Training camp is almost here and the final few free agents are ready to sign with teams as the 2012-13 NBA season prepares to kick off on Oct. 30, when Ray Allen and the Heat host his former team (Celtics), while the new-look Lakers host the Mavericks out West. And in addition to the average NBA fan prepping for the season, Rotoworld has been working non-stop this summer in preparation for fantasy hoops, which appears to be growing by leaps and bounds every year. In fact, the days of hoops being the red-headed stepchild of fantasy sports are gone.
Let the 2012 Rotoworld NBA Draft Guide be your secret weapon as you finalize your strategy. Is it trendy for sites like ours to tell you that Russell Westbrook is going to be a better pick than Chris Paul this year? Absolutely not. But we’re not in the business of being trendy. We’re here to help you win your fantasy league, or all five of them, and if you can stomach Westbrook’s turnovers, he’s going to have another monster season and help a lot of teams do just that - Win.
In addition to the statistical Projections, Tiers, Rankings (Top 200 -- 8 category, 9 category and keepers) and Top Offseason Transactions, subscribers will have access to premium Live Chats. So instead of having your questions potentially lost in a sea of thousands, there’s a very good chance your question will be answered, every time.
Additionally, our 350-plus Player Outlooks are constantly updated with the latest news blurb for that player, which means you get our preseason outlook, as well as any pertinent injury updates, role changes or anything else that you need to know on draft night. Here’s an example from John Wall, who could miss the first month of the season with a knee injury.
2011: Wall played in all 66 games last season (which was a relief), but a lack of 3-pointers (he hit just three of them all season), a low shooting percentage and high turnovers hurt a lot of the good things he did from night to night.
What’s Changed: Wall talked a lot over the offseason about becoming ‘the man,’ improving his shooting and becoming one of the top point guards in the league. Many of us thought that was going to happen last year, but he finished with eighth-round value on a per-game basis, but fifth-round cumulative value due to playing in every game.
Outlook: Wall figures to take another step forward this season, especially now that last year’s leading scorer, Nick Young, is playing for the Sixers. If Wall can hit some threes and cut down on his turnovers, the overall numbers should look much better. But we still don’t see him taking a Derrick Rose turnaround with the 3-pointers this year. Despite a knee injury we’ll talk about below, target him in Round 5 pr 6 and expect him to take a step forward this year, once he’s healthy.
Updated Sep. 28: John Wall is expected to miss about eight weeks due to "early stages of a stress injury to his left patella (knee)." This is a major blow to the Wizards and to any fantasy owner who has already drafted Wall this season. Wall was diagnosed with a "non-traumatic stress injury" after being examined. There had been nothing to previously suggest that Wall was injured, so this comes as a huge surprise. If he's out the full eight weeks, he'd miss about 14 games and would return just after Thanksgiving. However, no surgery will be required. Shelvin Mack and A.J. Price will battle it out in camp for the starting job, and Randy Wittman may have to get very creative with his backcourt lineups.
Once you've armed yourself with the essentials listed above, the Draft Guide tailors strategy to your league's format. While it’s not there yet, an Auction Expert Mock Draft and all the juicy details is in the works, while there are a couple other expert mock drafts already there.
In addition to the mocks, we take a look at all the Rookie Prospects, Sleepers, Busts and provide in-depth Team Pages that breakdown offseason moves, probable lineups, what players will make an impact off the bench, as well as updated Depth Charts. There’s a column focusing on injuries to concern yourself with on draft night, Risk vs. Reward players and the ever popular weekly Fantasy Hoops Schedule. And in addition to the schedule grid, there’s a focused column that tells you which teams and players have the best and worst 1st half, second half and fantasy playoff schedules, as well as how each team’s overall schedules look this season. The Knicks have a perfect playoff schedule, while the Celtics, Clippers and Blazers all have a coveted five-game week this season (and Portland’s even happens during the playoffs!).
The beat writers and TV personalities are back to pick a sleeper from the team they cover, our Bold Predictions are back, there’s a detailed report of Players in a Contract Year, as well as a column that breaks down Second- and Third-year Players that are primed to breakout.
In addition to the stuff you’ve grown accustomed to over the years there are plenty of new features this year, as well. There’s a Position Depth column that will let you know that point guards are deep this year, while good shooting guards dry up quickly, and dives into all five fantasy hoops positions. There’s the Pick 5, in which the Rotoworld Hoops gang tells you five young guys to target over five veterans whose names are probably bigger than their games these days. We’ve also included our Favorite Fliers we’re drafting this year, Shooting Percentage Killers, the Over The Hill Gang, which tells which elder statesmen to stay away from, as well as a column detailing Strategy for Punting Categories.
Unlike the magazines littered throughout supermarkets, corner shops and books stores, the Rotoworld Draft Guide is constantly updating. In addition to new columns, we update projections and rankings to reflect injuries, depth chart changes and players on the rise throughout the preseason. Recent risers include Bradley Beal, and we immediately dropped Wall’s games played and production when his injury was announced.
We live and breathe fantasy hoops 24/7, especially in the month leading up to the season opener. In short, no one is better equipped to get you ready for your 2012 fantasy basketball draft. Grab the Guide, and then see our Twitter links below, which are an important (and free) key to being the first guy in your league to know about an injury when it happens.
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