Every summer, PSD holds a game which mocks that year's NBA offseason. This year, users from the site took the reigns of NBA franchises and had to utilize their skills via draft, trades, and free agency to improve their teams. At the end of the game, GMs voted on how they believed the regular season of this game would shake up. These are the playoffs of PSD's 2013 NBA Mock Offseason.
Please take the time to consider each line up, the match-up itself, and vote on which team you believe would win in a seven game series.
The Thunder have homecourt advantage.
OKC Thunder Depth Chart:
Brandon Jennings(32)/Will Bynum(10)/Trey Burke(6)
Alonzo Gee(26)/Nick Young(16)/Trey Burke(6)
Kevin Durant(41)/Corey Maggette(7)
Ryan Anderson(32)/Dejaun Blair(8)/Trevor Booker(4)/Tyrus Thomas(4)
Marcin Gortat(34)/Byron Mullens(10)/Tyrus Thomas(2)/Daniel Orton(2)
Sacramento Kings Depth Chart:
PG: John Wall/Nate Robinson/Tony Wrotenf
SG:Aaron Afflalo /Victor Claver
SF: Danny Granger/Kyle Korver
PF: Lamarcus Aldridge/Chris Singleton
C: Nikola Vucevic/Andray Blatche/ Myers Leonard/Joel Anthony
Kings Write-up:Originally Posted by killthesuxIn-depth reasons why Oklahoma City is better than Sacramento and will win this Playoff series in 4 games
Point Guards- Brandon Jennings(OKC) vs John Wall(SAC)
Between the two young and talented Point Guards Brandon Jennings averaged 17.5 PPG, 6.5 APG, and 3.1 RPG in 80 games played. Compared to the season prior Jennings averaged 19.1 PPG, 5.5 APG, and 3.4 RPG. The only thing that has changed is a difference in Points and Assists Per Game. In a 4 year career Jennings has only missed 37 games.
John Wall averaged 18.5 PPG, 4.0, RPG, and 7.6 APG last season in 49 games played. The season Prior to that Wall averaged 16.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 8.0 APG in 66 games played. Wall in past seasons has missed some portions of the season. He has missed a total of 66 games in only 3 seasons, Thats 3/4ths of a season missed already.
Although the stats are almost identical with Wall leading by a hair the games missed category is also a pretty big one. Also an interesting stat line between these two Brandon Jennings has made it too the playoffs twice already in a 4 year career to John Walls 0 trips to the playoffs.
Advantage Brandon Jennings
Alonzo Gee(OKC) vs Aaron Afflalo(SAC)
Alonzo Gee last year for Cleveland averaged 10.3ppg, 3.9RPG,
and 1.6APG, with an Efficiency rating of +9.98. Last year was Gees first year as a starter with Cleveland and displayed a decent performance, Not the greatest but decent. Gee shot a 41% Field Goal Percentage from the field.
Aaron Afflalo is a really dangerous player if left alone, His best attribute is shooting the 3-Ball which Afflalo did not shoot all that well last year, Shooting a tiny 30% from 3. Despite his struggles from 3 point land Afflalo had 16.5ppg, 3.7rpg, and 3.2apg, with an efficiency rating of +13.67. Last season against OKC he went 13-30 with his shots making a little under half his attempts but no point he had was a three as he was 0-8 from the three against OKC.
Kevin Durant(OKC) vs Danny Granger(IND)
Kevin Durant is easily the 2nd best player in the NBA right now behind the King himself. Durant has certainly proven he is a force to be wreck en with as he has only been in the League for 4 seasons and has already won 3 scoring titles and made a trip to the NBA Finals but fell short to the Lebron and the Miami Heat. Kevin Durants Regular Season stats has averaged a whopping 28.1ppg, 7.9rpg, and 4.6apg and in the playoffs Durant was a monster averaging almost 31ppg and when his teammate Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury in the playoffs last season Durant was forced to carry his team on his back and came up short in the 2nd Round of the playoffs to Memphis.
Danny Granger never played last season but he does some have a little playoff experience but he hasnt shown he can do it by himself, His In real life teammate Paul George has shown he can do it, this past season when he almost defeated Lebron James in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, Danny Granger is a really good player but compared to Durant he is nothing
HUGE ADVANTAGE KEVIN DURANT
Ryan Anderson(OKC) vs Lamarcus Aldridge(SAC)
Whenever Ryan Anderson went head to head with Aldridge, Anderson usually had more rebounds than Aldridge ever did, Aldrisge only beat Anderson twice out of eight head to head match ups. That is saying a lot when Anderson is a lot smaller than Aldridge is. Also in 8 match ups head to head the series is tied 4 a piece. Last Season Anderson averaged 16.8ppg with 6.4RPG. Last season was Anderson's best season all around. Anderson adds a bunch more offense to this already talented
Lamarcus Alrdridge is one of the more overrated power forwards in the NBA and last season in the NBA he averaged 21.1ppg with 9.1rpg. Its funny to see a more accomplished power forward and yet has only beaten Ryan Anderson twice in the Rebound category and last season Anderson never lost to Aldridge in points.
Advantage Ryan Anderson
Marcin Gortat(OKC) vs Nikola Vucevic(SAC)
Marcin Gortat has won 8 matchups against top 10 centers and the Suns have only lost once during those matchups (7-1), While Vucevic has only won 5 matchups against top 10 centers, and the Magic have a negative record of (2-3). Vucevic has beaten Gortat in the point and rebound category twice of the three times they faced each other.
Advantage Nikola Vucevic
One Major Side note I would like to add is the bench difference, Sacramento only has 1 bench player behind their starter besides at Center and point guard. Also on the Oklahoma City bench lies the College Basketball player of the year in Trey Burke, This man has high praise coming out of college and a lot of people believe that he will be the NBA rookie of the year this season.
When it comes down to crunch time late in games Oklahoma City has the Sheer fire power and Playoff experience to win games late with ease Sacramento is a really good and young team they just have nobody on their roster that has really been to the playoffs before besides Aldridge and Robinson who is on the bench, i think its clear that Oklahoma City is the better team.
Originally Posted by GreetCongrats to the OKC GM KTS for getting the #4 seed! We are going to keep our write-up short and sweet and to the point....We think that we match-up well against the Thunder in every position besides SF, and that their team doesn't mesh very well. We are going to start by pointing out that Brandon Jennings is not even near the kind of PG that KD would need next to him, and we think that he does need a good PG next to him. Look at these past playoffs, once Westbrook was gone.... He fell off a good amount offensively. On this team, he would need to carry 90% of the offensive load and just wouldn't work.
Point Guard: John Wall vs Brandon Jennings
John Wall about over matches Jennings in every aspect besides 3-pt shooting. He is more athletic, better at passing, finishing etc. Also is a better rebounder/defender. John Wall would dominate Jennings in this match.
Advantage: Kings by a good margin
Shooting Guard: Arron Afflalo vs Alonzo Gee
Arron Afflalo is the perfect compliment next to John Wall. He is a 3 & D kind of guy, but can also play with the ball in his hand. While Gee may have a high advantage over him, that's about all he has. Afflalo is a better defender, shooter, ball handler etc. Having Gee at SG means that Jennings and KD are the only ones that can truly dribble the ball, making it much easier to defend
Small Forward: Danny Granger vs Kevin Durant
Clear advantage here for the Thunder. Durant is arguably the best scorer in the game, but he saw a clear drop in production without his all-star companion next to him. Can Durant carry the work load here? We don't think so, but still a huge advantage here.
Advantage: Thunder by a large margin
Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge vs Ryan Anderson
Here is the match-up that we love. LMA is one of the best two-way big men in the league. Anderson simply wouldn't be able to handle him down low in the post, and would require help from Gortat. Which would leave either A.) Vucevic open for a shot or B.) Vucevic open for an offensive rebound, which he is one of the best in the league at getting. This facet of the game is a HUGE advantage for us.
Advantage: Kings by a large margin
Center: Nikola Vucevic vs Marcin Gortat
This is basically a wash in our book. Because of LMA's ability to shoot the mid-range jump shot, we are basicall asking Vucevic to stay in the low post to grab rebounds/put backs, and the occasional PnR, which he is pretty damn good at. Gortat is coming off a bad season, and I don't think he will be able to handle the length/athleticism of Vucevic. But Gortat holds name value so it's basically a wash.
Bench: Nate Robinson/Kyle Korver/Andray Blatche vs Will Bynum/Nick Young/Byron Mullens/Dejaun Blair
We believe this is what sets us apart really from the Thunder. Our bench DOMINATES theirs. Since this is a playoffs we will run basically an 8-9 man rotation. With Nate being able to play both guard positions, Korver being able to play SG/SF, and Blatche being able to play PF/C. We believe that this is one of the best built benches in the whole league. We have explosiveness, elite 3-pt shooting and a dominate low-post player. They simply wouldn't be able to keep up.
Advantage: Kings by a LARGE amount
All in all, we don't believe Kevin Durant will be able to defeat us single handedly. We think we built a much better team. Thanks for your time.