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Dropping Dimes One-on-One Tourney: Third Round Begins




Posted by Alvin Lai Categories: Site Features, Talent,

Kobe vs. T-MacAs we approach the dog days of summer, our one-on-one tourney starts its stretch run. The quarterfinals run through next week, and then our final four square off at the end of the month. Free agents were allowed to officially sign their contracts this past week, and Rashard Lewis is now one very rich man. I neglected to include him in our tourney this year, and that seems like a glaring omission now. So it goes. I think ‘Shard is too busy counting his dollar bills this summer to participate anyways.

The premise: (if you know how this tourney operates, feel free to skip down!)

The rules are simple. 32 of today’s biggest stars, plus some fantasy forces and a few players of the “x-factor” ilk have been chosen to participate in this exercise. Assume each player is in perfect health and in peak condition, based on their current age and abilities. Suppose these players play each other in a game of one-on-one: games to 11, two points for a three-pointer, and winners out. You can make your comment after each article, or if you like, send me an e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can now also make your comments on our Facebook group discussion board. Please vote just once for each match-up. If you are so inclined, feel free to make up an imaginary commentary of how you see the battle going down and I will try to include your input in future articles. You have one week to vote, then the results will be published and a new pair of match-ups will be announced. So check back here every week!

Review of last week’s matches:

Round 2, Game 7: Tracy McGrady vs. Michael Redd

There was not much intrigue here at all, as the readers voted Redd off by a six-love score: three votes on our site, and three votes on our Facebook board. The sentiments were very consistent; T-Mac and his very nice all-around game plus his longer frame would overwhelm Redd. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Houston vs. Milwaukee game from start to finish, but the Buck coaches would not want Redd checking McGrady in a game situation, right? T-Mac dominates this from the opening point. Winner: Tracy McGrady

Round 2, Game 8: Kevin Garnett vs. Yao Ming

Aw shucks, isn’t it nice when everyone agrees and plays nice together? KG might as well be Martin Brodeur because like T-Mac, he posts a shutout this week too. Personally I don’t think Yao’s 7-plus-feet frame received enough respect, no matter how big or how skilled or how quick KG is. Those tree trunks for legs that Yao has would be tough to push back against. But Yao’s fatal flaw is his stamina, and I agree that KG would wear him out in the end. Yao would be a great partner in a two-on-two tourney (which just might be what we do here to pass the time next summer), but I have no qualms about The Big Ticket moving on. Keeping up with the current news, there is still no word on where KG will be punching in his ticket next year. Winner: Kevin Garnett

And with that our “Elite Eight” is set! Let’s dive right into the first half our third round matches.

Round 3, Game 1: Kobe Bryant vs. Tracy McGrady

This was a bad draw for both players. Anyone following this tourney would have been fine with this match-up as the final. But on the playground you have to take on all comers, which is why this tourney randomizes the pairings every round. Both know how to lock a player down and both have many weapons to employ in their offensive game. Without a distinct size or speed advantage either way, readers will have to visualize the outcome like never before in this tourney. Kobe has just been picked second in our 2007 mock draft blog and Dennis alluded to the fact that Kobe’s competitive fire is second to none in today’s game. Yet although McGrady looks like he could fall asleep at any moment, he has some battle fuel in his tank too. Enough preamble already, let’s get to it!

Round 3, Game 2: Chris Bosh vs. Tim Duncan

I like the respect Bosh has gotten in this tourney; it’s nice to know he is not a forgotten man south of the border. The draw was not that kind to Bosh either, as he lands one of the two opponents remaining where he does not hold a clear size advantage. No one is as solid as Duncan down low, yet Bosh is no slouch in the post, and his shot has more range than Duncan’s. CB4 also is faster than TD, but Tim has seen it all and will be prepared. Make sure you load up on cash at the bank machine before coming to this court, because this twin bill would sell like hotcakes!

See you next week! For those just joining us, you can follow this link to a previous post for access to all of the first round match-ups and the setup to Round 2.

Round 2, Games 3 and 4

Round 2: Games 5 and 6

Round 2, Games 7 and 8

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Comments:

First, Duncan vs. Bosh. I’m taking Duncan, because he’s much better in the post in both regards, and even if Bosh were able to get past Duncan, he’s the type that is very capable of recovering and getting a hand on the ball from behind. While it wouldn’t be a blowout, I don’t believe Bosh would be able to stop Duncan.

And now Kobe vs. McGrady. I’m taking Kobe, and not just because he’s my favorite player. I’ll acknowledge that McGrady has a size advantage and is capable of some crazy feats (as I mentioned last time, see that playoff game against the Spurs). But Kobe would take this matchup particularly seriously, and his desire to destroy his opponent should give him the nod on its own. And that’s not to mention the fact that T-Mac doesn’t stand a chance of defending Kobe’s turnaround fadeaway. (Does anybody?)

Game 1: Kobe will squeak a victory over T-Mac. Kobe likes a challenge and more often than not he raises his game to the situation. T-Mac will bother Kobe with his length but in the end Kobe will prevail.

Game 2: I respect TD’s game. That said Bosh will edge out a victory over TD. Bosh will utilize his speed advantage over TD and take it to the rim. TD will then have to back up to protect the rim and Bosh will nail jumpers from the outside. It will be close but Bosh will win.

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