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2016 Franchise Player Draft: ‘NBA 2K17’ season 1 simulation

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) stands on the court watching as the Dallas Mavericks attempt free throws during a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

This article will cover the first of five seasons of the #TFBFranchiseDraft ‘NBA 2K17’ simulation. To avoid confusion with team names, I’ll be referring to each squad as Team [last name of TFB writer]. To save space, I won’t be going over the full rosters again, so feel free to catch up with the teams here

TEAM RECORDS — EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. TEAM KOLAKOWSKI: 56-26, 107.6 ORTG (2nd in NBA), 101.2 DRTG (15th in NBA)

  • Led by MVP and now-power forward Kevin Durant (28.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 7.1 apg, 1.9 spg, 1.7 bpg), with a 56.5/48/88.4 split while ranking 38th in usage rate), the Wizards were the NBA’s second-best offense.
  • They were the most accurate team from deep (39.1%), and ranked second in assists (27.8) and field goal percentage (47.3%).
  • Steven Adams averaged a double-double (12.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg) while also swatting two shots a night.
  • The duo of Rodney Hood (17.5 ppg, 4.6 apg, 4.2 rpg, 39.3% from 3) and Kent Bazemore (16.2 ppg, 7 rpg, 1.8 spg, 35.2% from 3) provided quality production from the wings.
  • Iggy fared pretty well at point guard (9.7 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 spg), but Derrick Rose gave them a nice spark, ranking fourth in the NBA in bench scoring (11 ppg) while also dropping 4.4 dimes a night.

2. TEAM LEONARDIS: 56-26, 107.3 ORTG (3rd), 100.2 DRTG (11th)

  • Kawhi Leonard’s season line was ridiculous (23.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 3.0 spg, 1.3 bpg), but he absolutely lit it up in November, averaging 28.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.0 spg and a block while shooting 60.4 percent from the floor, 53.1 percent from deep and 87.7 percent from the line.
  • Leonard and Marcus Smart combined to average 5.4 steals a night, which is absurd.
  • All five starters averaged double figures in scoring, with Jeremy Lin also adding 10.0 ppg and 4.6 apg off the bench.

3. TEAM HALL: 55-27, 105.8 ORTG (4th), 100.4 DRTG (12th)

  • It’s not hard to see why this squad ranked fourth in scoring; the Blake Griffin (22.3 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 5.9 apg) and Kemba Walker (20.3 ppg, 7.2 apg, 40.9% 3PT on 5.3 attempts) duo went HAM.
  • Dwight Howard fit in nicely, averaging 16.7 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 2.2 bpg and a steal. More telling: he averaged 17.5 ppg in wins, but only 14.9 ppg in losses. #FeedTheBeast
  • This team ranked first in the NBA in FG% (47.7), first in assists (28.2), second in 3PT% (38.5) and committed the third-fewest turnovers (14.3)

4. TEAM GIACUBENO: 49-33, 103.4 ORTG (9th), 100.1 DRTG (10th)

  • This was one of two teams to finish in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive rating.
  • Russell Westbrook was predictably great (23.7 ppg, 8.7 apg, 8.3 rpg, 3.0 spg). leading the NBA in triple-doubles (10).
  • J.J. Redick averaging 20.2 ppg (sixth among SGs) was surprising. He also ranked second in the NBA in 3PT% (44.6).

5. TEAM ZIERK: 45-37, 108.8 ORTG (1st), 104.2 ORTG (28th)

  • Kyrie Irving led the way with 26.1 ppg, 7.4 apg and 2.3 spg. His best game came against Stephen Curry (TEAM MAGRUDER), dropping 51 points (19-27 FG, 7-10 3PT), eight dimes, six boards, two steals and a block in a 133-106 win.
  • Gordon Hayward averaged 20.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg, but also led the team in assists (7.7).
  • This was the NBA’s highest scoring bench (28.5 ppg), mostly thanks to Dirk Nowitzki (12.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg) and Trey Burke (9.7 ppg, 4.0 apg).

6. TEAM MAGRUDER: 45-37, 103.6 ORTG (8th), 101.2 DRTG (14th)

  • Stephen Curry led the NBA in scoring (28.9 ppg, 48.7% FG, 41.9% 3PT, 90.2% FT), while also adding in 8.0 dimes, 6.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game.
  • Victor Oladipo led the league in steals (3.3). He had 19 (!!!) games with five or more steals.

7. TEAM BUTLER: 42-40, 98.7 ORTG (21st), 99.3 DRTG (9th)

  • This team ranked fifth in the NBA in steals (8.9), with three players averaging at least two steals: Mike Conley (2.2), Trevor Ariza (2.2) and Kris Dunn (2.1).
  • Among the 32 centers that defended at least 10 shots a night, Hassan Whiteside allowed the third-lowest field goal percentage (44.8%).
  • Dwyane Wade won Sixth Man of the Year, finishing second in the NBA in bench scoring (12 ppg) and fifth in steals (1.2).

8. TEAM MINTZ: 42-40, 99.7 ORTG (15th), 97.8 DRTG (3rd)

  • I’m not sure how this happened. This is a crazy result given Team Mintz was voted squad likely to have the most current success.
  • LeBron was awesome (27.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 6.4 apg, 3.0 spg, 2.0 bpg — 50.2% FG, 36.2% 3PT).
  • Carmelo Anthony wasn’t efficient (52 TS%), but put up numbers (20.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 4.4 apg).

9. TEAM SANDERS: 41-41, 102.4 ORTG (11th), 102.2 DRTG (22nd)

  • James Harden put up 26.9 ppg, 7.7 apg, 6.3 rpg, 1.6 spg and 0.9 bpg — but only averaged 6.3 free throw attempts!
  • LaMarcus Aldridge took more shots from mid-range (347-767, 45.2%) than inside the paint (210-398, 52.8%). Shocking, right?

10. TEAM ERLER: 39-43, 97.4 ORTG (26th), 99 DRTG (5th)

  • The combined stat line for Kristaps Porzingis and Nikola Jokic: 35.6 ppg, 23.2 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.3 bpg, 1.1 spg. Preeeeetty good.

11. TEAM PETERS: 35-47, 99.2 ORTG (19th), 101.9 DRTG (21st)

  • The bright spot of this team was Andre Drummond, who averaged a ridiculous 24.4 ppg and 15.5 rpg. He also had 13 games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. Sheesh.

12. TEAM T. SMITH: 34-48, 97 ORTG (27th), 99.1 DRTG (7th)

  • Despite Boogie (17.8 ppg, 11.8 rpg) being on the squad, Danilo Gallinari (18.7 ppg) led the team in scoring.
  • Kenneth Faried averaging 9.7 ppg and 9.1 rpg off the bench was nice.

13. TEAM TOPOREK: 33-49, 96.6 ORTG (29th), 102.3 DRTG (23rd)

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo was everywhere: 17.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.6 bpg with 46 double-doubles and three triple-doubles to match.

14. TEAM ALLRED: 32-50, 99.2 ORTG (18th), 101.4 DRTG (17th)

  • Karl-Anthony Towns was…well: 26.9 ppg, 14.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 bpg, 1.0 spg, 51.6% FG, 37.4% 3PT, 84.5% FT. He led the NBA with 74 double-doubles.

15. TEAM BAILEY: 25-57, 97.8 ORTG (24th), 105.2 DRTG (30th)

  • Jabari Parker led the way with 20.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
  • Ricky Rubio (10.9 ppg, 11.8 apg) and Rudy Gobert (12.3 ppg, 13.5 rpg) each averaged double-doubles.

TEAM RECORDS — WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. TEAM REDMAN: 59-23, 101.5 ORTG (13th), 94.9 DRTG (1st)

  • This was by far the best defense in the league, ranking first in opponent field goal percentage (41.1), second in blocks per game (8.0), third in opponent three point percentage (33.2) and third in steals per game (9.3).
  • John Wall was dope on both ends, averaging 23.2 ppg, 10.0 apg, 5.4 rpg, 2.5 spg and 1.9 bpg. He racked up 47 double-doubles and held opponents to 38.8% shooting.
  • The real story of this was Harrison Barnes, who inexplicably averaged 22.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg and somehow didn’t win Most Improved Player.

2. TEAM BEREST: 50-32, 104.2 ORTG (6th), 100.5 DRTG (13th)

  • From almost being traded for each other to being virtual teammates: Klay Thompson and Kevin Love drained a combined 400 threes — which would be impressive in a world where Stephen Curry never existed.
  • Mario Hezonja averaged 16.3 ppg. Video games don’t have bearing on real life, but hopefully Frank Vogel will #FreeMario this year.

3. TEAM KENNEDY: 49-33, 103.9 ORTG (7th), 98.4 DRTG (4th)

  • When your starting frontcourt consists of Paul George, Paul Millsap and Willy Cauley-Stein, it’s hard not to be a top-five defense. To their credit, they ranked seventh in opponent field goal percentage allowed (43.1).
  • The Pauls (George and Millsap) averaged a combined 45.6 ppg, 19.5 rpg, 8.5 apg, 4.5 spg and 2.7 bpg. There’s a reason both made the All-Star team and made an All-NBA team.

4. TEAM DUNCAN: 47-35, 99.1 ORTG (20th), 96.6 DRTG (2nd)

  • Ah, my team. We — yes, “we” — ranked second in opponent field goal percentage (41.7) and first in both opponent three-point percentage (32.8) and steals (10.2), while somehow also ranking seventh in pace (99.4).
  • The team was led by the inside-out duo of Jimmy Butler (22.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 5.6 apg, 2.7 spg, 1.1 bpg) and Marc Gasol (20.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.5 bpg, 1.1 spg), with Gasol emerging as the closer more often than not.
  • KHRIS MIDDLETON ALERT: 19.0 ppg, 4.2 apg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 spg while holding opponents to 40.1% shooting — the fourth-lowest mark among the 26 shooting guards that defended at least 10 shots a night.

5. TEAM TAUSCHER: 44-38, 100.5 ORTG (14th), 99.1 DRTG (6th)

  • DeAndre Jordan led the NBA in blocks (2.9) and field goal percentage (70), finished second in rebounds (15.2), double-doubles (71) and added in 17.3 points per game — by far a career high.
  • Buddy Hield ranked second among rookies in scoring (19.5) and fourth in assists (5.5). He also shot 35.7% from three on 6.5 attempts.
  • Kyle Lowry was a two-way monster once again, averaging 20.4 ppg, 6.5 apg and 2.4 spg.
  • Call it the Jordan Effect: This team led the NBA in defensive rebounding (40.9), ranked second in total rebounding (53.4), ranked fourth in points in the paint (29.9) and allowed an opponent field goal percentage of 42.6.

6. TEAM GOLDBERG: 41-41, 102.1 ORTG (12th), 103.6 (26th)

  • Brandon Ingram led the team — and all rookies — in scoring (20.6), while also adding 8.1 rpg, 4 apg, 1.6 spg and 1.4 bpg.
  • Draymond Green played out of position, but he still averaged 16.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.3 spg and 1.9 bpg. He also led the team with three triple-doubles.
  • The second-highest scoring bench resided here (26.7 ppg), led by Lou Williams (10.9 ppg) and Patty Mills (9.5 ppg).

7. TEAM DUFFY: 39-43, 104.6 ORTG (5th), 103.2 DRTG (24th)

  • There was shooting everywhere; this team ranked third in the NBA in total threes made (914). Four players drained at least 100 treys: C.J. McCollum (314, first in the NBA), Devin Booker (224), Meyers Leonard (120) and Jrue Holiday (111).
  • The McCollum/Booker duo combined to average 46.5 ppg on 41.2% shooting from three.

8. TEAM DAVIS: 39-43, 102.8 ORTG (10th), 104 DRTG (27th)

  • This was the only team to have three players average at least 20 points: Damian Lillard (23.6), Jahlil Okafor (20.7) and Bradley Beal (20.1).
  • This team ranked fourth in both field goal percentage (45.3) and three-point percentage (37.3).

9. TEAM ASAAD: 39-43, 99.5 ORTG (17th) 99.1 DRTG (8th)

  • Well, at least Chris Paul won’t blow a 3-1 lead in the second round.
  • Speaking of Paul, he averaged 22.4 ppg to go along with 7.8 apg, 5.4 rpg and 3.0 spg.

10. TEAM O’BRIEN: 37-45, 98.6 ORTG (22nd), 101.4 DRTG (19th)

  • The Reggie Jackson/Eric Bledsoe/Andrew Wiggins trio averaged a combined 5.9 spg.

11. TEAM HOROWITZ: 35-47, 99.6 ORTG (16th), 103.5 DRTG (25th)

  • Ben Simmons was the headliner, winning Rookie of the Year with averages of 15.3 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 6.6 apg, 2.0 spg and 1.0 bpg. He also finished second in the NBA with seven triple-doubles.

12. TEAM K. SMITH: 34-48, 96.9 ORTG (28th), 101.3 DRTG (16th)

  • Anthony Davis averaged 21.2 ppg, 12.8 rpg and 2.7 bpg.

13. TEAM JOCZ: 33-49, 98 ORTG (23rd), 101.5 DRTG (20th)

  • Apparently Quin Snyder worked wonders for D’Angelo Russell; he won MIP by notching an even 25.0 points and 7.0 assists per contest.

14. TEAM FLEISHER: 32-50, 97.8 ORTG (25th), 101.4 DRTG (18th)

  • All five starters averaged double figures in scoring, with DeMar DeRozan leading the way with 20.8 ppg.

15. TEAM NARDONE: 23-59, 94.9 ORTG (30th), 104.4 DRTG (29th)

  • The starters were bad. The bench was bad. The offense was bad. The defense was bad. The coach was bad. The fans were bad. The arena was bad. And everyone should feel bad.
  • On a serious note, the Sixers West combo of Dario Saric and Joel Embiid averaged a combined 31.7 ppg, 23.2 rpg, 6.0 apg, 2.7 bpg and 1.1 spg.

AWARDS

  • MVP: Kevin Durant
  • ROY: Ben Simmons
  • 6MOY: Dwyane Wade
  • DPOY: LeBron James
  • MIP: D’Angelo Russell
  • All-NBA First Team: Curry/Wall/LeBron/Durant/KAT
  • All-NBA Second Team: Westbrook/Harden/Griffin/Millsap/Drummond
  • Al-NBA Third Team: CP3/Irving/PG13/Brow/Marc Gasol
  • All-Defensive First Team: Wall/Oladipo/LeBron/Millsap/Drummond
  • All-Defensive Second Team: Bledsoe/Butler/Kawhi Leonard/Brow/Jordan
  • All-Rookie First Team: Dunn/Hield/Ingram/Simmons/Saric
  • All-Rookie Second Team: Murray/Bender/Maker/Sabonis/Embiid
  • COY: Scott Brooks
  • EOY: Me, for putting this all together

PLAYOFFS

Round 1, EAST

  • TEAM MINTZ (8) over TEAM KOLAKOWSKI (1), 4-1 — LeBron: 26.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 8.0 apg
  • TEAM GIACUBENO (4) over TEAM ZIERK (5), 4-2 — Westbrook: 26.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 9.5 apg, 3.2 spg
  •  TEAM HALL (3) over TEAM MAGRUDER (6), 4-2 — Griffin: 22.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 4.7 apg
  • TEAM BUTLER (7) over TEAM LEONARDIS (2), 4-1 — Conley: 19.2 ppg, 7.8 apg, 2.6 spg

Round 1, WEST

  • TEAM REDMAN (1) over TEAM DUFFY (8), 4-1 — Wall: 21.6 ppg, 13.0 apg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 spg
  • TEAM TAUSCHER (5) over TEAM DUNCAN (4), 4-3 — DeAndre Jordan went for 25 and 27 in Game 7
  • TEAM GOLDBERG (6) over TEAM KENNEDY (3), 4-2 — Green: 17.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.8 bpg, 0.8 spg
  • TEAM DAVIS (7) over TEAM BEREST (2), 4-0 — Lillard: 25.3 ppg, 7.5 apg, 5.3 rpg

Round 2, EAST

  • TEAM GIACUBENO (4) over TEAM MINTZ (8), 4-1 — Westbrook: 27.8 ppg, 8.8 apg, 8.0 rpg, 2.6 sph
  • TEAM BUTLER (7) over TEAM HALL (3), 4-2 (#BucksIn6) — Dunn: 16.2 ppg, 5.8 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.5 bpg

Round 2, WEST

  • TEAM TAUSCHER (5) over TEAM REDMAN (1), 4-1 — DeAndre Jordan with 21 and 21 in the closeout game
  • TEAM DAVIS (7) over TEAM GOLDBERG (6), 4-1 — Lillard: 29.2 ppg, 10.2 apg, 2.4 spg

Eastern Conference Finals

  • TEAM GIACUBENO (4) over TEAM BUTLER (7), 4-1 — Westbrook: 26.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 6.8 apg, 4.0 spg

Western Conference Finals

  • TEAM TAUSCHER (5) over TEAM DAVIS (7), 4-0 — DeAndre Jordan with 14-17-7 in the closeout game

NBA FINALS

  • TEAM GIACUBENO (4) over TEAM TAUSCHER (5), 4-0
  • Finals MVP: Russell Westbrook — 27.5 ppg, 10.2 apg, 8.5 rpg, 2.5 spg

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