NBA fans were begging for the season to start with the hopes of ending all the chatter concerning the gambling referees, the porous Kicks defense both on the hard-court, and in the U.S. courts, and to end all speculation on where Kobe was headed to. All they wanted was for the sports world’s attention to hit the hardwood. Unfortunately, that hasn’t quite happened yet, thanks to that little Patriots versus Colts game that dominated the national sports scene. Fortunately, the basketball forums at FantasyFanatics.com have been busy with plenty of attention to the fantasy hoops scene. Here are some of the topics of discussion in the past week:
Chris Kaman Takes Over L.A.
In the wake of Elton Brand’s injury, the paint is wide open for that “other team” in Los Angeles and Chris Kaman appears to be the beneficiary. On Sunday he enjoyed his second straight double-double with 10 points, 15 boards, and 3 blocks. This would have opened our eyes if not for his season debut a few days earlier when he punished the Warriors with 26 points, 18 rebounds, a steal, block, and even 3 assists. This is a player who averaged 12 points and 9.6 rebounds two years ago. He won’t put up the numbers he is getting in this hot start, but 14 points, and 10 rebounds with 2 blocks is certainly realistic.
Marcus Camby to the Defense
Camby is the ultimate fantasy defensive star. Rebounds and blocks are a fantasy manager’s best friend and Marcus Camby has neve been a stranger to filling up the box score. His greatest setback throughout his career has been struggling to stay on the hardwood and avoiding injury. Last season Camby played 70 games for just the second time in his eleven-year career. He was a fantasy champ, averaging 11.2 points, 3.3 blocks, 1.2 steals, and a career best 3.2 assists per game. This season, Camby has done even better. In three games he is averaging 8.7 points, 19 rebounds, 4.3 blocks, 0.7 steals, and 3.7 assists. If Camby can just stay healthy, fantasy managers will be happy to know they have a top 10 fantasy player on their hands. If we can only get him to knock down a three-pointer on occasion he could be the best! Don’t count on it.
LaMarcus Aldridge Front and Center in Portland
We knew there would be a void in Portland thanks to Zach Randolph being traded to the Big Apple, and Greg Oden going down for the season with a major knee injury, but the offense from LaMarcus Aldridge has to rank as one of the bigger surprises of the season. The second player drafted in the 2006 draft scored 27 points in his season debut, despite only 3 rebounds. In game two Aldridge crashed the boards better with 9 rebounds, but only scored 8 points on 4 for 12 shooting. Finally, in game three Aldridge put it all together, scoring 20 points with 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. With one-dimensional teammate Joel Przybilla out there solely for defense, it is Aldridge’s responsibility to put the ball in the basket. Expect an average of 17 points with 7 rebounds from here on out.
Ronnie Brewer Is a Sleeper Worth Waking Up For
The Utah Jazz are known for their two-man teams such as Karl Malone and John Stockton, and more recently Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams, however, it might be time to add a third player to that script thanks to the development of Ronnie Brewer. The Utah swingman is not a one-dimensional scorer, a la Jeff Hornacek. He is a slasher on offense, who also offers tenacious defense in reality, and all-around statistics in fantasy. He has yet to score fewer than 13 points this season, plus he has multiple steals in each game. While the three pointers will not come in bunches, Brewer’s overall numbers make him fantasy worthy, and comparable to Larry Hughes in his Wizards days. Look for 15 points per game, with something to offer in nearly all categories.
Raymond Felton Ranks Among the Elite Point Guards
It is easy to forget that Raymond Felton was also a key part of the 2005 NBA draft that brought several big name point guards into the League. In succession, it went Deron Williams at number three, Chris Paul drafted fourth, and then Raymond Felton drafted fifth. While it was Paul who shined brightest in their rookie seasons and Williams broke out in year two, Felton who has been the most consistent thus far is on the brink of stardom in year three. The Bobcats have won their first two games of the season and Felton is averaging 22.5 points, 9.5 assists, and 2 steals per game. He is even knocking down threes at a sensational rate with 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Last year, Felton upped his scoring by 2 points, and assists by 1.5. If he makes the same type of progress in 2007-2008, we’re looking at 16 points and 8.5 assists per game. By then, he won’t be just a top 3 point guard in that draft, but a top point guard option in the NBA.
The Top 10 Fantasy Ballers In Week 1
1. Kevin Garnett
2. Allen Iverson
3. Josh Howard
4. Marcus Camby
5. Jamal Crawford
6. Chris Paul
7. Richard Jefferson
8. Chris Kaman
9. Danny Granger
10. Jason Terry
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