Fantasy Basketball

Notjustagame: What Will Suns Tanking Get Them?

Monday, 11 February, 2019

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Teams that have tanked in the NBA has been ongoing. For the Phoenix Suns it’s been an issue that’s been hard to watch. Up until they traded Steve Nash to the LA Lakers in the summer of 2012 they were a franchise that could be counted on for fighting for a true playoff spot.

It took a few years post trade before the tanking became really noticeable, but now it’s something that has hurt the franchise immensely in the stands. Any Suns home game besides against the Warriors or Lakers is an after thought attendance wise.

Missing on their top draft picks a lot has caused a never ending game of tanking to continue. The real question for Suns fans is when will it end? They have a key piece in Devin Booker and may have a second in DeAndre Ayton. The acquisition of Kelly Oubre seems to be their first solid decision via trade or free agency.

Will the Suns finally land a draft pick this year and hit the green light button on testing a true season?

Sports Betting Future

Wednesday, 6 February, 2019

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The direction of sports betting is quickly becoming the mainstream hot topic. As the chase for the top industry information begins, Zack is proud to be one of the top leaders year in and year out.

As stated before Zack’s plans are to expand as he believes he is the unquestionable leader of the industry. Production wise it can’t be disputed.

With that being said handicapping will continue but will have more disruptions than in years past as he puts plans into place.

Podcast: NBA Free Agency and Las Vegas Summer League Discussion

Wednesday, 13 July, 2016

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Zack Cimini and Eric Wong of rotoevil.com debut their first podcast. They discuss all the wild NBA free agency moves and what they’ve seen so far in the Las Vegas Summer League. Hear the best of both worlds as both have dominated the handicapping and NBA fantasy basketball industries.

CLEVELAND’S BACKCOURT WOES

Thursday, 6 November, 2014

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are 1-3 to start the season. People that jumped on the Cavaliers to win the NBA title at favorite odds are turning queasy. Lets not jump the gun on proclaiming the Cavaliers are going to struggle the entire season. The NBA is a labyrinth sport like baseball that will be full of team momentum swings. Just take a look at the Indiana Pacers of a season ago.

LeBron James has been through this before in Miami. Superstar talent did not blend and mesh right away and took almost a full season to transpire. That team was molded similarly to the Cavaliers except for one area. Cleveland already had three top draft picks on their roster garnering starters minutes; Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, and Kyrie Irving.

Through the first four games you’re seeing a clash of on court balance and consistency with the Cavs young draft picks and veterans in LeBron James, Kevin Love, Shawn Marion, etc.

For the Cavaliers to excel forward they need day in and day out consistency from Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. The two have clashed before and it appeared one or the other would exit Cleveland. Obviously they both rose above their issues for the benefit of winning on the court.

Still, both have huge gaps of inconsistencies in their games. Defensively neither has shown growth to be a premier starter in the NBA. Their bread and butter relies on the offensive end. When either is on their A-game on the offensive side of the floor it’s going to be a long night for the opposing team. That style of play worked for their first few NBA seasons in the league when winning was put on the back burner. Teammates than could care less about receiving enough shots or being involved in the offense.

For Kyrie Irving to not have an assist against the Utah Jazz is troubling. He is a point guard first with the luxury of playing with premier forwards in the league. He cannot be the Duke and young Cleveland Cavalier point guard anymore. He needs to transform his game and be the facilitator that he is capable of being.

The street ball mentality with Dion Waiters is what got him in trouble at Syracuse. He was a me-first player that ultimately almost led to his departure at Syracuse. His pure talent alone should have garnered him more minutes as a freshman at Syracuse. But his attitude kept his minutes reduced and in Jim Boeheim’s dog house. It was a move that bit Syracuse in the NCAA tournament when they lost in the round of 32 to Marquette.

Waiters, was clearly Syracuse’s best player on the court but his growth happened so late in the season that Syracuse couldn’t use him to his full potential. He was the only player that could score against Marquette in a low-scoring loss.

His sophomore season he came in with a new-attitude and accepted his role coming off the bench. Coming off the bench four minutes into a game and playing starter’s minutes obviously didn’t classify him as a true bench warmer.

In the NBA his minutes have always fluctuated as he consistently takes bad shots. Like Irving he needs to put aside his college basketball score, score, score mentality and realize he has the chance to be a part of something great.

This may take some time like LeBron penned in his coming home letter to Cleveland. Rest assured Dion and Kyrie hold the key to the Cavaliers on court growth or lack thereof.

Three Fantasy Basketball Sleepers To Watch

Friday, 24 October, 2014

Three Fantasy Basketball Sleepers To Watch

Finding just the right sleeper in fantasy basketball can really make or break a season. With the NBA season less than a week away, here’s a look at 3 guys who are primed to exceed expectations. Not only do they have the skill set, but they have the opportunity on their team to see significant minutes.

Terrence Jones

The Houston Rockets are not particularly happy with how their summer went. They lost Chandler Parsons to free agency, and they struck out on guys like Chris Bosh. While that might be bad news for their title chances, it is good news for Jones. The talented forward out of Kentucky should have plenty of open looks in fantasy basketball. He is going to be asked to spread the floor in order to open up scoring opportunities for Dwight Howard down low. He has a chance to improve even more on his very respectable 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds a season ago.

Nerlens Noel

Sticking with the Kentucky them, Noel is technically a rookie coming into this season. He spent all of 2013-2014 recovering from a knee injury that he suffered from in college. The Philadelphia 76ers know that they are going to be terrible this year, so that means they have no problem letting Noel learn on the go. The center position is not very deep, and at the very least he is going to be a top-flight shot blocker from the very beginning.

Jose Calderon

It is always hard to predict whether or not a veteran will thrive on a new team or suffer. However, everything is lining up for Jose Calderon now that he is on the New York Knicks. They are set to put in the triangle offense, and that is music to the years for Calderon. He is one of the best pure shooters in the game, and he will have a chance to start alongside one of the best offensive stars in the game in Carmelo Anthony. If you can average around 11 points and 9 assists per game, we are looking at a fantasy basketball sleeper a lot of people will overlook.

SPURS THE DUKE OF PROFESSIONAL HOOPS

Wednesday, 18 June, 2014

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Cashing in on great performances under the spotlight is nothing new. Who can forget cornerback Larry Brown from the Dallas Cowboys? He had two interceptions that were right to him from Neil O’Donnell in the Super Bowl. He won MVP and combined that fortunate night to a big payday with the Oakland Raiders.

In the NBA, Robert Horry made his living in the playoffs. Year after year he would shine once late April, May, and June arrived. In the regular season though he was a below average player. JJ Barea flourished as a Dallas Maverick which in turn led to his big contract for Minnesota. And now Patty Mills seems to be the latest in line to get an unexpected profitable contract in a few weeks.

He was one of many catalysts for the Spurs that ignited their sizzling offense. With the Spurs ball movement working to perfection, Mills was often wide open for three point shots. Yes he did make them, but the fact is he was wide open 90% of the time. Mills did help his cause by playing sound defense and causing a few offensive fouls.

I’m just not sure Mills is going to warrant a big contract. He shined for the Spurs in relatively a small scale of minutes. The bulk of these minutes either came against the Heat’s second unit (nothing to write home about) or against the Heat’s first unit with a big lead in hand. Most of those big leads the Heat’s first team was gassed. Spoelstra was just trying to seek out a counter run with his starters in the game.

Jeff Van Gundy did a fine job pointing out that Mills is realistically 5’8 and not 6’0. This was even more evident when the Spurs were on the floor for their NBA title. While standing next to all of his teammates including Tony Parker, Mills looked much shorter than six feet.

A lot of teams are going to be giving Mills a call to detract him from San Antonio. Poppovich and the Spurs likely won’t be able to match any big offers, and are prepared to let him go. Just last summer, Mills was in Las Vegas for the summer league with a roster spot up in the air. His conditioning and work ethic in the offseason is what propelled him past former first round pick Cory Joseph.

Starter’s minutes might not be the best thing for Patty Mills. Undersized he would be vulnerable to a nightly beating. Also, he never really gave the Spurs a spark as a passing point guard. The Spurs moved the ball well as a team not individually. It’ll be a part of his game we have not seen on the professional level, if he is capable of running a team as an individual.

You can compare the Spurs to Duke in college basketball. They get the best out of all their players but a transition to a new team doesn’t always pan out. Duke has always received a label of sending bust athletes to the NBA. San Antonio typically does a good job in keeping their talent, but they’ve had a few leave as part of trades or free agents.

The last to do so that played well as a Spur was George Hill. To say Hill has not lived up to his trade value for Indiana is an understatement.

Mills agent and Mills should seek the best contract he can get. But at the end of the day I don’t see Mills capable of being an every day starter.