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2015-16 NBA Wire Troll All-Star Team

May 15, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments (0)
Nikola Jokic was splendid for the Denver Nuggets.
Nikola Jokic emerged as one of the top rookies this season. (espn.go.com)

The 2015-2016 NBA regular season is in the bag and so are most of your Fantasy leagues. We hope our recommendations in The Wire Troll this season kept the competition fierce and perhaps even scored you as the victor. Let’s take a look at our biggest hits from this season.

GUARDS

Jamal Crawford, SG, Los Angeles Clippers: Crawford appeared twice in our Wire Troll this season, but only needed one appearance for Fantasy players to take notice at what kind of potential he would flash coming into this 2015-2016 season. Those who were lucky enough to grab him early on surely benefited from his scoring outbursts that definitely would have your team in the points and three point categories. In his 16th season, the vet showed no signs of slowing down, averaging 14.2 points, 2.3 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks. On a rocky Clippers roster that faced injuries and rotation struggles all season, the Sixth Man of the Year did what he always did best — score the basketball (as opposed to his defense, exposed in all forms of reality as you can see in the video below).

Jeremy Lin, PG, Charlotte Hornets: Lin headlined the Troll back in mid-December, showing us glimpses of Linsanity while providing solid energy and production on and off the bench. The reserve combo guard found a way to play with and compliment teammate Kemba Walker again this season, helping the Hornets clinch a playoff spot and offering owners some deep roster production.

FORWARDS

Nikola Jokic, PF, Denver Nuggets: Jokic appeared in the Troll late-November. After a slow start to the season (arguably because of usage), he emerged as one of the top rookies in the league, finishing with averages of 9.9 points (on 51.2 per cent shooting), seven boards, 2.4 assists, and one steal in just 21.7 minutes. The key takeaway: Jokic averaged 16.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 10 games when he played 30-plus minutes. Keep in mind that this kid is only 21, so could very well have a breakout season in 2016-2017.

Mirza Teletovic, PF, Phoenix Suns: Teletovic was first featured in our Troll in early-January, and then returned to headline it just over a month later. When Markeiff Morris left Phoenix, it opened an opportunity for Teletovic to let loose on the offensive end. The second half of Teletovic’s season really gave Fantasy owners something valuable for their teams. Off the bench he had multiple 20-point-plus scoring nights — including six of them over his last seven games of the season — while providing solid board contributions from time to time as well.

CENTRES

Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves: Dieng made his lone appearance in the Wire Troll this season back in late-November. That’s usually an indication of a player catching both fire and Fantasy notice — which is exactly what happened. Even playing alongside beastly Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, Dieng found a groove this season, setting a career high with 10.1 points per game. We’re hoping Dieng will continue to expand his offensive repertoire seeing time at the both the four and five, and improve his defense for what should be an exciting season of growth in 2016-2017 for Minnesota.

Bismack Biyombo, Toronto Raptors: We recommended Biyombo a couple times this season in this column as he brought forth a strong defensive presence not just for the Raptors but for Fantasy owners as well. Those who had the roster space to stash Biyombo enjoyed a nice boost in rebounding and blocks. The absence of Jonas Valanciunas halfway through the season gave Biyombo a chance to shine as the temporary starting centre. Biyombo came through with some monster efforts, setting a franchise record with 25 rebounds in a game and notching a career-high six blocks in another game. His owners were surely happy to receive those punches on the stat sheet.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy basketball waiver wire picks of the season were.

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The Wire Troll: Justin Anderson Showcasing His Skills in Big D

April 9, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Now here’s a dude that hasn’t really gotten any Fantasy love, but with all the injuries in The Big Easy, Frazier is getting a chance to shine. He shook off an ankle woe and started Friday, putting up a dozen assists in the process. Frazier is solidifying his job on the Pelicans for next season while averaging nearly 15 points, 10 assists, 1.5 treys and two steals over the last five games.
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The Wire Troll: Norman Powell Taking Toronto By Storm

April 2, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
With double-digit points in four of his last five contests, Curry is taking clear advantage of his opportunity to start in Sacramento. His best effort came in a loss to the Heat Friday as he managed 21 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal. It will be interesting to see what else Curry does while the Kings are shorthanded, as he may just add to the legacy of the “Curry” name in due time.
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2015 RotoRob Basketball Awards

April 1, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
This season, Thompson started perfect at the line in October, got more touches in November and then started really shooting the lights out from downtown as 2015 drew to a close. The first half of this season put him on a trajectory to set a new career high in treys. Yup, studly.
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The Wire Troll: D.J. Augustin Rocking in Denver

March 26, 2016 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments (0)
Douglas has racked up a ton of minutes and impressive stat lines over his last six contests. His most efficient one came in a Sunday victory against the Clippers as he produced 15 points, nine assists, seven boards and a steal in 37 minutes.
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