Fantasy basketball is a fantasy sport that was inspired by fantasy baseball. When the first version of fantasy basketball came out in the 1990’s, statistics were kept by hand (talk about a disaster). The internet played a huge role in automating statistics, which ultimately led to a significant increase in participation across the USA and the world. Though it may not be as popular as fantasy football, basketball rivals hockey for the 3rd most popular fantasy sport.
Folks who participate in fantasy basketball are often referred to as general managers (GMs), who draft actual National Basketball Association (NBA) players. You can create your fantasy basketball team on a variety of online websites, including ESPN Fantasy Sports, NBA.com, and Yahoo! Fantasy Sports.
How do You Score Points in Fantasy Basketball?
Most fantasy basketball leagues track five categories, but some track as few as three or as many as eleven categories. Three-category leagues typically only look at total points, rebounds and assists. If you opt for a five-category league, you’ll add on blocks and steals, adding more value to those defensive minded players. Eight-category leagues typically add field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three-point makes or percentage (giving an edge to shooting guards, point guards, and three-point specialists). Nine-category leagues usually add a negative category such as turnovers, and 11 category leagues may take Fouls, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, and other statistics into account.
What is Daily Fantasy Basketball?
Over the last few years, DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) has taken over the internet, ESPN commercials, radio advertisements and more. You literally can’t watch an ESPN program without seeing an advertisement for a DFS company. The chart below shows the popularity of Daily Fantasy Basketball over the last 10 years.