BY: DALTON

 

The Super Smash NBA 2k league kicked off last night with one of the most anticipated fantasy drafts of all time, and let me tell you, it was not short of its billing. There were home run selections and many, many, many questionable picks. While the draft just finished some GMs have already made moves to bolster their rosters because in this league, a 14 game season, there is no time to waste.

 

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GM: Doug Freeman

Roster:

  • Dame Lillard
  • Ben Simmons
  • JJ Redick
  • Jordan Clarkson
  • Javale McGee
  • Wes Matthews
  • Joakim Noah
  • Luc Mbah a Moute
  • Nick Young
  • Patrick Patterson
  • Jeff Withey
  • Marcelo Huertas
  • Jared Dudley

Analysis: There are certainly some solid pieces on this team. Playoffs are not in question for this team, as they should easily make it in. The real question is how far can this team go. Dame will certainly get his and Redick will help with floor spacing but the questions come with the stability of the centers. Javale and Joakim present issues in the health and brains department. The bench is thin and outside of Redick 3 point shooting can become an issue. If they want to make a big push then Doug is going to have to get on the phone and make some moves.

Grade: B-

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GM: Dallis Reynolds

Roster:

  • Gianis
  • Dwight
  • Jamal Crawford
  • Rudy Gay
  • Nikola
  • Skal Labissiere
  • Rajon
  • Mo Speights
  • Danny Green
  • Brandon Bass
  • Raul Neto
  • Omri Sasspi
  • Michael Carter Williams

Analysis: My first thoughts when I saw this roster were, “Oh my god, how can this many good players be on the same roster?” Then I remembered it wasn’t 2008. All the playmakers on this team are over 30 years old, outside of Gianis. Danny Green will also need one hell of a year from beyond the arc because there are no other knock-down shooters on the current roster. Nikola is going to have to have a year like 2013 to get this team in to the playoffs. The only thing they have going for themselves is they can play defense and score around the rim.

Grade: C

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GM: “Steve” Blake Graber

Roster:

  • Mike Conley
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Lou Williams
  • Marcus Morris
  • Markieff Morris
  • Ryan Anderson
  • Joe Johnson
  • Tiago Splitter
  • Jodie Meeks
  • Jose Calderon
  • Troy Daniels
  • Jordan Mickey
  • Luke Gregory
  • 2018 First Round Pick

Analysis: When you look at the Rockets roster, there isn’t one name that jumps off the page. But, there are some playmakers (Conley and Johnson) and the Morris Twins can contribute on both ends of the floor. The front office also made a splash by moving Marc Gasol for Eric Bledsoe AND an unprotected, projected lottery pick next year. With the extra cap space and two first round picks, the future is bright. But, I am going to cut straight to the chase, the grade of this draft hinges on what Luke Gregory can contribute. Luke Gregory is a 2k Make-A-Wish player and while he is only 6’4 110 lbs. the boy can absolutely stroke it from deep. If he can knock down his 3’s the success of this team will be plentiful.

Grade: A-

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GM: Benn Braden

Roster:

  • Zach LaVine
  • Malcolm Brogdon
  • Joe Ingles
  • Evan Fournier
  • Buddy Hield
  • Zaza Pachulia
  • Yi Jianlian
  • Aaron Brooks
  • Beno Udrih
  • Boban Marjanovic
  • Matt Bonner
  • Troy Williams
  • James Jones
  • 2017 First round

Analysis: Before the draft, Braden made it publicly known that he is drafting to tank and his corresponding moves have already reflected the “Process” mentality. He moved his best players for Buddy Hield and a 2017 first round pick. The best way to sum up this draft is with a quote from their own GM, “In 4 years, we are going to win 8 straight championships” and I can agree that they are at least 4 years from relevancy.

Grade: F

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GM: Dalton Potocki

Roster:

  • Kristaps Porzingis
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Ersan Ilyasova
  • Kyle Korver
  • Terrance Ross
  • JR Smith
  • Mike Muscala
  • Donatas Motiejunas
  • Jon Henson
  • DeMarre Carroll
  • Shaun Livingston
  • Brandon Jennings
  • Aaron Afflalo

Analysis: What can I say? He did it again. Every player that Dalton drafted fits his offensive scheme. If they can get hot, look out because not even the rain they bring from deep could cool them off. This is such a Dalton team it hurts, he got his boys on a roster and the reports from camp are that the team chemistry is already through the roof. The bench is maybe the best in the league, being led by the Sauce King Brandon Jennings and JR “The Pipe” Smith. Then when you thought the roster was perfect, the GM went and traded Ian Mahinmi for Donatas Montiejunas. The only issue could be lack of athleticism on defense (white) and finishing at the rim. This is the odds on favorite to win the whole thing. Vegas has them at -3500

Grade: There simply isn’t a letter high enough

2k Loog.