July 24, 2016, 8:15 pm
It is that time of the year where we look back at the good and the bad, the hilarious and the painful and the awesome.
Yes, we’re reviewing the Bruski 150 as we do each and every year because any asshole can put rankings up on the Internet but if you don’t go back and look at how you did — how are you going to learn going forward?
Also, if you’re going to put actual stock in these rankings, maybe you the reader should ask yourself if they’re actually good rankings.
So – first things first I’m pretty happy with this past season. Outside of what is becoming a cover jinx with Meyers Leonard and two years before that – Patrick Beverley – we did well.
Looking at key head-to-head metrics that I’ll link to below, we beat Rotoworld’s rankings anywhere from 55-58% of the time*. I was able to use the rankings to win another national championship in the nation’s toughest big money fantasy league, the Fantasy Basketball Association 8-cat Roto championships.
*We looked at segments including the top-24, top-36, top-80, top-125 and top-150.
The league consists of the best and brightest fantasy minds including Dr. Evil Eric Wong (leading money winner in the NFBKC), two-time champion Chris Cosley and a who’s who of high stakes competitors nationally.
That makes two first place finishes in five years among the best of the best, so that put an extra glow on this year’s rankings for me.
What I did this year is create an excel spreadsheet with the cumulative results in 8-cat format as produced by the inimitable BasketballMonster.com (if you’re not using them you’re losing in competitive leagues). In comparisons to Rotoworld I used a simple methodology of who had the better rank (marked in green), with the winner getting one ‘win.’ If I blew it on a pick, I marked it in red.
In the early rounds where the stakes are much higher than the mid-to-late rounds, a one-rank difference can generate a ‘win.’ As I delved into the middle and later rounds it took 5-10 rank differences or more to generate a ‘win,’ but mostly I took a common sense approach to seeing how the rankings stacked up.
Again, the ranks are cumulative and they’re Roto so games played matter and it’s a pure measurement of fantasy value. Head-to-head owners might employ different punting strategies and the like, but at the end of the day these are the values each player produced.
So without further ado here are the ranks and notes. I’m already working on this year’s Bruski 150 and we have a ton of great content coming in our inaugural draft guide. Hoop Ball has had a solid launch and we’re working on big things so we can keep growing and keep enhancing your basketball experience.
In the meantime, stay glued to our player news blurbs as it’s our goal to have the best feed in the industry. We want you guys winning so you keep coming back for more. We’re also adding contributors so hit me up if you’ve got the chops for writing, social, audio, video or tech.
Thanks for all of the support. AB
We used similar methodology as last year and expanded the analysis to include both 8- and 9-cat leagues, looking at all of the players that were ranked in the top-200 by either site and anybody that also finished in the top-150 for both formats.
It was a good but not great year for us as we won the overall ranking count by 200-191. Where we did our best damage was the 21-11 mark we had on ‘big time hits’ (marked in green) and ‘big time losses’ (marked in red) in the top-100 compared to Rotoworld’s 11-12 mark over that same span. If you’re hitting big in the top-100 that’s moving the needle in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld is an amazing site and a loss to them wouldn’t be anything to be that upset about, so we’ll take the small margin of victory and relish in the fact that we did very good on the big plays that moved the needle.
July 21, 2019, 7:49 pmDarius MillerSF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have officially re-signed Darius Miller to a two-year deal.
Miller will be playing behind a plethora of young assets at the Pelicans' disposal. Given that the team has entered a full-blown youth movement, it is unlikely that he will earn enough meaningful minutes to make a splash in fantasy in 2019-20.
Source: Pelicans on Twitter
July 21, 2019, 7:35 pmBonzie ColsonPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have waived Bonzie Colson.
Colson only played 98 minutes during his rookie season, but when he played he was a DFS favorite. Colson could play multiple positions and is young enough where a few teams would likely be interested in taking a flier on him.
Source: Eric Nehm on Twitter
July 21, 2019, 5:11 pmKostas AntetokounmpoPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kostas Antetokounmpo has signed a two-way deal with the Lakers on Sunday.
The Mavericks waived Antetokounmpo last week and most knew the younger brother of last season's MVP would not last long before another team took a shot on him. He is still a developmental player, but he should have ample opportunity playing for the Lakers' G-League team, the South Bay Lakers.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 21, 2019, 10:09 amAnthony DavisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
When asked by Chicago Tribune reporter K.C Johnson on how he'd feel about wearing a Bulls jersey someday, Anthony Davis said that "If the opportunity ever presents itself and when that time comes, I’d definitely consider it.”
The chances of that time coming is more likely for 2025 than 2020, but still, until Davis is firmly committed to the Lakers long-term speculation of his future will remain. It's nice to know if you're a Bulls fan that he imagines playing for his home town at some point, but don't expect him bolting LA for them after one season.
Source: Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2019, 6:42 pmKenny WootenPF, New York Knicks
The Knicks have signed Kenny Wooten to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Wooten posted 10 blocks in only 52 minutes during Summer League and possesses some serious leaping ability. He will spend most of his time in the G-League and should not be on the radar in drafts.
Source: Marc Berman of The New York Post
July 20, 2019, 3:09 pmOshae BrissettSG-SF, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have signed Oshae Brissett to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Brissett, a Toronto native, went undrafted after two seasons at Syracuse and played with the Clippers at Summer League, where he averaged 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 17.6 minutes a night across five games. This puts Toronto's roster at 20 for the time being, so barring any further transactions the Raptors have their camp group set.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 2:32 pmJordan McLaughlinG, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves have inked point guard Jordan McLaughlin to a two-way contract.
McLaughlin went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year USC career where he averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 assists and 2.0 steals in his senior season. After his strong play for the G-League's Long Island Nets last season, he earned a spot on this years Wolves summer league roster where he continued to impress, leading his team to a 6-1 record. He is unlikely to get many NBA minutes this season with Jeff Teague, Shabazz Napier and Tyrone Wallace on the roster.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 1:26 pmEmmanuel MudiayPG, Utah Jazz
The Jazz have officially announced the signing of Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green and Ed Davis.
All three project to come off the bench this season with Green and Davis part of the frontcourt second string while it is unclear if Mudiay or Dante Exum will assume the backup point guard duties. Davis is coming off a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game in only 17.9 minutes last season while Mudiay enjoyed his best year as a pro with the Knicks but all three players can be left undrafted in standard leagues for the time being.
July 20, 2019, 12:59 pmCJ McCollumSG, Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum has withdrawn his name from the Team USA training camp and 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Following the trend, McCollumn is the fourth player to withdraw his name this week in order to focus on the upcoming season. The original 20 invites are now down to 16 with the final 12-man roster expected to be announced on August 17.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 20, 2019, 12:51 pmFrank MasonPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have agreed on a two-way contract with Frank Mason III.
Mason did not get much opportunity with the Kings last year and sat out all of Summer League with a sore hip. He projects to spend most of his time in the G-League and called up only if Eric Bledsoe or George Hill need to miss time. The Bucks recently signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal and still have Bonzie Colson on one from last season so they are one over the limit. They still have an empty roster spot even after signing Kyle Korver so maybe one of their two-ways gets a standard deal instead. Otherwise, one of them will need to be waived.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter