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BlondeBomber41
09-22-2008, 06:33 AM
Utah has Homecourt Advantage


Utah Jazz Lineup:

C- Mehmet Okur - Paul Millsap
PF - Carlos Boozer - Drew Gooden
SF - Ron Artest - Ronnie Brewer
SG - Mike Dunleavy - Kyle Korver
PG - Deron Williams - Chucky Atkins



New Jersey Nets Lineup:

Jason Terry, Jason Williams, Sam Cassell
Larry Hughes, Rasual Butler, Fred Jones
Vince Carter, Michael Finley, Austin Croshere
Kevin Garnett, Etan Thomas, Donyell Marshall
Shaq O'Neal, Jammal Magloire, Loren Woods



Utah Jazz Series Writeup:

D-Will/Atkins
Dunleavy/Korver
Artest/Ronnie Brewer
Boozer/Gooden
Okur/Milllsap

My team has been constrcted perfectly. d-will is the type of guy who can get to the basket at will, and he needs shooters to kick it out to just in case. We'll dunleavy and okur bothe have really good range. Artest and boozer can follow for the trailer, or create on their own to take the strain off of d-will. My 2nd unit is the best in the mock. if botgh teams starters are great, then the bench is the difference maker.

PG: D-will VS Jason Terry

This isn't even close. terry is a shooter, and d-will is a very good defender. He will give him fits all game and hold him to single digits. On the other hand, D-will will torch him on the offensive. He's way too quick and has the range, so terry can't just sit back and expect him to drive to the basket every time.
i get the avantage

SG: Mike Dunleavy VS Larry Hughes

Hughes is a decent defender, but nothing special. Dunleavy is a great spot up shooter who can carry the team if they need to. Hughes has absolutely no offensive game so dunleavy isnt really a liability here.
i have the advantage

SF: Ron Artest VS Vince Carter

Carter is the better scorer but thats it. Artest has the physical style of defense that is perfect against carter. He'll hold him to well below his averages. Artest isnt a bad scorer either. He can fill it at will, and with d-will and boozer that just makes it even easier.
Advantage jazz

PF: Carlos Boozer VS KG

KG is one of the best PFs ever, but boozer is still a top big man in this league. 20/10 is nothing to ignore. KG will fill it up, but boozer will keep him busy all night long.
Advantage nets

C: Mehmet Okur VS Shaq

These are 2 very different players. Shaq may do better down low, but hes not near quick enough to get out to match okur's range. Shaq's not what he used to be.
Draw

Bench: My bench is better. i have 2, maybe 3 starting calibur guys (brewer, gooden, korver), a 3 point specialist (korver), a high energy guy (millsap), and an experienced vet(atkins). his bench is full of has beens, who were decent starters at one point, but might not even make some teams rosters, let alone be good bench players



New Jersey Nets Series Writeup:

We the Nets are glad we have made it this far. It's been a long journey and now we're in the finals.

We definitely feel we can on the Jazz, we feel we have faced better teams like the Pistons and Cavaliers, so we are not verry worried about this. I ask toy voters to please writeup my writeup and don't just skim through it, this is the FINALS.

Key: IN THIS SERIES, WE ARE GOING TO PLAY SHAQ ON BOOZER AND KG ON OKUR (while on defense).

On to the matchups.

Deron Williams vs Jason Terry
This is a lot like the series we had against the Pistons a few days ago. This is the only matchup where the Jazz can capitalize. However, DO NOT underrate Terry, PLEASE. 16 PPG and 5 APG is good enough for me at this position, we don't need star numbers. Williams won't lock down Terry because he's a pure shooter, you can't lock down a shooter unless you have 3 inches or more on him. On defense, Terry can keep up with Deron, Terry is as quick as him, so don't let this matchup fool you.

Mike Dunleavy vs Larry Hughes
We are not worried about Dunleavy at all. He did score 19 PPG last season, but with the Pacers?? C'mon. Do you think Dunleavy is going to score with Deron, Artest, Boozer, and Okur in his team? Also, Hughes is a great defender. These whole playoffs I've been saying I don't need Hughes on offense. However, Dunleavy is so bad at defense that we're going to ask Hughes to score now. Hughes will surely be able to drop at least 10-12 PPG with Dunleavy defending him.

Ron Artest vs Vince Carter
Artest is a fantastic defender, but Vince Carter is just too much. Artest will give VC a hard time scoring, but VC is just too talented. Artest might have to help double-team Shaq down low, and that is going to leave someone open, mostly Carter. VC will STILL be able to drop at least 20, he just needs to work harder. Artest on offense won't do much, he will be limited to jumpshots with Shaq and KG down low.

Carlos Boozer vs Shaq
Shaq IS NOT PLAYING PF. I just have him on Boozer because he won't be able to guard Okur. Boozer is an excellent low post score, but to a certain extent. Boozer is barely 6'9'', and Shaq is near 7'2''. Boozer also can't out-muscle Shaq, Shaq has 40+ pounds over Boozer. How is Boozer going to score?? He's only a low post player, so he can't do picks or any of that. Also, how is Boozer going to defend Shaq? Shaq is just to big. It doesn't matter how old Shaq is, he's going to give Boozer a nightmare with his size. Shaq can drop 20 PPG in this series.

Mehmet Okur vs Kevin Garnett
I'm sure the Jazz thought they had me tamed with an Okur/Shaq matchup. I can't let them outsmart me so I put KG on Okur. Okus will be locked down. KG is too good of a defender, he can defend anybody. Okur always scores from outside because he's quick enough to get there and his opponents usually aren't quick enough. KG is too athletic though, and I except him to lock down Okur. And on offense?? I feel bad for Okur. KG is going to abuse him offensive. KG is just too much.

Williams/Cassell vs Atkins
Williams and Cassell take this easily. They are reall PGs who average 12 APG together, and Atkins is a minority.

Butler/Fred Jones vs Korver
Butler is a great shooter and Jones is a slasher. Both will give their SG a hard time. Korver is also soft.

Finley vs Brewer
You can't mess with experience. Finley is a winner and he's proven it. Brewer will choke in the finals. Finley still scores on double digits.

Etan Thomas vs Gooden
Both are former starters. Etan Thomas is a true defender. Defense wins championships. If he needs help, we just call Shaq or KG.

Magloire vs Millsap
Magloire is also a wild defender and Millsap is still learning. But again, if Mags needs help, we just call Shaq or KG.

Defense wins championships! The only true defender the Jazz have is Artest. The true defenders we have are Hughes, Shaq, KG, Thomas, Magloire, and decent ones in Terry and Carter.

The Nets have advantage in 3 matchups. The Jazz have it in one (Deron vs Terry). Dunleavy and Hughes cancel each other out.

MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN.

phlp_bj
09-22-2008, 07:53 AM
Nets win in 7 games

Dynasty
09-22-2008, 08:30 AM
c'mon voters...Deron is the only true matchup they win

and he'll be limited to jump shots with KG and Shaq down low

astrosmaniac
09-22-2008, 10:16 AM
shaq's not what he used to be. boozer wont be dominated by him, to stop boozer you have to put KG on him, and if you do that, then okur will burn shaw with his jumper

still1ballin
09-22-2008, 10:25 AM
gotta go with utah

Dynasty
09-22-2008, 11:53 AM
shaq's not what he used to be. boozer wont be dominated by him, to stop boozer you have to put KG on him, and if you do that, then okur will burn shaw with his jumper

Shaq is not what he used to be but he still has his SIZE, and Boozer doesn't have much SIZE, to dominate in the post (which is Boozer's only game) he needs to back down Shaq and try to score over him

I don't see that happening, no matter how old Shaq is

bothfeef
09-22-2008, 12:31 PM
Utah's bench is way better... shaq is finished... utah wins.

ttam68
09-22-2008, 01:21 PM
Anywhere we can see transactions?

I voted NJ, just curious how the hell he made that team.

McJoe
09-22-2008, 01:47 PM
Jersey wins at almost every position here. Shaq is indeed done but Jersey still wins at PF, SF, and SG, and IMO they have a better bench with Williams > Atkins, Korver = Butler, Finley > Brewer, Thomas and Marshall combined would be better than Gooden but Gooden is the best of those 3, and Millsap is the same at center as Gooden.

a couple things i dont understand tho...what happened to the NBA salary cap. there is more than 60 million in just the big 3 players on the Nets not to mention the other 2 10+ million dollar starters and Jason Williams and Jamaal Magloire and even Donyell Marshall who if he is still on that contract he got from the Raptors isnt cheap either.

astrosmaniac
09-22-2008, 01:53 PM
Jersey wins at almost every position here. Shaq is indeed done but Jersey still wins at PF, SF, and SG, and IMO they have a better bench with Williams > Atkins, Korver = Butler, Finley > Brewer, Thomas and Marshall combined would be better than Gooden but Gooden is the best of those 3, and Millsap is the same at center as Gooden.

a couple things i dont understand tho...what happened to the NBA salary cap. there is more than 60 million in just the big 3 players on the Nets not to mention the other 2 10+ million dollar starters and Jason Williams and Jamaal Magloire and even Donyell Marshall who if he is still on that contract he got from the Raptors isnt cheap either.

the nets started over the cap. if your over the cap you cant sign players for anything except the MLE and the vets min, but as long as the trades are within 125% of each other being over the cap doesnt matter

dunleavy should easily wn the SG because of the height advantages, and brewer and korver are easily better than finley in butler. the jazz have the best bench in the league

Tom81
09-22-2008, 02:52 PM
New Jersey

jimbobjarree
09-22-2008, 03:01 PM
has to be Utah

ABOMB_56
09-22-2008, 04:23 PM
I think New jersey has the edge over Utah because putting Shaq on Boozer and KG on Okur puts them at an advantage

Good Job both teams :clap: The Nets get my vote

oshea225
09-22-2008, 04:30 PM
i said jersey. i dont see utah beating a frontcourt with shaq and kg, along with vc

tripleplay2007
09-22-2008, 10:04 PM
Jazz pawn the Nets. The Jazz are so much better in the front court and are pretty even down low. Good job astrosmaniac.

Dynasty
09-23-2008, 08:53 AM
good series

ee
09-26-2008, 05:36 PM
congrats dynasty...

I go with the Nets anyways....

match up is just too much for the Jazz, even if you leave Okur open, that paint is what matters, okur is not gonna win it all for the jazz, unless Boozer and Deron breaks out which is hard to do with KG and Shaq down low....Nets in 6