Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Minnesota Timberwolves Ultimate Roster

Minnesota Timberwolves, 483.3 rating, 26th overall (13th seed in the West)
Realistically, this team should be next to last in the rankings. Kevin Garnett pretty much makes up a good two-thirds of the team's rating. That's probably the highest any one player has contributed to any one team. Maybe. I'm guessing. Anyway, here's the list:

1. Kevin Garnett (325.7 rating) - #21, Forward
Resume: 1996-2007; 927 Games, 20.5 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 4.5 APG, 138.4 Win Shares, 2.220 MVP Award Shares (2004 MVP), 3 All-NBA 1st Teams, 3 All-NBA 2nd Teams, 2 All-NBA 3rd Teams, 10 All-Star Selections, 2.7 Conference Finals Win Shares, 2003 All-Star Game MVP, 6 All-Defensive 1st Teams, 2 All-Defensive 2nd Teams
Don't really know what to say about KG other than that resume. One of the game's best. A shame such a good player/career was spent with so many bad teams.

2. Sam Cassell (34.7) - #19, Guard
Resume: 2004-2005; 140 Games, 17.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.4 APG, 15.9 Win Shares, 0.003 MVP Award Shares, 1 All-NBA 2nd Team, 1 All-Star Selection, 1.5 Conference Finals Win Shares
Cassell had a good year in 2004, but I still say he got that All-Star nod due to Garnett's presence.

3. Wally Szczerbiak (31.7) - #10, Forward
Resume: 2000-2006; 438 Games, 15.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.7 APG, 41.0 Win Shares, 1 All-Star Selection, 0.6 Conference Finals Win Shares
Wally had a good year in 2002, but I still say he got that All-Star nod due to Garnett's presence.

4. Sam Mitchell (16.5) - #42, Forward
Resume: 1990-1992, 1996-2002; 757 Games, 9.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.2 APG, 32.9 Win Shares
If you play enough games with an expansion team, you'll probably be on the top of most of their lists.

5. Tom Gugliotta (16.0) - #24, Forward
Resume: 1995-1998; 231 Games, 18.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 3.8 APG, 19.0 Win Shares, 0.001 MVP Award Shares, 1 All-Star Selection
This is probably the only Timberwolves All-Star Selection you can't attribute to KG. (Garnett was on the team, but since he was a rookie, and didn't make the All-Star team himself, I'll go ahead and say this was all Gugliotta.)

*6. Terrell Brandon (11.6) - #7, Guard
Resume: 1999-2002; 202 Games, 15.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 8.3 APG, 23.1 Win Shares
Brandon will be suiting up for the Cavs for this thing.

7. Christian Laettner (9.5) - #32, Forward-Center
Resume: 1993-1996; 276 Games, 17.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 19.0 Win Shares
You know, Laettner really didn't have bad numbers or anything to start his career off, but I have to imagine it's tough to follow up that 1992 Duke title and then being in way over your head on the freaking Dream Team that summer leading up to your first pro season. (Although you could argue it helped him... for one season, as his first season was probably his best. Everything was pretty much downhill from there.)

8. Joe Smith (8.8) - #32, Forward
Resume: 1999-2000, 2002-2003; 247 Games, 10.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.1 APG, 17.6 Win Shares
I'm tempted to take a roster spot away from the Wolves for signing Joe Smith to this team, but I think Wolves fans have suffered enough.

9. Anthony Peeler (8.8) - #1/#44, Guard
Resume: 1998-2003; 379 Games, 9.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 17.5 Win Shares
Like I said, the Wolves fans have suffered enough. Which leads me to...

10. Al Jefferson (8.6) - #25, Forward
Resume: 2008-2010; 208 Games, 20.1 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 17.2 Win Shares
Look at those numbers. And the Timberwolves just traded him. For nothing.

11. Doug West (8.5) - #5, Guard-Forward
Resume: 1990-1998; 609 Games, 10.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 16.9 Win Shares
See the previous Sam Mitchell and Anthony Peeler comments for pertinent details.

12. Fred Hoiberg (7.3) - #32, Guard
Resume: 2004-2005; 155 Games, 6.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 11.3 Win Shares, 1.3 Conference Finals Win Shares
Hoiberg makes the team pretty much entirely because of his playoff performance in 2004 when the Wolves made the conference finals. It also helps that that 2004 team is the only team getting playoff bonus points, since, well, they're the only Timberwolves team to make it that far.

13. Pooh Richardson (7.2) - #24, Guard
Resume: 1990-1992; 246 Games, 15.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 8.0 APG, 14.4 Win Shares
Pooh Richardson? Yeah, sure, why not? Seems like a good way to close this team out.

Just missing the cut:
14. Rasho Nesterovic (6.9)
15. Trenton Hassell (6.8)
16. Micheal Williams (6.7)
17. Tyrone Corbin (6.2)
18. Dean Garrett (6.0)

Outlook: Ugly. I mean, they're certainly not as bad as the Bobcats. This could be considered an actual team in today's league, and they may win a game in this tournament, but I have my doubts.

New Orleans Hornets Ultimate Roster

New Orleans Hornets, 450.3 rating, 27th overall (14th seed in the West)
Surprised to see them this low? Me too. There's a lot of talent on this team, but lack of any kind of postseason success is hurting the rating.

1. Chris Paul (124.1 rating) - #3, Guard
Resume: 2006-2010; 345 Games, 19.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 10.0 APG, 62.5 Win Shares, 0.864 MVP Award Shares, 1 All-NBA 1st Team, 1 All-NBA 2nd Team, 3 All-Star Selections, 2006 Rookie of the Year
The Hornets are another team that have a bad habit of letting their best players leave while in their prime (you'll see what I mean in a second.) Here's hoping they don't let Paul get added to that list.

2. Larry Johnson (61.1) - #2, Forward
Resume: 1992-1996; 377 Games, 19.6 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 41.1 Win Shares, 1 All-NBA 2nd Team, 2 All-Star Selections, 1992 Rookie of the Year
Larry probably had more memorable moments with the Knicks, but he definitely had his best years with the Hornets.

3. Glen Rice (56.5) - #41, Forward
Resume: 1996-1998; 240 Games, 23.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 28.4 Win Shares, 0.123 Win Shares, 1 All-NBA 2nd Team, 1 All-NBA 3rd Team, 3 All-Star Selections, 1997 All-Star Game MVP
Rice didn't spend a lot of time in Charlotte (only 3 years), but they were definitely his best years. That's certainly the team I associate with Glen Rice, despite his 6 years to start his career in Miami, and his championship with the Lakers in 2000.

4. David West (36.9) - #30, Forward
Resume: 2004-2010; 460 Games, 16.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 39.2 Win Shares, 2 All-Star Selections
I think West is a bit overrated, with his All-Star selections being a product of Chris Paul's awesomeness. He's not a bad player certainly, but Paul probably lifted him a little higher on this list than he otherwise would be on his own.

5. Baron Davis (32.2) - #1, Guard
Resume: 2000-2005; 381 Games, 15.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.7 APG, 32.8 Win Shares, 0.003 MVP Award Shares, 1 All-NBA 3rd Team, 2 All-Star Selections
Baron's another guy who definitely had his best years with the Hornets.

*6. Alonzo Mourning (25.4) - #33, Center
Resume: 1993-1995; 215 Games, 21.3 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 23.9 Win Shares, 2 All-Star Selections
'Zo will be suiting up for Miami in this tourney, which I'm sure everyone saw coming. (Side note: there is a lot of crossover between the Heat and the Hornets. There's about a half dozen player who would've made the team for both squads if I hadn't put in the "one team" rule.)

7. P.J. Brown (23.0) - #42, Forward-Center
Resume: 2001-2006; 475 Games, 9.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 45.9 Win Shares, 0.001 MVP Award Shares, 3 All-Defensive 2nd Teams
P.J. Brown can only help your team. Solid all-around player.

8. Muggsy Bogues (22.4) - #1, Guard
Resume: 1989-1998; 632 Games, 8.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 8.8 APG, 44.8 Win Shares
Not stellar numbers... Fantastic name though. I didn't give him bonus points for it, but I might have considered it had he not made the roster anyway.

9. Anthony Mason (22.2) - #14, Forward
Resume: 1997-2000; 236 Games, 13.4 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 29.5 Win Shares, 0.006 MVP Award Shares, 1 All-NBA 3rd Team
Anthony Mason? Yes, that's right. Anthony Mason

10. Jamal Mashburn (19.1) - #24, Forward
Resume: 2001-2004; 217 Games, 21.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.0 APG, 20.4 Win Shares, 0.001 MVP Award Shares, 1 All-NBA 3rd Team, 1 All-Star Selection
Mashburn is one of the rare players who had a resurgence in the twilight of his career. He had a decent first few years with the Mavs, but really excelled with the Hornets, with perhaps his best season being in 2003. (His only All-Star selection and his second to last season.)

11. David Wesley (18.7) - #4, Guard
Resume: 1998-2005; 522 Games, 14.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.7 APG, 37.4 Win Shares
Pretty good player, but I mostly remember him for his giant ears.

12. Jamaal Magloire (18.6) - #21, Center
Resume: 2001-2005; 343 Games, 9.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 22.9 Win Shares, 1 All-Star Selection
How much do you think Jamaal Magloire enjoys that any time his name is said or written, it's probably going to be written as "former NBA All-Star Jamaal Magloire"?

13. Dell Curry (15.5) - #30, Forward
Resume: 1989-1998; 701 Games, 14.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 31.0 Win Shares, 1994 Sixth Man of the Year
I'm kinda glad Curry made the list, even though it's as a "replacement player." He and Muggsy Bogues always felt like "Mr. Hornet" to me.

Just missed the cut:
*14. Eddie Jones (14.3)
15. Elden Campbell (12.5)
16. Tyson Chandler (10.7)
17. Hersey Hawkins (8.8)
18. Kenny Gattison (8.1)
*19. Peja Stojakovic (7.9)
20. Vlade Divac (6.6)

Outlook: There's a lot of talent here. They're seeding is going to screw them over, but I could see the Hornets winning a few games in this tournament.

Quick Update

It was a busy weekend so I didn't get any updates for rosters put up, but (hallelujah!) the season starts tonight. I'll be working on these all night as I watch the Heat-Celtics and Rockets-Lakers. We'll see how many rosters I can write up in that time.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Toronto Raptors Ultimate Roster

Toronto Raptors, 286.0 rating, 28th overall (14th seed in East)
One of the most interesting things if this tournament happened in real life is if Toronto fans would actually root for this team, considering its two best players (by an extremely wide margin) are also the two most hated basketball players in Canada (again, by an extremely wide margin.) Anyway, here we go.

1. Chris Bosh (97.7 rating) - #4, Forward-Center
Resume: 2004-2010; 509 Games, 20.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 61.8 Win Shares, 0.034 MVP Award Shares, 1 All-NBA 2nd Team, 5 All-Star Selections
I still think Toronto hates the next man on this list more, but there can't be much love for Bosh in Canada these days either. On the plus side (for fans who hate him - negative side for Raptors fans who want to see Toronto win a game in this thing), if this tournament becomes an annual thing, he'll probably move to Miami's roster in about 5 years or so.

2. Vince Carter (83.9) - #15, Guard-Forward
Resume: 1999-2005; 403 Games, 23.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.9 APG, 47.7 Win Shares, 0.049 MVP Award Shares, 1 All-NBA 2nd Team, 1 All-NBA 3rd Team, 5 All-Star Selections, 1999 Rookie of the Year
Until "The Decision," I think it would have been safe to say Vince Carter was the most hated man in basketball by a former fan base. I mean, this can't be a good sign for Raptors fans, can it? Look at the drop off in rating with the next guys on this list. Apparently anyone who can top 20.0 on the "Greatness Scale" leaves the country in maelstrom of hatred and bad karma. (Although you don't have to top 20 to do so, I'm pretty sure Raptors fans hate Turkoglu, too. And they should. Man, did he suck.)

3. Antonio Davis (18.5) - #33, Forward-Center
Resume: 2000-2004, 2006; 310 Games, 12.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.7 APG, 22.8 Win Shares, 1 All-Star Selection
Toronto's only other All-Star... and that's really all I have to say about him.

4. Morris Peterson (15.3) - #24, Forward
Resume: 2001-2007; 542 Games, 12.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 30.5 Win Shares
I was shocked when I did this and found out Peterson wasn't still on the Raptors. Unless he winds up playing a key role on a title contender (which I can't see happening), I'm always going to automatically assume he plays for the Raptors. He's just one of those kind of guys.

5. Jose Calderon (14.2) - #8, Guard
Resume: 2006-2010; 359 Games, 9.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 6.6 APG, 28.3 Win Shares
Calderon is pretty good. I could even potentially see him making an All-Star game one day in a career year if the guard situation in the East is looking particularly weak. Of course, this would mean he would then have to quit on his team and/or get engineer a free agent coup with Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio and decide to all go to Phoenix.

6. Doug Christie (10.6) - #13, Guard-Forward
Resume: 1996-2000; 314 Games 14.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 21.1 Win Shares
All I remember about Doug Christie is that he used to play for the Kings when they had their rivalry with the Lakers going strong, and that he apparently has a crazy wife.

7. Alvin Williams (10.2)
Resume: 1998-2006; 417 Games, 9.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.3 APG, 20.4 Win Shares
I'll be honest... I have no idea who this guy is.

8. Anthony Parker (8.1) - #18, Guard
Resume: 2007-2009; 235 Games, 11.9 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.6 APG, 16.1 Win Shares
Just to be clear: This is not Tony Parker.

9. Donyell Marshall (7.9) - #42, Forward
Resume: 2004-2005; 131 Games, 13.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 15.8 Win Shares
Marshall was always on the cusp of "could maybe potentially be an All-Star if he pulls it all together"-ness, which he never did, and his Toronto stint seemed to be when everyone realized he never would.

10. Damon Stoudamire (7.5) #20, Guard
Resume: 1996-1998; 200 Games, 19.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 8.8 APG, 15.0 Win Shares, 1996 Rookie of the Year
Well he definitely had his best years in Toronto, which were the first two and a half years of a 13 year career. That's never the way you want your career to go. Although "Young Damon Stoudamire" might make some noise in the Raptors first round sweep here.

11. Jerome Williams (6.4)
Resume: 2001-2004; 180 Games, 7.9 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 12.7 Win Shares
Once again, I have no idea who this guy is. It doesn't help that his name is also Williams. It makes me feel like the Raptors just picked random guys out of the local YMCA to fill out their roster at some point.

*12. Tracy McGrady (6.0) - #1, Forward
Resume: 1998-2000; 192 Games, 11.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 11.9 Win Shares
Sorry, Toronto, T-Mac will be suiting up for the Magic. (Or maybe not sorry, I'm not sure how Raptors fans feel about the guy. They definitely wouldn't be getting the best version of him anyway.)

13. Andrea Bargnani (5.7) #7, Forward
Resume: 2007-2010; 301 Games, 13.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.1 APG, 11.4 Win Shares
You could do worse for the 12th man on your roster.

Just missed the cut:
14. Jamario Moon (4.6)
15. Rasho Nesterovic (4.4)
16. Keon Clark (4.3)
17. Matt Bonner (4.2)
*18. Charles Oakley (4.1)
19. Mike James (3.8)

Outlook: You know, I really think I'd rather have the Grizzlies roster. I know that, cumulatively, the Raptors doubled the Grizzlies' score, but I feel like from 1-12, the Grizzlies have the better team. Or maybe it's just cause I think Vince will stop trying if they're down at the half and Bosh will be in the other team's locker room handing out playbooks and making friends. I dunno. I might have to run a 7 game Ultimate Grizzlies-Ultimate Raptors series when the entire tournament is done, just for kicks.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Memphis Grizzlies Ultimate Roster

Memphis Grizzlies, 113.6 rating, 29th overall (15th seed in the West)
Here's where things get a little tricky. The Grizzlies have a few players (noted with an asterisk) who won't be on their roster for the tournament because they'll be playing for other teams, so we just take the next guy in line and move on from there.

*1. Pau Gasol (39.2 rating) - #16, Forward
Resume: 2002-2008, 476 Games, 18.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 53.8 Win Shares, 1 All-Star Selection, 2002 Rookie of the Year
Sorry, Grizzlies fans (all seven of you), Pau made the cut for the Lakers so he'll be suiting up in purple and gold for this thing instead of blue and... blue, I guess.

2. Shane Battier (16.9) - #31, Forward
Resume: 2002-2006, 396 Games, 10.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 33.8 Win Shares
Talent-wise, Battier's probably not the 2nd best Grizzly ever, but he's a solid player, and definitely isn't going to hurt the team.

3. Shareef Abdur-Rahim (15.9) - #3, Forward
Resume: 1997-2001, 375 Games, 20.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 31.7 Win Shares
Well, he probably had his best years with the Hawks, but the Hawks don't need him, so he gets to be the best player on this Grizzlies team. Also, our first Vancouver only player.

4. Mike Miller (15.0) - #33, Forward
Resume: 2003-2008, 371 Games, 14.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 29.7 Win Shares, 2006 Sixth Man of the Year
You know, I had totally forgotten Mike Miller played for the Grizzlies. I have no idea why. He spent the majority of his career there (five and a half seasons). I just remember the Rookie of the Year with the Magic, then last season with the Wizards, and this season with the Heat. (The Timberwolves were in there before Washington, as well, but I had forgotten that too.) Also, I'm pretty sure Mike Miller is the only man to win Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year. I did absolutely no research to verify that, but it feels right. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

5. Zach Randolph (9.8) - #50, Forward
Resume: 2010, 81 Games, 20.8 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 9.7 Win Shares, 1 All-Star Selection
Ah, the power of making one All-Star team. It catapulted Randolph into the top five. Thanks mostly to the fact that it was only the second All-Star selection in team history. (Also, the Grizz are getting a little heavy on forwards...)

6. Stromile Swift (9.3) - #4, Forward
Resume: 2002-2008, 441 Games, 8.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 18.5 Win Shares
7. Lorenzen Wright (8.0) - #42, Forward-Center
Resume: 2002-2006, 335 Games, 9.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 16.0 Win Shares
I'm almost positive these guys were actually the same player... Not entirely sure why, but I always got them confused for one another.

*8. Jason Williams (7.7) - #2, Guard
Resume: 2002-2005,  284 Games, 11.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 7.2 APG, 15.3 Win Shares
The Grizzlies first guard and he won't even be playing for them. Williams will be playing for the Heat in this thing, thanks mostly due to the fact that he was on their 2006 championship team.

9. Rudy Gay (7.6) - #22, Forward
Resume: 2007-2010, 318 Games, 17.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 15.2 Win Shares
I'm betting the Grizzlies are hoping he climbs way up this list after that contract they just handed him.

10. Marc Gasol (7.4) - #33, Center
Resume: 2009-2010, 151 Games, 13.1 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 14.8 Win Shares
At least the Grizzlies get one Gasol brother. (Side note: I really want to play the old Super Mario Bros. game with the Gasol brothers heads on Mario and Luigi a la the new NBA Jam style. Even one level of that would be awesome.)

11. Bryant Reeves (6.5) - #50, Center
Resume: 1996-2001, 395 Games, 12.5 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 13.0 Win Shares
Hey! Big Country! I remember him. Another Vancouver only player.

12. Hakim Warrick (6.2) - #21, Forward
Resume: 2006-2009, 307 Games, 10.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 12.4 Win Shares
I don't remember Hakim Warrick whatsoever. Apparently he signed with the Suns in the offseason. Let's move on.

13. Mike Bibby (6.2) - #10, Guard
Resume: 1999-2001, 214 Games, 14.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 7.8 APG, 12.3 Win Shares
Our second Vancouver only player. And our first "replacement player." As in, he's outside the top 12, but he's taking Pau's place. (That's a pretty steep decline for a replacement, I know.)

*14. James Posey (6.1) - #41, Forward-Guard
Resume: 2004-2005, 132 Games, 11.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 12.2 Win Shares
He would be our second replacement, however - wee the note for Jason Williams. Posey will also be on the Heat.

15. Mike Conley (4.8) - #11, Guard
Resume: 2008-2010, 215 Games, 10.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.7 APG, 9.6 Win Shares
So, Conley becomes our second/third replacement player and the final member of this Ultimate Grizzlies squad.

Just missed the cut:
16. O.J. Mayo (4.5)
17. Greg Anthony (4.2)
18. Chucky Atkins (3.9)
19. Michael Dickerson (3.7)
*20. Eddie Jones (3.7)
21. Earl Watson (3.2)

Outlook: You know, despite having only two guards, and being full of Memphis Grizzlies, this really isn't that bad of a team. They'd be much better off if they could have kept their best player ever, but even without Pau, there isn't anyone on this team that you'd be upset if they were actually on your favorite team. (Maybe Hakim Warrick... Sorry, Phoenix.) I mean, they're not going to win a series in this tournament, but I could see them possibly winning a game, or at least keeping things close.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Charlotte Bobcats Ultimate Roster

First up: The Charlotte Bobcats, 91.7 rating, 30th overall (15th seed in the East)
1. Gerald Wallace (31.5 rating) - #3, Forward
Resume: 2005-2010, 406 Games, 16.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 42.3 Win Shares, 1 All-Star Selection
Well, Gerald Wallace is the definitive Bobcat, which I suppose is a little bit like being the penultimate Toronto Argonaut. I mean, I suppose it's something to be proud of, but no one outside of the diehard fans is really going to care. (This is probably unfair to the Argonauts, as they actually have an amazingly long history. I just can't think of any better analogy off of the top of my head.)

2. Emeka Okafor (13.1) - #50, Center-Forward
Resume: 2005-2009, 330 Games, 14.0 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 26.2 Win Shares, 2005 Rookie of the Year
Well, Okafor's not a bad player... but if he's your second greatest player, you might be in trouble.

3. Raymond Felton (9.5) - #20, Guard
Resume: 2005-2010, 399 Games, 13.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.4 APG, 19.0 Win Shares
See above. Replace "Okafor" with "Felton" and "second" with "third."

4. Brevin Knight (5.6) - #22, Guard
Resume: 2005-2007, 180 Games, 10.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 8.3 APG, 11.2 Win Shares
Okay, this is getting ugly...

5. Matt Carroll (5.5) - #13, Guard
Resume: 2005-2009, 289 Games, 8.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 11.0 Win Shares
Even uglier...

6. Boris Diaw (5.1) - #32, Forward-Center
Resume: 2009-2010, 141 Games, 12.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, 10.2 Win Shares
Well, the bench is picking up a little bit here at least.

7. Primoz Brezec (5.0) - #7, Center
Resume: 2005-2008, 229 Games, 9.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 9.9 Win Shares
And we're back to the ugliness...

8. Jason Richardson (4.3) - #23, Guard
Resume: 2008-2009, 96 Games, 21.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 8.5 Win Shares
Well the Bobcats are certainly benefitting from the "If you don't make the top 12 with a team where you have a higher score, you can go the next team rule" on this one.

9. D.J. Augustin (4.0) - #14, Guard
Resume: 2009-2010, 152 Games, 8.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 7.9 Win Shares
I've got nothing here.

10. Nazr Mohammed (3.2) - #6/#13, Center
Resume: 2008-2010, 158 Games, 7.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 0.6 APG, 6.4 Win Shares
Nothing again.

11. Stephen Jackson (2.5) - #1, Forward
Resume: 2010, 72 Games, 21.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 5.0 Win Shares, 0.001 MVP Award Shares
I think it says way more about the Bobcats relative lack of history that a player can spend half a season with the team and be one of the 12 best players in its history than it says about Captain Jack's skills. Note: if any players are interested in participating in this hypothetical tourney in future years and you can't crack the roster of a team with a rich history, finagle a trade to Charlotte.

12. Jason Hart (2.4) #1, Guard
Resume: 2005, 74 Games, 9.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.0 APG, 4.8 Win Shares
And I'm back to having nothing to say.

Not quite making the cut:
13. Jared Dudley (1.9)
14. Derek Anderson (1.6)
15. Raja Bell (1.6)
16. Jumaine Jones (1.5)
17. Tyson Chandler (1.5)

Outlook: I have to imagine this team is going to get rocked. This could be an actual NBA team, not a greatest of all-time team, and one that would have a lot of trouble winning a playoff series against a regular playoff team. I think they could make the playoffs, maybe even win a game or two, but this squad is going to get smoked in this tournament.

Greatest of All-Time Tournament

Well, this was originally going to be a summer project, but the research alone took the entire summer, so, it looks like we're going to be doing this as a season kickoff project. Here's the plan: I have come up with the all-time greatest players for every team, put them together to assemble each team's "ultimate" roster, ranked them, and will pit them together in a tournament, NCAA style, and see who wins. How did I figure out the greatest players you ask? Well I came up with a statistical formula to determine basketball greatness. It works like this: (Win Shares) + (MVP Award Shares*25) + (NBA 1st Team Selections*15) + (NBA 2nd Team Selections*10) + (All-Star Selections*5) + (Playoff Win Shares for Championship Teams*10) + (Playoff Win Shares for Finals Losers*5) + (Playoff Win Shares for Conference Finals Losers*2.5). The formula is the same for ABA stats but are worth 25% of the NBA value. Also, in order to prevent "right time, right place" players (Robert Horry, KC Jones, etc.) from topping the lists, I put qualifying standards in place. If a player wins an MVP or is selected to an All-NBA 1st or 2nd Team, he gets 100% of his points. If a player makes 1 All-NBA 3rd Team or 2 All-Star teams, he gets 75% credit; 1 All-Star Team is worth 67%, everyone else gets 50%. Got it? Great. It seems to be a really good evaluator of both individual and team success. It's not a perfect system/formula, but I think it's going to be as close as I'm going to get it.

Okay, a couple rules for how the rosters were determined:
1) A player only gets credit for his accomplishments with each specific team. For example, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Bucks stats only contribute to his Bucks score. Lakers accomplishments go toward his Lakers score. So, for the purposes of this tournament, he'll have two separate greatness ratings.
2) Players can only make one team's roster. Using Kareem as an example again, he can only be on EITHER the Bucks roster or the Lakers roster. He'll end up on whatever roster he has the highest score. (Apparently I'm okay with hypothetically time traveling to pick players from specific years, but not cloning to put them on more than one roster. I dunno why. It just feels weird to have the players on two rosters. Wilt Chamberlain would make three teams otherwise, and I just feel like nobody wants to see The Big Dipper playing with himself.)
3) If a player has a higher score with one team, but doesn't make their top 12 roster, the team that he has the next highest score with can have him. For example, Robert Horry has his highest score with the Lakers, but it's not one of the 12 best scores for a Laker. His next highest score is with the Rockets, which is one of their 12 best, so he gets to be on the Rockets squad.

Seeding for the tournament is just based on adding the 12 players on the team's scores together. Highest score gets highest seed. It'll be divided up into the current East and West conferences, and I'm going to use WhatIfSports's simulation tool to run the games. Everyone got it? Fantastic. I'll be revealing the rosters one or two every day or so and then we'll start the tourney off once they're all revealed.