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Marcus Camby

The Fig Cap: Upon hearing news of his trade from the Nuggs to the Clips, Camby replied, “NOOOOOOOOOOO!”

Yeah, Marcus Camby is no longer a Denver Nugget, which absolutely makes no sense considering he was traded for an OPTION of a second round draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers.  Yes, Camby will be in the Clip Joint, but how happy will he be going from a playoff-caliber team that has the presence of Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony to a team that historically “messes it up.”  Okay, so the signing of Baron Davis could work out very well for the Clips, but still… it’s the Clippers!  Which is why I don’t understand how they got Camby for NOTHING!  Yeah, I know… the Nuggs were shedding salary and clearing up cap space.  Ugh… still ugly.

What WON’T be ugly, however, is getting the Camby Man on your fantasy squad. 

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Elton Brand

While we followed up on the recent Baron Davis news not too long ago, this game of musical chairs appears to be far from over.

The Warriors appear to have been caught off guard by Sir Davis leaving for Los Angeles, thus have decided to start hurling contract offers all over the league.  Word came out that Chris Mullin and crew made an offer to Washington’s Gilbert Arenas - but he appears to be staying put.  So, next on the list? 

Former (and possibly returning) Clipper power forward Elton Brand

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Chris Paul
If you need a fantasy fix because your playoffs draw near, feel free to check our playoff primers for the Western and Eastern conferences. Also see some science being dropped in the latest installment of Sarge’s Wire to Wire and Brandon’s Beyond the Arc. And if you have some extra idle time, you can think up all the different ways to interpret B’s Fig Cap.

For now we take a walk on the reality side to focus on the playoff races going on in the NBA. Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets have been surprisingly great all year; how deep into the playoffs will they go?

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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.

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Uh oh, Maggette yo!

The Fig Cap: Uh oh, Maggette yo!

Freed from the shackles of the sixth man role he begrudgingly occupied last season, Clippers swingman Corey Maggette is primed to shine as the team’s leading scorer this year. Elton Brand was the centerpiece of the offense and the rock that everyone could lean on for the past six seasons. With Brand’s Achilles tendon torn this offseason, Maggette has been thrust from a buttressing role to be the proverbial leg for this team to stand on. Perhaps the same could be said for his role on your fantasy team…

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DescriptionHe’s only played 33 minutes all of preseason.  He only averaged 21 minutes per game last April.  So why is Andris Biedrins such a highly touted commodity?  Upside, baby, upside.

These are his only drawbacks.  If he starts, he has 10-10 written all over him.  Well guess what boys and girls.  With that stud Adonal Foyle out of town, only Patrick O’Bryant and Brandan Wright will challenge Al Harrington and him for playing time.  Talk about a good situation.

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Leandro Barbosa
Let’s kick it old school and start singing “Return of the Mack.” Because Sarge is back and dropping some serious science on roundball.  He mentions my guy in his latest impromptu feature, “I Like To Move It”. I would agree with in that I would take Ray Felton first. However, I would also be quite happy drafting this guy more than two rounds later, as is the case in our mock draft blog this year.

Round 6, Pick 9: Leandro Barbosa, PG, Phoenix Suns

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Al Harrington

The Fig Cap: I ROCK!!!

GUEST BLOGGER: Phil Partington of Suite 101 and Fantapedia fame!

Drafted straight out of high school in 1998, it’s been a long road for Al Harrington and he’s more than paid his dues.  At 6-9 250lbs, he’s one of the more versatile power forwards in the league.  Whether it be a bomb from behind the arc or putting the ball on the floor in penetration to the hoop, Harrington has the type of all-around skills that make him a great fit for Warriors coach Don Nelson’s offensive-oriented style system.  What’s more, Harrington reportedly dropped 20 lbs this offseason and coach Don Nelson has touted him as the best player in Golden State’s training camp this season.  His motivation more than likely derives from the great playoff run the Warriors had last May.

Round 6, Pick 7: Al Harrington, PF/C, Golden State Warriors

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Lamar on Deng
The Fig Cap: Lamar, cuz wrestle…for the ball is what he does.

Have you seen a “don’t-er” lately? What’s a “don’t-er,” you ask? They are everywhere. They operate by telling you what not to do. Don’t draft injured guys. Don’t draft rookies. Don’t do this. Don’t do that. Behind the scenes, they are the ones always making the stinging criticisms, because it is easier being the one to cut down an idea rather than the one trying to trail blaze with an original thought. In fantasy sports you can find lots of people that tell specialize in telling people what is wrong and should not be done…and with good reason…to a point. Guessing correctly who is a bust and who is a sleeper is part of the game. My beef is the reality of needing to roll the dice at some point in the draft is just as much a part of the game. Because taking 70 cents on the dollar every round by going with safe picks might guarantee a top half finish in your league, but the odds of winning it all are slim.

So let us now talk about what to do if you do end up drafting a guy like this.

Round 5, Pick 11: Lamar Odom, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers

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Ron Artest Fig

The Fig Cap: This is McFarlane Toys’ rendition of Artest.  Booty to be slapped not included.

Allen Iverson is the paragon of the “thug” element in basketball’s current era of tattoos, cornrows, mean mugs, and putting out hip hop records.  However, AI is the paragon because of all of his offcourt shiznizzle.  So, if anyone has been the epitome of “thug” on the court (and in the stands), there is no question that it’s Ron Artest.  Sure, okay, fine… why beat a dead horse?  We all know about The Malice in the Palace and all that, but I WAS TRYING TO MAKE A POINT!!!  In any case, despite the bad rap (and I don’t mean Artest’s record), the Tru Warier has some game and ironically enough, plays lockdown defense.  But, that’s not all the boy from the QB can do.

Round 4, Pick 6: Ron Artest, SF, Sacramento Kings

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