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David DuPree tossed this idea out a few days ago in USA Today, and it sounded interesting enough to bring over here:

If you were to create a seven man team from the NBA teams in California (Golden State, Sacremento, Clippers and Lakers) and match them up against a seven man team from the teams in Texas (Dallas, Houston and San Antonio), who would win in a seven game series?

Here's what I've got:

California
C: Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
PF: Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers
SF: Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
SG: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
PG: Nick Van Exel, Golden State
Bench: Mike Bibby, Sacremento; Karl Malone, Los Angeles Lakers

Texas
C: Yao Ming, Houston
PF: Tim Duncan, San Antonio
SF: Antoine Walker, Dallas
SG: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio
PG: Steve Nash, Dallas
Bench: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas; Steve Francis, Houston

I tried to have one player from each team starting, which made picking the California team a bit harder.

As far as a seven game series goes, looking at the matchups in my rosters, Shaq and Yao cancel each other out, as do Peja and Antoine. But Duncan would handle Brand at the 4, and Nash beats out Van Exel at the point. Texas' bench is stronger, so I'd give them the nod, winning 4-3. But of course, your mileage may vary.

Thoughts?




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Assuming all 14 guys are playing at their best (as opposed to Brand being injured and Kobe's head clearly not in basketball right now), Cali wins that one going away. In head-to-head matchups, I give:

O'Neal over Yao (C)
Duncan over Brand (T)
Stojakovic draw Walker (-)
Bryant over Ginobli (C)
Nash over Van Exel (T)
Nowitzki over Malone (T)
Bibby over Francis (C)

The biggest diff, though, is at C...I take a 100% Shaq over Yao 100 times out of 100. Same could be said for Bryant. Plus, the guys on Team Cali have more big game experience and, Shaq and Kobe at least, are proven winners.
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You'd take Van Exel over Gary Payton???

Having four teams to pick from as opposed to Texas' three makes things a notch unfair.



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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    You'd take Van Exel over Gary Payton???


... They're pretty even as players, but I seem to recall Van Exel getting the best of Payton on a lot of head-to-head playoff matchups when Nick was with the Lakers and Gary with the Sonics. Definitely an entertaining matchup, as both guys were never at a loss for words when they were on the court.





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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    You'd take Van Exel over Gary Payton???

    Having four teams to pick from as opposed to Texas' three makes things a notch unfair.


I chose Van Exel over Payton because I wanted to have a representative from each team, as opposed to loading the team up with Lakers...and Elton Brand.

The think I noticed while making my picks was that while California has four teams, Texas' three teams are deeper, and there's quite a few players on those three teams that could swap in for anybody, 'cept for maybe Yao.

Anybody got a better lineup?




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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    You'd take Van Exel over Gary Payton???

    Having four teams to pick from as opposed to Texas' three makes things a notch unfair.


I'd say it's pretty even too. In this situation though you need someone to dish the ball not someone to score, I think i'd go with Payton in that situation, plus his defense on Nash would be much be much better. But I understand the wanting to use someone from all the teams.

Personally I'd take out Ginobili for Michael Finley and either play Finley at guard or play Nash and Francis together.



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