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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.

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Steve NashWell, there’s a lot going on with the Dropping Dimes team, so it looks like there won’t be enough diversity in the rankings with myself and Sarge being the only ones able to drop rankings.  But, have no fear, we’re still the best fantasy basketball team out there (along with the fine folks at Give Me The Rock), so peep the rankings for Week Seven, but first check the number of games for each team.  Word.

Atlanta Hawks - 4; Boston Celtics - 4; Charlotte Bobcats - 3; Chicago Bulls - 4; Cleveland Cavaliers - 4; Dallas Mavericks - 4; Denver Nuggets - 4; Detroit Pistons - 3; Golden State Warriors - 4; Houston Rockets - 4; Indiana Pacers - 4; Los Angeles Clippers - 4; Los Angeles Lakers - 4; Memphis Grizzlies - 4; Miami Heat - 4; Milwaukee Bucks - 4; Minnesota Timberwolves - 3; New Jersey Nets - 4; New Orleans Hornets - 3; New York Knicks - 4; Orlando Magic - 4; Philadelphia 76ers - 4; Phoenix Suns - 4; Portland Trail Blazers - 3; Sacramento Kings - 3; San Antonio Spurs - 4; Seattle Supersonics - 4; Toronto Raptors - 4; Utah Jazz - 4; Washington Wizards - 3

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Staff Week Seven Position Rankings


Eddy CurryStat’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 November 29th – December 5th.

POINTS

BULLISH

Eddy Curry, C, New York Knicks
Last Week’s Numbers of Note: 4 G; 25.3 PPG; 60.3 FG%; 60.8 FT%

I’ll admit and say that I was a non-believer.  And to some degree I still am – I’ll chalk that up to me being a disgruntled Knicks fan.  But, I simply could not believe that Eddy Curry scoring as much as he was the week before was the real deal.  If Howie Mandel was in front of me, I would have emphatically said, “NO DEAL!”  But, you can’t argue with seven games in a row of 20+ points because instead of Curry’s physique blowing up, his post game is.  Buy into it because head coach Isiah Thomas has, recently saying that Curry was the key to the team and that’s music to every Curry owner’s ears.  Hopefully it doesn’t turn out to sound like an American Idol tryout.

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DescriptionIt was reported on Friday November 17, Miami Heat Center Shaquille O’Neal will need surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and will be out four to six weeks. It was originally diagnosed that Shaq was out due to a hyperextended left knee. Shaq has already missed five of the Heat’s nine game played so far.

Reported earlier this week on November 16, Milwaukee Bucks Forward Charlie Villanueva will miss at least four weeks due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. He suffered the injury on Tuesday’s game against Atlanta when he took a hard fall on his elbow.

The Denver Nuggets’ Kenyon Martin is done like a Thanksgiving turkey after the leftovers are taken to lunch the week after Thanksgiving. K-Mart had microfracture surgery on his right knee and will be out for the rest of the season. Kenyon had microfracture surgery on his left knee 18 months ago. It is hard enough to recover from microfracture surgery on one knee but for both knees?! I hope this is not the end of Kenyon Martin’s career.

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Holy Crap! What is up with all the foot injuries?!

Utah Jazz Forward Andrei Kirilenko left the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. According to the Associated Press, it appeared that Andrei rolled his right ankle while attempting to grab a loose ball. He could not put any pressure on his right leg and had to be helped back to the Utah locker room. There was no immediate word on the extent of the injury. Keep Andrei reserved for this week at least. Peep this article later for an update once news has been released on how long AK-47 will be out. Side Note: Michael Redd dropped 57 points during this game?!?!

Portland Trailblazer G Brandon Roy will be out 1-2 weeks and will wear an orthopedic boot to treat his injured left heel. Doctors will determine the best course of action after the boot has been removed. If the pain does not go away, Brandon Roy will consider surgery. Yikes?!  There is no timetable for Roy’s return.

New Jersey Nets SF Richard Jefferson left Friday’s game against the Miami Heat after he sprained his ankle when he landed on Shaquillle O’Neal’s foot in the third quarter. X-rays on the ankle were negative. The Nets said that Jefferson would be out indefinitely.

It was reported on Friday November 10 that Milwaukee Bucks SG/SF Bobby Simmons will be out for 3-4 weeks. Simmons is recovering from a stress reaction in his right heel and has been since October 14.

Los Angeles Lakers Center Mihm will undergo surgery on Monday to repair a ligament and tendon in his right ankle. Mihm will be out 5-8 months. Mihm is pretty much done for this season.

Click to continue reading Injury Lowdown: Is there a Podiatrist in the House?


Luke Walton and Rasheed WallaceI am posting this for Ron. Sorry it is a bit late, but the season is still young, so we can still reflect on the first week of play. Ron laid down all the groundwork. As usual, it was a fun collaboration.

Ron: How ironic that in the first week of fantasy hoops, Alvin and I were pitted against each other in our H2H local fantasy league. The battle was fierce all week. Al was leading most of the week by varying degrees.  Sub-par games by Lebron James (16-9-7), Tracy McGrady (8-3-4) and Baron Davis (2-2-6) on Saturday for Al’s team, opened the door slightly for a come-from-behind victory. Sad to say, I lost by one category.

Click to continue reading 10 Cents of Our Time: After Week One


Andrew BogutOur draft blog wraps up with this pick. The season snuck up on us, so we will have to cut it short. The wrap-around pick at the end of the snake has been fun. This player was queued up by Sarge near the end of the sixth round, but a last-minute substitute happened when news of the injury broke. He seems like great value here.

Round 7, Pick 12: Andrew Bogut, PF/C, Milwaukee Bucks

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Kevin Martin takes it to the rack!I have to admit, I was brainstorming and thinking of different ways to write an introductory paragraph about how the NBA was back, but for some reason I just couldn’t come up with anything.  I wrote out the ubiquitous Star Wars reference about Episode V, but didn’t want to appear too fanboyish the first time out.  Then Apocalypse Now hit my head with that whole “I love the smell of…,” but thought of the connotations and chucked that idea.  Then the Rodney Dangerfield classic, Back to School came to mind and how the NBA doesn’t get any respect, but didn’t want to go on a diatribe validating the League. 

So, what am I saying?

I watch entirely too many movies, but I’m also way too excited about the NBA being back to think straight.  However, I’ll pop in Brad Pitt’s Meet Joe Black into the DVD player to bore me and calm my nerves enough to write this article.

(Ten minutes later; yeah, that quickly)

During the regular season, the aim of Stat’s All Folks will be to take a 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.

Here’s the preseason installment of Stat’s All Folks.  Jagshemash, NB and A!

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: Doing It Preseason Style!


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A pair of starting forwards have been hit with injuries and will miss the start of the regular season. Check out the Injury Lowdown to see how long Bobby Simmons and Jared Jeffries will be out and the fantasy impact for both!

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Charlie Villanueva

Before we turn our full attention on this pick in the draft, let me first say that it is nice to have the NHL season get underway. Although hockey has lost its place among “the big four” sports in North America, if you have not tried it out, my strong suggestion is for you to withold final judgment until you see a game live. The speed simply does not translate to the small screen.

How is this related to hoops? Well, you might find yourself in a league with Canadians who might not be studying up as hard as they should on hoops because the buzz of a new hockey season is too hard to ignore. And unnecessary aggravation from a hockey league is just as problematic for fantasy players as it can be sometimes for a basketball league. Take this league I am in, partnered with a friend. The commish cannot even input the draft results, set waiver priority in the proper order plus the league has not even been activated even though the NHL started play last week! What a bunch of amateurs. So to all the Dime readers out there, do yourself a favour and make sure your basketball league has a good commish at the helm. That way, you do not have to worry about the league settings going out of whack, and can settle down to the business of picking a winning squad.

Round 6, Pick 6: Charlie Villanueva, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks.

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