Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Early Returns

The 2009-10 Fantasy Basketball season is underway, and just a week and a half into the new campaign, there are some early indicators of what to expect going forward.

One of the mysteries heading into the new season, was the health of Gilbert Arenas. Through his first three games, Gil has posted impressive lines, culminating in per game averages of 28 points, and almost seven assists, on 50% shooting. During the off-season, Arenas pledged to transform himself into a better leader, distributing the ball to his teammates more frequently, hence passing up the tempting three-point shot. To date, Arenas has not displayed a significant effort to do so, but it is extremely early in the season.

On the rookie radar, the absence of Blake Griffin has redirected the focus to other freshman ballers such asTyreke Evans, Jonny Flynn, and Brandon Jennings. Of these three, Jennings has shined brightest, bolting out of the gate with two straight impressive performances, including a 24 point effort in just his second game in the NBA.

A few surprises thus far include the stellar play of New York Knick Danilo Galinari. After four games, the Italian product has averaged just under 20 points per game, including a league leading 19 three-point conversions. Consistency may be a short-term issue for Danilo, but he certainly has the potential to develop into one of the NBA's premier sharp-shooters.

The usual suspects have, for the most part, gotten off to quick starts.LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Kobe Bryant are lighting it up nightly. On the other hand, former fantasy studs such as Shaquille O'Neal, Rasheed Wallace, and Richard Jefferson have had to adjust to new surroundings and fewer fantasy scoring opportunities in crowded rotations.

In terms of early-season injuries, with the exception of Blake Griffin the bug hasn't bit anyone too hard yet, rather the typical day-to-day bumps and bruises that come with an 82 game NBA regular season.

Strap yourselves in folks, as this time next week, a new series of trends will have begun to take shape.

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