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Top 10 free agents that switched teams:




The stats are from last season. Conference finalist Indiana has made the biggest signing in Dennis Rodman. They have a pretty stacked starting lineup: Smits, Rodman, Schrempf, Miller and Fleming. They’ll get close to the title this year I think. With Rodman gone Detroit is even worse than last year. They depend on Isaiah Thomas, their #3 draft pick SG Kendall Gill and newly acquired Otis Thorpe. I myself tried to sign Danny Ainge, but he chose San Antonio over me.



My Signings:




Like I said, I needed a better starting shooting guard. This guy is the very definition of shooting if you look at his stats. He can distribute the ball as well, so on offense it’s not just Pooh Richardson versus the other team anymore. His defense isn’t good, but the guys at the forward spots make up for that (I hope).




I needed more depth at Power Forward and this guy was the best available for a reasonable salary. He’s average all over, but he’s better than my previous backup PF Steve Johnson, so this should be an improvement.

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Joe Dumars only "6" on perimeter defense? That guy was perennial All-Defensive at guard back in the day. But a great free agent signing is a great free agent signing, and with Dumars, Derrick Coleman (minus the real-life bad attitude), Pooh Richardson, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf/Chris Jackson, Doug West and Tony Campbell, you just might be headed to the playoffs. :D
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1990-1991 Team Roster:




Team Budget: $12.746.588

Salary Cap: $11.900.000

Current Salary: $7.149.156
































So, I think I should have a much better team than last year and I hope to contend for a play-off spot. My weakest spot is small forward now I think, but Campbell was one of my best players last year, so I hope he steps up again.



Preseason Results:




Well, not really what I was hoping for, but at least my three top players are doing what’s expected of them. Let’s hope the team gels a bit in the early stage of the season.

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My Trades:












1991 Round 1 Draft Pick (New York)



The Knicks offered me this trade and it was too good to refuse in my opinion. They’re projected to have the 24th pick in the draft at this moment (around 20 games have been played this season). I’m not planning on using Vandeweghe unless I really have to, but he’s in the last year of his contract so he won’t have an impact on next year’s salary cap. It also comes in handy that I can give Tyrone Corbin more minutes now. He’s been playing very good this season, but has become unhappy with the lack of minutes he gets.



Other Trades:


POS Player (Minutes - Points - Rebounds - Assists - Turnovers - Steals - Blocks)


Portland trade SG Drazen Petrovic (32.0 - 18.9 - 3.8 - 1.9 - 1.6 - 0.7 - 0.1) to New Jersey.

New Jersey trade SF Chris Morris (36.9 - 18.6 - 8.2 - 2.6 - 1.5 - 1.7 - 1.0) to Portland.


Utah trade PG Bimbo Coles (11.4 - 4.5 - 1.2 - 0.8 - 0.3 - 0.4 - 0.1) to Seattle.

Seattle trade SF Derrick McKey (28.8 - 11.4 - 5.1 - 1.9 - 1.1 - 0.6 - 0.3) to Utah.


Utah trade PF Karl Malone (32.7 - 27.1 - 7.9 - 2.3 - 2.4 - 0.8 - 0.7) to Golden State.

Golden State trade SF Chris Mullin (39.6 - 26.1 - 7.2 - 3.2 - 2.4 - 2.5 - 0.7) to Utah.

Blockbuster trade right here! #1 Power Forward for the #1 Small Forward.


Philadelphia trade C Duane Causwell (28.1 - 7.7 - 8.2 - 1.2 - 1.6 - 0.3 - 1.6) to Cleveland.

Cleveland trade SG Steve Kerr (36.1 - 16.3 - 3.1 - 2.3 - 1.1 - 0.7 - 0.1) to Philadelphia.


Indiana trade SF George McCloud (5.0 - 2.0 - 0.8 - 0.3 - 0.1 - 0.3 - 0.0) to Dallas.

Dallas trade PG Steve Alford (24.3 - 9.7 - 2.4 - 1.6 - 1.4 - 1.2 - 0.2) to Indiana.


Utah trade C Mark Eaton (22.2 - 6.0 - 5.3 - 0.7 - 1.0 - 0.0 - 1.3) to Phoenix.

Phoenix trade SF Eddie Johnson (27.1 - 15.2 - 4.4 - 1.2 - 1.2 - 0.4 - 0.1) to Utah.

Weird move by Utah who has acquired 3 SF’s through trades now…


Chicago trade C Kevin Willis (29.6 - 13.8 - 9.4 - 1.3 - 1.4 - 0.4 - 0.6) to Charlotte.

Charlotte trade SG Dell Curry (38.1 - 18.1 - 4.7 - 2.4 - 1.4 -1.6 - 0.3) to Chicago.

I guess they needed backup for MJ…


Phoenix trade PG Michael Williams (26.5 - 11.4 - 2.9 - 3.8 - 2.2 - 1.6 - 0.1) to Chicago.

Chicago trade PF Horace Grant (30.9 - 10.7 - 7.6 - 2.0 - 1.6 - 0.7 - 0.9) to Phoenix.

Chicago has the best backcourt in the NBA now I think.


Milwaukee trade SG Ricky Pierce (35.8 - 21.6 - 3.9 - 2.2 - 1.7 - 0.7 - 0.3) to Cleveland.

Cleveland trade PF Larry Nance (36.9 - 19.9 - 8.5 - 2.0 - 2.1 - 0.4 - 1.4) to Milwaukee.


New Jersey trade PF Anthony Mason (17.6 - 7.0 - 4.8 - 0.7 - 1.0 - 0.3 - 0.1) to Milwaukee.

Milwaukee trade SF Danny Ferry (10.9 - 5.5 - 2.3 - 0.5 - 0.6 - 0.3 - 0.2) to New Jersey.


LA Clippers trade C Benoit Benjamin (34.5 - 14.5 - 9.6 - 1.8 - 1.9 - 0.7 - 2.1) to Cleveland.

Cleveland trade SG Craig Ehlo (36.4 - 15.9 - 5.8 - 3.6 - 1.2 - 1.6 - 0.3) to LA Clippers.


San Antonio trade PG Dee Brown (29.6 - 9.6 - 2.5 - 3.7 - 2.8 - 0.7 - 0.2) to LA Clippers.

LA Clippers trade PF Danny Manning (16.2 - 9.5 - 3.5 - 0.9 - 1.1 - 1.0 - 0.2) to San Antonio.


Milwaukee trade PF Cadillac Anderson (28.7 - 10.5 - 7.1 - 0.9 - 1.7 - 0.6 - 1.1) to Charlotte.

Charlotte trade SG Rex Chapman (29.9 - 15.2 - 2.9 - 2.2 - 2.3 - 0.6 - 0.2) to Milwaukee.







Things were going really smooth up until both my starting caliber Power Forwards got injured. Now I’m just trying to hang in there until they return. Brad Lohaus is filling their void at the moment. Coleman is a beast by the way, but from time to time he has a game with hardly any rebounds at all. Pooh Richardson is only playing half as well as last year. He’s taking too many shots himself and misses most of them too. I was really close to trading him, but decided against it as he’s been playing a tad better the last ten games.







We’re not much behind the leader in our division, so if Brickowski and Turpin return from injury I hope to catch up with Utah. They’ve done some dumb trades of late in my opinion, so it should be doable. Also note that Indiana is doing well as predicted. Golden State has improved as well, the Malone deal was good for them I think. In New York P. Ewing is being his usual self as well.


The Houston Rockets are last in my division now, but that’s due to the fact that Olajuwon has only played 10 games this season, of which they won 4. He’s still out for about a month and a half, so it’s not a season to remember for them… The advantage is that they’ll get a high draft pick that can turn them into a monster when Olajuwon is fit next season, if he chooses to stay that is.


Also weird that Detroit is doing much better than last year for whatever reason.

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Nice trade! In real life, that's trading a journeyman for a former All-Star, so it's great to see Vandeweghe on the team. As of 1990-91, I believe he was still quite serviceable as an instant offense 6th or 7th man, though not the 20-plus ppg scorer he was in the '80s...
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I’m very disappointed with the second half of the season. We’ve been plagued by injuries. Losing Tony Campbell was really bad for business. He’s been the x-factor in my team for some reason. He’s playing very consistent without ever being spectacular. I prefer him over Pooh Richardson for example. Richardson is another reason why we’ve done so badly. He’s taking the biggest parts of our shots, but has the worst shooting percentage. I’m seriously considering trading him away during the off-season. It’ll depend on what we get out of the draft.




Player statistics and evaluations:








Derrick Coleman - Center

He’s one of the top five centers in the league at this point in time and still has time to improve. He scores and grabs lots of rebounds. He’s been my best player throughout the season. I’m definitely keeping him around. Two things I hope to see him improve in next season: more blocks and less turnovers.

Grade: 8/10


Brad Lohaus - Center

Lohaus has improved quite a bit over one year. He has better averages than last year, yet he played three minutes less a game on average. His contract has run out, but I’ll definitely try to resign him.

Grade: 7/10


Gary Leonard - Center

I hoped that I didn’t have to use him this year, but injuries decided otherwise. He’s one of the worst scoring centers in the league (looking at the averages per 36 minutes). His rebounding is below average and he commits way too much turnovers. His contract has run out as well and I’m not going to try to sign him.

Grade: 2/10



Mel Turpin - Power Forward

Turpin was plagued by injuries. He only played half the games, but it didn’t have much impact on the results. We have a 19-27 record with him and a 15-21 record without him. Both percentages are pretty much the same. His stats have decreased somewhat, but that might be because Derrick Coleman is now ‘stealing’ some of his rebounds. He still has three years left on his contract and I don’t really want him gone. I might be looking for an improvement over him during the draft or during free agency and start using him from the bench.

Grade: 5/10

Frank Brickowski - Power Forward

Brickowski had a similar season to Turpin’s. He scores a bit more, but grabs fewer boards. He’s not winning me any games, but he’s not losing me games either. He’s a good bench player and I’d like to keep it that way. I hope he stays healthy next season.

Grade: 5/10


Alaa Abdelnaby - Power Forward

His stats are also pretty similar to those of Turpin and Brickowski, yet he’s earning much less money than them per season, so I think he did a good job. I’d like to see his free throw percentage improve other than that I want to see the same of him next year.

Grade: 6/10



Tony Campbell - Small Forward

Tony Campbell continues to surprise me. If you believe in the Player Efficiency Rating (PER) he’s the second best player on my team, yet the game only grades his abilities as average. His shooting percentage has increased and his free throw percentage has increased a lot. He’s taken less shots than last year, but that’s mainly thanks too Pooh Richardson trying to be the man. Campbell has three years left on his contract and I’m not planning on letting him go. It’s tempting to find a better starter at his position because his attributes aren’t that good, yet he’s proven to be one of the 10 best Small Forwards in the league for the last two seasons.

Grade: 8/10


Tyrone Corbin - Small Forward

Corbin had more playing time than last year, yet has been unhappy this season because he wants to be a starter. Normally I’d trade him away then, but he was doing a very good job this season. A huge improvement over last season. He’s one of the best rebounders at his position and possibly the best stealer. Too bad he’s not much of a scorer. His contract runs out, but depending on the draft I’ll probably try to keep him on board.

Grade: 7/10

Kiki Vandeweghe - Small Forward

I haven’t used him much, but when he was on the field he did surprisingly well. He’s a good scorer, but I’m not planning on offering him a new contract unless he accepts a huge pay cut. Even then it would only be for a short term as I’m looking toward the future and signing a 33 year old isn’t the way to go.

Grade: 5/10



Joe Dumars - Shooting Guard

My biggest signing during free agency didn’t let me down. He did what I pay him for: scoring. His rebounding is very bad, but I knew that when I signed him. He makes up for it in assists. I’m definitely keeping him as my starter unless I find someone that can give me the same offensive production with better defensive stats.

Grade: 7/10


Doug West - Shooting Guard

West was slightly less productive than last season, yet still did better than what’s expected of him. He’s not a starter, but one of the best backups there is. His shooting and rebounding are more than decent. His contract runs out as well, but I hope to keep him around.

Grade: 7/10


John Long - Shooting Guard

Long didn’t play much this season: 30 games, 6.4 minutes on average. When he was on the field he did a good job, but I’m trying to get him off my payroll for next year. He’s unhappy here and wants a trade. It’ll be hard to get some decent value out of him as he’s 34 years old. If I can’t find something for him I might cut him loose.

Grade: 5/10



Pooh Richardson - Point Guard

Ah, Pooh Richardson. He’s gone from my most liked player last season to the one I’m most frustrated with this season. His points, assists, rebounds and steals have dropped. His field goal percentage is ridiculously low and he continues to take most of the shots. From time to time he has a game in which he score 12/17 or something, but most of the time it’s something like 5/18 or 6/17. I just want him to distribute the ball. I don’t want him to shoot. I’m actively looking to trade him during the off-season so I can get more reliable point guard. Hopefully I can add John Long to the package, which relieves me of that dead weight as well.

Grade: 3/10


Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf - Point Guard

Abdul-Rauf is a good scorer. Perhaps he’s best used at the Shooting Guard position. He’s got lots of potential to improve in that department as well. He doesn’t give much assists, but that’s not his forte. His rebounding sucks as well, but he can become a good bench player over time. I’ll keep him around and see how he develops the next few seasons.

Grade: 5/10







We’ve only improved with one win compared to last season, while we were hoping to improve more. The positive is that we have a 15-8 division record, which is a tied best. Houston has dramatically fallen to the last spot, but that’s because Olajuwon was injured for pretty much the whole season. The Detroit Pistons are the most improved team compared to last year.







A real thriller in the finals. Indiana won the last game with a three point difference (127-130). Reggie Miller scored 28 in that game. Note that I predicted Indiana as champions during the off-season. They could lose Rik Smits and Reggie Miller during free agency, so it’ll depend on that how good they’ll be next season.


Note that 14/16 teams are the same as last year. San Antonio and Orlando are newcomers while Houston and Milwaukee have dropped out.



My Awards:


Derrick Coleman: 2x Rookie of the Month, NBA All-Rookie First Team, NBA Rookie Game Participant

Pooh Richardson: NBA Rookie Game Participant



NBA Awards:


GM: Bryan Wallace (Indiana)

Coach: Anthony Runyon (Indiana)


MVP: Reggie Miller (Indiana)

Rookie: Kendall Gill (Detroit)

Defender: David Robinson (San Antonio)

6th Man: Dennis Scott (Dallas)

Most Improved Player: John Stockton (Utah)


All-League 1st Team:

C - David Robinson (San Antonio)

PF - Karl Malone (Golden State)

SF - Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta)

SG - Michael Jordan (Chicago)

PG - Kevin Johnson (Phoenix)


All-League 2nd Team:

C - Moses Malone (Atlanta)

PF - Charles Barkley (Philadelphia)

SF - Chris Morris (Portland)

SG - Reggie Miller (Indiana)

PG - John Stockton (Utah)


All-League 3rd Team:

C - Benoit Benjamin (Cleveland)

PF - Larry Nance (Milwaukee)

SF - James Worthy (LA Lakers)

SG - Reggie Lewis (Boston)

PG - Magic Johnson (LA Lakers)

All-Defense 1st Team:

C - David Robinson (San Antonio)

PF - Larry Nance (Milwaukee)

SF - Chris Morris (Portland)

SG - Ron Harper (Cleveland)

PG - Mookie Baylock (New Jersey)


All-Defense 2nd Team:

C - Benoit Benjamin (Cleveland)

PF - Mark West (Orlando)

SF - Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta)

SG - Michael Jordan (Chicago)

PG - John Stockton (Utah)


All-Rookie 1st Team:

C - Derrick Coleman (Minnesota)

PF - Terry Mills (Orlando)

SF - Dennis Scott (Dallas)

SG - Kendall Gill (Detroit)

PG - A.J. English (Sacramento)


All-Rookie 2nd Team:

C - Duane Causwell (Cleveland)

PF - Matt Bullard (LA Lakers)

SF - Willie Burton (Boston)

SG - Mario Elie (Charlotte)

PG - Gary Payton (Denver)

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Looking at the 1991 draft, depending on where you end up, there are some very viable PG picks you can make to upgrade from Pooh.


I'm very excited to see where you go from here.


(Also, have you ever thought of starting a new game with a different team? :D I'm immensely enjoying this and wouldn't mind seeing a thread for each of the 30 teams in the NBA :p )

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Looking at the 1991 draft, depending on where you end up, there are some very viable PG picks you can make to upgrade from Pooh.


I'm very excited to see where you go from here.


(Also, have you ever thought of starting a new game with a different team? :D I'm immensely enjoying this and wouldn't mind seeing a thread for each of the 30 teams in the NBA :p )


Haha, haven't got enough time to play more games.


How the F did Reggie win MVP but only got on the 2nd team?


I mean I know Jordan and all, but if you win the MVP, shouldn't you automatically be on the 1st team?


I wondered about this myself. I guess the formulas behind the calculations are different for both.

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">OFF-SEASON</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p>


<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Retirements:</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i232/tRyPi0/FBPB3/Minnesota%20Timberwolves/1991-1992/Other/0_Retirements_zpsbc743e8a.gif</span></p><p> </p><p>


<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Draft Lottery:</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

I’m not as lucky as last year. This year my draft pick dropped from 6th to 8th. I also have the 24th pick from New York thanks to the trade I made last year. To round things up I also have the 33rd pick. </p><p> </p><p>


<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">1991 Draft:</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

1. Charlotte - Steve Smith (SG)</p><p>

2. Dallas - Kenny Anderson (PG)</p><p>

3. Detroit - Dikembe Mutombo ©</p><p>

4. Houston - Dale Davis ©</p><p>

5. Washington - Chris Gatling (PF)</p><p>

6. New Jersey - Terrell Brandon (PG)</p><p>

7. Philadelphia - Stacey Augmon (SG)</p><p>

<strong>8. Minnesota - Larry Johnson (PF)</strong></p><p>

9. Sacramento - Greg Anthony (PG)</p><p>

10. Denver - Rick Fox (SF)</p><p>


<strong>24. Minnesota - Isaac Austin ©</strong></p><p><strong>

33. Minnesota - Larry Stewart (SF)</strong></p><p> </p><p>


<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">My picks:</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

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I had to decide between Greg Anthony (PG), Rick Fox (SF) and Larry Johnson (PF). According to the game Anthony has the most potential, but I decided to go with Johnson because he can make an immediate impact. He can score, will grab me some boards and isn’t awful at defending. All in all I think he’s going to be quite an improvement over Turpin and Brickowski. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i232/tRyPi0/FBPB3/Minnesota%20Timberwolves/1991-1992/Players/3_IsaacAustin_zps36492e2f.gif</span></p><p> </p><p>

The draft this year wasn’t that deep and this pick was just a little too low to get a really decent pick. I chose to go with Austin as I was in need of a backup center in case Lohaus decides to walk out on me. Lohaus is likely to get some big offers during free agency and I might decide not to re-sign him. Austin has the potential to be a great defensive center. His handling isn’t awful either and he’s no Dwight Howard at the charity stripe.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i232/tRyPi0/FBPB3/Minnesota%20Timberwolves/1991-1992/Players/9_LarryStewart_zpsc0bd1681.gif</span></p><p> </p><p>

At this point in the draft there wasn’t really someone nice left to pick, so I had to pick a benchwarmer. Since Tony Campbell was the only SF I had left I decided to pick a backup SF in case Tyrone Corbin won’t sign a new contract.</p><p>



<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">What’s next?</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

During free agency I’m going all the way this year. I can offer one maximum contract and then still have a little less than $ 2M left to offer. My plan is to sign one huge name, preferably someone at SF, PG, PF but if not I’ll take what I can get and try to balance my team with trades later. So these are my planned signings during free agency:</p><p>

- Star player (preferably SF, PG, PF)</p><p>

- Backup center, preferably Brad Lohaus</p><p>

- A better backup SF than Larry Stewart (perhaps sign Tyrone Corbin back)</p><p>

- A good backup SG, John Long is all that’s left behind Joe Dumars at the moment</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">My financial situation before free agency:</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

Team Budget: $ 18.660.523</p><p>

Salary Cap: $ 12.600.000</p><p>

Current Salary: $ 7.490.749</p><p>

Cap Room: $ 5.009.251</p></div><p></p><p></p>

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Wow. :eek: Larry Johnson slipped all the way to 8th? Since Grandmama was a 20-10 machine with the Charlotte Hornets, looks like the playoffs are in the cards in '91-'92! Ike Austin and Larry Stewart are also solid picks, great to have off the bench. IIRC, Stewart had some good seasons as a backup SF/PF for the Washington Bullets before fading into obscurity, so he's actually a good short-term solution at either reserve forward spot.
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