The Sports Dump All-Time 1-on-1 Basketball Challenge Day 2

imagesCAMFKHNJThe Sports Dump’s All-Time 1-on-1 Basketball Challenge has now begun.  32 of the game’s all-time greats go head-2-head to find out who is the best 1-on-1 player.  The tournament format is divided into 2 groups of 16 players in a seeded bracket.  The first group is Guards and Wings (PG,SG,SF) and the second group is Bigs (PF,C).  They will play until we have a Guards/Wings vs. Bigs final.  This is not a simple stats comparison, this is a 1-on-1 matchup using the players skills and gifts.  Under each player you will find their size and FG%, plus a rating for their shooting range, defense, strength and creativity.  Scoring will be to 15 points (no make it take it) by 1’s and 2’s.  Yesterday we rolled out the first 4 matchups of our Guards/Wings Bracket and today we hit the first 4 matchups of our Bigs.  Let’s Get It On!

#1 Wilt Chamberlain, C

Tale of the Tape

#16 Kevin McHale, F

7’1”

Height

6’10”

250 lbs

Weight

210 lbs

54%

Shooting %

55.4%

*

Range

**

*****

Defense

****

*****

Strength

****

*

Creativity

*

Our first matchup is the game’s greatest center vs. a key cog of the 80’s Celtics teams.  Wilt has the advantage in all areas and is looking for a big win, but I don’t think McHale will go down that easy.

#8 Charles Barkley, F

Tale of the Tape

#9 Elvin Hayes, F

6’6”

Height

6’9”

252 lbs

Weight

235 lbs

54.1%

Shooting %

45.2%

***

Range

***

**

Defense

***

****

Strength

***

***

Creativity

***

The man whose 50th birthday got this all started matches up against “Big E” in our 8/9 showdown.  Both of these guys are fairly evenly matched, so I think that Barkley’s tenacity could be the decider.

#5 Karl Malone, F

Tale of the Tape

#12 Moses Malone, C

6’9”

Height

6’10”

259 lbs

Weight

215 lbs

51.6%

Shooting %

49.1%

**

Range

*

***

Defense

**

*****

Strength

***

**

Creativity

**

2 Malones enter…  1 Malone leaves.

#4 Hakeem Olajuwon, C

Tale of the Tape

#13 Kevin Garnett, C

7’0”

Height

6’11”

255 lbs

Weight

253 lbs

51.2%

Shooting %

49.9%

***

Range

**

*****

Defense

*****

***

Strength

****

*****

Creativity

***

imagesCAL4TLLVGarnett gets a tough first round matchup against “The Dream” and I expect an awesome game.  Both are great defenders and have no problem getting physical.  The “Dream Shake” may be the key.

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5 thoughts on “The Sports Dump All-Time 1-on-1 Basketball Challenge Day 2

  1. Wilt may seem like the clear favorite, but I’ve never seen him shoot outside of 5 feet. If his career 50% free throws are any indication, it think he’s toast when runs up against someone he can’t back down…however, McHale just isn’t that guy. I bet it’s closer than most would think, but Wilt prevails 15-10

    The Round Mound was probably closer to 6’4″ than 6’6″, but he played like he was 6’9″. I think it’s close until Elvin makes a weight watchers joke and Barkley unleashes on him. Barkley 15-11

    #2 all time scoring…sorry Moses, he’s too big, too strong and his elbows are too sharp. The Mail Man takes it 15-13

    I’m gonna be honest, I don’t care who else is on this list, Hakeem is the most talented big I’ve ever seen play. He can handle the ball, shoot the J, he’s the all time leader in blocks, and oh yeah…Dream Shake. Sorry KG if this was about running your mouth you’d be golden, but it’s not and the Dream just handed it to you 15-7

  2. I agree with all of your picks and I also think The Dream could be the man to beat in this whole thing.

  3. #1 Chamberlin vs. #16 McHale: McHale will play Wilt tough and give him some serious hell in the post, but Wilt will be able to win in the end. Wilt Wins 15-9

    #8 Barkley vs. #9 Hayes: Elvin Hayes was stuck behind Russell and Wilt for most of his career, but he is a beast in the post. Barkley was undersized for his position, but was never once outworked and he would not let Hayes beat him today. Barkley Wins 15-12

    #5 Karl Malone vs. #12 Moses Malone: Moses is in trouble. Karl will beat him up when Moses has the ball and even more when Karl has the ball. Karl Malone wins this game and Moses may need help getting off the court. Karl Wins 15-7

    #4 Olajuwon vs. #13 Garnett: The Dream is the most complete big man in this tourney and has a real shot to win this whole thing. That being said, Kevin Garnett matches up very well with him. Garnett plays strong defense and is quick enough to move with Hakeem. I think this game is close, but the best defender all-time (Hakeem avg 4 blocks and 2 steals per game) shuts down Garnett more than Garnett can stop him and gets the win. Hakeem Wins 15-10

  4. I’m taking Wilt over McHale, but I have a real gripe over the seeding of McHale. Arguable McHale was the best player on those Celtic teams of the 80’s. His stat line might not indicate but you put him on a team where he’s the focal point, he’s in discussion for MVP. He took a obvious backseat to Bird much like Pippen did to Jordan to win. But I think Barkley over Baylor, and The Dream schools Garnett because his positioning, footwork, and post moves. Plus as a defender, he was a defensive MVP.

    • I hear you, Joe. I think McHale is great, but there are too many great big men in the league’s history and McHale almost didn’t make the bracket at all. Guys like Wes Unseld, Willis Reed, The Chief, Nate Thurmond and Artis Gilmore were left off and I think McHale was lucky to even make the field.

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