Wednesday, January 04, 2006

BPR Power Rankings 1/4/2006

It's a new year, which means new Blogosphere Poll Rankings over at YAYsports! Be sure to check them out when they are posted tomorrow. Here's my ballot. If ya don't like it, post a comment and tell me why.

1. Detroit
2. San Antonio
3. Dallas
4. Memphis
5. Phoenix
6. Miami
7. Cleveland
8. Minnesota
9. Indiana
10. New Jersey
11. Denver
12. LA Clippers
13. Philadelphia
14. Utah
15. Golden State
16. Milwaukee
17. LA Lakers
18. Washington
19. Boston
20. Chicago
21. Sacramento
22. Seattle
23. Orlando
24. New Orleans
25. Houston
26. Charlotte
27. New York
28. Portland
29. Toronto
30. Atlanta

And be sure to check out my NBA Blog over at The Sporting News.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Could Baron Davis Become the Worst Shooter Ever To Win MVP?

Find out and discuss at my latest TSN column by clicking below:

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Fantasy Basketball Injury Report

It's been a while since I covered injuries. Let's get to it, in rough order of fantasy relevance.

Theo Ratliff, C, Portland

Last Friday, Ratliff missed a game against Orlando with what was called a sore ankle. Joel Przybilla stepped up for 42 minutes, and went for 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

Ratliff returned on Sunday, and Przybilla played only 23 minutes, going for 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, and 3 turnovers. Needless to say, I started Przybilla for the latter game and not for the first game.

Last night, Ratliff played only 3 minutes. The Oregonian explained why today: "Blazers center Theo Ratliff had a magnetic resonance imaging on his left foot Monday, but the test was negative. Ratliff played three minutes in the first quarter, but reinjured the foot, and did not return."

Hmmm... A mysterious foot injury. It might be plantar fasciitis, it might be something else. Whatever it is, it's bothering Theo a lot if he's getting MRIs on his foot. With reinjury, it sounds like something that could persist.

If Joel Przybilla has found his way to your league's waiver wire because of his atrocious start to the season, now might be a good time to drop an early-season fluke like Smush Parker and stash away the Vanilla Gorilla.

If it isn't this injury that takes Ratliff out for an extended period, it will be another. Last year, it was his shoulder. This year, it's his foot. The guy is made of glass.

Carmelo Anthony, F, Denver Nuggets

Carmelo limped off the court against the Nets on Monday after spraining his ankle a little more than a minute into the game. He's also expected to miss tonight's game against the Hornets. George Karl says he's optimistic the Melo will play on Friday against Phoenix.

Josh Howard, F, Dallas Mavericks

The news isn't as positive for Josh Howard.

I didn't see this injury, but reports said that he turned his ankle nearly all the way around. An MRI revealed a "moderate sprain" of his ankle, which is projected to keep him out for 2-3 weeks.

Marquis Daniels sees a huge increase in value during this time, as does Jason Terry, who seems to have found his stroke.

Andrei Kirilenko, F, Utah Jazz

The good news is that Kirilenko is back from an ankle sprain that kept him out for seven games over a period of two weeks. The bad news is that he was a non-factor, going for 7 points, 2 boards, 3 dimes, 2 blocks, and 3 TOs in a 24-point blowout loss to the Pacers.

His fantasy owners hope that he can keep dropping dimes at a career-best rate while returning to his career shooting averages. He'll shake the rust off soon; start him.

Peja Stojakovic, F, Sacramento Kings

Stojakovic returned from a lingering hand injury to score 5 points in 22 minutes against the Horents last night. Ugh. His hand injury has followed him the whole season, and doesn't seem to be all the way better.

Start him, but recognize this is something that could linger.

Eddy Curry, C, New York Knicks

Curry hopes to be back from a calf injury to play against his ex-teammates on the Bulls tonight. Will his starting job be waiting for him when he does? Channing Frye has filled in more than admirably in Curry's absence.

Curry recently said, "Next year, I'll be unbelievable... I watch Sweetney and can see the things they [Knicks big man coaches Aguirre and Herb Wiliams] taught him. It's crazy." Huh. Nothing like making your new employer forget about the guy they let go, eh?

Eddy's been thinking about next year every year since he came into the league, and the results show it. DO IT THIS YEAR, EDDY. Shaq thinks Eddy will come into his own and become an elite NBA center. Call me unconvinced.

Leandro Barbosa, G, Phoenix Suns

Barbosa is progressing well in his return from a sprained knee and could be back on the floor as early as next week. Keep your fingers crossed. His nightly numbers make him one of the Top 50 fantasy players in the game, according to

Rick Brunson, G, Seattle SuperSonics

Brunson will miss at least six weeks after tearing the plantar fascia in his foot. Yawn.

Jonathan Bender, F, Indiana Pacers

Jonathan Bender may never be able to play again after receving word that the cartilage in both of his knees is completely gone. He hasn't played a whole lot during his 4-year, $28 million contract. Pacers fans can thank Isiah Thomas for failing to do his due diligence. A major yawn from a fantasy perspective.

That's it. Let me know in the comments section if there's anyone I missed.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

TSN Blog 11/29/05

Comment on my latest TSN blog about the Andrei Kirilenko's return to Jazz lineup here:

Friday, November 25, 2005

A Joel Przybilla Sighting! A Marko Jaric Sighting!

Either Joel Przybilla or Marko Jaric returning to the ranks of fantasy relevance on any given night would be enough to stir joy in the hearts of the many owners (like me) who drafted these two anywhere before the twelfth round on draft day. But both... having huge games... on the same night? It's a gift from God!

Joel Przybilla

The Vanilla Gorilla was a huge favorite of mine heading into the season. He hasn't nearly lived up to his potential this season because his playing time under Nate McMillan has been in the toilet.

But tonight, Przybilla put up 15 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists, and no turnovers on 6-8 shooting while playing 42 minutes. Outside of the points, Joel could put up numbers like this every night. He hasn't because of Theo Ratliff, nemesis of Przybilla owners worldwide.

For some reason that wasn't discussed in AP's post-game recap, Theo Ratliff didn't play a single minute in tonight's game. "Coach's Decision" was the reason listed in the box, but it's unlikely that McMillan just decided to not to play the Rattler. As I see it, there are two possibilites.

A) Ratliff is injured... maybe that problematic shoulder from last year is acting up again.

B) Ratliff, along with malcontent Ruben Patterson, has been traded for additional young scrubs to fill out Portland's roster, and the trade has not been announced yet.

The latter possibility is almost too beautiful to consider for any long period of time... Let's wait and see. Maybe Theo just missed the game because of personal reasons, or was feeling a little under the weather.

Marko Jaric

First of all, is it just me, or does Marko have a little bit of a young-Peter-Falk thing going on?

More importantly... At the end of the 3rd quarter of the Bucks-Wolves game when I write this, Jaric has 21 points, 4 assists, 2 threes, and 3 steals on 9-13 shooting.

Wolves coach Dwayne Casey had refused to make a lineup change to jolt a "wallowing" Jaric out of his slump, according to the rumors compiled by Inside HOops, and instead has encouraged Jaric to stop thinking too much. Says Casey: "I told him, just play."

Rejoice! It looks like Casey's sage advice may actually be paying off for one of fantasy's biggest busts so far.