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Mile High Champ
03-11-2011, 11:07 AM
Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the playoff voting for the PSD NBA Redraft. Every year we basketball fans enjoy taking part in a PSD game called the NBA redraft where over 60 users participate. The point of the redraft is to draft the best team possible and the obvious goal is to be crowned champion by the NBA forum. You will notice that the team name do not represent current NBA teams. The reason why we avoided this is because we wanted to avoid a bias that exists with current team names. For example, a team that had the Chicago Bulls team name would probably experience a higher volume of votes than let’s say the Memphis Grizzlies team simply because they have the larger fan base on PSD. As a result we got rid of that bias completely. Please take the time to review both teams, look at the depth chart and read the write ups to formalize your own opinion on which team would win a 7 game series. As far as injuries go, they will not be playing a factor in this Redraft though players that are continually hurt and have not had a healthy season in quite some time should be viewed as different players than what they once were (Yao, Oden, Roy etc). Thank you for voting and enjoy the match ups.


3) Syracuse v. 6) Tampa Bay

Syracuse has Home Court Advantage

Syracuse Clubhouse (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16606704&postcount=22)
Tampa Bay Clubhouse (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16601529&postcount=8)

Syracuse Depth Chart
PG: Mike Conley/Chris Duhon/Sebastian Telfair
SG: Kobe Bryant/Ben Uzoh
SF: Michael Beasley/Kobe Bryant/Peja Stojakovic/Danny Green
PF: Elton Brand/Ed Davis/Michael Beasley/Ike Diogu
C: Shaquille O'Neal/Zydrunas Ilgauskas/Ed Davis

Tampa Bay Depth Chart
PG: Andre Miller/ Carlos Arroyo/ A.J. Price
SG: Shane Battier/ Billy Walker
SF: Paul "The Truth" Pierce/ Francisco Garcia/ Renaldo Balkman
PF: Kenyon Martin /Brian Cook/ Solomon Jones
C: Al Jefferson/ Mehmet Okur

Syracuse Write Up


Here at Syracuse, we intended to build a team that knows how to win. We feel we have just the right amount of veteran presence to go along with our young talent. We also have a spectacular blend of superstars and role players. Allow me to explain further.

Of course the first thing about this team that pops out at you is “OMGZ Kobe+Shaq!!1!”. Well we are here to tell you that Syracuse is much more than that.

- We have two very potent scorers in to help Kobe light up the scoreboard. Beasley is averaging over 19 PPG as well as over 5 RPG. Brand has been beastin’ this year with 15+ PPG and 8+ RPG. After a few unhealthy years, Brand is playing at the level that NBA fans have come to expect (career 21.6 PER).

- Shaq is at the point in his career where he understands that he is a role player and his ego should not clash with Kobe. Shaq is still performing at a high level when given the right amount of minutes (as evidenced by his 17.2 PER and his obscene .655 TS% this season)

- Kobe is averaging roughly 25, 5 and 5 so there is no reason to believe he has lost a step.

- Conley rounds out Syracuse’s starting 5, and is playing his best basketball this season. His 14 PPG and 6.6 APG are career highs.

- Syracuse entire starting 5 plays above average defense.

We at Syracuse feel that we have the most talented starting 5 in the entire redraft.

Our Bench has multiple players that can step in and provide a spark.

- Zydrunas Ilgauskas is an experienced veteran that can stretch the floor
- Both Duhon and Telfair are capable backups at PG that have experience as starters and have proven they can run an offense.
- Ed Davis has been extremely efficient (.612 eFG%) and also provides a very strong defensive presence in the front court.
- Peja Stojakovic is an elite 3 point Specialist that shoots .400% from beyond the arc for his career.


Tampa has a nice a team. However, they have some severe flaws. First and foremost, positioning. Jefferson and Battier are playing out of position. Ask anyone who has seen Battier play this year, and they’ll laugh at you if you ask if he can still guard a shooting, let alone Kobe. I asked JordansBulls, a Rockets fan, how he’d sum up Battier’s ability to guard shooting guards, and he said that he played defense at the same level of a John Salmons. Battier is older, and his 6-8 frame just can’t keep up with shooting guards anymore. Simply put, he doesn’t guard shooting guards any more, let alone Kobe Bryant.

Tampa Bays two best players, Paul Pierce and Al Jefferson have actually played together before! As Boston Celtics, duo amounted to nothing, and I see no reason why it will work this time around.

Kenyon Martin has not been a serviceable starter since 2005 and injuries have all but derailed his career. He’s a good defender, but offensively, he’s well below average, much like Battier, who is nothing more than a spot up shooter.

When it comes to Tampa Bay’s bench, they don’t have a single player that could come in and provide serious energy. Their best bench player is Mehmet Okur who has been injured all season and has only played 13 games, none of which he has started (His eFG% is below .400!!!!). Bill Walker has a PER of 10 and is a terrible defender. Since he’s the only true SG they have, is he who guards Kobe? Arroyo and AJ Price can’t find minutes anywhere in this league. Solomon Jones is also a guy with a PER around 10 who just doesn’t produce.

If you made it this far thank you for giving us your time. We hope you did take your time and make the educated decision here.


Tampa Bay Write Up


Rotation:
PG: Andre Miller (34)/ Carlos Arroyo (14)
SG: Shane Battier (33)/ Francisco Garcia (10)/ Billy Walker (5)
SF: Paul "The Truth" Pierce (37)/ Francisco Garcia (11)
PF: Kenyon Martin (30)/ Brian Cook (10)/ Mehmet Okur (8)
C: Al Jefferson (36)/ Mehmet Okur (12)

We’d like to start off by saying that Syracuse has done a great job building a team around Kobe Bryant. However, we believe that we match up very well versus Syracuse and will pull off the first round upset.

PG Matchup: Andre Miller vs. Mike Conley
Andre Miller is quietly having a very fine year. He has been scoring at an efficient rate and has recorded 7.2 assists per game this year. He is a very good penetrator and a solid defender. Miller is perfect for this team because he can create well for Al Jefferson and Paul Pierce and can also finish at the rim. He is also an experienced veteran, which definitely helps during the playoffs. In their two head to head matchups this year, Mike Conley has been limited to 13.5 Points per game on a poor 35% shooting, 4 assists per game and 3 TO’s per game. Meanwhile, Andre Miller scored about 17 points per game on 45% shooting, and dished for 9 assists per game. Though Conley is having a fine year, Andre Miller wins this matchup.
Advantage: Tampa Bay


SG Matchup: Shane Battier vs. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is arguably the best shooting guard in the league. There’s no way of getting around it. However, Shane Battier is notoriously one of the best wing defenders in the league. He is definitely going to give Kobe Bryant a hard time. Kobe will have no “gimme buckets” because Battier is second to none when it comes to playing gritty, hard-nose defense. Though Battier doesn’t have an amazing offensive repertoire, he can hit the three ball at a good rate, so Kobe will not be allowed to slack off him.
Advantage: Syracuse


SF Matchup: Paul Pierce vs. Michael Beasley
Paul Pierce is notoriously a very good scorer and one of the most clutch players in the league. What some don’t know is that he is shooting an incredible FIFTY percent from the field this year and has an immaculate 62% True Shooting Percentage. To top it off, Michael Beasley is a terrible defender. Pierce will have a field day versus Beasley with his wide array of moves as Beasley is no match for Pierce. As for Beasley on the offensive end, he is one of the most inefficient scorers in the league. His true shooting percentage is an atrocious 50% and has a terrible .6 Offensive Win Shares while Pierce has 5.3 Offensive Win Shares, and an amazing 9.2 Total Win Shares, compared to Beasley’s 1.5 Total Win Shares. Let’s not forget that the last time Beasley played with a superstar Shooting Guard, Dwyane Wade, it didn’t work out too well. Beasley was very inefficient and couldn’t get into the flow of the offense. We sense that he would have the same problems on this team. Overall, Paul Pierce will have a HUGE series versus Beasley.
Advantage: Tampa Bay


PF Matchup: Kenyon Martin vs. Elton Brand
Elton Brand is having a solid year after two very disappointing years. He is a solid post presence, but Kenyon Martin is still a very physical defender and will make Brand work for each of his points. Kenyon can still bring the energy as seen from these past few weeks from him in Denver.

Advantage: Syracuse


C Matchup: Al Jefferson vs. Shaq
Al Jefferson has absolutely ERUPTED recently. He is putting up 28 points, 10 boards and 2 blocks over these past ten games. He is proving that he is capable of being a top option on the offensive end, and is improving as a help defender. Shaquille O’Neal is too worn out and old to keep up with Big Al. Shaq can hardly play 20 minutes a game, and is clearly on the decline. He doesn’t have the same offensive moves that he used to, and he isn’t the same defender. Al would have a big series here. Shaq can’t play for more than 21 minutes, and the bigs on Syracuse’s bench would get obliterated by Jefferson. There is no doubt that Jefferson wins this matchup.

Advantage: Tampa Bay

Bench:
Neither team has a particularly strong bench. We have Francisco Garcia, who was playing very well prior to his injury, coming off the bench as the main wing to provide some scoring. Mehmet Okur spreads the floor for us as the primary backup big man, and Carlos Arroyo is capable of managing the game for about 14 minutes with Andre Miller on the bench.

In the end, Tampa Bay would advance to the second round. Paul Pierce and Al Jefferson would have a field day in this matchup versus Beasley and Shaq. Battier would give Kobe a very hard time, and Kenyon would provide physical, hard-nose defense versus Brand. Andre Miller would do a great job running the show, and in the clutch, we have The Truth, Paul Pierce.

GREATNESS ONE
03-11-2011, 11:10 AM
This is a very good Matchup. I think the front court of Syracuse is waaaay too old to handle Tampas team. Hard to Vote against my Boy Mamba but I'm a realist.

roshan3ai
03-11-2011, 11:19 AM
Tampa Bays two best players, Paul Pierce and Al Jefferson have actually played together before! As Boston Celtics, duo amounted to nothing, and I see no reason why it will work this time around.

C'mon that was early in Al's career. He was nowhere near the player that he is now. He has improved in every facet of the game. And we have a much better PG running the show in Andre Miller than the C's had.

BTW, we have Garcia on our bench as the main wing who you conveniently left off in your bench segment.

Mile High Champ
03-11-2011, 11:23 AM
I have asked the mods to sticky the redraft threads. I hope it gets done soon.

ManRam
03-11-2011, 11:24 AM
This is a very good Matchup. I think the front court of Syracuse is waaaay too old to handle Tampas team. Hard to Vote against my Boy Mamba but I'm a realist.

Jefferson is their only low scoring threat really...but Syracuse has a bunch of defenders to throw at him. I really don't think they'd do too well down low. Syracuse may be older down low, but all those guys play great defense. Brand, Shaq, Z and Davis all are big bodies that can block shots and rebound.

Tampa's age in the back court is a bigger issue. They literally have no one to stop Kobe. Battier can't guard smaller shooting guards any more at his age. His 6-8 frame just can't keep up any more. He strictly guards SFs...and even so, we need to stop grouping him in with the shut down defenders. If you've seen him play this year, you'd know he's not the same. He hasn't been matched up on a shooting guard all year. Ask any Rocket/Grizz fan about that. Who else do they have that can guard him? Miller can keep Conley in front of him, and is much older. Pierce is older too.

GREATNESS ONE
03-11-2011, 11:39 AM
Jefferson is their only low scoring threat really...but Syracuse has a bunch of defenders to throw at him. I really don't think they'd do too well down low. Syracuse may be older down low, but all those guys play great defense. Brand, Shaq, Z and Davis all are big bodies that can block shots and rebound.

Tampa's age in the back court is a bigger issue. They literally have no one to stop Kobe. Battier can't guard smaller shooting guards any more at his age. His 6-8 frame just can't keep up any more. He strictly guards SFs...and even so, we need to stop grouping him in with the shut down defenders. If you've seen him play this year, you'd know he's not the same. He hasn't been matched up on a shooting guard all year. Ask any Rocket/Grizz fan about that. Who else do they have that can guard him? Miller can keep Conley in front of him, and is much older. Pierce is older too.

I agree with most you said and almost would side with you but I still think and it's very hard for me to pick against Kobe. Martin would just shut down Brand, Beasley isn't stopping Pierce and Diesel and Z at their respective age are not slowing down a smaller, Younger Jefferson. I do think it would be a close series but taking into account that they're playing a 48min 7 game series, I just don't see how Z and Shaq can last 48 min split amongst them.

F*(&"Next Year"
03-11-2011, 11:43 AM
I agree with most you said and almost would side with you but I still think and it's very hard for me to pick against Kobe. Martin would just shut down Brand, Beasley isn't stopping Pierce and Diesel and Z at their respective age are not slowing down a smaller, Younger Jefferson. I do think it would be a close series but taking into account that they're playing a 48min 7 game series, I just don't see how Z and Shaq can last 48 min split amongst them.

PF: Elton Brand/Ed Davis/Michael Beasley/Ike Diogu
C: Shaquille O'Neal/Zydrunas Ilgauskas/Ed Davis

That's a whole carousel of bigs that would constantly have fresh legs. I don't think Shaq or Z would have to play more than 20 minutes a piece. Also, Beasley is a much better defender than he's being given credit for. Last season he had 3.8 DWS and a 103 DRTG.

roshan3ai
03-11-2011, 12:05 PM
PF: Elton Brand/Ed Davis/Michael Beasley/Ike Diogu
C: Shaquille O'Neal/Zydrunas Ilgauskas/Ed Davis

That's a whole carousel of bigs that would constantly have fresh legs. I don't think Shaq or Z would have to play more than 20 minutes a piece. Also, Beasley is a much better defender than he's being given credit for. Last season he had 3.8 DWS and a 103 DRTG.

I don't like to use DRTG because I think it's a team stat, but his DRTG this year is a terrible 112. He was playing on a very good defensive team in the Miami Heat which contributed to his solid DRTG. Everyone on that team had a good DRTG.

And this year, do you see his win shares anywhere near 3.8?? Nope. He has .6 DWS this year.

Granted that him being on a bad team has something to do with his poor defensive stats, his offensive stats are inflated because he can take all the shots he wants. Beasley gets his points by shooting in volumes. He's not efficient whatsoever, and wouldn't be a good fit on your team because he would be a third option. For a third option, efficiency is extremely important because he won't get the mass shots that he is able to take in Minny.

In Miami, when he was asked to be a second option, he was not efficient whatsoever. He had a 50% TS% as a second option which is terrible. As a third option, he'll get less opportunities, and since he won't be getting a lot of shots, he won't be too effective.

F*(&"Next Year"
03-11-2011, 12:22 PM
Another key point is that Kobe would most likely guard Pierce quite a bit as Battier would require less attention. Pierce is more of a SG than Battier is. If Beasley had to guard Battier he wouldn't have much of a problem.

ShockerArt
03-11-2011, 12:34 PM
I like Tampa in this battle of the geezer squads.

Mile High Champ
03-11-2011, 01:26 PM
Toughest match up in my opinion to call.

FutureGM
03-11-2011, 01:45 PM
Toughest match up in my opinion to call.

Agreed. This is by far the longest I've ever had to go without having my vote ready after the writeup.

NYtilIdie
03-11-2011, 01:51 PM
I like Tampa's defense, the fact they can switch Pierce and Battier on Kobe is a great thing to have. I think Martin's rough post defense will help slow down Brand and I have no doubt in my mind that Al Jeff can outplay an old Shaq.

I give it to Tampa because I like their defense, but its not by a huge margin.

roshan3ai
03-11-2011, 02:33 PM
Bump

Mile High Champ
03-11-2011, 05:05 PM
I like Tampa's defense, the fact they can switch Pierce and Battier on Kobe is a great thing to have. I think Martin's rough post defense will help slow down Brand and I have no doubt in my mind that Al Jeff can outplay an old Shaq.

I give it to Tampa because I like their defense, but its not by a huge margin.

You make some good points, I really think Al Jefferson would destroy shaq and big Z in a 7 game series. That being said, Syracuse do have a lot of great depth up front.

roshan3ai
03-11-2011, 05:05 PM
Yeah Big Al would have a big series against them. That and Beasley can't contain Pierce

F*(&"Next Year"
03-11-2011, 05:08 PM
Yeah Big Al would have a big series against them. That and Beasley can't contain Pierce

But Kobe would, while Beasley could guard Battier.

roshan3ai
03-11-2011, 05:18 PM
But Kobe would, while Beasley could guard Battier.

Pierce would still have the size advantage there as he is 30 pounds heavier and an inch taller than Kobe.

Also, in the two games that Beasley and Battier faced off this year, Battier averaged 16 points on 48% shooting going 7-15 from three (47%), with 5 boards and 3.5 assists. Battier would take advantage of Beasley as you can see from his stats versus him this year.

GREATNESS ONE
03-11-2011, 05:52 PM
Ya this is the best matchup so far and can go either way.

PhillyLuver
03-11-2011, 06:54 PM
this is quite close, i'll vote after thinking a little more

Sportfan
03-11-2011, 07:04 PM
Man, Syracuse is clearly a better team overall but I really don't like Kobe, Beas and Brand on the same team plus there's the Kobe-Shaq factor.


Battier on Bryant is HUGE. Honestly I don't think the frontcourt difference between these 2 is that big, Brand is surprisingly good this year and Al Jeff is pretty slow anyway. That being said, he'll do some dirty work on Shaq. Beasley is a decent defender, but I feel like Pierce will light him up homer-fandom aside. last time they played Pierce shot 50% against Beas.

That being said I totally agree Kobe can kind of limit Pierce.


Not really sure what to think, the PG's in this matchup might decide who wins. If either one has a big series his team is winning

jimbobjarree
03-11-2011, 07:05 PM
Big Al *****es

ManRam
03-11-2011, 07:43 PM
Man, Syracuse is clearly a better team overall but I really don't like Kobe, Beas and Brand on the same team plus there's the Kobe-Shaq factor.


Battier on Bryant is HUGE. Honestly I don't think the frontcourt difference between these 2 is that big, Brand is surprisingly good this year and Al Jeff is pretty slow anyway. That being said, he'll do some dirty work on Shaq. Beasley is a decent defender, but I feel like Pierce will light him up homer-fandom aside. last time they played Pierce shot 50% against Beas.

That being said I totally agree Kobe can kind of limit Pierce.


Not really sure what to think, the PG's in this matchup might decide who wins. If either one has a big series his team is winning

Wait...what? "Clearly the better team overall"?? What's left to contemplate after that conclusion?

Sportfan
03-11-2011, 07:46 PM
matchups and team chemistry

X12Celtics3
03-11-2011, 07:52 PM
I voted for Kobe's team, but I'd be rooting for the other team. I hate Kobe, and I love a lot of players on the other team (Pierce, Jefferson, Battier, etc).

NYMetros
03-11-2011, 07:55 PM
Good matchup, slight edge to Syracuse. Came down to the benches for me.

ManRam
03-11-2011, 08:02 PM
matchups and team chemistry

Fair enough. You've already voted, but I like these types of debates...

I don't think the post match up is too bad. Jefferson can score, but Syracuse has a ton of bodies to throw at him, and he's literally the only guy on their team who can score in the paint. The only one. Period. I'd be more worried about them stopping Kobe.

The chemistry issues I don't get. Shaq is just in straight up championship mode. He'll do whatever. If it means no shots a game, that's fine, if it means 20, that works too. 4 minutes? Sure. 40 minutes? Sure. Doesn't matter. Kobe has matured a ton as well, obviously. They have a common interest. Two of the best competitors of our generation, and there as hungry as ever. Brand has been the consummate pro. Ask Doug Collins who the leader of that team is (with Iggy). Haven't heard a negative thing about him all year...and he's taking that team to a much better record.

I get that Beasley probably has a bad rep, but he's sophomore, and there's no doubt that he'd be humbled, in my opinion, by these vets. He has nothing in Minny right now to do just that, and he's playing really well. As a SF, he's such a match up nightmare. He'd have to make a sacrifice, but I think with Shaq, Kobe, Brand, Z, Peja, and Duhon...all really solid character guys, he'd be fine.

If that's Syracuse's biggest problem, I think they could live with it.

roshan3ai
03-11-2011, 08:45 PM
Bump

Sportfan
03-11-2011, 09:41 PM
Fair enough. You've already voted, but I like these types of debates...

I don't think the post match up is too bad. Jefferson can score, but Syracuse has a ton of bodies to throw at him, and he's literally the only guy on their team who can score in the paint. The only one. Period. I'd be more worried about them stopping Kobe.

The chemistry issues I don't get. Shaq is just in straight up championship mode. He'll do whatever. If it means no shots a game, that's fine, if it means 20, that works too. 4 minutes? Sure. 40 minutes? Sure. Doesn't matter. Kobe has matured a ton as well, obviously. They have a common interest. Two of the best competitors of our generation, and there as hungry as ever. Brand has been the consummate pro. Ask Doug Collins who the leader of that team is (with Iggy). Haven't heard a negative thing about him all year...and he's taking that team to a much better record.

I get that Beasley probably has a bad rep, but he's sophomore, and there's no doubt that he'd be humbled, in my opinion, by these vets. He has nothing in Minny right now to do just that, and he's playing really well. As a SF, he's such a match up nightmare. He'd have to make a sacrifice, but I think with Shaq, Kobe, Brand, Z, Peja, and Duhon...all really solid character guys, he'd be fine.

If that's Syracuse's biggest problem, I think they could live with it.

AL jeff is their only big that can score in the paint, but he is very good at scoring in the paint. That point remains. Having a ton of bigs won't stop Jefferson from scoring buckets, and really it's not like Kenyon Martin can't knock down an open shot inside so if you leave him open he'll do something too.

Also, if Okur gets quality minutes and play anything like he did the past couple years, who will defend him out on the perimeter? Certainly not Shaq, Z or Brand.

Battier will contain Kobe enough so that he won't average over 25. Battier is one of the best wing defenders in the league.

If Shaq will do whatever he wants to win a championship and Kobe has matured why hasn't he come back to the Lakers? Lakers are quite clearly the team best-built to win a championship, he could have been backup to Bynum and mentor him. They clearly are not over their feud

Beasley had Wade, Marion etc playing with him and he didn't really learn much it seems. He's taking wayyyy more shots than he should

That being said, I take back what I said about Beasley. I looked some stuff up and he's clearly not a problem for your team. He also plays surprisingly good defense

goose15
03-11-2011, 09:58 PM
TB - Balkman will be the diffrence maker..

F*(&"Next Year"
03-11-2011, 10:08 PM
AL jeff is their only big that can score in the paint, but he is very good at scoring in the paint. That point remains. Having a ton of bigs won't stop Jefferson from scoring buckets, and really it's not like Kenyon Martin can't knock down an open shot inside so if you leave him open he'll do something too.

Also, if Okur gets quality minutes and play anything like he did the past couple years, who will defend him out on the perimeter? Certainly not Shaq, Z or Brand.

Battier will contain Kobe enough so that he won't average over 25. Battier is one of the best wing defenders in the league.

If Shaq will do whatever he wants to win a championship and Kobe has matured why hasn't he come back to the Lakers? Lakers are quite clearly the team best-built to win a championship, he could have been backup to Bynum and mentor him. They clearly are not over their feud

Beasley had Wade, Marion etc playing with him and he didn't really learn much it seems. He's taking wayyyy more shots than he should

That being said, I take back what I said about Beasley. I looked some stuff up and he's clearly not a problem for your team. He also plays surprisingly good defense
With Jefferson as their only big that stands to be an offensive threat, when we repeatedly throw fresh bigs at him he will wear down as games progress.

Okur has been terrible for his entire career in the playoffs. His PER is below average and his .510 TS% is not very good for a big man.

We asked a few rocket fans and it is quite clear that battier has lost a step and could not contain kobe as well as he once could.

Shaq is playing for the Celt's the team with the second best chance to compete for a 'ship. I think he just likes the characters on the C's more than the lakers.

And Beasley is taking 5 more shots a game than he did last season because the T-Wolves suck. The only other real threat they have is Love.

NYKalltheway
03-11-2011, 10:30 PM
This is the worse possible matchup for Syracuse imo. I saw Beasley as the main weakness and Peja cant provide that on the sf. And Kobe at the sf = weakness on the sg. Another matchup would mean an esy win for Syracuse but dont expect Shaq and Z to become the difference makers on this one!

Sportfan
03-12-2011, 12:19 AM
With Jefferson as their only big that stands to be an offensive threat, when we repeatedly throw fresh bigs at him he will wear down as games progress.

Okur has been terrible for his entire career in the playoffs. His PER is below average and his .510 TS% is not very good for a big man.

We asked a few rocket fans and it is quite clear that battier has lost a step and could not contain kobe as well as he once could.

Shaq is playing for the Celt's the team with the second best chance to compete for a 'ship. I think he just likes the characters on the C's more than the lakers.

And Beasley is taking 5 more shots a game than he did last season because the T-Wolves suck. The only other real threat they have is Love.
Ummm every team has fresh bigs? They don't stop him in real life.

Obviously his TS% won't be as good because he's not taking 5 feet hook shots, he's usually taking long range jumpers.

I agree Battier isn't the defender he was 2 years ago, he could still slow down Kobe from his regular numbers though