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Danny GrangerIn the previous post, Alvin mentioned that Nels from Give Me The Rock nabbed Luol Deng with the 41st pick overall - a bit earlier than he was taken in the Dropping Dimes Mock Blog.  In the fourth round, Nels came back around and nabbed another forward in Kevin Durant showing us all that centers are obviously overrated.  How did he respond with the 13th pick in the fifth round?  You guessed it…another forward with the 69th selection overall.  Not too far off from where the fellas over here at Dropping Dimes had the same guy pegged with this selection…

Round 6, Pick 4: Danny Granger, SF/PF, Indiana Pacers

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Mock Draft 2007: Round 6, Pick 4 - Danny Granger


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Our second annual Dropping Dimes Experts League had its draft last night. Ron Chow and I are co-managing a team this year. What follows is a log of the draft from our perspective but something more important comes first.

Ron is taking a leave of absence from Dropping Dimes. One of the original four writers here, Ron will be missed. He was a regular contributor to our mock blog and during the season helped out with our rankings and wrote a feature called “Injury Impact.” He says it’s a break, but it feels like when a girl tells you that and it’s actually a break-up. So cheers to you, bro, and good luck with everything.

Click to continue reading Tribute to Ron Chow and our Experts League Recap


Ricky DavisOh Ricky, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind, Hey Ricky!  Hey Ricky!

Oh Ricky, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind, Hey Ricky!  Hey Ricky!

You shoot the other way, just to get another board
You rack up steals and points, there’s no doubting you can score
You’re sharing the backcourt, but not with TJ Ford, Ricky!

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Oh Ricky, you’re so tricky, I can’t understand
They trade away Garnett, but you might not be the man

Oh Ricky, you’re so tricky, I can’t understand…

It’s guys like you, Ricky…

Round 5, Pick 8: Ricky Davis, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Mock Draft Blog 2007: Round 5, Pick 8 - Ricky Davis


Larry HughesThere is no doubting that Larry Hughes’ career as a fantasy impact player reached it’s peak in 2004-05 during his final season on the Washington Wizards.  You can also point back to 2000-01 when Hughes put up 22.7 points per game on the Golden State Warriors, but the increase in all other stats including steals (league leading 2.9/game) and rebounds during the ‘04 season takest the proverbial cake.

Since heading to Cleveland, Hughes hasn’t exactly lived in the spotlight by playing along side LeBron James.  Brought to the Cavaliers to be the Pippen to LeBron’s Jordan, Hughes has barely kept his field goal percentage above 40%, his scoring has decreased year-over-year, and his free throw shooting has reached a career low.

The last team that needs this former 79.7% free throw shooter fluttering below 68% is the Cavaliers, so this offseason has brought one of the greatest free throw shooters in the history of the game in to Hughes’ life: Mark Price

Click to continue reading Larry Hughes, Meet Mark Price


Go Greg!  Get Busy!It seems that the NBA Finals ended almost quickly as they started, but for all of us NBA draftniks whose teams were not the Spurs or Cavs it’s time to more concretely look forward to next season - it’s NBA Draft time.  However, NBA general managers and scouts aren’t the only ones that need to keep an eye out for prospects to draft.  Every
fantasy basketball manager would be wise to stay on top of the incoming rooks.  Using my NBA Mock Draft over at About.com as a guide, here are the potential fantasy values for ten of the more noteworthy players that you should keep tabs on.

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: Eye On The NBA Draft


DescriptionAlright avid readers…we need your help. 


While Alvin has been kicking tail with his one-on-one tourney, Sarge has apparently done nothing.  Until now. 


The wonderful staff of Ladies… has gone all out in seeding a tournament of male bloggers throughout the ‘sphere.  From Dan Shanoff of ESPN fame to Paul Shirley of Phoenix Suns fame, the “Ladies” have seeded four regions of sports bloggers, and are now leaving it up to you!

So…Queue shameless plug…

Though I’ve drawn a rough seeding (18th!), with your help, we can pull the upset of the century - or at least the upset of the last couple of minutes.  You can access my region by Clicking Here.  Scroll down the my mug in the 5-18 battle, and vote away!

Feel free to even log in on various computers to ring in a few more votes.  Oh, and if you’re really ambitious…consider voting for all of the underdogs to make the future rounds that much better! 

Thanks in advance guys…


Kobe BryantIt’s over.  Go ahead and breathe that sigh of relief if you won on the final week of the season - THE championship or the consolation title - a win is a win.  For those of you that lost, scream but know that the constant waves of anxiety are now over.  Fortunately, I came out on the winning end of the PFS Experts League, beating SI.com Fantasy Sports Editor, James Quintong.  Sorry, JQ, but someone had to win and I certainly don’t mind it being myself.  I also won the DroppingDimes.com Roto Experts League, barely beating PFS and SI.com’s Matt Satten… by half a point!  That’s 0.5!!!  But enough about me.

Let’s get to the stats and those players that excelled in them (Blue Chippers), gave more production in the various categories relative to where they were drafted (Value Players), and those players that disappointed (Duds) this past season.  I’ll review the big three categories a little more heavily since they’re the main categories for a reason.  Afterwards, I’ll do a quick hit type of deal with treys, steals, and blocks, looking mostly at the positive to end on a happy note.

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: The Season Finale


Wire to Wire aims to be your waiver wire resource for all of your fantasy basketball needs. It will dive into playing time trends, injury replacements, and even an occasional category specialist—all of which can be found on a typical waiver wire within your fantasy league at any given time.

Matt Satten from ProFantasySports gave you a few possible late season names to add in his latest column. I’ll take it a step further this week and keep the ball rolling with my latest installment of Wire to Wire. Check out Matt’s piece, but for now, here are this week’s recommendations.

(Editor’s Note: I apologize for the lack of pictures, as I’m having difficulty uploading files.  Hopefully I can edit some in within a day or two.  Thanks!)

Click to continue reading Wire to Wire: 03.22.07


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. 
StarburyI’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 from February 23rd – March 1st.

POINTS

BULLISH

Stephon Marbury, PG, New York Knicks
Last Week’s Numbers of Note: 4 G; 23.0 PPG; 46.8 FG%; 78.6 FT%

Marbury has been playing like the Starbury of old, the self-proclaimed “best point guard” in the NBA.  It’s funny how that was statement was associated with Steve Nash who then went on to back-to-back MVP awards.  However, this is not to bash Steph, but to praise him.  In his last four games he’s scored at least 22 points and with backcourt mate Jamal Crawford, the only consistent Knicks guard this season, possibly out for the season, you can expect Marbury’s value to keep rising, especially with the Knicks having a chance at the playoffs thanks to playing in the Leastern Conference.

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: He’s Playing Better Than The Quality Of His Shoes


Paul Pierce drivingDropping 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!

The Fig Cap: I should have made the guarantee five weeks ago!

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes on the Daily: February 15, 2007


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