirit. New Attitude. Same Underachieving Sammy.

The Fig Cap: New Spirit. New Attitude. Same Underachieving Sammy.

With that determined look in his eyes, pogo sticks for legs and pterodactyl-like wingspan, nearly everyone expected by now that Samuel Dalembert would have evolved into a top flight center capable of dominating the game on both ends of the floor. Alas, for all of his blessed gifts, he was also burdened with rocks for hands and a penchant for injuries. In fact, he’s still dealing with a stress reaction (read: nearly broken bone) in his left foot. Even so, the risk is worth the reward when the positives look like 1.9 bpg, 8.9 rpg and 54.1 FG% on 10.7 ppg in 2006-07 and the negatives are more real-life related – early foul trouble, goaltending and an inability to catch an interior pass – than fantasy related.

Round 6, Pick 6: Samuel Dalembert, C, Philadelphia 76ers

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Mock Draft 2007: Round 6, Pick 6 - Samuel Dalembert

Andre Miller
Andre Miller is not flashy.  At all.  He averages a whopping 14.1 points over his career.  He’s probably never dunked a ball.  There is nothing exciting about the man at all.  So why do fantasy owners love him?  His 7.6 career assists.

He’s the perfect compliment to a team who doesn’t have an All-Star point guard, or one that plans on going cheap at the position.  I mean come on, I’m getting all these assists halfway through the draft.  So what’s wrong with the guy?  Nothing, and that is why he’s a perfect pick at this stage.

So if you didn’t get Steve Nash or Gilbert Arenas or you want some security for injury-plagued Baron Davis or the declining Chauncey Billups, keep your eyes peeled for Miller.  You’ll like him more than Stephon Marbury or Jameer Nelson and their bad percentages later on, I promise you.

Round 6, Pick 5: Andre Miller, PG, Philadelphia 76ers

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Mock Draft 2007: Round 6, Pick 5 - Andre Miller

T.J. FordWhen I think of huge arms in the NBA, I think of a few players.  Shaquille O’Neal comes to mind.  Who can forget the chisled arms of Karl Malone?  Even “Thunder” Dan Majerle had some cannons. 

Oh, and who can forget…um…

Round 5, Pick 12: T.J. Ford, PG, Toronto Raptors

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Mock Draft Blog 2007: Round 5, Pick 12 - T.J. Ford

Zach Randolph

The Fig Cap: “Yeah, son, me and Emry will be rockin’ the joint tonight!  Where you at, playa?!?!”

GUEST BLOGGER: Emry Downinghall from SLAM

A funny thing happened to Zach Randolph after posting a super healthy 23.7 points and 10.1 rebounds for Portland last season, he was shipped off to the New York Knicks for 30 cents on the dollar.

Z-Bo’s trouble off the court is well documented and with Greg Oden coming to town, and the emergence of LaMarcus Aldridge last season, Randolph was suddenly very expendable.

It’s impossible to know exactly what Portland was offered for Randolph, but it’s also hard to imagine a guy with his talent, at 26, could only net the Blazers Channing Frye and a second-round pick in 2008. Regardless, now that the smoke has cleared (perhaps a poor choice of words) Frye is in Portland, and Randolph will call MSG his home this season.

Round 5, Pick 4: Zach Randolph, PF, New York Knicks

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Mock Draft 2007: Round 5, Pick 4 - Zach Randolph

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett

“You can’t handle the truth!” is a famous quote by Jack Nicolson who played Col. Nathan R. Jessep in the movie, A Few Good Men. If you rummage through the movie cast for A Few Good Men, you will see Jack Nicolson was not the only star. Let’s see.. wow.. Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, and Kevin Pollack.  It is no surprise with the star-studded cast; A Few Good Men took home the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Paul Pierce aka “The Truth” will have a star-studded cast this season as well in Boston playing with potential Future Hall of Famers, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. The Boston Celtics may not win the Larry O’Brien trophy this year but they will be a much-improved team. I am surprised that Paul Pierce slipped to the 3rd round because when the dust settles, Paul will benefit the most with new look Celtics.

Round 3 Pick 1: Paul Pierce SG/SF, Boston Celtics

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Mock Draft 2007 Round 3, Pick 1 - Paul Pierce