Even though the NBA season tipped off Tuesday, it's not too late to sign up and play fantasy hoops using TSN's Fantasy Basketball League Manager.
Gather a group of friends, or find a league to join online, draft your team, set your lineup and compete in a number of different formats. The league manager is customizable, allowing you to use the categories you prefer and scoring can be either roto-style or head-to-head. Really, the options allow you to create the league that works best for you.
When you start looking at players, of course familiar names will top the list. Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, James Harden are probably the best of the bunch but, as it is in all fantasy sports, paying attention to position, or at the very least category, scarcity is important.
For instance, there are only so many point guards that play enough, and distribute enough, to have an impact in the assists category -- of the 22 players with at least 6.0 assists per game last season, 19 were point guards plus LeBron, Kobe Bryant and Monta Ellis -- so it makes sense to address that need sooner rather than later.
Similarly, there are only so many bigs to go around and while there are more players that can contribute to your rebounding totals (49 players with at least 6.0 per game last season), it can be a little more challenging when it comes to blocks (34 players with 1.0 blocks per game last season), particularly because some of the top shot blockers don't necessarily contribute much else to the stat line.
In any case, keep these needs in mind when it comes to filling out your lineup. It's easier to find players that can score -- 43 players over 15.0 points per game last season -- and, increasingly, shoot threes. There were 116 players that averaged at least one made three-pointer per game last season. A decade ago, in the 2003-2004 season, there were 72.
Also, keep in mind that there are several notable performers injured to start the year. Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Danillo Gallinari and Glen Davis are among the established starters on the sidelines to start the year, while rookie guards Trey Burke and C.J. McCollum could have an impact once they get healthy.
No matter how you go about picking your team, though, stick with TSN.ca for news and analysis and enjoy the dribbles, the drives, the dishes and bombs from beyond the arc all season long.