Podcast: Top 5 for 2015

December 21, 2015

The Warriors are at the top of nearly every possible ranking through the first quarter of the season.

Golden State has a 26-1 record, opened the year with 24 consecutive victories (the longest streak in league history) while playing with the most efficient offense and the eighth most efficient defense in the league.

The team even avenged its lone loss of the season, by posting a 121-112 victory over Milwaukee Friday night.

The MVP front runner is the player that won the award last season, as point guard Stephen Curry leads the league in scoring at 31.8 points per game, leads the NBA in 3-point field goals made for the fourth straight season and is on the verge of joining the 50/40/90 club.

The only controversy coming out of Golden State stems from a statement made by Klay Thompson, as he claimed to be the best shooting guard in the league.

With averages of 19.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game, Thompson will likely earn his second-straight All-Star appearance.

Thompson ranks fifth in the league with 80 made shots from 3-point range and is connecting on 43.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.

In our latest podcast, we reexamine our fantasy basketball rankings, listing the top-5 players at each position and help trim some unproductive players from your fantasy basketball roster.


Podcast: Dominating Fantasy Basketball

December 7, 2015

A quarter of the way through the 2015-16 season, a variety of players are producing at levels unseen in the league for decades. Or in some cases, ever.

The Pistons don't have to worry about any missed shots, as center Andre Drummond is beating out the competition for missed attempts on a continual basis.

In his fourth season in the league, Drummond is proving to be the most dominant rebounder, pulling down 16.9 a night.

Drummond leads the league in offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and he is the only player in the league with more than 100 offensive rebounds or more than 200 defensive rebounds.

There have been eight 20 rebound performances in the league this season, five belong to Drummond.

Drummond is rebounding at a rate unseen for over 20 years, and his story is just one of several dominant performances.

Stephen Curry is obliterating every 3-point shooting record as he pursues membership into the exclusive 50/40/90 club.

Hassan Whiteside is blocking more shots than five NBA teams and Kyle Lowry is looking to be the first player in over seven years to steal the ball more than 200 times.

In our latest podcast, we breakdown each of their incredible performances, make way to early playoff predictions, fix your fantasy basketball team and much more.


Podcast: Panic in New Orleans

November 22, 2015

Injuries have the Pelicans off to the worst start in the Western Conference.

After 13 games, the team has won just twice, and making a return to the playoffs is going to be a challenge, as not only are they in the rugged Western Conference, the Southwest division is perhaps the best in the league.

Anthony Davis has continued to deliver statistically, averaging 22.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 2.1 assists and a steal per game. 

The contributions of Davis aren't enough to keep the team from playing the worst defense in the NBA. New Orleans is surrendering 108.4 points per game and opponents are shooting 47.1 percent from the field, both figures are the highest in the NBA.

Since selecting Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the team hasn't built around him with any draft picks, instead adding talent designed to win now.

Thirteen games into the the season, New Orleans is already at a crossroad, does the team try and rush back its injured players to pursue a playoff spot, or does the team get through the season and try its luck in the draft lottery.

In our latest podcast, we examine the conundrum the Pelicans face, the hot start of Kristaps Porzingis, check in with Caron Butler and much more.


Podcast: Warriors Chasing History

November 16, 2015

Golden State survived a scare from the Nets by improbably forcing overtime then dominating the extra session Saturday night.

The Warriors defense clamped down, limiting Brooklyn to just two points in overtime while five different players scored for them.

Along with an 11-0 start to the season, Golden State has been propped up by an even more impressive performance from Stephen Curry following his MVP campaign from a year ago. 

Curry — the NBA's leading scorer with 367 points, the most in the first 11 games of the season since Michael Jordan poured in 387 to start the 1992-93 campaign — has become the most unstoppable scorer in the league.

Even as the shot clock is winding down, Curry is clutch. With four seconds or less remaining on the shot clock, Curry is converting 66.3 percent of his long range shots and half of his total attempts.

Just about anything Curry tosses up finds its way to the bottom of the net.

For the year, Curry is averaging 33.4 points, 5.6 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. His excellent play has the Warriors in contention for the best start in league history.

In our latest podcast, we break down Golden State's pursuit of the best start in league history, the 76ers flirtation with the worst start the league has ever seen, drop some dudes in fantasy basketball and much more.


Podcast: Return of the Golden Child

November 2, 2015

Maybe discrediting Stephen Curry and the Warriors for their accomplishments last season wasn't the best idea for the rest of the NBA.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers went on record to say Golden State was lucky during its title run to avoid playing his team, or San Antonio, while Rockets guard James Harden claimed he should have been crowned the league's MVP instead of Curry.

During the first three games of the Warriors title defense, Curry has averaged 39.3 points, 7.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Practically anything he tosses up finds its way to the bottom of the net.

Curry once again leads the league in 3-point field goals made (17) while shooting 58.8 percent from the field, 48.6 percent from beyond the arc and has converted 95.5 percent of his free throws.

Even when teams foul him, it's not enough to generate a miss.

The 6-foot-3 guard leads the NBA in 3-point field goals made, field goals converted and trials DeMar DeRozan and Eric Bledsoe by one for the most free throws, even while taking seven fewer attempts.

In our latest podcast, we examine the incredible early season efforts of Curry, breakdown the struggles of Harden, improve your fantasy basketball team, breakdown the impressive performances of this year's rookie class and much more.


Podcast: First Impressions From the Pre-Season

October 11, 2015

For the first time in over five months, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has participated in five-on-five drills at practice, leaving the only step left in his recovery: playing in an actual game.

Cleveland was unsure of Love's status throughout the summer, as he dislocated his left shoulder during the final game of the opening round of the playoffs.

Love immediately underwent surgery and was forced to miss the entirety of the post season, even has the Cavaliers marched to the NBA Finals.

Now, the coaching staff is even considering the possibility of Love being ready for opening night, a huge boost for the team as the hold out of Tristan Thompson continues.

Love now should be considered probable for the season opener against the Bulls, a major step forward for the Cavaliers, as Kyrie Irving's status remains uncertain.

The power forward bring a rare combination to fantasy basketball, as he is an elite rebounder, one of the most consistent double-double producers and is a legitimate threat from beyond the arc.

In our latest podcast, we breakdown some of the key storylines that have emerged during the early portion of the NBA pre-season, including strange injuries, air balls from the foul line and much more.


Podcast: The Fringe First Rounders

October 5, 2015

The player selected in the first round of a fantasy basketball draft has to deliver.

By missing out in the opening round, the rest of the draft becomes an uphill battle.

The 2015-16 season has a clear-cut order of eight players, where there should be no deviating among those selections.

Another fantasy stalwart is worth a first round pick, even though he is coming off knee surgery.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year shouldn't slip to the second round, so that just leaves two uncertain selections in the opening round, with plenty of worthy candidates.

Portland is prepared to turn the franchise over completely to All-Star point guard Damian Lillard. The Trail Blazers have let the other four starters from the team last year either leave the team in free agency, or traded them away.

Lillard has provided steady scoring, assist, rebounding and 3-point shooting since entering the league three years ago, but has never had to perform as the focal point of the offense.

In our latest podcast, we examine some of the early injuries to prominent fantasy options, then make the final two selections of the opening round for the 2015 fantasy basketball draft.


Podcast: Fantasy Basketball Draft Toss Ups

September 28, 2015

At some point, fantasy owners have to make the difficult decision between two players that provide similar attributes to the team.

Often, the right choice isn't the more popular player. A year ago, Joakim Noah was almost unanimously praised as the better fantasy option than Tyson Chandler.

Chronic foot injuries, the emergence of Pau Gasol and nearly 800 fewer minutes led to a drastic decline from Noah, while Chandler thrived in Dallas.

Chandler doubled the amount of double-doubles Noah, he converted two out of every three shots he attempted and his 11.5 rebounds per game ranked as the fifth most in the NBA.

This season, Chandler is clearly the better fantasy option, even has he adjusts to a new team in Phoenix.

As fantasy draft season approaches, some difficult choices have to be made on draft night, including the annual battle between Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, but the question now is can either make a solid enough contribution to merit a high draft selection.

In our latest podcast, we tackle some of the biggest toss ups in fantasy basketball, one at each spot on the floor, to help guide you to that elusive championship.


Podcast: Preparing for Fantasy Basketball Season

September 21, 2015

It's never too early to start preparing for fantasy basketball.

Shatter the Glass has already conducted dozens of mock drafts, released categorical rankings for each of the major aspects in fantasy basketball and have taken the difficult task of trying to rank the production for the incoming rookie class.

A few trends have already emerged in the draft room, as a few players are being severely under-valued, especially Pacers forward Paul George.

Of course there is uncertainty stemming from the terrible injury he suffered at the Team USA mini-camp last summer, but with more than a year of healing time, it's difficult to imagine George not returning to one of the most dominant players in the league.

The Pacers have even cleared out the roster to build around him for next season, even promising to have George spend a significant amount of time playing at the power forward position anytime it exploits a match up.

George is an elite perimeter defender, an underrated passer and one of the most dynamic scorers in the league, so if he is available at the end of the second round — where he is being selected in early mock drafts — then he is an absolute steal.

In our latest podcast, we examine a few early fantasy sleepers, go over Russell Westbrook's run at a league record, provide some advice on players to stay away from and much more.


Podcast: Guide to Eurobasket 2015

September 6, 2015

The 2015 Eurobasket tournament provides a glimpse for NBA fans into the upcoming season.

Plenty of familiar faces will be in action, with Dirk NowitzkiTony ParkerErsan IlyasovaJonas ValanciunasMarco Belinelli and Kosta Koufos all in action.

The 24-team tournament also gives fans an opportunity to take a closer look at some players facing uncertainty before the start of the regular season.

Minnesota convinced Nemanja Bjelica to join the team this summer and he has been dominant for Serbia.

After plenty of YouTube worthy dunks in his limited time at the NBA Summer League, Orlando guard Mario Hezonja — the fifth overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft — is in action for Croatia.

Denver forward Danilo Gallinari has been limited to 59 games over the past two seasons recovering from knee surgery, but looks to be fully healthy in Eurobasket play.

On opening day, Gallinari poured in 33 points for Italy, but it wasn't enough to secure a victory over Turkey.

In our latest podcast, we examine some of the intriguing young players in the 2015 Eurobasket tournament, breakdown some trade rumors and much more.