- 07/07/2010, 07:57PM ET
Fossil Ridger said 07/07, 07:57 PM
G - Jose Calderon
G - Joe Johnson
F - Danny Granger
F - Amar'e Stoudimire
F - Al Jefferson
PG - Chauncey Billups
SG - Kevin Durant
SF - Gerald Wallace
PF - Josh Smith
C - Chris Bosh
From just looking off your roster, I see one problem: You have two small forwards. Which will cause problems. Joe Johnson, one of the best shooting guards in the game, will blow by Durant. There is no way that Durant will be able to keep Johnson in front of him.
The other problem I see with your team is that your team seems uncoachable. Kevin Durant seems to be your star. Billups seems to be your facilitor. Bosh seems to be your inside presence. Wallace seems to be your role player?
Wallace had a breakout season with the Bobcats, quickly becoming the star. But he has a reputation of being a hothead. How are he and Josh Smith going to handle not being the first, second, or even third option??? These hotheads are going to want their share of shots.
Meanwhile, my team has an equal balance. Calderon and Amare will run the pick and roll perfectly. Johnson and Granger will be my main scoring thoughts. Jefferson will be my post presence.
Rudedog: Thankful said 07/07, 08:26 PM
I realized last week that the Curry at SG issue needed to be dealt with. People don't see him in such a good way as I do.
So I moved Durant to the SG position. Now, I looked at 82games.com for some stats when figuring this out. And Durant played some time at the SG position and his per 48 minute stats were 32.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists.
Is it a natural position for Durant? No.
Can he adjust, absolutely.
He's a scorer. And actually, he wouldn't even need to guard Joe Johnson. Gerald Wallace was named to the All-Defensive team this year and him guarding Johnson would not be an issue.
As for the PF debate, you act like Josh Smith is the first option in his offense. At best, I'd consider him the 3rd option behind Horford or Johnson. He averaged only 12 shots a game last year.
This hothead debate I don't know about either. Smith and Wallace have never seemed as hotheads and never been the main options on their teams. I don't think they'll have a problem playing behind Bosh and Durant.
Bosh seems to be your inside presence.
Offensively, yes. Defensively, I have Josh Smith to bang around with Al Jefferson.
Fossil Ridger said 07/07, 09:24 PM
Durant at the SG?
I'm sorry, but he is not going to be succesful there. Maybe offensively, but defensivly, guarding Danny Granger isn't going to work for him.
In one game verus them this year, DG scored 25 pts. Nothing above average, but it gets better when you notice he shot 6-21... He made 9 free throws. Meaning that against KD, he could get to the basketball and draw the foul at will.
In another game against the Thunder, Granger scored 32 pts., He had no turnovers and went to the line 9 times, making 8.
Bottom line, Granger can pretty much score at will versus Durant.
Amar'e Stoudimire is a beast offensively for one and only one reason. He has a passing point guard. That's one reason I don't think he will succeed in New York.
Jose Calderon is just that. He averaged 5.9 apg. Amar'e and him will be UNSTOPPABLE. Both Jose and Amar'e are experts
How are you going to defend that?
Rudedog: Thankful said 07/07, 10:10 PM
guarding Danny Granger isn't going to work for him.
Hmmm. Ok. How about the fact that, in game one, he only had 3 fouls, so he wasn't the one not fouling him. He obviously forced him into a bad shooting night. Durant forced Granger into 3 turnovers and had a steal of his own.
In game 2, Granger did have an all-around good game. You can't stop 'em every time, but Durant still had only 3 fouls and 2 steals. Your short changing Durant defensively
Maybe you should start worrying about guarding Durant.
If you want Joe Johnson to guard him, against the Hawks, Durant scored 29 and 33 points. Your going to have Granger guard him? Durant went off for 40 points in their first matchup.
So your so worried about Durant being awful defensively and not worrying about his scoring. Wallace can lock down the 2-guard and Durant can guard his natural position.
I said in my last TD that I'd run a up-tempo type of game, Mike D'Antoni style. How do you plan on slowing down a fast break with Wallace and Smith flying for dunks, Durant spotting up or attacking, and the great decision maker in Billups?
Fossil Ridger said 07/08, 03:00 PM
You fail to mention that during the second game when Durant went up against Granger the 2nd time, he scored 16 pts, 5 turnovers with only 3 assists. Granger had 32 points and 3 steals, all 3 on Durant.
You still haven't told me how you are going to defend the pick and roll. I have said it once and I will say it again but he is only good because of it. That's why I picked a PG that is equally knowledgable and successful of the style.
Al Jefferson and Josh Smith is going to be an intense matchup. Let's look at how they did when they played each other twice this season.
AJ - 17 pts., 10 rebs., 2 asts.
JS - 10 pts., 3 rebs., 3 asts.
In the 2nd game, Al Horford was guarding Jefferson the majority of the time so you can't really compare them.
Jefferson, however quietly, gets his double doubles while limiting his opponents.
Calderon likes to run. Johnson likes to run. Granger likes to run. Jefferson and the Wolves switched to an up-tempo offense this past year. Amar'e definately likes to run.
It looks like we are going to have an up-tempo game. If we run it, we can defend it.
And how are you going to defend the pick and roll???
Rudedog: Thankful said 07/08, 07:43 PM
You fail to mention that during the second game
I mentioned the 2nd game was just an all-around bad game for Durant. They happen and stars have them, but it's not something natural.
how you are going to defend the pick and roll
You act like this is an issue.
Guarding the pick and roll is hard for players like Shaq, Kendrick Perkins, Andrew Bynum, etc. It's not hard for players like Chris Bosh and Josh Smith. They are two of the most mobile big men in the game. You think they are going to have issues guarding the pick and roll.
Look at the '08 Olympic team. They're biggest weakness in the past was guarding the pick and roll. What'd they do? Got Bosh, Howard, Boozer, Anthony, and Prince: all big athletic forwards who can move and guard the pick and roll.
And look who I have. Bosh and Smith. The exact description of those players.
If we run it, we can defend it.
That doesn't make much sense. You can't have a fast breaking game and expect to defend much of anything. It's going to be who scores more.
Smith and Bosh are mobile
Durant can run
Wallace is a high flyer
Billups can run and make decisions
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