Welcome to the 2012 NBA ReDraft voting process. The redraft is exactly how it sounds. The rosters of every NBA team are cleared and then drafted again from scratch. Posters from the site draft full rosters under a salary cap and then there is a voting process to make the playoffs. We are now in the playoffs and the head to head matchups have begun. Please remember to vote for the roster and write-up you believe would win a 7 game series. Also remember that every player is considered as healthy for these playoffs. Thank you and enjoy the playoffs!
PG: Devin Harris/Ray Felton/Jimmer Fredette
SG: Danny Green/Keyon Dooling
SF: Paul Pierce/Josh Howard
PF: Paul Millsap/Jared Sullinger
C: Roy Hibbert/Nikolai Vucevic/Dexter Pittman
PG: Jarrett Jack(25) - D.J. Augustin(23)
SG: Manu Ginobili(35) - Evan Turner(8) - Marquis Daniels(3) - Jarrett Jack(2)
SF: Evan Turner(22) - Jeff Green(26) - Austin Daye
PF: Luis Scola(34) - Ivan Johnson(14) - Josh McRoberts
C: Tyson Chandler(35) - Reggie Evans(13) - Josh McRoberts
*Minutes are in parentheses
Baltimore WriteupFirst off, I would like to congratulate UTB and jets012 for making it to the first round of the playoffs. However, their Baltimore squad will not be making it any farther as they are running into a superior basketball team in the Coronado Crusaders.
The Coronado Crusaders as a whole has everything a basketball team can ask for. We have very good offense with a top #1 who can lead a squad in the playoffs in Paul Pierce. Two very good #2 and #3 options in Paul Millsap and Roy Hibbert. And then solid role players who do their job well with Danny Green and a Devin Harris/Ray Felton point guard tandem. We also have a very good defense in the perimeter and down low
Baltimore simply does not have an answer for our ridiculous frontcourt of Pierce, Millsap and Hibbert. Yes, Tyson Chandler is the best defensive big man in the game and an incredible help defender, but with Pierce having a huge advantage over Evan Turner or Jeff Green (a man who hasn’t played basketball in over a year due to an extreme heart condition) and Luis Scola (a man who wouldn’t know what defense is even if it kicked him in the balls a la Nicolas Batum) and then also having to worry with Roy Hibbert (a man who’s offensive game is only getting better as he continues to develop) it will be too much for the Baltimore defense.
On the defensive end of the floor, Coronado will be targeting Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, a very good defender in his own right, will guard him. For those of you who don’t really know much about Danny Green, he quietly had a very good 2011-2012 campaign with the San Antonio Spurs. In fact, Danny Green made the elite Spurs defense even better as they allowed 3.2 points less per 100 possessions with Green on the floor. Green was also a key part of the 1st and 2nd ranked lineups in defensive efficiency.
PG: Jarrett Jack vs Devin Harris – Devin Harris quietly put together a very solid 2011-2012 season. Devin averaged 11 and 5 in just 26 minutes and on very good shooting numbers. While Devin isn’t as great as everybody thought he was going to be, as the 4th or 5th option on offense he will be just fine. He never really has had a wing player like Paul Pierce and that will help him dramatically. Jarrett Jack is a slight upgrade over Harris, while he had a nice season as well, that was as him being the guy in New Orleans, which he will not be on this Baltimore squad. In fact he won’t even be the primary ball handler, making Jack less valuable at the point. He is not a great 3 point shooter, thus the drive and kick by Ginobili will not be effective.
SG: Manu Ginobili vs Danny Green – Obviously Manu Ginobili is a far superior player, but Danny Green is indeed a solid defensive player who is use to guarding the best guard on the opposing teams. Also, practicing with Ginobili as member of the Spurs should help him a bit as well. With Jack and Turner starting on the wings alongside Manu, neither being a very good 3 point shooter, spacing should be an issue as Manu is the only true 3 point threat they have. On this team he will have to create a lot more for himself, since Jarrett Jack is no Tony Parker. Manu has never had to be “the guy” as he always has had Duncan or Parker with him. On this team his 2nd option is Luis Scola, a major drop off which will ultimately hurt Ginobili as we target him defensively.
SF: Paul Pierce vs Evan Turner – Here's where our biggest advantage shines through. Pierce is one of the elite small forwards in the NBA, while Evan Turner is a young player who probably doesn't even deserve a starting spot. ET has nothing even close to championship experience in the league and has proven to be inconsistent for the Sixers up to this point. Pierce is a veteran NBA champion who will completely dominate this matchup. Not much else needs to be said.
PF: Paul Millsap vs Luis Scola - One one side of this matchup, we have the constantly improving Paul Millsap. One the other side, we have the declining, recently cut Luis Scola. Millsap has quietly developed into a serious offensive threat and quality overall player for the Jazz. Millsap is hitting his prime, while Scola has left it behind. Scola has been hampered by injuries and has lost a step offensively, while he is still offering up his trademark poor defense. Big time advantage for Coronado.
C: Roy Hibbert vs Tyson Chandler - Two of the best centers in the NBA. Hibbert is developing into a beast in the paint for the Pacers, while Chandler remains the preeminent defensive big man in the game. We believe that Chandler's defensive advantage over Hibbert is negated by Hibbert's offensive advantage. This will be an even matchup in the series.
Summation: We were voted the 3 seed and Baltimore the 6 seed for a reason. The only threat to us winning on Baltimore is Ginobili, who we will key on defensively. Otherwise, our offensive weapons in Pierce, Millsap, and Hibbert will overwhelm their team. We predict that it'll be Coronado in 5.
Congrats to Baller and PL on making the playoffs, and may the best team win.
Offensively we believe we are going to have a balanced unit. Our whole offense is set around Manu Ginobili, who is our #1 option. Manu Ginobili is one of the most efficient scorers in the NBA. The main component of our offense will be Manu and Scola pick and rolls, and pick and pops, which will be a deadly combination considering how great both of these players are in these areas. The Euro-Style offensive skillsets that Scola and Manu possess is a perfect match to frustrate the opposition. Manu is also proven to be a great distributor. At times, Manu will bring the ball down and run the offense. That is why we believe we have the perfect guard to compliment him in Jarrett Jack. Jack has always been a combo guard. He is a great scorer and is coming off of career highs averaging nearly 16 points a game. He also transformed into a great passer this year. He had his highest assist percentage in his career and averaged around 7 per game this year. He became a great leader on the Hornets this year, and the fact that he will be able to compliment our stars, rather than be our star, will make him much more successful. Adding another capable starting point guard in DJ Augustin off the bench is one of our strengths as well, considering his contrast to Jack, with DJ being a very quick and speedy point guard, with both a scoring and passing ability. We believe that a Jack/Ginobili backcourt is one of the best fits in the whole Re-Draft, and the platoon of Jack and Augustin will be very successful.
Our frontcourt is also full of players that complement each other perfectly. Tyson Chandler is might not be a terrific point scorer, but his efficiency is off the charts hitting nearly 70% of his field goals. It would be stupid for other teams to not be concerned with that. We will keep Chandler right around the rim and in the post so he can grab offensive rebounds and put back up shots. This will give our power forward, Luis Scola, room to work with. Scola has one of the best mid range jump shots at his position. He will get many looks with Tyson demanding attention in the post. We honestly believe that the high-low capabilities of a Chandler-Scola combination is unmatched in this redraft, and the ability to run Chandler through the pick and roll as well as Scola both through the P&R and P&P will be very difficult for Milsap and foul-prone Hibbert to handle, with Manu leading the helm on those plays. At SF, Turner and Green will split the time. Evan Turner is a crafty young player who has really been coming to his own in Philadelphia. Turner has been taking on a bigger role consistently throughout his career, and with him being a 4th option on this offense he will not be overwhelmed and will be able to play to his capabilities. Jeff Green also seems to be a forgotten commodity by the casual NBA fan. A healthy Jeff Green put up very solid numbers in OKC and Boston and we believe that him as our 6th man is a steal that will be a very solid offensive option. Even though our team does not consist of many offensive big names, everyone balances well with each other to give us a tough offense to guard.
Our defense is entirely constructed around 1 man, Tyson Chandler. Chandler is one of the best defensive players in the entire NBA. He was named DPOY last year and blocks many shots. Everyone saw his performance against Miami in the 2011 Finals, but his impact on New York is also quite spectacular. His ability to create an above average defense on a team filled with sub-par defenders like Amare Stoudemire was awe-inspiring. His help defense is also phenomenal and with him covering Roy Hibbert, a man who was supposed to “take over” the series against Miami but still was underwhelming, will allow Tyson to roam a bit more than usual and with his elite help defense we will have the opportunity of clogging the lane for people like Paul Pierce and Milsap. At SF, Evan Turner will start. Many people don’t know just how solid he has been on the defensive end in his career. He had a defensive rating under 100, which only a few players in the league were able to do, and I know that that isn’t a popular stat but it is still worth noting. Jeff Green off the bench is also a decent defender, and with the help of chandler in the inside both Green and Turner will be able to over-pursue Pierce on the wings and not allow him to get any open shots. Jack will guard whoever the stronger of the two guards are offensively. Jack is a solid on ball defender. Manu will be assigned to whoever is the weaker threat offensively. Reggie Evans is also an above average defender that will see time on both Milsap and others on the front line. Ultimately, Chandler’s presence alone makes us a top defensive team. He made the Mavericks a great defensive team, and made the Knicks an above average defensive team, and with us not having any true weaknesses defensively on this team, Tyson will flourish and make the job of each and every player on the opposition very difficult.
The advantage that we have on the bench can not be understated. Our reserve big men both averaged over 16 and a half minutes per game in the playoffs last year, and provide a great relief for our starting frontcourt. Ivan has been known to be a spark plug off of the bench, and Evans provides consistent hustle that will wear out his opponent. We already stated the strengths of both Green and Augustin, but realistically, they are starters on most teams. They have been starters throughout their careers, and the fact that we have both of them on our bench really gives us 7 players that should be playing starter’s minutes. Now lets examine Coronado’s bench. This bench consists of a player who was considered overweight last year and had his worst year of efficiency for quite some time. It also consists of a rookie and 3 players that averaged 15 minutes or less in the playoffs last year. They also don’t have a single wing capable of covering Manu Ginobili whatsoever on their bench. And these are the 5 bench players that will be receiving play time for Coronado? Let’s just say that I am much more comfortable with our steady 9 man rotation that puts each and every player in a position for success 100% of the time.
Why we will win:
This is quite the balanced matchup, but we will win this grueling series. Our offensive firepower between our European tandem and our banger in the inside is a unit that will outsmart this Coronado defense, with them having no real answer for especially Manu Ginobili, and our defense led by Tyson Chandler will contain their less than spectacular offensive unit. And the bottom is this: our 9-man rotation can be trusted to succeed at a high level in a playoff series, whereas this Coronado team has players like Harris, Hibbert, Felton, etc. that have never found success in the playoffs and will be physically outmatched by their opponents on both sides of the ball.