Inside the NBA: Season 1

Discussion in 'The Baseline : NBA 2K14 Online Association' started by dj illmatic 23, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. dj illmatic 23

    dj illmatic 23 Walk On

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2012
    Messages:
    1,274
    As we near the midway point of the season, it's time to take a look at some of the stories developing in season 1 of the Baseline.​
    [​IMG]
    Battle for the Title
    [​IMG]
    The Western Conference looks to be a two horse race between the Golden St Warriors and the New Orleans Hornets. The Warriors have shooters everywhere, and look to out score their opponents. The Hornets are led by a rookie, but not the one you'd expect. While #1 overall pick Anthony Davis is producing, it is rookie G Austin Rivers that is among the league leaders in scoring. The dark horse in this race is the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant is unstoppable, and if Hardin and Westbrook can find their shots watch out come playoff time.

    [​IMG]
    The Eastern Conference picture is a lot more difficult to handicap. The Knicks are the favorites and do have the best record in the league. However, several teams are nipping at their heels. Chicago and Derrick Rose are a dangerous team. The Brooklyn Nets are looking good with the back court duo of Williams and Johnson. The Hawks made a big move to acquire JaVale McGee and Anthony Randolph. This will make them tough in the paint, and tough for other bigs to stay with on the break. The Cleveland Cavilers may be a team to come together come playoff time. Kyrie Irving is killing everyone he faces, but he'll need some help to make a run in the playoffs.
    MVP Race
    [​IMG]
    While the talk of the league has been Kyrie and Rivers, the MVP usually goes to the best player on the best team. So far, that has to be Carmelo Anthony. Melo is 4th in the league in scoring, throws in six boards a game, and is shooting 62% from the field. Derrick Rose is also in the running with his 26.6 ppg and 8 dimes. Kyrie Irving will get some votes. Without him, the Cavs would be a D-League team, or worse the Orlando Magic:) Kevin Durant is leading the league in scoring, but let's be honest. You can close your eyes with Durant and still score 25 a game.
    Rookie of the Year
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    The Rookie of the Year award is a two horse race between Bradley Beal and Austin Rivers. Both players are averaging around 23 ppp, but the success of the Hornets makes Rivers the favorite. Look out for Damian Lillard. He is averaging 16 ppg, but what's most impressive is his 9 assists a game.
    The Race to be the League's Punching Bag
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Three teams are battling it out for the honor of being the most lovable bum in the Baseline. The Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, and Orlando Magic. The Suns may make a run now that they have acquired Demar Derozan. The Wizards have Bradley Beal and John Wall, however trading Nene could haunt them. The Magic have....uh....who the hell do the Magic have!? Orlando relies on a three guard rotation of Redick, Nelson, and Afflalo. These guys are shooting lights out, and rookie Maurice Harkless looks promising. Unfortunately for these guys, the CPU sucks way more ass than them, so it's doubtful they get a top 5 pick for their troubles.
    Did the Nuggets Hire Isiah Thomas as Their GM?
    [​IMG]
    The Denver Nuggets spent the first half of season 1 making or attempting to make bone head trades in an effort to destroy the franchise. Oh, I'm sorry. I meant improve their team:confused: The Nuggets shipped 2K studs Anthony Randolph and JaVale McGee to Atlanta in exchange for Al Horford. They attempted to trade Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari for Ben Gordon, but luckily more intelligent basketball minds talked the Nuggets out of driving their franchise off a cliff, for now.
    Dwight, Don't Unpack Yet
    [​IMG]
    Despite acquiring the best center in the league in the off season, there have been rumblings that LA may move Dwight Howard. It's not production, as Howard is averaging 19 ppg and 10 boards. However, the Lakers are terrified they won't be able to resign Howard and are afraid of ending up like......wait I've reached my Bondzai bashing limit for this post. Let's just say the Lakers don't want to lose Howard and have nothing to show for it.

     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2012
    • Like Like x 9
  2. Ghost

    Ghost Before the rollieee!

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2011
    Messages:
    4,521
    Ugh.....dislike
     
  3. dj illmatic 23

    dj illmatic 23 Walk On

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2012
    Messages:
    1,274
    Time for episode 2 of Inside the NBA
    [​IMG]
    Jump Shots=The New Layup
    The popular sayinn that defense wins championships may be dying a quick death in season 1 of the Baseline. NBA teams all across the league are shooting lights out. The team with the highest FG% during the 2011-2012 was the San Antonio Spurs at 47.8%. This year, 18 teams are shooting higher than that! 14 of those teams are shooting above 50%. The Spurs also led the league by shooting 39.3% from the three-point line during the 2011-2012 season. This season, 9 teams are above that mark. The top 5 scorers in the league, all guards or small forwards, are shooting well above 50%. Kevin Durant Carmelo Anthony are near 60%. Wesley Matthews and Chris Paul are shooting over 50% from 3, and that is with both men having over 150 attempts. It's a good thing Bill Russell is still alive, or else he'd be rolling over in his grave. These offensive numbers have led to our next story:
    Big Men, We Don't Need No Stinking Big Men
    The high shooting percentages have caused some teams to move towards smaller lineups filled with guys who can fill it up from the perimeter. Chicago, the best defensive team in the league the last few seasons, moved Taj Gibson, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah in deals that brought them Danny Granger, Hedo Turkoglu, and Terrence Williams. Chicago's coach was unhappy with the 8 rebounds a game Noah was giving him, but considering the shooting percentages that is a decent number that puts Noah at 13th in the league. Dwight Howard led the league in rebounding last year with 14.5 a game. This year, his lead leading average is only 10 a game. Philly moved Spencer Hawes for a Arron Afflalo. The Trailblazers traded J.J. Hickson for Byron Mullens, a big man that likes to roam the perimeter and shoot the 3. The Wizards got rid of Nene, and the Suns moved Marcin Gortat. The playoffs will tell how smart these moves were. Will Eastern teams like the Bulls be able to keep bigger teams such as NY, Atlanta, and Brooklyn off the glass? Will the west be able to do anything with Howard and Gasol or Ibaka and Perkins down low? This lack of respect for big men has even translated over to the All-Star Game, where no power forwards made the starting line up.

     
    • Like Like x 3
  4. bringbackjimmy

    bringbackjimmy WTFWTTD

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2009
    Messages:
    7,518
    i didn't move hickson for mullens. i moved hickson to move jeffries;)
     
  5. dj illmatic 23

    dj illmatic 23 Walk On

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2012
    Messages:
    1,274
    As we come to the end of the regular season and prepare for the playoffs, Inside the NBA is going to take a look at two teams that have been forgotten entering the playoffs. While the top seeds and the surprise teams get all the love, these two teams have been overlooked for most of the season. Their opponents will do well not to look past these guys.​
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    The Pacers are projected to finish as the #6th seed, and could face the Chicago Bulls in round one. Despite the disappointing regular season record, the Pacers are among the lead leaders in PPG, opponents PPG, and point differential. Indiana made several big trades throughout the season, and trying to adjust to the new players played some part in the low seeding for them.​
    The Pacers biggest strength going into the playoffs is their size. Their rotation at the 2 and 3 consists of 6'8" and 6'9" guys who are extremely athletic. Paul George is an extremely tough defender who can defend any wing player in the league. Down low, C Joakim Noah and PF's David West and Louis Scola provide the Pacers with a big rebounding advantage. Indiana can be tough to beat if these bigs are getting the team a lot of second shot opportunities. The biggest question for the Pacers is PG Jeremy Lin's ability to guard on the defensive end. This could be a big factor, especially if the Pacers face Derrick Rose and the Bulls in round one.​
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    The Western Conference race is still up in the air, so it's hard to say where the Lakers will finish. Despite the talent on the roster, the Lakers are not looked at as much of a threat due to the inexperience of their head coach. Most of the talk surrounding LA has been around the Clippers, and when talk does center around the Lakers it's involving C Dwight Howard's free agency plans. The Lakers have been one of the best offensive teams all year, but their defense has been a glaring weakness.​
    Despite the inexperience of the head coach, the Lakers have a chance to make noise in the playoffs thanks to their talent. Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol are unstoppable in the post. They also live on the offensive boards. The Lakers have the potential of getting a ton of second chance points with these two monsters. Kobe can take over a game at any time, and Steve Nash is still deadly from 3. The questions surrounding the Lakers are solely on the defensive end. Nash is a huge defensive liability, especially against the likes of Westbrook, Lawson, Rivers, Paul, and the rest of the Western Conference PG's. Penetration by these PG's taking advantage of Nash could lead to foul problems for Howard and Gasol which will negate their biggest advantage. Any team facing the Lakers cannot afford to have an off night offensively, because LA will score points.​
     
    • Like Like x 3

Share This Page