Fantasy Basketball and NBA Free Agents: Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Joe Johnson

by Justin "Fensty" Fensterman on July 12, 2012 @ 13:42:00 PDT


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Now that the NBA Draft is over, the focus shifts toward free agency and player movement around the league.

Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers
Steve Nash is no stranger to distributing the ball; look for that to continue with the Los Angeles Lakers

The Miami Heat proved that building from the outside and putting together two top-five players and another in the top 15 can give you what you need to win an NBA Championship. How is this fantasy basketball relevant? Other teams look at the success garnered from teams such as the 2008 Boston Celtics and want to try to do the same. When top-tier players are moved, more than two teams and many players can be involved, thus many players switching teams and creating new value in fantasy basketball.

How do you make a fantasy basketball draft strategy with so many players' futures up in the air?

You plan to target players that you would think could work in any system. The free agency pool in 2012 is very guard heavy and teams are looking to shop veterans with bad contracts for younger talent. The offseason is very young at this point but some teams have already made moves that provide a huge fantasy impact for the upcoming fantasy basketball season.

Here are the top three player changes that have occurred thus far this offseason:

Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers not only put themselves back in the hunt for a championship, but Nash put himself in a situation where he can remain a top-five fantasy point guard. Last season in Phoenix, Nash averaged 10.7 assists per game, which ranked second in the league behind Rajon Rondo. I do not expect Nash's assists to drop, especially if the Lakers keep the core they currently have. Nash will be able to control the offense and set up any of the other three stars in the Lakers starting lineup (Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum). Nash has averaged over 10 assists per game in seven of the last eight seasons and you can expect that to continue this year.

I do expect his scoring to drop a bit, but do you really draft guys like Nash and Rondo for scoring? Do not let that stop you from drafting Nash as early as the third round next season.

What can fantasy basketball players expect from Ray Allen and Joe Johnson in their new zip codes? Get the skinny on the next page....

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About Justin "Fensty" Fensterman

Fensterman covers fantasy basketball for KFFL and joined the team in 2012. He is a Sports Radio Producer on SiriusXM's Fantasy Sports Radio channel, the first channel dedicated solely to fantasy sports. An avid fantasy basketball player, Fensty's biggest accomplishment in the fantasy sports world was in 2004 when he had an undefeated season in a Yahoo! Sports Fantasy NBA league and was ranked in the top 30 among all players in the world.

A native from Oyster Bay, NY, Fensty left New York to study Broadcast Journalism at American University in Washington D.C. in 2005. Fensty has previously worked for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, MTV and News 12: Long Island.

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