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Yao Ming stuffs Gerald WallaceProps to Sarge for his piece that landed on Yahoo sports. If you are into baseball, check it out. I asked Sarge for his secret to success once. He said it helps to be really, really, really good looking. We all can’t be Zoolanders like Sarge, but we can keep things rolling on in our two-on-two tourney.

Yao Ming continues to sit out of this year’s playoffs. His Houston Rockets showed some guts by winning Game 3 in Utah, but they now head home down 3-1. Regardless of the the goings on in the real world, his name has been called to step onto the court for our tourney, where we assume he is at full health and in peak condition. Who gets to partner up with Yao? Check it out.

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Two-on-Two Tourney: Round 1, Games 5 and 6


Al Horford 2x champSo the NBA schedules games on Christmas and Easter, but they always, always, ALWAYS avoid the night the NCAA crowns their Men’s Division I champion. Why? “One shining moment…”

Even the biggest NBA die-hards will check out college ball around this time of year. The tourney kicks off draft hype. With players like Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Brandon Rush etc making it to the Final Four this year, it’s been an excellent time to check out these blue chip prospects. Tyler Hansbrough has been named Player of the Year in quite a few places, but most have his pro potential listed pretty low.

So with no NBA action scheduled for Monday, April 7th, it seems like a good time to reflect on the rookies.

Click to continue reading 2007-08 Rookie Crop

Kobe Bryant damn I'm good
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.

Click to continue reading Playoff Primer 2008: Western Conference

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


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

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Mock Draft Blog 2007: Round 3, Pick 8 - Tracy McGrady

Nothing beats a healthy YaoRare is it that you can find a big man in fantasy hoops that doesn’t hurt you in any statistical categories.  Most just decimate your free throw percentage, while some turn the ball over about four times a game, and some can’t block shots.  Let’s face it…the center in fantasy hoops is just a necessary evil.  Fantasy owners are typically stuck with players that they wouldn’t own for any other reason but because they have to fill up a center spot. 

The player that I’m choosing with the 12th overall pick could easily go in the top eight if he would just be able to stay healthy.  If you take his per-game averages, he’s one of the best players in the league.  You stretch said numbers out by the number of games he’s managed to play over the past few seasons, and it’s not so great.

However, given the lack of depth at the position and my despise for players that kill your free throw percentage, I’m taking a swing at one of the riskier health-bets in the league.

Yao Ming, C, Houston Rockets

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Mock Draft Blog: Round 1, Pick 12

Franchise: Taking his cufflinks elsewhereI’m not sure where I went wrong, but while I’m sitting here in an office that faces a parking garage, Steve Francis is not only fresh off of a $30 million buyout, but he’s now the NBA’s newest free agent.  A free agent that’s likely to sign a deal with a very good team, for even more money. 

The Miami Herald reports that “Franchise” cleared waivers last night and will now test the free agent market.  Conveniently, Francis has narrowed down his list of possible destinations.  Here’s a hint: Milwaukee is not on the list.

Of the four teams that the veteran has chosen to be possible suitors, three of them are Western Conference teams looking to go a bit further in the playoffs than their past suggests, and one Eastern Conference team that I hear has a fairly nice beach scene near by.

Click to continue reading The Rich Get Richer: Steve Francis, Free Agent

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!

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes on the Daily: February 7, 2007

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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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.

Click to continue reading Stat’s All Folks: Yao = Best Center