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NBA Season Review: Post-All-Star Break Production

For the second half of the 2013-14 season, James Harden provided first-overall fantasy value. It was a precursor to Harden’s fabulous 2014-15 season, one that lead to him being in the MVP discussion down to the bitter end.

This article aims to provide an overview of this season’s second-half performances, both good and bad, in order to try and find players who performed better in the second half of this season so that we can consider whether their improved production will continue next season or merely be a mirage of circumstance this season.

Box Score Breakdown: Onuaku Flow

There are two days left, and unfortunately, these last couple days feel like we are watching a different sport. A sport when a guy called Arinze Onuaku may become the player who decides a fantasy championship. Strange times indeed. With teams either packing up for the season, or preparing for the next phase, there are basically one or two games each night that have any relevance and that is reflected in the box scores. And if, as J.J. Calle put it yesterday, RotoWire is resting their starters and he is a sixth man, then you are stuck with RotoWire’s Arinze Onuaku today, for my final Box Score Breakdown of the season.

Box Score Breakdown — Happy Birthday, Tony Wroten

I give this year a ‘D,’ for delightful! Sunday brought about widespread resting and blowouts galore. With RotoWire applying similar tactics by resting their starters, sixth men like myself are left playing out the string. That string includes watching the Game of Thrones marathon for the fourth straight Sunday. Much of what you’ll read is a summary of yesterday’s uninspiring basketball. The average margin of victory was 17.7 points. Seven of the nine victors won by at least 11 points. This may be my shortest breakdown of box scores all season.

Box Score Breakdown — Lowry Back, Gallinari Joins 40/40 Club, & Jrue Returns From Holiday

Tim Duncan blocks James Harden and the world loses their collective minds. Victor Oladipo hit the go-ahead three-pointer only to be one-upped by Lou Williams, Oladipo’s defensive assignment, seconds later. Gordon Hayward missed the game-tying free throw with 0.1 seconds left. Raymond Felton blocked Kenneth Faried’s layup in double-overtime, triggering a little-known out clause for the Nuggets due to the absurdity of the event. Lou Amundson rejected Giannis Antetokounmpo at the summit, yet no one reported that because the only witnesses were the crowd and me. People would rather focus on Antetokounmpo’s coast-to-coast block/dunk instead. I’ll support the unheralded, those not as accepted by the mainstream. Because if I don’t, someone else will.

Box Score Breakdown: Manimal House

One week to go. That’s it. Moves here will make or break your season, but beware the dreaded rest. We had John Wall, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins all sit Wednesday due to the dreaded ‘R’ word, but all that does is open some more opportunities for others. Oh, and yeah, Giannis Antetokounmpo was benched and we still don’t know why. The last week of the season, ladies and gentlemen.

Box Score Breakdown — Return of the Bismack

There’s one week left in the regular season. Some fantasy leagues, primarily rotisserie, continue until the final day. It’s imperative to max out your games played in those leagues. You can cheat the system by draining your limit to one remaining game in positions with multiple slots, e.g. center and util, then start two players at both on the same day. Most host sites don’t decide which player’s stats to keep, irrespective of start time, so you’ll have an extra game, or two, on your ledger. If done correctly, you’ll have 165 games played at center and util. This maneuver is akin to maximizing your innings pitched in fantasy baseball by loading up on starting pitchers with a few innings remaining; all their stats count toward your team log, even after they eclipse the innings limit.