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Catfish1314
09-07-2010, 03:44 AM
Every summer, PSD holds an NBA Mock Offseason. Exactly what it sounds like, this game is a mock of the real 2010 offseason which starts off from the date the Lakers won the NBA Championship. Posters on PSD act as the GMs of assigned teams and they make trades, draft players, and sign free agents to try to create the best team. These are the Mock NBA Playoffs.

This first round match-up features the 4th seeded San Antonio Spurs versus the 5th seeded Portland Trailblazers. The Spurs have home-court advantage.

Vote for who you think would win in a 7 game series. Keep in mind these are not the real life teams.

Spurs:

C-Ben Wallace/Tiago Splitter
PF-Tim Duncan/Matt Bonner
SF-Danny Granger/Shawn Marion
SG-Thabo Sefolosha/Carlos Delfino
PG-Chauncey Billups/Damon Jones

Blazers:

C-Kendrick Perkins/Jared Jeffries/Tibor Pleiss
PF-Chris Bosh/Tyler Hansbrough/Juwan Howard
SF-Gerald Wallace/Andres Nocioni/DeShawn Stevenson
SG-Kevin Martin/Wally Szczerbiak/Elliot Williams
PG-Aaron Brooks/Luke Ridnour/Marcus Banks

Spurs Write-up:


C - Ben Wallace (30), Tim Duncan (18)
PF - Tim Duncan (18), Shawn Marion (22), Bonner (8)
SF - Danny Granger (38), Shawn Marion (7), Carlos Delfino (3)
SG - Thabo Sefolosha (32), Delfino (16)
PG - Chauncey Billups (38), Damon Jones (10)

PG Billups vs. Brooks

The first thing that you need to realize is that last year Chauncey Billups scored a career high 19.5 PPG with a true shooting percentage of 60% (third highest scoring efficiency of his career) and in the playoffs he scored 20.3 PPG with the same 60%TS. He was 8th in the NBA last year in offensive win shares and made his 5th straight All-Star Team. He is an elite PG who raises his game in the biggest moments and is called Mr. Big Shot for a reason. Meanwhile, Aaron Brooks is a talented young PG but he is weak defensively (his career DRtg is higher than his ORtg) and not as efficient offensively. Brooks is significantly less proven in playoff and clutch situations. Last season his production dropped in the playoffs by 3ppg and 2.5apg.

Edge: Spurs

SG Thabo Sefolosha vs. Kevin Martin
Thabo Sefolosha was a member of the All-Defensive 2nd Team. He has become an elite man to man defender. This was most evident during his hard fought battles with Kobe Bryant in round 1 of the playoffs. Kobe shot 49/120 from the field (40.8% FG) with 3.5 TO/pg. Thabo is an ideal defender to severely limit Kevin Martins scoring. Meanwhile, this is the same Kevin Martin who only played 46 games last season (with his lowest offensive efficiency since his rookie season), 51 the season before, and 61 the season before that. This is the same Kevin Martin with career playoff averages of 13ppg / 5rpg/ 0.5apg on 41%FG/32% 3pt from his lone playoff appearance in the 2005/2006 season. Injury-prone and inexperienced is not an ideal combination. The edge at SG belongs to the Blazers but we have one of the best players in the NBA to guard him.

Edge: Blazers
SF Danny Granger vs. Gerald Wallace
Danny Granger is one of the most gifted players in the league. He can score in a variety of ways and was 8th in the NBA in scoring last season and 5th the year before. He rebounds, he gets steals, he blocks shots, and hes also one of the top 3pt shooters in the league. He can do it all. Gerald Wallace is also very talented and versatile but he is best as a #3 option while Granger is a borderline #1 / fantastic #2 option.

Edge: Spurs

PF Tim Duncan vs. Chris Bosh
The greatest power forward of all-time is right back where he belongs. Bosh has shown in Toronto hes not capable of being a #1 option which is unfortunately what hed be on the Blazers. Duncan will have his way on the low block and limit Bosh offensively.

Edge: Spurs

C Ben Wallace vs. Kendrick Perkins
Putting that Pistons jersey back on worked wonders for a rejuvenated Ben Wallace. He bounced back in a big way and led the league in offensive rebounding rate. Overall, this is a matchup of two defensive stalwarts. Wallace scored 6 ppg with 9 rpg and Perkins scored 10 ppg with 8 rpg. Perkins had slightly more blocks, Wallace had significantly more steals. At this point in their careers Perkins would have had a clear advantage had he not ended the finals with a severe injury. Perkins tore his ACL and what was supposed to take him out for part of the season is now already looking worse. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20100822/...boston_celtics
The mock counts toward the upcoming season and we dont even know if he will even be the same player or if hell have played a game by the time the playoffs role around.

Edge: Even

Bench: DJ / Delfino / Marion / Bonner vs. Ridnour / Wally / Noc / Hansborough / Jeffries
Delfino and Marion are my two significant bench players and they are better than any two players on his team. Delfino, a good scorer and 3pt shooter, averaged 11/5/3 with a top 20 defensive rating. Marion averaged 12/6 shooting 51% FG with good defense (hes still getting steals and blocking shots). Marion may not be the same player he was in Phoenix but off the bench he is a legit player who can still guard 2 thru 4. I like him helping out on Martin and Bosh. The Blazers biggest weakness is the health of his center and hes got Jared Jeffries first big off the bench. Imagine it now, game 1, 2nd quarter, and hes got Jared Jeffries guarding Tim Duncan. I like my chances.

Edge: Spurs

Blazers Write-up:


PG Matchup

Aaron Brooks vs. Chauncey Billups

Youth vs experience here. Chauncey is regarded as one of the top point guards in the league. His skills have had him in the league for awhile. At the age of 33 he has recently seen a drop in points and assists with a rise in turnovers. Aaron Brooks however has consistently improved. He is a great permitter shooter and has a nice inside game. Billups is still a better player than Aaron, but not by as much as you all may think.

Kevin Martin vs. Thabo Sefolosha

Scoring ability vs. Defense. Kevin Martin was the man in Sacramento. He was a top scorer in the league for sometime. When he took the move from SAC to Houston he continued to preform. Kevin and Aaron Brooks developed a chemistry between them. With Kevin's quick release Thabo may have a hard time guarding him. Thabo is a great defensive player but he may struggle with a player like Kevin Martin.

Danny Granger vs. Gerald Wallace

Very interesting matchup here. These two are very similar caliber players. Danny is a better scorer while Gerald is a much better rebounder and defender. Gerald Wallace is statically shown as the 4th overall defender among all NBA players. He should be able to shut down Danny Granger. These two will battle all series long and it should be fun to watch.

Chris Bosh vs. Tim Duncan

Another very interesting matchup. Chris Bosh is one of the young PFs in the game. Tim Duncan has been the face of PFs along with Garnett for years. Many question how much TD has left in the tank. If he plays like he has in the past this will be a great battle. Bosh has been getting better and better with his time in Canada. Now he gets to show his true talent on a playoff team.

Kendrick Perkins vs Ben Wallace.

NOTE INJURES DO NOT COUNT. Kendrick Perkins has proven himself to be one of the best interior defenders in the NBA. Ben Wallace used to be that great but since his time in Detroit (the first time) he hasn't been the same player. Kendrick has been improving his rebounding and defensive game ever since he came into the league.

Intangibles

The age factor. The average age of the Spurs starting lineup is 31. The average age of the Trailblazers starting lineup is 26 years of age. The Spurs lack of bench and lack of youth will hurt them in a seven game series.

I wish the best of luck to the San Antonio Spurs organization. Thanks for voting everybody!

Catfish1314
09-07-2010, 03:49 AM
The head-to-head match-ups are close, but defense wins championships. These Spurs are a fantastic defensive team on paper while the Blazers are average at best. Homecourt advantage only ices it. Spurs in 6.

Khalifa21
09-07-2010, 04:15 AM
The Spurs defense is too much for me, having Timmy, Granger and Billups on offense is pretty amazing as well.

Mile High Champ
09-07-2010, 08:17 AM
Great Job by the blazers butbthe spurs are simply a better team.

TheTakeOver24
09-07-2010, 08:30 AM
Blazers have more talent, spurs have more experience... I still take Blazers though because Bosh would dominate with a space eater in the middle and great perimeter players.

Ragun
09-07-2010, 09:31 AM
spurs

Chacarron
09-07-2010, 01:45 PM
Spurs have proven winners in Duncan, Wallace and Billups to anchor their defense and offense. This Blazers team can be good in a year or two.

Baller1
09-07-2010, 01:53 PM
These are two very good teams, but the Spurs are littered with winners and great, great players.

Spurs in 5.

alencp3
09-07-2010, 01:53 PM
How does Splitter doesnt get any minutes???
Lol @ Wallace 3rd option(was first at Bobcats who made the playoffs) and Granger bordeline 1st who cant even take his team to playoffs
Suprs write up major failure

CityofTreez
09-07-2010, 01:54 PM
Tim Duncan and defense will win this matchup. Spurs

BosoxPapi61
09-07-2010, 03:01 PM
Blazers becuz they are duh gr8est team evah and there gee em is bo$$

KnicksorBust
09-07-2010, 03:08 PM
Where is the GM vote option? :laugh:

Nice job BoSox. I wish we could have sent half the teams from the West over to the East.

roshan3ai
09-07-2010, 03:44 PM
Regarding Billups:

At the age of 33 he has recently seen a drop in points

C'mon this has to be a joke. He had a career high in points this year.


NOTE INJURES DO NOT COUNT
It's a mock. Injuries do count. Perkins will be out for most of the regular season and will probably be back for the playoffs.


Thabo is a great defensive player but he may struggle with a player like Kevin Martin.

Why would he suddenly struggle with Kevin Martin? Thabo did a fantastic job on Kobe in the playoffs, so now he's going to have struggles with KMart?

Bosox, you did a great job with the team, but there were inconsistencies in the Writeup.

Catfish1314
09-07-2010, 04:09 PM
Where is the GM vote option? :laugh:

They cause confusion because voters will accidentally click that option and then in a close match-up, there's always some kind of fit about who those voters meant to vote for. So we did away with it a couple mocks ago.

BosoxPapi61
09-07-2010, 05:19 PM
Ummm...yall suck

blazerman
09-07-2010, 05:36 PM
Blazers in 6, spurs are not a very difficult matchup for the Blazers.

Ebbs
09-07-2010, 06:01 PM
Im actually deeply sad this Blazers team was the 5th seed and will be knocked out in the first round. No offense to the east but this Blazers squad was no worse then 3rd possibly 2nd if they were in the east. And although Bosh isn't the ideal #1 Martin, Brooks, Wallace are all capable 20 PPG scorers. It really sucks sorry bosox.

That being said Rosh, Kob see you next round :P

Ovratd1up
09-08-2010, 04:08 AM
How the hell are these 4/5 seed respectively? Both are great teams.

Knicks21
09-08-2010, 04:33 AM
Blazers have more talent, spurs have more experience... I still take Blazers though because Bosh would dominate with a space eater in the middle and great perimeter players.

HOMER. Did u forget hes playing on Timmy D?!?