Before I begin, head on over to the football side and play and/or host some RCLs by clicking here. I’ve got my league up, so come get it. I have no doubt that you are a degenerate so I’m just trying to help a brother or sister out. Also, check out Jay’s rankings. Not because he’s a swell guy, but because he was the third-most accurate ranker according to FantasyPros.

Ok, now back to hoops. If you missed it, here are the links for the Top 10 and Top 25. I’ll keep the intro to this piece short and sweet because there’s a ton of players to get through.

As always, big shout-out to Slim, who provided projections and insight.

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Last week, I gave you my Top 10 for 2017 Fantasy Basketball. Today, I present to you the Top 15 after the Top 10. Since I’ve included the link for the Top 10, it’s technically the Top 25 but not really. Top 15 after Top 10 just doesn’t flow off the tongue properly, so I’ll just go with Top 25. Plus, it’s so cumbersome and annoying for me to write. Similar to if I had to spell out Giannis Antetokounmpo every time. Sure, I could just copy and paste it, but what if I had to copy and paste something else? What if I had to turn off my computer and re-copy and paste? I ain’t got time for that nonsense! Bing! Lightbulb suddenly appears over my head, which is good because my halo is now illuminated. From this day on, I shall call Giannis Antetokounmpo, G. I believe that gets G up to five nicknames now, right? That has to be the dopest nickname of all time. Hear me out. One-names were all the rage back in the day. Cher, Prince, Pele, etc…but then Prince took it to another level by eschewing letters altogether and just going with a symbol. But you know what? A symbol, while cool, is difficult to write. It’s also very difficult to utilize on the computer, although, it’s pretty amazing that people figured out a way to do it. Anyways, G is already on the keyboard. Yes, you do have to press Caps Lock or Shift to get it right, but…damn, you lazy!! Who else do you think of when I say G? When I say G, you say what? G. Anus. See?  No bueno. It’s a good thing no one ever reads intros. Well, at least I will know who didn’t read this intro when I get the inevitable, “What does G stand for?”

As always, big shout-out to Slim, who provided projections and insight.

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This is the best time of the year. Baseball is going to get real soon, pigskins are being thrown around, it’s the eye of the WNBA season, and my rankings start flowing out. I also forgot that my kids go back to school soon. I love my kids and all, but they need to start getting edumacated again. You scoff at the WNBA mention? I admit, I was not a fan in the early days, but those ladies got skills. In addition, they play beautiful basketball and the offensive sets that they run are poetry.

Since August 1st happened to be on a Tuesday, I’ll release rankings every Tuesday from here on out. Can one be semi-OCD? That’s an oxymoron right? Maybe I’m just a moron. Anyways, I get a little particular about things, like it would’ve bothered me if I started this whole endeavor on Monday the 31st. I know. I know. I’ve got issues, but lucky for you, the subscription is free!

Ok, before I begin, shit happens. As a result, I’ll put out a Top 200 list in early October that will highlight any player movement that happens over the next few months.

A big shout-out to Slim, who provided projections and his thoughts and opinions on many players.

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As much as I love football and baseball, there’s just something about basketball. On a practical level, you can always find a game somewhere in the neighborhood. If you can’t, you can shoot hoops by yourself. Football? It’s doable but not as fun. Baseball? Not unless you’re the Flash.

The flow is so much better in hoops, although time outs and free throws muck it up. That’s one thing I really appreciate with soccer. The flow is just fabulous in that game. Like a dance. Anyways, as long as the game is being played, there’s usually constant movement. Usually being the key word there, as there are some definite black holes in the game which can freeze time and space.

The combination of movement and creativity is second-to-none. Barry Sanders made my jaw drop on the football field, but there’s only so much one can with the football. A stiff arm here and there, but mostly it’s hold the ball high and tight. Baseball? Uh, yeah. Some of the players in the NBA move like Sanders while dribbling a basketball at the same time.

Ultimately, though, I think what makes basketball great is the depth of interaction that each player has with his opponent. In baseball, it’s primarily a battle between pitcher vs hitter. In football, it’s the offense vs defense. In basketball, players have to play both ends of the floor. As a result, trash talking means more because…well, they actually talk to each other.

If a player dunks on someone, the embarassed player theoretically has the opportunity to come back and return the favor. Now, there are questions of whether that player can dunk at all, but that’s a little thing we call semantics.

In baseball, if a pitcher hits a batter, the plunked can either walk to first or charge the mound and fight. He cannot pick up the ball and have the plunker bat so he can be the plunkee. In football, if a cornerback intercepts a pass thrown by a quarterback, the quarterback will never have an opportunity to return the favor.

The great thing about the NBA is that they take full advantage. They market their stars and personalities. Breaking ankles, not literally of course, and dunking on heads is celebrated. Rivalries and rifts are milked. There’s a reason Spike Lee was utilized for MyCareer in NBA 2K16. The fact that mode was terrible is irrelevant. The NBA and social media are a match made in heaven.

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Throughout history, and in all facets of life, evolution happens whether we want to believe it or not. If you were a small caveman or woman, you did not go out and try to kill a wild animal. You picked berries or cooked. Nothing sexist about it. The logical thing was to let the bigger and stronger entity hunt, which unfortunately provided a generalization for future bigots. Over time, the development of our brains neutered the size difference and allowed us to change how we interacted with the world. We did get bigger and stronger physically, but we are now not so tied to specific roles like hunter/gatherer and cooker.

The inaugural 1946 NBA season consisted of 11 teams for a total of 182 players. Last season, there were 524 players in the NBA. Below is a chart showing the players grouped by height.

Under 6′ 6′ 0″ – 6′ 6″ Over 6′ 6″ 7′
1946 17% 71% 11% 1%
2016 1% 41% 58% 8%
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I grew up listening to KDAY AM 1580, so I will always have an affinity for West Coast rap. After moving to New York for college and work, I garnered an appreciation of what the East Coast had to offer. To this day, The Notorious B.I.G. remains my favorite. So, it tickled my spine when Michael Gallagher of Rotoworld (@MikeSGallagher) wrote this blurb on Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan over the weekend:

“They don’t call him Biggie for nothing and he’s been unbelievable lately. Swanigan has a story to tell for his tough childhood and weight problems, but sometimes his boards will hypnotize you, especially today when he had at least three boards over three Spurs. It hasn’t been an everyday struggle for Swanigan in Las Vegas and you would think the sky is the limit based on how much he’s dominated in the paint while adding some shooting touch. He’ll still have to earn his minutes, but Swanigan’s style of play could lead to some juicy stat lines”

So good. If you are not following Mike, I highly recommend that you do. I mean, the guy calls himself a “herb” for watching Summer League games on his day off. Man, I haven’t heard someone use “herb” in a long time. Plus, that’s love for the game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es-B_PCFyDc

Ahhhhh….so, so good.

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Summer is here and our three favorite B’s are back. Not Big Baller Brand, but Bikinis, BBQs, and Basketball. The NBA Summer League commenced on July 1, so I’m going to highlight some of the guys that balled out in this edition of The Abode. Here’s a little tune to get us going:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr0tTbTbmVA

Before I start, Slim and I are working on projections and rankings. We should start pumping out some serious content around August. In the meantime, I’ll post random thoughts in The Abode every Monday and Craig B has been churning out his Dynasty Deep Dive articles every Saturday, so check those out. If you or anyone you know would like to write for Razzball hoops, email me at [email protected]

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Wow. What a riveting week for basketball fans. And not a single game was played! It harkened me back to the days of drafting on the PS2, then sitting back and simming the season. Then making my big board for the incoming rookies. Then drafting, with a bite of pizza here and a sip of Coke there. I would zone out for hours, enthralled by the team building process. And that’s what makes the NBA Draft so great. The new crop of players are entering the league and the general managers are filling in the pieces of the puzzle. Hope and optimism pervade fan bases across the country. Sorry Bulls fans. I didn’t mean you. Which segues nicely to my first rant…

How the flying F does Jimmy Butler get traded for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick (Lauri Markkanen)? AND the Bulls threw in the No. 16 pick (Justin Patton). The only explanation I can come up with is that Tom Thibodeau has a suitcase worth of “things” that he’s been waiting for the proper moment to utilize. I believe I’ve just figured out what’s in the Pulp Fiction briefcase. Remember, back in 2015, the Bulls kicked Thibs to the curb in a rather unceremonious way. Finally, Thibs got his revenge. I mean, what other possible explanation could there be? LaVine is an explosive athlete, but he tore his ACL last season. Kris Dunn….I think this tweet explains it all:

https://twitter.com/markstrot/status/878040700239085569

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I’m so sad the season is officially over.

I’m still amped from the Finals. KD, Steph, Lebron, and Kyrie all balled the F out.

As I’m writing this….

It’s been reported that the Celtics will be trading the No. 1 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for the rights to Markelle Fultz. Wow.

I love Fultz. The consensus has him in a tier by himself for this year’s draft. 6′ 4″ 195 pounds. Can shoot. Can finish. Can break a defender down with his handles. Condor-like wingspan with the hops of a flea. Just go watch the tape.

Man, the Sixers are going to be the new videogame team, like Run TMC. Markelle Fultz is 19 years old. Ben Simmons 20 years old. Dario Saric 23 years old. The Process 23 years old. Robert Covington 26 years old. I think it’s only appropriate to link this tweet…

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