Saturday, January 9, 2010

Creating an All-2000s NBA roster (West)

One of the reasons it took me a while before the TWTWTNBA got posted was trying to figure out what to post. As such, since it was the end of a decade, I decided to construct a team from this past decade (00-09).

Here are the rules.

Encompasses all players who started their rookie year in the 2000-01 season onwards. This means, as much as John wants to put Paul Pierce in all 15 slots (yes, I included the inactives), I cannot do that (FYI, The Truth was Batch 98.).

I also selected a particular season for each player.

Coaches were qualified based on their first gig being from 2000 onwards (No Phil Jackson or Pop. D'Antoni was almost there, but he started in 1999)

1st Team West:
G - Chris Paul (07-08), Deron Williams (07-08),
F - Kevin Durant (09-10), Carmelo Anthony (09-10)
C - Pau Gasol (08-09)

G - Tony Parker (06-07), Brandon Roy (09-10), Manu Ginobili (07-08)
F - Andrei Kirilenko (03-04), Al Jefferson (08-09), Amare Stoudemire (07-08)
C - Yao Ming (07-08)

Chris Kaman (09-10), Carlos Boozer (07-08), Kevin Martin (08-09)

Coach: Nate McMillan

Looking at the Roster: Solid Team built on the halfcourt set. Whether it is Pick and Roll or DDR or normal halfcourt sets that you always see, they have the tools necessary. They also have a huge depth in big men. You can pound it in all the time and let the bigs eat the opposition alive.

2nd Team West:
G - Monta Ellis (07-08), Tyreke Evans (09-10)
F - Stephen Jackson (07-08), David West (08-09)
C - LaMarcus Aldridge (09-10)

G - Jason Richardson (05-06), Russell Westbrook (09-10), OJ Mayo (09-10)
F - Josh Howard (07-08), Rudy Gay (09-10)
C - Mehmet Okur (05-06), Marc Gasol (09-10)

Paul Millsap (08-09), Zach Randolph (08-09), Leandro Barbosa (06-07)

Coach: Scott Brooks

Looking at the Roster: I chose Scott Brooks because he is able to work with the Core in Oklahoma City, given the relative youth of the lineup. Lionel Hollins would be an alternative, considering the some of the core Grizzlies are present. This team is geared towards a high-octane fastbreaking offense ala SSOL.

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