Playing with your own pick of NBA (National Basketball Association) players is possible through fantasy basketball. Fantasy basketball allows a player (general manager) to pick players and form a team. A general manager competes with other general managers by drafting the players for their team and by earning points throughout the game. Points are accumulated through the actual statistics or field performance of the NBA players during a game. The general manager with the most points wins. ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is one of the sports portals that offer fantasy basketball to fans and players.
How to Play
There are categories to choose from, three at the minimum, and eleven at the maximum. Each category will be weighed to determine the winner.
3 category leagues: points, rebounds, assist
5 category leagues: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals
8 category leagues: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three-point field goal percentage
And so on…
Then you proceed to choose to create a private team or join public teams. Private teams can have any number of players and are usually created by experienced players together with GMs that they know. Public teams can have 10 to 12 teams and are usually joined by new players or those who want to play with random GMs.
Next, a general manager (GM) will draft players. The most commonly used snake draft allows the first team to pick the players to be the last one to pick the players for the next game so that every team has a chance to be the first to pick. In an auction draft, teams bid for the players with their budget. The team must be careful not to exceed the limit of the team. The team who wins the bid gets the players.
Types of Scoring
The scoring is determined by ROTO, head-to-head, or fantasy points. In ROTO or Rotiserrie scoring, the first place in an 11-team league gets 11 points, second place gets 10 points, and third place gets 9 points and so on. This is done in every category and the team with the biggest aggregate points at the end of the season wins the game. Head-to-head scoring is used when a team has the same opponent for a week. Within the course of the game, the statistics are accumulated and the team who gets the most points wins. There are variations of the head-to-head scoring, but the common one is H2H Each Category. Fantasy points correspond to a specific statistic determined by a commissioner. For example, a 2-point shot will have 1 fantasy point, a 3-point shot will have 3 fantasy points or a turnover means minus 1 fantasy point. The team with the largest amount of fantasy points is the winner.
According to FantasySports.net, fantasy basketball or fantasy sports, in general, are not listed on the prohibited games list of Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. This means that fantasy basketball is legal and can be played free or with real money.
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