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It’s a team sport: Time to roll with the big boys

Posted by Erik on March 28, 2010

Ok so my forray into the “dot com thing” was not as successful as I had hoped. I had a great time over at the Bloguin network while I was there.

Unfortunately, however, things did not work out as well as I had hoped. So now I have decided to consolidate and write full-time over at Give Me The Rock.

Follow Nels, Patrick, and yours truly for some of the best fantasy basketball news, opinions, strategy, and inside-humor.  I figured being part of an awesome team of three was a better gig than spreading myself too thinly. The guys have been really great and in fact have made me feel like I’m truly part of the family. It’s not about the individual stats I can generate for myself, but in the end it’s all about what I can chip in for a winning team…



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Moving On, Moving Forward…

Posted by Erik on February 3, 2009


It’s small step for me, but it’s one giant leap for fantasy basketball bloggingkind – or just me. The day has finally arrived. Points in the Paint is moving on to bigger, better, and brighter things. We’re now a dot-com! Please allow me the honor of introducing to you and welcoming you to the NEW Points in the Paint.

To all my regular readers and to everyone who has linked to my blog, please update your bookmarks and your links accordingly.


I’ve already started things off in the new site with a post about how bottom dwelling teams in head to head leagues can make that final push to the top (or at least reach the “playoff zone”)

This first incarnation of Points in the Paint, or PitP for short, will always be near and dear to my heart. This is where it all began and she will always be my baby. Thanks wordpress.com for giving us a home to get things started.

You can also catch some of my work over at Give Me The Rock, PitP’s “big brother blog” ever since it was just several posts old.

Anyway, that’s it. I just wanted to keep it short and sweet. To all of my regular readers, thanks for reading. I hope you’ll keep following me to the new site and at GMTR. It’s been a blast! And now it’s time for even more fun, laughter, tears, and FANTASY BASKETBALL

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It’s Time to go PRO…

Posted by Erik on January 9, 2009

Even though I started Points in the Paint as an experiment in an exercise to see if I could find a niche in the blogging universe for me to possibly “cash in” on something I enjoyed discussing (fantasy basketball), it turned out transmogrifying into a labor of love, a hobby of passion, a fountain of fulfillment – let’s stop there before things start to get melodramatic.

At some point, PitP, as some guys refer to this blog for short became a true outlet where I got to learn how to write and allow my not-universally-accepted humor to shine. I knew I had things to say and some of it had value to some people out there, but I never expected or dreamed that my thoughts, fantasy-madman rantings, and sometimes no-nonsense opinions would be appreciated by this many people. All of that changed my perspective on what I was really doing here. The respect I got from the community I found myself being a part of became food for my low self-esteemed psyche.

It is now a new year – a time for new beginnings… I will now be writing for the fantasy basketball blogging awesomeness known as Give Me The Rock. It was just amazing to be accepted by the one of the foremost fantasy basket-blogging authorities in the net.

Here is my first post on GMTR a few days back.

Points in the Paint is and will always be my baby and first blogging home and love. She will be migrating from wordpress.com, which has been a wonderful NBDL for me and my blogging, to Bloguin.com where I will be in the elite company of some fantastic blogs. It’s currently under construction.

When the new blog over at bloguin rises, expect some new and different things from me and PitP. I will be venturing into the uncharted (for me) waters of podcasting and will be inviting a “fantasy guru” to discuss fantasy basketball on the site.

So to everyone who likes what they’ve read, whether you agree with my thought or not, keep up with the latest from me over at GMTR and the soon to rise PitP!

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Bosh Makes Top 5 for Head to Head

Posted by Erik on December 1, 2008

Pretty much a month has now come and gone. The season’s a month older and things are a bit clearer as to the impact players have in head to head matchups.

I’ve updated my Top 72 players for Head to Head. Remember that it’s based on 9 categories, so turnovers are counted against players.

Chris Bosh has been a real pleasant surprise for his fantasy owners this year. He’s fourth on that list. He’s also 4th on Give Me The Rock’s player rater. So the numbers really don’t lie.

He’s now comparable to – do I dare say it – Amare Stoudemire. What Chris lacks in the “D” department he makes up for in consistency and percentages impact. He’s having a great fantasy year so far. He’s averaging 27.7 PPG at 55 FG%; shooting at 82.5% from the line at 9.5 attempts a night; 10.5 RPG; 1.1 BPG; 0.6 SPG; 2.3 APG; and only 2.5 TOs per game.

He’s really reaping the benefits of having Jermaine O’Neal join him in the Raptors front court (at least when J-O’s managed to stay healthy enough to be there) and let us not forget that he’s got an awesomely efficient passing-PG in Jose Calderon dropping those dimes for him night in and night out.

The rest of the Top 5 are:

  1. Chris Paul (NOR, PG)
  2. LeBron James (CLE, SF)
  3. Dwyane Wade (MIA, PG/SG)
  4. Chris Bosh (TOR, PF/C)
  5. Dirk Nowitzki (DAL, PF)

There are a lot of guards in the rankings, so it looks like small ball is the way to in head to head. I’m currently in the process of revamping one of my big ball teams into a small ball unit via trades and pick ups. I will do a post on it as soon as it has completed its transformation.

I will update my rankings by position soon. So stay tuned.

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Head to Head Rankings

Posted by Erik on September 10, 2008

I played in 8 fantasy basketball leagues last season 4 roto and 4 head to head… yes I had to get another yahoo ID just to play in four more… yes it was challenge to manage, especially the 4 head to head leagues… yes I still had a life to go back to afterwards…

That was the most exposure I’ve ever had in the Fantasy Basketball head to head format in one go, and frankly it (the format) started to grow on me. It gave immediate gratification in terms of winning. It gave me something to look forward to at the end of the fantasy week. I looked around the net and didn’t see a lot of resources specifically aimed at the head to head format in fantasy basketball. The format is more popularly used in Fantasy Football. So I’ve decided to show roto’s slightly less popular sibling format some love this year.

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Top Tier Players by Position 08-09 Page

Posted by Erik on September 7, 2008

Ever since I started blogging about fantasy basketball, one of PitP’s most popular blog entries has been my breakdown of the NBA’s top players into tiers. I meant it as a guide and draft resource for people to see where player values can be loosely grouped together and where these groupings begin and end. I think it’s worth converting into a permanent page on my BLOG which I will simply update as the seasons come and go.

The fundamental basis of this tiering system are Y! Rankings (9 Categories) and of course my personal view on the players’ fantasy outlook for this coming season. Since some players are eligible in multiple positions, you might see them appear in multiple entries. I felt that it was important to categorize players based on all their eligible positions. Since Yahoo Fantasy Basketball isn’t up yet as I write this post, the eligibility is based on last year’s settings – which I feel won’t change much this season. Once position eligibility is clear, I will edit the page to reflect the changes.

In my post of September last year, I broke the players down into 3 tiers. I decided to be a bit more industrious this year and highlight a more in-depth focus on the players’ value variance.

For purposes of comparison and/or added information here’s GMTR’s player tier breakdown.

By the way, I decided to stay away from including rookies in the tiers this year.

So click HERE to check out the new page.

Some thoughts:

  • As I was writing the page I noticed a greater variance in depth in forward positions compared to the PG and C slots. This then leads me to recommend getting your hands on quality PGs and Cs in the early rounds. Whether you decide to go double PG or C, or whether you want to secure one of each; that’s up to you and the strategy you are using for your draft. If you don’t have a good quality C or PG by the 4th round of your draft, then something’s either really off or really funky with your drafting style.
  • This tier breakdown is best applied when preparing for a rotisserie draft. I feel there would be some differences in certain players ‘ tiers if it were for the head to head format.

I want to keep the page clean so please post any comments you may have under this entry, you may however feel free to ping back to it if you so desire. Thanks.

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