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Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:14 pm
Well, for what it's worth, I wasn't involved in the draft, so I can give you a guys a truly unbiased analysis. Here's my opinion, from the outside looking in:
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COLTRANING - Center and power forward is not as major of an issue as one would think. Don't forget; Michael Jordan made Scottie Pippen a future hall-of-famer. How good did Drew Gooden look during last season's playoffs? And what has Steve Nash done throughout his entire career? I love this team because it's packed with players that make everybody else better. Personally, I'd start Nash, Jordan, LeBron, Dirk, and Walton. The point guard spot doesn't miss a beat, going from Nash to Kidd (which is important, because the chemistry of the team is going to be consistent). Poppovich should feel right at home with Bill Walton in the middle (another Big Fundamental). Unfortunately, Joe Fulks looks a bit out of place on this roster, but he's a 12th man, so it's really not a problem. I'd be interesting to see if Jordan (whose, traditionally, played in a half-court setting) would be as effective in a run-and-gun lineup (Nash, LeBron, Kidd, Carter, Amare).
Overall, the combined effort of Nash, Kidd, LeBron, and Jordan would push everybody else's games into the stratusfear. I give this team an 8.5/10.
JOHN PATRICK - Charles Barkley and Gary Payton are interesting picks to place on a tight-lipped Larry Brown ship. How long do you think that would have lasted in real life? A week? Maybe a week and a half? But I think, aside from the coaching, the set-up almost works. Wilt Chamerlain inside is franchise enough for any team; but being able to kick it out to a Chris Mullin or a Mitch Ritchmond is almost unfair. Barkley looks out of place (how many rebounds or post-plays is HE gonna get, next to the Dipper?), Chris Bosh is kind of a bold pick (especially for an 'all-time' thread), and the point guard tempo's would be completely off-the-wall. Cousy is a runner and Payton plays half-court (due to his outsided touch). I can see Glove working with this lineup, but not so much with Cousy. Bernard King, George Gervin, and Dominique Wilkins all bring firepower, but they're all (basically) the same player. It would have been nice to see a better 3-point shooting PG and PF on this lineup (to compliment Mullin and Ritchmond, who'd be eating up free 3-pointers off Wilt's constant double-teams). I mean, aside from Shaq's squad, who else would be able to play Chamberlain man-to-man?
Overall, I don't think Larry Brown is the best guy to coach this team (he's clearly a defensive coach... which is a weakness, aside from Wilt and Payton). And Charles Barkley was a wasted pick. Pairing Chamberlain with a megastar guard would have been a stroke of genius; but now the key seems too crowded. I give this team a 6.5/10.
REGGIE LEWIS - THIS is the sort of lineup that John Patrick should have been going for. With Kareem holding down the paint, the outside majorly opens up... and who does he have to toss it to? Reggie Miller, Allen Iverson, Rick Barry, and Alex English. Its tough to imagine Iverson not being a #1 offensive option, but (for this team to succeed) the offensive would need to run through Abdul-Jabbar. Lenny Wilkins is a decent fit for this team; he enjoys the half-court style (which is clearly their strength). Tony Parker is a question mark on this roster, but the rest of it makes sense. Cheif is a good, similar sub for Kareem. And the tempo doesn't wack out when Iverson and Parker swap places. The pieces all fit; so they'd be in the runnings. But, in a legend's finals, nobody can say for sure.
Overall, I'd give it a 8.0/10. Everything fits, but they might get run over by a squad with more star power.
PESTILENCE - Red Holtzman and Magic Johnson is a stroke of genius. Johnson and Archibald both play uptempo styles. Rodman, the Malones, and Mourning on the glass is scary. Artest, Rodman, and Mourning on the floor at the same time is unfair. And, to top it all off, they have Mr. 81 in the background, too?!? On the floor (and on paper), it all makes sense. The only question mark is ego: I've seen the Mailman and Zo accept minor roles for the good of their team; but what happens when Magic and Kobe both want to be "the man" on their squad? And does anybody else think that Ron Artest and Dennis Rodman might end up in a cage match before the 10th game of the season? If everything were basketball, this team would dominate the competition. But offcourt issues are the only thing that may bury this squad. It's too bad Phil Jackson wasn't available to calm these ego's.
Overall, it's an easy 9.0/10. The only question marks on the team have nothing to do with basketball.
XBAYAREAWARRIORX - Pat Riley was a perfect fit with Bill Russell. Dr. J? Not so much. I think this team has too many centers (Russell, Mikan, Captain, Gilmore) and not enough power forwards. One could argue that they'd play one of their 5's at PF, but that tanks the Paul/Zeke tempo that they need to thrive. Speaking of which, Paul and Thomas don't seem like the right kind of point guards for Chris Webber, Julius Erving, George Mikan, Bill Russell, or Willis Reed. Pippen and Wade's styles kind of mesh, so that might be the best duo this lineup can manage. I love the Bill Russell pick, but Dr. J wasn't a good next choice... and it just becomes a blur from there.
Overall, it's a 5.5/10 team. Russell can only take you so far, and the rest of the squad looks like a potluck of semi-franchise players (Webber? Pippen? Erving? Wade? None of them have achieved anything without a lot of help).
MIGYA - Aside from Bellamy and Maravich, this entire team came out of the Golden Age of basketball. Hakeem inside and Bird outside is unmatched. Garnett is a great compliment to Olajuwon because he can play inside or outside. Ewing and Brand look like the same sort of duo. And Phil Jackson doesn't really have any egos (aside from, maybe, McGrady's) to tame. Grant Hill was an iffy pick, but that's pretty much it. Pierce was a nice late pickup. Another thing is that Maravich, Hardaway, and Johnson all play an uptempo style; which suits the team well. Jackson seems like a bit of overkill to coach this group (since there are no ego's to calm and they'll get to the Finals, no matter what), but I don't think it matters. Great individual talent that appears to have great chemistry.
Overall, an easy 9.0/10.
TMC - Red can make pretty much any squad better. And this team has solid pieces. The problem is... a couple key pieces look a bit lukewarm. Elgin Baylor could have easily been had 2 rounds later; and, still, he's not start-worthy for an "all-time" team. Earl Monroe is another iffy choice (out of all the available guards throughout time, you'd have him starting on your squad?). Oscar was a great choice... and Duncan's an excellent compliment to him, but the bench seems kind of stale, besides Robinson and Frazier. James Worthy and Elgin Baylor leave a lot to be desired at SF. Nate Thurmond's backup (Spencer Haywood) is a huge dropoff. And picking Arenas is like picking Chris Paul. Dale Ellis is a decent final pick, but I can't see this team climbing over migya, Pest, or colt's lineup.
Overall, it's a 7.5/10. Baylor and Monroe could have been better picks for the starting 5.
THUNDER - John Stockton is a running point guard. He thrives off top-of-the-key steals and open court transition. Shaquille O'Neal does not. When picking a guy like Shaq or Wilt, the best possible thing to put them with would be a shooter (since they demand so many double teams), but I can't see one on this team that really demands a lot of outside respect. I mean, Stockton, West, Dumars, Drexler... they're all decent from the outside, I guess... but it would have been wise to put Shaq with a Reggie Miller, Steve Kerr, Chris Mullin, Larry Bird, ect type of player. Someone who, if left open, will knock it down, 100% of the time. This team is lacking that. Chuck Daly and Shaq would hit it off because of Daly's coaching of Darryl Dawkins (who, I can't believe nobody picked), but I can't really see any roles for Yao or Ben Wallace on this team. McHale is wasted next to Shaq, but would find a great niche with Yao or Wallace. Pettit, on the other hand, is best suited to be the midrange threat complimenting Shaq's inside force. Marion is an awkward pick, but every roster has one. Overall, the tempo-clash and lack of a role for many key players would bury this squad.
I'm giving it a 7.0/10. Shaquille O'Neal can make a star out of anyone, but I don't think Jerry West, John Stockton, Bob Pettit, or Joe Dumars are athletic enough to fully enjoy the bennefits of playing next to Shaquille O'Neal.
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Anyways, thats my two cents. I think Miggy and Pest would duke it out in the Finals, but it's anyone's guess as to who would win.
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