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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:11 pm

Congrats on the championship man. That was one hell of a season (Y)

Will you be able to keep this team together and compete again next season?
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Lamrock on Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:07 am

Thanks man! I think this is the first time I've actually won it all in a story where I didn't just sim all the games.

I actually played all of the following season.. With this section being pretty dead, I'll probably do a tl;dr recap of the off-season and 19-20 season. So stay tuned I guess!
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Valor on Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:11 am

Damn, I go on exam induced hiatus for a month and you won a title already! Congrats dude and damn, def revenge for 92 huh? :applaud:
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:46 pm

Lamrock wrote:Thanks man! I think this is the first time I've actually won it all in a story where I didn't just sim all the games.

I actually played all of the following season.. With this section being pretty dead, I'll probably do a tl;dr recap of the off-season and 19-20 season. So stay tuned I guess!

Sounds good. Hopefully you can defend your title.
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Lamrock on Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:16 am

From here on out, I'll do three recaps per season: one for off-season, one for regular season and one for post-season. Here is the 2018 off-season in review.

2018 OFFSEASON

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After winning the 2017-18 championship rather easily, with a 70-12 regular season and 16-3 playoff run, GM Lyman Witherspoon opted not to reinvent the wheel. While Jonathan Simmons, Noah Vonleh and JaVale McGee were let go, Portland added guard Malcolm Brogdon in free agency and center Ivica Zubac through a trade with the Lakers. Furthermore, promising swingman Troy Brown Jr. fell to the Blazers early in the second round.

This draft has been compared to the legendary 1984, 1996 and 2003 drafts. Indeed, the first four picks, DeAndre Ayton (WAS), Luka Doncic (SAC), Michael Porter Jr. (ATL) and Ryan Kent (SEA) are all expected to be perennial all-stars.. The Lakers, hoping to finally return to the post-season, acquired Thunder center Steven Adams on draft night.

There is a lot of optimism that the Clippers, with Durant, Griffin and a healthy Chris Paul, could be a threat to win it all this season. However, they'll have to do it without DeAndre Jordan who signed with the Kansas City Knights for a shit load of money. Carmelo, finally not saddled by La La, was able to follow his dreams and sign with the Sacramento Kings... LaMarcus Aldridge left the Spurs after three seasons to sign with the Orlando Magic, because why not.

Running back last year's team for the most part, the Blazers are favored to win it all again. However, the Clippers, Warriors, Lakers - maybe even the Spooky Wolves, have them in their sights. And then in the East there's always LeBron and the Cavs, as well as the Bulls (now with Pat Beverley), Sixers and Bucks.

2018-19 Portland Trail Blazers

PG - Damian Lillard
SG - C.J. McCollum
SF - Al-Farouq Aminu
PF - Harry Giles
C - Rudy Gobert

F/G - Evan Turner
F/C - Zach Randolph
G - Malcolm Brogdon
C - Thomas Bryant
C - Ivica Zubac
G/F Troy Brown Jr. (R)
G - Shabazz Napier
F/G - Pat Connaughton
G - Aaron Brooks
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Valor on Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:04 pm

So going for that quick fire blitz through the seasons huh? Good luck on the title defense! (Y)
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:15 pm

Seems like a decent off-season. Brogdon should provide more offensive firepower off the bench than Simmons did.

At least you only have to worry about 3 all-stars on the Clippers now :wink:
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Lamrock on Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:29 am

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Nice pun...

2018-19 REGULAR SEASON

The Trail Blazers entered the 2018-19 season as overwhelming favorites to repeat as champions. They backed that up with a dominant opening night win over the Chicago Bulls, in which they received their rings. Aside from a disappointing home loss to the Cavs, Portland was dominant in the month of November. However, injuries would put a damper on things. First, Rudy Gobert went down with a knee injury. Then, McCollum hurt his ankle. Both starters missed several games, but the team remained at the top of the standings.

Evan Turner and Thomas Bryant would miss significant time as well, but Portland wasn't far off its 70 win pace by the all-star break. Damian Lillard made the all-star team, but disappointingly, Harry Giles did not make it, despite averages of 19 and 10 as the second option on the best team in the league... Notably, rookies Ryan Kent (more on him later) of Seattle and Michael Porter Jr. of Atlanta made the all-star team. Other first-timers included Markelle Fultz, Kris Dunn (!) and Jahlil Okafor. Inexplicably, Derrick Rose made the team as well.

Gobert went down AGAIN in March, but should return for the first round of the playoffs. Ivica Zubac took over the starting role, as Thomas Bryant was useless, somehow shooting only 35% from the field as a Center. Portland would struggle down the stretch, losing five in a row. However, they ended up finishing the season on a six game winning streak to hold off Golden State for the #1 overall seed, and post an excellent 64-18 record.

:arrow: Damian Lillard wasn't as efficient as last season - not only missing out on MVP, but also on any of the all-NBA teams. Between this and all-star snubs for Giles and McCollum... is there an anti-Blazers bias in the media?

:arrow: Seattle narrowly missed the playoffs, but rookie Ryan Kent looked like the second coming of Jordan, averaging over 30 points per game! However, this may have something to do with their coach playing all their starters 48 minutes per game, barring injuries and fouling out. He may be fired this season...

:arrow: Steph Curry reclaimed his MVP crown, and led his Warriors to a 60 win season. Can he get them past Portland this year, with a roster that doesn't seem to be that much better than last year's?

:arrow: Kent took home rookie of the year, but a dozen rookies averaged double digit scoring. The top four (Ayton, Doncic, Porter, Kent) all appear headed for superstardom.

:arrow: Chicago missed the playoffs - R.I.P. Hoiball. Entering the post-season, Portland, Golden State, Cleveland and Washington appear to be the top title contenders.

UP NEXT:

1 Portland (64-18) vs. 8 Memphis (40-42)
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Re: SWIIISH | Lazy 2018-19 Regular Season Recap

Postby Valor on Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:15 pm

Ouch, 2K does have something against your players, two seasons in a row robbed of All Star Selections, and Lillard not even getting into third team, wow.

64 wins is still solid though, Memphis should be a breeze for you. Hopefully some momentum from there and you get the repeat (Y)

Hoiball... :facepalm2:
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Re: SWIIISH | Lazy 2018-19 Regular Season Recap

Postby Lamrock on Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:39 am

2019 NBA PLAYOFFS

Portland came in to the 2019 playoffs as the title favorites with a mostly healthy roster and the #1 overall seed. Did they pull it off? Let's take a look...

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Round 1: Vs. Memphis (40-42)
Grizzlies rotation: M Conley M Gbinije C Parsons D Davis M Gasol (T Evans, Ja Green)

The Memphis Grizzlies made their ninth straight playoff appearance, good for the second longest streak in the league. Credit new coach Jason Kidd, sixth man Tyreke Evans and their aging duo of Conley and Gasol for that. But they didn't really have any business being there, and it showed in the first three games, in which the Blazers shellacked them. However, a ferocious comeback led to an overtime game 4 win for the Grizz. And then Wade Baldwin had the game of his life, flirting with a triple double in game 5, which they only lost narrowly. Portland 4 - 1 Memphis

The Blazers move on to face the Clippers, who ousted the Lakers in 7 games to win the first ever "Hallway Series". Notably, the Warriors took 7 games to knock out Melo, Doncic and the Kings, Aldridge and the Magic became the sixth 8 seed to win a series, eliminating the Sixers, and the 2 seed Cavs were knocked out by the Celtics.

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Round 2: Vs. Los Angeles (47-35)
Rotation: C Paul D Waiters K Durant B Griffin E Davis (R Gay, E Ilyasova)

In another rematch from last year's playoffs, the Blazers take on CP3, Blake, KD and the Clippers. Last year's win was marred by Chris Paul's ankle injury, but this year the Clippers are at full strength (albeit without DeAndre Jordan, who plays for KC now). Blazers swept 'em though. Harry Giles, who Doc traded for Meyers Leonard on draft night, was absolutely dominant. Only games 1 and 3 were remotely close as LA was outclassed.

All 3 of Portland's Western Conference series will be rematches, as Golden State knocked out the Spurs in 6.. Meanwhile the young Bucks, led by Fultz and Antetokounmpo will square off against the Pistons for a spot in the finals.

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WCF: Vs. Golden State (60-22)
Rotation: B Mesicek K Thompson R Bullock D Green G Dumars (D McDermott, P McCaw, J McGee)

Once again, haters will give the Blazers' championship run an asterisk, as Steph Curry is out for the season. In his place? Rookie Blaz Mesicek. Yeah... This series was actually closer than expected. Games 1 and 5 were up in the air, but Portland ultimately finished 'em off in five games. Mesicek did pretty well, shooting poorly but managing a triple double in their game 3 win. The Blazers advance to the finals to face...

The Milwaukee Bucks!

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NBA FINALS: BLAZERS (64-18) vs. Bucks (48-34)
Rotation: M Fultz T Allen G Antetokounmpo J Parker G Monroe (J Isaac, N Batum, T Maker)

Milwaukee was the #6 seed for two reasons: the dumb "new" division winner policy, and Giannis missing the first half of the season. However, he's back and the Bucks rolled through the Eastern Conference. But this young team is good, and deep.

Despite 46 from Markelle Fultz, the Blazers eked out a win in a high scoring game 1. Portland won game 2 in a drubbing. In a must-win game 3, Fultz went off again, but Giannis struggled, as did Jabari Parker. The Blazers won, and would take game 4 to sweep the finals and repeat as champions.

Damian Lillard averaged like 30 and 10, and was Finals MVP.

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Re: SWIIISH | 2019 nba playoffs

Postby Valor on Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:28 pm

Not sure which one I am more surprised by, a Bucks-Pistons ECF or the Kings actually making the playoffs and pushing Golden State to 7 games. Didn't know Melo still had something in him!
Grats on the back-to-back! Now for a three-peat :cool:
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Re: SWIIISH | 2019 nba playoffs

Postby Lamrock on Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:40 am

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After winning back-to-back titles, GM Witherspoon played it fairly safe with the Blazers. However, on draft night, he did trade away sixth man Evan Turner to the Kansas City Knights for Norman Powell in a cost-cutting move. Portland extended Rudy Gobert and Al-Farouq Aminu as well, and their opening night roster ultimately looked like this:

2019-20 OPENING NIGHT ROSTER

PG: Damian Lillard | Age 29 | Overall 90 (+2)
SG: C.J. McCollum | Age 28 | Overall 82 (+2)
SF: Al-Farouq Aminu | Age 29 | Overall 79 (+2)
PF: Harry Giles | Age 22 | Overall 83 (+1)
C: Rudy Gobert | Age 27 | Overall 84 (+2)

G Malcolm Brogdon | Age 26 | Overall 80 (+3)
G/F Norman Powell | Age 26 | Overall 79 (+3)
F/C Zach Randolph | Age 38 | Overall 77 (+2)
F/G Troy Brown Jr. | Age 21 | Overall 78 (+3)
C Ivica Zubac | Age 22 | Overall 75 (+2)
G Shabazz Napier | Age 28 | Overall 71 (+3)
F Anthony Bennett | Age 26 | Overall 72 (+2)
C Kris Cunningham | Age 22 | Overall 70 (+2)

G Franklin Marshall | Age 21 | Overall 70 (+2)
F/G Samuel Madsen | Age 22 | Overall 67 (+2)


But with everything continuing to look rosy in Portland, Witherspoon gave the team notice that he would be leaving to manage the New York Knicks, effective at the end of the season. The Knicks apparently offered him a mammoth amount of money to run them, and its easy to see why, as they finished with just 31 wins.

Portland was favored to repeat as champions yet again. However, Rudy Gobert went down with a season ending injury in February. Portland would go 53-29 and get the 2 seed, beating Denver and Minnesota to get to the WCF. However, they missed Rudy's defensive presence too much, and lost in 7 games to the Warriors. Golden State would go on to beat the 76ers in six games to win the championship.

And so now Witherspoon takes over the New York Knicks, a team that has been rudderless for a long time, but has a boatload of cap space, as well as the #4 pick in the draft. Stay tuned.
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Re: SWIIIISH

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:57 pm

Good job defending your title.

That Bucks team with Giannis, Jabari an Fultz kind of reminds me of the Thunder team that made the finals in 2012. Lots of talent, but they were just too inexperienced.


Interesting move taking over the Knicks. But it's probably good timing with LeBron's dominance of the east all but over. Good luck.
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Re: SWIIIISH

Postby Lamrock on Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:05 am

Thanks man. They had me scared in game one. Absolutely could not stop Fultz. However, since I started this way back in September, Giannis is underrated and was a no-show most of the series. They should be a threat down the road though.

Three seasons was enough with the Blazers. As much as I wanted to repeat and get Giles that all-star berth, I was getting pretty bored. Sadly (spoilers), they imploded in my absence.
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Re: SWIIIISH

Postby Lamrock on Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:12 am

2020 OFFSEASON

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Opening Thoughts

Oh, the Knicks. How are they doing, here in the Summer of 2020? Well, Melo leaving the team to sign with the freaking Kings of all teams might give you a hint. The team went 31-51 in the 2019-20 season, with Derrick Rose being the leading scorer. Porzingis remains the franchise player, and has steadily improved in his five seasons in the league, despite still never having made an all-star team. David Blatt is the coach, but he might be on the chopping block. It might be time to clean house!

There are only four players signed on for next season: Porzingis, Kenneth Faried, Brandon McCoy and E.C. Matthews. I have no idea why they got Faried... McCoy is a center who was a lottery pick in 2018. While currently in that passable starter/great backup tier, he's got some legit potential. Matthews was taken in that same draft, and is a solid shooter. Coming off the books are the corpse of Joakim Noah, Moe Harkless, Kay Felder, Dion Waiters, Wesley Johnson, Festus Ezeli, Ian Mahinmi and, of course, D-Rose. I might bring a couple of those guys back on minimum contracts. Rose... has actually been pretty decent, but is plan D or E, as I want to use the $50M or so of cap space on a star or two...

After the Blazers' brief run of dominance, the Golden State Warriors are once again the team to beat, and to beat them, we'll need STARS.

The Draft

We had the fifth pick in the draft. Outside of Nikita Kasparov, who is supposed to be a generational talent and a lock to go #1 to the Clippers, the talent pool didn't look too deep. Shopping the pick, I aggressively pursued Andrew Wiggins, because he seems like a Rudy Gay-type of player who would be great in 2K. The Wolves wouldn't bite, despite me offering basically everything except for Porzingis for him. Probably for the best, as I didn't want to become the new Billy King, and because of what happened next.

Denver, apparently looking to rebuild yet again, offered up Nikola Jokic for the 5th pick. Though it felt like cheese to do so, I had to take this offer. However, I also wanted to clear some cap, so I made it a three-team deal, sending Faried to Dallas, and Dwight (on the Mavs for some reason) back to the Nuggets. I think we might have the Gobert trade beat, folks.

Free Agency

With about 50 mil in cap space, the first thing I did was offer Chris Paul a two year, $70M contract. A bit more than his market value at this point, given his age and injury history. But for two years, it's a fairly low-risk move, which gives us a legit big three. While he mulled that over, I went to work, adding Harrison Barnes (2 years, $16M) and Malcolm Brogdon (4 years, $25M) to unrealistic discount deals. CP3 accepted, and we had our starting five: Paul, Brogdon, Barnes, Porzingis and Jokic. Not bad!

Felder, Wes Johnson and Mahinmi re-signed for the vet minimum. To round out the roster, I added some pretty solid ring chasers in Allen Crabbe (wonder if I can trade him for Gobert again...), DeMarre Carroll, Patrick Patterson and Blazers legend Shabazz Napier.

Going into next season, analysts predict that the Warriors, 76ers, Trail Blazers, Lakers and Knicks will emerge as the top title contenders.

2020-21 NEW YORK KNICKS

PG - Chris Paul - Overall 89 (+4)
SG - Malcolm Brogdon - Overall 79 (+2)
SF - Harrison Barnes - Overall 79 (+2)
PF - Kristaps Porzingis - Overall 89 (+1)
C - Nikola Jokic - Overall 88 (+1)

C Brandon McCoy - Overall 78 (+1)
G E.C. Matthews - Overall 77 (+3)
F DeMarre Carroll - Overall 76 (+3)
G/F Allen Crabbe - Overall 76 (+3)
G Kay Felder - Overall 75 (+3)

F/C Patrick Patterson - Overall 75 (+2)
F Wesley Johnson - Overall 73 (+2)
C Ian Mahinmi - Overall 72 (+2)
G Shabazz Napier - Overall 70 (+3)
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Re: SWIIIISH | 2020 Offseason -> Big 3 in the Big Apple?

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:16 pm

That's a decent off-season build :cool:

Hopefully you can get some instant success with this team, and maybe even face off with the Blazers in the finals.
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Re: SWIIIISH | 2020 Offseason -> Big 3 in the Big Apple?

Postby Valor on Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:05 am

Oh damn, would've though you'd at least get a three-peat before thinking about leaving. Knicks are interesting, can you get them back into relevance with Dolan hanging over your shoulder? (Y)
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