From the Booth

Fratello and Eagle talk about the Nets coming up short in their loss to the New York Knicks.

From the Booth

Devin Harris talked about the Nets’ 98-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.

From the Booth

Mike Fratello and Marv Albert talk about how the Nets were able to hold off a late charge by the Trail Blazers and defeat Portland, 98-96.

Fratello’s Fantasy Pick: Thabo Sefolosha

Born in Vevey, Switzerland, Thabo Sefolosha fits right in with his fellow cast of characters on the Oklahoma City Thunder, whose athleticism and ability to run have enabled their young squad to rank among the best in the competitive West.

A role player who has been key to the Thunder’s success, Sefolosha joined superstar Kevin Durant and starting center Nenad Krstic on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2010-11 NBA Preview. He’s a long, athletic player who prides himself on playing aggressive team D. Sefolosha hustles, gets stops and rebounds the ball, doing his part to refute foreign players’ reputations for being soft on defense.

Now entering his fifth NBA season, his third with OKC, we may not have seen how complete a player he is yet. Sefolosha is a raw talent who, depending on how hard he works, could develop into something interesting as he matures and gets more experience in the league. He will continue to get better as he rounds out his game.

Sefolosha posted double-doubles in two of his past four contests – going for 13 points and 11 rebounds against the Wolves followed by 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Pacers last week.

A multiple-position player, Sefolosha is averaging about 6 points and 5 rebounds in 30 minutes per game. He’ll get you a couple assists, a steal and even the occasional block. He’s available in most fantasy leagues, and Oklahoma City plays 4 games this week.

Ask the Czar

Martha from Cherry Hill wants to know:

Should the 76ers have drafted a big man with the #2 pick? And should NBA courts be lengthened and/or widened to accommodate bigger, faster athletes?

It’s much easier to comment on the past than to speculate on the future given that hindsight is always more reliable than foresight. Just ask the Portland Trail Blazers.

I don’t think we need to make NBA courts larger at this stage in the game.