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The shoot-out in the wild Western Conference has been great to follow, has it not? The top nine teams are separated by only 6.5 games. Every day the standings shift. Right now Phoenix sits in sixth while Dallas ranks seventh! This bodes well for fantasy owners as the best teams in the West should all be playing meaningful games down the stretch. Here’s a rundown of each team’s fantasy playoff schedule.

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The Dropping Dimes crew has been a big fan of Shootin’ Steve Novak since his days at Marquette.  We had some lofty expectations for the gunner coming into last season, but for some reason or another (cough, defense), things never seemed to unfold. 

Well, with last night’s season high of 10 (ten!) points, I have officially decided to start the Steve Novak Watch for the remainder of this season.  Check back early and often for updates.  Okay, maybe not often as he seems to only play about once a month.  Maybe this is the start of a new era, but only time will tell…

Steve Novak #20, F, Houston Rockets

Games Played: 5 (9:41 mpg)
Field Goals: 9-15
3-Pt Field Goals: 7-11
Free Throws: 2-2
Points: 27
Rebounds: 8


David West Is Happy

The Fig Cap: “Thanks for the love DD… you’re making me so goofy right now.”  Yeah, that’s how we roll.

West is one of the more underrated players in the NBA for a few reasons: 1) He plays for the Hornets, a historically “ugh” team, although their future is looking good, 2) He plays with Chris Paul, which isn’t a bad thing at all, especially when you’re on the receiving end of a Paul pass, but it doesn’t help your recognizability factor, and 3) He plays in the Western Conference, which is full of some pretty good forwards.  However, in the fantasy game, all we care about is production, right?  Well, West will keep you happy and put up some very good numbers for your team, especially this much later in a draft.  We’re talking the ultimate underrated PF value pick.  Yeah, I said it… okay, if you get him in the mid-rounds.  If you go for West too early because I’m telling you how good he is, well, that will make him overrated, right?

Round 6, Pick 2: David West, PF, New Orleans Hornets

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Jason Terry self props
People who follow “real” basketball probably have a small beef with Terry going at this point. After all, the Mavs have enjoyed much success in recent years, and “Jet” is one of the main reasons why.

We focus on fantasy hoops here. And thus, the perspective from this angle sometimes differs from reality. That is why all-stars like Tony Parker and Richard Hamilton have yet to see their names called in this draft blog, while some “questionable” players with known limitations in their game have been picked. Real life game sometimes does not translate into fantasy sports. Ask anyone who passed on Peyton Manning or Tom Brady multiple times while taking a running back who has never made the Pro Bowl.

So let us look into why Terry is more of a commercial airliner than a jet and how he stands to be good value at this point in the draft.

Round 6, Pick 1: Jason Terry, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks

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Manu Ginobili
The Fig Cap: I’m pointing to Doug Christie’s wife!

If only this guy played more than 28 minutes a night. Of course, that would mean not being on the Spurs, and not having those rings, and not garnering the accolades for his hustle, etc. Plus even with less playing time, last year especially this guy was a roto monster.

Anyone living outside the San Antonio is not a Spurs fan. We as a collective try to turn our noses at their team success. Tired of the Mr. Eva Longoria talk, or the “boring” excellence of Tim Duncan, one of the all-time best? Even you, the most staunch anti-Spurs guy can appreciate this player’s game.

Round 5, Pick 7: Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs

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Mike Miller

The Fig Cap: Yeah, no wonder Four Twenty wanted to write about Mikey.

GUEST BLOGGER: Our number one fan, Four Twenty.  How much does he love Dropping Dimes?  We’re official sponsors of his softball team in the Great Northwest… yes, and the love is reciprocal.

He won’t make it, he misses everything!  He made it! Hey Mikey!

Like Life cereal, don’t knock it til you try it.  At one point last season Miller was ranked #5 in the Yahoo game, and deservedly so.  Snagging Miller this late in the game is an absolute steal, and like Kevin Bacon in “Animal House,” I’ll say “Thank you sir, may I have another?”

Round 5, Pick 6: Mike Miller, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies

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Tyson Chandler

The Fig Cap: “You want some?  YOU WANT SOME?!?!  Come get it, Gary Coleman!”

I’ve said this many times before and I’ll say it again, several times throughout this post if I have to, but you do not draft Tyson Chandler because he has a cool name; you draft him for his free-throw percentage… I’m obviously kidding.  So, what do you draft him for? Check it out after the jump.

Round 4, Pick 10: Tyson Chandler, C, New Orleans Hornets

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T-Mac and T-DonThe Fig Cap: Hey, Tracy.  Hear what I did?

Team Eight took the plunge and drafted Amare Stoudemire first.  Locking down one of the best big men in the game, they ended up with Rashard Lewis and his new home in the second round.  With these two likely providing about 50 combined points a night with a fair share of rebounds and threes, why not pile on some more production by taking a player that would be back in the first round of fantasy drafts if his back problems wouldn’t continue to haunt us. 

Round 3, Pick 8 – Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Houston Rockets

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How Many Free Throws Did You Miss Today?While the NBA Playoffs were pretty exciting for fans in Golden State, Toronto and Cleveland, the NBA Finals weren’t exactly fun for anyone outside of select fans in San Antonio.  The four-game series was pretty much over before it started, and all a lot of Cleveland fans have to show for it are some catchy-slogan t-shirts and “Witness” posters.

The Finals MVP was taken home by newlywed Tony Parker, but the big reason why the Spurs were able to take home their fourth title was The Big Fundamental, Tim Duncan.

The 10-year veteran is a lock for 20, 12 and 2 every night.  Yes, his free throw percentage is a bit rough, but don’t forget who was drafted in the first round to help build this squad.

2.8 Tim Duncan, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs

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Chris Paul
Fig Cap: “Oh man, I’m going to put the sickest move on this guy, I’m about to crap my own shorts!”

Over here at Dropping Dimes, we love us some Chris Paul.  So much so, we sponsor his page on every stat/historical geek’s favorite basketball website, Basketball-Reference.com... ahem, hopefully, we’re every fantasy basketball geek’s favorite blog - thanks for the support by the way!  That’s also something every Hornets player on the other end of a CP3 dime says as well.  Paul has proven that he has all the tools and talent for being the next big thing as far as point guards go (Deron Williams be damned!) and soon enough (when Steve Nash and Jason Kidd finally keel over and retire), CP3 will be PG1. 

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