Now, every year since 2004 Celtics Green has done a fantasy league via Yahoo and every year I come in sub top 3, BOOO!Well, twice I got 3rd. Oh well, in any case, according to Yahoo Boston ranks 5th in Yahoo Fantasy Basketball (much like my team every year). So, congrats to all you Fantasy superstars out there! Below is the results (note Miami didnt crack the top 10!)...
(special thanks to Marc Sausa)
The 2012-2013 NBA season is about to begin, and fantasy basketball drafts are in full swing. Yahoo! Sports, which has the official Fantasy Basketball game of NBA.com and more hoops fans playing than any other site, reveals the top 10 NBA cities where fantasy basketball is a slam dunk. To calculate the ranking, Yahoo! Sports looked at per capita participation in Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball for each market during the 2011-12 season*.
Just because a team rules on the court doesn’t make their city king of the computer. Last year’s NBA playoff finalists – The Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder – failed to make the Top 10, coming in at 16 and 21 respectively. Less surprising, after their disappointing playoff performance last year: the Utah Jazz fell seven spots and out of the top 10.
1. Bay Area (Golden State Warriors) – The cities by the Bay retain the top spot for the second year in a row, fending off California rival Los Angeles by a narrow margin.
2. Los Angeles (Lakers & Clippers) – While Tinseltown awaits a football team, the stars of Hollywood are happy to shine their attention on basketball. With the revamped Lakers and the revived Clippers, it’s no wonder they’re able retain their strong second place ranking.
3. Chicago (Bulls) – Jumping up 7 spots to third, Chicago has seen a fantasy resurgence courtesy of their beloved Bulls franchise. Stars like Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are getting fans excited for the rise of another possible basketball dynasty.
4. New York (Knicks & Nets)- The biggest jump in the rankings this year belongs to the Big Apple - up 9 spots – most likely due to the Nets moving to Brooklyn and the Knicks returning to the playoffs.
5. Boston (Celtics) – Entering the season for the first time since 2006 without their “big 3” intact, the Celtics are rebuilding. After their playoff collapse last season, Boston slips two spots in the rankings, but New England sports fans are among the most passionate in country.
6. Cleveland (Cavaliers) – Now two years removed from the King James era, the Cavs move up one spot in the rankings as they try and rebuild after winning a division-worst 21 games last season.
7. Portland (Trailblazers) – After failing to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-2008 season, the Trailblazers plummet three spots, and sharing a division with the Thunder won’t make a return trip any easier.
8. Sacramento (Kings) – The Kings have been anything but royalty the last few years, so it’s not a big surprise they slip two points in the rankings; but it is a surprise they retain a top ten position.
9. Milwaukee (Bucks) - Milwaukee’s offseason has been spent working on their defense and trying to find a way back to the playoffs, which they’ve just missed for the last two seasons.
10. Detroit (Pistons) – The Pistons couldn’t mount a playoff return last year, but they still manage to jump a spot in the rankings as many fans believe the pieces are there for them to make another run to the top.
For more expert rankings from Yahoo! Sports – the official Fantasy Basketball game of NBA.com – and to sign up, head to http://basketball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/nba
*The list reflects per capita participation in Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball during the 2011-12 season in U.S. markets with an NBA franchise. It does not include data for Toronto. Movement on the list is determined by per capita participation for 2011-12 season vs where those same markets ranked during the 2010-11 season.
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