Originally Posted by 1987_Lakers
1987_Lakers, StateOfMind12, iamgine, & SuperPippen advance to the 2nd round.
2nd Round Matchups
PG - '72 Walt Frazier | '92 John Stockton (Will have Frazier starting this series for defense)
SG - '03 Tracy McGrady | '78 David Thompson (Plan to have T-Mac on LBJ & Frazier on Kobe to start)
SF - '86 Larry Bird | '06 Shawn Marion
PF - '87 Kevin McHale | '10 Pau Gasol
C - '77 Bill Walton | '85 Mark Eaton
PG - '12 LeBron James | '90 Kevin Johnson
SG - '06 Kobe Bryant | '92 Joe Dumars
SF - '12 Kevin Durant | 70 Connie Hawkins
PF - '00 A. Mourning | '99 Cris Webber
C - '07 Yao Ming | 76 Dave Cowens
PG - '08 Chris Paul | '96 Penny Hardaway
SG - '92 Clyde Drexler | '92 Mitch Richmond
SF - '05 Bruce Bowen | '06 Paul Pierce
PF - '97 Karl Malone | '06 Elton Brand
C - '94 Hakeem Olajuwon| '97 Dikembe Mutombo
PG - '89 Mark Price / '82 Dennis Johnson
SG - '90 Michael Jordan / '01 Allen Iverson
SF - '93 Charles Barkley / '06 Ray Allen
PF - '82 M. Malone / 79 Artis Gilmore
C - '11 Dwight Howard / '82 Robert Parish
PG Magic Johnson / Sidney Moncrief
SG Dominique Wilkins / Michael Cooper
SF Dennis Rodman / Chris Mullin
PF David Robinson / Ralph Sampson
C Patrick Ewing / Wes Unseld
PG - 96 Gary Payton | 92 Terry Porter
SG - '05 Manu Ginobili | 86 Alvin Robertson
SF - '94 Scottie Pippen | 83 Bobby Jones
PF - 96 Shawn Kemp | 02 Rasheed Wallace
C - '77 Kareem | '72 Nate Thurmond
1987_Lakers wins - To be quite honest, Anti-Hero's front court is fairly mediocre considering the fact that it's an all time draft. Frazier is an all time great - top 30/40 in my book, but he's never guarded anyone close to LeBron's overall athleticism, size and skill and would likely get torched despite his accolades. That being said, Bird at this point is straight up better than KD, in fact I'd almost say Durant is potentially a poor fit because he doesn't provide much outside of scoring and in a set-up like this, you need guys who are multi-dimensional. and 03 McGrady can score with Bryant with having the athleticism to match up.
StateOfMind wins - To start, though Howard and Parish are both good anchors, Hakeem would just torch them on both ends (look what he did to better players in Robinson and Ewing). As far as the match ups of the Malones go, I'm someone who thinks that they're both overrated. Karl Malone was very dependent on Stockton which works in his favor with Chris Paul and that he's got guys who can space and work off the ball in Ritchmond and Bowen. That's going to help him as Hakeem can take it down low and dominate and I do think Bowen would do a good job on MJ.
With Moses Malone, I think he's better than Karl Malone, but Karl Malone might be the one guy with enough brute strength to keep him off the offensive glass. With MM's offensive boards, it's important to remember that a lot of them were self-rebounds that he did to get himself the ball back in a better spot and he was a huge black hole - who knows how that's going to fly with Barkley and Jordan. Price is a fantastic shooter but CP3 is an amazing (albeit, overrated defender). The key player for SuperPippen is Barkley as he absolutely destroys Drexler or whoever is guarding him and Jordan is of course, Jordan. However, in the end I think SoM's better front court and much better back court depth carries him over.
iamgine wins. Very close, but sometimes the NBA comes down to match ups - for instance, I would've had Legends's team beating StateofMind's team, but I might potentially have SoM's team beating iamgine (not saying for that one).
Their front courts are more or less a wash - Kareem skyhooks over Ewing all day but I think Robinson's speed and athleticism can't be matched by the more hulking Thurmond. But when talking about their backups, I think the combination of Unseld and Sampson just gives iamgine's team the overall edge. Great guard match ups, Scottie would hurt Wilkens and his willing passing would be perfect for a team with Kareem. Of course Magic is also a tremendous passer and I don't think Payton would be as great on him as he was on let's say Jordan because Magic is a playmaker and doesn't have the score first mentality that would be much more mitigated by Payton.
The defense between the back courts is crazy - Payton, Pippen, Moncrief, Cooper AND Robertson? This is going to come down to who can score down low and though of course Kareem will get his, ultimately the duo of Robinson and Ewing with Johnson's overall on court guiding pushes them to a slight win.