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PatsSoxKnicks
08-22-2013, 04:12 AM
Every summer, PSD holds a game which mocks that year's NBA offseason. This year, users from the site took the reigns of NBA franchises and had to utilize their skills via draft, trades, and free agency to improve their teams. At the end of the game, GMs voted on how they believed the regular season of this game would shake up. These are the playoffs of PSD's 2013 NBA Mock Offseason.

Please take the time to consider each line up, the match-up itself, and vote on which team you believe would win in a seven game series.

The Grizzlies have homecourt advantage.

Grizzlies Depth Chart:

PG: Rajon Rondo/Kirk Hinrich
SG: J.J. Redick/Francisco Garcia/Sam Young
SF: Jared Dudley/Quincy Pondexter/James Jones
PF: Paul Millsap/Tyler Zeller/Kenny Kadji
C: Marc Gasol/Tyler Zeller

Pelicans Depth Chart:

C: Tiago Splitter (33) | Nene (15) | Greg Stiemsma
PF: Greg Monroe (35) | Nene (13) | Jason Maxiell
SF: Luol Deng (37) | Nicolas Batum (11) | Marvin Williams
SG: Nicolas Batum (25) | Marco Belinelli (13) | Leandro Barbosa (10)
PG: Greivis Vazquez (30) | Pablo Prigioni (15) | Leandro Barbosa (3)

Grizzlies Write-up:



Congratulations to the Pelicans for making the playoffs as a 7 seed. We believe that their GM roshan3ai did a remarkable job considering his starting roster. Despite that, Memphis is a better basketball team and will advance to the next round.

Team Construction:

After inheriting a team that made the Western Conference Finals, we knew that a complete teardown of the Memphis roster would be unnecessary. Instead, we wanted to build on last seasons’ success and correct any roster flaws.

The first step was to adhere to one of the guiding principles of today’s NBA: spacing. Last year’s Grizzlies had a ton of talent, but no shooters. Opponents could practically disregard offensively challenged wings Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince. This made the potent frontcourt of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol much easier to defend.

To address this problem, we targeted one of the best “floor spacers” in the NBA, JJ Redick. He is an elite shooter and demands respect from defenses. After signing JJ, we dealt for Jared Dudley, a perfect glue guy/jack of all trades small forward. In addition to their offensive skills, both of these wings provide defensive ability and tenacity. We fixed the biggest problem with last year’s Grizzlies without sacrificing their trademark defensive intensity.

Next, we addressed the point guard position. While Mike Conley has developed into a solid all-around PG, we wanted a star playmaker with a playoff and championship pedigree. So we went and traded for elite point Rajon Rondo. He has been one of the best passers/playmakers in the league for the past several years. Of course, we also took note of his ability to step up to a ridiculous degree in the playoffs, where we currently find ourselves. Rondo is simply on a different level from Conley, and his heightened ability will provide a wealth of opportunity for the rest of our team.

Finally, we went all in on free agent PF Paul Millsap from day 1 of free agency and locked him up quickly. Paul’s talent had been wasted on terrible Jazz teams, but we saw that he had developed into an excellent all-around player. Paired next to an elite defensive presence in Marc Gasol, we believe that he will emerge as one of the best power forwards in the league. Signing Millsap, like the rest of our moves, was done to fit our roster. We began the mock with a plan, and we executed it to perfection by signing both of our FA targets. As a result, we have created a well-rounded and extremely talented team that will improve on last year’s success.

The final Pelicans roster is an example of what happens when moves are not made based on fit. You end up with a roster that is talented but flawed.

When you take a bottom feeder team like the Pelicans, you can’t always get who you want. Rosh tried and failed to sign Dwyane Wade after a quick pass at Andrew Bynum. When he finally did lure in a “big” free agent, it was Tiago Splitter of NBA Finals infamy. Rosh simply didn’t have the luxury of constructing his team according to a plan like we did. He had to deal with rejection and play free agency by ear. It shows, not only in the comparative lack of talent on his team, but also in the poor fit of his roster.

The first problem we see with his roster is a lack of spacing. Only one of his starters shot over 35% from 3PT. That was Batum, a career 37% 3PT shooter. Vasquez and Deng are both notably poor outside shooters, and both of his bigs lack range. Although he does have a good shooter in Belinelli coming off the bench, his best players all do their work in the paint area. Packing the paint defensively would be able to stifle the Pelicans’ offense.

We also see that the Pelicans lack the leadership and experience that is crucial in the playoffs. All of our starters have played significant playoff minutes, while only two have for New Orleans. That’s counting Tiago Splitter, whose lack of postseason savvy was put on display for the nation in the past NBA Finals. Simply put, our point guard and floor general is a NBA champion, while theirs is a player who is just happy to be starting in the NBA.

Our offensive strategy is simple. With two dominant post players in Marc Gasol & Paul Millsap and two elite shooters with JJ Redick and Jared Dudley, we will have plenty of spacing for Rajon Rondo to do what he does best: Penetrate and make the correct decision in passing the basketball. With a major advantage over Grevis Vasquez we feel our offense should flow smoothly, and make New Orleans pick their poison with our shooters or our dominant post play.

On defense, we will allow the defensive player of the year do his thing and anchor our defense with Tiago Splitter not being a great offensive player. With the lack of spacing and our very good defense from all five positions of our roster we will force the Pelicans into long range/mid range jumpers, the worst shots in basketball. We will allow Rajon Rondo to pressure Grevis Vasquez and create turnover havoc with great defenders to help in Gasol if needed. Ultimately the advantages at the point guard and center position will be too much for the Pelicans to handle.

Summary:

We started this offseason with a better team than the Pelicans, and we have ended it with a better team. We built off of the Grizzlies’ success by addressing and correcting their major flaws. Not to mention, we either improved or remained constant at every single position. While the Pelicans certainly improved, we match up extremely well on offense and defense. The Grizzlies have a perfectly rounded team and check off al the boxes of a well-constructed basketball team. Good Point guard play, great perimeter shooting, dominant post play, and play very good defense. Add in the benefit of home-court advantage, and we will move on the next round.

Pelicans Write-up:



Think of the recipe for success in the NBA. Most teams are built around a core player or two, with one of them generally being the “first option” on offense. However, you look at some of the teams that have been able to have early success in the early rounds, and many of them were teams that had multiple players that could explode for 20 points any given night, but no “elite” offensive player. This is evident in the aging Boston Celtics team that relied on one or two of Rondo, Pierce, KG and Allen to have big games every night in the playoffs. Or even the Pistons in the hey-day, relying on one or two of Billups, Hamilton or Rasheed to have big games. Now obviously these are two of the best teams of our generation, but the point still stands: every team does not need a number one option to be successful.

This Pelicans squad is centered around players that can get it done on both ends. Without further ado, we would like to get into the individual matchups and the roles of our players.

PG Matchup: Greivis Vasquez vs. Rajon Rondo
This matchup talent wise seems like a huge advantage for the Grizzlies, but when you look closely at the matchup, this is not the case. Both the Pelicans and Grizzlies rely on their PG to set the offense up and open up looks for teammates, and both are phenomenal at it. Vasquez finished the season averaging a a career high 9.0 assists per game, good for third in the NBA. Rondo is obviously a great playmaker as well, leading the league in assists this past season prior to tearing his ACL. Something that Vasquez is able to do that Rondo is completely incapable of however is shoot the three. Vasquez shot a respectable 34% from deep this past season and doesn’t allow the defense to sag off him on defense, unlike Rondo. Rondo’s complete inability to shoot allows defenders to sag off him, therefore clogging the paint and making entry passes more difficult. We imagine that these Grizzlies will face some of the same problems that the real life Grizzlies face when it comes to scoring. Having only two players in the entire starting lineup with any semblance of a three point shot is detrimental to the team’s spacing and ability to score. Memphis may boast Rondo’s defensive prowess in an effort to convince you that Rondo will give Vasquez fits, but Rondo’s defense hasn’t been the same since the departure of Thibs. He is sporting a negative DRAPM and the team is actually 2.6 worse when he is on the floor as opposed to on the floor. Rondo is a great playmaker, but his inability to shoot and his diminishing defense have resulted in a player who is having a limited effect on the team. Nevertheless, we give the Grizzlies the advantage in this matchup as they have the talent edge and the experience edge.
Advantage: Memphis

SG Matchup: Nicolas Batum vs. J.J Redick
Redick has improved his game to be more than just a spot-up three point shooter, but this is an absolute nightmare matchup for him. The 6’4, 190 pound Duke Product is going up against one of the longest players in the NBA in Batum. Batum, the 6’8 Frenchman, has an absurd wingspan of 7’4 and is the perfect player to limit J.J Redick. The man has extremely long arms to disrupt the timing of Redick’s jump shots and get him out of rhythm. Redick is good off the ball, but Batum shouldn’t have an issue getting around screens and moving without the ball as he is extremely quick and light on his feet. Batum allowed only 0.9 PPP off the screen as opponents shot 39.2% from the field in those situations. This is very important as a huge chunk (30%) of Redick’s offense comes off of screens. Moreover, with such a strong frontcourt defensively, we expect that Batum will not be sucked into the paint as much by cutters and penetrators letting him focus on sticking Redick. With such a large frame, Redick will be both worn out and frustrated by Batum. On the other end, I have a hard time believing that Redick can hold his own. Batum’s playmaking has greatly improved, as he averaged 5 assists per game this past season. With Redick being a flat out poor defender (-3.6 DRAPM, 113 DRTG), Batum will be able to run around screens and spot-up from three, which he excelled at (37% from deep). Nic is a player that can frustrate Redick with his ability on defense and his ability to cut, shoot, and pass. He’s not the typical playmaking two guard, but he can truly do it all.
Advantage: New Orleans

SF Matchup: Luol Deng vs. Jared Dudley
The Pelicans easily have the advantage in this matchup. Deng is one of the best wing defenders in the game and has the ability to take any wing out of the game. He can defend both wing spots and is a fierce competitor and leader. All of the defensive metrics agree that Deng is still one of the best and most impactful defensive players in the game. In his games against Deng the past two years, Deng has gone 1-6, 5-9, 3-7 and 2-5. His percentages weren’t horrible, but he was having trouble even getting shots up against Deng. That’s the beauty of having a stopper of Deng’s caliber. He can make a player a non-factor, which Dudley basically was. He scored more than 7 points once in their last four matchups. On offense, Deng had his way, scoring 26, 18, 15, and 21 points all while shooting over 44% in each matchup. Memphis can say that Deng’s efficiency has fallen off, but he still has the ability to shoot and slash, which is all we ask of him. He will not be the number one option here like he was in Chicago. Each one of our rotational players can be big contributors on offense. We would also like to mention that Deng also has a huge advantage on the boards, averaging 6.3 RPG this past season, which is more than double what Dudley averaged.
Advantage: New Orleans

PF Matchup: Greg Monroe vs. Paul Millsap
Millsap’s the bigger name here, but Monroe has the better matchup. Monroe is adept at scoring at the hoop, averaging more attempts at the rim than any other player in the game. This matchup will be tough for Millsap, who has to overcome a 3-4 inch height difference with Monroe. On this squad, Monroe has the luxury of running the pick and roll with Greivis Vasquez. Both Monroe (1.05 PPP as P&R big) and Vasquez (0.76 PPP as P&R handler- 97th in league) are adept at running the pick and roll. In Detroit, Monroe didn’t have an unselfish point guard to run the pick and roll with, but on the Pelicans, they can use each other to find easy looks. With Deng’s, Belinelli’s, Barbosa’s and Batum’s ability to shoot from deep and Monroe’s ability to finish at the hoop, we are confident that the pick and roll will be very effective for this squad. Moreover, Monroe has a huge rebounding edge over Millsap, as he averages 2.5 rebounds per game more than Millsap and has a 3% higher TRB%.
Advantage: Even

C Matchup: Tiago Splitter vs. Marc Gasol
We concede this advantage to Gasol, as he makes a big impact on both ends of the court. However, we would like to take this time to acknowledge that Splitter had an incredible year. The man had more win shares than Dwight Howard and had a phenomenal +3.7 RAPM in 2012-2013. He is more than just Tim Duncan’s side-kick, and that’s evident by the Spurs giving him a huge contract this summer. Tiago makes a huge impact on both ends with his ability to contest shots without fouling and his ability to play within the offense, which is so key. His per game numbers won’t be too sexy, but when you look at his Per 36 numbers, you realize how talented he is. His Per 36 numbers are: 15 PPG | 9.3 RPG | 2.3 APG | 1.2 BPG | 61% TS%. The man can score efficiently down low, defend the paint, and rebound. He’s a role player that any team would love to have. He may not have the edge over Gasol, but he’s an up-and coming stud and has the talent to give Gasol a run for his money. One facet of the game that he already has Gasol beat is rebounding. Gasol’s TRB% is a putrid 13.1% while Splitter’s is 14.9%. Nevertheless, we know that Gasol has the edge.
Advantage: Memphis

Bench Matchup: Prigioni | Belinelli | Barbosa | Nene vs. Hinrich | Garcia | Pondexter | Zeller
Prigioni is a very good playmaker and defender, while Belinelli can shoot the lights out. Barbosa did a great job of running that Celtics team prior to tearing his ACL and has the ability to score in a hurry. Hinrich is still a very good backup and Garcia is another nice piece, but the rest of their bench is unbelievably underwhelming. They have Tyler Zeller playing backup center AND power forward. Even if they play Gasol 38 minutes and Millsap 33 minutes, Zeller is playing 25 minutes. Tyler Zeller is playing 25 minutes in this series against Greg Monroe, Tiago Splitter, and Nene. This is a monstrous advantage for the Pelicans. People may dislike Nene because of his contract, but it is inevitable that he’s extremely talented and still an impactful player. He averaged 12.6/6/7 with the Wizards in only 27 minutes this past season and his TS% was still a respectable 54%. He’s a solid rebounder who has a variety of post moves, a solid jump shot, and good technique in the post. Contrary to popular belief, Nene is a very good defender. He recorded 2.7 DWS on a poor Wizards team, allowed an Opp PER of only 13.5, and recorded a phenomenal +3.6 DRAPM. The man can make a difference on both ends and has a huge advantage over Tyler Zeller who recorded a putrid TS% of 48.6% and TRB% of 12.5%.
Huge Advantage: New Orleans

Now you look at the matchups, and you see that New Orleans has a real shot at an upset here. Redick and Dudley are going to have really tough times scoring and without scoring from their wings, how much can Memphis rely on Rondo to create only a year removed from an ACL injury? Tyler Zeller is playing heavy minutes? New Orleans has two phenomenal wings and has a big-man trio that would be extremely tough to stop. Combine that with a bunch of playmaking guards, and you have yourself the recipe for an upset. The playmaking is there. The shooting is there. The low post scoring is there. And this team has a monstrous advantage on the boards. And for those reasons, New Orleans takes this series.

PatsSoxKnicks
08-22-2013, 04:44 AM
Haven't read the write-ups yet so will wait to vote but they look a ton better than the last matchup thread I was in...

Guppyfighter
08-22-2013, 04:54 AM
Upset city

Eagles4Lyfe
08-22-2013, 10:21 AM
Damn didnt know how well the Pelicans matched up to the GRizz.
Hmm based of Rondo being a good second option the last time he played in the playoffs against the Heat, I can give them the edge but a combo of monroe+nene in limited minutes can put in work down low. Both if not one has proven to be a good number 1 option on their team before.

Ill be back

KnicksorBust
08-22-2013, 11:22 AM
I love that both teams claim the other team can't shoot.

KnicksorBust
08-22-2013, 11:26 AM
"Gasol’s TRB% is a putrid 13.1% while Splitter’s is 14.9%."

Never has 1.8% seemed so enormous.

Sadds The Gr8
08-22-2013, 11:36 AM
woah, Pelicans matchup pretty well

Greet
08-22-2013, 11:46 AM
Yeah, leaning Pelicans because I think Splitter is a pretty good pairing with Monroe. Will wait too see some more arguments though. I don't know how much I buy into Rondo.....

KnicksorBust
08-22-2013, 11:47 AM
Grizzlies get my vote. I give Rosh a ton of credit for making the Pelicans not just a playoff team but a believable upset in Round 1. That being said I don't trust their offense. I can't buy into guys like Deng-Batum-Monroe carrying a team. It's not a Billups-Rip-Sheed team either because that team had multi-time DPOY winner Ben Wallace anchoring the defense. Maybe Batum and Monroe take steps forward over the next 2 years but I see them as complementary pieces. Meanwhile Memphis has a clear system where Rondo can dominate the ball and either feed his shooters or his bigs. And they have the reigning DPOY Marc Gasol. They can basically do it all.

Eagles4Lyfe
08-22-2013, 12:23 PM
Grizzlies get my vote. I give Rosh a ton of credit for making the Pelicans not just a playoff team but a believable upset in Round 1. That being said I don't trust their offense. I can't buy into guys like Deng-Batum-Monroe carrying a team. It's not a Billups-Rip-Sheed team either because that team had multi-time DPOY winner Ben Wallace anchoring the defense. Maybe Batum and Monroe take steps forward over the next 2 years but I see them as complementary pieces. Meanwhile Memphis has a clear system where Rondo can dominate the ball and either feed his shooters or his bigs. And they have the reigning DPOY Marc Gasol. They can basically do it all.

Ay to be fair, last year Deng was considered the Bulls top option or one of them and Bulls still made the playoffs. Same with Batum he was asked to be more involved on the offensive end and although his turnover rates went up, he was still able to add to the offense and create shots on his own. Where as Dudley and Reddick aren't capable of doing so as consistently as Batum-Deng can.

To go along with the edge defensively that those 2 have, I'd give them a nice advantage there by a pretty solid margin.

Problem I'm having with making a final decision on my vote is, I love Rondo and am one of the few Rondo lovers on this site and I hate Splitters offensive game, its just so slow predictable and flukey. He excels with a really good PnR game and thats where having guys like Grievis, Deng and Batum can come into play.

I also think the Pelicans have a nice edge on throwing multiple defenders at Rondo to atleast keep him at bay, whether it be someone with quickness or length.

I also love the Pelicans bench of being able to throw scoring down low and up top from the bench.

PhillyLuver
08-22-2013, 12:32 PM
Baller just didn't do his half of the writeup, awesome.

Greet
08-22-2013, 12:33 PM
Baller just didn't do his half of the writeup, awesome.

looooooool Balla!

roshan3ai
08-22-2013, 01:36 PM
Tyler Zeller is playing 20+ minutes every night.

Ebbs
08-22-2013, 01:41 PM
I thought about an upset here. But in the end the Grizz art just a better fitting unit. Yea Zeller plays 20 minutes a game which sucks but it's not the difference maker for me in this* series

KnicksorBust
08-22-2013, 01:46 PM
Ay to be fair, last year Deng was considered the Bulls top option or one of them and Bulls still made the playoffs. Same with Batum he was asked to be more involved on the offensive end and although his turnover rates went up, he was still able to add to the offense and create shots on his own. Where as Dudley and Reddick aren't capable of doing so as consistently as Batum-Deng can.

To go along with the edge defensively that those 2 have, I'd give them a nice advantage there by a pretty solid margin.

Problem I'm having with making a final decision on my vote is, I love Rondo and am one of the few Rondo lovers on this site and I hate Splitters offensive game, its just so slow predictable and flukey. He excels with a really good PnR game and thats where having guys like Grievis, Deng and Batum can come into play.

I also think the Pelicans have a nice edge on throwing multiple defenders at Rondo to atleast keep him at bay, whether it be someone with quickness or length.

I also love the Pelicans bench of being able to throw scoring down low and up top from the bench.

Deng may have led the Bulls in points per game (by about 3 tenths of a point) but yet he was only 3rd in offensive win shares. Scoring 16ppg on terrible efficiency doesn't convince me you can be a top option. It's Trevor Ariza syndrome. When guys are forced to play 2 tiers above their ideal role their game will suffer significantly.

Eagles4Lyfe
08-22-2013, 01:46 PM
I thought about an upset here. But in the end the Grizz art just a better fitting unit. Yea Zeller plays 20 minutes a game which sucks but it's not the difference maker for me in this* series

Thats nuts to think like that. I know people don't take benches into consideration but its stupid not to.
How can you not account for things like foul trouble? If Millsap or MG get in foul trouble, then Zeller is playing a bulk of the minutes.

The lack of a good enough backup for Timmy D and Parker consistently is what burned the Spurs against the Heat who were able to put fresh role players in the game that contributed.

roshan3ai
08-22-2013, 01:52 PM
Thats nuts to think like that. I know people don't take benches into consideration but its stupid not to.
How can you not account for things like foul trouble? If Millsap or MG get in foul trouble, then Zeller is playing a bulk of the minutes.

The lack of a good enough backup for Timmy D and Parker consistently is what burned the Spurs against the Heat who were able to put fresh role players in the game that contributed.

Great point. With offensive bigs like Nene, Monroe and Splitter, it's hard to believe that MG and Milsap won't face foul trouble at all in the series. All three guys are capable offensive bigs and not easy guards whatsoever. If Zeller was only a backup C, I wouldn't make a big deal out of this. But he is literally their only backup bigman. And to be frank, he's atrocious.

Eagles4Lyfe
08-22-2013, 01:55 PM
Deng may have led the Bulls in points per game (by about 3 tenths of a point) but yet he was only 3rd in offensive win shares. Scoring 16ppg on terrible efficiency doesn't convince me you can be a top option. It's Trevor Ariza syndrome. When guys are forced to play 2 tiers above their ideal role their game will suffer significantly.

Fair point, but my point is he's capable of at least contributing offensively. He doesn't have to be a top option, neither does Batum or Vasquez, I'd assume Monroe would be the top option with Vas/Deng/Batum having the ability to create too if need be.

While the Grizz are just reliant on Rondo every possession, they can do what a lotta defenders do and back up of him and dare him to take jumpers. Easier to contain one guy who has a big weakness like that, over guys who can actually score inefficient or not.

roshan3ai
08-22-2013, 01:59 PM
Deng may have led the Bulls in points per game (by about 3 tenths of a point) but yet he was only 3rd in offensive win shares. Scoring 16ppg on terrible efficiency doesn't convince me you can be a top option. It's Trevor Ariza syndrome. When guys are forced to play 2 tiers above their ideal role their game will suffer significantly.

Right, but on this team he has a comparable PF mate, comparable C offensively, and a much better 2 guard and PG offensively. He doesn't have to create, we have four playmaking guards on this team. We weren't going to see Hinrich do what Greivis and Pablo do on the offensive end. Vasquez and Prigioni are two main playmakers and they are much better at getting teammates good looks than Nate, Hinrich and Marco.

I won't argue we are as good defensively, but this team is still strong defensively. Batum is a great defender, Monroe is good, Splitter is very good and Nene is good. There are no Boozers on this team defensively unless you consider PG defense to be vital, which it flat out isn't. We also don't have a Noah on this team, but I think that Deng fits better in his role here than he did in Chicago.

KnicksorBust
08-22-2013, 02:03 PM
Right, but on this team he has a comparable PF mate, comparable C offensively, and a much better 2 guard and PG offensively. He doesn't have to create, we have four playmaking guards on this team. We weren't going to see Hinrich do what Greivis and Pablo do on the offensive end. Vasquez and Prigioni are two main playmakers and they are much better at getting teammates good looks than Nate, Hinrich and Marco.

I won't argue we are as good defensively, but this team is still strong defensively. Batum is a great defender, Monroe is good, Splitter is very good and Nene is good. There are no Boozers on this team defensively unless you consider PG defense to be vital, which it flat out isn't. We also don't have a Noah on this team, but I think that Deng fits better in his role here than he did in Chicago.

I think you just called me "mate" and that's completely throwing me off from forming any intelligible response. I will attempt to regroup and try this again later.

Eagles4Lyfe
08-22-2013, 02:07 PM
I think you just called me "mate" and that's completely throwing me off from forming any intelligible response. I will attempt to regroup and try this again later.

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Guppyfighter
08-22-2013, 02:07 PM
Guys

UPSET CITY

roshan3ai
08-22-2013, 03:15 PM
I think you just called me "mate" and that's completely throwing me off from forming any intelligible response. I will attempt to regroup and try this again later.

:laugh: you bum I meant his PF mate. Like frontcourt mate.

Bruno
08-22-2013, 03:18 PM
Memphis w/ home-court without much deliberation.

Mr. Baller
08-22-2013, 03:23 PM
Memphis w/ home-court without much deliberation.

:clap:

Bruno
08-22-2013, 03:41 PM
:clap:

I never look at who the managers are before I vote. And I don't read team arguments either. Try to be as objective as possible; not looking to insult anyone either, this all good fun.

xxplayerxx23
08-22-2013, 05:00 PM
I should vote against Memphis because baller didn't do his part of the writeup and made PL do all the work :p

Mr. Baller
08-22-2013, 05:12 PM
I actually wrote the last 2 paragraphs, just didn't do player head 2 head matchups.

roshan3ai
08-23-2013, 11:40 AM
I'm waiting for the Pelicans to come back

mightybosstone
08-23-2013, 11:51 AM
Grizzlies get my vote. I give Rosh a ton of credit for making the Pelicans not just a playoff team but a believable upset in Round 1. That being said I don't trust their offense. I can't buy into guys like Deng-Batum-Monroe carrying a team. It's not a Billups-Rip-Sheed team either because that team had multi-time DPOY winner Ben Wallace anchoring the defense. Maybe Batum and Monroe take steps forward over the next 2 years but I see them as complementary pieces. Meanwhile Memphis has a clear system where Rondo can dominate the ball and either feed his shooters or his bigs. And they have the reigning DPOY Marc Gasol. They can basically do it all.

x2. I was going to explain my vote, but this pretty much says it all. Great minds think alike. #MockNYK4Life