Hello Everyone. Welcome to the NBA All-time redraft playoffs. These will be a battle between two made up teams from our host of GM’s in to see who reigns superiority over all of basketball. Please read the write-ups and vote for who you think would win in a 7 game series.
Los Santos Has Homecourt Advantage!
Los Santos Depth Chart
PG: Jason Kidd/Sam Cassell
SG: Ray Allen/World B. Free/Otis Birdsong
SF: Ron Artest/Paul Arizin/Antoine Walker
PF: Clifford Robinson/Charles Oakley/Antoine Walker
C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Al Jefferson
PG: Kevin Johnson
SG: George Gervin
SF: Steve Smith
PF: Buck Williams
C: David Robinson
6th: Spencer Haywood
7th: Andrei Kirilenko
8th: Michael Ray Richardson
B: Sleepy Floyd
B: Jack Twyman
B: Anthony Davis
B: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Los Santos Writeup:
Seaside WriteupCongratulations to Valade16 on making it to the playoffs, but His entry into the playoffs will be short lived and here is why.
Jason Kidd vs Kevin Johnson
Who would've thought that one time Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, and Steve Nash were all on the same team at one time, but who had the better career?
Jason Kidd has been to the playoffs practically every year in the league, A Whopping 17 straight seasons in the playoffs, that is a pretty amazing feat for one to accomplish. Kidd wasn't really known for his scoring but he could still average in his prime 14.5 points a game and he was also one of the best 3 Point Shooters ever averaged 34.9% of his 3's and 3rd in the All Time 3 Point Field Goals made list, only behind Reggie Miller at 2 and Ray Allen at 1 who is also on my team. Its not just Kidd's 3 point shooting ability that makes him great he is also one of the best dimers in the game, 2nd behind John Stockton, Kidd setting up easy passes to Ray Allen who drops the 3 Pointer with ease, or he could dish the ball to Artest, Robinson, or The All Time Scoring Leader Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Just wait, there is still more to Kidd, Defensively Kidd is 2nd in All Time Steals behind Stockton again. Now for Kevin Johnson, Almost the same can be said about his Defense and passing and even lights up multiple stats on any given night but he could never really control a game, Kevin Johnson has 1 key element in his game that may just plague him in a series against my team and that he liked to drive in the lane a lot then dish back out to set up a teammate for an open 3 but that is going to be very difficult when you have some of the greatest defenders on the other team in Jason Kidd, Ron Artest, and Kareem.
Ray Allen vs George Gervin
Most of you know Ray Allen because of his great ability to take and hit the 3 point shot right? Well do you guys remember when he use to play for the Bucks and Supersonics? He was one of the most underrated scorers back then and not to mention he could hit the 3 with ease. Ray was so diverse on the offensive side of the ball and also did quite well on the defensive side also. He also happens to have a ton of playoff and Championship experience 2 Time NBA Champion and still has a very good shot at making it a 3rd time as he is trying to win another with the Heat again. Just dont forget was never just a 3 point shooter. The thing about Gervin is that he was a scoring machine, He made an impossible shot look easy. He was the 1st ever guard to win 3 scoring titles in a row, He won 4 over his career, quite impressive for one to accomplish, but Gervin was really only known for just his scoring, he wasnt much of a passer he never had more than 4 Assist per game average in any season. So how can you stop one of the greatest scorers ever? Well you can put one of the greatest Defensive players of all time on him in Ron Artest, 2004 Defensive Payer of the Year, 2 Time 1st All NBA Defensive Team and 2 Time 2nd All Defensive Team.
Ron Artest vs. Steve Smith
As Stated above Artest is a great defensive player, He was also very efficient from the 3 point line, Artest was also very efficient within the 3 point line shooting .449% that is fairly good but Im not going to talk much about Artest because he was already mentioned earlier. Steve Smith was one of those players that was average offensively average FG%, their isnt really that much that stands out about Smith other than he won an NBA Championship in 2003, Ray Allen will be the guy to guard Smith, Allen shouldn't have too much of a problem guarding him. Their is a reason why Artest was taken way earlier in the draft than Smith.
Clifford Robinson vs Buck Williams
Clifford Robinson was underrated in my eyes when he played, Robinson is what you call a stretch Power Forward, From 1994-1996 Clifford was a 20 PPG guy, those were his best years in the NBA in terms of scoring, Clifford meshes perfectly with my team because he spaces the floor for others like Kareem, Kidd, Allen, and Artest. Robinson can hit the 3, defend, and score. Backing up and Platooning in situations is a New York Knick great Charles Oakley, Oakley is even better defensively than Robinson and could definitely stop Buck Williams from scoring too much. Buck Williams is a studd defensively although he is undersized for the position but being undersized may just plague him in this series. Williams racked up a lot of rebounds during his career but it will get extremely tough when guys like Artest, Robinson/Oakley, and Kareem are doing the same thing.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs David Robinson
Now this will be the most interesting match-up as the 2 best players from the respective teams will be going at it head to head. Both were great scorers, both were great team leaders, and both were exceptional defensively. It's a shame that these two never got to play against each other. Kareem is known as the greatest Center of all time, he dominated all most every single guy he was against during his time, there were a few that got to Kareem but nobody dominated Kareem, NOBODY. Kareem is regarded as the 2nd best player ever in NBA/ABA history only behind the great Michael Jordan.
Conclusion: Los Santos should dominate this series, there really is no real threat on his Seaside other that the Admiral, but he has to deal with an even greater Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I view my team like what the magic were a few years ago with Dwight, Lewis, Hedo, and Nelson.
Why Steve Smith & Buck Williams? Because: Both were at one point the best player on a team they led to the playoffs but who later became extremely efficient role players. They provide the perfect qualities to be the role players but are both capable and talented enough to do more than a normal role player.
Steve Smith w/ATL: 4 straight years in playoffs and led team in scoring all 4 years at 19.3 PPG but who became a highly efficient role player in POR and SA averaging 10 FGA and shooting 40.4% from 3 while having a 58.6 TS%.
Buck Williams w/NJ: made playoffs 5 straight seasons and went to 3 All-Star games averaging 17 PPG and 12 RPG but who became a highly efficient role player in Portland averaging 12.2 PPG and 9.3 RPG while playing great defense (2 Def. 1st teams, 1 2nd team) and having a 62.6 TS% and a 58.1 eFG% (led league 2 years in a row).
Plan of Attack: Our strategy has 5 steps:
1. Any time KAJ is on the floor so is D-Rob. Why? We have an advantage with the rest of our big men. The only big men outside of KAJ they have are Clifford, Oakley and Al Jefferson. While all 3 are capable of playing Center, none are true Centers, and this allows us to put Haywood, Buck, and Anthony Davis in the game at PF/C without becoming a liability defensively. And that brings us to the 2nd key:
2. Our Bench has the advantage. The reason is simple: their best bench scorers will face our best bench defenders. World B. Free, Otis Birdsong and Paul Arizin will be facing Michael Ray Richardson (2x Def. 1st & 2x Def. 2nd teams) and AK47 (Def. 1st team & 2x Def. 2nd team). That will leave Charles Oakley and Al Jefferson to face Haywood, Anthony Davis and Zydrunas Ilgauskas off the bench. Spencer Haywood is a 4x All-NBA team honoree including 2 times on the 1st team. Our bench has the advantage, but even when their starters are on the floor, we will have the advantage because of our 3rd key:
3. We will beat them with efficiency. Our entire starting lineup are not only exceptional scorers, they are incredibly efficient scorers. Every single member has a TS% above 58.6%. Furthermore 3/5 starters on our starting lineup had 120+ Ortg’s during their 3 year peak (Kevin Johnson, Buck Williams and David Robinson) and the other 2 are at 117 and 112 (Steve Smith and George Gervin). Our offense can shoot the ball with Smith and KJ, can drive to the hoop with KJ and Iceman, can post up with D-Rob and can run the fast break with KJ, Iceman, Haywood and D-Rob. There are no weaknesses offensively and any defense we lack in the backcourt is mitigated by our exceptional interior D with D-Rob and Buck and our defensive heavy bench (Ray Richardson & AK47).
Why does our efficiency matter so much? Because Los Santos is very inefficient. Kidd, while great was never very good at shooting until much later in his career. His first 14 years his TS% was 50%. Similarly Artest is not very efficient. His career average is 51% and his season best is 53.8%. The same is true of Clifford Robinson: His career TS% is 51.2% and his career high is 56.4%. The only efficient scorers they have are KAJ and Ray Allen, and we have David Robinson and George Gervin.
Bottom line: I don’t think KAJ and Ray Allen are going to significantly outproduce D-Rob and Gervin, which is the central key to the 4th key:
4. We are going to make everyone else beat us. Our plan is to throw double teams at both KAJ and Ray Allen to force them out of their comfort zone. We want them to put the ball in somebody else’s hand and force them to score. The primary guys we will be using to double team them are Smith/AK 47 and Buck. We plan to leave Kevin Johnson on Kidd. It would seem counter intuitive to do such a thing because that seems to be the exact strategy Los Santos is going for but they have one big problem:
Kidd, Artest and Clifford are not as great floor spacers as they think. Kidd did not develop a dependable 3 point shot until Dallas (when he was 35) and his 3PT% the first 14 years of his career was 33%. Similarly, when Artest was at his defensive peak his 3PT shot was at its worst and he averaged 31% his from downtown his first 7 seasons. Although Clifford is a better 3PT shooter than either of those 2 his career average is 35% and his 3 year peak was 37.6%.
Their shooters will not be able to match the efficiency that our team can create on offense and any runs they go on from getting hot at shooting will be wiped away when our second unit plays theirs. They are counting on the tandem of KAJ and Ray Allen to be led by Jason Kidd. I don't consider our tandem of D-Rob and Gervin led by Kevin Johnson to be that much worse (if at all) to make up for our complete domination in our efficiency and bench support.
This is why Seaside is not only capable of beating Los Santos, it is why they will.