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I completely agree with all of the things said above! I know next to nothing about basketball, but this dynasty makes me care about these players I know nothing about!! I look every day for a new entry!
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<p>I'm sorry it took so long. I had a few busy weeks. Anyway, here's the remainder of our great season... <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /> Thanks for all the nice comments by the way!</p><p>

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</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">SEASON 1991/1992 - AFTER TRADE DEADLINE</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p>


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

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Percentagewise we did much better than before the trade deadline (.414 compared to .264), but still nowhere near where we want to be. I’m quite puzzled about why most our victories were on the road this half of the season. It shows my team is capable of better things. Losing the last four games at home against so-so teams was particularly painful. At least we’ve got a good chance at getting a top-4 draft pick.</p><p> </p><p>


<span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Player statistics and evaluations:</span></strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

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<strong>Derrick Coleman - Center</strong></p><p>

Due to injury Coleman has missed 21 games this season. In those games he played his overall numbers are down from his rookie season, but that may be because Johnson is stealing some of his thunder. His shooting percentages are pretty much the same as last years, so no worries there. His rebound rate is slightly lower (perhaps due to Johnson’s presence), but he’s still in the top-10 of all centers in the league in that category. His number of blocks has gone up, which is always nice to see. I might move him to PF next season, depending on the draft and free agency. So in conclusion, I’m more than happy with his contributions when healthy, but it’s a notch down from last season.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 6/10</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Bill Wennington - Center</strong></p><p>

I needed to use Bill a bit more than I would’ve liked this season. He’s a more than solid backup player, but when Coleman was injured he showed he’s not capable enough for being a starter. His numbers are slightly better than 2 seasons ago (his last significant one as he didn’t play much the previous season), so I guess he’s given me what I expected from him. I’m keeping him around, he’s pretty cheap.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 5/10</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Isaac Austin - Center</strong></p><p>

Austin wasn’t good this season. In fact he was bad, very bad. He has the worst PER on the team for a reason. In fact he’s got the worst PER of all eligible centers in the league! He’s definitely not performed up to the standards that are expected of a first round pick. So, I’m looking to trade him away for something more valuable.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 1/10</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Larry Johnson - Power Forward</strong></p><p>

Just like Coleman last year Johnson has made an immediate impact. He was one of the few bright spots this awful season. He’s been my most prolific scorer. I’m more than likely going to move him to Small Forward next season. He’s a good ball handler and has enough range for it. Perhaps he’ll be better at defending at that spot as he’s really a bit too short for PF. His rebound rate isn’t good enough. By moving Coleman to PF (given there’s a replacement for him at Center) I’ll improve my defense without killing my offense.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 8/10</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Mel Turpin - Power Forward</strong></p><p>

Turpin performed the way we’re used to. He’s not a showstopper, but it doesn’t hurt putting him on the court. He was actually a tad better than last year statistically and was able to get through the season without an injury. He’s still got a pretty heavy 7-figure contract however for next year, so trying to trade him away to give me more cap room might not be a bad idea.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 5/10</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Frank Brickowski - Power Forward</strong></p><p>

I didn’t use him much this season and it was for the best. During the first few games he was getting more minutes, but he was greatly underperforming so I decided to cut them to practically zero. Defensively and offensively his statistics have taken a fall compared to last year and those weren’t all that either. His contract runs out and I’m definitely not re-signing him.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 2/10</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tony Campbell - Small Forward</strong></p><p>

His numbers are a bit down from the last two seasons, but they’re still more than good enough for someone who’s not supposed to be a starter (on a decent team). With Larry Johnson probably moving to SF next season I will start using Tony off the bench. If he performs up to his regular standards he should be one of the best backup players in the league.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 7/10</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Larry Stewart - Small Forward</strong></p><p>

Larry actually did better than I had expected him to do when I drafted him. There’s been much worse players on our roster than him. The thing he’ll have to improve on however is committing fewer turnovers. I’m keeping him around next season.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 7/10</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Joe Dumars - Shooting Guard</strong></p><p>

Dumars was pretty much just as good as last year. He was great on offense, but bad on defense. His assists have gone way up and he’s starting to shoot from behind the three point line. He’s committing too much turnovers for my liking is one of the worst rebounders at his position and that’s what I don’t like about him.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 6/10</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Trent Tucker - Shooting Guard</strong></p><p>

Tucker didn’t have a good season. His stats definitely don’t merit the $800k paycheck he gets. He’s 32 years old and his skills will probably decline, so I’ll try to offload him and get an upgrade. His statistics have really crashed compared to the last two seasons when he was playing for other teams (New York & Denver).</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 2/10</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf - Shooting Guard / Point Guard</strong></p><p>

I used him more as a SG this season. Defensively he has improved, but offensively he hasn’t. His turnover rate is way down because he doesn’t have to distribute the ball that much anymore. His rebounding has also improved. His shooting percentage is slightly down however. All-in-all I’m quite happy with his performances.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 5/10</strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kenny Smith - Point Guard</strong></p><p>

Things could’ve looked much better for us if Kenny hadn’t broken his foot during the pre-season. After missing 23 games he got dropped into a demoralized team and was able to improve them quite a bit. He wasn’t the missing link like I was hoping for him to be, but he still performed like a top-10 point guard. Just like the rest of my backcourt however, his rebounding is pretty much non-existent if you compare it to other guards in the league. So, in conclusion he hasn’t convinced me he’s worth the big contract yet, but I’m willing to give him a chance to do so next year.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 5/10</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eric Murdock - Point Guard</strong></p><p>

Murdock didn’t get to play the number of minutes I wanted him to. For some reason the coach overruled my depth chart settings during most games despite giving him enough options to puzzle him into the lineup. I have mixed feelings about his performances however. His shooting wasn’t good this year, but I’m more than happy with his assist rate. His defense wasn’t bad either compared to Kenny Smith for example. He’s also pretty cheap since this was his rookie season and he’s got 3 years left on his contract, so he’s definitely a keeper.</p><p>

<strong>Grade: 5/10</strong></p><p> </p><p>


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

<span>http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i232/tRyPi0/FBPB3/Minnesota%20Timberwolves/1991-1992/Other/10_standings_zps0b3c23fd.gif</span></p><p> </p><p>

As you can see here we’re tied with the Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Hornets, two other ‘great’ franchises. <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /> I delved into the statistics a bit as for why I performed so badly and came to the conclusion that my defense is very bad, especially blocks and steals. Our turnovers are too high as well and I could do with better (defensive) rebounding as well. We’re allowing opponents to score 107.3 points on average (second worst in the league) while scoring only 100.5 ourselves. We only force 11.7 turnovers whilst turning the ball over 14.5 times ourselves on average. Something we can be proud of however is our field goal percentage (.816). Looking to the efficiency statistics we can see that our offence is ok, but that we have the worst defensive efficiency in the league. Our rebound rate is also passable actually (49.3%), but our main weaknesses are really blocks and steals.</p><p> </p><p>

Looking at the other teams in the standings we can see that the most improved team is Houston (+20 wins) and the most declined team is Orlando (-20 wins). The reason for Houston improving is a mostly healthy Olajuwon. Orlando has five overpaid players taking up 75% of their salary (Scott Skiles $3.5M, Reggie Theus $3.2M, Sam Vincent $1.4M, Jerry Reynolds $1.1M, Mark West $1.0M) their best player, Nick Anderson, has only played 49 games due to injury. I’ve stolen their point guard away and dropped Pooh Richardson there. They have no cap space for next season either, but will probably improve a bit anyway thanks to their draft pick.</p><p> </p><p>


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

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Indiana, once again lead by Reggie Miller was able to do a repeat. They finished all their series in style without ever needing a final deciding game. Also note how the LA Lakers managed to get into the conference finals as the #8 seed. They got annihilated by John Stockton and Chris Mullin however. Another remarkable thing is Michael Jordan still not being able to win a ring despite the bulls having a great roster. </p><p> </p><p>


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

<strong>Larry Johnson:</strong> NBA All-Rookie First Team, NBA Rookie Game MVP</p><p> </p><p>


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

<strong>GM</strong>: Gabino Morcillo (Chicago)</p><p>

<strong>Coach</strong>: Octavio Villar (Cleveland)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>MVP</strong>: SG Michael Jordan (Chicago)</p><p>

<strong>Rookie</strong>: PF Chris Gatling (Washington)</p><p>

<strong>Defender</strong>: PF Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston)</p><p>

<strong>6th Man:</strong> PF James Worthy (LA Lakers)</p><p>

<strong>Most Improved Player</strong>: C Olden Polynice (Sacramento)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>All-League 1st Team:</strong></p><p>

C - David Robinson (San Antonio)</p><p>

F - Charles Barkley (Philadelphia)</p><p>

F - Chris Mullin (Utah)</p><p>

G - Michael Jordan (Chicago)</p><p>

G - Reggie Miller (Indiana)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>All-League 2nd Team:</strong></p><p>

C - Dikembe Mutombo (Detroit)</p><p>

F - Karl Malone (Golden State)</p><p>

F - Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston)</p><p>

G - Mark Price (Cleveland)</p><p>

G - John Stockton (Utah)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>All-League 3rd Team:</strong></p><p>

C - Benoit Benjamin (Cleveland)</p><p>

F - Magic Johnson (LA Lakers)</p><p>

F - Glen Rice (Miami)</p><p>

G - Kevin Johnson (Phoenix)</p><p>

G - Jeff Hornacek (Phoenix)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>All-Defense 1st Team:</strong></p><p>

C - Dikembe Mutombo (Detroit)</p><p>

F - Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston)</p><p>

F - Chris Gatling (Washington)</p><p>

G - Michael Jordan (Chicago)</p><p>

G - Mark Price (Cleveland)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>All-Defense 2nd Team:</strong></p><p>

C - Manute Bol (Golden State)</p><p>

F - Scottie Pippen (Chicago)</p><p>

F - Ron Harper (Cleveland)</p><p>

G - Jeff Hornacek (Phoenix)</p><p>

G - Doc Rivers (Charlotte)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>All-Rookie 1st Team:</strong></p><p>

C - Dikembe Mutombo (Detroit)</p><p>

F - Chris Gatling (Washington)</p><p>

<span style="color:#0000FF;">F - Larry Johnson (Minnesota)</span></p><p>

G - Kenny Anderson (Dallas)</p><p>

G - Paul Graham (Cleveland)</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>All-Rookie 2nd Team:</strong></p><p>

C - Dale Davis (Houston)</p><p>

F - Stacey Augmon (Philadelphia)</p><p>

F - Billy Owens (LA Clippers)</p><p>

G - Terrell Brandon (New Jersey)</p><p>

G - Greg Anthony (San Antonio)</p></div><p></p><p></p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="yeah826" data-cite="yeah826" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="36090" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Don't you mean Charlotte Hornets??</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Yes. My bad.</p>
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