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Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:28 pm
 

NBA 2010-11 Season: What we've learned so far

Last night I experienced an overwhelming dose of NBA League Pass for the first time in months, and let me be honest, there were no complaints on my end.

After a mere 48 hours of professional basketball played, I’ve already began to notice fans overreacting, and making stupid predictions based on what they’ve seed thus far.

With the season officially underway, NBAPrimetime’sBrandon Ribak presents questions and gives his first impressions on them for the 2010 season.

Were the Miami Heat over hyped entering the season?

Over hyped isn’t even the word to explain for all the attention that the Heat received once LeBron made his way to South Beach.

During Miami’s first regular season game the team seemed discombobulated at best.

But can you blame them?

Dwyane Wade’s preseason injury put the big three’s “practice time” to build chemistry in limbo. Without a gist of chemistry the team was destined for a loss, especially to arguably the best defensive team in the entire NBA.

The Heat definitely have their work set out for them, but by mid-season we should be seeing a completely new Miami team.

People like NBA commentator Jeff Van Gundy are the ones who set the bar ridiculously high for the Heat. Not once did you see Wade, LeBron, or Bosh come out and state that Miami would break Chicago’s historic 72 win record or that they would end the year with the best record in the league.

The Heat were not over hyped entering the season. They were undoubtedly discussed about more than any other team this offseason, but why wouldn’t they be?

Expect a 60-65 win season out of the Miami Heat and a competitive battle (against Boston) in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Will Blake Griffin give John Wall serious competition for the Rookie of the Year Award?

If you happened to miss Blake Griffin’s debut on Wednesday night then that’s unfortunate.

The 6’10″ power-forward quickly made up for lost time within minutes of the first quarter, one handing an alley-oop, slamming down an offensive put-back, and ultimately ending the game with an obnoxious stat-line of 20 points, 14 rebounds (9 offensive), 4 assists, and one steal.

Many seem to forget just how good Griffin was in college and quite honestly, just how great he can become in the NBA.

With John Wall being the general consensus pick for the Rookie of the Year Award, I see Griffin giving him a major run for his money, just as long as he can remain healthy.

By seasons end, if all goes well, Blake Griffin will take him the trophy with averages of around 14-16PPG and 10-12 RPG, while providing fans with some of the craziest dunks ever seen in the NBA.

Is Kevin Durant on his way to his first Most Valuable Player trophy?

Kevin Durant was runner up to LeBron James for the MVP trophy last season when he dropped career-highs in points (30.1 per contest) and rebounds (7.6 per game).

With LeBron now paired up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, it will obviously be more difficult for James to post his career averages on a nightly basis.

Having said that, the 22 year old phenom has yet to reach his peak (scary, I know). With the same team surrounding him as last season, KD will get the opportunity to capture his second straight scoring title, and his first ever MVP trophy.

So is Durant on his way to his first MVP trophy?

Without a doubt.

For more of Brandon's content be sure to check out NBAPrimetime.com and follow him on twitter @_nbaprimetime
Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Fantasy NBA Q&A: Concerns Entering Training Camp

In this Fantasy NBA 2010 Edition, Brandon Ribak breaks down a few critical questions heading into training camp.

Last season Hedo Turkoglu turned out to be a complete bust playing for Toronto. Being surrounded by a new team in Phoenix, how early should Turk be drafted this season and will he return to his fantasy form?

Head-coach Alvin Gentry has discussed moving Steve Nash to the shooting-guard position (at certain times throughout the season) so that Turkoglu could lead the way for Phoenix.

Turkoglu has terrific court vision (standing 6’10″) and knows how to pass the ball (averaging 4.5 APG during the last three seasons).

Playing on a run-and-gun type of offense, everything seems to be in place for the Turkish forward to resurrect this season. Turkoglu could easily end up returning to his 07′-08′ form when he averaged 19.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 5.0 APG and won the Most Improved Player Award.

Turkoglu should be drafted no later than the middle rounds of your draft as he could turn out to be one of the biggest bounce-back fantasy players this season.

First it was Jose Calderon that was expected to be traded to Charlotte, then it was Devin Harris who was supposed to join the team and start at the point-guard position. Although it seems like the Bobcats can’t make up their mind, is drafting D.J. Augustin a safe choice this season?

CBS is reporting that Charlotte’s starting point-guard position is Augustin’s to lose. Although it’s tough to say whether or not a trade will be made before the February trade deadline, Augustin could emerge as a solid fantasy contributor with Raymond Felton out of the picture.

Augustin averaged 11.8 PPG during his rookie season when he logged just 26.5 minutes per contest. The 22-year-old out of Texas is a dynamic scorer when given the opportunity and could turn into one of Charlotte’s secret weapons during the upcoming season.

The 6’0″ guard has shot an outstanding 42.0 percent from beyond the three-point line and 85.2 percent from the charity strike during his first two seasons in the league. In categorical leagues Augustin will be able to contribute in virtually every category aside form blocks and rebounds.

Augustin should be available during the late rounds of your draft, making him a safe selection with tons of fantasy upside (for now).

There has been some talk about Linas Kleiza and his fantasy potential playing for theToronto Raptors this season. Is it simply hype or is Kleiza really worth drafting?

Mentioned in my “Don’t Sleep On Em” Edition, Kleiza is a lock to enter the upcoming season as Toronto’s starting small-forward.

The Lithuanian impressed many during the FIBA World Championship, leading his team to an 8-1 record while posting 19 PPG on 57.8 percent shooting from the field.

During his four year NBA career, Kleiza never logged more than 24 MPG (as the back-up forCarmelo Anthony in Denver).

Being the sure-fire small-forward for Toronto, Kleiza could quickly emerge as a fantasy threat.

Kleiza has shown flashes of brilliance when given ample playing time throughout his career and is definitely worth drafting right before you begin to select your bench reserves.

With starters minutes the small-forward has potential to become one of the top fantasy sleepers for the 2010-11 season.

For more of Brandon’s content be sure to check out NBAPrimetime.com and follow him on twitter @_nbaprimetime

Posted on: September 16, 2010 3:36 pm
 

Fantasy NBA 2010: "Forget Yao-Bout It" Edition

In this fantasy NBA edition, Brandon Ribak breaks down the risky players for the upcoming season. Due to injuries, these following players should be selected with caution on draft day.

Yao Ming (C, HOU)- Yao suffered a foot injury during the 2009 NBA Playoffs which led to him missing the entire 09'-10' season. (Unfortunate for keeper league owners).

With Yao projected to be back in action for the start of the new season, many would believe that it's safe to draft the 7'6" center on draft day, right? 

Wrong.

According to ESPN and the Houston Chronicle, "Yao will not play more than 24 minutes a game next season in an attempt to limit stress on his bones."

Averaging 24 minutes per contest will not be enough to make Yao a suitable player for any type of fantasy format. 

Forget Yao-bout it, at least for this season.

Kenyon Martin (PF, DEN)- Martin underwent a knee operation this off-season and currently has no timetable for a return.

K-Mart has yet to play a full 82 game season, an obvious sign that injuries have played a factor during his 10 year career in the league.

The 32-year-old out of Cincinnati has potential to be a solid forward in fantasy play when healthy, but without a set date for a return and aging beginning to kick in, it would be safer to let someone else draft Martin on draft day.

Greg Oden (C, POR)- If anybody in the NBA has dealt with the most unfortunate luck throughout the last three seasons, general consensus would say that it's Greg Oden.

Being a victim of the injury bug, Oden has failed to play one full season without going down with a season ending injury. 

Coming off of his most recent knee surgery -- back in December-- which led him to play in only 21 regular season games, General Manager Rich Cho anticipates Oden to return in the next couple of weeks.

Since Cho is simply hoping for Oden to return before the start of the season, it isn't in fantasy owners' best interest to select the former Ohio State Buckeye until the middle to late rounds of the draft. 

For more of Brandon's content check out NBAPrimetime.com and follow him on twitter @_nbaprimetime

Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:33 pm
 

Fantasy NBA 2010: "Don't Sleep On Em" Edition

As training camp nears (less than three weeks to be exact) fantasy owners tend to get the occasional jitters as draft day approaches.

Instead of researching for the players that will improve based on their new surroundings or system of play, owners tend to base their draft around the top fantasy leaders of the league and those who are predicted to break out.

Forget those projections, and if you're not fortunate enough to obtain the first three picks in your draft, don't bank on selecting Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, or LeBron James.

With that out of the way, you can now focus your attention to the players that you shouldn't be sleeping on in Brandon Ribak's fantasy edition of "Don't Sleep On Em".

Linas Kleiza (SF, TOR)- Not Ranked in top 100 for SF position on CBS and Yahoo! 

Does this name ring a bell? Well, it definitely should. Kleiza was apart of the Denver Nuggets squad from the 05'-06' season up until the 08'-09' season. 

In that time Kleiza made quite a name for himself amongst the Nuggets organization and certainly the fans, averaging 8.3 PPG and 3.5 RPG in 19 MPG during his four years as Carmelo Anthony's back-up.

The Lithuanian joined the Olympiakos in Greece during last offseason and ended up leading the Euroleague in scoring, dropping just under 18 points per contest.

In six games played in the FIBA World Championship thus far, Kleiza is posting an impressive 19.5 PPG and 7.2 RPG on an efficient 55.2 percent shooting for Lithuania. 

Whether you're sold or not, Kleiza has vastly improved his overall game since parting ways with the Denver Nuggets and heads into training camp as the projected starting small —forward for Jay Triano and the Toronto Raptors. 

With starters minutes on a rather young roster, Kleiza will undoubtedly emerge as a top candidate for the Most Improved Player of the Year Award.

Quick Tip - Kleiza should be drafted during the mid-rounds of your draft, don't miss out on his fantasy upside. 

Roy Hibbert (C, IND)- Ranked 26th amongst centers on CBS, not ranked in top 100 for Yahoo! 

11.7 points and 5.7 boards per game doesn't seem all that impressive for a 7'2" center, but let me tell you why this guy is worthy of being selected on draft day.

Hibbert has spent the offseason working on his strength, conditioning, and overall game with Larry Bird's former teammate, the legend Bill Walton. In that time the seven-footer has reportedly dropped his body fat to a ridiculous 10 percent, according to the Indianapolis Star. 

The 23-year old has tons of potential to expand his game and emerge as a fantasy stud this season for two key reasons.

Firstly, the Pacers acquired point-guard Darren Collison via trade in which the young gun will assume the starting role for Indiana. With Collison—who averaged 5.7 APG in 27.8 MPG during his rookie season—being a traditional pass first type of PG, Hibbert will see a surplus of easy buckets around the rim (rising his scoring average).

Secondly, Indiana dealt rebounding machine Troy Murphy to the New Jersey Nets. With Murphy no longer around to snatch 10-12 boards per night Hibbert's rebounding will inevitably increase, giving the center an opportunity to bring down close to 10 rebounds per contest.

Quick Tip - With Collison around and Murphy gone, Hibbert's PPG, RPG, BPG, and FG% should shoot up during the upcoming season. If you decide to wait until the later rounds of your draft to select a center, Hibbert will be a sleeper in all fantasy formats.

J.J. Hickson (PF, CLE)- Ranked 99th out of 100 amongst forwards on CBS, not ranked in top 100 for Yahoo!

Fantasy owners got the opportunity to see glimpses of J.J. Hickson play at his best. Although he was never an option to pick up off of the waiver wire last season, the 22 year-old could become one of the biggest sleepers of the year this season. 

Hickson averaged 9.5 rebounds per 40 minutes last season and will have a chance to average around 8-10 boards per game this year, especially if head-coach Byron Scott decides to give Hickson the starting power-forward role (which he reportedly stated during an NBA Summer League game).

With LeBron James and Big Z out of the way, the ingredients are placed for Hickson to emerge as a perfect fantasy recipe for all fantasy owners. 

Last season Hickson averaged 14.3 PPG and 7.1 RPG in 13 games when he logged 30+ MPG. With virtually no consistent production on the Cavaliers roster outside of Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison (who could be dealt before the trade deadline), imagine what the forward could do for fantasy owners this season

Quick Tip- Draft Hickson in the mid to late rounds of your draft, you'll be happy you did so!

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