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  1. #1
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    How would Shaq's team do vs current top 5

    With him choosing these 4 guys to introduce him in the Hall of fame.

    Add Shaq to the mix.

    PG Isiah
    SG Dr J
    SF Russell
    PF Zo
    C Shaq


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    Current Top 5 in 2016 (You pick them)
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    Steph C
    Klay T (had Kobe hints the edit)
    Kevin D
    LeBron J
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    Quote Originally Posted by HOLD_THIS_L View Post
    Steph C
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    Hakeem O

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    PG Isiah
    SG Dr J
    SF Russell
    PF Zo
    C Shaq

    vs

    PG: Lebron
    SG: Curry
    SF: Durant
    PF: Leonard
    C: Green

    would cause the most mismatches. Shaq would have to hit all of his free throws to overcome the 3-point barrage of Curry-Durant-Leonard-Green that Lebron would be dishing to



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    Quote Originally Posted by JordansBulls View Post
    PG Isiah
    SG Dr J
    SF Russell
    PF Zo
    C Shaq
    PG - Stephen Curry
    SG - Jimmy Butler
    SF - Kevin Durant
    PF - LeBron James
    C - DeMarcus Cousins

    The modern top-five needs to win on the perimeter, but they also need a couple bangers like Butler and James. No way is Cousins going to mitigate O'Neal in the post. But O'Neal isn't stopping Cousins either, especially when he gets pulled out to the three-point line. I almost want to drop Curry and play Chris Paul way better defense, and still a significant threat from three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shammyguy3 View Post
    PG Isiah
    SG Dr J
    SF Russell
    PF Zo
    C Shaq

    vs

    PG: Lebron
    SG: Curry
    SF: Durant
    PF: Leonard
    C: Green

    would cause the most mismatches. Shaq would have to hit all of his free throws to overcome the 3-point barrage of Curry-Durant-Leonard-Green that Lebron would be dishing to
    The Shaq team would be shooting 70% from the field by simply dunking on their current counterparts. Sure they could foul them to send Shaq and Russell to the line... Until they foul out (which would be relatively quickly).

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    Quote Originally Posted by valade16 View Post
    The Shaq team would be shooting 70% from the field by simply dunking on their current counterparts. Sure they could foul them to send Shaq and Russell to the line... Until they foul out (which would be relatively quickly).
    I don't think so, Isiah/Erving/Russell never had to deal with the complexity of help-defense and zones. When you factor in three players that aren't used to using space on the court optimally, and put them with two other guys that cannot score outside of 6 feet, it will become very easy to stop penetration and easy to double team/force turnovers.

    On the other side, you could have a pick and roll with any of the 2016 star players with any of them being the pick & roll ball handler or the pick setter.



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    That would be an awful line-up. Shaq and Russell couldn't shoot and would just clog the lane. Mourning would give even less spacing, and neither Dr. J nor Thomas had much of a 3-pt shot.

    I'm confident the curry Warriors line-up would take that team out easily with a slight upgrade at C. Perhaps DMC, or Marc Gasol. Somebody big enough to through some weight into Shaq. If you want, you can swap Green out for LBJ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonJohnHorn View Post
    That would be an awful line-up. Shaq and Russell couldn't shoot and would just clog the lane. Mourning would give even less spacing, and neither Dr. J nor Thomas had much of a 3-pt shot.

    I'm confident the curry Warriors line-up would take that team out easily with a slight upgrade at C. Perhaps DMC, or Marc Gasol. Somebody big enough to through some weight into Shaq. If you want, you can swap Green out for LBJ.
    Agreed, and I think Bogut would actually be perfectly fine because he's a monster defensively



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    Quote Originally Posted by Shammyguy3 View Post
    I don't think so, Isiah/Erving/Russell never had to deal with the complexity of help-defense and zones. When you factor in three players that aren't used to using space on the court optimally, and put them with two other guys that cannot score outside of 6 feet, it will become very easy to stop penetration and easy to double team/force turnovers.

    On the other side, you could have a pick and roll with any of the 2016 star players with any of them being the pick & roll ball handler or the pick setter.
    And Draymond Green has never had to deal with anyone as strong or talented in the post as Zo, let alone Shaq.

    You say Isiah/Dr. J/Bill never had to deal with help defense and zone my answer is they won't here either.

    With that team any second not spent with a hard double on Shaq is an automatic lob dunk for Shaq. Dray gives up near half a foot and 50 lbs.

    So who Doubles Shaq with Dray? Kawhi or KD? Because if it's Kawhi that means leaving KD on Zo, no a good idea.

    But let's reverse the rules, what if it was pre-00's rules? Does Shaq's team suddenly have the edge to you or still no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordansBulls View Post
    With him choosing these 4 guys to introduce him in the Hall of fame.

    Add Shaq to the mix.

    PG Isiah
    SG Dr J
    SF Russell
    PF Zo
    C Shaq


    vs

    Current Top 5 in 2016 (You pick them)
    Russell meaning Bill Russell? At the 3? All amazing players in a vacuum but man his team would get smoked by any well rounded beasts just by virtue of the fact that they have nobody who can space the floor and hit threes.

    I won't even take the best players or team possible. I would feel extremely comfortable in this matchup with a team of...

    PG: CP3
    SG: Jimmy Butler
    SF: Lebron James
    PF: Draymond Green
    C: Rudy Gobert

    That's ELITE defense at every position. Unselfish players. Passing/scoring in droves. They'd just wipe the floor with Shaq's team and their complete lack of shooting ability (2 players who can hit a three, and those two were a career 29% on 1 attempt per game). They'd also own the transition game with dunks and open threes.

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    ^Swap CP3 for Curry, Butler for Klay, Lebron for KD, Draymond for Millsap, and Gobert for Marc Gasol and I'm still feeling pretty good.

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    How would Shaq's team do vs current top 5

    Isiah, Dr. J and Shaq is a pretty ferocious fast break actually lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valade16 View Post
    And Draymond Green has never had to deal with anyone as strong or talented in the post as Zo, let alone Shaq.

    You say Isiah/Dr. J/Bill never had to deal with help defense and zone my answer is they won't here either.

    With that team any second not spent with a hard double on Shaq is an automatic lob dunk for Shaq. Dray gives up near half a foot and 50 lbs.

    So who Doubles Shaq with Dray? Kawhi or KD? Because if it's Kawhi that means leaving KD on Zo, no a good idea.

    But let's reverse the rules, what if it was pre-00's rules? Does Shaq's team suddenly have the edge to you or still no?
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    But they would have to deal with help defense and zone. The best three point shooter shoots below 30% from three. Play zone the entire time, nobody steps out beyond 15 feet honestly and the game is won by denying post entry and shooting just a mediocre rate from deep (like 37%, which will be easily achieved by Curry Durant Leonard and Green).

    You don't need to bother doubling Shaq honestly. Because he will be hurling over his own guys and having difficulty getting the ball in the first place.

    Reverse the rules and allow no zones then Shaq's team imroves And I might switch my roster a little. However, even if you did switch the rules I am not entirely convinced the Shaq team wins man.

    From three point land alone I imagine the Lebron - Curry - Durant- Leonard - Green team makes at least 20 a game because who in the world will Shaq/Zo keep up?

    The Shaq team also will risk not getting their defense set up if they choose to take advantage of crashing the boards opening up the transition game for Lebron and company



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    PG - Chris Paul
    SG - Steph Curry
    SF - Kawi Leonard
    PF - LeBron James
    C - Demarcus Cousins

    I'd feel pretty good Goin up against them with the lineup

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