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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

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Denzel and Ray DO NOT DRAFT RAY ALLEN. We here at Dropping Dimes have made these type of statements before. Amare Stoudemire dropped to the very end of the second round last year in our inaugural mock draft blog. Sarge made that “gutsy” pick and obviously Amare turned out more than all right. Well, this year between his injury woes and his trade to Boston, Ray has dropped from the end of the first round in last year’s draft to almost the end of the second round this year. So is the “Velasco Amare factor” the reason that Ray slipped? Or is this a proper market correction to his fantasy value?

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Mock Draft 2007: Round 2, Pick 11 - Ray Allen


Kareem vs. ParishWith the start of the NFL season only weeks away, I’d like to give a little plug to Sarge’s new football blog, First and 10 Inches. For the basketball-centric, fantasy football is simply a way to pass the time until the new NBA season starts, right? Sarge knows his stuff be it pigskin, hoops or his good looks, so check him/it out.

Thanks to all who followed and participated our one-on-one tourney this summer. Now that the mock draft season is in full effect, the time has come to make our exit. But first we have to crown our champion. Lakers vs. Celtics should mean something again as the Big Ticket has landed in Boston.

Kobe Bryant vs. Kevin Garnett

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes One-on-One Tourney: The Champ is here!


The GAP!

Well, it’s official… Kevin Garnett is on his way to Beantown, joining Paul Pierce and Ray Allen with the Boston Celtics forming quite a formidable trio.  Scott Sargent and Dennis Velasco talk about the fantasy values of the aforementioned GAP (Garnett, Allen, Pierce), as well as the former Celtics moving to the Minnesota Timberwolves.  It’s the first show, so forgive any lack of production value or any real knowledge of basketball (sarc).  Seriously, it’ll get better and when it does, you’ll look back at this first episode of the Dropping Dimes Podcast and think, “Wow, that first episode REALLY STUNK!” 

Yeah, nowhere else to go but up.



Kevin Garnett Going to Boston… Soon
The Fig Cap: “Wait, it’s not official… yet.”

The trade that sends Kevin Garnett from his beloved “Sota” to Beantown is all but done with the only thing delaying the seemingly inevitable move being a money issue.  And we all know how situations concerning money can easily be resolved, right?  Sarcasm aside, it would take a huge change of mind on Garnett’s end to kill the deal, but if The Big Ticket wants to punch his own ticket to the NBA Finals by going through the weaker Eastern Conference, this will get done.

But what will the fantasy basketball impact be?  Well, when dealing with the fact there will be three 20-point scorers on the same team, it will be tough to determine.  Specifically, will there be enough basketballs to go around?  Honestly, amongst Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce, there really isn’t a ball hog in the group.  Okay maybe The Truth, but Pierce never had a choice on most nights during the chaos that’s been the Celtics for the past several seasons.

Click to continue reading Kevin Garnett To The Boston Celtics: Breaking Down The GAP


Dwyane Wade injuried

Will the injuries ever stop this season?!? Fantasy ballers need a bottle of Pepto Bismol to stomach all the injuries this year. This year, fantasy championships could be a war of attrition – the healthiest team may have the best chance to take the championship in your league. This session of the Injury Lowdown will look into the slew of recent injuries.

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Stephon Marbury and Doug ChristieDropping Dimes On The Daily is all about the team looking at the previous night’s performances and mentioning those that did pretty goodly and those that did pretty badly.  Goodly is a word, right?  Anyway, this will be a quick look around the league, so don’t expect a ton of text, just some daily fantasy basketball goodness!!!  Please note that this is the fantasy basketball section of ElevationMag.com’s Daily Top Picks.  Check it out and see your daily rumors, quotes, headlines, and facts!  But read the fantasy section HERE!
Fig Cap: I am going to tell Jackie!

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes on the Daily: February 7, 2007


Yao Ming can't play, but he can modelI am back like Jack Bauer! Unlike Jack’s dramatic return from a Chinese prison, I was freed (booted?) from my parent’s basement. Now semi-acclimated to life on my own (thank god for the microwave!), I am ready to make a contribution to Dropping Dimes. Thanks to Dennis, Sarge, and Alvin for holding down the DD fort.

What the heck did I miss? What is up with all the injuries to key fantasy players?! In all my years in fantasy basketball, I don’t remember a season where so many players have been knocked out with injuries like a Mirko Cro Cop high kick (He is going to wreck havoc in the UFC!). In one of my leagues, a GM lost his top four picks to injuries (Chris Paul, Yao Ming, Josh Smith and Rashard Lewis). The poor GM had his playoff hopes dashed in the month of December. Them’s the breaks. In this edition of the Injury Lowdown I will give a quick rundown of key injuries and some players to keep an eye on.

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Who, you?  Yes, you, Yao!Stat’s All Folks will be a week-to-week stock market look at the standard cumulative categories – points, assists, rebounds, three-pointers made, steals, and blocks.  I’ll be calling out the “bulls” and “bears” in each category, in order to help you assess your portfolio of players on your fantasy basketball team(s) and whether you should sell, hold, and/or diversify your assets. 

Note that you won’t always see the superstar player written about in this column, otherwise it would be LeBron James or Steve Nash every week.  So, check out who’s bullish and who’s bearish coming into the week.

Statistics are through December 14th – December 20th.

POINTS

BULLISH

Yao Ming, C, Houston Rockets
Last Week’s Numbers of Note: 4 G; 34.8 PPG; 50.9 FG%; 91.2 FT%

Usually, the top scorers are coming from everywhere BUT the center position.  Indeed, the dominating scoring big man in the middle is a dying breed, but Yao Ming refuses to lay down softly and go the way of the Thighmaster.  Face it people, Yao is here to stay unlike the Suzanne Somers product and he is undeniably the best center in the NBA.  In his four games last week, Yao scored no less than 32 points in each contest and was feeling it so much he even attempted a trey from downtown!  He miseed, but that’s about the only shot he’ll ever clang off the rim.  And unlike other players that make a living down in the post, Yao hits his free throws allowing him to accumulate points from the charity stripe.  Obviously, hold on to Yao like your league championship depended on it because it just might.

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: Yao = Best Center


Gilbert ArenasStat’s All Folks will be a week-to-week stock market look at the standard cumulative categories – points, assists, rebounds, three-pointers made, steals, and blocks.  I’ll be calling out the “bulls” and “bears” in each category, in order to help you assess your portfolio of players on your fantasy basketball team(s) and whether you should sell, hold, and/or diversify your assets. 

Note that you won’t always see the superstar player written about in this column, otherwise it would be LeBron James or Steve Nash every week.  So, check out who’s bullish and who’s bearish coming into the week.

Statistics are through December 7th – December 13th.

POINTS

BULLISH

Gilbert Arenas, PG, Washington Wizards
Last Week’s Numbers of Note: 3 G; 35.7 PPG; 47.9 FG%; 78.1 FT%

What does Benihana and Arenas have in common?  HIBACHI!!!  Apparently, whenever Agent Zero takes a shot, he’s saying the word “hibachi” with each stroke.  This is just another example of Arenas’ quirky ways, but there’s no questioning it’s working, is there?  Arenas is scoring a little more than six points more in the month of December than he did in November, thanks to slicing to the basket and getting to the charity stripe almost ten times a game.  There hasn’t been this much success being off-kilter since Pee Wee Herman.  Arenas’ stock is high, so keep your hands on him.

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: HIBACHI!!!


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