June 5, 2017, 11:23 pm
While Monday was the first of two days off between Games 2 and 3 of the Finals, there were a handful of fun stories to dive into. With the Warriors’ dominance over the first two games, people are beginning to question where they slot in amongst the all-time greats while pre-draft news is revving up around the league. We’ll get to that and more here in Tuesday’s Daily Dish.
ESPN asked Vegas odds-makers to choose between the 2017 Warriors and the 1996, 72-10 Chicago Bulls. Five of the six said the Warriors would be the favorite to win a series. It is always difficult to compare players of different eras. Style of play was different. The rules were different. Players were guarded differently. Let’s see how these two clubs would have matched up positionally…
C: Luc Longley / Bill Wennington vs. Zaza Pachulia / JaVale McGee; Warriors get the edge due to their athleticism and productivity. Wennington and Longley played a combined 41.5 minutes and produced only 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
PF: Dennis Rodman vs. Draymond Green; This would have been a great physical and psychological battle between two incredible defenders in their prime. Based on stats alone, Green is on another level.
SF: Scottie Pippen vs. Kevin Durant; Pippen is a Hall-of-Famer but after all is said and done, Durant probably finishes in the Top-10 of all time.
SG: Michael Jordan vs. Klay Thompson; Klay’s hawk-like defense wont make a difference against the GOAT.
PG: Ron Harper vs. Steph Curry; Moving along…
Bench: Toni Kukoc / Steve Kerr vs. Andre Iguodala / Shaun Livingston; Push?
Now let’s see how both team’s players would have compared in a 2017 9-category standard league on a per-game basis. Based on fantasy stats alone, the Warriors have five of the best seven players in this matchup. (Z-Score in parenthesis)
(1.22) Durant 25.1 PTS, 8.3 REB, 4.8 AST, 1.1 STL, 1.6 BLK, 1.9 3PM, 53.7 FG%
(1.04) Jordan 30.4 PTS, 6.6 REB, 4.3 AST, 2.2 STL, 1.4 3PM 49.5 FG%
(0.97) Curry 25.3 PTS, 4.5 REB, 6.6 AST, 1.8 STL, 4.1 3PM, 46.8 FG%
(0.50) Green 10.2 PTS, 7.9 REB, 7.0 AST, 2.0 STL, 1.4 BLK, 1.1 3PM
(0.40) Pippen 19.4 PTS, 6.4 REB, 5.9 AST, 1.7 STL, 0.7 BLK, 1.9 3PM, 46.3 FG%
(0.39) Thompson 22.3 PTS, 3.7 REB, 2.1 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.5 BLK, 3.4 3PM, 46.8 FG%
(-0.05) Iguodala 7.6 PTS, 4.0 REB, 3.4 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.5 BLK, 0.8 3PM, 52.8 FG%
(-0.07) Kukoc 13.1 PTS, 4.0 REB, 3.5 AST, 1.1 3PM, 49.0 FG%
(-0.19) Kerr 8.4 PTS, 2.3 AST, 0.8 STL, 1.5 3PM, 50.6 FG%
(-0.23) Harper 7.4 PTS, 2.7 REB, 2.6 AST, 1.3 STL, 46.7 FG%
(-0.27) Rodman 5.5 PTS, 14.9 REB, 0.6 STL, 0.4 BLK, 52.8 FT%
(-0.27) Longley 9.1 PTS, 5.1 REB, 1.4 BLK, 48.2 FG%
(-0.29) Pachulia 6.1 PTS, 5.9 REB, 0.8 STL, 53.4 FG%
In other news, a snippet of a rap collaboration between LeBron James and Kevin Durant was posted on twitter yesterday. The two supposedly got together during the lockout in 2011 and have confirmed the track exists. Is it possible that we can contain ourselves until the rest of the song is released?
In other, other news, Robert Horry joined Stephen Jackson and Paul Pierce on ESPN’s The Jump and had some very surprising things to say about his former teammates. First, he said Hakeem Olajuwon was 20 times better than Tim Duncan because of his work ethic. Jackson, Pierce, and Rachel Nichols’ reactions were great to say the least. Horry then proceeded to call out Manu Ginobili and said, “If Manu Ginobili would have did the things he was supposed to do, I would have had like 10 championships.”
In other, other, other news, Adam Silver promised that the All-Star game next year would be different in an effort to make it more competitive. He didn’t specify any details but he said everyone, including the players and Union President, Chris Paul, agree that something has to be done. Last year’s layup line err.. game, ended with a score of 192 to 182.
On yesterday’s date in history...
As every Warrior fan probably knows, it was the 70th Anniversary of when Joe Fulks scored 37 points to lead Warriors to the championship over the Chicago Stags. Also on June 5, this happened…
Here is an update on the announced upcoming pre-draft workouts…
Suns (4, 32, 54) – De’Aaron Fox, Rolands Smits
Hawks (19, 31 ,60) – Nate Britt (Tuesday)
Pacers (18, 47) – Antonio Blakeney, Isaac Hamilton, Zak Irvin, Naz Long, Johnathan Motley, Rashawn Thomas
Nets (22, 27, 57) – Frank Mason III (Tuesday), Rolands Smits
Pistons (12) – Isaiah Briscoe
Bulls (16, 38) – Isaiah Briscoe
Lakers (2, 28)- Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Rolands Smits
Knicks (8, 44, 58)- Luke Kornet, Kennedy Meeks (Wednesday), Damyean Dotson (Tuesday), Melo Timble
Rockets (43, 45) – Melo Timble
Kings (5, 10, 34) – Harry Giles (Tuesday), Tyler Dorsey
Blazers (15, 20, 26) – Tyler Dorsey, Melo Timble, Isaiah Briscoe
76ers (3, 36, 39, 46)- Tyler Dorsey, De’Aaron Fox
Wizards (52) – Kris Jenkins, Marcus Keen, Przemyslaw Karnowski (Tuesday), Naz Carter
Elsewhere, Twitter gave us a LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant wrestling match. While it contained foreign objects, a run-in and negligent refereeing, at least it was competitive.
LeBron James vs Kevin Durant… You'll be shocked to see who comes to the King's rescue. 😱😱😱
— TPS (@TotalProSports) June 6, 2017
We also got a commercial featuring Jalen Rose and, of course, Kobe Bryant. Good on Jalen – if you can’t laugh at yourself…
While there were no games on Monday, there was no shortage of things to discuss. Just another day in the NBA.