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    Rank the top 12 teams

    This is for my fantasy draft that I was running to seed the top 12 teams and we'd like to get as many opinions as possible, who are the best 12 teams out of these:

    New York Knicks
    PG Goran Dragic / Isaiah Thomas
    SG Joe Johnson / Delonte West / Gerald Green
    SF Chandler Parsons / Thaddeus Young / Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
    PF Carmelo Anthony/ Kevin Seraphin
    C Anderson Varejao / Tiago Splitter

    My team will have tons of scoring through Melo, Joe, Dragic, Thad, Isaiah, Green, etc. and will play great defense. Carmelo played his best stretch of games as a PF this season and also played better D against PFs. He also causes mismatches since PFs cant stay with him, and they have to bring a wing to defend him leaving one of my wings against a slower PF. Joe will play more of the role he did in Phoenix as a spot up shooter and my #2 guy. Dragic will be setting them up and hitting all the open shots that come his way. Andy V and Parsons are 2 of the best defenders/role players in the game

    My bench is stacked and should be able to outscore any other bench in the league and play solid D. They will come in and change the pace since everyone on my bench is great running the floor. Isaiah and Tiago are 2 of the best P&R players in the league and will mesh perfectly.

    Phoenix Suns--> Best defensive backcourt ever assembled.

    PG-Rajon Rondo/Rodrigue Beaubois
    SG-Andre Igoudala/Jason Richardson/Randy Foye
    SF-Gerald Wallace/Charlie Villanueva
    PF-Andrea Bargnani/Jason Maxiell/Hakim Warrick
    C-Spencer Hawes/Brandon Haywood

    Great defence, rebounding, athletcism, driving ability at the PG/SG/SF spots and then great shooting, scoring, length at the big men spots.

    Detroit Pistons

    PG Tony Parker/Norris Cole/Luke Ridnour
    SG Tony Allen/Leandro Barbosa
    SF Luol Deng/Al Farouq Aminu/Jan Vesely
    PF David West/Tyrus Thomas
    C Roy Hibbert/Marcus Camby

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PG-Derrick Rose
    SG-Kevin Martin
    SF-Wilson Chandler
    PF-Amare Stoudamire
    C- Samuel Dalembert

    6-Jarret Jack
    7-Anthony Randolph
    8-Enes Kanter
    9-Baron Davis
    10-Terrence Williams
    11-Andray Blatche
    12-Daniel Gibson

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PG: Jrue Holiday/Patty Mills/Darius Morris
    SG: Monta Ellis/Kemba Walker/
    SF: Derrick Williams/Wes Johnson/James Jones
    PF: Zach Randolph/Udonis Haslem
    C: Greg Monroe/Robin Lopez/Bismack Biyombo

    Orlando Magic

    Pg: Steve Nash/Darren Collison/Jameer Nelson
    Sg: Manu Ginobili/Courtney Lee
    Sf: Nicolas Batum/Carlos Delfino
    Pf: Paul Millsap/Al Harrington
    C: Tim Duncan/Omer Asik/Mehmet Okur

    This team has everything. I honestly can't think of a style of play that they wouldn't be successful at. Maybe isolation basketball, but that never really leads to winners anyway. Great 3 point shooters, defenders, passers, mix of youth and veterans, and role players. Really a team that meshes well together. Probably the most depth of any team not named the cavs. Doesn't need a guy to score 20 to win. Remove a player of your choice and I still think I could win a couple rounds. Only way I can see this team losing is if voters way overvalue ALL NBA star power, or are only look at starting lineups.

    Sacramento Kings

    PG: Ty Lawson / Brandon Knight / Nate Robinson
    SG: Wesley Matthews / JR Smith
    SF: Lebron James / Reggie Williams
    PF: Kris Humphries / JJ Hickson
    C: Marcin Gortat / Jordan Hill / Kosta Koufos

    Brooklyn Nets

    C : Javale McGee - Brandan Wright
    PF : Al Horford - Larry Sanders - Reggie Evans
    SF : Rudy Gay - Tracy McGrady - Jonas Jerebko
    SG : Paul George - Evan Turner
    PG : Chauncey Billups - Brandon Jennings

    Defense will be synonymous to the Brooklyn Nets. The length and athleticism of this team will be our major weapon.

    Point Guard
    Chauncey Billups will lead the team but due to his old age his minutes will be significantly lower than what he used to get. he will definitely be an option during crunch time.
    Brandon Jennings, a spit-fire guard will mainly back him up and anchor our running game, providing major scoring from the bench.
    Evan Turner will see some action here when we match up against taller PGs, his defense and length will be key in containing the other team's play makers

    Shooting Guard
    Paul George will be the main guy to man the SG spot, he has 3pt shooting, athleticism, length and defense. and did i mention he's 6'10"?
    Evan Turner will be the guy to backup George, he can also handle the ball and help with the play making
    Tracy McGrady can provide some offense and veteran leadership

    Small Forward
    Rudy Gay is the Net's main perimeter scorer and finisher on the break, which we plan to have a lot of because of our defense, a good defender and a clutch scorer too
    Paul George due to his size can also play some SF
    Tracy McGrady will see some time here too

    Power Forward
    Al Horford's natural position, he will be the main post scorer, he has the size to bang down low and the quickness to guard the smaller PFs.
    Larry Sanders is very athletic and will provide hustle with the back up unit
    Rudy Gay can get limited minutes here, when we play our quick lineup

    Javale McGee will be our man in the middle, providing help defense and tough interior defense. he will also provide comic relief every once in a while with his boneheaded plays
    Brandan Wright is almost like McGee, the length and athleticism will make him a good with on-ball and help defense.
    Al Horford can also see some action here with our small and quick lineup

    Chicago Bulls

    PG- Russell Westbrook/Ramon Sessions
    SG- Klay Thompson/Mo Williams
    SF- Corey Brewer/Shane Battier/Dahntay Jones
    PF- Chris Bosh/Lamar Odom/Gustavo Ayon
    C- Joakim Noah/Ben Wallace

    Team Building Explanation:

    The basic premise behind every good team is that it has one superstar. So I traded for Westbrook. Check. Next, I wanted to surround Westbrook with players who could run the floor with him, and stretch the defense in half court situations with their outside shooting. In comes Klay Thompson and Corey Brewer. Every good team needs secondary scoring options. I think Bosh is as good as those come. Now Bosh isn't an elite defender by any means, so I needed a Center who would do the dirty work and provide second chance points/opportunities. Done, with the trade for Noah. Lastly, a good team needs depth. And with that depth, there needs to be a good blend of offensive firepower and defensive prowess. Offensive firepower: Moe Williams and Lamar Odom. Two of the better scoring bench players in the NBA, including a former sixth man of the year. Ben Wallace and Ayon round out what I consider an excellent, versatile frontcourt. Sessions was a steal, and is an excellent 1 to bring off the bench. I needed a true point. Someone who could beat their man, penetrate, and make the high percentage plays. Sessions does all those things. Finally I needed a bit more depth and perimeter defense. In my opinion, Battier is one of the most underrated/underappreciated players in the league. He is extremely smart and continues to be one of the better perimeter defenders in the game. Watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals or the Lakers-Rockets series in 2008. Those games will give you a clue to just how good he has been and remains. Dahntay Jones was the last player I drafted. He gives my team an edge, additional perimeter defense, and outside shooting. All in all, I wanted a team that primarily runs the floor and utilizes Westbrook's talents. Check. I also wanted the team to be versatile enough to execute half court sets when neccesary. Check. I wanted the team to have a unique blend of offensive firepower and defensive intensity. Check. And I wanted to have a team with length. Check. Hope you like my team as much as I do.

    Golden State Warriors

    PG Stephen Curry
    SG Gerald Henderson
    SF Kevin Durant
    PF Derrick Favors
    C Deandre Jordan

    Greivis Vasquez/ Eric Maynor
    Shannon Brown
    Chase Budinger/James Johnson
    Glen Davis
    Tristan Thompson

    Utah Jazz:

    C - Nene, Zaza Pachulia
    PF - Ersan Ilyasova, Amir Johnson, Renaldo Balkman
    SF - Marvin Williams, Mike Dunleavy, Luke Babbitt
    SG - Kobe Bryant, Kyle Korver,
    PG - George Hill, Beno Udrih

    My goal is to average 20 3-pointers per game. I have a dynamic post scorer in Nene, a wing scorer with Kobe, and they are surrounded by athletic wing shooters who can defend as well. I have a high efficiency team which can shoot, defend, and rebound with a strong bench with shooters and size in the front court.

    Memphis Grizzlies

    PG Ricky Rubio / DJ Augustin / Jerryd Bayless
    SG James Harden / Willie Green / Rudy Fernandez
    SF Tayshaun Prince / Grant Hill
    PF Brandon Bass / Patrick Patterson
    C Kendrick Perkins / Ian Mahinmi

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    PG Devin Harris (I like him better as a starter than Andre Miller - he is capable of more offense, and is a moderately good 3P shooter)
    SG Demar Derozan (slasher)
    SF Caron Butler (solid defender/slasher)
    PF David Lee
    C Marc Gasol (love our starting frontcourt duo)

    SF Hedo Turkoglu - very versatile reserve, can play multiple positions
    SG Jamal Crawford - 6th man - quick scoring option
    SF Richard Jefferson - proven vet presence -
    PG Andre Miller - excellent backup PG
    PF Dejuan Blair - solid reserve PF/banger
    PF Tyler Hansborough (for some hard fouls and crazy hustle plays off the bench)
    SF Steve Novak (pure 3-point specialist - best percentage in the NBA)

    My (and trell's) Cavaliers team is complete, for now. Still entertaining trades - would like more perimeter shooting in the starting lineup. Derozan is definitely on the trade block for something that could help w/ that.

    Either way, I really like this team as far as depth is concerned, though there is no go-to-guy (which happens when all of your picks are between rounds 3 and 8) - I would be surprised to see a deeper team from 1 to 12, though.

    I'm sure this team will be a Denver Nuggets/Indiana Pacers style team that uses depth and preaches team play. All 12 teammates have a role right now. As of now, just about all of our perimeter shooting will come off the bench, with Turkoglu, Crawford, Novak, and Jefferson (with some corner 3's). In the starting lineup, Harris and Butler can hit from outside when needed.

    The pick-and-roll game will be excellent w/ Harris and either Lee or Gasol.....our starting 5 should be able to pick-and-roll teams to death. We plan to use our superior depth to adapt to whatever is needed as far as matchups. Turkoglu and Crawford will both be awesome 6th men, depending on our team's need. Butler and Derozen will penetrate and get to the foul line quite a bit.

    Turkoglu is a key to this team as he can play multiple positions (SG, SF, PF) and is a great passer out of any position. He provides depth all over the court supposing there's any foul trouble. Like the Indiana Pacers, we plan to be one of the most physical teams in the NBA, being that foul trouble won't cripple us with our team depth. We hope to get at least 4 or 5 good hard fouls from Blair and Psycho-T when facing the league's top bigs and penetrators. Our 2nd unit is almost as strong as our 1st, which will be good for us and bad for the opponent as the game wears on. I'd say we have the most depth in this entire league...the key is finding out if our starters pull through.

    Indiana Pacers

    PG: Kyle Lowry/Jordan Farmar/John Lucas
    SG: Ray Allen/Daniel Green
    SF: Shawn Marion/Corey Maggette
    PF: Carlos Boozer/Antawn Jamison/Drew Gooden
    C: Dwight Howard/Boris Diaw/Drew Gooden

    PG: Jeremy Lin
    SG: Tyreke Evans
    SF: Jared Dudley
    PF: Lamarcus Aldridge
    C: Al Jefferson

    PG: Steve Blake, Will Bynum
    SG: Gary Neal
    SF: Jeff Green
    PF: Darell Arthur, Troy Murphy
    C: Joel Pryzbilla

    PG Deron Williams/JJ Barea/Jimmer Fredette
    SG Rip Hamilton/Vince Carter/Jodie Meeks
    SF Sam Young/Gary Forbes
    PF Blake Griffin/Jason Thompson
    C Nikola Pekovic/Greg Stiemsma

    Boston Celtics

    PG - Chris Paul - Jason Kidd
    SG - Brandon Rush - Stephen Jackson - Marco Belinelli
    SF - Ron Artest - Stephen Jackson
    PF - Ryan Anderson - Carl Landry
    C - Tyson Chandler - Chuck Hayes - Aaron Gray

    This team was built around the pick and roll brilliance of Chris Paul. Paul has been surrounded with the perfect plethora of shooters and big men capable of operating in the pick n roll. Anderson will act as the main pick and pop man, and with his incredible efficiency, should be a deadly target. With the defense and alley oop threat of Tyson Chandler, the Celtics will be diverse on both ends and look to pose a threat to any team.

    Atlanta Hawks

    Starting 5:
    C Emeka Okafor
    PF Josh Smith
    SF Danny Granger
    SG Nick Young
    PG Jose Calderon

    With the starting group, plenty of offensive shooting power with Nick Young and Danny Granger at the 3 and 2 spots, with a decent point guard in Jose Calderon. Josh Smith has the ability to go outside on the perimeter or to bring it in from midrange to the rim providing even more scoring from the four. Finally at the 5, a defensive anchor in Mek, to help balance out the scoring from 2-4 spots.


    Taj Gibson, CJ Miles
    Landry Fields, Eric Bledsoe
    Ed Davis, Francisco Garcia
    Jordan Crawford
    Bench provides plenty of scoring options and also has some defenders in Taj, Bledsoe, and Landry Fields

    Washington Wizards

    PG-Rodney Stuckey
    SG-Arron Afflalo
    SF-Paul Pierce
    PF-Luis Scola
    C-Dirk Nowitzki
    PF:Channing Frye

    Toronto Raptors

    PG: Chalmers
    SG: D Wade
    SF: Ronnie Brewer
    PF: Pau Gasol
    C: Brook Lopez
    6th man: PG/ SG Iman Shumpart
    PF/C: Marreese Speights
    PG: CJ Watson
    C: Cole Aldrich
    PG/ SG: Kirk Henrich
    SF: Alonzo Gee
    SG: Ben Gordon

    New Orleans Hornets

    PG: John Wall
    SG: Jason Terry
    SF: Michael Beasley
    PF: Kevin Love
    C: Andrew Bogut

    OJ Mayo
    Elton Brand
    Avery Bradley
    Jason Smith
    Gilbert Arenas
    Matt Barnes

    San Antonio Spurs

    PG: Ray Felton
    SG: J.J. Redick
    SF: Danilo Gallinari
    PF: Kevin Garnett
    C: Andrew Bynum

    6th Man: Lou Williams
    Bench: Kawhi Leonard
    Bench: Nick Collison
    Bench: Mickael Pietrus
    Last edited by speedyG; 06-18-2012 at 01:42 AM.

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