Articles by Austin Kent

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Sports.ws Player Position Options

You may have already noticed that there are some new position options available to commissioners this season. It’s true, we’ve been busy trying to perfect how we handle the process involved in assigning default eligibility. While we haven’t introduced any new formats, we’ve tweaked the methodologies that determine the status of each player. The result is a system based on consistency and transparency. To recap, commissioners will still have to make the basic choice of…

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Amalgamated Position Index for NBA Players

Introduction Although basketball has always been one of the most fluid and dynamic sports, the recent wave of small ball has made assessing player positions with any sense of objectivity even more difficult. The fact of the matter is that, unlike baseball, football and hockey, there’s no set framework that rosters need to be built around. Coaches have historically followed certain patterns but even those have been thrown out the window as big men have…

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The Growing List of Sports.ws Power User Tools

If you’re just now signing up for your fantasy basketball leagues, this is where I tell that there are more reasons to sign up for Sports.ws VIP Packages than ever. I already wrote a post about the Ad-Free Package (which comes included in the VIP Package or can be purchased separately) and have been gabbing away about our Keeper Tools for some time. This is a quick summary of the other features available to VIP members, features…

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New Sports.ws Layout Designed for Ad-Free Experience

Ads are the worst, I’ll be the first to say so myself, but they’re a harsh reality in today’s online economy. Until two seasons ago they were Sports.ws sole source of income. What does that mean? It means that they were the only things keeping Sports.ws in business, and without them we would all be slamming our heads against the wall trying to find some sort of stimulation playing rotisserie leagues at Yahoo or ESPN. Last…

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A Closer Look at Sports.ws Fantasy Basketball Keeper Tools

In a recent poll conducted at Sports.ws, nearly 80% of all fantasy basketball players participate in at least one keeper league. As proponents of the dynasty league format ourselves, we wanted to make sure that our commissioners had every tool possible to make their annual league renewal process as stress-free as possible. Sure Sports.ws commissioners may be the most hardcore commissioners in the fantasy sports realm, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still spare them a little…

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Top 10 Fantasy Basketball Rankings for 2016-17

The fantasy season creeps ever closer, so now is as good a time to publish my preseason fantasy basketball rankings… well, part of them. You read my post last week about the best players not to qualify for my Top 10. Here are the ones that did. I’ve determined all rankings based on 12-team Sports.ws leagues with Production Scoring because a) Sports.ws is the only fantasy basketball site to take things like player efficiency into consideration and b) Production…

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Who to avoid in the Top 10 of your fantasy basketball draft

It’s the time of year where writers start stringing together fantasy basketball rankings for the upcoming NBA season. I’m no different. Although the actual season remains nearly three months away, the most hardcore fantasy basketball players are already signing up for leagues at Sports.ws or wherever, harassing each other on message boards and pretending they saw Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s breakout coming all along. I’m in the middle of a comprehensive Top 100 list, currently sitting in an…

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Kent Bazemore’s ATL Ascension

A year ago last week, Kent Bazemore‘s Sports.ws analysis was updated. If Bazemore played more minutes he might be worth a speculative add, but he doesn’t seem to be in the running for a bigger role in Atlanta any time soon. -Jan. 7, 2015 Whether the vague and relatively inconsequential remark was right or wrong comes down to how you want to dissect it, but there’s no disagreement that the general sentiment of it is that of…

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Danilo Gallinari and Denver’s Nuggets of Hope

The Denver Nuggets haven’t done much in terms of establishing themselves as either movers or shakers in the Western Conference, but that doesn’t mean their 2015-16 campaign – a year  of transition, though lined with promise – has been for naught. Through the first month of the regular season, the franchise has shown that they boast no shortage of valuable commodities. How those puzzle pieces all fit together, however, is a different story. Just last season…

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C.J. McCollum and Portland’s Next Generation

Nobody knew quite what to expect out of the Portland Trail Blazers this season, with the exception, perhaps, that one could have reasonably expected to at least expect the unexpected. Such is life, we can all agree, when a veteran team that had defied expectations for several seasons goes sadly but swiftly the way of nature, imploding in upon itself like a dying star. The Blazers were a force in the Western Conference from 2013 to 2015,…