My top 8 (in no order)
Best starting 5 of the draft, back court of three guys that give opposing fans heart attacks when they are left open and in larry legend's case he doesnt even need to be open. Incredible floor spacing, then you add in mr panties himself for even more splash. Zo holding it down low is amazing even though none of these guys are terrible defenders. Bench is also a bunch of solid guys, no standouts but they will do their job.
"They cant stop me, even if they stopped me" I wanted to have one glass cannon team on my top 8 and it was between this and addict (harden/dirk team). Nash with wade and kemp cutting to the basket is just scary and theo is a pretty good finished himself. I gave this team the slight edge because they are a bit better defensively and nash is way better at running an offence than harden who really struggles when he doesnt get whistles. Off the bench is a nonstop onslaught of scorers who play perfectly off of nash (to be fair everyone does). Mike bibby is a very solid back up pg that can be played in small lineups as well to spread the floor (since wade isnt the best shooter)
the overall skill of the starting front court is just filthy, I thought about moving rose to the starting 5 but I think it would work better to have him be a spark off the bench while white chocolate feeds the starters. two very solid 3 and d guys in jj and green coming off the bench. a potential DJ and AD front line is scary to think about, blocks and rebounds galore. My only problem with this team is that there are 3 back up centres, there are only 48 minutes in a basketball game so stacking up the C position feels like at least one of these talents will be under used
Grit and Grind. A team with above average scorers that only needs to score 85 points a game to win. Facing this team will leave you more banged up than a fight with floyd mayweather, bring your hockey pads. This is my favourite team of the draft even though the starting PF hunts little girls on his free time.
steph and tmac are two of the greatest heat check guys of all time, and the rest of the lineup covers up defensive issues while providing floor spacing. Great combo of shooting and multi skilled big men off the bench to create a modern spurs vibe of seamlessly subbing players in and out without affecting the pace of the offence. Another team that takes advantage of modern rules.
Best passing team of the draft and bonus points for making the 30th pick work. Prime Kidd is easily a top 5 all time PG and holds a size advantage over most of his competition. Marc and Bosh are not all time great rebounders but having a PG that can grab 10 rebounds on any given night makes up for it. The floor spacing on this team is incredible, even with prime ason kidd. Having two more highly mobile and highly skilled bigs in lamar and vlade off the bench is the icing on the cake. For entertainment reasons I wish there was a more athletic big on the team to catch kidd's lobs but I guess grant hill will do for now.
Kareem and Rodman holding down the paint. This might be the second best defensive team in the draft (starting lineup wise), and while being great defenders the wings are able to run and gun with KJ. When the game slows down there's always the unstoppable skyhook to rely on, so this really is a super well balanced team that can score in multiple ways and defend with the best of them.
Another team that can play at different paces. You have Paul Pierce and TD, two masters of the half court offence who can grind it out and wear you down. Then you have westbrook and amare who push the pace from 0 to 100 as soon as they get their hands on the basketball. Mark Price was a great pick, very underrated and great defensive anchor, who paired with all time great defender tim duncan makes for a tough paint to score on.
Some thoughts on my logic behind these picks:
I pick teams based on who would win in a 7 game series. Because it is a do or die series the value of starters (who can easily play 37+ min per game each baring foul trouble) is far greater than bench players. I would say 80% starters 20% bench in terms of how much I valued each part of the team when doing evaluations. I valued team fit over raw talent. Unfortunately I am not CP's age and was not alive in the 50s so a lot of the old timers teams were probably vastly underrated by me since I just dont know enough about the players other than looking up stats. There is a chance that FF's team is the best team of the draft however I stopped looking at it after reading PG - Deangelo Russell and skipped right to the next team.
Edited by sea manup - 9/24/15 at 11:43pm