After nearly two years of whining and complaining NBA players and owners are back on the same page. Early Saturday morning negotiators for the two sides reached a tentative agreement the 149-day lockout. The plan once both the players and owners ratify the handshake deal is for a marquee tripleheader to kick things off a month from now on Christmas Day.
Barring a change in scheduling, the 2011-12 season will open with the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by the Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks in an NBA finals rematch. The last game of the day will see last year’s league MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls visiting Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The way the NBA is spinning this is that there are still enough games remaining (about 80% of its regular season schedule) for anomalies and hot and cold streaks to play out allowing the cream to rise to the top. So what does this mean for Fantasy Basketball participants? We asked RotoExperts‘ Tom Lorenzo what things will be different for the eager fantasy players due to the shortened season.
“Seeing as they’re about two-plus months behind their regular schedule, with a shortened season you have to account for players needing to shake off a little rust,” said Lorenzo. “Free agency is expected to start on December 9, meaning players who switch teams are going to have to become acclimated with their new teammates and a brand new “system” in less than two weeks. That’s unheard of. You can expect to see some slow starts and some players looking lost on both ends of the floor for a few weeks. Fantasy experts will ask that you remain patient in a shortened season, Lorenzo added.”It might get a little dicey out there.”
Talking to Dr. Roto about the hazards for fantasy participants this season, he had some word of caution. Basically, the mindset is Caveat Emptor.
“With the lockout finally over and the NBA set to get underway around Christmas, Fantasy basketball players are trying to figure out how to manage a shortened 66 game season. Here are some quick tips:
- Avoid drafting rookies as it is very difficult to adjust to the NBA in such a short time
- Avoid players who change teams this off-season as they will need time to gel with their new teammates
- Stay away from “sleepers” as coaches are going to trust the players they know to pick up as many wins as possible early on in the season
- Avoid players on teams with new head coaches as teams do not have enough time to learn new schemes and rotations
- Look for players on teams with good team chemistry (like OKC, Dallas, Boston) as those teams should thrive in a shortened season.
The founder and former owner of MC3 Sports Media, Mike Cardano is the Sr. Business Administrator for RotoExperts and the Executive Director here at TheXLog.com. You may email Mike @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @MikeCardano. Listen to Mike on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Scott Engel and the morning crew Tuesday mornings at 10am ET.