- 11/01/2013, 08:14PM ET
DJ: Loyal Lakers fan said 11/01, 08:14 PM
-You have to have 5 completely different players so that these 2 teams could (hypothetically) actually play and we argue why our respective teams would win.
-Be creative. It's easy to pick the top player at each position and try to win off popularity votes. There's only one ball, all 5 players have to share it.
PG: Stephen Curry
SG: James Harden
SF: Kevin Durant
PF: Kevin Love
List first, argue 2nd and 3rd.
Argos. said 11/01, 09:24 PM
"There's only one ball, all 5 players have to share it."
Good point. Pretty sure Durant, Curry, and Harden are all at their best with the ball in their hands, and pretty much ways have the ball.
PG: Chris Paul
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: LeBron James
PF: Tim Duncan
C: Marc Gasol
I will highlight in my next two arguments that my fantasy team would be more effective offensively and sharing and spreading the ball. Not to mention my team is dominate defensively.
DJ: Loyal Lakers fan said 11/01, 09:51 PM
"Good point. Pretty sure Durant, Curry, and Harden are all at their best with the ball in their hands, and pretty much ways have the ball."
Curry is a PG and is averaging 7.5apg so far this season (plus I didn't want to stack my team with the best player at every position) and he can play some good defense.
Harden's a very good playmaker with the ball in his hands and I got KD because every team needs a clutch, go to scorer when the game is on the line.
Kevin Love gives me a solid passing big man who can stretch the defense with his ability to make the outside shot.
I'll concede you have the better PG.
But Harden is a better overall player than Thompson. All Klay does is shoot, he doesn't pass much or even attempt to play defense.
SF is a wash between Durant and James imo.
A healthy Love is better than TD who is already hurt with a chest contusion and will most likely miss the game against the Lakers tonight.
Howard is better than Marc Gasol. Marc might be a better offensive player, but he is nowhere close to being the rebounder or defender Howard is.
Argos. said 11/01, 11:18 PM
You have the players that ranked 5th, 6th, and 8th in the league last year in field goal attempts. And all need the ball to be effective.
I only had Lebron in the top 15, and no other player in the top 30 in field goal attempts per game (Tim Duncan was next at 33). I have a team with players that are notorious for be selfless, with guys like Paul, LeBron and Duncan. Then have two guys who would be no more than role players offensively. Meanwhile, you have a PG, that yes had 6.8 APG last season (with was only 14th in the NBA), but also took more shots than any other PG and is known for his shooting ability, not his passing.
My starting 5 averaged 25.9 assists per game last year, yours 21.1
Remember, 1 ball, 5 players.
Thompson is an elite 3-point shooter (.401) and according to the experts is an elite (top 5 wing player) defensively. He would be the perfect fit.
Duncan is a winner, a better defender, more effective scorer, and is less injury prone. Duncan played more games than Love last year, and the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the one before that.
LeBron is clearly better, don't be stupid.
DJ: Loyal Lakers fan said 11/02, 10:34 AM
Wow. Maybe, you don't watch the games but Thompson sucks on defense. What reputable source said he's an elite wing player?
LeBron is a great player, no doubt. But, Durant is the next Kobe Bryant. He's a clutch player who drains shots when the game is on the line.
Last year: http://www.82games.com/1213/CSORT11.HTM
Durant was 4th, James was 7th. Plus, Durant is a better 3-point shooter and FT shooter in the clutch.
My team kills yours in 3-point shooting.
Love: 21.7% (clearly an aberration, he's a 35.2% career shooter)
I can spread the floor and despite you saying otherwise, this is a talented team that can and will pass. You and I both know the bulk of your assists come from 2 players, CP and James. 17, to be exact.
Curry averaged 6.8apg last year, Harden averaged 5.8, Durant 4.6 Love 2.3 and Howard 1.4, but big men rarely get big numbers in that department.
So insinuating that Curry, Harden and Durant are all shameless gunners isn't 100% accurate. They can and will pass. That's evident by Curry averaging 7.5 apg. Even Love is averaging 3apg this season so far.
Argos. said 11/02, 11:26 AM
Here are just three sources (out of many I found), telling the world how Klay Thompson is an elite wing defender:
Here is a quote from one of those links:
"According to 82games, Thompson held shooting guards to a 13.5 PER and small forwards to a 14.1 PER, both numbers below the league average rate of 15. To top if off, Thompson forced all opposing players to shoot at a 35.5 percent clip, 34 percent on isolations and 35.3 on pick-and-rolls, according to SynergySports. Compare that to Tony Allen's respective numbers at 34.2 percent from the field, 36.1 percent on isolations and 30.9 percent on pick-and-rolls. Anytime you can have a guy shoot over 40 percent from distance and provide near-elite defense"
Your team will spread the floor by having four guys stand out by the perimeter and shooting? All you need is one sharp shooter.
Curry is a terrible defender. So is Kevin Love. James Harden is suspect. Three weak defenders. Plus Durant is not elite. My team has 5 elite defenders, according to advanced stats.
My team is more complete.
Plus I got LeBron.
I win. You lose.
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