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Sadds The Gr8
08-24-2014, 07:20 PM
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 2014 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.

CHICAGO HAS HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE.

Bulls Depth Chart:
PG: Goran Dragic/Kirk Hinrich/Shaun Livingston
SG: Lance Stephenson/Randy Foye/Goran Dragic/Tony Snell
SF: Chandler Parsons/Jared Dudley/Lance Stephenson/Carlos Delfino
PF: Chris Bosh/Ersan Ilyasova/Trevor Booker
C: Joakim Noah/Chris Bosh/Trevor Booker/Alexis Ajinca/Rudy Gobert

Thunder Depth Chart:
PG: Jrue Holliday/Mo Williams
SG: Monta Ellis/Rodney Stuckey/Evan Fournier/Carrick Felix
SF: Kevin Durant/Richard Jefferson/Tony Mitchell
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge/Reggie Evans
C: Omer Asik/Pero Antic/Vitor Faverani

No team sent writeups.

Clippersfan86
08-24-2014, 07:49 PM
Bulls in 6.

Clippersfan86
08-24-2014, 07:53 PM
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 2014 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.

CHICAGO HAS HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE.

Bulls Depth Chart:
PG: Goran Dragic/Kirk Hinrich/Shaun Livingston
SG: Lance Stephenson/Randy Foye/Goran Dragic/Tony Snell
SF: Chandler Parsons/Jared Dudley/Lance Stephenson/Carlos Delfino
PF: Chris Bosh/Ersan Ilyasova/Trevor Booker
C: Joakim Noah/Chris Bosh/Trevor Booker/Alexis Ajinca/Rudy Gobert

Thunder Depth Chart:
PG: Jrue Holliday/Mo Williams
SG: Monta Ellis/Rodney Stuckey/Evan Fournier/Carrick Felix
SF: Kevin Durant/Richard Jefferson/Tony Mitchell
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge/Reggie Evans
C: Omer Asik/Pero Antic/Vitor Faverani

No team sent writeups.

Thunder are more top heavy with Durant but the overall starting 5+bench of Chicago kills them. Then you throw in HCA and I have the Bulls.

Noah>>>>>>>Asik
Bosh=Aldridge
Parsons<<<<<<<<<<Durant
Stephenson>Ellis (as an overall player). At worst equal.
Dragic>>Holiday

Chicago bench>>>>>>>>OKC bench. OKC's depth is horrid.

Mr.Nate30
08-24-2014, 08:22 PM
Our bench isn't the worse there are plenty of decent role players there. Not to mention I don't see how they can stop Durant and Ellis on the offensive end of the court.

Clippersfan86
08-24-2014, 09:04 PM
Our bench isn't the worse there are plenty of decent role players there. Not to mention I don't see how they can stop Durant and Ellis on the offensive end of the court.

Ellis isn't THAT hard to stop TBH. Stephenson is an above average defender at SG who's a lot bigger and more physical. I have a feeling he would give Ellis major problems.

The_Jamal
08-24-2014, 09:17 PM
Now that I'm out, I can tlak about how freaking good Chicago is.

This team would dominate in all facets. Elite passing at every position, elite shooting, Elite scorers, and elite defensive anchor with Noah, superior depth. Perfectly crafted starting 5 and compliment to each other's talents.

While OKC has a lot of talent, always thought they wouldn't work offensively.

Mr.Nate30
08-24-2014, 10:16 PM
Now that I'm out, I can tlak about how freaking good Chicago is.

This team would dominate in all facets. Elite passing at every position, elite shooting, Elite scorers, and elite defensive anchor with Noah, superior depth. Perfectly crafted starting 5 and compliment to each other's talents.

While OKC has a lot of talent, always thought they wouldn't work offensively.

I still fail to see how we wouldn't work offensively. Ellis consumes a lesser role of what Westbrook did and is the 3rd option.

Mr.Nate30
08-24-2014, 10:17 PM
Ellis isn't THAT hard to stop TBH. Stephenson is an above average defender at SG who's a lot bigger and more physical. I have a feeling he would give Ellis major problems.

The Spurs Played Kawhi and Danny on Ellis for most of the first round series and had a hard time stopping him. Kawhi and Green are both better defenders and more physical then Stephenson.

Sadds The Gr8
08-25-2014, 12:39 AM
Bump

homestarunner93
08-25-2014, 01:11 AM
Our bench isn't the worse there are plenty of decent role players there. Not to mention I don't see how they can stop Durant and Ellis on the offensive end of the court.

Ellis struggled offensively against the Pacers this year, likely while being guarded by a combo of George Hill and Lance Stephenson. He shot .389 and .375 in those games. He's just not a particularly fearsome #3 option.

On top of that, Aldridge and Ellis both required a lot of volume to get their fill offensively. Aldridge was 10th in USG% and Ellis was 42nd in USG% in the whole league last year. How are they going to co-exist with KD if they need the ball that much to be effective?

Let's talk about the major defensive problems you have too, particularly in rim protection. Asik is a good rim defender, but he's never played more than 30 minutes in a game. You're going to be depending on Pero Antic to come in and protect the rim. Does anyone really think Pero Antic is effective enough to slow down Noah at the rim, not to mention two of the most proficient driving guards in the league in Stephenson and Dragic? Your team is absolutely screwed when Asik is out of the game defensively, and he's going to be a real drain on your team offensively, since he's nearly worthless on that side of the ball.

You also have to consider what an AWFUL match-up Lance Stephenson is for Monta. There's no way Monta can handle Lance defensively. He's giving up 2 inches and 30-40 pounds, and he has never shown to even be an average defensive player. You don't have any help on the bench either. Your wing defense is atrocious.

homestarunner93
08-25-2014, 01:14 AM
As for KD, we should be able to rotate a variety of guys on him and at least give him a little bit of trouble. Obviously no one is going to "stop" him, but he's not impossible to slow down a little bit. We'll rotate Parsons, Stephenson, Livingston, and a little bit of Dudley on him. Livingston actually played very well on KD in 2013/14:


Many nights, the Nets ask Livingston to guard the other teamís best player. In their two biggest wins of the season -- at Oklahoma City and at Miami -- Livingston played terrific defense on Kevin Durant and came away with a huge deflection on the Heatís final possession to clinch a Brooklyn victory.

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/brooklyn-nets/post/_/id/17111/shaun-livingston-facing-a-big-decision

Durant only scored 24 points in that game -- well below his season average -- and well below what he would need to do in this series to keep the Thunder afloat.

Clippersfan86
08-25-2014, 01:30 AM
Ellis struggled offensively against the Pacers this year, likely while being guarded by a combo of George Hill and Lance Stephenson. He shot .389 and .375 in those games. He's just not a particularly fearsome #3 option.

On top of that, Aldridge and Ellis both required a lot of volume to get their fill offensively. Aldridge was 10th in USG% and Ellis was 42nd in USG% in the whole league last year. How are they going to co-exist with KD if they need the ball that much to be effective?

Let's talk about the major defensive problems you have too, particularly in rim protection. Asik is a good rim defender, but he's never played more than 30 minutes in a game. You're going to be depending on Pero Antic to come in and protect the rim. Does anyone really think Pero Antic is effective enough to slow down Noah at the rim, not to mention two of the most proficient driving guards in the league in Stephenson and Dragic? Your team is absolutely screwed when Asik is out of the game defensively, and he's going to be a real drain on your team offensively, since he's nearly worthless on that side of the ball.

You also have to consider what an AWFUL match-up Lance Stephenson is for Monta. There's no way Monta can handle Lance defensively. He's giving up 2 inches and 30-40 pounds, and he has never shown to even be an average defensive player. You don't have any help on the bench either. Your wing defense is atrocious.

Thanks. I suspected this but didn't have the facts to support it :cheers:.

Sadds The Gr8
08-25-2014, 10:23 AM
Bump

Silent
08-25-2014, 10:41 AM
Chicago in 6 That Defence Monty Durant And Aldridge all need the ball in there hand not enough rock to go around

PhillyLuver
08-25-2014, 01:41 PM
Bump go Bulls

Sadds The Gr8
08-25-2014, 04:11 PM
Bump

PhillyLuver
08-25-2014, 05:31 PM
Bump, don't forget that the Bulls have HCA and a better coach.

xxplayerxx23
08-25-2014, 09:09 PM
Bump, don't forget that the Bulls have HCA and a better coach.

Lol coach. I picked the bulls but found that funny lol

Goose17
08-26-2014, 07:01 AM
Not sure if I'm too late for this? But whatever...

OKC in 6.

Chicago have the depth for sure but I don't see that being enough. They don't have a single player on the roster that can defend Durant or even slow him down. Parsons is a garbage defender (lol@the thought of Dudley defending him) and Stephenson doesn't have the length.

Durant and Aldridge is a hell of a duo and Jrue is a very good fit to run that offense for them. Asik is good enough defensively to cover up for any mistakes made by Ellis who consistently shoots the gap and reaches letting guys blow by him.

The biggest issue for OKC would be keeping the ball of of Monta's hands and making sure he doesn't hog. Then there's Noah and the depth of Chicago, they would also space the floor very nicely. It's a shame Ilyasova's shot from deep pretty much vanished this season, otherwise that would have helped as well.

Depth and the defensive player of the year keeps Chicago competitive, in the end OKC would win in a very close game 6.

Goose17
08-26-2014, 07:04 AM
lol, my vote made it 11-11... fun.

Goose17
08-26-2014, 07:04 AM
But now it's suddenly 12-11 :/

homestarunner93
08-27-2014, 12:07 AM
Red and white confetti!!!!

Westbrook36
08-27-2014, 12:18 AM
Looks like I missed out the debate sadly enough..Congrats to the Bulls, hell of a team.

It's a shame the game has come down to 24 total votes with no sticky for the Championship match. We use to get 24 votes for one team most rounds. Factor in how certain GMs hold stigmas and vote opposite of other GMs and it's become very dry.

Mr.Nate30
08-27-2014, 12:31 PM
Congrats to the Bulls. And I think we can say these games are dying :(. I just made the finals for once :))