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Shammyguy3
10-21-2013, 09:31 PM
Every year the Bulls' Forum holds a game where GM's creates the best team via a clean slated fantasy, snake-draft and also by means of trade. 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 the Bulls' Forum 2013 NBA Re-Draft.

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. Some teams have written their own "write-ups" detailing why they should win this series.

ONTARIO HAS HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

4. Ontario
PG - Mike Conley/DJ Augustin
SG - Iman Shumpert/Dion Waiters/Wesley Johnson
SF - Matt Barnes/Dion Waiters/Luc Richard Mbah Moute
PF - Kevin Love/Jordan Hill/Luc Richard Mbah Moute
C - Marcin Gortat/JaVale McGee

5. Elk Grove
PG: Rajon Rondo - Jordan Farmar
SG: Joe Johnson - Nick Young - Shelvin Mack
SF: Paul Pierce - Metta World Peace - Jae Crowder
PF: Serge Ibaka - Daniel Orton
C: Kosta Koufos - Marcus Camby

Ontario Write-Up

First of All I would like to congratulate Phlp for making it this far but i fear this is the end for you bud.


Quick Points:

Elk Grove has two scoring options in Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson. These two players are playing where Ontario has great defenders in Matt Barnes and Iman Shumpert. These two defensive players will help keep the offensive numbers down for Elk Grove as they have no real third option.

Rajon Rondo is playing against a defensive young point guard in Mike Conley. Mike Conley has really clamped down on Rondo as he has limited him to just 39% shooting and a very high 3.4tov.
This matchup works wonders as Conley takes out Rondo as any type of hope that they get 15+ from Rondo.

Serge Ibaka is a block machine. But with the problem with Ibaka is he has no real offensive game it was shown in the playoffs where OKC struggled when they needed him to score in that Memphis Series. Ibaka is going up against Kevin Looooooove. In the past 9 meetings Love has put up solid numbers against Ibaka as he has avg'd, around 25ppg 14rpg , while shooting 48% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. Love has shown he can also stop Ibaka from being anyforce on the boards with him limiting Ibaka to 5.4rpg.

Kosta Koufos and Marcus Camby is really where Elk Grove might start to drop off a bit. They are going up against Marcin Gortat and JaVale McGee, Gortat had a down year in terms not having a real good ball handler who can run the pick and roll, but now with Mike Conley and a True #1 Option Gortat would be able to put up 16-9 against Koufos and Camby with McGee flourishing off the bench against the two.


Waiters/Hill/Moute/Augustin/Mcgee vs Young/Farmar/Crowder/MWP/Camby

The bench for both teams is something that will play a factor.
Elk Grove does have scorers in Young and Farmar and defensive players in Crowder and MWP but Ontario has size and our size will help us win games against Elk Grove. We have hustle freak Jordan Hill going up against Jae Crowder who is 4 inches shorter then him and then we have athletic freak McGee going up against an old and aging Marcus Camby. Waiters vs Young is an interesting matchup as both are put up less then decent numbers on teams that relied on them. Ontario seems like the perfect fit for Waiters too be an scorer when playing with the starters in Conley and Love and Gortat.

Ontario wins in 6.

Elk Grove Write-Up:

First off, I would like to congratulate Ontario on making the playoffs. It's been one helluva redraft and may the better team advance.

Back-Court:

PG: Rajon Rondo vs. Mike Conley - Both are exceptional young point guards on the rise. Both have specific skill sets that cater to their respective teams that make them unique. The reason why Rondo will out-dual Conley in this matchup is because of his ability to make others around him better. He has impeccable ball-handling skills, court vision and athleticism. Perhaps most importantly as a floor general, he can make everyone around him better using his remarkable skill set. On a team with shooters and slashers like JJ, PP, Young, Metta, etc... Rondo will have a field day passing to all these guys and creating open looks for everyone. Rondo is also a really good defender and has defended the likes of Kobe and LeBron in certain scenarios. Don't get me wrong, Conley is a great player himself, but Rondo will slow him down and since Ontario has no other legit scoring threat in their lineup other than Love, slowing down Conley will cause a lot more problems overall.

SG: Joe Johnson vs. Iman Shumpert - JJ is one of the main scoring threats on this team. At this stage in his career, that's all he is pretty much good for anyway, as well as his ability to create late game heroics. Shumpert has always been known as a "defender" ever since he came into the league, but taking a look at the following picture, you can see that in their lone matchup last season, Shumpert wasn't able to stop JJ at all. JJ went on to score 25 points and had a field day from behind the arc. JJ's ability to space the floor and his ability to be a secondary ball-handler to Rondo will create havoc for opposing defenses.
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Front-Court

SF: Paul Pierce vs. Matt Barnes - The classic matchup of offense vs. defense. Barnes is a serviceable defender at his current age and he can occasionally knock down the open 3's, but Pierce is still playing at an exceptionally high level. JJ and PP will be relied upon as the main scorers on the team. The main difference now is that PP won't be forced to create shots on his own like he once used to. With two ball handlers like JJ and Rondo on the team, he'll get a variety of open looks. In every head to head matchup between Barnes and PP, Pierce has always had the upper-hand, http://www.hoopsstats.com/basketball...n/13/12/177/25. Truth, no pun intended, of the matter is, Barnes isn't cut out to be a starter in this league anymore. He's a great role player, but just not starter material and for a playoff series, I'll take Pierce over Barnes any day of the week.

PF: Serge Ibaka vs. Kevin Love - This is the key matchup of the series. These two guys will be on each other every single game. Ibaka has vastly improved ever since he's come into the league and he clearly showed that in the playoffs being second fiddle to Durant with Westbrook out. Ibaka can score in a variety of ways. He has developed a quality offensive game that makes him a dangerous pick-and-roll partner because he can roll hard to the hoop or pop out and hit the midrange. With a pass first point guard like Rondo, that loves the pick and roll like he has done with KG, Ibaka will get many scoring opportunities to the basket. Where Ibaka makes his money though is on the defensive end. He can block shots and rebound with the best of them, which is why he will create problems for Love. Love will get his points in this series being the lone offensive weapon for Ontario. Even if he goes off for a lot of points, that alone won't net them a win, which can be seen from the real life Wolves. Ibaka's defense will slow down Love and cause problems for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_NhbGrpcDQ

C: Kosta Koufos vs. Marcin Gortat - This is also an interesting matchup in the sense that both have never been known for defense, but they have a creative offensive arsenal, which allows them to score in different ways. The first thing that jumps out about Koufos is that he is an excellent offensive rebounder. His awareness around the rim and ability to play the ball off the miss is impressive. Kosta Koufos was sixth in offensive rebounds per game per 36 minutes at 4.2 last season and considering Gortat has never been a great rebounder himself, this stat will be key. Koufos is also athletic for a 265 pounder; he started 81 games two seasons ago for a Denver team that was second in the NBA in pace and fifth in offensive efficiency. He will allow us to push the ball in transition with guys like Rondo, JJ and Ibaka running the floor. Lastly, an underrated strength of his is that he is a solid defender of the all important pick and roll. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zed1mqkYxGs
Koufos is quick enough laterally to react underneath the pick, cut off the potential drive or shot of Jamal Crawford and still recover back to the pop shot attempt of LaMarcus Aldridge. This will come in handy when Ibaka is forced to defend Love out on the wings. He can definitely hold his ground and will create some trouble for Gortat.

Benches: The bench advantage clearly goes to Ontario. They have quality veterans that compliment their starters nicely, even though McGee can be stupid at times. Our bench provides scoring when our starters need a breather, but I feel like Metta will come up big in this series with his ability to defend anyone all across the board.

All in all, this will be a series won in 5 games or so by Elk Grove. We just have too many offensive weapons to carry the scoring load if someone is having an off night. We also have late game finishers and proven playoff tested veterans that will allow us to advance to the next round.

Matter.
10-21-2013, 09:38 PM
Elk Grove has no size compared to us, we have boards for days.

AI
10-21-2013, 09:50 PM
Elk Grove has no size compared to us, we have boards for days.

Rondo, Pierce, Ibaka and Koufos are all good rebounders. Elk Grove wins this for me.

Matter.
10-21-2013, 09:52 PM
Rondo, Pierce, Ibaka and Koufos are all good rebounders. Elk Grove wins this for me.

Ibaka avgs around6-7 Rebs per game vs love, no bench rebounding outside of Camby, hill is a hustle man and McGee will be there also for put backs

Shammyguy3
10-21-2013, 09:54 PM
Ontario matches up PERFECTLY versus this team. Ontario's weakest defender in the starting lineup is going up against Serge Ibaka. Having Conley/Shumpert switching off on Rondo is a nightmare for that team. Plus, I feel that there's just not enough ball for Rondo/Johnson/Pierce to elevate each other's games. Johnson's not an elite three point shooter... their best shooter is Paul Pierce, who should be the 2ndary ball-handler but has JJ taking it away from him, and their 2nd best shooter is arguably Nick Young.

Pierce as a #1? With Joe Johnson as a #2? Versus Kevin Love? I just don't see it. Ontario wins this in a decisive 5 game series ---- just a poor matchup for Elk Grove imo.

Shammyguy3
10-22-2013, 11:15 AM
bump

bloomis1307
10-22-2013, 11:28 AM
Ontario matches up PERFECTLY versus this team. Ontario's weakest defender in the starting lineup is going up against Serge Ibaka. Having Conley/Shumpert switching off on Rondo is a nightmare for that team. Plus, I feel that there's just not enough ball for Rondo/Johnson/Pierce to elevate each other's games. Johnson's not an elite three point shooter... their best shooter is Paul Pierce, who should be the 2ndary ball-handler but has JJ taking it away from him, and their 2nd best shooter is arguably Nick Young.

Pierce as a #1? With Joe Johnson as a #2? Versus Kevin Love? I just don't see it. Ontario wins this in a decisive 5 game series ---- just a poor matchup for Elk Grove imo.

pretty much this for me

Matter.
10-23-2013, 10:00 AM
bump

aLau10
10-23-2013, 07:23 PM
Meant to go with Ontario... Frick. =(
But yeah main issue with Elk Grove is how they are gonna share the ball. I like the fit for Ontario more than Elk Grove.

Shammyguy3
10-23-2013, 08:36 PM
bump

Shammyguy3
10-24-2013, 10:46 AM
10+ hours left, if you haven't voted please do

Matter.
10-24-2013, 02:48 PM
Go ontarioooooooooo

Shammyguy3
10-24-2013, 07:26 PM
2 hours to go!