Game 1 matchup!
PG-Jrue Haliday 6'4" 14ppg 4.0rpg 6.5apg 1.5spg
SG-Dorell Wright 6'9" 16.4ppg 5.3rpg 3.0apg 1.5spg 0.8bpg
SF-Carmelo Anthony 6'8" 25.6ppg 7.3rpg 2.9apg 0.9spg
PF-Kevin Love 6'10" 20.2ppg 15.2rpg 2.5apg
C-Book Lopez 7'0" 20.4ppg 6.0rpg 1.5bpg
PG-Aaron Brooks 6'0" 10.7ppg 3.9apg 88%FT
PG/SG-Rodney Stuckey 6'5" 15.5ppg 3.1rpg 5.2apg 1.1spg
6'6" 14.0ppg 3.8rpg 2.0apg 0.9spg
SG/SF-Tracy McGrady 6'8" 8.0ppg 3.5rpg 3.5apg 0.9spg
PF/SF-Tyrus Thomas 6'10" 10.2ppg 5.5rpg 1.6bpg
PF/C-J.J. Hickson 6'9" 13.8ppg 8.7rpg 0.7bpg
C-Ronny Turiaf 6'10" 4.2ppg 3.2rpg 1.1bpg
Jrue Holiday VS Steve Nash I'll give the offensive game to Nash in this instance, but Holiday is no slouch he balances great defence, solid offense, penitration & size at the point guard. With Nash's bad back & age (he isn't getting any better, now just older)this season, I doubt if he plays more than 28 minutes per game. Also Nash is the only player on DanH's Roster that can create take & make a game winning shot...& when Nash is on the bench my 2 other point guards can take over the game completely Aaron Brooks is lights out & has proven him self to be a great scorer & penitrator in this league, Louis Williams (a streaky 3 point shooter) will have his hands full with Brooks.
& then there is Rodney Stuckey vs Shaun Livingston. Stuckey Rock solid plays hard D has a solid mid range game & doesn't miss a game & Livingston is just can't even come close to playing a full season & is done in my books!
Let's face it it's an old Nash & a Jump shooter(Williams) VS 3 Starting point guards.
Arron Afflalo, Jared Dudley VS Dorell Wright, Rodney Stuckey, Vince Carter
Arron Afflalo, Jared Dudley are basically the same player IMO, both play solid D & both can shoot the 3, that said Dorell Wright led the league in 3 pointers
So that kills the 3 point matchup & wright also plays solid defence & barring a shorter guard match up, Stuckey comes back into play, With VC still showing he can still go off for 20+ points on any given night (And can net you a game winning play or shot). & T-Mac still has his jumpshot & play making ability.
Andrei Kirilenko, Shawn Marion, Mike Dunleavy VS Melo, Dorell Wright, T-Mac & Tyrus Thomas (for defence a la Shawn Marion)
Listen there is no way any one of DanH's players can hold Melo on the left block end of story & I'll have Dorell Wright Backing him up with T-mac & Thomas taking Offense & Defence depending on what needed.
Dunleavy can't stay healthy to save his life (I smell a trend). AK47 hasn't been AK47 for 5 years now & hasn't played an 82 game season since his rookie year(still trending). Now Ill give Marion his due he played as solid a defense as anyone could in this past playoffs, but he couldn't throw it in the ocean on the offensive side of the ball.
Still advantage Halphbreedballer's
Ryan Anderson, Amir Johnson VS Kevin Love, J.J. Hickson & Tyrus Thomas.
This is a landslid victory as Ryan Anderson & Amir Johnson are actually = to 1 Kevin Love. I also have Hickson ready to back up Love for the 8-10 minutes he doesn't play & Tyrus Thomas to come into the game just to block a shot when needed at my power forward position.
Andrew Bynum, Omer Asik VS Book Lopez, Ronny Turiaf, J.J. Hickson.
Andrew Bynum is a dominant Center in the NBA when healthy, he has only played in 65+ games 1 time in his 6 year career (continuing trend), Omer Asik is a solid back up but has yet to really get his game to a consistent level. Brook Lopez Has a better offensive game then that of Bynum & is steady on defense I know he had an off season on the boards but he does know how to rebound because he has done it before & at least he plays in every game. Ronny Turiaf is a solid energy player on defense & on offense in spurts (like Reggie Evans but only taller) I also have a very solid J.J. Hickson who can hold his own against most C's in the NBA.
Equal to DanH's C position when Bynum is healthy...
But advantage Halphbreedballer's when Bynum is injured.
Overall picture? My team can score like crazy as I have 10 starting caliber players on my team. 3 starting point guards to hold ther own against old kid Canada. And my team has a well balanced offensive & defensive core that will get every rebound, be it defensive or offensive. DanH team is a poor scoring team that runs it's offense through Nash which is a good thing, but an aging Nash can only do so much. DanH's bench is horrible IMO with backups that might not even be healthy for game time. An old Nash will not be running wild on my young speedy Holiday & Brooks. DanH's team needs to stay healthy to even come close to competing with my team, couple that with the fact that Nash is the only one who can create his own shot. Bynum could be a factor if healthy, This lives & dies with health (Done trending).
PG: Nash, Louis Williams, Shaun Livingston
SG: Arron Afflalo, Jared Dudley
SF: Andrei Kirilenko, Shawn Marion, Mike Dunleavy
PF: Ryan Anderson, Amir Johnson
C: Andrew Bynum, Omer Asik
The reason I will win this matchup - matchups!
Steve Nash versus Jrue Holiday. Jrue's a decent defender, but not enough so to actually impact Nash's game in any way. And he's not enough of a true threat on offense to take real advantage of Nash's defensive shortcomings, especially with the shotblockers I have under the rim. So Steve will be free to work his magic play after play, with my athletic and versatile wings and bigs spreading the floor and setting screens all over the place.
Dorell Wright? He's a SF, so he'll have a hard time keeping up as my SG's run through a variety of screens set by my forwards to get wide open 3's - and my SG's are among the best in the game at hitting the long range shot.
Sure, he's got Melo, but as his only real offensive threat outside his C, I can smother him with my best defenders - who happen to also play at the SF spot. Marion and Kirilenko give me 48 minutes of rock solid defense against his top scorer, and they'll keep him tired on defense by crashing the boards and posting up.
He's got me here. But only slightly - my PF's are Ryan Anderson - who can pull Love away from the basket when he is on defense, where he gets a vast majority of his rebounds - and Amir Johnson - a high energy rebounder who can give Love a challenge. Anyway, this game won't be decided at the PF spot for either team.
Andrew Bynum is my defensive stopper in the middle, and he will absolutely destroy Brook Lopez in the post and on the boards.
Louis Williams and Shaun Livingston versus Rodney Stuckey? Check. Shawn Marion versus T-Mac? Check. Amir Johnson and Omer Asik versus Tyrus Thomas and JJ Hickson? Maybe a tie there. Who knows what Vince will be able to bring off the bench, but his slashing game is done (especially with my interior defense of Bynum, Asik, and Amir) and his three point shooting will barely offset Afflalo and Dudley, if that (he shot .361 last year). Plus he hasn't played defense in about a decade.
Overall picture? My team can score. And it plays defense. His team can score, and doesn't play defense (for the most part). A few bench defenders aren't going to make much of a difference in this one, as Nash likes nothing better than to pull apart weak defenses piece by piece. And failing that, Bynum will just tear apart his weak front line play after play.
Rules: Anyone can vote!