View Full Version : NBA Redraft Playoffs: 2) Lexington Maynes v. 7) Buffalo Soldiers

Mile High Champ
03-12-2011, 12:32 PM
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 letís 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.

2) Lexington v. 7) Buffalo

Lexington has Home Court Advantage

Lexington Clubhouse (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16614265&postcount=24)
Buffalo Clubhouse (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16648029&postcount=29)

Lexington Depth Chart
PG Ramon Sessions/Mike Bibby/Avery Bradley
SG John Salmons/Eric Bledsoe/
SF Kevin Durant/Corey Brewer/Gary Forbes
PF Luis Scola/Craig Smith
C Nene/Matt Bonner/Dasagna Diop

Buffalo Depth Chart
PG: Jason Kidd / Rodrigue Beaubois / Jordan Farmar
SG: JR Smith / Omri Casspi
SF: Ron Artest / Marvin Williams
PF: Chris Bosh / Andres Nocioni
C: Darko Millicic / Timofey Mozgov / Hassan Whiteside

Lexington Write Up

The matchup between Buffalo and our team Lexington is an intriguing one. Very different teams in terms of how they are built. Our team we feel has too
much firepower for Buffalo to handle. Durant will slow down Durant, but no one can really stop him. Durant's defense will not be tested by Artest. Artest
is a spot up shooter and not a good one at that. Our offense and rebounding is in our opinion the best in the redraft. We have a pg who can distribute and can score if needed. We have two good bigs that can play in the post as well shot from the outside. Buffalo does not really have one standout player. Bosh is a shell of the player he used to be. Kidd is the same as well. They have nothing that jumps out while all of our players are good team and overall players. We favor ourselves highly in this matchup.


Sessions vs. Kidd

Ramon Sessions this year has shown his abillity if he gets the minuts. He averages 12 ppg and 6 assists. He is too quick for Kidd to guard at his old age. Sessions is a good defender that would have no problem with kidd's abillity to shoot. Kidd can pass the ball well but not enough to take Buffalo past Lexington because of the lack of solid talent around him.Kidd's defense is suspect at best at his age. He cannot contain Sessions. This hurts Buffalo because of lack of not a great SG to help out with him.

Salmons vs. JR Smith. John Salmons is the kind of player that every team desires. He does all the little things well. He can shoot 39% from 3pt, play defense, and he can rebound. While having a down year, he still is averaging 14 ppg and 4 rebounds. He is a bigger SG that Smith just will not be able to handle. Salmons has been to the playoffs before and knows what it takes to do well. Jr Smith is a basket case. Sure, he is talented. He can score with the best of them but there are nights where he will turn the ball over 5+ times and miss 6 or so 3pts. He is a liability on defense and that is the reason he comes off the bench for Denver. He isn't the 6th man for the Nuggets so he shouldnt be a starter for Buffalo.

Durant vs Artest

Offense vs Defense. Durant is the top scorer in the league. He can put up 30 ppg without breaking a sweat. He will work well with Sessions because of Ramon's playmaking skills. Durant, while averaging 29 ppg, he shoots 88% from the line, his rebounds
still are around 8ppg. Durant is a beast and when he wants to he can not be stopped. Our team has more talent around him then in OKC and that should let Durant do what he does best. Artest can not stop the whole team. Durant will have a field day with Artest.
Artest has a good defensive game. He would put some pressure on Durant. The key to the matchup is that Artest is limited offensively, Durant would not be in trouble on that end. Durant's offensive is too much for Artest's defense to handle and Durant's defense
is not brought up here.

Luis Scola vs Chris Bosh

This may be the only advantage that Buffalo has. Scola is one of the most underrated players out there. He averages 19 ppg 9 rebouns. He can shoot from the outside as well as post up when needed to. He won't have to do much of the scoring with Durant and the rest of the cast around him. His defense could improve but Bosh seems to not the same player he used to be. Bosh while being a decent third player on the Heat, he has really struggled this year. He just does not seem to have that same drive as he did with Toronto. He still will get his points but he can't do it all himself. Buffalo's team is not balanced enough to have Bosh be a factor. Scola can handle him with Nene there to help if needed.

Nene vs Darko

The biggest advantage that Lexington has against Buffalo. Nene is one of the most efficient players when he gets close to the basket. This shows with his 63% FG pct. He also averages 8 rebounds per game.Nene can not be stopped when he puts his head down and plays as a big man. He will have the advantage of a clearer lane with Scola playing more from the outside. This will give Nene the oppurtunity to make plays at the basket. Nene is too powerful for Darko to handle. Darko, while improving since his Detroit days, should really be a backup Center in this league. He is a pretty good defender and rebounder but that really is all he has.He doesn't have the frame to contend with Nene. Nene has played like an All Star this year, while Darko is still finding his own.

They actually have a pretty good bench. I really like Caspri, Roddy B, and Marvin as bench players. With our team, we have guys that will take over the weaknesses that our starters may have. Sessions is young so we have Bibby. Salmons plays more methodical and Bledsoe is faster pace can score in bunches. Brewer is a good defender to take over for Durant. Craig Smith is the complete opposite of Scola, he is a big body that plays down low. Bonner, the point master, is much different the Nene.

Buffalo Write Up

First off I want to say good luck to Lexington! That said, this matchup is a battle of good teams, with deep rosters. We both have a lot of positives and it would be a great series.

J-Kidd vs Ramon Sessions - Kidd is a little too much for Sessions to handle. He's still a great defensive PG, and a leader of the team. He's a veteran who has acquired a 3pt shot and adjusted his game in the twilight of his career. His playoff experience trumps Sessions', and he would have no problem outplaying him.

JR Smith vs John Salmons - Both good scorers, that can play some defense. If we look at the 2011 numbers, JR Smith has an offensive rating of 107 while Salmons is only at 100, meaning Smith has been the much better offensive player. The Defensive ratings are pretty close with Smith at 107 (which is the best of his career) and Salmons at 105. JR has taken defense seriously this year, and is actually trying. And being surrounded with very good defenders like Kidd - Artest - Bosh and Darko he should have no problem on that end.

Ron Artest vs Kevin Durant - Artest is the only player in the NBA that Durant always struggles scoring on. In this season Durant played against Artest just once, with Artest holding him to 21 points on 20 shots. Last year in round 1 of the playoffs, Artest held Durant to 26 points on 23 shots, 17 points on 14 shots, 22 points on 12 shots (his only efficient game), 29 points on 24 shots, 32 points on 26 shots and 24 points on 24 shots. We have enough scoring in the lineup, we just ask Artest to continue to do what he does vs Durant.

Chris Bosh vs Luis Scola - Great matchup with two of the top 15 PF's in the NBA. The difference in Bosh is a top 5 PF while Scola is somewhere in the top 15. Bosh when he was the #1 option was getting averages of around 22 and 10 a season, added to good defense makes a great PF. Even on a team with two of the highest scoring players in the league, he still finds a way to get 18 and 8 a game. He's a premiere post threat.

Darko Milicic vs Nene - Classic Offense vs Defense matchup. We have a very good defensive center matching up with a very good offensive center. We will live with Nene getting 17 a game as long as he doesn't explode for 30, which Darko would not allow.

BENCH - We have one of the most potent benches in the league with Beaubois, Farmar, Casspi, Marvin Williams and Nocioni. We are prepared both offensively and defensively. Players like Mozgov, Nocioni, and Whiteside are known for their energy and defense, while players like Beaubois, Casspi and Williams will be great sparks off the bench, and Williams matches up well with Durant when Artest needs a breather. We are very confident with our bench being one of the best in the game, and we also are confident in our chances in this series.

Mile High Champ
03-12-2011, 12:33 PM
Let the voting begin.

03-12-2011, 01:09 PM
good luck Buffalo

John Walls Era
03-12-2011, 01:12 PM
Buffalo matches up pretty well.

03-12-2011, 01:21 PM
I think Buffalo has some glaring weaknesses. Darko is ok but not really a starter for a playoff team. Jr Smith should not be a starter. If anyone watches how he he plays you would understand that. Kidd has lost a few steps. He just can't get to the rack as he used to and can't stay with sessions

Mile High Champ
03-12-2011, 01:51 PM
Close match up.

03-12-2011, 02:13 PM
I think Buffalo has some glaring weaknesses. Darko is ok but not really a starter for a playoff team. Jr Smith should not be a starter. If anyone watches how he he plays you would understand that. Kidd has lost a few steps. He just can't get to the rack as he used to and can't stay with sessions

JR has been better offensively and defensively this year than Salmons, and has MUCH more playoff experience with those Nuggets teams. The only big loss in Nene vs Darko and I'll take Nene scoring his 17-19 ppg if everyone else is stopping their man or containing them. Which is what would happen.

03-12-2011, 03:29 PM
Our matchup has like no votes :laugh2:

03-12-2011, 03:37 PM
It's the closest one as well!! :D

03-12-2011, 06:53 PM
wow so few votes crazy

03-12-2011, 06:57 PM
very good matchup, i think KD's bigs win it for him in the end though. funny, cuz u two were the ones who traded nene for kidd essentially. cool u mathed up

03-12-2011, 06:58 PM
ya true about nene

our trade talks took about 2 minutes

Mile High Champ
03-12-2011, 09:17 PM
Keep the votes coming.

03-12-2011, 10:02 PM
Lexington easily.