The Sports Dump All-Time 1-on-1 Basketball Challenge Day 4

imagesCA5428QCThe 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.  We have finished out all 8 1st Rd matchups of the “Guards/Wings” and the first 4 matchups of our Bigs Bracket and today we hit the last 4 1st Rd matchups of our “Bigs” and set up our 2nd Rd matchups.  Let’s Get It On!

#6 Tim Duncan, F/C

Tale of the Tape

#11 Patrick Ewing, C

7’0”

Height

7’0”

260 lbs

Weight

255 lbs

50.7%

Shooting %

50.4%

**

Range

*

****

Defense

***

****

Strength

****

**

Creativity

**

What we got here boys is a coin flip.  The Big Fundamental vs. The Hoya Destroya, Prime vs. Prime, there isn’t much difference is these to greats.

#3 Bill Russell, C

Tale of the Tape

#14 David Robinson, C

6’10”

Height

7’1”

215 lbs

Weight

250 lbs

44%

Shooting %

51.8%

**

Range

**

*****

Defense

*****

***

Strength

****

**

Creativity

**

imagesCAJIG7VXThe Captain vs. The Admiral is going to be an epic matchup.  Both are 2 of the game’s greatest defenders and inside scorers.  I think Bill Russell could be a great player in any generation, but Robinson’s size advantage may be the key.

#7 Shaquille O’Neal, C

Tale of the Tape

#10 Elgin Baylor, F

7’1”

Height

6’5”

340 lbs

Weight

225 lbs

58.2%

Shooting %

43.1%

*

Range

**

****

Defense

**

*****

Strength

***

*

Creativity

***

Elgin Baylor is one of the game’s greats, but he is running up against a monster in “Shaq Diesel”.  Baylor gives up more than 100 lbs and 8 inches to Shaq and will have trouble scoring a point.

#2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C

Tale of the Tape

#15 Bo Pettit, C

7’2”

Height

6’9”

225 lbs

Weight

205 lbs

55.9%

Shooting %

43.6%

****

Range

***

****

Defense

***

***

Strength

**

*****

Creativity

***

Bob Pettit was the first great big man in the NBA’s modern era and we all know about Kareem.  Kareem’s “Sky Hook” will be in play and puts Pettit at a huge disadvantage.

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6 thoughts on “The Sports Dump All-Time 1-on-1 Basketball Challenge Day 4

  1. Duncan wins easy. He actually has rings.

    • Rings don’t matter in a 1-on-1 game, but agree that Duncan beats Ewing. Let me know what you think about the other matchups.

  2. Duncan, admiral, kareem, and elgin. Elgin upsets shaq bc shaq cant dribble or defend. If they checked the ball below the free throw line, shaq wins this maybe

  3. #6 Tim Duncan vs. #11 Patrick Ewing: I love the Duncan/Ewing matchup and I think it would be a battle. Unfortunately for Ewing, this is an elimination game and we all know that Ewing never performs when the title is on the line. Duncan Wins 15-12

    #3 Bill Russell vs. #14 David Robinson: Russell averaged an amazing 22.5 rebounds per game for his career and that average went up to 25 rpg in the playoffs. That means that when the game is on the line, Russell is at his best. It’s just too bad Russell’s best is going to have trouble with the Admiral’s best. Robinson will overpower Russell in the post and shoots well enough to give Russell trouble 15 feet out. Robinson Wins 15-10

    #7 Shaquille O’Neal vs. #10 Elgin Baylor: This game is not even going to be close. Shaq will overpower Baylor and force Baylor to shoot further away from the basket than he wants to and Baylor’s career 43.5% shooting percentage will give Shaq too many chances to back Baylor down and crush him with a monster dunk. Shaq Wins 6-0 after the game is postponed because Shaq shatters both backboards on the court and Baylor doesn’t show up the next day to finish it up.

    #2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs. #15 Bob Pettit: Bob Pettit was the game’s best big man of the 50’s, but he would be in trouble matching up against Kareem. Kareem will be able to get inside vs. Pettit and has the always deadly “Sky Hook” to finish him off. Kareem Wins 15-8

  4. This one really could be a coin flip, but The Big Fundamental has a slight edge in all around skills. Duncan edges Ewing 16-14

    These are two of the most athletic bigs the game has ever seen. I’ll never forget the Admiral scoring 71 in the final game of the season to edge Shaq for the scoring title. That’s the kind of offensive game that’ll take you far in this tourney. Sorry Bill, Robinson takes it 15-12

    Baylor needs a better jumper to take the win against Shaq, and I just don’t think he was ever that consistent from long range. This is probably the ugliest game of the day and may take an hour to finish, but Shaq wins 15-11

    Other 7 footers can’t stop the sky hook, and at 6’9″, Bob is got his hands full. Kareem moves on 15-9

  5. I’m gonna have to go Ewing in the first matchup. It really is a coin-flip, but I think Ewing was a bit more explosive in his prime and had the better 17-footer. Plus, his nostrils flaring would psych out just about any opponent. Ewing, 15-13.

    Russell was incredibly athletic and long, but people forget what a physical specimen Robinson was. He will muscle The Captain out of the paint with just his arms. And he had some cool shoes.
    The Admiral moves on 15-11.

    Shaq in his prime was more agile than people today give him credit for. Baylor just gives up too much size in this one and Shaq advances, 15-12, despite not hitting a shot outside of 8 feet.

    In the final matchup, the sky hook reigns supreme. Petit can forget it. Lew Alcindor, I mean, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 15-10.

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