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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.

Click to continue reading Injury Lowdown: Surprise, Surprise Shaq Is Out!


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Baron DavisStat’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.

Statistics are through November 9th – 15th.  

POINTS

BULLISH

Baron Davis, PG, Golden State Warriors
Last Week’s Numbers of Note: 3 G; 26.0 PPG; 49.1 FG%; 69.2 FT%

Head coach Don Nelson’s up-tempo offense is like Mickey D’s to Davis – he’s lovin’ it!  Although, if you look at the new slimmer and trimmer Davis, he isn’t loving cheeseburgers and fries as much anymore.  While, he’s revealing that he is “the man” in the new offense – scoring points, passing off assists, and actually shooting decent percentages – let’s hope Davis doesn’t pull a Kirstie Alley and flaunt the weight loss.  Baron, just show off your game!

Joe Johnson, PG/SG, Atlanta Hawks
Last Week’s Numbers of Note: 3 G; 30.3 PPG; 50.0 FG%; 82.4 FT%

Okay, tell me if you’ve heard this one before – Joe Johnson is no “ordinary Joe.”  That must have been the twelfth time this week, right?  Well, Johnson just can’t help making news and receiving the adulation of writers as he is just flat-out playing like an MVP right now.  J.J. is showing a healthy appetite for putting the ball in the basket and this week isn’t any sort of fluke as Johnson’s been scoring more than Ken Jennings in a round of Jeopardy from the start of the season.  It should be noted that J.J. ranked third overall last week in scoring with 28.7 points in three games.  Just call him “extraordinary Joe.”

Other Blue-Chippers for the Week

Michael Redd, SG, Milwaukee Bucks – 4 G; 35.0 PPG
Carmelo Anthony, SF, Denver Nuggets – 4 G; 33.5 PPG
Dwyane Wade, PG/SG, Miami Heat – 3 G; 31.7 PPG

Keep An Eye On

Carlos Boozer, PF/C, Utah Jazz – 3 G; 23.0 PPG
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs – 3 G; 22.0 PPG

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: Barons, Derons, and C’MONs!


Lebron James
The argument against Lebron James for the best fantasy player in the league goes something like this. As great as Lebron is, his free throw percentage is terrible. He goes to the line so much that he really hurts your team in that category. Not to mention his turnovers!

The fantasy basketball community has a skewed perspective on free throw percentage. That’s a nice way of saying we’ve got it all wrong.

Click to continue reading Dime Day: Chairing the Charity Stripe


Ray AllenWelcome to DroppingDimes.com‘s weekly position rankings list!  Each week, the five writers - Al, Ron, Sarge, Zack, and myself will look at our lists of positions, take into account the number of games played, any injury issues that a player may be having, and the hotness/coldness of a player at that time to rank ‘em all up!  Note: Ron got injured this week writing all those Injury Lowdowns, so we gave him this week off to recuperate!

We’ll rank EACH position into a Top 15 list and in parentheses have that player’s average position ranking amongst the five of us.  First up… number of games for each team then the week’s rankings afterwards.

Atlanta Hawks—-2; Boston Celtics—-4; Charlotte Bobcats—-3; Chicago Bulls—-4; Cleveland Cavaliers—-4; Dallas Mavericks—-3; Denver Nuggets—-3; Detroit Pistons—-3; G.S. Warriors—-3; Houston Rockets—-3; Indiana Pacers—-3; Los Angeles Clippers—-2; Los Angeles Lakers—-2; Memphis Grizzlies—-3; Miami Heat—-3; Milwaukee Bucks—-3; Minnesota Timberwolves—-3; New Jersey Nets—-4; New Orleans Hornets—-3; New York Knicks—-4; Orlando Magic—-3; Philadelphia 76ers—-3; Phoenix Suns—-2; Portland Trail Blazers—-4; Sacramento Kings—-3; San Antonio Spurs—-4; Seattle Supersonics—-4; Toronto Raptors—-3; Utah Jazz—-3; Washington Wizards—-3

COMPILED BY Zack Francis

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Staff Week Three Position Rankings


Zach RandolphWith a full week’s worth of games to examine, I can see a little more clearly now as to how NBA players’ production is shaping up early in the season.  Granted, only several games have been played for each player, but in the early going, it’s best to anticipate trends and depending on your personal risk factor, make moves towards winning a championship.  Remember, no one every won by standing still, so you’ll need to move.  It’s just a matter of which moves give you the better potential for reaping reward.  Analyzing a full week, helps me help you assess which players are moving up and which are falling down.

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.

Statistics are through November 2nd – 8th.  

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: Finally a Full Week!


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.



Jarrett JackOne week down, many more to go.  The first week of the NBA season, though short, gives NBA fans as well as fantasy owners an idea of what coaches have in mind for their rotations.  We see which players are actually going to receive some burn, while others were simply preseason mirage with a side dish of hype.  As you may see from my last installment, I’d say I hit about .500, falling into the hype trap on a few – but hitting for solid contact on others.  And, if I may add, I’m quite a fan of Yahoo! using entire player names within their database.  Too many Jones’, if you ask me.  Plus, it just looks better.  Anyways, with a week down, this week’s WTW will allow us a slightly larger sample size.  Of course, there are others that may have been worth the mention, but given the circumstances, I felt these were the twelve worth the word.  Enjoy.

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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


Brad Miller

Brad Miller is out four weeks with an injured left foot. He was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia.

Joel Przybilla missed the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday due to a lower abdominal injury. He is expected to be out for a week. 

Shaquille O’Neal missed Sunday’s game with a bruised left knee and was scheduled to have an MRI for precautionary reasons on Monday, November 6.

Click to continue reading Injury Lowdown: Centers of Attention


Kobe24Welcome to DroppingDimes.com‘s weekly position rankings list!  Each week, the five writers - Al, Ron, Sarge, Zack, and myself will look at our lists of positions, take into account the number of games played, any injury issues that a player may be having, and the hotness/coldness of a player at that time to rank ‘em all up! 

We’ll rank EACH position into a Top 15 list and in parentheses have that player’s average position ranking amongst the five of us.  First up… number of games for each team then the week’s rankings afterwards.

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

COMPILED BY Zack Francis

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Staff Week Two Position Rankings


Deron WilliamsOnly three days of NBA action have been in play, which may cause a crisis when you’re writing a weekly article and you want as many samples of performance as you can, but have no fear.  Sometimes, it’s the early jump on players that can make a difference to a team that wins a fantasy basketball championship and a team that doesn’t.  Ask those that picked up David West or Boris Diaw last season.  And what’s the value now of that underperforming early round draft pick and what will it be moving forward?  Relax, it’s only been a few days, but it doesn’t hurt to note who’s doing what.

Stat’s All Folks will be 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.

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: Small Sample Sized Meal


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