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by Larvell Blanks » Thu May 21, 2009 3:57 pm
by FUDU » Thu May 21, 2009 4:24 pm
by Bayou Tribe » Thu May 21, 2009 4:27 pm
by hermanfontenot » Thu May 21, 2009 4:31 pm
by FUDU » Thu May 21, 2009 4:38 pm
by hermanfontenot » Thu May 21, 2009 4:40 pm
FUDU wrote:Larvel selects Hakeem Olajuwon.
by Bayou Tribe » Thu May 21, 2009 4:41 pm
by FUDU » Thu May 21, 2009 4:45 pm
HermanFontenot wrote:FUDU wrote:Larvel selects Hakeem Olajuwon.And you REALLY can't go wrong with the Dream.
by jfiling » Thu May 21, 2009 4:48 pm
by hermanfontenot » Thu May 21, 2009 4:49 pm
by Larvell Blanks » Thu May 21, 2009 5:34 pm
Olajuwon was highly skilled as both an offensive and defensive player. On defense, his rare combination of quickness and strength allowed him to guard a wide range of players effectively. He was noted for both his outstanding shot-blocking ability and his unique talent (for a frontcourt player) for stealing the ball. Hakeem averaged 3.09 blocks per game and 1.75 steals per game in his career. He is the only center to rank among the top ten all time in steals. Olajuwon was also an outstanding rebounder, with a career average of 11.1 rebounds per game. He led the NBA in rebounding twice, during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. Hakeem was twice named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and was a five-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection.On offense, Olajuwon was famous for his deft shooting touch around the basket and his nimble footwork in the low post. With the ball, Hakeem displayed a vast array of fakes and spin moves, highlighted in his signature "Dream Shake" (see below). He was a prolific scorer, averaging 21.8 points per game during his career, and an above average offensive rebounder, averaging 3.3 offensive rebounds per game. Additionally, Olajuwon became a skilled dribbler who developed an ability to score in "face-up" situations like a perimeter player. He is one of only four players to have recorded a quadruple-double, an accomplishment that illustrated his overall skill and versatility.Olajuwon was one of the NBA's greatest all-time playoff performers, regularly elevating his play in crucial games. He was twice named NBA Finals MVP, and he excelled in playoff matchups against the best centers of his era. During his 1994-95 back-to-back championship playoff run, Olajuwon led the Rockets to victory against teams featuring Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, and Shaquille O'Neal. Dream Shake"The best footwork I’ve ever seen from a big man" —Pete Newell Olajuwon established himself as a great offensive player during his career, perfecting a set of fakes and spin moves that became known as his trademark Dream Shake. Executed with uncanny speed and power, they are still regarded as the pinnacle of "big man" footwork. Shaquille O'Neal stated: "Hakeem has five moves then four countermoves, that gives him 20 moves." The Dream Shake made Olajuwon near-unguardable for most of his career, because "big men" were too slow and guards too weak to stop him. Olajuwon himself traced the move back to the soccer playing days of his youth, "The Dream Shake was actually one of my soccer moves which I translated to basketball. It would accomplish one of three things: one, to misdirect the opponent and make him go the opposite way; two, to freeze the opponent and leave him devastated in his tracks; three, to shake off the opponent and giving him no chance to contest the shot."The Dream Shake was extremely difficult to defend, much like the sky hook of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Dream Shake's closest modern equivalent comes from Kevin Garnett, whose moves have less variety and include some perimeter action.One particularly standout Dream Shake came at The Alamodome in Game 5 of the 1995 Western Conference playoff series against rival David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs, who was voted the season MVP. With Robinson guarding him, Olajuwon crossed over from his right hand to his left, drove to the basket, and faked a layup. Robinson, who was an excellent defender, kept up with Olajuwon and did not fall for the fake, remaining planted. However, Olajuwon spun counterclockwise and faked another layup. Robinson took the bait this time and jumped to block the shot. With Robinson caught in the air, Olajuwon performed an up-and-under move, scoring an easy baske
by Ziner » Thu May 21, 2009 5:43 pm
by hermanfontenot » Thu May 21, 2009 5:46 pm
Ziner wrote:Herm, you takin' Rashard Lewis in round 2?
by Ziner » Thu May 21, 2009 6:03 pm
HermanFontenot wrote:Ziner wrote:Herm, you takin' Rashard Lewis in round 2? Depends. Do I get to play the Cavaliers?
by CP » Thu May 21, 2009 8:58 pm
by peeker643 » Thu May 21, 2009 9:09 pm
HermanFontenot wrote:Looks like all the great big men are accounted for. Except for Jack Sikma, of course.
by CP » Thu May 21, 2009 9:10 pm
by FUDU » Thu May 21, 2009 10:27 pm
by noles1 » Thu May 21, 2009 10:32 pm
by CP » Thu May 21, 2009 10:33 pm
noles1 wrote:Sorry had midterm tonight for grad school...Got to go with value...http://www.databasebasketball.com/playe ... =BRYANKO01Kobe Bryant
by CP » Thu May 21, 2009 10:37 pm
FUDU wrote:I think we all understand we all have busy lives, or at least more important things in life to tend to.But we are still big time losers with the time we spend on this sites, right?I think the suggestion of letting us know when a guy can make his pick is a good one.Maybe we should try it. Maybe list the times you know for sure you can be online and make a pick, that way we can all kind of forecast when we should be ready with our own?Me I am good 75% of the day tomorrow, shouldn't be more than an hour or hour.5 that I will not have access. Saturday should be decent as well.
by FUDU » Thu May 21, 2009 10:47 pm
by Bayou Tribe » Thu May 21, 2009 11:07 pm
by FUDU » Thu May 21, 2009 11:18 pm
by pup » Fri May 22, 2009 6:09 am
FUDU wrote:Done, see first post, everyone.Tell me what you think.
by swerb » Fri May 22, 2009 6:28 am
by jordan kramer » Fri May 22, 2009 7:44 am
Cerebral_DownTime wrote:Who cares about this crap?WE GOT A MUTHA FUCKIN EARTHQUAKE MACHINE!
by pup » Fri May 22, 2009 7:54 am
FUDU wrote:http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=rA0CsYZ8l5BXD12WA_bWOHAThis is a test to see if this actually works. I set up a Google spreadsheet for each roster as we go pick by pick.IIRC only viewing is allowed, no editing except for me.Just figured it would be easier than scrolling through this thread as this progresses.
by pup » Fri May 22, 2009 7:56 am
jordan kramer wrote:i'm playing 18 holes with some friends this afternoon, and when we get back its opening day for Riotball (this game my friends and i created, kinda like cornhole only with golf balls and dress clothes) season. which means i will be: a) drinking lots of Arnold Palmers b) drinking heavy amounts of beer and c) making fun of my friends mom most of the day. hopefully it doesn't come back to me for awhile. oh and those spreadsheets where a great idea. props
by Larvell Blanks » Fri May 22, 2009 8:00 am
by swerb » Fri May 22, 2009 8:52 am
by Bayou Tribe » Fri May 22, 2009 8:56 am
by Larvell Blanks » Fri May 22, 2009 9:03 am
by CP » Fri May 22, 2009 9:05 am
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by jordan kramer » Fri May 22, 2009 10:05 am
by Doc » Fri May 22, 2009 10:29 am
by Bayou Tribe » Fri May 22, 2009 10:33 am
Doc wrote:Oh, how much of a reach was LBJ at 3? I'm curious as to where people would expect him to go...Top 10? Top 5? Just hoping my Wine-colored glasses don't hurt me too much...though I suppose a Cleveland fan vote might help my chances with Cleveland's best NBA player on my team.
by rebelwithoutaclue » Fri May 22, 2009 10:40 am
Doc wrote:Wow, I'm all sorts of excited right now. I really just started sitting down and thinking about it today, and I think I have my next couple rounds planned out. Lot of different ways to approach this, which makes it all the more fun. Although, seeing Malone go at 16 is rough...not sure why I thought he might last back to my 2nd pick. Oh well, I'll figure it out. I have a sleeper I'm really stoked about later on.Oh, how much of a reach was LBJ at 3? I'm curious as to where people would expect him to go...Top 10? Top 5? Just hoping my Wine-colored glasses don't hurt me too much...though I suppose a Cleveland fan vote might help my chances with Cleveland's best NBA player on my team.
by swerb » Fri May 22, 2009 10:59 am
by rebelwithoutaclue » Fri May 22, 2009 11:03 am
Swerb wrote:At this point in the draft for me, there is just one guy, so superior to all other options on the board, I have no choice to pick him.Elgin BaylorAt small forward, there are three names well above and beyond all the rest when it comes to assessing the greatest players in NBA history. LeBron James, Larry Bird, and Elgin Baylor.Not only did Baylor play with my first selection, Jerry West, but along with West and Michael Jordan .. Baylor is the only other retired player in league history to finish his career averaging 27 points per game or more. And oh year ... Elgin also averaged 13.4 rebounds per game over his career as well. As a 6'5 small forward!Strong and graceful at 6-5 and 225 pounds, Baylor averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds during his 14-year career with the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers. In 134 playoff games, he averaged 27.0 points and 12.9 rebounds. From 1960-61 through 1962-63 he averaged 34.8, 38.3, and 34.0 points, respectively. He led the Lakers to the NBA Finals eight times, was a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection, and played in 11 NBA All-Star Games. In 1962-63, he became the first NBA player to finish in the top five in four different statistical categories -- scoring, rebounding, assists, and free-throw percentage. PG - SG - Jerry WestSF - Elgin BaylorPF - C - bench - bench - coach -
by FUDU » Fri May 22, 2009 11:05 am
by British_Pharaoh » Fri May 22, 2009 11:08 am
by rebelwithoutaclue » Fri May 22, 2009 11:11 am
FUDU wrote:Yeah Pup I will try to keep the rosters updated in this thread as well as the spreadsheet, looks like somebody else is helping with the thread so that is great.Damn not that I thought he would last to me at the second rd but Karl Malone would have looked nice next to Wilt.Is there a stratomatic version of this b/c I could see this being fun as hell with simulating a complete NBA Season of all time greats.
by hermanfontenot » Fri May 22, 2009 11:13 am
by swerb » Fri May 22, 2009 11:16 am
HermanFontenot wrote:Well, we know whose team is going to lose in the Finals.
by CP » Fri May 22, 2009 11:20 am
Swerb wrote:HermanFontenot wrote:Well, we know whose team is going to lose in the Finals. Difference is, I am going to surround these two legends with the right supporting cast.
by British_Pharaoh » Fri May 22, 2009 11:26 am
CP wrote:Swerb wrote:HermanFontenot wrote:Well, we know whose team is going to lose in the Finals. Difference is, I am going to surround these two legends with the right supporting cast.Except they couldn't beat the teams in their own era let alone the best teams ever.
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