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2016 Franchise Player Draft: ‘NBA 2K17’ season 3 simulation

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores in front of Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in San Antonio. Houston won 101-99. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
AP Photo/Eric Gay

This article will cover the third of five seasons of the #TFBFranchiseDraft “NBA 2K17″simulation. Team Magruder won the title in season two. You can check out how that season went here, and catch up with the rosters here.

***Quick note: Manu Ginobili (Team Erler) retired and has been replaced in the starting lineup by newly drafted rookie Robin Westbrook (SG/SF, 75 overall)***

TEAM STANDINGS — EAST

1. Team Magruder: 56-26, 105.3 ORTG (3rd), 97.9 DRTG (5th)

  • Stephen Curry once again won the MVP and the scoring title, while Domantas Sabonis averaged a double-double (11.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg) for the first time.

2. Team Kolakowski: 51-31, 103.4 ORTG (9th), 99.9 DRTG (11th)

  • Kevin Durant was exactly one made FT away from rejoining the 50/40/90 Club, but still averaged an impressive 25.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.8 spg and 1.7 bpg.

3. Team Erler: 50-32, 104.7 ORTG (4th), 98.1 DRTG (6th)

  • The duo of Porzingis (20.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.9 bpg) and Jokic (16.9 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.6 bpg) was lethal once again, while Manu-replacement Robin Westbrook (17.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 3.1 spg) filled up the stat sheet.

4. Team Zierk: 49-33, 108.6 ORTG (1st), 104.7 DRTG (29th)

  • Kyrie Irving led the team in scoring again (25.6 ppg), including six games of 40+ points.

5. Team Leonardis: 46-36, 101 ORTG (16th), 99.4 DRTG (9th)

  • For the third straight year, Kawhi Leonard averaged over 22 points (22.7), eight boards (8.5), four dimes (4.2), two steals (2.7) and a block (1.4).

6. Team Allred: 44-38, 103.8 ORTG (6th), 102.6 DRTG (24th)

  • Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 24.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg and 2.1 bpg. He shot 41.2 percent from three and racked up 75 double-doubles.

7. Team Mintz: 41-41, 98 ORTG (23rd), 99.1 DRTG (8th)

  • At age 32, LeBron put up arguably the best season of his career: 27.3 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 6.2 apg, 3.4 spg, 1.9 bpg.

8. Team Giacubeno: 39-43, 100.4 ORTG (17th), 100.2 DRTG (12th)

  • The offense slipped from last year, but was still led by Russell Westbrook (23.6 ppg, 8.4 apg, 8.3 rpg).

9. Team Bailey: 37-45, 97.6 ORTG (25th), 100.9 DRTG (13th)

  • Gary Harris broke out, averaging 17.1 ppg on 44.8 percent shooting from the field and 37.2 percent from deep.

10. Team Toporek: 37-45, 99.5 ORTG (18th), 101.7 DRTG (16th)

  • Still waiting on the leap from this group. Giannis was dope again, averaging 16.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg and 6.5 apg while racking up a career-high seven triple-doubles.

11. Team Hall: 34-48, 98 ORTG (24th), 101.5 DRTG (15th)

  • One of the major droppers from last season, Blake Griffin (22.6 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 5.7 apg) and Kemba Walker (21.7 ppg, 7.1 apg, 2.3 spg) were still great.

12. Team Sanders: 34-48, 102.3 ORTG (12th), 104.1 DRTG (26th)

  • James Harden put up an absurd line of 27.4 ppg, 7.6 apg, 6.6 rpg and 1.9 spg.

13. Team Butler: 33-49, 94.3 ORTG (28th), 98.5 DRTG (7th)

  • Kris Dunn officially took over, averaging 18.4 ppg, 7.1 apg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 spg and 1.3 bpg.

14. Team Peters: 32-50, 99 ORTG (19th), 102.3 DRTG (22nd)

  • 23.8 ppg, 15.6 rpg and 2.2 bpg for Andre Drummond, including a 47-19 game. #FreeDre

15. Team Smith: 27-55, 95.4 ORTG (26th), 102.7 DRTG (25th)

  • Cameron Payne came second in MIP voting, averaging 15 ppg, 9.3 apg, 4.2 rpg and 2.3 spg.

TEAM STANDINGS: WEST

1. Team Duffy: 56-26, 106.9 (#nice) DRTG (2nd), 101 DRTG (14th)

  • The McCollum/Booker duo averaged a combined 49.7 ppg while shooting 43.2 percent from deep.

2. Team Taucher: 53-29, 103.7 ORTG (8th), 97.3 DRTG (4th)

  • 33-year-old Kyle Lowry posted career-highs in points (23.7), assists (7.9), rebounds (5.0), FG% (45.4) and 3PT % (45.3).

3. Team Duncan: 52-30, 94.3 ORTG (29th), 90.5 DRTG (1st)

  • Despite Jimmy Butler leading the team in scoring (20.3), Marc Gasol was the best all-around player, putting up 16.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 5.7 apg, 2.0 bpg and 1.3 spg.

4. Team Kennedy: 50-32, 102.7 ORTG (11th), 99.5 DRTG (10th)

  • Paul George once again led the troops, averaging 27.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 4.3 apg and 2.9 spg.

5. Team Redman: 47-35, 98.3 ORTG (22nd), 96.3 DRTG (3rd)

  • John Wall averaged 22.1 ppg, 10.3 apg, 5.5 rpg, 2.2 spg and 1.4 bpg, while Harrison Barnes averaged 22.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg.

6. Team Davis: 46-36, 103.7 ORTG (7th), 102 DRTG (19th)

  • For the first time in the sim, the Lillard/Beal/Okafor trio didn’t all average north of 20 ppg, with Beal barely missing out (19.7).

7. Team Asaad: 46-36, 95.2 ORTG (27th), 93.5 DRTG (2nd)

  • Chris Paul was a major reason why this team was the second-best defense in the league. He averaged 2.5 spg, and also held opponents to 37.0 percent shooting.

8. Team O’Brien: 42-40, 101.9 ORTG (13th), 102.4 DRTG (23rd)

  • This team makes its first playoff berth, led by the stellar play of Reggie Jackson (21.3 ppg, 8.7 apg, 1.6 spg).

9. Team Berest: 42-40, 104.7 ORTG (5th), 102 DRTG (20th)

  • Mario Hezonja took a leap, averaging 18 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.9 apg and 1.3 spg.

10. Team Jocz: 39-43, 102.9 ORTG (10th), 102.1 DRTG (21st)

  • Career year for D’Angelo Russell: 28.2 ppg, 7.8 apg, 2.2 spg.

11. Team Nardone: 39-43, 98.8 ORTG (21st), 101.9 DRTG (18th)

  • Dario Saric is a 2K gem. He averaged 16.8 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.0 spg and 1.0 bpg, racked up four triple-doubles, and had another nine games where he was only one rebound or assist shy of a trip-dub.

12. Team Horowitz: 32-50, 101.5 ORTG (14th), 104.7 DRTG (30th)

  • Thon Maker had a solid third year, averaging 14.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.8 bpg and knocked down 77 threes.

13. Team Goldberg: 32-50, 99 ORTG (20th), 101.8 DRTG (17th)

  • Draymond Green had four triple-doubles on the year, and averaged 16.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.3 spg and 1.6 bpg overall.

14. Team Smith: 32-50, 101.1 ORTG (15th), 104.2 DRTG (27th)

  • Chris Bosh easily had the worst non-rookie season of his career (14.3 ppg with a 40/28/80 shooting split, 8.1 rpg, 1.4 bpg).

15. Team Fleisher: 12-70, 91.7 ORTG (30th), 104.4 DRTG (28th)

  • Not much to write home about, outside of DeMar DeRozan leading the team in scoring (19.6 ppg) and Pau Gasol averaging a double-double (11.9 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 2 spg) in his last season.

AWARDS

  • MVP: Stephen Curry
  • ROY: Robin Westbrook (Team Erler)
  • 6MOY: Dwyane Wade
  • DPOY: LeBron James
  • MIP: Norman Powell
  • First-Team All-NBA: Steph/Westbrook/LeBron/KD/KAT
  • Second-Team All-NBA: Wall/DRuss/PG/Blake/Drummond
  • Third-Team All-NBA: Lowry/Kyrie/Kawhi/Brow/Okafor
  • All-Defensive 1st: Westbrook/Bledsoe/LeBron/Kawhi/Drummond
  • All-Defensive 2nd: Wall/Butler/Brow/Millsap/KAT

PLAYOFFS

ROUND 1 — EAST

  • Team Giacubeno (8) > Team Magruder (1), 4-1 — Westbrook: 22.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 8.0 apg, 2.6 spg
  • Team Leonardis (5) > Team Zierk (4), 4-0 — Leonard: 28.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.3 spg, 1.0 bpg
  • Team Erler (3) > Team Allred (6), 4-3 — Porzingis: 18.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.9 bpg, 1.0 spg
  • Team Kolakowski (2) > Team Mintz (7), 4-1 — Durant: 24.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.6 bpg

ROUND 1 — WEST

  • Team Duffy (1) > Team O’Brien (8), 4-2 — McCollum: 26.7 ppg (48/50/74), 5.2 apg, 1.7 spg
  • Team Kennedy (4) > Team Redman (5), 4-0 — George: 24.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, 4 spg, 1.5 bpg
  • Team Duncan (3) > Team Asaad (6), 4-3 — Gasol: 16.4 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.9 bpg, 1.4 spg
  • Team Tauscher (2) > Team Davis (7), 4-2 — Lowry: 24.8 ppg, 8.0 apg, 4.2 spg

ROUND 2 — EAST

  • Team Leonardis (5) > Team Giacubeno, 4-2 — Leonard: 26.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 3.5 spg
  • Team Erler (3) > Team Kolakowski (2), 4-3 — Jokic: 25 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists in close-out game

ROUND 2 — WEST

  • Team Duffy (1) > Team Kennedy (4), 4-3 — McCollum: 25.3 ppg, 4.9 apg
  • Team Duncan (3) > Team Tauscher (2), 4-0 — Gasol: 20.8 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 5.3 apg, 2.0 bpg

ROUND 3 — EAST

  • Team Leonardis (5) > Team Erler (3), 4-2 — Leonard: 23.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 4.3 spg, 1.5 bpg

ROUND 3 — WEST

  • Team Duncan (3) > Team Duffy (1), 4-2 — Butler: 18.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.5 spg

NBA FINALS

  • Team Leonardis (5) > Team Duncan (3), 4-3 — Lopez + Kanter in Game 7: 65 points (20-31 FG, 25-30 FT), 29 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 blocks
  • All seven games were decided by double-digits
  • Finals MVP — Kawhi Leonard: 20.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.3 spg, 1.1 bpg, 50% 3PT

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