With the Stanley Cup Finals slated to begin tonight, sport fans will see something that doesn’t happen frequently in the NHL playoffs. The Los Angeles Kings are only the second team to eliminate the #1, #2, and #3 seeds from the playoffs in the same postseason and make the Finals as an 8 seed. They will face-off against the 6 seed out of the Eastern Conference, New Jersey Devils. So how rare is it that two lower seeds meet for a championship in the NHL? Let’s take a look back at past NHL seasons and find out. Continue reading
We always hear as a sport fan, you need a great team to win a championship. A sport like basketball requires more than one piece to win it all, and teams have rushed out to assemble all-star like rosters to achieve success. With all of the individual awards being handed out during the NBA Playoffs, I wanted to research how many of these award winners were actually on teams that had success. Continue reading
With my new blog I have been experimenting a little on what subjects to focus on and write about for the upcoming year. As mentioned on my about page, since fantasy is centered on stats and numbers there will be many blogs dedicated to the world of fantasy sports. My day is full of fantasy sports research but I have kept the blogs to a minimum for the time being. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) participation has grown over 60 percent the past four years and there are almost 30 million fantasy sports players in the United States alone. There are countless stats on the industry but one sport I want to focus on in this blog is basketball and my experience.
Most of my fantasy sport blogs will breakdown player stats and recommendations of players I am focused on, avoiding or trying to trade. This blog I am highlighting fantasy basketball as a whole. With the playoffs right around the corner and this season being my first time participating I had some interesting findings. According to the FSTA, fantasy basketball leagues currently sit fourth in popularity behind football, baseball and auto racing. That being said, there are still close to 6 million people participating.
The two styles of leagues I participated in were a yearlong rotisserie style scoring format on ESPN, and a head to head formatted league on Yahoo. As an avid fantasy football player I was automatically attracted to the head to head league through Yahoo. Comparing it to football where your focus is scoring the most points overall, the head to head category match-up is a great format that forces you to focus on all player attributes, strengths and weaknesses. Even though ESPN’s rotisserie league has the same format of stat categories, without the head to head match-up it was hard to stay focused without providing me any gratification of winning or losing at the end of the week. With all the daily fantasy games available online it seems to me the focus on fantasy sports is starting to push towards instant gratification. Overall I have enjoyed the basketball leagues I am participating in and look forward to its growth in the future.
Every major sports league from NBA to NASCAR understands the importance of fantasy sports and its popularity among its fans. Week in and week out it provides someone the opportunity to get involved in a sporting event that their favorite player or team is not involved in. Where do you see the fantasy sports industry going and what sports will be in the forefront in the upcoming years?
With the first half of the lockout shortened season complete, let’s take a look back at some players that impacted the fantasy world. We all know Kevin Durant was going to put up big numbers and Dwight Howard would grab a bunch of boards, so let’s take time to focus on some under the radar players heading into the season who shined for owners that drafted them.
Focused on players with an ADP above 50 according to ESPN fantasy leagues. Stats are shown as a Per Game Average.
Best Available was found taking the highest ranked player in each category available in a majority of ESPN fantasy leagues.
Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 18.4
League Rank: 17 ADP: 58.4
Best Available: Anthony Morrow (13.0 ppg)
DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) – 11.3
League Rank: 5 ADP: 55.3
Best Available: Marcus Camby (9.5 rpg)
Jose Calderon (TOR) – 8.9
League Rank: 3 ADP: 88.9
Best Available: Ramon Sessions (5.5 apg)
Mike Conley (MEM) – 2.47
League Rank: 1 ADP: 73
Best Available: Iman Shumpert (2.0 spg)
Serge Ibaka (OKC) – 3.21
League Rank: 1 ADP: 51.4
Best Available: Bismack Biyombo (1.68 bpg)
Field Goal %
Tyson Chandler (NYK) – .703%
League Rank: 1 ADP: 68.5
Best Available: DeJaun Blair (.520%)
Overall (With Fantasy Rank and ADP)
8. Marc Gasol (MEM) – 59.3
11. Greg Monroe (DET) – 61.3
13. Tyson Chandler (NYK) – 68.5
15. James Harden (OKC) – 69.6
16. Marcin Gortat (PHX) – 56.9
18. Ricky Rubio (MIN) – 102.3
20. Mike Conley (MEM) – 73.0
21. Ryan Anderson (ORL) – 119.0
Who shined for your team and has your interest for the 2nd half of the season?
A Look Back in Time
What has happen to the NBA Slam Dunk contest?
The 2012 Slam Dunk contest finds itself once again in Orlando, Florida this Saturday night at 8 p.m. est. In years past the news surrounding the event is usually centered around the participants, but this year it’s about Jeremy Lin not being able to assist Ian Shumpert who withdrew due to injury. It will also not include last year’s champion, Blake Griffin, as he will pass up the opportunity to defend the 2011 title. With the new rule changes, this year’s contest will feature a new single-round format. Each player has to execute three dunks, and only fan voting will determine who is the champion. This year’s participants include four first time participants:
Chase Budinger (Houston) 6 Total Dunks (2011-12)
Paul George (Indiana) 25 Dunks
Jeremy Evans (Utah) 12 Dunks
Derrick Williams (Minnesota) 19 Dunks
Once a fan favorite during the NBA All-Star Break, it’s now on the brink of being cancelled. We won’t compare this year’s contest to some of the all-time greats including Jordan, Wilkins or Webb, but how about taking it back to Orlando, 20 years ago in 1992 (Video). The participants in order of finish that year included:
Cedric Ceballos (Phoenix) Champion
Larry Johnson (Charlotte)
Nick Anderson (Orlando)
John Starks (New York)
Doug West (Minnesota)
Shawn Kemp (Seattle)
Stacey Augmon (Atlanta)
Thoughts/opinions on the state of the Slam Dunk Contest?