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? 


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. 

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:33 pm

Carmelo Anthony Wants to Be Dealt To The Chicago

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony prefers to be dealt to the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks.

It has been known that the Nuggets are seeking a trade in which they can receive draft picks and young talent in return for their franchise player.

While the Knicks are still in the hunt for Anthony, they cannot offer Denver enough attractive pieces to acquire #15.

Chicago, on the other hand, could offer a few attractive players that may entice the Nuggets organization to pull the trigger.

Second year forwards Taj Gibson and James Johnson are both young talent with plenty of upside. Gibson was selected onto the NBA All-Rookie First Team this past season and could back-up Al Harrington or fill the void for Denver's injured Kenyon Martin.

In addition, the Bulls can throw in small-forward Luol Deng who could take the place of Melo in the Nuggets starting line-up. Deng boasts a career average of 15.8 PPG and 6.5 RPG . Being just 25 years of age, the six year man out of Duke still has potential to improve his game.

A possible move that could send Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls would immediately throw the team into discussion with the Miami Heat as a top contender in the Eastern Conference.

Realistic or fairy-tail, the Bulls would be one heck of a threat to steal the 2010-11 NBA Finals trophy this season.

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