So if you haven’t listened to this morning’s Podcast yet, you wanna know what’s fun when you run the world’s awesomest Fantasy Basketball blog?! Coming home to no internet! And your ISP having no way to fix it until the next day! It just makes you think about how we in the fantasy basketball world rely on the internet, when so much of the world is still without it… I’m over here stressing like a madman wanting to be sure Razzball Hoops can still deliver our silliness, when the world at large still has a long way to go. Even though it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, I want to tell my family at the Razzball Nation table that I’m just thankful to be here, and thankful for everyone reading! …and thankful I can get to work a few hours early to bang out today’s recap… Without the internet, I wouldn’t have a job with a software company, Razzball wouldn’t exist, I’d be working at some factory or some ish, fantasy basketball would likely not exist…. Imagine calculating fantasy hoops by hand! Ahhhhh! Awful! I’m very fortunate to merely exist at this point in time and space. And to wrap up this sappy open, I want to say I’m the bigger man and certainly wouldn’t ousT What Cable provider I use… Crooks.

Anyway, so with limited hoops watching last night due to an inconsistent 4G stream, I didn’t get to watch the Celtics game and two of my REL rocks, but had a little better service to watch most of the first half of the Spurs/Sac game. First off, have you seen the new Kings arena?! The Golden 1 Center doesn’t look real! It looks like where they’d play football in Starship Troopers, ya know, with that silver football? Wasn’t there talk that this team could move a few years ago? Geez! Well for as bad as the Kings manage their personnel, they certainly can hire some Star Trek architects, that’s for damn sure. But for as cool as the new arena looks, Kawhi Leonard looks better. Sleeker. Sexier… “You are ruining moving day for us!” 30/3/5/5/0 last night, giving him back-to-back 30 Pts/5 Stl games for the first time in NBA history. Ok, don’t fact check that, I’m sure it’s happened before… [edit – Rotoworld must be reading us, because about an hour after this posted, they put out this latest news blurb on Kawhi this morning…]

I feel like he’s one of the birds from Finding Nemo. “Mine! Mine mine! Mine!” But what an absolute superstar, and maybe he belonged right next to KAT a tier below the big-4 in my ranks. Maybe even within the big 4! 7-7 FT last night, giving him a 22-22 clip to begin the season. He only committed 1 TO last night too! If you watched any of this game, the Kings actually started pretty hot, and the other starting 4 Spurs looked horrific. It was all Kawhi to open the scoring, putting in San Antonio’s first 9 points. It was Kawhi 9 to Sacramento 16 halfway through the first… With the rest of the Spurs struggling a bit out of the gate, Kawhi put his team on his back, and absolutely looks like he’s in the MVP discussion. Makes you pretty happy for having a later-round pick in standard snake drafts! Here’s what else went down last night in Fantasy Hoops action:

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Ughhhhh.  Today’s podcast… Brought to you by the magic of 4G hotspots and free internet at Starbucks!  Due to internet issues at the Razzball Podcast Studio, Slim’s audio is a little funky, but as eager fans of Serial would say, “better a crappy Podcast about a deserter than no Podcast at all!”  On today’s show, we review all of the big news and notes from the first two nights of action including Anthony Davis‘s huge game, Sergio Rodriguez as a pickup, and Joel Embiid‘s debut.  It was a very sturdy debut, for sure!  We also make our 30-point challenge picks, and catch up on what we’ve been watching at the movies.

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What an incredible NBA Opener for big men! Maybe the Sixers aren’t as crazy after all…? But the bigs across the league went absolute ham; they were big hams! It’s why in Supermarket Sweep the people would always go for the hams first. Why did they never go to the wine section?! Just nab the best ish there and start a party!

Myles and JV go for 30, Embiid has an epic debut, but it was Anthony Davis who takes home the best line of the openers thus far, going an absurd 50/16/5/7/4! I mean, it could literally be the best line of the season… Double rainbow, 7 steals?!, shot 17-34, and hit 16-17 FT. After taking a little flack keeping him #1 last year, Brow started the 15-16 season going 18/6/2/0/3 shooting 4-20 (420!) and 10-15 FT. Dude, apparently the Pelicans medical staff – in all of their immense glory and wisdom – should’ve taken a hammer to his ankle before last season! Hard to believe a mere 1.5 weeks ago his status for the opener was in question off a kankle, but we’re seeing the ups and downs of what it’ll be like to be a Brow owner. Especially the dread of seeing him play 41 minutes in a loss… I nabbed him in one league, and might try some preposterous sell highs. But the allure of lines like that are tough to ignore. We just all know we’re one horrific Pels medical staff decision away from this happening to him walking out of the training room. Here’s what else happened on our first major slate of NBA games of the 2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Season:

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Holy schnike, what an opening set of games! And what a night for Believeland! The Cavs get to raise their banners and get their ring pops to open the 2016-17 NBA Season, then top it off by playing a disjointed group of SUPER streetballers that a high school team might be able to beat. Really, Knicks?! 17 assists to 18 turnovers?! Just an absolute collapse by New York after a nice 2nd quarter run. I guess they’re going to end up going 115-1… Then a mere 50 feet away, the Windians pick up game 1 in the World Series, shutting out the Cubs 6-0. The dude who wrote Major League couldn’t have even foreseen this!

After seeing what LeBron James did last night, it made me want to link MAC’s comment on our staff picks article. Of course I’m overreacting to one game, but man did Bronny Bron look hungry from some MVPness (be sure to say that word out loud). 19/11/14/0/1 for his first career Opening Night tripdub, as the Cavs stand-n-shooters all hit their threes boosting the dimes. Monster dunks early and often, but still had his deficiencies in FT (1-2), treys (0-3) and TO (4). If Cleveland can keep rolling like this, and the MVP talk remains clamorous, we all know we need to be shopping him in a month or two. As we mentioned a few times in the offseason, his schedule in the H2H Playoffs (or at the end of the Roto season) is fraught with DNP landmines. I got The King in one of my RCLs, and if he’s still around by the All-Star Break, I have a feeling I’m going to have trouble dealing him away. But others in your league are likely a little less competent with foresight and don’t read Razzball, even though it’s a Shakespearean Tragedy! So hopefully in those leagues, you’ll be able to capitalize. Who knows, in Razzball leagues, maybe the hate and talk of trading him will create a buying opportunity! And maybe even the Knicks will turn it all around and fight the Cavs for the best record in the East… Hah, now we’re getting into some super crazy talk! Here’s what else went down across the first 3 NBA Openers last night:

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The season is here, the season is here! Get out your favorite throwback NBA jersey and your fantasy stat-calculating abacuses (abaci?!), because fantasy basketball starts tonight! If you could pick any throwback jersey, just for aesthetic sake, which jersey would you go with? For me, gimme those old school Nugs jerseys!

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Doesn’t beat that right there! It’s so 80s it makes me want to watch Stranger Things for the 3rd time!

On the docket tonight, we have the Knicks going to Cleveland with the Cavs getting their rings, Utah going to Portland to battle it out in the Northwest, and then the best game of the night – the Spurs going to Golden State and beating the Warriors on the road to send Dubs fans into a panic! I’m planning on staying up all night to watch that game, so if I’m a little cranky tomorrow morning, it’s probably because the Spurs lost and I’m dehydrated after drinking 3 pots of coffee…

We’re stoked for another huge season at Razzball, and looking forward to our biggest season yet! If you missed our scheduling preview post for Razzball Basketball’s 2016-17 content, you can check it out here, and be sure to welcome in our new staff with as many comments as you can muster. Not unlike the Knicks, we have a Super Team assembled for 2016-17! Let’s get this ish going!

Here’s a few notes for the games tonight, along with a few final thoughts from the preseason (a lot of injury notes we just discussed on the Pod this morning, so be sure to give a listen!):

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The season is here baby! It’s opening night, and on today’s show we run through all of the injuries that have come out over the weekend including Nerlens Noel’s knee and Jared Sullinger’s foot, then get to your teams and through as many as we can for Podcast team reviews! Thanks again to everyone for posting your teams, we got through as many as we could! Then we conclude the show by reviewing our 16-17 seasonal calls, and make our first round of 30-Point Challenge Picks:

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REL Basketball1With the season here tomorrow, it’s been a busy offseason getting our dynasty chess pieces lined up for a run at the REL golden jersey!  The race for the most coveted prize in all of fantasy basketball’s dynasty leagues (no hyperbole there!) begins now!  Well, maybe it’s not the most coveted, but it’s the most priceless!  Hard to believe I care more about this free league than leagues I pay for…  But we talk about the REL here on hoops and on the Pod more than any other, because deep leagues is where it’s at!

If you missed the live Podcast during the draft, give ‘er a listen here!  With the draft now complete and the first round of FAABing in the books, it’s time to start analyzing the league!  Here’s how owners are feeling about their drafts for our first REL update of the 2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Season:

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It’s hard to believe – it seems like just yesterday Kyrie hit that coldblooded killer jumper in Cali – but the season is finally here tomorrow! FINALLY! Starting next week, in our first full week of the season, we’ll be going into the weekly schedule laid out below. I’ll be carrying the torch on all the Daily Notes through the first week, starting on Wednesday morning! Man, I can’t wait for real NBA action to get goin’!

And with the year about to start, it’s time to make our 2016-17 predictions! Find all of the Razzball Basketball staff’s picks below.

I also want to remind you all in Razzball Nation that we still have a few RCL spots open! Check out the remaining leagues on our signup post, and don’t miss this last chance to get in on the action!

Here’s our 2016-17 Razzball Basketball schedule and staff picks:

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I know, I know, we’re a little behind the 8-ball here.  YOU CAN’T RUSH MATH!  I think that’s something Russell Crowe yelled in A Beautiful Mind.  I actually just watched some of that the other day, and I swear his douchiness was the inspiration behind Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory.  Speaking of nerds, here’s a fully functional spreadsheet, sortable by Slim’s projection for the upcoming season!  They’re still sorted by my ranks, so obviously the projections have a little give-and-take with Slim’s thoughts vs. mine.  All you gotta do is click the category you want to sort by, and whizzbang!  Stats sorted by each cat are at your fingertips.  Including by age!  We all know how age-ist Slim is…  Big shout out to Rudy for helping us get these together!  Here’s our 2016-17 Razzball Top 200 Projections for the upcoming Fantasy Basketball Season

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Hell yeah, it’s REL draft time! Slim and I are like kids at Christmas, with the draft finally arriving like an N64! We live podcast as best we can through the draft (it’s harder than you think!) which you can check out here. Slim gets a crazy value on Kris Dunn to kick it off! We also check in with our own Peter Kap and Adam after their big buys of the draft to talk about their teams, along with all the other action through the first hour of the draft.

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