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I’ve spent a ridiculously stupid amount of time debating whether it’s better to be lucky or good. So much weed. So much time. Wasted. I never go to Roscoe’s and debate the merits of chicken or waffles! It’s both! Always both! The Celtics reiterated that simple concept last night at the NBA Draft Lottery, where the balls bounced up-and-down, side-to-side, and all-around to give them the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Is that going to be Markelle Fultz? Did you know that Fultz’s wingspan is longer that Josh Jackson’s? Crazy. Anyways, must be nice Celtics fans. Must be nice…As a Lakers fan, it pained me to put that logo up top, but I give props when props are due.

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Hey everyone! I’m Viz, and for those who don’t know me, I’m the editor of the hockey side of things on Razzball and the co-host of the Razzball Hockey Podcast. Now, with the departure of the legends J.B. and Slim, I’m co-hosting the basketball podcast too! I’m joined by our Lord, Tehol Beddict, to talk about a wide array of subjects. We start off by briefly introducing who we are before getting to what everyone wants to hear about, basketball! Among the notable topics are the current NBA Playoffs, the loaded 2017 NBA Draft, the up and coming teams we’re looking forward to seeing next season, the #1 player on my board for next season and free agency. We hit on a bunch of teams, either with multiple, notable free agents or with a large amount of cap space and the players we’d like to see them spend on. We had some technical difficulties, my talking doesn’t come through perfectly, but I promise it’ll be better next time around! Be sure to post anything you want us to talk about in the future in the comments section below. All of that and more in the newest edition of the Razzball Basketball Podcast!

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JB has been your Grand Poobah of Fantasy Hoops for the last few years. He took Razzball Basketball from Ashy to ClassyUnfortunately, like Ryu at the end of Street Fighter 2, JB has walked away to seek his next challenge. Wishing you nothing but the best JB!

With that said, I want to introduce myself to all of you. I’m SON. No, not Stream-O-Nator. I started out on the football side, then contributed for baseball. Now, I’m taking over for JB on the hoops side. I’ve got big shoes to fill, both literally and figuratively. I thought it only appropriate to start things off with this:

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Razzball Nation!  As you may or may not have read in my final “real” post, I have retired from fantasy writing and Razzball, and this is the final stop for me as we part ways.  This feels so much like a breakup!  But it’s just closing the book on our 3-year run of launching and running the Razzball Basketball Pod.  It will be missed!  We look back on 3 years of memories, jokes, and our tenure at Razzball for one last time, and hopefully you have a few drinks with us.  It’s like The Last Supper!  So for one last time, catch up with Slim & I on the airwaves as we sign off from Razzball Basketball.  Will miss you all!

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Well, the somber day has come where I have decided to hang up the sneaks (I keep getting kankles!) from Razzball, and focus on one thing more important and one thing less important in my life – my family, and my career.  Haha, if anyone at my job stumbles onto this, I’m only kidding!  When you work full time along with giving Razzball Hoops the love and tender care it needs, it can stretch you a little thin.

Man, 4.5 years leading the Razzball Basketball charge.  I thought it was only 3.5.  Can’t believe I took this over at the tail end of the 2012-13 season, had my first articles get maybe 2-3 comments and sometimes none, and the community here grew to what it is today.  Still getting all you guys visiting after the season just ended!  It’s awesome.  I know when people leave they get sappy, and blahty-blah they say emo things, but it’s 100% true that the biggest thing I’m going to miss will be the comments and you commenters.  Just having people spend their time dropping by to chat hoops meant the world.  In that vein, hit me up any time on Twitter (@jbgilpin) to keep talking some hoops, and I’m sure Razzball Basketball is going to continue to be the best spot on the interwebs for fantasy hoops content.

Can’t believe this is going to be my final post…  It’s so weird!  Almost 6 years at Razzball, 8 writing for fantasy sports, and it’s just become my time to retire.  Blabby run-on intro, JB, what else is new?!  Hah, so for my final post, I decided to take it on Daily Notes style, since that was my favorite part of basketball writing.  I thought it’d be the most fun to review everything from my tenure notes style, for a look back and the laughs and the cries (F you Andrew Wiggins!) over the years.  Slim and I are going to do a sign-off Podcast this week, then I am setting sail around the world (aka, going to spend more time with the family and my new dog).  So for the last time, here’s what went down over the last 4.5 years of Razzball Fantasy Basketball:

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Playoff basketball – yes spelled “basketball” – is underway, got some great games to kick it off, including from our boy PBev!  While I’m coming around and trying to watch more playoff hoops (baseball is still fresh and new, sue me!), I’m still more excited for the hopes and dreams of 2017-18 fantasy titles.

In case you’re still catching up, here’s my Way Too Early Top 10 ranks, which hopefully mostly hold up (they mostly come out at night…) for the 2017-18 season.  Of course my boldest call of Rudy #10 gets greeted by a first quarter knee injury in game 1 of the playoffs, hooray!  C’mon Rudy, just stay healthy, no one in fantasy cares how you play in the playoffs!  Hah!  So let’s all hope none of these guys in my 11-25 get injuries their next postseason game…  Here’s my Way Too Early Top 25 for the 2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Season:

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The season is officially over!  Turn the page on 2016-17!  Well, except for those – ya know – 4-month long playoffs…  But the regular season has concluded, and on today’s show we talk some finale day performances like Aaron Gordon and Kris Dunn, then recap our 2016-17 ranks and picks!  My 2016-17 Ranks, our 2016-17 Razzball Staff Picks, and a final look at our 30-point challenge picks.  Thanks again to everyone for listening through this season, and here’s to a big 2017-18 offseason and an ever better year next season!

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Whoa, how weird is that?!  “2017-18 Fantasy Basketball”?!?!  Already?!  Well, as what typically happens with postseason fantasy hoops disappointments for me, I’m ready to again turn the page.  Gonna get nothing but titles next year, wooooo!  I’m gonna be like UCLA in the 60s-70s.  Plenty of white players on those teams, right LaVar Ball!?  Oh shizz, yeah let’s get straight to the inappropriate right off the bat for 2017-18!

As tradition, we’re kicking off our Way Too Early Ranks for 17-18 on the last day of the 16-17 season, passing the torch to next year on a hot handoff, but not hot enough to knock the baton out of someone’s hands.  Ish ain’t allowed!  Also, I should be disallowed from ranking Chandler Parsons, amiright?!  Thanks again to everyone reading through the season, and let’s get some early rankings on!  Here’s my Way Too Early Top 10 for the 2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Season:

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JB – The glitz, the glamour, the Razzies!  Slim we’re back, for the 4th Annual Razzies, I can’t believe we’re now simulcast live on ABC, NBC, and Skinamax!

Slim – Yeah, I dunno how you sold that third one…

JB starts to sheepishly unbutton his tuxedo.

Slim – STOP!

JB buttons it back on…

JB – …Well, simulcast on ABC and NBC then…  The cameras are out, our NBA nominees are arriving on the red carpet as we speak.  Our Razzies are backstage with THE CORRECT award cards set up by our PAs for each 16-17 Razzies, with the Razzie awarded to each esteemed winner by your votes.  There’s Chandler Parsons sporting a walking cane, I guess there’s no hope that it was all an act and he goes into a front somersault like Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka, right?!

Slim – …I’m surprised he’s not in a wheelchair…  Ohhhh, entering in the west entrance, let’s hope he can fit that hat in under the doorway!  It’s…  Coach Asshat!

JB – Nice spot Slim, yes Coach Asshat looks like a total Mess, fitting for his season, I just love this time of year!

Slim – Speaking of love, remember last year when I showed you some pictures of Gary Harris I was hoping he would see, this time I have a video!

Slim pulls out his phone [NOT an iPhone!], and starts playing a video.  There is so.  Much.  Hair!

JB – No!  NO!  Make it stop!  Well, we got Skinamax back, but lost ABC and NBC, 1 outta 3 ain’t bad!  Speaking of, there’s Andre Drummond!  Waving at the crowd, shoulder hair busting through his tuxedo.  What a illustrious night.  Slim, I think everyone has about filed away into our ballroom, Let’s award some Razzies!

Slim is disgustingly still holding his phone up to the camera.  JB just shakes his head…

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Razzball Nation!  For most of us H2Hers the season is over, but we’ve still got Roto wrapping up and some ill-conceived H2H finals pressing through, so I wanted to take a quick look at some Daily Notes over the last stretch of action.  Really the only reason it would be fun to still have games matter is if you own superstars on teams vying for the 7th or 8th seed.  Enter Omen, stage left!

Damian Lillard showed Utah why he really hates jazz music, going 59/6/5/1/0, and somehow dropping that kind of line without a TO.  Hit 9 triples and 14-16 FT, on his way to a career and franchise high…  It’s a horror film watching him slice up oppo D’s!  Career-highs in FG%, FT%, scoring, and he’s dropped his TO rate from 3.2 last year back down to 2.6.  Funny how no one complains about his sub-1.0 STL rate though, unlike Dennis Schroder!  But when you’re hitting 3 treys a game at almost 45% from the field, you get a pass!  What a year from “Baby”, as he plays his way into a clear early-to-mid second rounder for drafts in 2017-18.  Can’t wait to unveil some ranks!  Tomorrow we’ll have the Razzies Presentation (if you haven’t voted yet – vote now!), then Wednesday my 2017-18 Top 10.  Fantasy never sleeps over here on hoops!  Here’s what else went down over the past week in fantasy basketball action:

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