Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball: Oh My Gosh, Josh!


Josh Smith (DET)Josh Smith has been a debacle for all of the owners. He was rated as one of the top players in the league, but the wheels have fallen off of this ride. It is always disappointing to see someone with so much talent not develop it to its highest degree. It is usually okay since it only affects them, but now it is affecting my chances at winning the title! Now it becomes personal! Look I am a God fearing moral type of guy, but Josh is really testing my moral fabric. What can be done about this if you are in the same predicament as I am? I will highlight exactly what I have done.

Step 1
I think this goes without saying…DON’T PANIC! Easier said than done, but as my boy Rudyard Kipling says “If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. The world will be yours and everything in it, what more, you’ll be a man, my son”. So, I don’t need the world , I just want to win, but overshooting a bit works.

Step 2
Start taking a look at what the Josh Smith fiasco did to the team that he left. I am not saying that this will yield results, but it is part of what needs to be done.  Since you probably do not own Greg Monroe nor do you own Andre Drummond then you have to check on Kyle Singler and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. I came up empty. I would add either of those guys, but if push came to shove I would add Pope.

Step 3
Get upset at Smith again! Now you have to start looking elsewhere. Lo and behold there was a trade recently completed where J.R. Smith is going to Cleveland. That leaves Tim Hardaway Jr. as the main SG for the Knicks. If Carmelo Anthony ends up missing significant time, this will compound the output for Hardaway. Since I expect Anthony to miss time, then I am adding Hardaway faster than Neo trying to catch Trinity after she gets shot by one of the Agents in The Matrix II.

Step 4
Although this step does not necessarily go here, it is necessary to emphasize that you should be working on trades all the time. I have a system called the FDPO (for discussion purposes only). Some of you fantasy league fellows may not appreciate that, but it is very beneficial. It gets the ball rolling especially if you do not know your whole league that well.  It is a trade offer that is made just for discussion purposes. It is meant to not be accepted until further conversations.

Step 5
It is better to do something when you know you have a damaged product than do nothing. If nothing else happens, you will feel better. But, to err on the side of action will lead you to a greater chance of performance since changes did happen in the league that would impact you. Josh Smith is now realizing that what he took for granted all those years is now catching up to him. He needs to make better shot selections and he also needs to play with a sense of urgency. Unfortunately, after many years of acting the same way, it makes it hard to change. I have realized in my life that the main struggle in life for men is to humble themselves. I do not know Mr. Smith, but his apathy is now very visible. The owners that pay him have seen it and they have moved past him both in Atlanta and now in Detroit.  Can you tell that I am still a bit upset?

Okay, step 5.  It is really as simple as doing something. I don’t mean that you need to be an idiot about it, but I do mean that if you make a trade then add a solid player on the waiver wire , put Smith on the bench, or anything else (is there anything else?), etc.

Last but not least, I hope the New Year brings you a fantasy basketball championship. I hope that my Florida Gators get better in basketball and in football. Also, I hope that Kobe Bryant (LAL – SG) closes out his career in a professional way. As many immoral things he has done, I still enjoy watching him play.


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