This is the first fantasy basketball game that enforces the rules of the NBAâ€™s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Participants can chose to either take over an NBA team as a General Manager (GM) or create an NBA sports management firm (Agent) for the purpose of managing the relationship between NBA players and the teams they play for. During the first half of the summer, GMs trade players and draft picks, decide team options, create draft boards and position themselves for the free agency period. The first half ends with the NBA Draft where GMs select college players for the up and coming season. The second half of the summer is the free agency period where Agents and GMs interact to negotiate contracts for players who are free agents, players who have been released, players looking for extensions from their rookie contract, etc. By October when other fantasy games are just starting, you would have already assembled your fantasy teams for Head-to-Head (GMs) or Rotisserie (Agents) competition for the upcoming NBA Regular season. Top
Unlike other Fantasy Basketball games on the Internet, PASPN recognizes that an active NBA player will have two constant figures that play a role in the development of their NBA Careers. The first constant is a GM or General Manager who is in charge of putting a team of players together for an NBA franchise. The second constant is an Agent who is responsible for the overall well-being of an NBA Player while playing for an NBA team. Mock GM Fantasy Basketball attempts to capture this interaction between Agents and Gms by allowing users to join a league as one or the other creating an interactive virtual NBA World where two different point-of-views (with different objectives) come together to decide the fate of an NBA Player.Top
The role of a GM is to take over an existing NBA team and make them competative for the up and coming NBA season. Just like a Real NBA GM, the majority of their work is conducted in the offseason months of the NBA (June - September) where they must make decisions on existing players, scout for college talent as well as players available in the free agent market. GMs are rated on how well they put together a team and how well they manage their teams money situation as it relates to the rules and regulations of the NBA Salary Cap and Collective Bargainin Agreement.
The role of an Agent is almost the exact opposite. They are not concerned about competition or wins and losses. Their job is to find the best situation for their clients while making the most money for them and of course their Sports Agency. They could care less about the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement. In fact they look to challenge the limits of the CBA by seeing how much a GM is willing to spend for the services of their clients. The majority of an Agents work is done during the free agency period where they work with GMs in contract negotiations on behalf of their free agent clients. Agents also play a role in negotiating player buyouts for clients under contract looking to part ways with their current NBA Organization. Top
You are a Mock GM is you are the type of NBA Fan that loves to come up with trades on message boards and knows deep down that you can do a much better job than half the existing NBA GMs, but never had an avenue where you could actually test your GM savvy. If you know you have what it takes to be an NBA GM and can commit the time needed to accomplish the daunting task of a Fantasy Offseason and Fantasy Regular season and can turn a lump of coal into gold, then being a Mock GM is the right role for you.
If you are the type of NBA Fan that would love to play fantasy basketball without the day-to-day tasks of being a manager, then you are a Mock Agent. Agents have a more laid back role since they are called upon only when there's contract negotiaions involved. Once all their players are signed and have an NBA home, the Agent just sits back, check in a few times a week and watche their money pile up from player contingency fees. Top
The beauty of this game is that you build your organization your way. If you want a young team built thru the draft then so be it. If you want a sports agency with only players from Indiana then do you. This is the only game that allows you to take over your favorite NBA team, decide the direction the team head, and test your results during the regular season. Whether you decide a youth movement, a win-now movement, itâ€™s up to you. There is no wrong way to building a winning team as we have seen in the NBA. Top
Any registered member of PASPN is eligible participate in PASPNs Mock GM game. When you join a league you decide whether or not you play as a GM or as an Agent. When the time comes to pick teams or players (in the case of the agent), the game will direct you to the page where you make your choices. Picking teams and players happens on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be radio buttons next to the teams or players that are available. You MUST click the radio button next to the team or player you want. Once clicked, the game will refresh indicating whether or not you succeeded in becoming the GM of that team you picked or player you wish to represent. Chances are you will succeed, but there have been cases when another league member may have beaten you to a team or player so itâ€™s not guaranteed that clicking the button will get you the team or player you want. Top
YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN TO PICK A TEAM OR REPRESENT A PLAYER! Not being logged in to PASPN at the time your league starts could jeopardize your chances of getting the team or player you want. Top
Okay Iâ€™m now a member of a league and my league is about to start.
Once you pick a team you have the power to control who stays on the team and who gets traded. With complete control over your players and your draft picks, you make the calls to build your ultimate team the way you envisioned it. Top
Nope, not this year. End of story. The game doesnâ€™t even allow this. Like mentioned earlier, there will be more than enough members participating in this yearâ€™s game than ever before. Your transaction signature is your I.P. Address and if it has been determined that a transaction involving two entities has just one I.P. Address, it will be scrutinized. Top
Free Agents cannot be claimed until the free agency period begins (Thu, Jul 12 2012 12:00:00 AM PST). This move prevents GMs from "tampering" with Agents and their free agent players before the free agency period begins. Top
Team rosters are based on the end of the current NBA season. For example, Jason Kidd is on the Mavericks roster. Shawn Marion is on the Miami Heat roster even though he is a free agent. Draft picks are based on the teams draft positions as of the results of the NBA Draft Lottery. Teams can have at most 7 draft picks. A complete list of rosters along with salaries can be found on each team page. A listing of the top draft entries can also be found in the PASPN College Prospect Database. If a prospect you are interested is not listed in our database, chances are they do not have a shot at the NBA and will not appear in the game until a real NBA team picks them up. PASPN keeps a list of the top 99 draft prospect for that year and will guarantee the top 60 players chosen in the actual NBA Draft will be available to draft. Top
The PASPN NBA Draft is held about 10 days after a league begins trading. Prior to the draft, GMs will be expected to maintain and update a draft list of players they would like to pick. GMs will be notified by email to make their draft selection. GMs will have 12 hours* from the last pick in the first round to make their pick and 8 hours* from the last pick in the second round. If a GM has not picked within their allotted time, The commissioner picks the best player available from the GMs draft list. If a player is not available from a GMs draft list, the commissioner picks the best player available from the actual NBA draft not already drafted. Top
Team Options are ultimately decided by the GMs. It is up to the players Agent to sway the GM into either picking up their clientsâ€™ team option or letting them become a free agent. GMs must decide usually team options before their leagues NBA Draft usually 10 days after the league starts trading. If a team option isnâ€™t decided before then, the players pre-determined assignment is issued. Top
The Agents ultimately decide Player Options. Once an agent has been assigned to a player with a player option, it is up to the GMs communication with that Agent as to whether or not the Agent exercises the player option or not. Deadlines for options are before the leagues free agent signing period begins. If a player option isnâ€™t decided before then, the players pre-determined assignment is issued.
A GM with a player who has a status of (QO) is allowed first refusal of any free agent offers from any other NBA team that is higher than the GMs offer. GMs have 12* hours to match an offer before an Agent is allowed to accept an offer. In free agent offers, There is no grace period for the agent. The Sports Agency must receive a minimum number of bids before he can accept any offer. A courtesy email will be sent to the GM who has the free agents bird rights, but there is no grace period for the GM like with the Qualifying offer. Draft picks have a standard rookie contract. Trade Right (TR) players have a similiar contract that they must sign. Undrafted players (UND) players have a standard two year contract . Top
Negotiating and Proposing Are Two Different Things!
You negotiate trades with other GMs via your league message board, chat rooms, AOLIM, email, text messaging, in other words whatever means of communication there is available. Itâ€™s more fun to interact on your leagues message board, that way other GMs can present counter-offers and see whatâ€™s going on throughout the league, but we understand why you would use other private means. AOLIM is probably the fasted way to communicate, but also the most dangerous and will not be credible for settling an disputes in any fashion. Top
A GM involved in trade talks with other GMs officially submits a trade proposal through the PASPNs Trade Check module. The trade check will check the validity of the trade based on the rules of the NBAâ€™s Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as the teams current situation and if it is accepted, the GM who proposed the trade will have the option to submit the trade to the other GMÂ´s involved in the trade proposal. The other GMs will be able to view the proposal and either accept or reject the trade. The GM that created the proposal can accept, reject, withdraw,bring back,or Nix the offer. All parties involved in the trade must agree for the trade to go through. The trade will go through after the last person approves and the Trade Check takes one last look at each teams money situation.
The same goes with Free Agent signings or a Buyout. Either the GM or Agent proposes an offer that the Offer Check module verifies. Both parties will receive notification that an offer is on the table and can either accept or refuse that offer. All rules will be enforced. If a player has a QO or is restricted player, the GM who has the players QO right will have the opportunity to match or refuse the offer.
Player buyouts are based on a teamâ€™s current budget and how much they are willing to spend to pay out the remainder of a players contract. GMs have the option of buying out the remainder of a players contract or paying out some while leaving the difference on their teamsâ€™ salary cap. Top
When a player is traded, they are not eligible to be traded again for another 30 hours. However, there is a 14 hour grace period immediately after the trade goes thru in which you can trade that player to simulate sign-and-trades or continue a trade. After the 14 hours grace period has past and the player is not traded, the GM cannot trade the player for another 16 hours.
For free agent signings, the grace period is 12 hours after the free agent signing occured before the free agent cannot be traded for another 5 days Top
Traded draft picks have a value of $0 before the draft and do not count against he cap. It is only after the draft that draft picks take on their value and count against the cap. Once the draft is complete drafted players cannot be traded until they are officially signed. Top
When the regular season starts, no more than 15 players will be allowed on a GMs roster and of the 15 only 12 at a time will be eligible for your rotation in Head-to-Head competition. You can have as many as the cap will allow between now and then. Top
A team may release any player on its roster. However, if they do, their playersÂ´ entire salary plus the remaining years counts against the cap and that team losses that players bird rights. This year we incorporated the Buyout which will allow teams and agents the ability to work something out to avoid GMs from carrying cap penalties. Top
Yes there is a luxury tax, and the tax is collected from every team over the salary cap before the start of the free agency period. There is a salary cap threshold and any team over that threshold will pay $1 for every dollar over the cap. Top
Every league-wide transaction is announced and posted on the message board. From player trades to buy outs if any, to players being renounced. There will be a list generated of players available, players, who have been renounced, retired, suspended, etc as trades and negotiations continue. Top
The quick and dirty answer is NO. Think about the Real NBA-- players will always have Agents, teams will always have GMs. It's a foundation in the NBA as it should be in Mock GM. All you need is at least one Agent to negotiate offers and buyouts. The more Agents, the better the game. Can this game exist with just agents? Theoretically yes, but with no player movement and teams looking for player services, life would be a bit boring. Top
Members can create and join either a custom league or a public league. Custom leagues are not visible to the public and require members to know the league password in order to join. Public leagues are public and can be found in the PASPN league directory. They do not require passwords, but may have a membership level requirement in order to join that league. Top
In an effort to maintain some form of integrity in our public leagues, some public leagues will require a member to have achieved a certain membership status in order to participate in it. The membership status prevents users from cheating by registering under two or more names in order to claim two spots in one league whether it is two GM spots, two Agent spots, or a GM and an Agent spot. This form of cheating compromises the integrity of a league and wastes the efforts the other users participating in the league fairly. PASPN members earn membership status based on how long theyâ€™ve been a member of PASPN.net and their track record as a GM or Agent. Top
We understand that the membership status requirement may keep some members from participating in an elite public league which is why members who contribute to PASPN will automatically be eligible to participate in the elite public leagues. Top
Donating is only required if you want to improve your membership status and be eligible to join elite public leagues that require a higher membership level. Once you are a member of a league and want to upgrade your Mock GM Experience, you can choose from one of our Mock GM Platinum Packages. Upgrading to Mock GM Platinum will automatically make you a contributor, thus allowing you to join the any elite public leagues. Top
After the offseason month comes the Mock GM Regular season where GMs compete in an 18-week regular season. GMs play 9 home games and 9 away games which include 8 division games (4 division rivals twice), 4 conference games (non-divisional opponents) and 6 out-of-conference games. 8 teams from each conference will make the playoffs and compete for their league championship.
Agents on the other hand compete with each other to see whoâ€™s clients produced the most fantasy points during the 18-week season. Their points are determined by clients points only when they are in a GMs lineup throughout each game week. Essentially, Agents do not have to do anything but make sure they GMs in their league play their clients when they are suppose to play. In addition agents are measured by the contract worth of their clients, and how much they made in agency commisions from player signings and buyouts Top
PASPN uses their version of the NBA Player Efficiency Rating (FBPTS) as a players fantasy points. The FBPTS stat takes into account the players overall performance (PTS, REB, AST, STL, PF, BLKS, TO, FGPCT, FTPCT, TPPCT) in an NBA game into one number. Both GMs and Agents use this number when measuring player performance in competition. In addition, this stat is used in corelation with a players salary to determine overall player worth, team performance, team profits/losses and other GM and Agent metrics. Top
As a GM, you try and field at most an 8-man rotation for each game in your weekly matchup. The positions are: C, PF, SF, SG, PG, 6th man, Flx 1, Flx 2.
The C position can be played by players whose positions are C, F|C, or C|F The PF & SF position can be played by players whose positions are F|C, C|F, F, G|F, or F|G The SG & PG position can be played by players whose positions are G|F, F|G, or G The 6th, Flx 1 and Flx 2 position can be played by any player in any position Top