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KnicksorBust
04-23-2009, 07:03 PM
With the regular season coming to a close and the playoffs beginning to heat up, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to come together and review each of the teams in the league and how their season broke down this year. I'm a huge NBA fan who logs onto the Knicks forum everyday and loves checking the NBA forum to league updates. Hell, I'm even addicted to the Daily Dime. :laugh: The point of this thread is to help NBA fans like me get a closer look at teams they only get to see twice a year.

Going into the season, many of us Knicks fans were huge believers that Wilson Chandler would have a breakout year. In my fantasy basketball magazine before the season, the only hype he got was as a potential "deep sleeper." This is just a small example of the kind of information I'm interested in. Use the following format below when responding about YOUR team. More than one reply is acceptable for each team and the goal is to have an active hyperlink for each of the teams in the NBA.

My Team: _________________

Our best starting 5:
C -
PF -
SF -
SG -
PG -

6th man: _________________

I really think that ____________ should have played more minutes!

I really think that ____________ played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?



Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?



Offensively, our team deserves an ___________________(F-A+) because


Defensively, our team deserves an ___________________(F-A+) because


Overall I'd say our season was _____________________ (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why?

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1.


2.





2008-2009 NBA Season ReviewEastern Conference:
Atlantic Division
1.1.1 Boston Celtics (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9196902&postcount=12)
1.1.2 New Jersey Nets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9232126&postcount=31)
1.1.3 New York Knicks (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193519&postcount=2)
1.1.4 Philadelphia 76ers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193671&postcount=3)
1.1.5 Toronto Raptors (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9195629&postcount=10) and Toronto Raptors Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9241196&postcount=38)
Central Division
1.2.1 Chicago Bulls (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9242031&postcount=39) and Chicago Bulls Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9248050&postcount=41) and Chicago Bulls Opinon Three (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9254798&postcount=42)
1.2.2 Cleveland Cavaliers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193894&postcount=4)
1.2.3 Detroit Pistons
1.2.4 Indiana Pacers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9198288&postcount=22) and Indiana Pacers Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9203431&postcount=27)
1.2.5 Milwaukee Bucks
Southeast Division
1.3.1 Atlanta Hawks (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9275195&postcount=45)
1.3.2 Charlotte Bobcats (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194268&postcount=7)
1.3.3 Miami Heat (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9203320&postcount=26)
1.3.4 Orlando Magic (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9234998&postcount=34)
1.3.5 Washington Wizards

Western Conference:
Southwest Division
2.1.1 Dallas Mavericks
2.1.2 Houston Rockets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193932&postcount=5)
2.1.3 Memphis Grizzlies (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9198242&postcount=21)
2.1.4 New Orleans Hornets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9203779&postcount=28)
2.1.5 San Antonio Spurs (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9197955&postcount=20)
Pacific Division
2.2.1 Golden State Warriors
2.2.2 Los Angeles Clippers
2.2.3 Los Angeles Lakers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9220602&postcount=29) and Los Angeles Lakers Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9234147&postcount=32)
2.2.4 Phoenix Suns (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9201239&postcount=25)
2.2.5 Sacramento Kings (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9197217&postcount=14)
Northwest Division
2.3.1 Denver Nuggets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9197593&postcount=19)
2.3.2 Minnesota Timberwolves (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9196914&postcount=13)
2.3.3 Portland Trail Blazers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9234940&postcount=33) and Portland Trail Blazers Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9242636&postcount=40)
2.3.4 Oklahoma City Thunder
2.3.5 Utah Jazz (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9240336&postcount=37)[/QUOTE]


Edit: Huge shoutout to SK for the hyperlinks. Great Job.

KnicksorBust
04-23-2009, 07:12 PM
My Team: New York Knicks

Our best starting 5:
C - Lee
PF - Harrington
SF - Gallinari
SG - Chandler
PG - Duhon

6th man: Nate Robinson

I really think that Wilson Chandler should have played more minutes!

I really think that everyone else played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

David Lee / Nate Robinson (Tie). David Lee lead the league in double doubles and Nate Robinson was putting up almost 30ppg for a while after the all-star break but if my grandma decided she was driving to the hoop, she'd have no trouble getting past Nate and laying it up over Lee.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Danilo Gallinari. In an absolutely LOADED draft class, this injured rookie got no hype but I really believe he's a legit player. Sit tight all, we'll see it soon.


Offensively, our team deserves an B+ (F-A+) because we scored the 4th most points in the league. Our ball movement was a LOT better than last year and we actually ran set plays that worked. Our P&R was deadly early in the year.


Defensively, our team deserves a big F (F-A+) because we basically ranked 28th-29th or 30th in any major defensive statistical category. Teams shot a high percentage and scored on us too easily.


Overall I'd say our season was somewhere in the middle (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why? We got a lot of cap space and managed to dump Marbury, Crawford, Randolph, and Jerome James. That's a success. Our record, was definately a failure though.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Do whatever it takes to dump Eddy Curry (besides trading Chandler/Gallo/our pick) so we get that $11 mil as cap space for 2010.


2. Draft a PG. Mike D's system flourishes with a guy like Nash but gets stagnant with a guy like Duhon or Nate

pd7631
04-23-2009, 07:26 PM
I like this idea......great thread


My Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Our best starting 5:
C - Samuel Dalembert
PF - Elton Brand
SF - Thaddeus Young
SG - Andre Iguodala
PG - Andre Miller

6th man: Lou Williams

I really think that Kareem Rush should have played more minutes!

I really think that Willie Green played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

Samuel Dalembert. Somehow he was like 2nd or 3rd in All Star votes for Eastern Conference centers. The guy gets paid like an All Star caliber center, and he is an absolute idiot on the court.....ZERO basketball IQ!!!


Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Thaddeus Young. He has the potential to be the best offensive player on our team, and it can be argued that he already is. He can score from anyway on the court and he plays out of position(he plays the 4 and he is a 3).

Offensively, our team deserves an B-, because without Elton Brand most of the season and really no outside shooters we have been able to adapt by forcing turnovers and getting out in transition. The numbers would say that we probably deserve a C- for offense, but with our personnel I think we've done a good job.


Defensively, our team deserves an B+ because we are a very active team defensively and we force a lot of turnovers. The biggest thing we need to improve on though is our perimeter defense, we allow way too many uncontested 3's.


Overall I'd say our season was somewhere in the middle, because we were supposed to be a top 4 team in the East with a possibility of winning 50+ games, but that was with Elton Brand. Unfortunately EB only played in 29 games(some of them injured), so we weren't able to develop any chemistry with our best player. Rather then falling apart, we made a couple decent runs in the season and even got to 5 games above .500, I can't call it a disappointment because we played most of the season without our new "franchise player". Our record says it best.....41-41, so that's why I chose somewhere in the middle.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. GET SOME SHOOTERS!!!!!!


2. DO NOT START WILLIE GREEN!!!!

redsox8947
04-23-2009, 07:42 PM
My Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Our best starting 5:
C - Zydrunas Ilgauskus
PF - Anderson Varajeo
SF - Lebron James
SG - Delonte West
PG - Mo Williams

6th man: Daniel Gibson/Ben Wallace

I really think that Sasha Pavlovic should have played more minutes!

I really think that Wally Szczerbiak played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
Wally Szczerbiak - he's a great shooter, but his defense is god awful. He isn't quick enough to guard the SG's and not athletic enough to guard SF's



Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
J.J. Hickson - He's young, but didnt play a lot. He will break out next season when Ilgauskus will either be retired or play less minutes



Offensively, our team deserves an A- because they played more as a team this year. With the addition of Mo Williams, Lebron didn't have to be the point guard, allowing more people to get involved - it wasn't a one man show this year, which led them to the number 1 seed in the east


Defensively, our team deserves an A because Lebron really stepped up his defense this year, he puts more effort in guarding on and off the ball, and has a huge increase in blocks. Ben Wallace continued to play great D, and Anderson Varajeo puts in a lot of energy on the D. Also, Delonte West is a very underrated defender who can play great D in clutch situations.


Overall I'd say our season was GREAT SUCCESS . Why? Number 1 seed in the east, and having fun doing it? success

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Get a legit center in this years draft. Someone needs to take the place of Big Z, and we need a good 7 footer.


2. Dont let Lebron go after 2010 season (kinda a given, but necessary)

DreamShaker
04-23-2009, 07:45 PM
GREAT thread!

My Team: The Houston Rockets

Our best starting 5:
C - Yao
PF - Luis Scola
SF - Shane Battier
SG - Ron Artest
PG - Aaron Brooks

6th man: Carl Landry/Von Wafer

I really think that Aaron Brooks should have played more minutes!

I really think that Rafer Alston/T-Mac played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
T-Mac. He is a cancer that makes the team worse.


Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Luis Scola. He is a stud. He is a tremendous defender, rebounder, passer, low post scorer, and teammate. He puts it all out on the floor every game and continues to get better. He plays so smart and hard.


Offensively, our team deserves a C because Yao never gets enough shots. Artest jacks up stupid jumpers too much and shoots below 40% while Yao shoots over 50% and never gets more shots than Artest. They never seem to find enough ways to get Yao the ball.


Defensively, our team deserves an A because without the D...this team would be in the lottery.


Overall I'd say our season was a success ONLY if we beat Portland. Because we lost T-Mac (who like him or not makes 20 mill a year and was depended on so much) and a trip to the second round without him would be outstanding.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Trade T-Mac


2. Get a back-up center who can rebound and block shots.

madiaz3
04-23-2009, 08:07 PM
Great thread! I'd make one on the Knicks but I'd say KoB covered it pretty nicely.

DerekRE_3
04-23-2009, 08:11 PM
My Team: Charlotte Bobcats

Our best starting 5:
C - Emeka Okafor
PF - Boris Diaw
SF - Gerald Wallace
SG - Raja Bell
PG - Raymond Felton

6th man: DJ Augustin

I really think that nobody should have played more minutes!

I really think that nobody played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
That's a tough one since it seems like everyone on the Bobcats is either rated just fine or is underrated since the team gets no exposure. Before the Boris Diaw/Raja Bell trade it was Jason Richardson by far. He was just a jumpshooter that played no defense.



Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Boris Diaw. When he is on, he is one of the most complete offensive players I have ever seen. He can pass, he can handle the ball and drive past slower defenders, he has post moves, and his range extends out to the 3 point line. He shot over 40% from the 3 point line this year and made more 3's this year than he did in all his previous seasons combined. His passing really helped the Bobcats offense and especially helped Emeka Okafor.



Offensively, our team deserves an C because we were one of the worst teams offensively this year, but a lot of it had to with the pace we had. We had one of the slowest paces in the league. After we traded Jason Richardson and acquired Vladamir Radmanovic, our offense improved drastically. The ball movement got better, and we had a lot of guys that could spread the floor and make 3's.


Defensively, our team deserves a B- because we got better as the season progressed. Players started to understand Larry Brown's schemes a lot better as they got more practice time in. Gerald Wallace really improved his team defense and Brown got him to not gamble so much. He got a lot better at just playing straight up defense and being smarter on the defensive end. Emeka Okafor did a good job being a shot blocker and also altered a lot of shots. Raymond Felton and Raja Bell did a good job of staying in front of their man for the most part on the perimeter.


Overall I'd say our season was success.

The front office got rid of pieces that didn't fit (J-Rich, Adam Morrison, Matt Carroll) and replaced them with guys that did (Raja Bell, Boris Diaw, Radmanovic, Diop). The team started to develop pretty good chemisty, despite suiting up 24 different players, which was an NBA high. We may not have made the playoffs, but the ball movement on offense was very solid, and the team plays solid team defense.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. For the love of god, do not sign Allen Iverson to the MLE like many people want you to. Everyone thinks: "The Bobcats don't have a go to guy or electric scorer." We tried that with Jason Richardson remember? And AI is declining, and is getting old. What we need to do is keep building on that team concept that we have going, just like Larry Brown did with the Pistons. Instead of spending money on AI, give Raymond Felton a nice new deal. The guy is a great teammate, never takes a play off, and is tough as nails. He's still just 24, and gets along great with Brown and has been very receptive to his coaching. He reminds me a lot of a young Chauncey Billups.


2. Get another big man or wing player in the draft. We need another wing to back up Raja Bell and eventually replace him. Vladamir Radmanovic is a nice player off the bench, but he is too big to play the 2. Augustin is also a very nice player but is too small to play the 2. Having another win that can play the 2 and 3 would be nice for depth. Also, having another big that can score in the post and/or rebound would be nice. Okafor tends to get in foul trouble, and Diop really can't play the 4, and is very limited offensively. Vlad can play the 4, but only if the other team is playing small. Basically, the Bobcats need more depth on the bench.

SeoulBeatz
04-23-2009, 08:18 PM
My Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Our best starting 5:
C - Zydrunas Ilgauskus
PF - Anderson Varajeo
SF - Lebron James
SG - Delonte West
PG - Mo Williams

6th man: Daniel Gibson/Ben Wallace

I really think that Sasha Pavlovic should have played more minutes!

I really think that Wally Szczerbiak played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
Wally Szczerbiak - he's a great shooter, but his defense is god awful. He isn't quick enough to guard the SG's and not athletic enough to guard SF's



Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
J.J. Hickson - He's young, but didnt play a lot. He will break out next season when Ilgauskus will either be retired or play less minutes



Offensively, our team deserves an A- because they played more as a team this year. With the addition of Mo Williams, Lebron didn't have to be the point guard, allowing more people to get involved - it wasn't a one man show this year, which led them to the number 1 seed in the east


Defensively, our team deserves an A because Lebron really stepped up his defense this year, he puts more effort in guarding on and off the ball, and has a huge increase in blocks. Ben Wallace continued to play great D, and Anderson Varajeo puts in a lot of energy on the D. Also, Delonte West is a very underrated defender who can play great D in clutch situations.


Overall I'd say our season was GREAT SUCCESS . Why? Number 1 seed in the east, and having fun doing it? success

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Get a legit center in this years draft. Someone needs to take the place of Big Z, and we need a good 7 footer.


2. Dont let Lebron go after 2010 season (kinda a given, but necessary)

not tryna be picky but im pretty sure everyone on PSD knew this guy was overrated years ago. Or at least everyone knows he sucks now.

KnicksorBust
04-23-2009, 08:23 PM
Nice posts pd and redsox. Loved reading about the Sixers and Cavs. Also, very happy to get two of psds best NBA posters in DreamShaker and Derek to review their favorite squads as well. :clap: I hope we can get every team done.

Ragun
04-23-2009, 09:28 PM
My Team: Toronto Raptors

Our best starting 5:
C - Andrea Bargnani
PF - Chris Bosh
SF - Shawn Marion
SG - Anthony Parker
PG - Jose Calderon

6th man: Pops Mensah Bonsu

I really think that Quincy Douby should have played more minutes!

I really think that Jason Kapono played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

Jason Kapono. He ****ing sucks. He couldn't even do his job right (shoot 3s)

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Don't see anyone that was underrated other than Joey Graham cause his outside game is severely underrated.

Offensively, our team deserves an C (F-A+) because

The offense was not efficient and many bad shots were taken.


Defensively, our team deserves an D (F-A+) because

We can't do **** on D.


Overall I'd say our season was some what in the middle (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why?

We should of been able to make the playoffs and we didn't but Andrea Bargnani proved to be worthy of the #1 pick.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Get Kapono out of here.


2. Trade up for the #1 pick even if we have to give up Chris Bosh.

KnicksorBust
04-23-2009, 10:14 PM
Another great writeup by Ragun even though he doesn't know anything about basketball. j/k No clue guys like Douby and Kareem Rush were appreciated by their fans.

Update: Knicks/Cavs/Sixers/ Bobcats / Raptors/ Rockets all written up.
Need: More Western Conference teams.

I'm looking for the best of the best fans from each team for these so if you know someone or feel like you're an expert on a certain team then go for it. Also any NBA fan with something to add can definately comment on writeups that were already done.

Corey
04-23-2009, 10:43 PM
My Team: The Boston Celtics

Our best starting 5:
C - Kendrick Perkins
PF - Kevin Garnett
SF - Paul Pierce
SG - Ray Allen
PG - Rajon Rondo

6th man: Our sixth man could have been one of three players. It could have been Eddie House, Leon Powe, or Glen Davis. Eddie brought the consistency and deep shooting the entire year. Leon and Glen were a great tandem off the bench. Both brought the intensity, and stepped up big time when Garnett went down. I think Big Baby took a step ahead of Powe when he finally developed the 18 foot jumper, though.

I really think that Bill Walker should have played more minutes!
-The kid's a rookie...But he's already a fan favorite. For those that follow the C's closely, it's known that Bill "Sky" Walker has the potential to be something special. From showtime dunks, to getting in the face of the opposing team's star player...This kid does it all. Hopefully we'll get to see him play more in the future.

I really think that Tony Allen played too many minutes!
-Going into the season, there were high hopes with Tony Allen. He was a potential lockdown defender, with slashing abilities. Many expected him to make strides this season, and finally blossom..But injuries struck him again. I personally came to realize his basketball IQ isn't that high, and he needs to play more like a team player to make it in this league. We'll see.

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
The most overrated player on the Celtics this season has to be Rajon Rondo. He's blossoming into a really good player, but Celtic fans overrate him. Some say he's top 5 in the league, some say he's top 3, some say he's the best. In reality, he's in the 7-8 range...with potential to be a lot higher. No one else in my mind is REALLY overrated, so Rajon gets this title by default.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
The most underrated player on the Celtics this season was Kendrick Perkins. He doesn't get much respect around other fanbases, when in reality..He's just what this team needs. Legitimate centers are harder to come by in the NBA now, and Perk is definitely a legitimate center. He's 6'11, and all about defense. He has a few low post moves, but focuses on rebounding, and not allowing points in the paint. If this guy was on your team, you'd love him.

Offensively, our team deserves an A- because of our constant fluidity, and multiple options on offense. When healthy, we have three legitimate go-to guys, with Rondo maturing into a 4th. In addition to Rondo, Pierce, Allen, and KG..We have House off the bench. We have everything a team could wish for. A slasher in Rondo, a sharpshooter in Ray Allen, an all around scorer in Pierce, a power forward that can shoot and post in KG, and a bruiser in Perk. We have it all.

Defensively, our team deserves a B+ because of our intensity and desire to play good defense. The reason I gave the C's a B+ instead of an A is because without Garnett, we allowed 9 more points per game than we did with him in the lineup. We were still a respectable team without him, but that hit is noteworthy. Our only weak spot on defense was Ray Allen, but even he is much improved. If someone misses an assignment, someone else is always there to step in. Team defense.

Overall I'd say our season was a success. Many thought the first season the big three spent together was more successful, but that's not true. This year was just as successful, if not more so. With Garnett out, the C's persevered, and still worked out a 62-20 record. That's pretty good considering we had a shortened offseason, and a "much weaker bench" according to most critics.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Perfect the bench before the season. (You can always make moves during the season, but if the main pieces of the bench are found before the season starts, you don't need mesh time at the deadline)

2. Let the young guns have a chance...and give the old guys a rest. (Throughout the season, everyone wanted to know what Pruitt, Walker, and Giddens were capable of. We never really got to see that. Walker could have been the perfect spell to Pierce's 40mpg nights, but oh well. We'll see him in the future)

Hawkeye15
04-23-2009, 10:44 PM
My Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

Our best starting 5:
C - Jefferson
PF - Love
SF - Brewer
SG - Miller
PG - Foye

6th man: Ryan Gomes

I really think that Kevin Love should have played more minutes!

I really think that everyone else played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

Sebastian Telfair. He puts up decent numbers, but can't defend, is a poor shooter, and doesn't create easy shots despite his quickness

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Al Jefferson. He is the best offensive low post player in the NBA, but can't make an all star game


Offensively, our team deserves an B- (F-A+) We have Big Al, and a few shooters.


Defensively, our team deserves a big F (F-A+) We have no inside precense to intimadate anyone. Our guard defense is terrible


Overall I did not expect Jefferson to go down, or Brewer. We found out we have a great rookie, some good role players going forward, and great contracts with a high number of picks.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Hire Lindsey from SA. Hire Sam Mitchell, draft DeRozan if we can't get Rubio, then use Miller's, Cardinal's expiring deals to take on a long term contract for a stud that another team has no choice but to get rid of


2. Become a defensive team, even if it means getting new personel

Kings Faithful
04-23-2009, 11:05 PM
My Team: Sacramento Kings

Our best starting 5:
C -Spencer Hawes
PF -Jason Thompson
SF -Andres Nocioni
SG -Kevin Martin
PG -Beno Udrih

6th man: Francisco Garcia

I really think that Spencer Hawes should have played more minutes!

I really think that Beno Udrih played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
No one is overated on the Kings...



Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Spencer Hawes - The dude is a player... A 7 foot C with a 3 point game, great inside moves, and the ability to block shots. Not to mention he is a great passer and is only 21...look out.


Offensively, our team deserves an D+ because some nights we can score with the best of them, most nights we can't hit ****


Defensively, our team deserves an F- because we gave up something like 3 or 4 110+ point games in a row. Watching this team D was agonizing.


Overall I'd say our season was somewhere in the middle because we are finally rebuilding and have seen some of our young players show GREAT potential for the future. In terms of record...absolute failure, but it needed to happen. This team has a future Kings fans can look forward to.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1.Make a wise choice in this upcoming draft...


2.Hire a coach that you KNOW will work and try not to fire him the instant we lose 2 games in a row.

xSolidx
04-23-2009, 11:17 PM
My Team: New York Knicks


Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Danilo Gallinari. In an absolutely LOADED draft class, this injured rookie got no hype but I really believe he's a legit player. Sit tight all, we'll see it soon.



Its funny, he is underrated to everyone who doesnt watch the Knicks on a consistent basis, but for all the real knicks fans who do, he is vastly overrated lol

I like Gallo and all, but you go into the Knicks forum, and you would think hes actually won us a championship or something

Its crazy the amount of love the guy gets, He still needs to show me what he can really do. Im just not on the bandwagon just yet, I would love for him to prove me wrong though

madiaz3
04-23-2009, 11:22 PM
Its funny, he is underrated to everyone who doesnt watch the Knicks on a consistent basis, but for all the real knicks fans who do, he is vastly overrated lol

I like Gallo and all, but you go into the Knicks forum, and you would think hes actually won us a championship or something

Its crazy the amount of love the guy gets, He still needs to show me what he can really do. Im just not on the bandwagon just yet, I would love for him to prove me wrong though

Regardless of his injured shape, he's shown tremendous basketball IQ, poise, patience and a great sense of team play. He's the best pure shooter we have on the Knicks and half of the reason his production was low was because he was always put in the rotation with Hughes and Harrington, and during that time it was I-Make-Buckets and mr inconsistents time to shine. I've seen the speed this kid runs while healthy and he was nowhere near that this year, yet, he still managed to be effective with shooting alone. He's also shown he's willing to take the big shots if given the opportunity, plus he's just a New York kinda guy! I have high hopes, and let's hope all the doubters are proven wrong.

xSolidx
04-23-2009, 11:25 PM
Regardless of his injured shape, he's shown tremendous basketball IQ, poise, patience and a great sense of team play. He's the best pure shooter we have on the Knicks and half of the reason his production was low was because he was always put in the rotation with Hughes and Harrington, and during that time it was I-Make-Buckets and mr inconsistents time to shine. I've seen the speed this kid runs while healthy and he was nowhere near that this year, yet, he still managed to be effective with shooting alone. He's also shown he's willing to take the big shots if given the opportunity, plus he's just a New York kinda guy! I have high hopes, and let's hope all the doubters are proven wrong.
I completely understand

He is our best shooter by far, without a doubt. But thats all he has really proven so far, and his great basketball IQ

I would just like to see him do more on the court besides shooting 3's you know. I support Gallo, but compared to everyone else on our board, Im just not THAT into him yet.

Wilson on the other hand is another story.

madiaz3
04-23-2009, 11:32 PM
I completely understand

He is our best shooter by far, without a doubt. But thats all he has really proven so far, and his great basketball IQ

I would just like to see him do more on the court besides shooting 3's you know. I support Gallo, but compared to everyone else on our board, Im just not THAT into him yet.

Wilson on the other hand is another story.

I'd be satisfied with either finding out Gallinari when healthy can slash like Wilson or Wilson developing a Gallinari jumpshot this offseason...or both!

DenButsu
04-23-2009, 11:38 PM
My Team: Denver Nuggets

Our best starting 5:
C - Nene
PF - K-Mart
SF - Melo
SG - J.R.
PG - Chauncey

6th man: J.R. (since despite him being in the best starting 5, Karl has kep him coming off the bench)

I really think that Renaldo Balkman should have played more minutes!

I really think that Linas Kleiza and Dahntay Jones played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

(based on how the coach rates the players)
Linas Kleiza, because in spite of consistently sucking this season, Karl has continued giving him way too much pt

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Kenyon Martin. K-Mart is the defensive captain of the team. Everybody gives Chauncey all the credit (and yes, much of it is deserved) for the big turnaround in the Nuggets defense this season. But in fact K-Mart has led the team defensively, both with his intensity and his leadership (starting with a speech he gave in training camp). He's badly overpaid, but a lot of people look at his low-ish scoring production and dismiss him, when in fact he's a critical part of the heart and soul of the team.

Offensively, our team deserves an B+ because with the return of Nene and the guiding hand of Billups, this season we added a legitimate half court offense to our repotoire, with organized schemes and set plays - but also did so without losing the ability to be creative on the fast break and run the floor. It's a multidimensional offense with a lot of weapons that is very difficult to defend. Not an "A" due to inconsistency of production by some of the key scorers.


Defensively, our team deserves a B+ because we have one of the better defensive frontcourts in the league (and I'm happy to say that Melo is now part of the reason for that), we have a lot of great, energetic defensive role players who give opposing teams headaches, and above all, we have the Birdman.


Overall I'd say our season was an overwhelming success - so far. It will not truly be deemed successful until we get Melo out of the first round for his first time. But for a team that many were predicting not even to make the postseason cut to grab the 2nd seed in the very competitive Western Conference (and thank you Joe Dumars for the assist), and moreover for a team that badly lacked defense prior to this season to achieve that 2nd seed precisely by undergoing a major identity transformation and morphing itself into a team that takes pride in playing some pretty great defense (and winning a lot of its games that way) is pretty remarkable to me.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Re-sign Chris Andersen


2. Let Kleiza go, let Dahntay Jones go, play Balkman more in Dahntay's role, and find one big with a mid-range game who can grab down boards pretty good to replace Kleiza.

Joshtd1
04-24-2009, 12:10 AM
My Team: San Antonio Spurs

Our best starting 5:
C - Drew Gooden
PF - Tim Duncan
SF - Bruce Bowen
SG - Roger Mason
PG - Tony Parker

6th man: Manu Ginobili

I really think that George Hill should have played more minutes!

I really think that Matt Bonner played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
Ime Udoka. Not a good shooter, not a good finisher at the basket, and his defense is just subpar.



Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
George Hill. Was a scorer in college, but also a very good defender due to his length and athleticism.



Offensively, our team deserves an C (F-A+) because the Spurs havent been able to score due to injuries to the team throughout the whole year. If they go cold, they are cold. If they are hot, they are hot.


Defensively, our team deserves an A- because the way the Spurs started the season was terrible, but finished much better. Finished 3rd in PPG given up.


Overall I'd say our season was successful because we were able to finish 54-28, and get the 3rd seed in the playoffs, even though we missed one of the big 3 for alot of the year, and had injuries to all the big 3 at some point during the season.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Dont be so damn stubborn


2. Play Drew Gooden/Bruce Bowen more

I Am Awesome-O
04-24-2009, 12:34 AM
My Team: Memphis Grizzlies

Our best starting 5:
C - Marc Gasol
PF - Darko Milicic
SF - Rudy Gay
SG - O.J. Mayo
PG - Mike Conley

6th man: Hakim Warrick/Darrell Arthur

I really think that Hamed Haddadi should have played more minutes!

I really think that Greg Buckner, Quinton Ross, and Marko Jaric all played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
Darrell Arthur. While I think he will eventually be one of the better backup PFs in the league, he had no business starting all season, and he really didn't improve as much as management hoped. He took a lot of minutes away from Darko Milicic, who at this point is just the better player.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Mike Conley, and it's not even close. While Marc Iavaroni was the head coach, Conley struggled mightily because he was held back in every since of the word. He was basically forced to play as a robot.

But when Hollins took over, Conley completely took off, and I don't think everyone knows this. He came out of his shell, became assertive, and looked like a future all star when Hollins took over.

Here's a look at Conley's stats during the pre-Hollins era-
October- 7.5 ppg, 2.5 apg, 0.5 TO, 28:41 mpg
November- 7.1 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.5 TO, 26:06 mpg
December- 8.9 ppg, 2.5 apg, 0.9 TO, 24:53 mpg
January- 8.4 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 TO, 26:36 mpg

Now here's a look at Conley's stats during the post-Hollins era-
February- 14.5 ppg, 6.2 apg, 2.4 TO, 36:17 mpg
March- 13.9 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.3 TO, 34:42 mpg
April- 15.6 ppg, 5.8 apg, 2.0 TO, 39:42 mpg

Those numbers basically speak for themselves. He improved greatly over the past 3 months.

[U]Offensively, our team deserves an C+ because even though we lack bench scoring, we have some great scorers on the starting 5, such as Mayo, Gay, Conley, and Gasol. However, we are definately going to have to acquire a PF that can score, because right now, that is our biggest hole. I won't get into any specifics on how our good our was statistically, because we were never really competing in games enough for it to matter.


Defensively, our team deserves an D+ because even though we have some potentially great defensive players on the roster (Mayo, Milicic, etc), none of them besides Darko were really effective on the defensive end this year. They will be someday, but they need a TON of work. I won't get into any specifics on how our defense was statistically either, because we were never really competing in games enough for it to matter.


Overall I'd say our season was both a failure and a success in that we were horrible, but we improved from last year and our core gained one more year of experience with each other.

If I could give three pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. My first piece of advice to management is the most important and the most obvious- GET A POWER FORWARD! Darrell Arthur and Darko Milicic are both great backups, but neither has any business starting in this league.

Memphis needs to either land Blake Griffin in the lottery or use a couple of our great young pieces such as Rudy Gay and/or Mike Conley to acquire a legit power forward. The guys that would be on my list are Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Michael Beasley, David West, Anthony Randolph, Tyrus Thomas, Jason Thompson, and Brandon Wright. I am not sure what the availability of all of these players will be this summer, but I would at least call about them in that order.

2. Buy in this sellers' market this summer. A lot of teams are going to be looking to cut salary this summer, and they will be willing to give up good players to do so. Owner Michael Heisley needs to open his wallet use Memphis's cap space to acquire a couple of these players through trades and give us a real bench, because we all know that Memphis isn't a great free agent destination, and we all also probably know that Memphis has the worst bench in the NBA.

A guy like Leandro Barbosa, who is the perfect 6th man to have on a team, will most likely be available, and for a very small price. These are the kind of players that Memphis needs to be looking at picking up this offseason.

3. I added a third piece of advice because there are three main goals that I want Memphis to accomplish this summer. My third and final piece of advice is this- Move O.J. Mayo to PG.

Mayo's value and contributions as a player will be so much higher as a big PG than an undersized SG. He has shown glimpses of brilliance at PG all throughout this year. While he needs to work a bit on his ball handling and a lot on his turnover problems, he definately has the potential to be a great PG.

Mayo has stated that he is going to work on this PG skills this summer, and he definately has the talent and the will to come back next season as a full-time PG. I like Mike Conley a whole lot at PG, but I like Mayo more as our PG of the future. I think he can be a Chauncey Billups type of player in this league.

IndyRealist
04-24-2009, 12:39 AM
My Team: Indiana Pacers

Our best starting 5:
C - Roy Hibbert
PF - Troy Murphy
SF - Danny Granger
SG - Brandon Rush
PG - Jarret Jack

6th man: Jeff Foster

I really think that Josh McRoberts should have played more minutes!

I really think that Jarret Jack played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

TJ Ford, he is an injury prone Allen Iverson who is one dimensional on offense and one dimensional on defense. His assist numbers are purely bail-out jumpers by his teammates because TJ wouldn't give up the ball until there was only 3 seconds left on the shot clock.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Travis Diener, he was easily our most efficient point guard, better than Ford or Jack at controlling the tempo and running the offense. He has a ridiculous 11:2 assist to turnover ratio, and for a long stretch it was as high as 9:1.

Offensively, our team deserves a B- (F-A+) because we have a great outside shooting team with a developing post player. The reason it's not an A- is because of our PG's.


Defensively, our team deserves an D+ (F-A+) because while we've had flashes of being able to keep opponent FG% down and force turnovers, we aren't particularly consistent and absolutely gave up on D in the last 20 games.


Overall I'd say our season was a success (failure, success, somewhere in the middle) because we did exactly what we set out to do: develop two rookies (who look to be solid starters next year), get out from under bad contracts (Jermaine O'Neal), and get fans coming .back to games (by getting rid of all the bad seeds)

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Trade Troy Murphy. Right now his value is as high as it's ever been because he's top 5 in both 3pt % and rebounding. Trade him for a mid-late draft pick, a defensive role player, and an expiring contract to make the numbers work. Ultimately the Pacers will never be able to play defense with Murph getting 34+mpg. We have enough shooters, we need some D.

2. Untangle the PG position. Trade TJ Ford, keep Travis Diener and resign Jarret Jack. Use Ford to land a backup SG/SF or a defensive PF, and get the other one in the draft. Someone can always use an ultraquick scoring PG, just not us.

pd7631
04-24-2009, 12:48 AM
Another great writeup by Ragun even though he doesn't know anything about basketball. j/k No clue guys like Douby and Kareem Rush were appreciated by their fans.

Update: Knicks/Cavs/Sixers/ Bobcats / Raptors/ Rockets all written up.
Need: More Western Conference teams.

I'm looking for the best of the best fans from each team for these so if you know someone or feel like you're an expert on a certain team then go for it. Also any NBA fan with something to add can definately comment on writeups that were already done.

Rush isn't really appreciated by us Sixers fans(at least not me), he just was not given any opportunity to show what he can do. He was brought in to help us spread the floor and knock down 3's but he never plays. He hasn't done a great job when he has been in, but it's kind of hard to get a good feel for the guy when he only plays like once every 12 games and only gets like 3 minutes when he does play.

We're the worst 3 point shooting team in the league, yet we continue to start Willie Green and give him too many minutes, but we won't put in a guy who is supposed to help us do what we suck at. Willie Green sucks, there's no way we would be worse off by playing Kareem the minutes that Willie is getting.

It's a shame because Rush could've been valuable to us, but he's been wasted away on the bench and Willie Green continues to play at a level deserving of a quarter of the money he's making.

KnicksorBust
04-24-2009, 10:43 AM
Update: Knicks/Sixers/Cavs/Rockets/Spurs/Pacers/ Nuggets/Kings/Twolves/Celtics/Raptors/Bobcats completed.

Needed: Where are our Lakers and Bulls fans? Any other team not mentioned.

theimortalone
04-24-2009, 11:52 AM
My Team: Phoenix Suns

Our best starting 5:
C - Shaq O'Neal
PF - Amare Stoudemire
SF - Grant Hill
SG - Jason Richardson
PG - Steve Nash

6th man: Leandro Barbosa

I really think that Louis Amundson should have played more minutes!

I really think that Jason Richardson played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
Jason Richardson, he was supposed to help our team improve big time, but he didn't he was average. His defense is ****ing horrible, at this point I would have rather had Raja Bell. At least he played defense...

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Louis Amundson, before this year, I didn't even really know who the hell he was. After this year, he has shown some real skills, and he has shown that he will do anything to get a loose ball. He has become one of my favorite players. Any team would die to have a "Louis Amundson" type player on their team.


Offensively, our team deserves an A+(F-A+) because
We led the league in scoring, once Alvin Gentry took over. Can anyone argue that Phoenix isn't the best offensive team in the NBA?


Defensively, our team deserves an D-(F-A+) because
We we're in the bottom five of the league in defense. But Phoenix has philosphy of ssol, and offense comes first. Which sucks. :sigh:


Overall I'd say our season was somewhere in the middle (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why?
Because of the fact that we did not make the playoffs. But we did see some improvement from our bench towards the end of the season. Goran Dragic has shown some serious improvement.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Tell Steve Kerr to stop being an idiot, and trading away all of our draft picks. It has really killed this team. We could have players such as Sergio Rodríguez, Loul Deng, Rajon Rondo, and Nate Robinson. Its a damn shame! :pity: Not to mention some stupid trades that he has made in the past.


2. I would tell Alvin Gentry to keep up the good word with the SSOL. If it was Terry Porter, it would be a whole nother story. He was the worst fit for the Suns, and there was a reason that he got fired.

LayZbone
04-24-2009, 03:26 PM
My Team: Miami Heat
Our best starting 5:
C - Jermaine O'Neal
PF - Udonis Haslem (this is what works for now, but Beasley should soon take over)
SF - Jamario Moon/James Jones (defense or offense)
SG - Dwyane Wade
PG - Mario Chalmers

6th man: Michael Beasley and Daequan Cook. This should really go to Cook, because Beasley should be starting. Cook is an underrated defender, and a fantastic 3-point shooter (as evidence by the 3-point contest and game 2 of the hawks series). Beasley is instant offense when Wade has to sit, and he's really the only other reliable option to create his own shot and take defenders off the dribble. Him and JO. The rest of our players feed off of the open looks that Wade creates.

I really think that Michael Beasley should have played more minutes!

I really think that Yakhouba Diawara played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
No one really. I think everyone pretty much understands that Wade is incredible, Beasley, Chalmers and Cook are coming into their own, JO is getting old, and everyone else are role players.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Not sure about this one either. Probably Beasley. With more minutes, he can really show people what he can do. Extremely gifted offensive player, and not as terrible as everyone thinks on defense.....at least not towards the end of the season. Next year will be his breakout year, and hopefully he gets the start job over Haslem, who will be great for us as a veteran leader off the bench.


Offensively, our team deserves an B (F-A+) because: We have the NBA's leading scorer in Dwyane Wade (30.2 ppg). The supporting cast gets no love from the media, but JO and Beasley do a good job in the paint. Cook and Jones are always big threats from 3 point range, with chalmers/wade/quinn/etc also able to knock them down. Sometimes it does become a one-man show, when Wade kicks it into hyperdrive. But Beasley, Haslem and the rest of the guys are capable of lifting the load and hitting big shots in crunch time. It all runs through Wade, but I truly believe that Beasley is a reliable 2nd scoring option, and it has shown when he gets increased minutes.


Defensively, our team deserves an B+ (F-A+) because: Wade is 2nd in the NBA in SPG, Chalmers is 4th. I'm not sure how many times in history that backcourt partners were both top 4 in steals, but it can't be too many. Wade is also a beast with his shot blocking, and is far and away the best shot blocking guard in the NBA. JO is also great w/ his post D. Haslem is an underrated defender, and Moon/Diawara do a solid job of guarding wing players, as well as Marion when we had him for a chunk of the season. The D needs work when it comes to guarding the 3 point line. When the other team moves the ball around, our defense sometimes gets scrambled, leaving someone open on the outside. Also, because we take a lot of gambles playing the passing lanes, guys like Chalmers have trouble keeping PGs in front of him. Especially the quicker ones.


Overall I'd say our season was HUGE SUCCESS (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why? To keep it short, no one expected us to win 43 games and clinch the 5th seed in the playoffs, after an abysmal 15-win season. And most of the credit goes to Dwyane Wade, who has had a breathtaking turnaround/resurgence since the Beijing Olympics, even drawing some MVP considerations.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. To Spoelstra: Let Beasley shine, i got a lot of faith in this kid.


2. To the FO: Don't put all the chips in 2010, have a backup plan. Priority #1 is re-signing D-Wade, but we have to acknowledge the very real prospect that we might not get Bosh, Amare or Lebron in 2010mania. Wade+Beasley are the pillars. Keep those guys happy.

VCaintdead17
04-24-2009, 03:33 PM
Indiana Pacers




My Team: Pacers

Our best starting 5:
C -Roy Hibbert
PF -Troy Murphy
SF -Danny Granger
SG -Mike Dunlevy
PG -TJ Ford

6th man: Marquis Daniels

I really think that Brandon Rush should have played more minutes because I love the way this kid plays. He try's to make smart shots almost every time on the offensive end, and is probably our best perimeter defender right now. So, he really can not be a liability to our team or chemistry and I see no reason why he can't get about 15-20 minutes a game. I really loved what I saw at the end of the season this year.

I really think that nobody really played too many minutes. Jack, Daniels, Foster, Rasho ect. have been very efficient off the bench and get the job done night in and night out.

Nobody is really overrated, we're the Pacers.



The most underrated player on our team, has to be Danny Granger. Look, I know, he gets some love on ESPN every now and then, but it's not enough. I hate it when people say he is not a franchise player, that irritates me very much. And if Granger is not a franchise player, then neither is Kevin Durant. Because Granger is better than Durant. Granger plays a hell of a lot better defense, is more efficient on the boards, and is just as good, if not better than Durant at scoring. Why, you may ask? Because the Thunder really has no one else to score their points for them. Sure they have Westbrook and Green, but they really don't shoot that much. Unlike the Pacers, who have plenty of players that could average 16-20 points a night given the proper minutes. Like Murphy, Dunlevy, Daniels, Ford. But yet, Granger still averages 26 points a game, while Durant only averages one more point than him, yes, one. That is why, Granger should be regarded as a future superstar.



Offensively, our team deserves an B because we have many players capable of scoring solid numbers. Like Ford, Dunlevy, Murphy, and Daniels. But no legitamate second scoring option to sidekick Grangers oustanding 26 points a game. Therefore, I give us a B.


Defensively, our team deserves an C- because although we have some solid defenders, we somehow got worse from last year. We are really lacking a defensive presence down low to put next to Hibbert. If we get someone like that, we should be pretty solid defensively.


Overall I'd say our season was somewhere in the middle. I was leaning towards failure until I realized the good things about this season. For starters, Granger shew us that he can be the center of this team, and even made the all star game. Also, Murphy did a fantastic job finishing in second place in rebounding this season. It's always good to see one of your players be one of the best in a certain area. And, we have established a young core of Rush-Granger-Hibbert which will hopefully a succesful nucleus of this team. But, we ended the season horribly. We did not make the playoffs, which is bad, but we were close to making them, which is worse. It's worse because now we have a draft pick around 14-18 in an already weak draft. That really upsets me.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1.Yes, Murphy had a great season, but he is not worth his contract, same thing goes for Dunlevy. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE trade them for expirings. Their contracts are AWFUL!


2. Draft a big young powerful nasty defensive minded power forward this offseason in the draft. Maybe, Greg Monroe???




ugh, that was alot of typing, but, there you go.

Vinny642
04-24-2009, 04:02 PM
My Team: New Orleans Hornets

Our best starting 5:
C - Tyson Chandler
PF - David West
SF - Peja Stojakovic
SG - Rasual Butler
PG - Chris Paul

6th man: James Posey

I really think that Julian Wright should have played more minutes!

I really think that Chris Paul and David West(not in they suck type of way) played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why? Tied- James Posey and Peja, Posey and Peja have been so inconsistent with good and bad games.



Who is the most underrated player on your team and why? Rasual Butler, wasn't even considered for Most improved, he had a 8 ppg increase. Last year I thought has was crap and needed to go.



Offensively, our team deserves an C+ (F-A+) because well we dropped alot from last year. We dropped 5 points from last year.


Defensively, our team deserves an B (F-A+) because our defense was a little better then lasts years and lasts years wasn't bad.


Overall I'd say our season was disappointing (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why? Because we didnt fail, we didn't succeed, we didn't do soemwhere in the middle. too many injuries and inconsistent play from alot of people.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. For the GM- try and get Pargo back ASAP.


2. For Scott- Play Cp and West less minutes om the regular season unless the game is getting out of hand, also develop Wright and let him get more minutes.

superkegger
04-25-2009, 05:25 PM
My Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Our best starting 5:
C - Andrew Bynum (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3936)
PF - Pau Gasol (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3513)
SF - Trevor Ariza (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3860)
SG - Kobe Bryant (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3118)
PG - Derek Fisher (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3125)

6th man: Lamar Odom (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3327)

I really think that Luke Walton (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3735) should have played more minutes!

Why: While many people might disagree with this, he's really the only player who would fit into this category. Sasha doesn't as he was pretty under par for the whole year, and I'm in the opinion that the extra minutes wouldn't have made the difference. Farmar didn't warrant more time, and while some people would lobby Powell, he simply wasn't that effective and a few good games endeared him in some Laker fans hearts, but he's really nothing more than a nice 11th or 12th man.

Luke on the other hand, is a productive player. He's not a shooter, but he will hustle, board, and move the ball and keep the offense in a good balance, something that isn't as easy as some people think, especially in the triangle. With Bynum, Pau, Kobe, Lamar and others needing the ball, you need guys who are unselfish and don't need the ball, and Luke is just that. He makes the offense flow so much better, and while he's not a great defender, the cliche on him, that he's a "facilitator of the offense" couldn't be more true.

I really think that Jordan Farmar (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4154) played too many minutes!

Why: While for most of his time in LA, Jordan has been a very solid contributor. This year, after his knee injury, he struggled mightily. His shot was off, which in turn killed his confidence, which just led to him being a very unproductive player. When he was on the floor, we were just a worse team.

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

Andrew Bynum (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3936) or Trevor Ariza (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3860), depending on who you talk to.

We know the book on Bynum. He's a good defensive presence, and can do some damage on offense, and if he stays healthy, he'll be a near all star, or at least on that level. But at the current time, he's not a franchise center, and while if the Lakers win a championship, he'll be an important part of it, he'll like reason #4 or #5 why.

With Ariza, it's a mixed bag. He can't really shoot all that well, but can hit the outside shot at times. Though you'd rather he just take it to the hole, but often he just falls in love with that jumper. He is a good defender, but he's a better help defender than an on ball defender, and I think often his defense is overrated. He's great at getting in passing lanes and disrupting, and often doesn't gamble too often that puts him out of position, but usually he does that from a help defense role, and not on man defense.

So, it depends on who you talk to, but while both are good players for us, their level of play is usually overrated by Laker fans. Don't get me wrong though, they're important parts of our team, and they are good, just not as good as some Laker fans like to think.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

I think it's pretty easily Derek Fisher (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3125). He's a great leader on and off the court. He's tough, gritty and has the experience. He does many little things that don't show up. He's a great locker room guy, and just a rock for this team. Not to mention he's a knock down shooter, and his style meshes with Kobe's to allow Kobe to do his thing.

Offensively, our team deserves an A+ (http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2009.html) because:

3rd in points per game
2nd in assists per game
3rd in offensive rebounds per game
4th in field goal percentage
11th in turnovers (or 20th depending on how you look at it) despite playing at the 5th fastest pace in the league.
3rd if offensive efficiency

Quite frankly, it was just a great offensive ear for the Lakers. When we were playing well, our offense was unstoppable, when we played bad, our offense was still good.

Defensively, our team deserves a B (http://www.nbastuffer.com/2008-2009_Regular_Season_NBA_Stats.html) because:

While our defense wasn't great, it wasn't as bad as some people make it out to be. We still held opponents to under 100ppg (99.3ppg) which was just a bit better than league average), despite having such a high pace. (No other team with a pace over 93 was in the top 15 in opponents points per game).

But, we still ended up being 2nd in point differential, 6th in OFG%, 3rd in O3pt%, 10th in blocks, and 2nd in steals (only 1 steal behind the Jazz).

All the statistics look pretty decent for defense. But they don't tell the whole story and anyone who watched Laker basketball, knows our defense slacks at time, and we just think that times our offense can win us games so we don't have to play D (which fortunately/unfortunately is true, which is why it happens, but needs to stop happening). We're capable of being a good to very good defensive team, we just usually don't see it necessary or care enough to play D.

Overall I'd say the success of our season is yet to be determined.

Anything less than a Championship is a failure. So we've yet to see if this season will be a success.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. I won't bother with the obvious of bringing back LO, Ariza and Brown and exploring a trade for Farmar, Sasha and Morrison. What does need to happen is that we need to find a PG of the future. Maybe in the draft, maybe through a trade, or maybe Farmar or Brown is it, but while we love Fish, he's 34, and I'm just not sure how long the body can sustain. Finding that PG of the future now, and groom him, and learn from guys like Kobe and Derek, would be invaluable.

2. It would be great to somehow bring in a legitimate back up center. God forbid Bynum or Pau get hurt, but if it does happen, it would be fantastic to have somone who can step in for a short time at center and we could feel comfortable with that. While LO starting is fine, just having that guy like Ronny Turiaf is such a luxury, because it keeps the rotation better intact. Finding someone like that (no, Josh Powell or DJ Mbenga in all honestly are not that guy) would be very nice.

rabueed
04-25-2009, 06:33 PM
My Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Our best starting 5:
C - Andrew Bynum (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3936)
PF - Pau Gasol (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3513)
SF - Trevor Ariza (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3860)
SG - Kobe Bryant (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3118)
PG - Derek Fisher (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3125)

6th man: Lamar Odom (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3327)

I really think that Luke Walton (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3735) should have played more minutes!

Why: While many people might disagree with this, he's really the only player who would fit into this category. Sasha doesn't as he was pretty under par for the whole year, and I'm in the opinion that the extra minutes wouldn't have made the difference. Farmar didn't warrant more time, and while some people would lobby Powell, he simply wasn't that effective and a few good games endeared him in some Laker fans hearts, but he's really nothing more than a nice 11th or 12th man.

Luke on the other hand, is a productive player. He's not a shooter, but he will hustle, board, and move the ball and keep the offense in a good balance, something that isn't as easy as some people think, especially in the triangle. With Bynum, Pau, Kobe, Lamar and others needing the ball, you need guys who are unselfish and don't need the ball, and Luke is just that. He makes the offense flow so much better, and while he's not a great defender, the cliche on him, that he's a "facilitator of the offense" couldn't be more true.

I really think that Jordan Farmar (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4154) played too many minutes!

Why: While for most of his time in LA, Jordan has been a very solid contributor. This year, after his knee injury, he struggled mightily. His shot was off, which in turn killed his confidence, which just led to him being a very unproductive player. When he was on the floor, we were just a worse team.

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

Andrew Bynum (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3936) or Trevor Ariza (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3860), depending on who you talk to.

We know the book on Bynum. He's a good defensive presence, and can do some damage on offense, and if he stays healthy, he'll be a near all star, or at least on that level. But at the current time, he's not a franchise center, and while if the Lakers win a championship, he'll be an important part of it, he'll like reason #4 or #5 why.

With Ariza, it's a mixed bag. He can't really shoot all that well, but can hit the outside shot at times. Though you'd rather he just take it to the hole, but often he just falls in love with that jumper. He is a good defender, but he's a better help defender than an on ball defender, and I think often his defense is overrated. He's great at getting in passing lanes and disrupting, and often doesn't gamble too often that puts him out of position, but usually he does that from a help defense role, and not on man defense.

So, it depends on who you talk to, but while both are good players for us, their level of play is usually overrated by Laker fans. Don't get me wrong though, they're important parts of our team, and they are good, just not as good as some Laker fans like to think.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

I think it's pretty easily Derek Fisher (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3125). He's a great leader on and off the court. He's tough, gritty and has the experience. He does many little things that don't show up. He's a great locker room guy, and just a rock for this team. Not to mention he's a knock down shooter, and his style meshes with Kobe's to allow Kobe to do his thing.

Offensively, our team deserves an A+ (http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2009.html) because:

3rd in points per game
2nd in assists per game
3rd in offensive rebounds per game
4th in field goal percentage
11th in turnovers (or 20th depending on how you look at it) despite playing at the 5th fastest pace in the league.
3rd if offensive efficiency

Quite frankly, it was just a great offensive ear for the Lakers. When we were playing well, our offense was unstoppable, when we played bad, our offense was still good.

Defensively, our team deserves a B (http://www.nbastuffer.com/2008-2009_Regular_Season_NBA_Stats.html) because:

While our defense wasn't great, it wasn't as bad as some people make it out to be. We still held opponents to under 100ppg (99.3ppg) which was just a bit better than league average), despite having such a high pace. (No other team with a pace over 93 was in the top 15 in opponents points per game).

But, we still ended up being 2nd in point differential, 6th in OFG%, 3rd in O3pt%, 10th in blocks, and 2nd in steals (only 1 steal behind the Jazz).

All the statistics look pretty decent for defense. But they don't tell the whole story and anyone who watched Laker basketball, knows our defense slacks at time, and we just think that times our offense can win us games so we don't have to play D (which fortunately/unfortunately is true, which is why it happens, but needs to stop happening). We're capable of being a good to very good defensive team, we just usually don't see it necessary or care enough to play D.

Overall I'd say the success of our season is yet to be determined.

Anything less than a Championship is a failure. So we've yet to see if this season will be a success.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. I won't bother with the obvious of bringing back LO, Ariza and Brown and exploring a trade for Farmar, Sasha and Morrison. What does need to happen is that we need to find a PG of the future. Maybe in the draft, maybe through a trade, or maybe Farmar or Brown is it, but while we love Fish, he's 34, and I'm just not sure how long the body can sustain. Finding that PG of the future now, and groom him, and learn from guys like Kobe and Derek, would be invaluable.

2. It would be great to somehow bring in a legitimate back up center. God forbid Bynum or Pau get hurt, but if it does happen, it would be fantastic to have somone who can step in for a short time at center and we could feel comfortable with that. While LO starting is fine, just having that guy like Ronny Turiaf is such a luxury, because it keeps the rotation better intact. Finding someone like that (no, Josh Powell or DJ Mbenga in all honestly are not that guy) would be very nice.

see, this is why I didn't wanna do this. Because someone else can do it so much better than me. Nice, Keg. :clap:

theuuord
04-25-2009, 11:05 PM
My Team: New Jersey Nets

Our best starting 5:
C - Brook Lopez
PF - Ryan Anderson
SF - Vince Carter
SG - Keyon Dooling
PG - Devin Harris

Comments:This lineup could have gone a number of different ways. I considered putting Bobby Simmons at the 4 because Anderson still exhibits a lot of problems and Simmons did play some minutes there, but at the end of the day Simmons is primarily a 3. I also considered slotting Simmons at the 3 and moving Carter to the 2 instead of Simmons, but Dooling was much more productive at the 2 than Simmons was at the 3 (although they were both great).
A lot of Nets fans will hate to hear this but early in the year Yi truly had some great games, and had his injury not taken place chances are he would be at the 4 spot instead of Anderson.

6th man: Bobby Simmons

Comments: I took Dooling out of consideration here since I put him in the optimal starting 5, and because of that I have to say Simmons. A guy who's making 9 mil a year, loses his starting job, and still performs well off the bench is a guy who makes my second rotation any day. His three point shooting was outstanding and a lot of the team raved about him as a teammate. I'm glad to have him. Jarvis Hayes was a close second here too.

I really think that Josh Boone should have played more minutes! Most Nets fans would say CDR and that's entirely fair, because he was my gut reaction pick. But CDR needed time to develop into the NBA game and his learning curve was evident early on. He got the time when he deserved it.
Now Boone somehow completely fell out of the team's mindset when he's a great backup center to have. He doesn't take unnecessary shots, he bodies up down low and gets rebounds, and he gives Lopez valuable time to rest his body. He and Ryan Anderson really got lost at the end of the bench near the end, and I don't think it was the right move.


I really think that Yi Jianlian played too many minutes! Most Nets fans will agree with me here though, but for different reasons. After he came back from the pinkie injury, it was SOON clear that he just was not ready for the NBA pace again and struggled every single night. It would have been most beneficial, I feel, to shut him down then and let him get some rest after about two years of non-stop basketball.

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why? I really don't think any Nets are overrated... The closest I can think is that because we got CDR so late people automatically assumed he would be an impact player just because he was a steal. But I don't really think any Net is overrated, despite what Celtics fans believe about point guards in the East.


Who is the most underrated player on your team and why? Weirdly enough, I'm gonna have to say Vince Carter. Theatrics from years past aside, people completely write him off without actually seeing how hard he played night in and night out for the ballclub. He really put his heart into every minute this season, and was the unquestionable leader of this team from game 1 to game 82. He showed hustle, devotion, and most importantly skill. If people really get mad over this selection I could also say Bobby Simmons, but I would honestly say Vince.


Offensively, our team deserves an C+ because we are an average offensive team with loads of potential. We have a solid core in the big three, a boatload of three point shooters, and youth to grow. Yi and Ryan got a few too many shots in my opinion - especially after Yi's injury - which brought our efficiency down, but when you have 5 guys who shoot over 36% from behind the arc that's something to hang your hat on.


Defensively, our team deserves an D+ because we weren't good defensively. Harris isn't a great defender, Carter isn't a great defender (although he's better than people think), Dooling is a pretty good defender, Simmons/Hayes aren't good defenders, Yi/Anderson are atrocious defenders, and Lopez is an adequate defender. Defense is one of the Nets big weak points and a big part of why I want a massive inside presence in this upcoming draft like DaJuan Blair.


Overall I'd say our season was a success. Why? We played our hearts out and ended up with an equivalent record to last year, despite losing Richard Jefferson to Milwaukee, Jason Kidd (who we had for about 50 games) to Dallas, Bostjan Nachbar to Russia, Nenad Krstic to Oklahoma City via Serbia, and Sean Williams to stupidity. It was a complete overhaul and no one expected us to even compete - a lot of projections had us last in the East. Yet, there we were 38 games in at .500, and we ended up competing well into the season.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Do Not Fire Lawrence Frank. Nets fans who think this needs to happen need some mental work done. I've argued this so much in the Nets forum that I really don't want to dive into it again.


2. Do Not Put Too Much Pressure On This Draft. This draft does not have a plethora of stars. It is a relatively weak draft. If we get someone good out of this draft, then fantastic, but don't expect any answers to come out of it. Remember to look long-term, that's where this team is built, and carefully craft contracts for the 2010 market.

NotVeryOriginal
04-26-2009, 02:04 AM
My Team: LAKERS

Our best starting 5:
C - Bynum
PF - Gasol
SF - Ariza
SG - Bryant
PG - Brown

6th man: Odom

I really think that Powell should have played more minutes! I know he hasnt shown anything so far to suggest that he can be a superstar, but we need a valid backup for the big guys and I think he has shown that he can do that and possibly develop into a 6th man type of player like Odom. A guy that could start on most other teams. Hes not there yet, but I think he has potential. He plays his hearth out, you cant teach that. You can teach technique but you cant teach passion.

I really think that Walton played too many minutes! I dont wanna get into cause Ive got nothing good to sayabout him. Hes has a few okay games and maybe one good game in the regular season, hes just not worth the spot of the roster.

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why? Bynum, and its not because hes bad, he does his job well, he just gets bigged up too much and tries to do too much because of it. He should stick to giving 100% on D and settle for being the 5th option on offense.



Who is the most underrated player on your team and why? Ariza. I honestly believe he will develop into top tier talent in a few years. Its amazing how much of a difference this guy makes to the team defensively. Everyone pointed out how soft we looked against the C's last year. Id say we looked even slower. They raped us, killed us and then pissed on out limp bodies in transition. Almost every other game you see some highlight reel block from Ariza hustling back down the court to stop a score in transition.



Offensively, our team deserves an A+ because there are maybe 2-3 teams better:eyebrow:


Defensively, our team deserves an B- because we arent that bad, but we arent that great either. We keep blwoing 20 point leads and lack the true edge to just make a team lose hope.


Overall I'd say our season was..... As someone else has said, with all the hype, the depth of our roster, the battles against Boston, Cleveland and Orlando, the sour taste left from last year, and the expectation thats always there, anything less that a title will be seen as a failure. Im not trying to sound cocky, but for Lakers fans a success is a ring, an remarkable success is sweeping the playoffs to a ring. Ive lost a good 2-3 years off my life so far wit hsuch unrealistic expectations, but thats just the way it is.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Sign Ariza and Brown, trade Farmar and Walton.


2. Put Brown in to start. Fisher is still a great leader and has done great things for this team but hes an old man and we should look to the future. He can still lead the team in the lockeroom but hes never going to be able to keep up with the Chris Pauls or Rudy Fernadez's in the league.

Tblaze
04-26-2009, 07:34 AM
My Team: Portland Trailblazers

Our best starting 5:
C - Greg Oden
PF - Lamarcus Aldridge
SF - Nicolas Batum
SG - Brandon Roy
PG - Steve Blake

6th man: Rudy Fernandez

I really think that Bayless, Fernandez should have played more minutes!

I really think that Can't think of anyone in particular played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

Maybe Travis Outlaw, he is very incosistent

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Nic Batum probably, this kid's got mad potential and is already playing great in his first season.

Offensively, our team deserves an A(F-A+) because we had the most efficient offensive this year

Defensively, our team deserves an C(F-A+) because we have a hole defensively at the pg position, and we can't defend Big strong SF's very well either (allthough Batum is doing a very good job)


Overall I'd say our season was Success (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why? We made the playoffs on a higher seed then expected, and we really added a few more very valueble pieces to the future (Bayless, Fernandez, Batum)

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. They need to watch closely to the playoffs what our weak spots are and who is vital for this team's success. But Pritchard and Nate did a great job on this team so I think my advice won't really matter. I trust them fully.


2. If I'm going to give my advice anyway it'd be this. As far as I've seen this season and first round series I'd say the core that needs to stay together of this team is: Brandon Roy, Lamarcus Aldridge, Greg Oden, Rudy Fernandez, Nicolas Batum, Joel Przybilla and Steve Blake (possibly as backup pg in the future), all the other players could be used to strenghten the team on other positions. Outlaw: although he's clutch, in the playoffs dissappeared so far, and he's too reliant on bad contested shots. I'd rather have a different 3. Bayless: Could still become what we need, but would consider trading him. Sergio Rodriguez: Kind of same with Bayless, although I do prefer Bayless as I think he has a higher ceiling. Frye: Likable but too similar to aldridge, we need a bruiser to backup aldridge. And we'll just have to see how Webster comes back next year. However till then, there's still the 2nd round to fight for in the playoffs! Go Blazers!

EX-TREME
04-26-2009, 08:10 AM
My Team: Orlando Magic

Our best starting 5:
C - Dwight howard
PF - Rashard lewis
SF - Hedo Turkoglu
SG - Courtney Lee
PG - Jameer Nelson ( when Healthy)

6th man: Rafer alston or gortat

I really think that JJ Redick or Gortat should have played more minutes!

I really think that Hedo Turkoglu played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

I can't come up with a player who is overrated but i guess tony battie. he is paid alot to sit on the bench.


Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Gortat and jj . He is a great Rebounder who deserves to get money in the off season. he could be a starter to avg a double double. but he backs up argueble the best center in the league. i knew jj would be a bust. he may be bad defender but he can spread the floor and has a good court vision and a good b-ball IQ


Offensively, our team deserves an A- (F-A+) because we are a great offensive team. but sometimes our offense doen't work when we play insideout. we can't get the ball to dwight and our perimeter are shot happy so our offense struggles. when we push the ball we play great. but when we are forced to play half court. we are done. we need a better bench.


Defensively, our team deserves an A- (F-A+) because we have improved alot on that end. dwight is a great defensive anchor and he is a force in the paint keep everybody in check. he force many to take jump shot instead of driving to the lane. but we need to be more consistant on the defensive end. sometimes we are not giving the effort there.


Overall I'd say our season was Success (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why?

this year we have joined the elite teams and are the team to beat now. jameer nelson who had problems with consistency proved the doubters and critics wrong and had a breakout season and was selected to allstar team before shoulder injury. then we get rafer alston to improve the pg slot for the future. rashard lewis haved steped up this season by improving his postgame and consistency on the defensive end. he became the best 3 point shooter off the season. dwight howard have improved alot too. he has improved on his postgame and on the defensive end and have learned to be a force and time his blocks. mikael pietrus was a dissapointment but otis got a draft pick who turns out to be a stud and a steal. we have addresed the sg slot. stan was making a case for coach of the year. and our bench have improved alot.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. resign gortat and hedo for a good contract. if we can't get hedo then get a pf and a good scorer off the bench who would not ruin chemestry.


2. let some players hit the free agent market like tony battie. and go for cheap players so we won't hit the luxary tax.

Go Magic

KnicksorBust
04-26-2009, 12:23 PM
Update: Knicks/Sixers/Cavs/Rockets/Spurs/Pacers/Nuggets/Kings/Twolves/Celtics/Raptors/ Bobcats/Suns/Heat/Hornets/Lakers/Nets/Blazers/Magic completed!

Check Post #1 to see teams that still need write-ups. TMs and Mods highly encouraged to writeup their teams to guarantee quality writeups.

KnicksorBust
04-26-2009, 12:25 PM
Pistons, Bulls, Jazz, and Mavericks remain as the only playoff teams without writeups!

jimbobjarree
04-26-2009, 01:49 PM
My Team: Utah Jazz

Our best starting 5: (tbh I have no idea...soo many injuries, so I'll guess this...)
C - Mehmet Okur
PF - Carlos Boozer
SF - Andrei Kirilenko
SG - Ronnie Brewer
PG - Deron Williams

6th man: has been AK47 all season, but I'd go with Paul Millsap

I really think that KOSTA KOUFOS!!! should have played more minutes!

I really think that CJ Miles played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

mainly contract-wise since AK47 is grossly overpaid, but he's just not that effective for us any more. He played a big part in our team when we had injuries and he kept us in games with his energy off the bench, but towards the end of the season he went back to being an overpaid roll player who is decent on defense.



Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Ronnie Brewer. He shoots plus 50%, like only 5 other guards in the whole league do that and they are all big names. He can play defense, he's athletic, he proved he can score with a few big games for us. He's still young, and will have a bright future.

other than him I'd say Deron, though getting recognition is still massively under rated, especialy by people who dont even watch the Jazz.



Offensively, our team deserves an B+ (F-A+) because we are efficient yet unspectacular. We dont have a player who can take over frequently. We dont really have anyone who can create their own shot effectively. We didnt have anyone really who warranted a double team..... and we turned the ball over wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy tooooooooo much. However, with all the injuries our offense was still in decent shape and had to adapt from playing the inside to finding other ways to score when Booz went down in November. Also I think we are either top or top 3 in the league in FG%.


Defensively, our team deserves an C+ (F-A+) because we are weak inside, we are weak overall. On the road when it rains it poors buckets, we just plain cant defend on the road, which means we will never be successful with this current group. We have 2 defensively weak big men, which is a huge huge flaw in the team. I give us as high as a C+ because we play some good D at home, and I think we led the league in steals, or are up there in steals. We hustle at home and fold on the road.


Overall I'd say our season was dissapointingly frustrating. Why?: because it never really got going. The offseason was so long and I was so pumped for the new season with the team we had we looked real strong. Then with Deron going down it was over before it began. Before Deron could get back Booz went down and stayed down for the majority of the season. Deron got back and was frustratingly rusty and struggled bad until February. And during these 2 being injured Memo missed games here and there, AK did the same and missed a month, Milly played through a hyper extended knee, CJ kept getting injured with a bum ankle and hand and Korver started cold the first 2 month cus of a wrist problem. This led to us losing to scrubs left right and center and us having to be patient the whole season waiting to be healthy. Then we fell apart for no apparant reason at the end and lost Memo at the most crucial time of the season in the playoffs, extinguishing any slim hopes we may have had of really competing.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. dump the players that plain just dont care. Try and lose AKs contract at all costs


2. re-sign Milly at all costs, and extend Brewer in the offseason.

td0tsfinest
04-26-2009, 02:17 PM
My Team: Raptors
Our best starting 5:
C - Andrea Bargnani
PF - Chris Bosh
SF - Shawn Marion
SG - Anthony Parker
PG - Jose Calderon
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6th man: Jason Kapono

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
Jason Kapono

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Andrea Bargnani

Offensively, our team deserves an ______C_______[B](F-A+) because

Defensively, our team deserves an ______F_______[B](F-A+) because

Overall I'd say our season was ______failure________ [B](failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why?

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. New/Better Defensive system

2. More Depth off the bench.

kozelkid
04-26-2009, 02:41 PM
My Team: Chicago Bulls

Our best starting 5:
C - Joakim Noah
PF - Tyrus Thomas
SF - John Salmons
SG - Ben Gordon
PG - Derrick Rose

6th man: Kirk Hinrich

I really think that Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah should have played more minutes! Coming into this season we got a new coach and his main promise was that unlike Skiles who hated our young guys, he would give more minutes to Tyrus and Noah. What actually happened was that Noah got hardly any minutes for first few minutes (he was pretty out of shape though) and after Tyrus made mistakes Vinny shelved him as well, which I thought was a poor job considering this was the first time the high potential pick actually got minutes, so coming in, this was like a rookie season for Tyrus. However, thanks to the injuries mounting up by December, Vinny was forced to throw them back in and that's when Bulls got back in it and went on a few win streaks. Since then he kept in it and Noah has been averaging nearly double doubles and Tyrus has been improving.

I really think that Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, and Andres Nocioni played too many minutes! Fortunately they are gone though. All three took poor shots and each considered themselves one of the best on the team when in fact they all hurt us. Whether it was Gooden with his awful defense and constantly taking long mid range shots instead of getting higher % shots near the hoop. Just too damn inconsistent. Hughes with an awful shot selection, also taking the team game out of sync and same with nocioni who would also commit the dumbest fouls. As soon as all three left, it did wonders for our team because we played more as a TEAM, not a bunch of iso players.

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

John Salmons, particularly by Bulls fans. He is a very good solid player. However, he is inconsistent. He at times may play far too much iso as well. However, in the end, this team took a large step in improvement and to be honest and I don't have any problems with the current players on our team.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Joakim Noah. Particularly by other fans. It's probably because he may not have the most prettiest game but he hustles his *** off, you he will get you a double double if he gets 30mpg and knows his role.

Offensively, our team deserves a B because while we have alot of offensive weapons, our big man still lack scoring. Hopefully this season we can finally complete it with some big trade. Also, Vinny only runs the most basic sets so we get kinda screwed there. We have great perimeter play, but without a consistent big man scorer, we will never get into the A range.


Defensively, our team deserves an C because we are poorly coached and simply too weak. The sad part about this is our team is very athletic, we have two big man who are top 15 blockers WITH limited minutes yet we still are poor on defense. Why? We have no ****ing idea how to box out. We let too many offensive rebounds from the opposing team which definitely cost us alot of wins and until the middle of the season (we did improve a little), getting into the lane was a cinch for the opposing team. We also rotated poorly throughout the regular season and would always get caught switching on the pick roll. We have plenty of high potential players on our team who should be great defenders, I would blame more than anything on the coaching for not getting it done and getting them to work together, but they have improved since the beginning.


Overall I'd say our season was between success and in the middle. Last season we didn't make the playoffs and this year we got 7th seed. Derrick Rose was great from day one which was definitely a surprise because most expected him to be more like Deron Williams who would take a season or 2 to develop than be good from day one like chris paul. In terms of record, we are right where most expected us to be, anywhere from 38-43 wins.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. A big move is necessary, but that doesn't mean a dumb one. This is the year before 2010 so obviously plenty of quality players may be available so that the teams get more value for them now rather than trade deadline of 2009. Try to strike a deal for amare or bosh, we definitely can use either and don't fall in love with any particular player for these 2 (except rose obviously). Tyrus and noah had good years, but neither should be a reason not to do deal for amare or bosh.

2. Think long and hard about hinrich or gordon. Who is the better player, because this year is it, one will go. Personally I think Gordon needs to stay. Getting a good perimeter defender is much easier than a shooter and scorer as good as Gordon who is perfect alongside Rose. Make the best decision

A.Mopp
04-26-2009, 02:54 PM
My Team: Portland Trailblazers

Our best starting 5:
C - Joel Przybilla
PF - Lamarcus Aldridge
SF - Nicolas Batum
SG - Brandon Roy
PG - Steve Blake

6th man: Rudy Fernandez

I really think that Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez should have played more minutes!

I really think that Channing Frye played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
Travis Outlaw. He is a great scorer off the bench. But he plays such terrible defense he might be a net minus for the team.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Nicolas Batum by far. I love a player who does all the little things and is loaded with potential.

Offensively, our team deserves an A (F-A+) because we were very efficient at our end of the floor. Roy and LaMarcus can fill it up.

Defensively, our team deserves an C (F-A+) because Other teams Pg's would have their way with us. Especially fast ones, such as Tony Parker.

Overall I'd say our season was Success (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why? We were not expected to win as many games as we did or finish that high of a seed in the WC.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Fix this teams lack of defense. We give up so many big time buckets, when we need that crucial stop our D lets us down. Our Defense needs a big improvement.

2. Do not trade Nicolas Batum. He has the potential to be a great SF and defensive stopper for this team. He has the frame if of Rudy Gay and i think he can turn into a poor man's version of him.

Scoot26
04-26-2009, 05:16 PM
My Team: Chicago Bulls
Our best starting 5:
C – Joakim Noah
PF –Tyrus Thomas
SF – John Salmons
SG – Ben Gordon
PG – Derrick Rose

6th man: Kirk Hinrich

I really think that Tyrus Thomas should have played more minutes! To me, in order to properly develop a player, you need to give them minutes. They also need to earn their minutes, but to me, you need to play them. That was one thing former coach Scott Skiles never really gave Tyrus Thomas. He made many boneheaded mistakes and seemingly lacked an basketball IQ. So did Tyson Chandler when he was here as well. Chandler flourished in New Orleans once given a chance by their coach Bryon Scott. Tyrus has shown when given the minutes he does produce. There are nights that he is also outright horrible (Such as the first game of the season against Boston). Tyrus can develop into a double-double guy, whether or not he reaches All-Star status is another story though. He certainly has the potential to do so.

Also on nights that Derrick Rose or Ben Gordon were not producing, Kirk Hinrich should have been given more minutes.

I really think that (when they were here) Larry Hughes and Andres Nocioni played too many minutes. With the current squad, I would say Brad Miller is given too many minutes. There are nights Brad Miller is shooting horribly and still manages to put up 35 minutes compared to Tyrus’s 20 minutes (And hes not having a bad game either). To me that is not how it should be. Yes Miller is a veteran, but you gotta play the stat sheet. When Larry Hughes and Andres Nocioni were here, this season they seemingly just shot the ball whenever they got it. They gained the reputation as chuckers. They both took very bad shots and Nocioni seemed to have lost a step on defense (Or the NBA decided to end his flops). It no shocker that as soon as Nocioni and Hughes were gone, this team started to produce and win games and make the push into the playoffs.

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
I really don’t think any of our players are overrated. There is a on-going battle between Bulls fans and Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon, but there's no consensus pick on who is overrated. If I had to pick anyone, it would be Ben Gordon simply because people put his scoring on top of anything. Ben Gordon lacks defense and that has shown time and time again when hes exposed on the defensive end. He can put up 30 points on a night but also give up 30 points in return on any given night. Gordon fails to understand his role on the team and continuously does some costly things. He also has saved the team on the offensive end, so it’s a give and take with him.


Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Joakim Noah. People simply do not like Noah because of the way he looks (Physically and his game). But he puts an all-out effort each night out there and can silently average a double-double. He does have soft hands and can be out manned rebounding by a stronger body on him, but he still gives it all. I think he does understand his role on the team and that is one of defense. Hes got height, which gives him an advantage over an Anderson Varejao, but needs to gain more experience before what can be determined of him.

Offensively, our team deserves a B+ because we are a high scoring offense. We do put a lot of points on the board and do have penetrating point guard who can get to the basket at will. However, as we have for the past 4 years, we lack a post presence. This harms the team in the long run and in big games that need to be won. Also coaching is lacking on a unique offense and specialty plays. Rookie coach Vinny Del Negro seemingly only has a few basic set of plays. He does not have a good go-to play in close games, but with an budding star in Derrick Rose, he is bailed out in that sense.


Defensively, our team deserves an D because we give up way too many points and allow teams to stay in games. Our coaching is rather pathetic on the defensive end. It would likely be an F grade, but since we did manage to get into the playoffs by playing enough defense, I raise the letter grade. Our interior defense has been lacking all season, especially the beginning of the season. Players do not box out or seemingly put themselves in position to get a ball. Noah has soft hands and often misses rebounds because of that. The Bulls have two good shock blockers (Tyrus and Noah) but those blocks often go right back into the other team then they end up scoring. Hinrich and Salmons are great one on one defenders, but not in the paint, which is what the Bulls lack.


Overall I'd say our season was a success simply because the Bulls made the playoffs. Last season we did not make the playoffs after great expectations and this year needed a late season run to push us into the playoffs. Derrick Rose was the highlight of the year, and shocked all ESPN commentators by getting that rookie of the year (In the beginning of the season, none of them even had him on their radar). Coaching was a non-factor on the team it seemed. Just when you want to like Vinny, the team does something incredibly stupid (Game 3 of the playoffs for example) and then you hate him again. Fans have not been a fan of Vinny, who has plenty of experienced assistant coaches, who don’t seem to give him much help. However, since he is a rookie, and has no previous experience, I have given him this season to learn the ropes. Next season he will need to be very creative though, especially with Derrick Rose.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:
1. Acquiring a big man is a must. He also needs to be All-Star worthy. Chris Bosh is an ideal candidate and Tyrus Thomas is prime trade bait. While I like Tyrus Thomas and think he can become something good, I think you can also get something better by using him. The Bulls have two first round draft picks (A mid and late) and those could be packaged for something. Amare is another player Tyrus could be dealt for. I think Noah should be kept if Amare is acquired since Noah can be the defensive anchor in the middle, while Amare does the offense. Paring Rose with a big man will help the team tremendously.


2. Determine what should be done with Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich. To me, it would be ideal to get rid of both players. To me the on-going debate between fans is similar to the Bears debate with Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman (Though Gordon and Kirk are much higher value). To settle the debate, both should be traded. However, it would not surprise me if Gordon does in fact walk this offseason. However, if something of value could be had out of both players, it should be done.

klvanzu
04-26-2009, 11:16 PM
My Team: Chicago Bulls

Our best starting 5:
C - Joakim Noah
PF - Tyrus Thomas
SF - John Salmons
SG - Ben Gordon
PG - Derrick Rose

6th man: Kirk Hinrich

I really think that Luol Deng should have played more minutes!

I really think that no one played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

Ben Gordon - He's a great scorer, but that's all he is.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Joakim Noah - Has great size, is a very good defender, good rebounder, high bball IQ, can finish around the basket

Offensively, our team deserves a B because we scored quite a bit of points this year, but I feel our ball movement from our wings, and movement without the ball could be better. We need to get easy buckets more often, instead of settling for jumpshots.

Defensively, our team deserves a C- because we gave up as much as we put up. Our defensive philosophies, implemented by our coaching staff, have been bad for most of the year, especially with the pick-and-roll and help defense. Our rotations have been slow, or non existent, as well. We do have some good individual defenders in Noah, Thomas, and Hinrich that helped pick up the slack. Salmons has done a nice job since the trade as well. Still, our team defense is bad.

Overall I'd say our season was a success. The Bulls made the playoffs with a rookie coach and a rookie PG after a disastrous season last year. The Bulls did a great job bringing along Rose, made some great trades at the deadline, and are currently tied with the defending champs in the first round. They have also set themselves up for the future with the contracts they acquired and could make a serious move for Bosh or Amare this summer.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Paxson - don't be afraid to make a big move, even if it requires you giving up some pieces Bulls fans have become attached to.

2. Vinny - You need to completely re-think your defensive philosophies and also become more creative with your inbounds plays.

Rome
04-27-2009, 04:00 AM
My Team: Phoenix Suns

Our best starting 5:
C - Shaq O'Neal
PF - Amare Stoudemire
SF - Grant Hill
SG - Jason Richardson
PG - Steve Nash

6th man: Leandro Barbosa

I really think that Louis Amundson should have played more minutes!

I really think that Jason Richardson played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
Jason Richardson, he was supposed to help our team improve big time, but he didn't he was average. His defense is ****ing horrible, at this point I would have rather had Raja Bell. At least he played defense...

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Louis Amundson, before this year, I didn't even really know who the hell he was. After this year, he has shown some real skills, and he has shown that he will do anything to get a loose ball. He has become one of my favorite players. Any team would die to have a "Louis Amundson" type player on their team.


Offensively, our team deserves an A+(F-A+) because
We led the league in scoring, once Alvin Gentry took over. Can anyone argue that Phoenix isn't the best offensive team in the NBA?


Defensively, our team deserves an D-(F-A+) because
We we're in the bottom five of the league in defense. But Phoenix has philosphy of ssol, and offense comes first. Which sucks. :sigh:


Overall I'd say our season was somewhere in the middle (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why?
Because of the fact that we did not make the playoffs. But we did see some improvement from our bench towards the end of the season. Goran Dragic has shown some serious improvement.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Tell Steve Kerr to stop being an idiot, and trading away all of our draft picks. It has really killed this team. We could have players such as Sergio Rodríguez, Loul Deng, Rajon Rondo, and Nate Robinson. Its a damn shame! :pity: Not to mention some stupid trades that he has made in the past.


2. I would tell Alvin Gentry to keep up the good word with the SSOL. If it was Terry Porter, it would be a whole nother story. He was the worst fit for the Suns, and there was a reason that he got fired.

I was waiting for one of you fools to do this. Knew it'd be you or king ha.

J-N-M-ETS4LYF
04-28-2009, 03:48 PM
My Team: New Jersey Nets

Our best starting 5:
C - Brook Lopez
PF - Ryan Anderson
SF - Vince Carter
SG - Keyon Dooling
PG - Devin Harris

Comments:This lineup could have gone a number of different ways. I considered putting Bobby Simmons at the 4 because Anderson still exhibits a lot of problems and Simmons did play some minutes there, but at the end of the day Simmons is primarily a 3. I also considered slotting Simmons at the 3 and moving Carter to the 2 instead of Simmons, but Dooling was much more productive at the 2 than Simmons was at the 3 (although they were both great).
A lot of Nets fans will hate to hear this but early in the year Yi truly had some great games, and had his injury not taken place chances are he would be at the 4 spot instead of Anderson.

6th man: Bobby Simmons

Comments: I took Dooling out of consideration here since I put him in the optimal starting 5, and because of that I have to say Simmons. A guy who's making 9 mil a year, loses his starting job, and still performs well off the bench is a guy who makes my second rotation any day. His three point shooting was outstanding and a lot of the team raved about him as a teammate. I'm glad to have him. Jarvis Hayes was a close second here too.

I really think that Josh Boone should have played more minutes! Most Nets fans would say CDR and that's entirely fair, because he was my gut reaction pick. But CDR needed time to develop into the NBA game and his learning curve was evident early on. He got the time when he deserved it.
Now Boone somehow completely fell out of the team's mindset when he's a great backup center to have. He doesn't take unnecessary shots, he bodies up down low and gets rebounds, and he gives Lopez valuable time to rest his body. He and Ryan Anderson really got lost at the end of the bench near the end, and I don't think it was the right move.


I really think that Yi Jianlian played too many minutes! Most Nets fans will agree with me here though, but for different reasons. After he came back from the pinkie injury, it was SOON clear that he just was not ready for the NBA pace again and struggled every single night. It would have been most beneficial, I feel, to shut him down then and let him get some rest after about two years of non-stop basketball.

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why? I really don't think any Nets are overrated... The closest I can think is that because we got CDR so late people automatically assumed he would be an impact player just because he was a steal. But I don't really think any Net is overrated, despite what Celtics fans believe about point guards in the East.


Who is the most underrated player on your team and why? Weirdly enough, I'm gonna have to say Vince Carter. Theatrics from years past aside, people completely write him off without actually seeing how hard he played night in and night out for the ballclub. He really put his heart into every minute this season, and was the unquestionable leader of this team from game 1 to game 82. He showed hustle, devotion, and most importantly skill. If people really get mad over this selection I could also say Bobby Simmons, but I would honestly say Vince.


Offensively, our team deserves an C+ because we are an average offensive team with loads of potential. We have a solid core in the big three, a boatload of three point shooters, and youth to grow. Yi and Ryan got a few too many shots in my opinion - especially after Yi's injury - which brought our efficiency down, but when you have 5 guys who shoot over 36% from behind the arc that's something to hang your hat on.


Defensively, our team deserves an D+ because we weren't good defensively. Harris isn't a great defender, Carter isn't a great defender (although he's better than people think), Dooling is a pretty good defender, Simmons/Hayes aren't good defenders, Yi/Anderson are atrocious defenders, and Lopez is an adequate defender. Defense is one of the Nets big weak points and a big part of why I want a massive inside presence in this upcoming draft like DaJuan Blair.


Overall I'd say our season was a success. Why? We played our hearts out and ended up with an equivalent record to last year, despite losing Richard Jefferson to Milwaukee, Jason Kidd (who we had for about 50 games) to Dallas, Bostjan Nachbar to Russia, Nenad Krstic to Oklahoma City via Serbia, and Sean Williams to stupidity. It was a complete overhaul and no one expected us to even compete - a lot of projections had us last in the East. Yet, there we were 38 games in at .500, and we ended up competing well into the season.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Do Not Fire Lawrence Frank. Nets fans who think this needs to happen need some mental work done. I've argued this so much in the Nets forum that I really don't want to dive into it again.


2. Do Not Put Too Much Pressure On This Draft. This draft does not have a plethora of stars. It is a relatively weak draft. If we get someone good out of this draft, then fantastic, but don't expect any answers to come out of it. Remember to look long-term, that's where this team is built, and carefully craft contracts for the 2010 market.

Good Post.Just a couple of different thoughts that I had

To me our best starting 5 at each positions would've Been (If Healthy)

C: Brook Lopez
Pf: Yi Jianlian
Sf: Vince Carter
Sg: Keyon Dooling
PG Devin Harris

I know this lineup never actually hit the floor at the same time but our team was playing best when Yi was Healthy starting at PF... He had some great games Like you said... I liked Dooling in the starting lineup coming towards the End of the year.. It gave us and extra offensive weapon..

My sixth Man would have Been: Jarvis Hayes

The guy just carried us and hit so many big time shots.. Simmons was good but Hayes coming off the bench game in and game out was always the best scoring threat for the second Unit.. They guy is a very skilled scorer..

Some Fans may laugh but i really think Sean Williams should have played more minutes..

From what was said in training camp and the pre season.. Sean Williams was having the best training camp and off season out of all the players. From the start of the season LFrank for some reason kept him out of the rotation.. Why would he do that when the palyers confidence was is at its peak ? That could also be a reason to why Willaims got into so much trouble during the year.. Then they sent him to the D leauge where he wasn't happy.. When a youg player coming off a good rookie year has a great training camp/ preseason and has that much skill.. U must give him some time... When he finally got time towards the end of the year he was productive as we all saw... but u think he could've been a very very productive player this year with more Minutes..

ugafan
04-28-2009, 04:02 PM
My Team: Atlanta Hawks

Our best starting 5:
C - Al Horford
PF - Josh Smith
SF - Marvin Williams
SG - Joe Johnson
PG - Mike Bibby

6th man: Zaza Pachulia/Flip Murray(completely different players, tough to choose 1)

I really think that Mario West should have played more minutes because he's a great defender, and his potential is through the roof!

I really think that Flip Murray played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
Joe Johnson, people have said he was underrated for the longest time, and some people still do. He must be the most overrated in all of basketball(except like Bynum). He is a very streaky player, who lacks consistency which is key in the NBA, especially to be considered a star.


Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?
Mike Bibby. His shooting and passing is very underrated. I think he is a top 5 PG in the east.


Offensively, our team deserves a B- because we have some good shooters(Marvin Williams, Mike Bibby)and we have a high-octane fast-paced offense. Josh Smith and Al Horford are effective down low, and they get many easy opportunities with Bibby passing the ball. Our main weakness is free throws. We suck.


Defensively, our team deserves a B because we play good defense on the ball, and have some very good help defenders too.


Overall I'd say our season was somewhere in the middle. Why? We improved our record, and the younger players are still developing. Mike Woodson is still the coach though.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1.Re-Sign Mike Bibby


2. Fire the piece of **** that is our coach(no racial)

superkegger
04-29-2009, 01:20 AM
KoB, I went through and hyperlinked all the posts to their team, so you can put this on the frontpage, so people can just click on it, and don't have to sift through all the posts to look at their teams review. Looks like just the Clippers, thunder, warriors, Mavs, Bucks, and Pistons are left.

Atlantic Division
1.1.1 Boston Celtics (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9196902&postcount=12)
1.1.2 New Jersey Nets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9232126&postcount=31)
1.1.3 New York Knicks (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193519&postcount=2)
1.1.4 Philadelphia 76ers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193671&postcount=3)
1.1.5 Toronto Raptors (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9195629&postcount=10) and Toronto Raptors Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9241196&postcount=38)
Central Division
1.2.1 Chicago Bulls (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9242031&postcount=39) and Chicago Bulls Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9248050&postcount=41) and Chicago Bulls Opinon Three (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9254798&postcount=42)
1.2.2 Cleveland Cavaliers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193894&postcount=4)
1.2.3 Detroit Pistons
1.2.4 Indiana Pacers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9198288&postcount=22) and Indiana Pacers Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9203431&postcount=27)
1.2.5 Milwaukee Bucks
Southeast Division
1.3.1 Atlanta Hawks (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9275195&postcount=45)
1.3.2 Charlotte Bobcats (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194268&postcount=7)
1.3.3 Miami Heat (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9203320&postcount=26)
1.3.4 Orlando Magic (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9234998&postcount=34)
1.3.5 Washington Wizards

Western Conference:
Southwest Division
2.1.1 Dallas Mavericks
2.1.2 Houston Rockets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193932&postcount=5)
2.1.3 Memphis Grizzlies (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9198242&postcount=21)
2.1.4 New Orleans Hornets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9203779&postcount=28)
2.1.5 San Antonio Spurs (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9197955&postcount=20)
Pacific Division
2.2.1 Golden State Warriors
2.2.2 Los Angeles Clippers
2.2.3 Los Angeles Lakers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9220602&postcount=29) and Los Angeles Lakers Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9234147&postcount=32)
2.2.4 Phoenix Suns (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9201239&postcount=25)
2.2.5 Sacramento Kings (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9197217&postcount=14)
Northwest Division
2.3.1 Denver Nuggets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9197593&postcount=19)
2.3.2 Minnesota Timberwolves (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9196914&postcount=13)
2.3.3 Portland Trail Blazers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9234940&postcount=33) and Portland Trail Blazers Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9242636&postcount=40)
2.3.4 Oklahoma City Thunder
2.3.5 Utah Jazz (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9240336&postcount=37)

IndyRealist
04-29-2009, 09:58 PM
2. Think long and hard about hinrich or gordon. Who is the better player, because this year is it, one will go. Personally I think Gordon needs to stay. Getting a good perimeter defender is much easier than a shooter and scorer as good as Gordon who is perfect alongside Rose. Make the best decision

I gotta disagree, getting a good perimeter player to commit to playing D is exceptionally harder than finding a scorer. Every guy wants to be a flashy scorer, hoisting up 3's and making the highlight reel on ESPN. Guys like Kirk Hinrich, Bruce Bowen, Tayshaun Prince, etc. are the difference between a contender and a champion.

braveniler58
04-30-2009, 01:46 AM
My Team: Phoenix Suns

Our best starting 5:
C - Shaquille O'Neal
PF - Amar'e Stoudemire
SF - Grant Hill
SG - Jason Richardson
PG - Steve Nash

6th man: Leandro Barbosa

I really think that Jared Dudley should have played more minutes!

I really think that Jason Richardson played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

Jason Richardson. I'm much more happier with getting Jared Dudley than Jason. I'm still not sure why Kerr felt the need to trade two players who could at least play defense for someone who can't.


Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Jared Dudley and Louis Amundson. They both were relative unknowns before the season. Now, they both are recognized, moreso with Amundson. They both also give it their all, and they're pretty damn good. At the beginning of the season (or, in Dudley's case, right when he was traded), neither impressed me. As they meshed with the team, their confidence skyrocketed, and this had a trickle-down effect on Goran Dragic, and that is awesome. Dragic needed that confidence so bad. Too bad the year was already destroyed with the Porter fiasco and Amar'e's injury.


Offensively, our team deserves an A+(F-A+) because It's the Suns. What else do I need to say?


Defensively, our team deserves an F(F-A+) because The best offense in the league, and we don't even make the playoffs. :pity:


Overall I'd say our season was a failure, then upgraded into somewhere in the middle (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why? The Porter fiasco pretty much ****ed the Suns over this season. Not to mention Amar'e's injury, the trade, the public criticism of the Suns, etc etc. Toward the end of the season, however, the team did pull it together and play better. It was just not enough. Defense is still a huge weakness. The development of Dragic, Dudley, and Amundson definitely will help out the Suns massively. As long as the Suns make the right roster moves (shipping off J-Rich for sure, Barnes maybe? Not 100% sure about Shaq), we can make a deep playoff run. A deep bench will just help us out so much in so many ways.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Do. Not. ****. Up. This. Offseason.

2. Figure out a way to stroke all the egos on this team while still having good chemistry. Steve Nash shouldn't be a problem, he's too awesome. Amar'e, J-Rich, and Shaq is where issues could appear. Plus, we have to watch out for Hill, Barnes, and Barbosa? This team is already amazing on offense, even without Amar'e. We don't need so many offensive weapons, swap some out for some defense. Get rid of J-Rich, we do not need him AT ALL. Barbosa deserves to start, start him. Get a young decent center who can move fast enough to cover pick and rolls, and can defend well.

Vinny642
04-30-2009, 05:27 PM
KoB, I went through and hyperlinked all the posts to their team, so you can put this on the frontpage, so people can just click on it, and don't have to sift through all the posts to look at their teams review. Looks like just the Clippers, thunder, warriors, Mavs, Bucks, and Pistons are left.

Atlantic Division
1.1.1 Boston Celtics (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9196902&postcount=12)
1.1.2 New Jersey Nets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9232126&postcount=31)
1.1.3 New York Knicks (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193519&postcount=2)
1.1.4 Philadelphia 76ers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193671&postcount=3)
1.1.5 Toronto Raptors (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9195629&postcount=10) and Toronto Raptors Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9241196&postcount=38)
Central Division
1.2.1 Chicago Bulls (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9242031&postcount=39) and Chicago Bulls Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9248050&postcount=41) and Chicago Bulls Opinon Three (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9254798&postcount=42)
1.2.2 Cleveland Cavaliers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193894&postcount=4)
1.2.3 Detroit Pistons
1.2.4 Indiana Pacers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9198288&postcount=22) and Indiana Pacers Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9203431&postcount=27)
1.2.5 Milwaukee Bucks
Southeast Division
1.3.1 Atlanta Hawks (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9275195&postcount=45)
1.3.2 Charlotte Bobcats (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194268&postcount=7)
1.3.3 Miami Heat (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9203320&postcount=26)
1.3.4 Orlando Magic (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9234998&postcount=34)
1.3.5 Washington Wizards

Western Conference:
Southwest Division
2.1.1 Dallas Mavericks
2.1.2 Houston Rockets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193932&postcount=5)
2.1.3 Memphis Grizzlies (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9198242&postcount=21)
2.1.4 New Orleans Hornets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9203779&postcount=28)
2.1.5 San Antonio Spurs (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9197955&postcount=20)
Pacific Division
2.2.1 Golden State Warriors
2.2.2 Los Angeles Clippers
2.2.3 Los Angeles Lakers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9220602&postcount=29) and Los Angeles Lakers Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9234147&postcount=32)
2.2.4 Phoenix Suns (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9201239&postcount=25)
2.2.5 Sacramento Kings (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9197217&postcount=14)
Northwest Division
2.3.1 Denver Nuggets (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9197593&postcount=19)
2.3.2 Minnesota Timberwolves (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9196914&postcount=13)
2.3.3 Portland Trail Blazers (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9234940&postcount=33) and Portland Trail Blazers Opinion Two (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9242636&postcount=40)
2.3.4 Oklahoma City Thunder
2.3.5 Utah Jazz (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9240336&postcount=37)

Nice job.

KB24PG16
04-30-2009, 08:49 PM
My Team:
I really think that Jordan Farmar (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4154) played too many minutes!

Why: While for most of his time in LA, Jordan has been a very solid contributor. This year, after his knee injury, he struggled mightily. His shot was off, which in turn killed his confidence, which just led to him being a very unproductive player. When he was on the floor, we were just a worse team.



phil had to play him we had no other pg at the time now that we have brown he doesnt get any minutes

ARMIN12NBA
05-02-2009, 01:25 AM
My Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Our best starting 5:
C - Andrew Bynum
PF - Pau Gasol
SF - Trevor Ariza
SG - Kobe Bryant
PG - Derek Fisher

6th man: Lamar Odom

I really think that Trevor Ariza should have played more minutes!

I think that Trevor Ariza deserved more minutes because of his overall positive impact on both ends of the floor. The Lakers had Vlade and Walton playing quite a few minutes at the SF spot for a while. The reason being was that Vlade brought a singular aspect to the game in outside shooting and Walton brought an aspect of good passing. Trevor Ariza brought a lot of intangibles to both ends of the floor at the SF spot and I felt we could have had better production there if the Lakers realized this earlier. Ariza's solid man defense and great help defense was always a spark for this team as well as his high energy, hustle plays on the offensive end.

I really think that Jordan Farmar played too many minutes!

Jordan Farmar is the anti-PG. He does nothing right for a point guard in the NBA. He can't pass, shoot, or make good decisions. He is completely turnover prone and very selfish.

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

See: Jordan Farmar. I still see posts as well as analysts say he is a starting PG in this league, which is not true at all. Other than him, Lakers players are rated at a pretty solid level.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Andrew Bynum by NBA fans (not Lakers fans). Many NBA fans continue to underestimate his true worth on both ends of the floor and especially defensively.

Offensively, our team deserves an A (F-A+) because they were consistently dominant on this end. They don't get an A+ because the offense wasn't perfect as no offense is perfect. Although they were as consistent as you can be offensively, there were still mental lapses every now and then.


Defensively, our team deserves an B (F-A+) because they were only decent on this end and were inconsistent. The Lakers would show up and play great against top tier teams, but play to the level of their competition against lower tier teams. Their defense, although solid, never stood out as great.


Overall I'd say our season is inconclusive (success for regular season) (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why? For the Lakers, it is championship or bust. It is the only team you can say that about. Their season is inconclusive because the playoffs need to finish before I can decide success or not. The regular season was a success for obvious reasons as they had won 65 games.

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Re-sign Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom this off-season.


2. Draft a PG or try to gain a decent PG (solid defense and can hit outside shots) in the FA market using the MLE or what is left of it.

bidi_nash
05-02-2009, 11:04 AM
My Team: Raptors

Our best starting 5:
C - Bargnani
PF - Bosh
SF - Marion
SG - Parker
PG - Calderon

6th man: Pops Mensah Bonsu

I really think that Pops Mensah Bonsu should have played more minutes!

I really think that Jason Kapono played too many minutes!

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

Kapono cause all he does is shoot 3's

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

Parker, he's good defensively and can hit clutch shots

Offensively, our team deserves an C+ (F-A+) because


Defensively, our team deserves an F (F-A+) because


Overall I'd say our season was Failure (failure, success, somewhere in the middle). Why? Because when we got JO in the offseason we were expecting to be a top 4 team in the conference

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Trade Bosh for young parts


2. Play more ****ing defense

ggg
05-02-2009, 01:03 PM
My Team: L.A lakers
Our best starting 5:
C - Pau Gasol
PF - Lamar Odom
SF - Trevor Ariza
SG - Kobe Bryant
PG - Derek Fisher
6th man: Lamar Odom (either way, they play best with him on the court)
I really think that sasha vujacic in the regular season should have played more minutes!
I really think that jordan farmar played too many minutes!
Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

- the most overated is andrew bynum. Yes he is a force given all support but fans gave him unrealistic props without proving anything against contender teams. If you look at it, most of his dominating games are against losing teams.

Who is the most underrated player on your team and why?

- underrated player is lamar. He gets everybody involve, does hustle plays yet he is called inconsistent for shooting 1 out of 3. And some even said powell was better.

Offensively, our team deserves an A+ because they are not excellent in one area but great in everything else which makes them impossible to defend

Defensively, our team deserves an B- on defense mainly because they tend to slack off on D

Overall I'd say our season was somewhere in the middle because this team could go 75-7

If I could give two pieces of advice for the GM and the Coach of this team it would be:

1. Keep everyone because like I said on offense they are impossible to defend because if you cover one hole in their game, they have an answer.

2. Get sun yue back in the team for a back up pg. If he can be effective in game by just using his length, shooting and ball handling for a pg, Lakers could be more dynamic.

KnicksorBust
05-16-2009, 12:21 PM
Extremely Disappointed in the fans of the Pistons, Bucks, Wizards, Mavericks, Warriors, Clippers, and Thunder.

No team write-up?

Kakaroach
05-16-2009, 12:24 PM
Extremely Disappointed in the fans of the Pistons, Bucks, Wizards, Mavericks, Warriors, Clippers, and Thunder.

No team write-up? Do we even have fans of those teams on PSD? :confused:

Spurred1
05-16-2009, 06:58 PM
Well, I'm a Mavericks fan, but I'm not terribly motivated to do a write up right now, but I'll do the damn thing later.