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RotoWire's NBA Editor and award winning host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.

Fantasy sports articles written by Nick Whalen

Early Season Trends: How the Bucks and Sixers are Weaponizing the Three

Early Season Trends: How the Bucks and Sixers are Weaponizing the Three

Nick Whalen delves into a number of notable trends around the league, including pace of play and production from beyond the arc.

Rookie Watch: Two-Week Check-Up

Rookie Watch: Two-Week Check-Up

Which first-year players surprised or disappointed fantasy owners in the month of October?

Video Shorts: Value of Portland's Big 3, Plus Who's the Top Pick?

Video Shorts: Value of Portland's Big 3, Plus Who's the Top Pick?

Nick joins NBC Sports Northwest to talk Portland Trail Blazers and announce his top overall pick.

Preseason Observations: Greek Freak Returns, Jazz Lose Exum

Preseason Observations: Greek Freak Returns, Jazz Lose Exum

Giannis Antetokounmpo made his preseason debut over the weekend, while the Jazz may be without Dante Exum for the entire season.

Preseason Observations: Morris Brothers Cleared, Simmons Dazzles

Preseason Observations: Morris Brothers Cleared, Simmons Dazzles

Catch up on all of the news, notes and position battles as we near the end of the first week of preseason action.

Preseason Observations: Fox, Kuzma Among Standouts in Early Preseason Action

Preseason Observations: Fox, Kuzma Among Standouts in Early Preseason Action

Nick Whalen takes you through all of the news and notes from the first week of training camps, as well as the position battles to keep an eye on.

NBA Draft Kit: Westbrook Still No. 1 in Latest Expert Draft

NBA Draft Kit: Westbrook Still No. 1 in Latest Expert Draft

There weren't any surprises at the top, but our experts found plenty of value in the middle and later rounds.

NBA Draft Kit: RotoWire X CBS Experts Mock Recap

NBA Draft Kit: RotoWire X CBS Experts Mock Recap

Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook was the first player off the board, but James Harden and Steph Curry slipped out of the top five.

NBA Draft Kit: Fantasy Roundtable Q&A

NBA Draft Kit: Fantasy Roundtable Q&A

From No. 1 picks to players to avoid, the RotoWire NBA staff tackles a handful of burning questions heading into the 2016-17 NBA season.

NBA Draft Kit: Offseason Transactions Recap

NBA Draft Kit: Offseason Transactions Recap

How did an offseason packed with big-time players switching area codes impact the power balance in fantasy leagues?

NBA Draft Kit: Rookie Preview

NBA Draft Kit: Rookie Preview

While last year's rookies underwhelmed, the 2017 class features several players who will impact the fantasy landscape.

Stadium & RW Video: Early Week 1 WR Stud Rankings, Post Beckham Injury

Stadium & RW Video: Early Week 1 WR Stud Rankings, Post Beckham Injury

After Odell Beckham's pre-season injury, Nick takes an early look at ranking the stud wide receivers for Week 1.

Video Shorts: Best NBA Players Under 25

Video Shorts: Best NBA Players Under 25

Nick joins Jason on TYT Sports to debate the top ballers under 25 years of age.

NBA Schedule: 13 Games to Watch in 2017-18

NBA Schedule: 13 Games to Watch in 2017-18

It's revenge game season as Nick Whalen breaks down 13 of the most intriguing matchups on the NBA schedule.

Stadium & RW Video: Dolphins Fantasy Review

Stadium & RW Video: Dolphins Fantasy Review

Nick joins 120 Sports to talk about his fantasy favorites from the 2017 Dolphins roster.

Stadium & RW Video: Early Risers, Plus Redskins Preview

Stadium & RW Video: Early Risers, Plus Redskins Preview

Jake and Nick visit 120 Sports to talk about early risers and offer a Redskins preview.

Stadium & RW Video: QB Battles, Plus Who Will Step Up or Down

Stadium & RW Video: QB Battles, Plus Who Will Step Up or Down

Nick joins 120 Sports to discuss which pre-season QB battles we should be watching. Plus, he predicts who will step up and who will regress.

NBA Offseason: Implications of Paul George in OKC

NBA Offseason: Implications of Paul George in OKC

Russell Westbrook has played alongside a dynamic wing in the past, but the addition of Paul George will still require an adjustment period.

Team Previews: Jacksonville Jaguars

Team Previews: Jacksonville Jaguars

Nick Whalen delves into the Jaguars, who are seeking to avoid a seventh consecutive losing season.

NBA Offseason: 2017 Free Agency Index

NBA Offseason: 2017 Free Agency Index

Keep up with all of the latest signings as the NBA's free agency period heats up.

NBA Offseason: Breaking Down the Chris Paul Trade

NBA Offseason: Breaking Down the Chris Paul Trade

What does Wednesday's blockbuster deal between the Clippers and Rockets mean for James Harden and Chris Paul next season?

NBA Draft: Final First Round Mock

NBA Draft: Final First Round Mock

With the 2017 NBA Draft just hours away, Nick Whalen gives his final predictions for what should be a wild night in Brooklyn.

NBA Draft: Who Won and Who Lost on Draft Week

NBA Draft: Who Won and Who Lost on Draft Week

The Nets, Mavericks and Jazz were among the teams that have already improved heading into free agency.

NBA Mock Draft: Ideal Fantasy Scenarios

NBA Mock Draft: Ideal Fantasy Scenarios

Nick Whalen imagines a scenario in which the Celtics pass on Markelle Fultz at No. 1.

NBA Mock Draft: Full First-Round Mock

NBA Mock Draft: Full First-Round Mock

With the draft less than three weeks away, Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball remain atop Nick Whalen's mock draft.

Staff Picks: NBA Finals Predictions

Staff Picks: NBA Finals Predictions

The RotoWire NBA staff offers up predictions for Cavs-Warriors: Part III.

NBA Draft Deadline: Who's In and Who's Out?

NBA Draft Deadline: Who's In and Who's Out?

Track all of the updates on who's leaving and who's staying as Wednesday's deadline to for the NBA Draft approaches.

DraftKings NBA: Monday-Tuesday Cheat Sheet

DraftKings NBA: Monday-Tuesday Cheat Sheet

Klay Thompson is yet to take off as the Warriors look to clinch a third straight Finals berth.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Monday-Tuesday Values

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Monday-Tuesday Values

Tristan Thompson exploded for an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double in Sunday's Game 3 loss.

NBA Draft: Nick Whalen's Post-Lottery Mock Draft

NBA Draft: Nick Whalen's Post-Lottery Mock Draft

The Lakers, Kings and Knicks each get their point guards of the future in Nick Whalen's latest lottery mock.

DraftKings NBA: Monday-Tuesday Cheat Sheet

DraftKings NBA: Monday-Tuesday Cheat Sheet

Kevin Durant ($9,900) cruised to 34 points in the Warriors' come-from-behind victory in Game 1.

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Monday-Tuesday Values

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Monday-Tuesday Values

Al Horford is by far the most dependable option at what's a shallow pool of centers.

NBA Draft Combine Observations: Winners, Losers and More

NBA Draft Combine Observations: Winners, Losers and More

After two days on the scene in Chicago, Nick Whalen analyzes which prospects helped or hurt their NBA Draft stock.

NBA Draft: 18 Prospects to Watch at the Draft Combine

NBA Draft: 18 Prospects to Watch at the Draft Combine

Bam Adebayo, Donovan Mitchell, Jawun Evans and Thomas Bryant will be among the potential first-round picks in action in Chicago.

NBA Draft: 18 Prospects to Watch at the Draft Combine

NBA Draft: 18 Prospects to Watch at the Draft Combine

Bam Adebayo, Donovan Mitchell, Jawun Evans and Thomas Bryant will be among the potential first-round picks in action in Chicago.

NBA Draft: Complete List of Early Entrants

NBA Draft: Complete List of Early Entrants

A record 182 players d for the 2017 NBA Draft. Prospects will have until one week after the Draft Combine to withdraw their name.

NBA Draft: Complete List of Early Entrants

NBA Draft: Complete List of Early Entrants

A record 182 players d for the 2017 NBA Draft. Prospects will have until one week after the Draft Combine to withdraw their name.

NBA Draft: NCAA Tournament Winners & Losers

NBA Draft: NCAA Tournament Winners & Losers

As attention turns to the NBA draft, Nick Whalen takes a look at players whose draft stock may have been impacted by their NCAA Tournament performance.

NBA Draft: NCAA Tournament Winners and Losers

NBA Draft: NCAA Tournament Winners and Losers

Nick Whalen takes a look at players whose draft stock may have been impacted by their NCAA Tournament performance.

The Prospect Post: First Round NBA Mock Draft

The Prospect Post: First Round NBA Mock Draft

With the big night only three months away, James Anderson and Nick Whalen project the top 30 picks in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Video Shorts: Week 22 Insights

Video Shorts: Week 22 Insights

Nick joins NBA TV to discuss the hot topics heading into Week 22.

NBA Draft: The 25 Best Prospects in the 2017 NCAA Tournament

NBA Draft: The 25 Best Prospects in the 2017 NCAA Tournament

Nick Whalen and James Anderson go region-by-region to break down 25 of the top prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft.

NCAA Tournament Preview: 25 Best NBA Prospects in the Field

NCAA Tournament Preview: 25 Best NBA Prospects in the Field

Nick Whalen and James Anderson go region-by-region to break down 25 of the top prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft.

NBA Draft: Non-Lottery Prospects to Watch

NBA Draft: Non-Lottery Prospects to Watch

Duke's Luke Kennard, Wake Forest's John Collins, and Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans are among the prospects who could make an impact later in the first round.

NBA Trade Tracker: 2017 Deadline Running Blog

NBA Trade Tracker: 2017 Deadline Running Blog

Keep up with all of the movement around the NBA as Thursday's 3:00 p.m. ET trade deadline approaches.

2017 NBA All-Star Weekend: Saturday Night Preview

2017 NBA All-Star Weekend: Saturday Night Preview

On-location in New Orleans, Nick Whalen previews All-Star Saturday Night's Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest.

2017 NBA All-Star Weekend: Point Guards Take Center Stage in New Orleans

2017 NBA All-Star Weekend: Point Guards Take Center Stage in New Orleans

LeBron James is still the best player in the East, if not the whole league, but it's a conference ruled by point guards.

2014 Re-Draft: Cavs Get Embiid

2014 Re-Draft: Cavs Get Embiid

RotoWire's James Anderson and Nick Whalen review the best players from the 2014 draft class and break down where they would fall if it was done all over again.

Video Shorts: Week 16 Insights

Video Shorts: Week 16 Insights

Nick joins NBA TV to discuss the hot topics heading into Week 16.

Video Shorts: Week 12 Insights

Video Shorts: Week 12 Insights

Nick joins NBA TV to discuss fantasy issues heading into Week 12 of the NBA season.

Video Shorts: Week 9 Insights

Video Shorts: Week 9 Insights

Nick joins NBA TV to discuss key insights heading into Week 9.

Video Shorts: Tuesday Night Advice

Video Shorts: Tuesday Night Advice

Nick joins the FNTSY Network to discuss tonight's slate in the NBA.

Video Shorts: Week 7 Advice

Video Shorts: Week 7 Advice

Nick joins NBA TV to discuss fantasy news heading into Week 7 of the NBA season.

Video Shorts: Week 5 Update

Video Shorts: Week 5 Update

Nick joins NBA TV to discuss fantasy news heading into Week 5 of the NBA season.

Stadium & RW Video: Week 10 Recap, Week 11 Suggestions

Stadium & RW Video: Week 10 Recap, Week 11 Suggestions

Nick joins 120 Sports to recap the big stories from Week 10.

Video Shorts: Week 3 Advice

Video Shorts: Week 3 Advice

Nick joins NBA TV to discuss fantasy news heading into Week 3 of the NBA season. Giannis!

Video Shorts: Week 2 Advice

Video Shorts: Week 2 Advice

Nick joins NBA TV to discuss fantasy news heading into Week 2 of the NBA season.

Stadium & RW Video: Week 8 Advice

Stadium & RW Video: Week 8 Advice

Nick joins 120 Sports to offer his advice heading into Week 8.

Stadium & RW Video: Post-Week 3 Preseason News, Romo

Stadium & RW Video: Post-Week 3 Preseason News, Romo

Nick joins 120 Sports to cover news following NFL Preseason Week 3. Oh No Romo!

SXM Highlights: Dak Prescott's Value Following Romo's Injury

SXM Highlights: Dak Prescott's Value Following Romo's Injury

Nick and Mario debate Dak Prescott's fantasy value with news that Romo will be out for a while.

Stadium & RW Video: Bell, DEN O, NE RBs & Probable

Stadium & RW Video: Bell, DEN O, NE RBs & Probable

Nick joins 120 Sports to discuss Le'Veon Bell, the Denver offense, New England RB's and removing

Stadium & RW Video: Top RB, QB and WR

Stadium & RW Video: Top RB, QB and WR

Nick joins 120 Sports to discuss Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Cam Newton, Antonio Brown and others.

NBA Offseason: Fantasy Breakout Players

NBA Offseason: Fantasy Breakout Players

Giannis Antetokounmpo is primed for an even bigger breakout in 2016-17.

Stadium & RW Video: Players to Avoid & Hail Mary Picks

Stadium & RW Video: Players to Avoid & Hail Mary Picks

Nick joins Tyler and Michael on 120 Sports to discuss players to avoid and last-round hail mary targets for the upcoming season.

Stadium & RW Video: PPR, Rookies & Sleepers

Stadium & RW Video: PPR, Rookies & Sleepers

Nick joins Michael and Tyler at 120 Sports to talk about PPR picks, hot rookies and late-round sleepers.

Stadium & RW Video: Top RB's & WR's

Stadium & RW Video: Top RB's & WR's

Nick joins Tyler and Michael on 120 Sports to debate the top RB's and WR's for 2016.

DraftKings NBA: Olympic Basketball Opening Weekend

DraftKings NBA: Olympic Basketball Opening Weekend

We know what gold medal favorite Team USA has to offer, but which international players should be in your lineup?

Stadium & RW Video: Top QB's & Breakout Players

Stadium & RW Video: Top QB's & Breakout Players

Nick joins Tyler and Michael on 120 Sports to debate the top QB's and breakout players.

Team Previews: Jacksonville Jaguars

Team Previews: Jacksonville Jaguars

Nick Whalen examines the up-and-coming Jaguars, led by Blake Bortles and a group promising wideouts.

NBA Offseason: 2016 Free Agency Tracker

NBA Offseason: 2016 Free Agency Tracker

Keep up on all of the action with NBA free agency in full swing.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Reactions to the Draft

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Reactions to the Draft

Nick and James analyze Thursday's NBA Draft, with reactions for every pick in the first round and more.

NBA Draft: Top 20 Fantasy Rookies

NBA Draft: Top 20 Fantasy Rookies

Ben Simmons easily claims the top spot in Nick Whalen's 2016-17 rookie rankings.

NBA Draft: Winners and Losers

NBA Draft: Winners and Losers

After the Wolves took Kris Dunn at No. 5, are Ricky Rubio's days in Minnesota numbered?

NBA Mock Draft: Final Draft-Day Projections

NBA Mock Draft: Final Draft-Day Projections

Domantas Sabonis and Kris Dunn are on the rise in Nick Whalen's final 2016 mock draft.

NBA Mock Draft: 6/08/2016

NBA Mock Draft: 6/08/2016

It's status quo for the top three picks in Nick Whalen's second mock of the 2016 draft season.

NBA Draft Chat: Chriss continues to gain steam

NBA Draft Chat: Chriss continues to gain steam

With the 2016 NBA Draft just three weeks away, RotoWire Assistant NBA Editor Nick Whalen and Lead Prospect Writer James Anderson sat down to talk risers, fallers, mock draft tweaks, Doron Lamb, and much more.

NBA Draft Deadline: Who's in, who's out, and what it all means

NBA Draft Deadline: Who's in, who's out, and what it all means

It took a late-night decision, but Maryland's Melo Trimble will remain in College Park for 2016-17. Nick Whalen breaks down this and other key decisions on deadline day.

NBA Draft Deadline: Who's in, who's out, and what it all means

NBA Draft Deadline: Who's in, who's out, and what it all means

Oregon's Dillon Brooks is among several college stars who will be returning to campus next season.

NBA Mock Draft: Post-Combine First-Round Mock

NBA Mock Draft: Post-Combine First-Round Mock

With the lottery order now set, Nick Whalen mocks the first 30 picks of the 2016 NBA Draft.

NBA Draft Combine Observations: News and Notes from Chicago

NBA Draft Combine Observations: News and Notes from Chicago

Nick Whalen's news, notes and observations from Thursday and Friday at the 2016 NBA Draft Combine.

Offseason Priority Preview: Part II - Western Conference

Offseason Priority Preview: Part II - Western Conference

RotoWire's Nick Whalen previews each lottery team's priorities as the focus shifts to the offseason.

Offseason Priority Preview: Part I - Eastern Conference

Offseason Priority Preview: Part I - Eastern Conference

RotoWire's Nick Whalen previews each lottery team's priorities as the focus shifts to the offseason.

Stadium & RW Video: Monday Slam Dunks

Stadium & RW Video: Monday Slam Dunks

Nick joins 120 Sports to give his Daily Fantasy advice for Monday, February 29th.

Stadium & RW Video: Friday FanDuel NBA Picks

Stadium & RW Video: Friday FanDuel NBA Picks

Nick joins 120 Sports to debate NBA FanDuel options for the Friday slate of games.

Stadium & RW Video: Friday FanDuel NBA Picks

Stadium & RW Video: Friday FanDuel NBA Picks

Nick joins 120 Sports to debate NBA FanDuel options for the Friday slate of games.

The Prospect Post: NBA Ceilings

The Prospect Post: NBA Ceilings

James Anderson and Nick Whalen discuss the top 20 players who have yet to peak and project what those best seasons will look like, including whether Anthony Davis or Karl-Anthony Towns has the highest upside.

Stadium & RW Video: NBA Wings & Rookies

Stadium & RW Video: NBA Wings & Rookies

Nick joins 120 Sports to illuminate interesting Wings and Rookies for the 2015 season

Stadium & RW Video: C's & PG's Preview

Stadium & RW Video: C's & PG's Preview

Nick joins 120 Sports to preview centers and point guards for the 2015-16 season

Stadium & RW Video: Parker, Rubio, Beverley & Matthews

Stadium & RW Video: Parker, Rubio, Beverley & Matthews

Nick joins 120 Sports to debate the draft levels of four intriguing players

Stadium & RW Video: Where to Draft Kobe, Rose & Parsons

Stadium & RW Video: Where to Draft Kobe, Rose & Parsons

Nick joins 120 Sports to discuss where to draft Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Chandler Parsons

Stadium & RW Video: Week 5 QB's

Stadium & RW Video: Week 5 QB's

Nick joins the 120 Sports Fantasy Lunch Hour to debate FanDuel QB's for Week 5.

NBA Draft: Winners and Losers

NBA Draft: Winners and Losers

The Heat and Nuggets were two of the biggest winners on draft night.

2015 Team Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars

2015 Team Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars

Julius Thomas is in Jacksonville after a promising start to his career under Peyton Manning, but will he be enough to boost the team's offensive attack?

Offseason Checkup: Atlantic Division

Offseason Checkup: Atlantic Division

RotoWire's Nick Whalen takes a look at the biggest offseason needs and best draft fits for each team in the Atlantic Division.

NBA Draft Chat: Depth At The Top

NBA Draft Chat: Depth At The Top

RotoWire's Nick Whalen and James Anderson discuss the rise of Karl Towns, D'Angelo Russell's versatility, and much, much more.

NBA Draft Chat: Making Sense Of The Top Five

NBA Draft Chat: Making Sense Of The Top Five

RotoWire's Nick Whalen, James Anderson and Josh Lloyd get together to analyze several of the top storylines leading up to next month's NBA Draft.

NBA Team Previews: Brooklyn Nets

NBA Team Previews: Brooklyn Nets

The Nets have a new coach in town, and all of the injured players that caused some of their turmoil last season are supposed to be healthy. Will health and a new head coach improve the Nets' fantasy production?

NBA Team Previews: Milwaukee Bucks

NBA Team Previews: Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to improve on his successful rookie season, but are expectations for the Bucks' guard too high?

2014 Team Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars

2014 Team Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars

Moving on From Gabbert

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Friday

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Friday

Seven games are on Friday's NBA slate, and RotoWire's Nick Whalen is here to break down the night's best value plays.

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Friday

Daily Games Cheat Sheet: Friday

With 10 games on the docket, there are a bevy of options to pick through when setting your lineup.

NBA Team Previews: Milwaukee Bucks 2013-14

NBA Team Previews: Milwaukee Bucks 2013-14

With a whole host of new players on the roster. Who's going to have good fantasy value?

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Friday's News

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Friday's News

LaMarcus Aldridge has the first meaningful injury of the preseason and Nick gets a girlfriend.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Thursday's News

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: Thursday's News

Thursday's Fantasy Basketball Podcast from RotoWire. Kyle McKeown and Nick Whalen take a look at the day's news.

NBA Team Previews: Brooklyn Nets 2013-14

NBA Team Previews: Brooklyn Nets 2013-14

The Nets are stocked to the ceiling with talent, but that may limit the value of individual players in fantasy. It's your high-floor/low-ceiling 2013-14 Nets.

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: International Players

Fantasy Basketball Podcast: International Players

Nick Whalen and Kyle McKeown take a look at all of the international players to try and give everyone a base of knowledge on some of the more mysterious players in the NBA going into the 2013-14 season.

NBA Draft Kit: International Players

NBA Draft Kit: International Players

Who's the next Danilo Gallinari? The mystery men of international basketball continue to migrate to the NBA, but which of these overseas MVPs should be on your roster in fantasy this season?

NBA Barometer: Playoff Performance Value Changes

NBA Barometer: Playoff Performance Value Changes

Nick Whalen (@wha1en) takes a look at players whose value rose and fell thanks to their playoff performances.