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Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 - NOV 21 2013 G12

Postby Pitar on Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:40 pm

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SEATTLE SUPERSONICS

An Association Story


The SuperSonics are back. This story will follow the rebuilding efforts in Seattle as the team looks to forge a new identity.

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Introduction

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Team Achievements

2013-2014

In Progress

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NBA Season Results

2013-2014

In Progress




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SuperSonics Summary November 16
7-2, 2nd in Pacific Division


CURRENT SCHEDULE

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Current Roster

Starting Five
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Brandon Jennings | Trevor Ariza | Tyreke Evans | Thomas Robinson | Tiago Splitter (+)

Bench

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Bradley Beal | Jason Ford (+) | Toney Douglas | John Henson | Marcus Wells | Reggie Williams (+) | Isaiah Thomas

Reserves

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Chuck Hayes | James Johnson

Injuries


Tiago Splitter - Strained MCL (1-2 Weeks)
Jason Ford - Bruised Sternum (Day-To-Day)
Reggie Williams - Bruised Heel (Day-To-Day)


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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Pitar on Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:40 pm

SONICS 2.0

This association story begins with two simulated seasons already completed, and as such takes place in a slightly different reality. I made every effort to ensure rosters were accurate up until last week, but as I’m starting at the beginning of the 13-14 season, there are some key differences between our world and the NBA this story takes place in.

Game Details:

I will be managing the reboot of the Seattle franchise. Games will either be simmed, played out in hoopcast, or coached in-game (if I can get realistic game numbers). It’s not going to be easy!

This game will be using NBA2k12, and aided by Leftos’ brilliant Stats Tracker. I’m using a save based on Slimm44’s rosters, albeit pretty modified. The save has been pretty heavily edited over the last year as well, but done to Slimm44’s methods where possible.

Also using Slimm44’s sliders.

Draft classes to be used are ones I’ve worked on myself, but are not entirely complete (and probably outdated by now), so expect a handful of real rookies, and (hand-crafted) fictional players as well from this point out. Credit to Iceflow247, Domt25 and anyone else I may have stolen from for their excellent fictional cyberfaces!
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Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 : Introduction

Postby Pitar on Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:55 pm

THE NBA - PAST TWO YEARS


2011-2012

The 2011-12 season went down in similar fashion to history, with Miami Heat confidently sweeping Thunder in the finals. Lebron James earned his crown.

    NBA Champions: Miami Heat
    Post Season MVP: Lebron James (MIA)
    Season MVP: Lebron James (MIA)
    Rookie of the Year: Kyrie Irving (CLE)
    Sixth Man of the Year: Mo Williams (LAC)
    Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard (ORL)
    Most Improved Player: Shannon Brown (PHX)
    Coach of the Year: Erik Spoelstra (MIA)

2012-2013


The Miami Heat entered this season as the favourites, and ended it with the best record, 65-17, and another season MVP award for Lebron James. They met the Oklahoma City Thunder in the finals once more, but instead of a 4-0 sweep like the previous year it was a grueling 7 games series ending in a bitter loss to Oklahoma City. The story of the year is Russel Westbrook, who somehow managed to drastically improve his shooting percentages while retaining his heavy-output performances. A large amount of controversy surrounds awarding him the post season MVP over the league’s lead scorer Kevin Durant.

    NBA Champions: Oklahoma City Thunder
    Post Season MVP: Russell Westbrook (OKC)
    Season MVP: Lebron James (MIA)
    Rookie of the Year: Thomas Robinson (SAC)
    Sixth Man of the Year: Jeff Teague (ATL)
    Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard (LAL)
    Most Improved Player: Goran Dragic (PHX)
    Coach of the Year: Doc Rivers (BOS)

2012-13 NBA STANDINGS
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Not quite this world:

Compared to their current performances in the real-world NBA, some teams and players have done unexpectedly well.

    The Phoenix Suns, containing the most improved players of both the 11-12 and 12-13 seasons, entered the playoffs as the sixth seed, and reached the conference finals--all without Steve Nash.

    The Ray Allenless Bostin Celtics ended the season with a 62-20 record, the second best in the league, and earned Doc Rivers a Coach of the Year award.

Hall of Famers:

Steve Nash had an All-Star final season, but it was tarnished by a series of unfortunate events. He was traded to the 76ers in a desperate move by the sinking LA Lakers, then suffered a season ending injury and announced his plans to retire at the end of the season.

In another sad note, Jason Kidd saw minimal minutes on the struggling New York Knicks (41-41), and was not very effective during those minutes. Both were inducted to the Hall of Fame.



THE KINGS, THE SUPERSONICS: WHERE THINGS STAND


Sold:

The Kings were sold and relocated to Seattle, where they will play at the KeyArena until the new stadium is built. The SuperSonics are back, but emotions are mixed: nobody wants to lose a team, and Seattle basketball fans know this better than anyone. The pressure is on the SuperSonic’s management to build a team worth the move. Make no mistake, the Kings roster is on route for a complete revamp. There are too many problems to count, both on and off the court.

In the previous season the Kings went 34-48, and ended third to last in the western conference.

Cousins:


Despite the organisation previously stating he was off-limits, trouble-maker DeMarcus Cousins was traded before the trade deadline. The Washington Wizards received Cousins alongside John Salmons in exchange for Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza and their 2014 1st round draft pick.

The bright side: an expiring contract in Trevor Ariza creating more space to make moves in the offseason, a promising rookie in Beal, and for a team looking to rebuild every draft pick is worth something.

The... very big down side: DeMarcus Cousins could very well be the next dominate big, and the SuperSonics could have used that to build around. The tandem of John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, previous Kentucky teammates, could be dangerous. It could also end his chemistry problems. If they saw success in 2014 the draft pick could be worthless.

Rookie of the Year:


There are several young bright spots still on the SuperSonics roster, including 2013 Rookie of the year Thomas Robinson.

However, make no mistake, it was a steal. Robinson, the 5th pick in the 2012 draft, is incredibly raw. He wasn’t in the running for ROTY until Damian Lillard suffered an injury that took him out for the majority of the season. But as the Kings went into full rebuild-mode Robinson began to take starting minutes and put up a solid 12.3 points, 9.1 rebounds on 30.8 minutes per game. Number 1 pick Anthony Davis ranked second in blocked shots in the NBA, but failed to find himself in New Orlean’s offence last season.

There is another player on the roster who won the ROTY just four years ago: Tyreke Evans. Evans never truly lived up to his expectations since then, and unless Robinson begins to contribute in a more efficient manner the ROTY award could look more like a curse than a boon for this team.



Coming next...

-2013 Draft Night
-Offseason moves

And, once the starting roster is complete, I will reveal the new 2013 SuperSonics uniform!
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Leftos on Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:33 pm

Pitar, no idea there was another guy using NST for Association! I've been improving analysis features in preparation for a 2K13 story when REDitor comes out for it, so I think you'll really enjoy using it! Following this story, good luck!
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby hova- on Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:56 am

Good start. Good luck, I like the trade cuz it gives you the possibility to start from scratch, a possibility the RL Sonics were robbed with the team moving to OKC.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Mark. on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:03 am

Nice idea, looking forward to following this. Bring back The Glove and Kemp in the admin staff!
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Durant35 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:42 am

YEAH! SONICS! :D
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Pitar on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:35 am

Thanks for the support everyone! Putting together the next update is taking longer than I thought. Quite proud of the jerseys! (first time making my own textures)

Leftos - it's a great tool! thanks for your hard work.

Can't wait to start the season. :crazyeyes:

Mark. wrote:Nice idea, looking forward to following this. Bring back The Glove and Kemp in the admin staff!


:wink: I might just steal this idea.
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June 25th, 2013 - NBA DRAFT NIGHT

Postby Pitar on Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:31 pm

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Transaction Report

June 25th, 2013


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Heat trade: '13 1st Round 29th Pick, Mike Miller

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Suns trade: '13 2nd Round 26th Pick, Jermaine O'Neal


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Hornets trade: '13 2nd Round 6th Pick, Ryan Anderson

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Warriors trade: David Lee

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Blockbuster draft trade

June 25th, 2013

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    The New Orleans Hornets move Ryan Anderson, along with their 2nd round pick, for the Golden State Warrior's David Lee. Ryan Anderson saw very limited minutes last season despite posting his usual efficient performances (6th in EFF: 48.2), and deadly marksmanship (14th in 3P%:0.465, 8th in true shooting %: 0.674). David Lee posted solid numbers last season (15ppg, 9rpg), but this is a worrying drop from the 11-12 season, where David Lee posted 20.3ppg and made his second all star appearance.

    The Warriors picked Mason Plumlee for the 37th pick of the draft, but it remains to be seen if they have plans for the player.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Durant35 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:06 pm

Really liking those off-season reports. Jermaine should be a clog in the paint on the Heat. I guess the Hornets built a small twin tower? Btw, did you do a division re-alignment? Anyways, I'm ready for some action!
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June 26th, 2013 - NBA ROOKIE WATCH

Postby Pitar on Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:15 pm

NBA ROOKIE WATCH


June 26th, 2013


Apart from the Anderson-Lee trade, the greatest upset of the 2013 draft is number one hopeful Shabazz Muhammad, who was snubbed until the 11th pick where he was picked up by the Washington Wizards. With a large number of talented big men in the '13 draft, none of these picks were simple decisions. Let's take a closer look at the top picks of the draft and predict how they might fair in the NBA.

1. Dane Madsen
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UCLA; 22 years old; 6' 9''; 237lb; PF/SF

Portland planning to join the trend to play small? Madsen was a late bloomer in college, and was not what many expected to be the number one pick. Make no mistake, however, the 6' 9'' Madsen is deadly from the low post. Whether it's crafty drives, bullying his man inside, or any one of his surprisingly developed post-moves, Madsen is instant scoring close to and around the rim. Combine this with good court vision, and you have one of the more efficient scoring options seen in college. The big question is whether the under-sized Madsen will be able to use his strength to the same effect in the NBA. His outside shooting is atrocious, and he knows it--spending as much time as he can in the post. Spacing will be an issue for Portland if they incorporate him into their offence. It's hard to tell whether he'll come off the bench to replace Hickson or Alridge, or share minutes with Gallinari. Despite being the number one pick he'll have to fight for his minutes.


2. Lee Blackwell
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Duke; 20 years old; 6'9''; 215lb; PF

Lee Blackwell is a more athletic, less skilled version of Madsen. They both stand at 6' 9'', and both belong inside. Blackwell is capable of exploding to the rim at a moments notice, and finds himself at the free throw line at a brilliant rate. Blackwell is no shooter, however, and only average at creating space for himself. Puts up a large number of blocks, but also quick to jump on pump fakes. Huge upside, but will be coming of the bench for Jefferson and Favors, so don't expect him to be in the race for ROTY unless injuries occur.


3. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
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Georgia; 20 years old; 6'4''; 195lb; SG

Cleveland must think very highly of this young guard to take him as the 3rd pick, especially considering the remaining talent in the draft. Caldwell-Pope is a talented, athletic scorer, but deals most of his damage from long range where he is very inconsistent. Excellent off the dribble or in transition, but will need to improve his consistency to be effective in the NBA. Caldwell-Pope will likely be sharing minutes with Daniel Gibson, but has some work to do before becoming a solid backup.


4. Sam Keller
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Georgia Tech; 20 years old; 6'10''; 243lb; PF

Listed at PF, but more than capable of taking up the role of centre. Keller has an NBA-ready body, and already displays a high IQ for such a young player. Not the quickest on the court, but possesses great hands for his height, a soft touch around the basket and enough range to fill the coveted stretch 4 position. The Bucks are loaded at the 4 spot with four solid players, so expect him to take a starting role either here or on another team.


5. J.P. Andrews
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Syracuse; 21 years old; 6'10''; 240lb; PF

J.P. Andrews is incredibly gifted; he has height, touch, quickness and strength all at his command. Andrews can play above the rim and, while not a brilliant 3 point shooter, is still a threat from long range. There is no ceiling for this player, but unfortunately he carries the weight of his talent poorly and has proven to be an emotional player prone to bad heroics that cause more losses than wins. If Andrews found himself carrying a winning team he could be a frightening opponent, but on a losing team expect a frustrated and dysfunctional player. Andrews is playing for the Charlotte Bobcats.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Pitar on Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:23 pm

Thanks Durant35, I really liked the clean way you presented your story, so I'm sure you've noticed the similarities! I'm a large advocate of stealing anything that works well. :wink:

I thought quite a bit about moving the team divisions about, but my game save is already quite temperamental after all the editing I've done that I think it would be a bad idea! Editing the schedule might be impossible also.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Mark. on Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:12 pm

Nice presentation. Interesting trade there as well. Looking forward to seeing how Steven Adams develops with the Spurs!
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby mrblakevincent on Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:29 pm

This looks phenomenal man! Best of luck! I'm FOLLOWING!
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Re: October 25th, 2013 Off-season Recap

Postby Pitar on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:11 am

2013 Off-season Transaction Report

Oct 25th, 2013


  • 76ers waive: Maalik Wayns. Sign: Davis Bertains to 1yr/$540k deal.
  • Bobcats waive: Brendan Haywood. Sign: Gerald Henderson to 1y/$4.27M deal.
  • Bucks waive: Mike Dunleavy. Sign: Nate Robinson to 5yr/$15.08M deal
  • Bulls sign: Shawn Marion to 1yr/$1.42M deal, Terrence Williams to 3yr/$11.88M deal.
  • Cavaliers waive: Dion Waiters. Sign: Samardo Samuels to 3yr/$4.82M deal, Luke Harangody to 2yr/$2.07M deal.
  • Clippers waive: Ronny Turiaf, Willie Green, Trey Thompkins. Sign: Paul Millsap to 5yr/$23.62M deal.
  • Grizzlies sign: Chris Wright to 1yr/$540k deal.
  • Hawks waive: DeShawn Stevenson, John Jenkins. Sign: Dwight Howard to 4yr/$72.67M deal, Jeff Teague to 4yr/$25.87M deal, Damion James to 3yr/$14.64M deal.
  • Heat sign: Jerome Jordan to 1yr/$2.37M deal.
  • Hornets waive: Brian Roberts, Chris Anderson.
  • Knicks sign: J.R. Smith to 4yr/$34.92M deal, Ronnie Brewer to 1yr/$1.49M deal.
  • Lakers sign: Chris Kaman to 3yr/$7.72M deal, Elton Brand to 3yr/$4.67M deal, Devin Ebanks to 1yr/$1.19M deal.
  • Magic waive: Maurice Harkless, E'Twaun Moore. Signs: DeQuan Jones to 1yr/$532k deal, Daniel Orton to 3yr/$21.14M deal.
  • Mavericks sign: Greg Oden to 4yr/$59.10M deal
  • Nuggets waive: Kosta Koufos, Evan Fournier. Sign: Andray Blatche to 3yr/$20.46M deal.
  • Pacers waive: Ian Mahinmi. Sign: Ben Hansbrough to 1yr/$532k deal.
  • Pistons waive: Kyle Singler. Sign: Charlie Villanueva to 3yr/$4.62M deal, Andre Iguodala to 4yr/$41.15M deal.
  • Raptors waive: Quincy Acy. Sign: DeMar DeRozan to 4yr/$22.48M deal
  • Spurs waive: Boris Diaw, Matt Bonner. Sign: DeJuan Blair to 1yr/$1.19M deal.
  • Suns waive: P.J. Tucker. Sign: Wesley Johnson to 4yr/$27.69M deal.
  • SuperSonics hire: head coach Nate McMillan, assistant coach Gary Payton. Sign: Brandon Jennings to 4yr/$36.20M deal, Reggie Williams to 2yr/$6.30M deal, Tiago Splitter to 1yr/$3.67M deal.
  • Trail Blazers waive: Ronnie Price, Jared Jeffries, Sasha Pavlovic
  • Rockets waive: Terrence Jones, Scott Machado, Daequan Cook
  • Thunder sign: Eric Maynor to 1yr/$3.35M deal.
  • Timberwolves sign: Chase Budinger to 1yr/$995k deal.
  • Trail Blazers sign: Elliot Williams to 1yr/$2.09M deal, Luke Babbitt to 1yr/$2.66M deal.
  • Warriors waive: Jeremy Tyler. Sign: Jarrett Jack to 4yr/$8.63M deal
Off-season Recap - Dwight Howard Returns Home

October 25th, 2013

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    It was a star-studded free agency this off-season, but the biggest deals were dealt to Dwight Howard, Andre Iguodala and Greg Oden.

    The Hawks tried to trade for Dwight Howard last season but failed to make a deal, now they sign him in free agency to four year contract worth almost 73 million dollars. Howard had a solid individual season last year despite coming off back surgery and the Lakers' team-efforts failing to live up to expectations. He lead the league in rebounds (13.1), was 4th in total blocks made (104), and made history once more by adding another Defensive Player of the Year award to his collection. That makes five in a row.
    Howard already appeared tired of the LA limelight, however, and made the decision to sign to his home town Atlanta. Expect him to be there for the full four years--he wants to create a dynasty. Unless the Hawks plan to build around three front court players in Howard, Horford and Josh Smith, expect to see them look to make a trade.


    The Mavericks take a big gamble on injury-plagued Greg Oden, signing him to a 4 year, 59 million dollar deal. The 2007 #1 pick has the potential to dominate if he can stay on the court.

    The Nuggets couldn't put the pieces together around Andre Iguodala and narrowly missed the playoffs. After Iguodala's one-year-stint with the team he will be looking for some stability and a plan to build a contending team. The Detroit Pistons signed him to a 4 year, 41 million dollar contract.

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Tentative SuperSonics Lineup; New Uniform Revealed

Postby Pitar on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:15 am


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Brandon Jennings, the new starting point guard for the Sonics, revealed the team's new look.


    While the dust has yet to settle for the new Sonics roster, it still looks like a questionable assembly of talent. More changes are certain, but unlikely to be finalized before the season opener. Without Cousins in line-up, one of the big questions for the Sonics coming into this season was where the scoring was going to come from. Brandon Jennings was signed to a 4yr/$36M contract by the Sonics after the Bucks didn't offer an extension, and should help alleviate that problem. He averaged 17.7ppg last season, but made that number with terrible efficiency. More so, his 5.3apg will only marginally alleviate the team's other problem: terrible ball movement. Jennings will have to turn over a new leaf if he's to live up to his new contract.

    The Spurs are in the process of completely rebuilding their roster after a dismal season last year, and the Sonics picked up Tiago Splitter on the cheap. At this moment he looks to be their starting center, but depending on how 6th pick Jason Ford plays, it wouldn't be surprising to see Splitter coming off the bench. His starting position could be threatened by a number of trades as well.

    Apart from Jennings there is very little outside shooting on the line-up. There is every possibility Bradley Beal (2012 4th pick, received in trade involving DeMarcus Cousins) could take a starting role over Evans or Ariza to help unclog the paint.


Current Roster

Starting Five
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Brandon Jennings | Tyreke Evans | Trevor Ariza | Thomas Robinson | Tiago Splitter

Role Players

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Bradley Beal | Reggie Williams | Jason Ford | Marcus Wells | Toney Douglas

Bench / Reserves
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Isaiah Thomas | James Johnson | Aaron Brooks | Jimmer Fredette | Chuck Hayes

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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Mark. on Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:12 am

Man that is some amazing presentation right there! Where did you take all the player headshots from? The edit player menu? Also, LOVE those uniforms! Did you make them?
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Pitar on Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:19 am

Thanks Mark.! I did take them from the edit menu. It was pretty easy to remove the background there with a few magic wand clicks. The uniforms are my own! They're actually based on one of the Wizard's retro jerseys, and are my first editing attempts. I hope no one is deeply offended by changing their colour scheme from green and yellow to green and gold (apologies to Celtics fans also, but they barely use gold). They reminded me too much of Australia's colours! (New Zealander here as well :wink: ) I also thought it's less loud and suits the current nba trend towards more minimal, classic designs (of which I heartedly approve). The short bottoms don't quite fit, and the shorts logo stretches in a really weird way, but too burnt out to make another edit.

Adams is very raw right now, but with the Spurs roster almost completely demolished by wacky AI after a bad season and Tim Duncan currently injured with sore knees, he'll get plenty of playing time. I feel bad for the Spurs; they're one of my favourite teams IRL, but the game just isn't a good enough simulation to replicate their excellent system.

Originally my team plan was to build around Jrue Holiday, who I'm much bigger on than Jennings, but I didn't realise he'd signed a massive extension IRL, so I had to change his contract to reflect that. :(

Current plan is to ship Evans, Aaron and Douglas (not sure how he made the roster, to be honest... the computer must have made the trade before I took control of the team), move Isaiah to backup PG and beal to starting SG. Hopefully get a PF who can shoot the ball (and try moving Robinson to the C position) or a SG/SF who can PASS.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Martti. on Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:15 am

Jennings is a beast, I'll be following. Really clean presentation, the in-game headshots are awesome. (Y)
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Mark. on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:31 pm

Pitar, Sweet, thanks for explaining how to do that, may have to do it myself too at some stage. Thought that might be the case but didn't want to be missing out on some awesome in game photoshoot feature or something!

Nah Uniforms look fantastic mate. May have to enlist your aide at some stage for me!

Another Kiwi, nice, seem to be a few of us hanging around on this forum. What part to do you hail from if you don't mind me asking? Spurs is a perfect spot for SA if you ask me. Learning from TD would be a great career starter.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Ezio Auditore on Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:19 pm

The uniforms do look superb. (Y) Will follow!
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Durant35 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:59 pm

Uniforms are hawt. Really liking those pictures and how you present them. And I noticed that Big Mac and The Glove are back! Sonics babeh! Hope we get some retro uniforms though.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Stress Fracture on Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:54 pm

WTF, Houston waived Terrence Jones? :?

And yeah, gonna follow this. I've always wanted to revive the Sonics in my NBA Live.
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Seattle Draft Picks Recap, Returning SuperSonics

Postby Pitar on Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:15 pm

Sonics Draft Summary

#6th Pick, Jason Ford
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Kansas; 22 years old; 6' 11''; 242lb; C

    The Sonic's first pick in the draft is Jason Ford, a 6' 11' pushing 7' center with excellent touch around the basket and the capacity to block like the best of them. He's shown flashes of mid-range ability, but looks more comfortable with his back to the basket inside the post. His go-to post move is a turn-around fade away, and he doesn't go to the line nearly enough, drawing some criticism that he can be a bit soft. This is a pity as he isn't bad from the free throw line. Will need to develop another post move or two before being a real option to run the offence through him, but the potential is there. He's a little on the thin side at the moment, but has the frame to put on a lot of weight. Could become a real obstacle in the paint for opponents in the future, and hopefully will be an integral piece of the SuperSonic's line-up.


#16th Pick, Marcus Wells
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Missouri; 22 years old; 6' 7''; 239lb; SF

    Marcus Wells is a stocky slashing forward that spent most of his college career driving through, not over, weaker players. He's built like a mule, but may not have the same success in the NBA against opponents of similar strength. Lacks the vertical or handle for his driving game to really succeed in the next level, and he'll have to work on his jumper to not be a liability at the small forward position. His mechanics aren't that bad, however, and the potential is there for a long NBA career. Great motor.

#37th Pick, Alex Len
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Ukraine; 20 years old; 7' 1''; 250lb; C

    For the 37th pick, the SuperSonics get a likely steal for the tall, talented big from Ukraine, Alex Len. Len is has shown flashes of impressive offensive capacity, and has a terrific wingspan and solid frame. The SuperSonics have high hopes for Len, but have decided to assign him to their D-League affiliate for the time being in order for him to get the playing time to develop.


Veteran SuperSonics Return to Seattle


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    Nate McMillan, nicknamed "Mr. Sonic" for his 19 years of service to the team, will return to Seattle SuperSonics and take up the head coach position. McMillan served as head coach for the Sonics from 2000 to 2005, culminating in a 52 win season and a loss in the semi-conference finals. McMillan then moved to Portland to coach a trouble-riddled Trail Blazers team. McMillan was fired by the Trail Blazers midway through the 2011-12 season.

    9-time NBA All-Star, 9-time NBA All-Defensive first team Gary Payton, who was amongst those who worked to return the SuperSonics to the NBA, will take up the assistant coach position. This is the star-studded SuperSonic veteran's first coaching position since he retired from the NBA in 2007.

2013 Off-season Transaction Report (cont.)
Oct 29th 2013

  • Mavericks sign: O.J. Mayo to 5yr/$35.14M deal; Dominique Jones to 5yr/$13.40M deal.
  • Heat sign: Ray Allen to 2yr/$3.38M deal; Shane Battier to 3yr/$3.14M deal.

Apologies to any Alex Len fans, I made the draft class before his draft stock increased so much!
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November 2nd, Season Opener

Postby Pitar on Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:20 pm

Season opener: New Orleans Pelicans @ Seattle SuperSonics

November 2nd, 2013

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Seattle SuperSonics' opening night at KeyArena

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Brandon Jennings | Tyreke Evans | Trevor Ariza | Thomas Robinson | Tiago Splitter

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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Mark. on Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:13 pm

Nice win and top presentation! Are those box scores done through the stats tracker?
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Pitar on Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:46 pm

Mark. wrote:Nice win and top presentation! Are those box scores done through the stats tracker?


Thanks. And yup! The top performances is a screen capture straight from the tool, and the box scores were made by copying the box score data from NST and putting it through a spreadsheet I made.

Any time I reference player stats it'll probably be through the tool as well.
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November 2nd, Season Opener

Postby Pitar on Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:22 pm

Sonics explode in 2nd Quarter, hold on to Win

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Brandon Jennings was superb in his SuperSonics debut, scoring 22 points, 8 assists, and hitting 4 of his 9 three point attempts.


    It was a new NBA at KeyArena on Saturday night, as the recently renamed New Orleans Pelicans faced off with the relocated Kings--now Seattle SuperSonics. Brandon Jennings was key to the SuperSonics 110-103 victory over the Pelicans, and lead the team from an 8 point deficiency in the 1st quarter to a 13 point lead at the end of 2nd in a spectacular 42 point quarter. The Pelicans, who were coming off a road win against the Denver Nuggets last night, will be disappointed that they let themselves get dug so deep as they out-performed the Sonics in every other quarter.

    The major difference between the teams was the Sonics' performance behind the arc, particularly the efforts of Brandon Jennings (4-9) and Trevor Ariza (3-5); and prolific drawing of fouls--something critics might attribute to the referees being swayed by the atmosphere of the buzzing Seattle stadium.

    When Jennings came off the court he was replaced with an equally impressive performance in Toney Douglas, who posted 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in just 12 minutes of court time.

    Eric Gordon had a particularly brilliant performance despite his team's loss, scoring 29 points and making 11/12 free throws on 17 field goal attempts, but failed to convert from 3 point range, missing all of his six attempts. The team's new front court duo of David Lee and Anthony Davis had a night to forget and it remains to be seen if the two can co-exist on offence.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Leftos on Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:43 pm

I'm glad to see you make use of NST and enjoy it so much. Trust me, you have no idea how much analysis you'll be able to do with it as the season progresses, and I hope I'll be around to offer my tips. One thought, you might be able to do your own judging of performances by using the Metric Stats tabs in the Box Score window, and taking a look at the GmSc and GmScE (i.e. GmSc per 36 mins) columns. Game Score gives you a nice single value that determines the player's performance (it's used to determine the best performers as well), and Game Score Efficiency will let you know which players made best use of their minutes on the court, and which did too little compared to the time they were given. You did update to v1.6.2.4 right? There was a big bad bug in previous versions in the box score saving to the database method that I fixed in this latest version. Nothing to be afraid of if you never got an error when saving the database though, and if you've already updated to the latest version.

On your Association, really glad to see you start the season with a win. Can I be honest and be a bit more glad that the Iggy-era Pistons won over the Spurs? :P I might be following the Pistons a bit through your Association, but I'll do my best to support you as well. :P
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Pitar on Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:58 pm

I have been using that, even though I didn't reference it in my write up (which is pretty rushed, just wanted to get it out so I can get on with the rest of my league, might do monthly or half-month reports from now on). I wouldn't have noticed how ridiculously good Toney Douglas played if I hadn't see his game score efficiency. I'm a little conflicted about him playing so well because I want to develop Isaiah Thomas but he's just not going to get the minutes with Douglas on the bench as well. Decisions!

I'll be eyeing that game score for picking out recent top performances around the league too.

You're going to be very upset to hear that Andre Drummond is out with a broken back right now... Actually, I better do an injury report.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Durant35 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:32 pm

Damn! You're presentations are definitely better than mine! I copied you! :lol:

Anyways, great strong start for the season. Kinda laughing how the Pelicans and Sonics matched up for the first game.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Leftos on Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:29 pm

BROKEN BACK?! ANDRE IS OUT WITH A BROKEN BACK?!?!?! MOTHERF...

But yeah, the Box Scores tab in Player Overview includes GmSc and all the player's stats from the game, so you can quickly cherry-pick best recent performances (or during any stretch by timeframing the data), and you could also use the Best Performances tab in Player Overview for a quick look
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby mp3 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:15 pm

AMAZING PRESENTATION !!

Love what your doing here so far the pics and recaps are top notch mate keep it up!

Big game for Jennings but i love the effort put in by Ariza.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby miesomn on Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:25 am

A+ presentation :applaud:
Tbh I was hoping to see more outta T. Robinson , especially rebounding . Ever since I've heard of him and his story he instantly became one of my favorites . Srsly .. can you imagine what this kid has been trough ? Don't know if I could cope . Anywaysssssss .. I'll stop spamming your thread :oops: , keep up the great work !!
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Ezio Auditore on Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:21 am

Looking great man. As usual, Jennings having a great game, but nice to see Ariza in the mix too.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby hova- on Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:54 am

Sweet to see this one rolling. Loving the NST stuff. (Y)
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby SuperHueyNewton on Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:36 am

Cool cool game, first thing i noticed was how horrid Eric Gordon was from three
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November 4th, SEA @ PHX

Postby Pitar on Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:35 am

Game 2: Seattle SuperSonics @ Phoenix Suns

November 4th, 2013



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Goran Dragic | Shannon Brown | Wesley Johnson | Markieff Morris | Marcin Gortat


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It was Seattle's team effort to go to the line that earned them the win, but the Phoenix Suns also had no answer for Brandon Jennings.
He arguably had his best NBA performance to date: 37 points, 10 assists. Since 1985 only 8 other players in the NBA have posted such numbers while making zero turn-overs.


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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Leftos on Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:41 am

52% from the floor, 46% from beyond the arc, then Robinson and Splitter with great rebounding numbers. Core group seems to be working well. On the other hand, the Suns' top performers were really efficient. Must've worked hard to win this one.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Pitar on Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:02 pm

I couldn't say how many lead changes there were, but it was a real back-and-forward affair. Definitely a great game. (SEA gmsc 85.1, PHX 72.5)
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Durant35 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:22 pm

That win wasn't easy, but good job taking the W.
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November 5th, HOU @ SEA

Postby Pitar on Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:24 pm

Game 3: Houston Rockets @ Seattle SuperSonics

November 5th, 2013



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Jeremy Lin | James Harden | Chandler Parsons | Patrick Patterson | Omer Asik
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Brandon Jennings | Trevor Ariza | Tyreke Evans | Thomas Robinson | Tiago Splitter


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Thomas Robinson with the emphatic dunk over Omer Asik.
Robinson hasn't been the most efficient player on the offensive end the last two games, but found his form tonight.


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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Pitar on Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:34 pm

Thanks again for everyone's interest. Team is doing surprisingly well! Jennings in particular, who I thought would be a liability... still remains to be seen!

Jason Ford has proven very reliable so far, will probably see more of him. Also, despite all the wins, there are a whole bunch of red flags. Our schedule has been kind & we're only winning by a tiny margin, largely thanks to some out-of-the-ordinary performances. This is reflected in our power ranking of 12th at the moment. But that's still huge!

Since I have to start being more careful about my time I'll be doing write ups more sparingly, but I've got the work-flow sorted for these boxscores and it's quick to throw them out. I'll go through the season games rather quickly (maybe write up the more important ones or just append the box scores with a notes section) and have quick NBA overviews at the end of each game week to show where everyone stands.
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November 5th, Rudy Gay 7-man Trade

Postby Pitar on Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:56 am

Transaction Report

November 5th, 2013


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Grizzlies receive: '14 2nd Round Pick (Raptors), Ed Davis (Raptors), Tayshaun Prince (Pistons), Austin Daye (Pistons)

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Raptors receive: Rudy Gay (Grizzlies), Hamed Haddadi (Grizzlies)

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Pistons receive: Landry Fields (Raptors), Andrea Bargnani (Raptors)

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Projected starting line-ups:
Grizzlies: Michael Conley, Gary Neal, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol

Raptors: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

Pistons: Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Andre Iguodala, Andrea Bargnani, Greg Monroe



Seven-man trade sends Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors

November 5th, 2013

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    The Memphis Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors looked to make this trade the previous season, but weren't able to find a third party capable of freeing enough space in Toronto for Rudy Gay's $17M+ p/yr contract.

    • The Grizzlies free some desperately needed cap-space while receiving a promising young player in Ed Davis.
    • The Toronto Raptors take a gamble on All-Star Rudy Gay while losing a potentially bad contract in Andrea Bargnani.
    • The Detroit Pistons soak up a pricey contract in Bargnani (1yr/10.75M plus 1yr player's option) in order to retain some depth in the front court while Andre Drummond recovers from back injury. Fields will add considerable depth off the bench.


Note: Even though it's a year late I had to put Gay in the Raptors! The trade is the same except for the players moving from Toronto--the Raptors had already resigned Calderon for dirt-cheap so this was the only way I could make it work and still kinda make sense.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby SuperHueyNewton on Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:21 am

Everybody is putting the Gay trade in their story, nice way to stay realistic though!
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November 7th, LAL @ SEA

Postby Pitar on Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:06 am

Game 4: Los Angeles Lakers @ Seattle SuperSonics

November 7th, 2013



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Brandon Jennings | Trevor Ariza | Tyreke Evans | Thomas Robinson | Tiago Splitter


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Kobe Bryant was unable to find his stroke tonight, partly due to a brilliant defensive performance by Trevor Ariza.
For the first time since 2010 Kobe Bryant was held to single digits while playing over 30 minutes.
Lakers fans might find some encouragement in the recent performances of 48th pick Trey Burke, who has surprised everyone by taking a starting role this season.


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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Martti. on Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:19 am

The Lakers are a better team like this. :D Great start, Jennings beasting is no surprise. :)
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Leftos on Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:27 am

21-9-6 out of the 48th pick? What the what?!

By the way, I'm really looking forward to seeing what other features of NST you use as your Association progresses. Best Performers and Box Scores are only scratching the surface, but I'm sure you've already taken a look around. I'm not saying just to tout my own horn, I would actually love to know how others use the tool, which features are popular, what's missing, what could use some more work, etc.
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Pitar on Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:30 am

I'm as confused as you are!

(his overall is 64)

Re: NST, I use it a lot more than just what I put up here. I like using it to make GM decisions rather than going by the player ratings in game. I'll also be using it to quickly put together league leader tables and players of the week etc. once I get to that, thanks to being able to just copy and paste the data. As for advanced stat analysis, I'll probably only use that feature for doing write-ups. I've been using the game finder from basketball reference a fair bit for providing context with stats, and I imagine I'll be doing the same with NST once I have a much larger catalogue of boxscores to draw from.

One feature I've been wanting, but I'm not sure how feasible it is (really depends on what REDitor can access), is game milestones appended to boxscores. At the moment it's a little bit of a chore to check these things and I'm likely to miss player milestones or team records etc. being broken as the season goes on.
Career milestones would also be appropriate for both the boxscores and the match-up preview (such-and-such only needs 5 more points before reaching 10000 points, etc.)
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Re: Seattle SuperSonics 2.0 The Reboot

Postby Leftos on Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:37 am

I'd be really interested to check out a Scouting Report after a few more games.
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