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Baron Davis and his beard taking a jumperMost of us fantasy fanatics are in some sort of consolation play this week. After all, only two teams in each league can vie for the championship. How are things over in the “real” NBA? Well, the Golden State Warriors are playing almost .600 ball and are still trying to claw into playoff position. How’s that for a tough break?

In my league with family and friends, the teams in the consolation bracket battle for draft position next year. The winner of the consolation playoffs gets the first overall pick, the runner-up gets second pick and so on. It’s enough incentive for everyone to continue setting their lineups, and it’s enough of a prize that people take it seriously enough to put forth the effort. If you have a league with little GM turnover year to year, this is something you can do so that everyone can enjoy fantasy hoops right to the very last day, not just the finalists.

Perhaps the NBA should adopt a consolation playoff format and the winner gets first pick in the draft. This certainly would guard against bad teams tanking it at the end of the season.

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Mo Williams: Sinking one of many

While the Milwaukee Bucks dropped last night’s game to the Hawks - and you’ll do that when you only make 43 percent of your shots - I felt that one player needed to be recognized for his efforts: Mo Williams.

Unless the box score is playing games with my mind, Williams was a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor last night, sinking his only three-point attempt en route to 23 points.  He was also a flawless 4-of-4 from the line.  While he did also add nine assists, the shooting display for a point guard with a career percentage of just over 43 percent himself needed to some recognition.

I haven’t seen this talked about anywhere - including the AP report and even Rotoworld.  Mo, your owners thank you. 

Mo Williams

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The Fig Cap: In the words of the immortal Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr, “Gimme some MO!”

I promise you won’t have to know Busta Rhymes’ real name in order to understand why Mo Williams is a solid point guard worth drafting this high. You may have to get that song out of your head before you can continue on after the jump, though.

Round 5, Pick 3: Maurice Williams, PG, Milwaukee Bucks

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Michael Redd FLEX

The Fig Cap: “They say it’s all in the wrist, well, it doesn’t hurt to have some guns for biceps.”

Living in the New York City area, you experience many things that are dirty, smelly, bumpy, and must bring major disturbances to the Force. There aren’t too many things that go smoothly around these parts, my “game” back when I was single can be a testament to that.  Yeah, I’ve had my fair share of slaps across the face, looks of pure distaste, and mocking giggles thrown my way.  Now what does Michael Redd have to do with my former dating life?

Well, Redd’s stroke is the complete opposite of it… smooth.

Round 3, Pick 10: Michael Redd, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks

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No thanks, I'll just dunk it

In a day that is pretty much saturated with the Tim Donaghy story, the Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard/forward Desmond Mason to a multi-year deal. 

This will be Mason’s second go ‘round with Milwaukee, as he was dealt to New Orleans right before the beginning of the 2005 season.  As many know, he never quite meshed well with the Hornets, and only had some (fantasy-type) successes when several members of the team went down with injury - namingly, Peja Stojakovic.

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Buh-Bye MilwaukeeWhat can I say?  I’m itching to start dropping more and more science, so deal with this quick piece - I promise we’ll get rolling here soon!

ANYWAYS - Reports circulated today that Milwaukee Bucks draft pick, and sixth overall selection Yi Jianlian will not be coming to Milwaukee this season.  Not surprising news by any means given that Jianlian hasn’t contacted any reps of the Bucks since draft night.  Within the report, the Chinese representatives said the following:

“This is not—as media reports have said—because Milwaukee, as a city with very few Chinese people, is not good for Yi’s commercial development,” Chen said. “Rather we want to find a team suitable for Yi’s growth. That’s the root of the problem”

Well, even with this news being denied by Milwaukee, there will undoubtedly be some fantasy fallout.

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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!

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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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Hey man…at least I can string together 3 straight games!While it has not yet been finalized, media outlets are reporting that the Denver Nuggets guard Earl Boykins has been traded (along with recent gun shot victim, Julius Hodge) to the Milwaukee Bucks for guard Steve Blake.  Just when you thought that Milwaukee was simply the land of injured players, and Denver was that of free-wheeling shooters, everything changes.

As with most trades in the Association, this one has some nice fantasy implications.

We’ll break this one down by players…

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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.



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.

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