Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Unlike the NFL ones this will be a Four Part Series. BCS Conferences, High Schoolers, the Non-BCS Schools and Foreigners. Rosters used were taken in early February from ESPN.com so there will be some mild inaccuracies. Today we break down the BCS Conferences.
The Conferences are listed in order of total number of players in the NBA. Then analyzed with their theoretical NBA roster created using these active players, the current NBA Team with the most players from the conference, which school has the most representatives, and the total number of schools with representatives. Here goes.
Conference Starting 5: Chris Paul, Vince Carter, Josh Howard, Chris Bosh, Tim Duncan
Bench: Rasheed Wallace, Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Luol Deng, Grant Hill, Carlos Boozer, Sam Cassell
Roster Strength: Point Guard and Post Play, The ACC has one of the best point guards in the NBA and they run 5 deep in terrific big men. The ACC would be a very well rounded team.
Roster Weakness: Too Many Dukies, Really this team would be pretty damn good. Other than having too many annoying Duke players the one thing that could be of worry would be three point shooting.
NBA Leader, LA Clippers (5): Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Sam Cassell, Al Thornton, Josh Powell
Conference Leader, Duke (13): Shelden Williams, Luol Deng, Chris Duhon, Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy, Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, J.J. Redick, Shavlik Randolph, Grant Hill, Josh McRoberts, Dahntay Jones, Carlos Boozer
Total Team Representatives (11): No Hokies. Which isn't surprisingly because they used to be in the basement of the Big East.
Big East (53)
Conference Starting 5: Allen Iverson, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Ron Artest, Emeka Okafor
Bench: Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Rudy Gay, Ben Gordon, Kenyon Martin, Caron Butler, Marcus Williams
Roster Strength: Perimeter Scoring, the Big East has a lot of jump shooters. Other than that their roster would be very very limited.
Roster Weakness: Point Guard and Post Play, Surprisingly the Big East is very very weak with point guard representatives. I included Marcus Williams on the roster simply so they would have an actual point guard. The options were very very ugly. Additionally the Big East which once gave the NBA Ewing, Mutombo and Morning, now have no dominant post players in the NBA.
NBA Leader, Denver Nuggets (5): Kenyon Martin, Steven Hunter, Allen Iverson, Chucky Atkins, Carmelo Anthony
Conference Leader, UConn (13): Ray Allen, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Donyell Marshall, Richard Hamilton, Rudy Gay, Charlie Villanueva, Jake Voskuhl, Josh Boone, Marcus Williams, Hilton Armstrong, Kevin Ollie, Caron Butler
Total Team Representatives (15): The lone team not represented is West Virginia.
Pac 10 (44)
Conference Starting 5: Baron Davis, Brandon Roy, Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, Dan Gadzuric
Bench: Jason Kidd, Mike Bibby, Jason Terry, Andre Iguodala, Gilbert Arenas, Shareef Abdur Rahim, Ike Diogu
Roster Strength: Point Guard Play, The Pac 10 runs 5 deep with all star point guards. Bibby, Davis and Terry are also versatile enough to play shooting guard if need be.
Roster Weakness: Rebounding and Big Men, The Pac 10 has zero dominant Big Men in the NBA. Not a single one is even particularly good. I had to reach for the starting Big Men nevermind the bench guys.
NBA Leader, Boston Celtics (4): Eddie House, Leon Powe, Gabe Pruitt, Brian Scalabrine
Conference Leader, UCLA (10): Ryan Hollins, Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes, Baron Davis, Trevor Ariza, Jordan Farmar, Dan Gadzuric, Earl Watson, Jason Kapono, Darrick Martin
Total Team Representatives (9): The lone team without a representative is Wazzu.
Conference Starting 5: Joe Johnson, Mike Miller, Gerald Wallace, Al Horford, Shaq
Bench: Tayshaun Prince, David Lee, Rajon Rondo, Mo Williams, Udonis Haslem, Antonio McDyess, Erick Dampier
Roster Strength: Rebounding, Everyone in the starting 5 and a bunch of bench players are solid rebounders in the NBA. Additionally the roster consists of a lot of size.
Roster Weakness: Point Guard, Joe Johnson never really worked out as a point guard but I've slotted him in here because the SEC does not have a stellar point guard representative.
NBA Leader, Charlotte Bobcats (4): Jermareo Davidson, Gerald Wallace, Derek Anderson, Nazr Mohammed
Conference Leader, Florida & Kentucky (10):
UF: Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem, Jason Williams, Corey Brewer, Chris Richard, David Lee, Taurean Green, Matt Bonner
UK: Rajon Rondo, Derek Anderson, Nazr Mohammed, Tayshaun Prince, Kelenna Azubuike, Chuck Hayes, Antoine Walker, Jamaal Magloire, Randolph Morris, Keith Bogans
Total Team Representatives (10): No Ole Miss or Vandy.
Big 10 (36)
Conference Starting 5: Deron Williams, Michael Redd, Michael Finley, Zach Randolph, Greg Oden
Bench: Devin Harris, Jason Richardson, Chris Webber, Jamal Crawford, Joel Przybilla, Brad Miller, Ricky Davis
Roster Strength: Well Rounded Scoring, The Big 10 has perimeter scoring on both the bench and in the starting line up. Additionally with Randolph and Oden and to a certain extent Brad Miller and C Webb they have a solid amount of post scoring as well.
Roster Weakness: Superstar, The Big 10 lacks a super elite NBA player. Deron, and Redd are clutch shooters but against the best of the best you could certainly find better options.
NBA Leader, New York Knicks (3): Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph, Jared Jeffries
Conference Leader, Michigan St. (8): Jason Richardson, Shannon Brown, Eric Snow, Maurice Ager, Paul Davis, Charlie Bell, Morris Peterson, Zach Randolph
Total Team Representatives (10): Northwestern is the only squad without an NBA player.
Big 12 (34)
Conference Starting 5: Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant, Drew Gooden, LaMarcus Aldridge
Bench: Kirk Hinrich, Nick Collison, Linas Kleiza, Daniel Gibson, Desmond Mason, T.J. Ford, Eduardo Najera
Roster Strength: Big Shots, Down the stretch of a game Chauncey, Pierce, and Durant are all their teams #1 options. Two of those teams are dominating the NBA. In a Big spot the Big 12 would have big time clutch shooters.
Roster Weakness: Rebounding, The Big 12 doesn't have any real beef in the paint. Gooden, Aldridge and Collison pull down some boards, but against elite competition they would most likely struggle to board.
NBA Leader, Indiana Pacers (4): Stephen Graham, Jamaal Tinsley, David Harrison, Kareem Rush
Conference Leader, Kansas (8): Paul Pierce, Scot Pollard, Kirk Hinrich, Drew Gooden, Julian Wright, Raef LaFrentz, Jacque Vaughn, Nick Collison
Total Team Representatives (11): Kansas St. was the only squad without a player in the NBA. That'll last only a few more months.
More: Check Out the High Schoolers and Foreigner Break Down of the NBA.