• What a season.  For us, it was the beginning of a new endeavor here at Hoop Ball.  For all of us, we were treated to a truly historic season and it was capped off with a 73-win team being upstaged by a 37-year old in his 20th year scoring 60 points on his final night.

    To borrow a line from Grant Napear in Sacramento — if you don’t like that you don’t like NBA basketball.

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    Without further ado, our writers have weighed in on the 2015-16 Hoop Ball Fantasy Awards.  Leave your comments below, click the links to follow them on Twitter and THANK YOU for a great site launch.  Let us know what we can do better.  And we’re not stopping anytime soon because for us, this is Opening Night for 2016-17.  See you at the finish line.

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    Fantasy Player of the Year

    Ace Tran: Stephen Curry – With almost 400 3-pointers made in a year and averages of 29.9 PTS, 5.5 REB, 6.7 AST, 2.1 STL and 5.0 3PM per game on 50% shooting from the field and 90% shooting from the line (five attempts), he tops the list as the #1 fantasy player of the year. Russell Westbrook kept things interesting with his NBA record tying performance in total triple doubles but the Billion Dollar Under Armour man takes the cake all the way.

    Riaz Dhanani: Steph Curry. Not only a season for the ages, but the chase for 73 wins kept Curry playing every game during the fantasy playoffs.

    Shakha Vasdani: Stephen Curry had arguably the greatest single season in NBA history using advanced metrics and fantasy sports is all about advanced metrics! Steph should be the unanimous real world and fantasy MVP.

    Zain Dhanani: Stephen Curry was the No. 1 ranked fantasy player in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Curry was top-3 in six categories for his position. The only position he hurt in this season is TOs.

    Jake Cousins: Giannis Antetokounmpo.  Look, if this category was best fantasy player there wouldn’t be a conversation, as a certain baby-faced jump-shooter from The City ought to be considered the unanimous MVP in fantasy and reality.  That said, my player of the year vote goes to Giannis, who emerged in ’15-’16 as the jack-of-all-trades dynamo that the internet has long begged him to be.  The Alphabet went from a perfectly fine fantasy option (drafted at the end of the 6th or start of the 7th round in most leagues) to a legitimate top-20 player over the last two months of the season.  After being handed the key’s to the Bucks offense Giannis was a nightly triple-double threat with great defensive stats.  He’s already staked his claim to first-round status next season, and in dynasty leagues he might soon be locked in as a top-three option.

    Dan Besbris: Steph Curry would be the easy pick, but he was drafted first or second in almost every league so there’s no real skill, there. Heck, the team with Steph won my Roto league. I’m going to give my Player of the Year award to Kemba Walker, mostly because he so dramatically crushed his ADP and likely helped teams win even if they didn’t have Steph.

    John Sill: Stephen Curry is the Fantasy Player of the Year by a HUGE margin.  Curry put together a season that is not only the top ranking stat set, but one of the top season-long fantasy stat sets in the modern era.  The way Curry contributes in just about every category sans blocks is just absurd.

    Mike Yusko: The soon to be back-to-back MVP is easily fantasy’s player of the year. Chef Curry cooked his way to #1 overall status on the back of averaging 29.9 points (leads the league), five treys (leads the league), 2.1 steals (leads the league) and joining the 50/40/90 club on 20 shot attempts and 11 3-point attempts per game. To put his value into perspective, the distance between Curry and fantasy’s number two player (Kevin Durant) is the same distance between the number two player and the number eight player.

    Roberto Munoz:  Stephen Curry. With all due respect to everyone else, Curry dominated this year from start to end. He’s the best player on the best team in the league. The Warriors have broken so many records this year that we’ve lost count at this point. Curry offered owners excellent FG% for a back-court player, exceptional FT%, the most points, above average assists and elite steals. He also threw in the odd game with double digit rebounds. Yes Russell Westbrook may have had more triple doubles, but when the dust settled, Curry was easily the better overall fantasy player.

    Giovanni Musa:  Steph Curry. 30 points. 50-40-90. 400 threes.

Fantasy News

  • Dennis Schroder
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder scored 19 points to lead Germany to a 83-62 win vs. Hungary as the teams prepare for the Wold Cup.

    Schroder filled the box score tonight by adding three rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and four treys. He will come off the bench again next season behind Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Anyone who drafts the often-injured Chris Paul may want to handcuff him with Schroder. Fellow countryman Daniel Theis scored 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Source: FIBA

  • Tyler Dorsey
    SG, International

    Tyler Dorsey has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. of Israel.

    Dorsey played 21 games for the Grizzlies last year after being acquired midseason from the Hawks via trade. He played well over that span with 9.8 points in 21.3 minutes but will take his talents overseas where, "He'll have a chance to showcase what great things he can do," according to his new head coach. Maccabi has signed several former NBA players this offseason as Dorsey will be joining Omri Casspi, Nate Wolters, Quincy Acy and Tarik Black.

    Source: Macabi Tel Aviv on Twitter

  • Rayjon Tucker
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Rayjon Tucker will be signing with the Bucks on a partially guaranteed deal.

    Tucker is a little older than most rookies and will be 22 before the start of the season but he played well enough at Little Rock last year to deserve a look, scoring 20.3 points per game and knocking down 2.4 triples per game at a 41.1 percent clip. He rounds out the Bucks 20-man training camp roster but since they already have 15 guaranteed contracts and both two-way spots occupied, he is very unlikely to make the team and could very well end up in the G-League.

    Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter

  • De'Aaron Fox
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Per Chris Hayes of Yahoo, De'Aaron Fox will be withdrawing from the FIBA World Cup in order to focus on the upcoming season.

    Fox follows the trend set by many other players that have withdrawn for the same reason. Maybe this is related to him only playing six minutes in the exhibition against Spain on Friday but either way, he should be in line to improve last year's huge leap in production and could even be in the All-Star conversation. Derrick White is much more likely to make the final roster now with Fox out.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker leads US in 90-81 victory over Spain on Friday.

    Walker impressed in the exhibition with 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 22 minutes with Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton also playing well as his co-stars. Four Celtics are expected to be on the final roster which will serve as a great opportunity for Walker to develop a good rapport with his new teammates ahead of training camp. Marc Gasol was the top scorer for Spain with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks while Ricky Rubio finished with 16 points, seven assists and five steals.

    Source: USAB.com

  • Khem Birch
    C, Orlando Magic

    Khem Birch led all scorers with 18 points as Canada lost to Australia in the second game of their mini-series exhibition.

    Birch also chipped in four rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes. He recently signed a two-year extension with the Magic but he currently sits as their third string center so he is off the fantasy map for now. For Australia, captain Joe Ingles put up eight points on 2-of-10 shooting with six assists and three steals in 31 minutes while Jonah Bolden chipped in 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and two triples in 18 minutes off the bench.

    Source: FIBA

  • Juancho Hernangomez
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Juan Hernangomez was back in action on Friday after undergoing core surgery in May.

    Hernangomez did not do much in his 20 minutes of action in Spain's exhibition against the US on Friday but at least he has recovered from his surgery. He is entering a contract year but it will be difficult for him to get much playing time with the Nuggets at full health. He played only 8.4 minutes per game over the last two months of last season.

    Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum's intent is to increase his scoring this season according to Keith Smith.

    Tatum has been working on being stronger with the ball, drawing fouls and finishing through contact which should result in an increase in free throws, points and efficiency. He was already a top-60 player in only his second year in the league by providing a little bit of everything from a fantasy perspective and should only continue to grow going into his third season.

    Source: Keith Smith on Twitter

  • Daulton Hommes
    SF, San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs have signed rookie Daulton Hommes.

    This is likely a camp deal for Hommes as the Spurs already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster. The NABC Division II Player of the Year averaged 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.4 triples and 1.0 threes in in 17.7 minutes for the Bucks in summer league action. He is unlikely to play in the NBA this season.

    Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    In the NBATV broadcast on Friday night, Marcus Smart said he is "100% confident" that his health won't be an issue to start the World Cup.

    With the news of PJ Tucker having to drop out due to an ankle injury, it's good to see Smart won't have to do the same. His presence will be a key factor on defense for Team USA.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter