While James takes a very good, realistic look at what the Hornets might do this offseason, I was curious what NBA2K11 would tell us.
As I fired up the Xbox360, I had two scenarios. 1) See what I could do as GM. 2) Let the game simulate the entire offseason and see what happens. For both plans we start at the end of the playoffs, have traded away the Hornets first round pick and will simulate the entire 2011-12 season. What were the results? Let’s do this…
Me as GM
The offseason started out with a pleasant surprise as David West exercised his player option for 7.53 million. Aaron Gray opted out and the I decided not to pick up David Andersen’s team option. Marco Belinelli and Willie Green were not resigned.
Jason Smith signed a 1 year 750 k deal and Patrick Ewing Jr signed for the league minimum. Gray would eventually sign a 2 year 2.74 million dollar deal. After his playoff performance I was happy to keep him. But the big focus was on Carl Landry. Landry was signed to a 4 year 26.04 million deal. The core of the team was kept intact and that was good enough for me. Then the draft happened.
As I waited for the second round to begin a trade offer popped up. The Los Angeles Clippers were offering the number 8 pick in the draft and Randy Foye for Emeka Okafor and Quincy Pondexter. Wow. Though it might hurt the team in the short run, getting rid of Okafor’s massive contract while receiving a top ten lottery pick would revitalize the franchise. I quickly accepted. And as my digital luck continued, Enes Kanter the center from Turkey was available. Cap space and a potential starter? Things were looking good.
Armed with some cap room, I signed Nick Young to a 3 year 22.56 million contract. Belinelli was resigned to be the backup and Matt Barnes was picked up to spell Trevor Ariza.
The final roster was: Chris Paul, Jarrett Jack, Young, Belinelli, Ariza, Barnes, Ewing,West, Landry, Smith, Kanter and Gray.
To start the season the team was rated an 85 overall which was higher than Oklahoma City, Dallas, the Lakers and Atlanta. But the season ended up being a disaster when Kanter went down with a torn ACL in the first game of the year and Paul broke his arm midway through the season. Things were so bad that Joel Przybilla was signed to start at center.
Final Record: 37-45
The Full Simulation
The computer made some very, very strange decisions for the Hornets during the offseason. Though the team had no first round pick, the Hornets somehow ended up with four computer generated rookie power forwards. Landry was not resigned. Jack also disappeared off the roster and could not be found anywhere in the game. The team made no trades so how everything went down was beyond me.
The Hornets roster to start the season was: Paul (as the only point guard), Jordan Crawford (the team’s big offseason signing), Belinelli, Ariza, Pondexter, West, Smith, 4 rookie power forwards, Oakafor and Gray. Somehow, this team was rated an 86. My digital GM prowess was insulted. As the season was simulated the Hornets finished with a total of 19 wins.
The game made two terrible trades for the Hornets. The first was with the Timberwolves. The deal was David West and a 2nd round draft pick for Darko Milicic and 1st round pick. Ewwww. The second trade was with Portland. This time Okafor was shipped out along with a 1st rounder for Marcus Camby Rudy Fernandez. Yeah, that team won’t win a lot of games.
Neither scenario plays out like Hornets fans want. But at least the team is being guided by Dell Demps and Hugh Weber instead of me and a video game. Plus at least we know that Skynet isn’t ready to take over since it can’t even win a championship with the Hornets. And with that I’ll leave you with this…
Topics: Aaron Gray, Carl Landry, Chris Paul, David Andersen, David West, Emeka Okafor, Enes Kanter, Jarrett Jack, Joel Przybilla, Marco Belinelli, Marcus Camby, Matt Barnes, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, Nick Young, Patrick Ewing Jr., Portland Trail Blazers, Quincy Pondexter, Randy Foye, Rudy Fernandez, Smith, Trevor Ariza, Willie Green