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#1 Klewfish

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Posted May 05, 2013 - 07:57 PM

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Round 1- Larry Bird (1984-85) (via trade)
Round 2- Elvin Hayes (1974-75)
Round 3- Nate Thurmond (1967-68)
Round 3- Elgin Baylor (1962-63) (via trade)

Round 5- Robert Parish (1981-82)
Round 6- Sidney Moncrief (1983-84)

Round 7- Maurice Cheeks (1985-86)

Round 8- Andrei Kirilenko (2003-04)

Round 9- Mitch Richmond (1996-97)

Round 10- Mehmet Okur (2005-06)

 

FA- Nick Van Exel (1997-98)

FA- Buck Williams (1986-87)


Trade: Hakeem Olajuwon/4th round pick (#61 overall) for Larry Bird/3rd round pick (#43 overall)

PG: Maurice Cheeks/Sidney Moncrief/Nick Van Exel
SG: Elgin Baylor/Mitch Richmond
SF: Larry Bird/Andrei Kirilenko
PF: Elvin Hayes/Mehmet Okur/Buck Williams
C: Nate Thurmond/Robert Parish


Edited by Klewfish, May 19, 2013 - 10:58 PM.

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#2 David

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Posted May 05, 2013 - 10:11 PM

+1 for team name

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#3 Klewfish

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Posted May 11, 2013 - 12:08 AM

Now that Laker Fan Dudes made their pick, our trade worked out to be Hakeem Olajuwon /Jeff Hornacek for Larry Bird/Elgin Baylor. I really like it.
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Posted May 12, 2013 - 06:03 PM

Bro you just paired Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwan together lol.



#5 Klewfish

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Posted May 12, 2013 - 06:18 PM

I still like the trade for my team.


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#6 Klewfish

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Posted May 12, 2013 - 08:17 PM

7th round pick finally got my starting PG and completed my starting lineup. I think Mo was a great pickup this late in the game. Great floor general who will be able to distribute the ball to these guys, and play great defense all the way up the court. A true winner.


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#7 Klewfish

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Posted May 12, 2013 - 11:06 PM

I'm going to start choosing my players season's, along with some background information on them. I feel I have a very underrated team, mostly because I've picked older players, and want to make sure they get the respect they deserve. I'm going to start with who I feel is one of the most underrated players in NBA history, and my starting C. Nate Thurmond.

 

Many basketball observers say he provided the best mix of offense and defense in NBA history. His defense was better than Wilt Chamberlain and he was more offensively gifted than Bill Russell. He stood at 6'11'' and 260 and played a rugged style that intimidated the likes of Wilt and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar credits Thurmond as his toughest defender. There is a story out there that before playing Abdul-Jabbar, Thurmond watched game footage solely on Abdul-Jabbar's footwork, especially how he planted his foot on his sky hook. Thurmond held Kareem to 16 points that game in a season Kareem averaged 29 points per game. In addition to his all-world defensive and rebounding abilities, he was an above average passer, had a midrange shot, and is credited as being one of the best screen setters the NBA has ever seen. A total team player who made his opponents sweat for everything they did on the court. He reminds me of a Hakeem Olajuwon minus the advanced footwork. If they awarded DPOY back then it would've been a two man race between him and Bill Russell.

 

Other tidbits about Nate Thurmond's place in history:

 

- Averaged 22 RPG in 1967-68, an average exceeded only by Wilt and Russell in NBA history

- First ever player to record a quadruple-double, a feat only three other players have ever accomplished.

- Holds record for most rebounds in a quarter with 18.

- One of 5 players in NBA history to average 15 RPG for his career.

- One of 5 players in NBA history to average 20 RPG in a season.

- One of 4 players to have 40 rebounds in a single game

- Recorded 20+ rebounds in every game of the 1967 NBA Finals while playing against Wilt Chamberlain.

- Made 5 All-Defensive Teams

 

I am going to choose Nate Thurmond's 1967-68 season in which he averaged 20.5 ppg, 22.0 rpg, 4.2 apg and was runner-up to Wilt Chamberlain in NBA MVP voting (received 33% of votes).


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#8 Klewfish

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Posted May 15, 2013 - 10:07 PM

I'd next like to do a little profile on Thurmond's frontcourt mate, Elvin Hayes.


Elvin is known for his turnaround jumper. That jumper from the baseline is said to be as much a certainty as death and taxes. He also was quite an imposing force on the defensive end, being very aggressive and another premier shotblocker (ranks 21st all time). He ranks 8th all time in points (27,313) and 4th all time in rebounding (16,279). His rookie season he led the league in scoring putting up 28.4ppg. He was a 12 time all star, 1 time NBA champion, led the league in scoring once, rebounding twice, and was in the top 10 in blocks every year of his career. Yet somehow he is never in the discussion for best power forward of all time.

 

I couldn't be happier having him and Thurmond anchoring my defense, snatching rebounds while still providing an offensive presence.


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#9 Klewfish

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Posted May 19, 2013 - 06:48 PM

STARTING LINEUP

 

Maurice Cheeks PG- (1985-86)

Stats

15.5 ppg

2.5 rpg

9.2 apg

2.5 spg

0.3 bpg

54% FG

84% FT

 

Achievements

All-Star

All-Defense (1st)

4th in assists

2nd in steals


Elgin Baylor SG/SF (1962-63)

Stats

34.0 ppg

14.3 rpg

4.8 apg

45%FG

84%FT

 

Achievements

All-Star

All-NBA (1st)

2nd in points

5th in rebounds

5th in assists

2nd in PER

2nd in MVP voting

 

Larry Bird- SF (1984-85)

Stats

28.7 ppg

10.5 rpg (2.1 offensive)

6.6 apg

1.6 spg

1.2 bpg

0.7 3PM

52% FG

89%FT

43% 3PT

 

Achievements

MVP

All-Star

All-NBA (1st)

2nd in points

4th in 3PM

10th in rebounding

1st in PER

 

Elvin Hayes- PF (1974-75)

Stats

23.0 ppg

12.2 rpg (2.7 offensive)

2.2 apg

1.9 spg

2.3 bpg

44%FG

77% FT

 

Achievements

All-Star

All-NBA (1st)

All-Defense (2nd)

5th in scoring

5th in rebounding

8th in steals

4th in blocks

MVP voting (3rd)

1st in defensive rating.

 

Nate Thurmond C/PF (1967-68)

Stats

20.5 ppg

22.0 rpg (had 4.0 offensive in 1973-74, first year offensive rebounds were recorded)

4.2 apg

41% FG

64% FT

 

Achievements

All-Star


Edited by Klewfish, May 20, 2013 - 01:30 AM.

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#10 Klewfish

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Posted May 19, 2013 - 09:20 PM

BENCH

 

Sidney Moncrief -PG/SG (1983-84)

Stats

20.9 ppg

6.7 rpg (2.7 offensive)

4.5 apg

1.5 spg

.3 bpg

50%FG

85%FT

 

Achievements

All-Star

All-NBA (2nd)

All-Defense (1st)

Defensive Player of the Year (2nd in a row)

 

Mitch Richmond- SG (1996-97)

Stats

25.9 ppg

3.9 rpg (0.7 offensive)

4.2 apg

1.5 spg

0.3 bpg

2.5 3PM

45% FG

86% FT

43% 3PT

 

Achievements

All-Star

All-NBA (2nd)

4th in points

4th in 3PM

5th in 3P%

 

Andrei Kirilenko- SF/PF (2003-04)

Stats

16.5 ppg

8.1 rpg (2.3 offensive)

3.1 apg

1.9 spg

2.8 bpg

45% FG

79% FT

34% 3PT

 

Achievements

All-Star

All-Defense (2nd)

9th in FTM

5th in steals

3rd in blocks

 

Mehmet Okur- PF/C (2005-06)

Stats

18.0 ppg

9.1 rpg (2.6 offensive)

2.4 apg

0.5 spg

0.9 bpg

1.0 3PM

46% FG

78% FT

34% 3PT

 

Robert Parish- C (1981-82)

Stats

19.9 ppg

10.8 rpg (3.6 offensive)

1.8 apg

0.9 spg

2.4 bpg

54% FG

71% FT

 

Achievements

All-Star
All-NBA (2nd)

6th in rebounding

5th in blocks

 

Nick Van Exel- PG (1996-97)

Stats

15.3 ppg

2.9 rpg

8.5 apg

1.0 spg

0.1 bpg

2.2 3PM

40% FG

83% FT

39% 3PT

 

Buck Williams- PF (1986-87)

Stats

18.5 ppg

12.0 rpg (4.0 offensive)

1.6 apg

1.0 spg

1.1 bpg

56% FG

73% FT

 

Achievements

2nd in rebounding

6th in FG%


Edited by Klewfish, May 20, 2013 - 01:35 AM.

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#11 Klewfish

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Posted May 20, 2013 - 07:13 PM

As far as philosophy, offensively we are built to run through Larry Bird. Elgin Baylor and Elvin Hayes will get their opportunities, and Mo Cheeks is there to help control tempo and make sure the ball is moving and everyone is getting touches. Defensively we have one of the best anchors in the game in Nate Thurmond, and Elvin Hayes was a ferocious defender as well. I'll get more in depth when we get to the playoff matchups, but their athleticism and versatility is nearly unmatched in this competition. On the perimeter Mo Cheeks can harass the ballhandler, and Elgin and Larry's length can help funnel perimeter players towards our shotblockers, while contesting shots themselves.

 

Off the bench we are built more to run. The offense can run through Mitch Richmond (or Nick when he's in the game), using AK47 and Sid the Kid as slashers, with Mehmet and Robert Parish's shooting ability helping spread the floor for penetration by any of the guards. Defensively we've got great defenders with Sidney Moncrief (2x DPOY) and AK47 on the wings and Robert Parish holding down the paint. 

 

In a game like this, where everyone team is stocked with talent, you have to have versatility to counter and attack teams in multiple ways, and so that is the philosophy I used to build my team. I emphasized defense with a priority to find players that could be effective in any type of offensive setting.


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