Another week, another 64-player one-on-one tournament for the ages. This time, it's the shooting guards' turn to face off against each other.
What we have here is a tournament that matches 32 NBA shooting guard legends against 32 current NBA shooting guards, in brackets that mirror the exact setup of the NCAA March Madness tournament.
This classic tournament provides fans with matchups we have dreamed of seeing, like Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler vs. Dwyane Wade, Reggie Miller vs. Jerry West and quite a few more.
The legends and current stars are split up into regional brackets based on the individual players' rankings that you will find on the next slide.
Will Michael Jordan run away with the title, or will another player rise to the challenge and steal it away from him? Read on to find out.
The NBA legends and NBA current stars were separated into 32-player pools, where they were ranked from No. 1 to 32.
Based on those rankings, I picked one legend, then one current star, then one legend, then one current star, and the rest of the selection process followed form until the entire bracket was filled.
Here are both the rankings of the NBA legends and the stars of today.
32-Player NBA Legend Rankings
No. 1 Michael Jordan
No. 2 Jerry West
No. 3 Allen Iverson
No. 4 George Gervin
No. 5 Sam Jones
No. 6 Clyde Drexler
No. 7 Pete Maravich
No. 8 Earl Monroe
No. 9 Bill Sharman
No. 10 Reggie Miller
No. 11 Paul Westphal
No. 12 Joe Dumars
No. 13 Hersey Hawkins
No. 14 Latrell Sprewell
No. 15 JoJo White
No. 16 Byron Scott
No. 17 Mitch Richmond
No. 18 Eddie Jones
No. 19 Allan Houston
No. 20 Steve Smith
No. 21 Fat Lever
No. 22 Jeff Hornacek
No. 23 John Starks
No. 24 World B Free
No. 25 Rolando Blackman
No. 26 Austin Carr
No. 27 Dennis Johnson
No. 28 Danny Ainge
No. 29 Hal Greer
No. 30 Jerry Sloan
No. 31 Dick Van Arsdale
No. 32 Terry Porter
32-Player Current NBA Star Rankings
No. 1 Kobe Bryant
No. 2 Dwyane Wade
No. 3 Monta Ellis
No. 4 Manu Ginobili
No. 5 James Harden
No. 6 Eric Gordon
No. 7 Ray Allen
No. 8 O.J. Mayo
No. 9 Jason Terry
No. 10 DeMar DeRozan
No. 11 Marcus Thornton
No. 12 Nick Young
No. 13 Aaron Afflalo
No. 14 Kevin Martin
No. 15 Landry Fields
No. 16 Richard Hamilton
No. 17 Vince Carter
No. 18 Paul George
No. 19 Leandro Barbosa
No. 20 Mo Williams
No. 21 Jamal Crawford
No. 22 Gordon Hayward
No. 23 Jordan Crawford
No. 24 J.R. Smith
No. 25 Wesley Matthews
No. 26 Tony Allen
No. 27 Evan Turner
No. 28 Iman Shumpert
No. 29 Shannon Brown
No. 30 J.J. Redick
No. 31 Jodie Meeks
No. 32 Ronnie Brewer
No refs to bail you out here, Black Mamba.
Here are the official game rules for the NBA legends vs. NBA current stars one-on-one tournament:
1. Each game is to 25 points. A player must win by two points.
2. All shots are worth one point (like any true one-on-one game).
3. Fouls are called by the defender and result in a change of possession.
4. Shot clock is set at 24 seconds.
5. All defensive rebounds that aren't air balls must be taken back past the three-point line.
6. Game is "make-it-take-it" rules.
Now that the official rules have been set, let's move on to the player seedings.
Remember, this is about players in a one-on-one situation, not a ranking of greatest small forwards in NBA history.
North Division Seeding
No. 1 Michael Jordan (overall No. 1 seed)
No. 2 Monta Ellis
No. 3 Sam Jones
No. 4 Ray Allen
No. 5 Bill Sherman
No. 6 Marcus Thornton
No. 7 Hersey Hawkins
No. 8 Landry Fields
No. 9 Mitch Richmond
No. 10 Mo Williams
No. 11 Allan Houston
No. 12 Jordan Crawford
No. 13 Rolando Blackman
No. 14 Shannon Brown
No. 15 Hal Greer
No. 16 Ronnie Brewer
North Division First-Round Matchups
No. 1 Michael Jordan vs. No. 16 Ronnie Brewer
No. 2 Monta Ellis vs. No. 15 Hal Greer
No. 3 Sam Jones vs. No. 14 Shannon Brown
No. 4 Ray Allen vs. No. 13 Rolando Blackman
No. 5 Bill Sherman vs. No. 12 Jordan Crawford
No. 6 Marcus Thornton vs. No. 11 Allan Houston
No. 7 Hersey Hawkins vs. No. 10 Mo Williams
No. 8 Landry Fields vs. No. 9 Mitch Richmond
South Division Seeding
No. 1 Kobe Bryant
No. 2 Allen Iverson
No. 3 James Harden
No. 4 Pete Maravich
No. 5 DeMar DeRozan
No. 6 Paul Westphal
No. 7 Arron Afflalo
No. 8 JoJo White
No. 9 Vince Carter
No. 10 Fat Lever
No. 11 J.R Smith
No. 12 John Starks
No. 13 Jamal Crawford
No. 14 Dennis Johnson
No. 15 Evan Turner
No. 16 Dick Van Arsdale
South Division Matchups
No. 1 Kobe Bryant vs. No. 16 Dick Van Arsdale
No. 2 Allen Iverson vs. No. 15 Evan Turner
No. 3 James Harden vs. No. 14 Dennis Johnson
No. 4 Pete Maravich vs. No. 13 Jamal Crawford
No. 5 DeMar DeRozan vs. No. 12 John Starks
No. 6 Paul Westphal vs. No. 11 J.R Smith
No. 7 Aaron Afflalo vs. No. 10 Fat Lever
No. 8 JoJo White vs. No. 9 Vince Carter
East Division Seeding
No. 1 Jerry West
No. 2 Manu Ginobli
No. 3 Clyde Drexler
No. 4 O.J. Mayo
No. 5 Reggie Miller
No. 6 Nick Young
No. 7 Latrell Sprewell
No. 8 Richard Hamilton
No. 9 Eddie Jones
No. 10 Leandro Barbosa
No. 11 Steve Smith
No. 12 Iman Shumpert
No. 13 Austin Carr
No. 14 Wesley Matthews
No. 15 Jerry Sloan
No. 16 Jodie Meeks
East Division Matchups
No. 1 Jerry West vs. No. 16 Jodie Meeks
No. 2 Manu Ginobli vs. No. 15 Jerry Sloan
No. 3 Clyde Drexler vs. No. 14 Wesley Matthews
No. 4 O.J. Mayo vs. No. 13 Austin Carr
No. 5 Reggie Miller vs. No. 12 Iman Shumpert
No. 6 Nick Young vs. No. 11 Steve Smith
No. 7 Latrell Sprewell vs. No. 10 Leandro Barbosa
No. 8 Richard Hamilton vs. No. 9 Eddie Jones
West Division Seeding
No. 1 Dwyane Wade
No. 2 George Gervin
No. 3 Eric Gordon
No. 4 Earl Monroe
No. 5 Jason Terry
No. 6 Joe Dumars
No. 7 Kevin Martin
No. 8 Byron Scott
No. 9 Paul George
No. 10 Jeff Hornacek
No. 11 Gordon Hayward
No. 12 World B Free
No. 13 Tony Allen
No. 14 Danny Ainge
No. 15 J.J. Redick
No. 16 Terry Porter
West Division Matchups
No. 1 Dwyane Wade vs. No. 16 Terry Porter
No. 2 George Gervin vs No. 15 J.J. Redick
No. 3 Eric Gordon vs. No. 14 Danny Ainge
No. 4 Earl Monroe vs. No. 13 Tony Allen
No. 5 Jason Terry vs. No. 12 World B Free
No. 6 Joe Dumars vs. No. 11 Gordon Hayward
No. 7 Kevin Martin vs. No. 10 Jeff Hornacek
No. 8 Byron Scott vs. No. 9 Paul George
Ronnie Brewer starts this tournament off with one of the biggest shockers in NBA history—and he does so by mustering up enough strength to put up four points against the greatest player to ever play the game in this first-round beat down.
There's no way Brewer would have his way with Jordan, and there's no way that Jordan would let him score more than three or four points.
Jordan has the advantage in absolutely every aspect of the game, and there's not much Brewer will be able to do to stay in the game against him. The tournament gets off to a solid start thanks to "His Airness" himself.
Michael Jordan 25, Ronnie Brewer 4
Monta Ellis is by far one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA today, and the way he plays the game is perfectly set up to excel in a one-on-one style tournament.
Hal Greer certainly could have received a higher spot on this list, but he finds himself in a tough first-round matchup with Ellis. While Greer is a great isolation player and an efficient shooting guard with a career 45.2 shooting percentage, he won't be able to take Ellis down.
Ellis has a certain "street" level to his game that makes him a nightmare to guard, as he's quick off the dribble, while also being able to handle the rock with the best of them. This matchup will be one of the closest of the first round, but ultimately Ellis' ability to score with finesse at the rim will help him make it out and advance to the next stage.
Monta Ellis 25, Hal Greer 20
There's no doubt that Sam Jones has the clear advantage in this matchup with Shannon Brown, as he is not only the more prolific offensive player, but also the more staunch defensive player of the two.
Brown has the advantage when it comes to pure athleticism, but that won't be able to carry him to a win over such a complete and intelligent player in Jones.
Jones is a little bit smaller than Brown, and he will use that to his advantage, exploiting Brown's defense with his agility and ability to hit jumpers off the dribble. Ultimately, Jones' defensive prowess will overwhelm Brown, helping him make it into the second round of this tournament.
Sam Jones 25, Shannon Brown 16
Ray Allen against Rolando Blackman will be an extremely close matchup, as both players are around 6'6" and 200 lbs., and both know how to score when it matters most.
Allen has the edge in offensive production, with a career average of 20 points per game, as compared to Blackman's 18, and he also has the edge when it comes to long-range shooting ability.
While Blackman might be the more athletic player of the two, there's no doubt that Allen is the more versatile, with a deadly jumper off the dribble. These abilities will help him escape this first-round matchup with Blackman.
Ray Allen 25, Rolando Blackman 21
Jordan Crawford is an inconsistent player, but there's no doubt that offensively speaking, he has the ability to be explosive when he catches fire. And that's what he will do in this matchup with Bill Sharman.
Sharman is no slouch, as he's one of the greatest Boston Celtics of all time and a member of the Hall of Fame. The main reason why Sharman will be the the victim of the first upset of this tournament is because of Crawford's streaky shooting.
Streaky shooting can be a bad thing, but in a one-on-one game, streaky shooting can be the difference maker. That's the case here. Once Crawford catches fire, Sharman won't be able to stop him enough to get the offensive chances he needs to win the game. Sharman goes home early and Crawford moves on to the second round.
Jordan Crawford 25, Bill Sharman 20
Marcus Thornton and Allan Houston both have a proven ability to get to the rim and finish with finesse, while also being able to step back and spread the court with their range.
While Thornton is a young talent, and Houston has more experience, there's no doubt that Thornton has the iso skills and physicality in his game to not only hang with Houston, but to knock him out of the tournament.
Thornton will struggle to defend Houston early on, as the former long-time Knick will stay on the perimeter and hit jumpers. Once Thornton contests Houston's jumper and forces him to makes moves closer to the rim, Thornton's athleticism will take over, helping him survive a potential first-round upset.
Marcus Thornton 25, Allan Houston 20
Hersey Hawkins and Mo Williams are two very similar players, an that's what will make this one of the most competitive contests of the first round.
The reason that Williams has the slight advantage is because of his offensive efficiency, and more importantly, his tenacity on the defensive side of the ball. While Williams never earned any defensive honors, there's no doubt that he is a legitimate defensive talent.
In a matchup that will come down to the wire, Williams' defense will help him make more stops on Hawkins, and that will ultimately be the difference maker. Williams narrowly escapes an upset with tough-nosed talent on both sides of the ball.
Mo Williams 28, Hersey Hawkins 26
While Landry Fields is technically the higher seed here, there's no doubt that he's an underdog in this matchup with Mitch "The Rock" Richmond.
Richmond, with career averages of 21 points on 45.5 percent shooting, is heads and shoulders above Fields' averages of just 9.5 points. While Fields is a young talent with lots of potential, he will get banged up and pushed around by Richmond.
Fields has a two-inch advantage over Richmond, but that won't make a difference, as Richmond will focus on his post-up game, creating high-percentage, mid-range shots that he will hit with impressive efficiency. With a first-round upset, Richmond can only celebrate for a few minutes, as his next matchup is against none other than Michael Jordan. Get ready Mitch, get ready.
Mitch Richmond 25, Landry Fields 14
With career averages of 16.4 points per game on 46.4 percent shooting, Dick Van Arsdale isn't a bad player. But when it comes to one-on-one ability, he's nowhere close to Kobe Bryant.
Kobe's isolation moves, post-up offense and silky smooth jumper will be way too much for Van Arsdale to handle, and that's saying something, as he comes in at 6'5'' and 210 lbs.
Van Arsdale will be lucky to score double-digits against Kobe, who's quite an impressive defensive player, especially in one-on-one situations. Kobe will absolutely dominate this game on both sides of the ball.
Kobe Bryant 25, Dick Van Arsdale 8
While some of you might be upset that Allen Iverson is in this tournament, as he was in the point guard tournament as well, there's no doubt that he's deserving of being in both, as he spent significant time at both positions throughout his career.
With that being said, Iverson faces off against a fellow Sixer Evan Turner, who can't seem to make up his mind on which kind of player he wants to be. While Turner has a serious size advantage over Iverson, there's no doubt that Iverson has the advantage when it comes to scoring and tenacity on both sides of the ball.
Turner, at 6'7'' and 205 lbs., will make this matchup difficult for Iverson, but he certainly doesn't have enough offensive polish to knock him out of the tournament at this point. Iverson will win a tough first-round battle, proving he's deserving of a spot in this tournament.
Allen Iverson 25, Evan Turner 17
When James Harden hears he has to go up against Dennis Johnson in the first round, he will be looking the exact same way that he is in this picture, thinking, "uhhh...why is Johnson a No. 14 seed?"
Either way, Harden against Johnson is going to be an absolute battle that both players could certainly win. There's certainly no doubt that this matchup will be highly contested, as both players are nightmares on the defensive side of the ball and solid talents on the offensive end.
While Johnson might have the edge on defense, Harden has the edge when it comes to versatility in his game. That gives the star sixth man a slight advantage in this first-round matchup.
While Johnson certainly could have been a higher seed in this tournament, Harden proves, with an enormous first-round win, that being seeded third in the south is the perfect place for him.
James Harden 29, Dennis Johnson 27
"Pistol Pete" enters the tournament versus Jamal Crawford, who will prove to be a tough first-round test.
Crawford is certainly a solid player, with career averages of 15.3 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting, but unfortunately for him, Maravich is just that much better.
Maravich has the advantage when it comes to basketball IQ and the fundamentals of the game, which is what made him such a dangerous player back in the day and in this tournament. Maravich will beat Crawford with finesse and his smooth jump-shot that took him to the Hall of Fame.
Pete Maravich 25, Jamal Crawford 16
In his prime, John Starks was quite a shooting guard in the NBA, earning his paychecks with his play on the defensive side of the ball while also being productive on the offensive end.
While Starks' stats suffered at the end of his career after he left the Knicks, there's no doubt that he would give DeMar DeRozan a serious run for his money in this one-on-one tournament. DeRozan is a solid shooting guard, but his consistency issues have plagued him throughout his career, and that's what will doom him here.
DeRozan is a versatile athlete, but Starks' defensive presence will equalize that advantage while making it difficult for DeRozan to get to the rim. In a close matchup, Starks will pull off the upset because of his fundamental abilities and defensive pressure.
John Starks 25, DeMar DeRozan 21
Paul Westphal was certainly a stellar shooting guard back in the day, but he never had to face off against athletic and versatile players like J.R. Smith.
While Smith isn't the most efficient player in the world, there's no doubt that he's one of the most offensively explosive, especially when it comes to playing in iso situations.
Westphal will make this game competitive with his ability to hit contested mid-range jumpers, but there's no way that he would be able to hang with Smith's ridiculous athleticism. While Smith's defensive pressure will be an issue, he will ultimately earn the upset here.
J.R. Smith 25, Paul Westphal 16
Fat Lever wins the honor of having one of the coolest names in NBA history, even though his real name is Lafayette Lever.
Unfortunately for Lever, the fact that he isn't "fat", weighing in at just 170 lbs., will be his biggest issue when it comes to his first-round matchup with Aaron Afflalo, who weighs in at 225 lbs.
Lever is a solid offensive player but will face difficulty in stopping Afflalo on the offensive side of the ball. Afflalo's ability to post-up Lever, using his size advantage, will be the real difference maker in this matchup. Lever earns a ticket home courtesy of Afflalo.
Aaron Afflalo 25, Fat Lever 18
Jo Jo White isn't a bad basketball player, but Vince Carter sure is going to make him look like one in this first-round matchup.
While White is technically the higher seed, there's no doubt that Carter has the advantage in nearly every aspect of the game. Not only is he more athletic, he's also more offensively explosive, and those two components of Carter's game will overwhelm White early and often.
While a Vinsanity win here is technically an upset, there's no doubt that Carter's the better one-on-one player, as the way he plays the game is set up perfectly to excel in this tournament. Up next for Carter is a matchup with the Black Mamba, which will certainly be one for the ages.
Vince Carter 25, Jo Jo White 14
Jerry West is the man on the NBA logo, and one of the top 50 players in the history of the league.
Jodie Meeks is an athletic shooting guard who knows how to score, but at the same time, is prone to jacking up questionable shots.
There's no way that Meeks will be able to hang with West, as West is a much more complete player on both sides of the ball. West will dominate every aspect of this first-round beatdown.
Jerry West 25, Jodie Meeks 12
Jerry "The Spider" Sloan was quite a shooting guard back in the day for the Chicago Bulls, averaging 14 points per game on 42.7 percent shooting over the span of his 11-year NBA career.
Unfortunately for Sloan, he's not on the same level as Manu Ginobili, and he won't be able to make it out of this first-round matchup. Ginobili is slightly more efficient with the ball than Sloan is, which gives the Argentinian the advantage here.
Ginobili's ability to finish at the rim will make him a tough challenge for Sloan throughout. While Sloan certainly has what it takes to stay competitive with Ginobili, there's no doubt that Ginobili will come out on top in this matchup and earn a spot in the second round of this tournament.
Manu Ginobili 25, Jerry Sloan 18
Here's a showdown between two Portland Trail Blazer shooting guards who have similarly athletic skill sets.
Clyde Drexler is in a league of his own, with career averages of 20.4 points per game on 47.2 percent shooting, as compared to Wesley Matthews' averages of just 12.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting.
There's no doubt that Matthews has a bright future in the NBA, but that won't help him stop Drexler in this matchup, as Clyde "The Glide" will teach him a thing or to about physicality and athleticism on the court. Matthews gets sent home, courtesy of a first-round beatdown at the hands of Mr. Drexler.
Clyde Drexler 25, Wesley Matthews 11
O.J. Mayo is an interesting player. While he's an extremely versatile and athletic player, he has never reached his full potential in the NBA, but that won't matter when it comes to playing one-on-one with Austin Carr.
Carr was a solid player, with career averages around 15.4 points per game on 44.9 percent shooting, but he doesn't have the physicality or range to hang with Mayo in this first-round matchup.
Mayo's ability to slash to the rim, while also being able to step back and hit mid-to-long-range jumpers will make him too much for Carr to handle on the defensive side of the ball.
O.J. Mayo 25, Austin Carr 14
Reggie Miller and the New York Knicks are no strangers to each other. This time around, Miller's battle with the Knicks won't be against Spike Lee. Instead, it will be against one of the rising stars on the Knicks' roster—Iman Shumpert.
While Miller has one of the best strokes in the history of the NBA, there's no doubt that Shumpert is the more physical player here, which is why he makes this battle closer than most people would think.
While Shumpert's physicality will keep him in the game, his inconsistency on the offensive side of the ball will be his downfall. Miller-time escapes a contested first-round matchup by relying on his pure ability to score the ball.
Reggie Miller 25, Iman Shumpert 19
Nick Young and Steve Smith have similar vitals as both come in around 6'6'' and 200 lbs. The main difference between the two players is their ability to compete on both ends of the floor.
While Young is an explosive offensive talent, he doesn't carry that over into the way he plays on defense. Smith, on the other hand, is a pretty complete player on both sides of the ball.
Smith will score this first-round upset, not only because he knows how to score, but also because he's a dangerous threat on the defensive side of the ball.
Steve Smith 25, Nick Young 20
While Latrell Sprewell might not be the best team player, there's no doubt that he's an explosive offensive talent that can be very dangerous in a one-on-one tournament.
Leandro Barbosa, on the other hand, is more of a role player with quality defense and slightly above-average offensive.
Sprewell certainly has the advantage when it comes to isolation offense, and that's why he will not only be such a hard matchup for Barbosa, but for a lot of other players in this tournament.
Sprewell's ability to hit the outside jumper while also being able to get to the rim will carry him past Barbosa.
Latrell Sprewell 25, Leandro Barbosa 14
Eddie Jones and Richard Hamilton will undoubtedly put on a show in this matchup between equally skilled players.
This matchup will be back and forth throughout, as both players know how to score the ball and knock down silky smooth jumpers. While Jones has the athletic advantage here, there's no doubt that Hamilton has the advantage when it comes to efficiency on his jump shot.
Jones will make it difficult for Hamilton to create space for his mid-range jumper, but as always, Hamilton will find ways to score the ball when he needs to. This matchup will go past the 25-point threshold, as Jones' athleticism and physicality will keep him in the game. But with one final defensive stop, Hamilton will take over to survive and move on to the second round.
Richard Hamilton 29, Eddie Jones 27
Don't feel bad D-Wade. It's not your fault that Terry Porter is not on the same level as you.
While Porter is certainly a talented player, with career averages of 12.2 points per game on 46.6 percent shooting, he's not anywhere close to pulling off an upset over Wade.
Wade is the much more offensively explosive and versatile player, which is why he will dominate Porter in nearly ever aspect of this first-round matchup.
Dwyane Wade 25, Terry Porter 7
George "The Iceman" Gervin enters the tournament in a first-round matchup against one of the most prolific scorers in the history of college basketball.
While there's no doubt that Redick has the offensive ability to hang with Gervin, he won't be able to handle The Iceman defensively. Gervin's three-inch height advantage will just be too much for Redick to overcome.
With the help of his infamous finger roll, The Iceman will own the majority of this first-round matchup, proving that he's a contender in this tournament.
George Gervin 25, J.J. Redick 14
Danny Ainge was a solid shooting guard for the Celtics back in the day, but he lacks the size and physicality it will take to knock out Eric Gordon in this first-round matchup.
Gordon is one of the brightest young stars in the NBA today with explosive talent on the offensive side of the ball. Gordon has a nice range to his outside jumper, but he also has the athleticism it takes to get to the rim almost at will.
Ultimately, Gordon's 30-lb. size advantage will be too much for Ainge to handle, and he will move into the second round with a big win over the Celtics' owner.
Eric Gordon 25, Danny Ainge 15
Earl Monroe was quite a player back in the day, with career averages of 18.8 points per game on 46.4 percent shooting. The offensive abilities that exist in Monroe's game are what Tony Allen lacks in his, and will be the foundation of his big first-round win.
Allen is a solid role player with outstanding defense, but there's no doubt that his lack of offensive abilities are going to be his downfall in this matchup.
Allen will make it tough for Monroe to score early on, but Monroe's dominant offensive presence will be too much for Allen to stop for an entire game.
Earl Monroe 25, Tony Allen 9
World B. Free is the original Metta World Peace, as he changed his first name from Lloyd to World back in the day. Fortunately for Free, he's a much more complete player than World Peace, leading him to a first-round upset of Jason Terry.
While Terry is a prolific scorer, with a career average of 16.1 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting, he's not built for a one-on-one setting as his major strength is spot up shooting.
Free, on the other hand, is a more complete offensive player with a career average of 20.3 points per game. He even recorded a 30.3 points per game season back in 1980. Free's offense will be too tough for Terry to match.
World B Free 25, Jason Terry 21
I know l will get a lot of hate for it, but Gordon Hayward is going to score the biggest upset of the tournament so far by knocking off Hall of Famer Joe Dumars in this first-round matchup.
Dumars, at 6' 3'' and 190 lbs., will have a tough time stopping Hayward, who comes in at 6' 8'' and 210 lbs. While Dumars is one of the best shooting guards to ever play the game, he is better off playing in a team system rather than relying on his one-on-one talent.
Hayward has the size and strength he needs to take this matchup to the limit, and his ability to hit shots from long range will ultimately be the difference maker in this matchup. While Dumars is no slouch on the defensive end with four NBA All-Defensive first team honors, he will struggle against the bigger Hayward late in the match, which will be his demise.
Gordon Hayward 25, Joe Dumars 22
Jeff Hornacek is a solid shooting guard, with averages of 14.7 points per game on 49.5 percent shooting, but he's not explosive enough to make it out of the first round against Kevin Martin.
At 6' 7'', Martin has a four-inch height advantage over Hornacek, and he will use that advantage to hit his mid-range jumper over the Utah Jazz great with relative ease. If this were a battle of which player was the better team player, the nod would go to Hornacek, but in a one-on-one situation, Martin has the advantage 10 times out of 10.
Hornacek will certainly make this match competitive, but Martin's long-range abilities will be too much for Hornacek to handle.
Kevin Martin 25, Jeff Hornacek 16
Paul George is certainly an athletic talent, but that alone won't be enough to get him out of this first-round meeting with Byron Scott.
While Scott was a role player for the majority of his career, with 14.2 point per game on 48.2 percent shooting, there's no doubt that he has what it takes to excel in a one-on-one setting.
The major advantage that Scott has in this matchup is the tenacity that he brings to the defensive side of the ball, which will be too much for the young George to overcome. While George has a big size advantage, he relies too much on his athleticism, and that will be his downfall in a matchup he certainly could have won.
Byron Scott 25, Paul George 20
Mitch Richmond and Michael Jordan battled against each other during their NBA careers, and there's no doubt that Richmond has the tools it will take to make this matchup a long, arduous battle for Jordan.
Richmond has about 25 lbs. on Jordan, and he will use that size advantage to bang with Jordan on defense. When Richmond has the ball in his hands, he will be able to out-physical Jordan on occasion, but ultimately, Jordan will pick up the defense and put Richmond on lock-down.
While Richmond will be able to stretch the floor, Jordan certainly has the nod when it comes to versatility in his game. This matchup will be a lot closer than many will think, with both players trying to strong arm the other, but ultimately, Jordan will punch his ticket to the Sweet 16.
Michael Jordan 25, Mitch Richmond 20
As the picture illustrates, Monta Ellis will be too much for Mo Williams to handle. Ellis is the more athletic and versatile player, especially offensively speaking
Both players have battled against each other throughout their careers, and time and time again, Ellis gets the best of Williams. While Williams might be the more efficient spot-up shooter, Ellis is certainly the more explosive player off the dribble, and that's much more important in a one-on-one situation.
Ultimately, Ellis will earn a trip to the Sweet 16 via a second-round beatdown of Williams, further solidifying himself a solid contender in this tournament.
Monta Ellis 25, Mo Williams 14
While some people might think that I'm overvaluing Marcus Thornton and undervaluing legends like Sam Jones, there's no doubt that Thornton has what it takes to knock off Jones.
Against the Heat this season, being guarded primarily by LeBron James, Thornton put up 23 points on 56.3 percent shooting, which goes to show the potential in his offensive game. While Jones is a more efficient player, Thornton is more explosive, and that's what gives him the nod in this matchup.
Thornton's ability to get to the rim and finish strong will be a big difference maker in this matchup, and while Jones will make this matchup a tough one for Thornton, his physicality will be too much for Jones to handle. Thornton continues his Cinderella story, as he punches his ticket to the Sweet 16 by knocking off another legend.
Marcus Thornton 25, Sam Jones 21
Ray Allen against Jordan Crawford is a battle of two players who know how to score. The main difference between Crawford and Allen is that Crawford's inconsistency will be his ultimate downfall.
Allen shoots the ball at an impressive 45.2 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc on his career, and is also able to create space for himself off the dribble. His versatility will expose Crawford's inefficiency on the defensive side of the ball.
While Crawford will use his athleticism to stay in this match early, Allen's fundamentals will not be denied. The NBA's all-time three-point leader will rely on his smooth jump shot to carry him into the Sweet 16.
Ray Allen 25, Jordan Crawford 15
Just like Michael Jordan was challenged in his second-round matchup with Mitch Richmond, Kobe Bryant will be challenged in his matchup with none other than Vince Carter.
Vinsanity and The Black Mamba have faced off more than a handful of times in their NBA careers, and while Kobe has the advantage when it comes to pure shooting ability, there's no doubt that Carter has the athletic advantage. This matchup will come down to the wire, with both players going well past the 25-point limit.
The ultimate advantage here goes to Kobe, as he has a more efficient jump shot and deadlier range than Carter. While Vinsanity will rely on his athleticism to keep him in the game throughout, Kobe's patented turnaround jumper will seal the deal.
Kobe Bryant 31, Vince Carter 29
While Aaron Afflalo has a serious size advantage over Allen Iverson, "The Answer" will be hard for Afflalo to stop when he has the ball in his hands.
While Iverson is five inches shorter than Afflalo, he will be able to fluster Afflalo with his quick hands and agility on the defensive side of the ball.
Iverson will score in droves when he has the ball and move on to the Sweet 16 after putting on a show in this one-on-one showcase.
Allen Iverson 25, Aaron Afflalo 15
As you can see from the picture, Harden will dominate Smith because of his physicality and tenacity on the defensive side of the ball.
Not only is Harden the more physical defender, he also has the versatility to equalize the athletic advantage that Smith has over him. Harden's ability to post up and beat Smith in the paint will be too much for his opponent to handle.
Harden's versatility is the main reason why he's still in the tournament, and it is exactly why he's moving on to the Sweet 16 to face off against Allen Iverson.
James Harden 25, J.R. Smith 17
Pistol Pete against John Starks will be a matchup where sparks will fly, pitting a physical defender against a highly skilled offensive player.
Unfortunately for Starks, Maravich offense is in a league of its own. There's no doubt that Starks can score, but his biggest strength is his strength on the defensive side of the ball, and unfortunately for him, that won't help him score baskets.
This matchup will be highly contested throughout with the lead going back and forth, but tPistol Pete will come out on top thanks to his offensive efficiency.
Pete Maravich 25, John Starks 19
Jerry West's offensive abilities carried him in his first-round matchup, and while that will certainly be the case against Richard Hamilton, the real focal point in this matchup will be West's play on the defensive side of the ball.
There's no question that West will be able to score on Hamilton throughout this game. The real question is how often West can stop Hamilton. With just a handful of defensive stops, West will be able to utilize his fundamental offensive talents that helped him average 27 points per game average in his NBA career.
While Hamilton will be a tough battle for West, there's no doubt that West will be able to punch his ticket to the Sweet 16.
Jerry West 25, Richard Hamilton 21
Manu Ginobili will have quite a competitor when he faces off against Latrell Sprewell in this classic second-round matchup.
The main reason why Sprewell will come out on top against Ginobili is because of his ability to beat defenders off the dribble, getting to the rim with ease.
Ginobili and his impressive defensive abilities won't be easy for Sprewell to overcome, but his Cinderella story will continue as he punches his ticket to the Sweet Sixteen.
Latrell Sprewell 25, Manu Ginobili 21
Steve Smith and Clyde Drexler faced off against each other a few times in their years in the NBA, but both players were at very different points in their careers.
While Smith and Drexler have quite a bit in common, there's no doubt that Drexler is the more athletic and more complete player. Drexler also has the advantage when it comes to efficiency in his offensive game, with a career shooting percentage of 47.2 percent, as compared to Smith's 44 percent average.
Smith's defensive presence will make this matchup a tough one for Drexler, but ultimately, Drexler's ability to step out and hit mid-range jumpers will help him make it out of the second round and into the Sweet 16.
Clyde Drexler 25, Steve Smith 16
Reggie Miller and O.J. Mayo are two very different players, as Mayo relies more on his strength and quickness to get to the rim, whereas Miller relies on his pure jump shot and range to earn his paychecks.
This second-round battle will be unbelievably close, and while Mayo has a nearly 30 lbs. in size advantage, Miller's three-inch height advantage will give him the advantage he needs to get off his quick-release jump shot from nearly anywhere on the court. Miller's 47.1 percent shooting percentage is the kind of efficiency it will take to eliminate a player with the talent of Mayo.
Mayo's defensive presence will carry him throughout the majority of this matchup, but he won't be able to stop Miller with enough consistency, resulting in a second-round upset.
Reggie Miller 25, O.J. Mayo 21
Byron Scott will meet his match when he faces off against Dwyane Wade in the second round, as Wade is a more athletic and versatile version of himself.
There's no doubt that Scott's defensive pressure will give Wade fits throughout this matchup, but his offensive skill set won't be enough to knock off this No. 1 seed.
Wade's ability to get to the rim at will is the difference maker in this matchup, and will ultimately be the reason why Scott has to pack his bags.
Dwyane Wade 25, Byron Scott 14
Kevin Martin's offensive abilities that carried him in his first-round matchup against Jeff Hornacek won't be enough to carry him past George "The Iceman" Gervin in this second-round matchup.
Not only is The Iceman a better defender than Martin, he is also a more complete offensive player. Martin will certainly be able to score against Gervin, but his defensive abilities, or lack thereof, will ultimately be his downfall.
When Gervin has the ball in his hands, Martin will not be able to stop him. The Iceman will dominate Martin, once again solidifying himself as a top contender in this tournament.
George Gervin 25, Kevin Martin 14
Gordon Hayward scored one of the biggest upsets of the tournament with a win over Joe Dumars, but his Cinderella story will come to an end as he faces off against Eric Gordon.
Gordon's pure scoring ability will give him the edge in this matchup, as will the fact that he's an athletic defender. Hayward will be able to score based solely on the fact that he has a four-inch advantage over Gordon, but Gordon's athleticism will minimize that advantage.
Gordon's ability to hit long-range jumpers will help him earn a big second-round win on his way to the Sweet 16.
Eric Gordon 25, Gordon Hayward 16
Earl Monroe and World B. Free are no strangers to one another, as they faced off numerous times during their NBA careers.
It's ridiculous how similar Monroe and Free are, as they both score the ball at will and come in at 6'3'' and 190 lbs.
Free and Monroe will have a physical battle in this one, but Free will ultimately win this matchup because he has the slight edge when it comes to pure scoring ability. Free averaged 20.2 points per game in his career, as compared to Monroe's 18.8 points per game average.
Free's Cinderella story lives on to see another day with a huge upse over one of the best two-guards ever to play the game.
World B. Free 28, Earl Monroe 26
After battling it out in a tough second-round matchup with Mitch Richmond, Michael Jordan finds himself in another challenging but winnable matchup to kick off the Sweet 16.
There's no doubt that Ray Allen has the ability to score, rooted in his ability to hit from distance, but Jordan has the advantage in nearly every other aspect of the game, as he is the more complete player of thee two. Allen will be able to score against Jordan, but Jordan's physicality will be too much for Allen to handle.
Jordan earns a ticket to the Elite Eight by dominating Allen and proving it takes more than a smooth jump shot to be considered one of the greatest players to have ever played the game.
Michael Jordan 25, Ray Allen 15
Monta Ellis and Marcus Thornton have faced off during their NBA careers, and this matchup will certainly be one of the most competitive of the tournament thus far, as both players are extremely athletic and know how to score.
While Ellis is the more agile player of the two, Thornton has the advantage when it comes to physicality, and that's why he will ultimately score this major Sweet 16 upset. Thornton has a rare mix of size, speed and physicality, and that rare combination will help him overpower Ellis when he has the ball in his hands.
This matchup will go back and forth, as both players will score in bulk when they have the ball. Thornton's ability to get to the rim, especially with his 20-lb. advantage over Ellis, will earn himself a matchup with Michael Jordan in the Elite Eight.
Marcus Thornton 29, Monta Ellis 27
There's no doubt that Pete Maravich knows how to score the ball with a career average of 24.4 points per game, but that alone won't earn him a win over Kobe.
What makes Kobe a more complete player than Maravich isn't only his ability to get to the rim, but his tenacity on the defensive side of the ball—a tenacity that earn him nine NBA All-Defensive First Team honors.
The biggest difference maker in this matchup will be Kobe's defensive advantage that will force Maravich to take long-range, low-percentage shots. While Maravich's offensive abilities will keep him in the game early, it won't be enough to stay with Kobe to the end.
Kobe Bryant 25, Pete Maravich 17
James Harden faces off against Allen Iverson in a matchup that will come down to the wire, featuring one of the greatest scorers to play the game in Iverson and one of the most promising and complete players in the game today in Harden.
Harden brings a combination package of physicality and agility—skills other players who have faced Iverson have lacked. Harden will pose a difficult challenge for Iverson, as he has a five-inch advantage over and a nearly 55-lb. weight advantage.
While Harden is the size of a solid small forward, he has the agility to defend any type of combo guard in the NBA. Iverson's scoring ability will certainly be tough to stop, but Harden will be up to the challenge as he scores this impressive Sweet 16 upset.
James Harden 25, Allen Iverson 22
Reggie Miller and Jerry West never faced off during their NBA careers, but if they did, as they will here, it would be like watching the same player on both sides of the ball.
Miller and West both understand what it takes to score the ball from nearly anywhere on the court, and they both held their own against any opponent on the defensive side of the ball. While West is the more prolific defender, with four NBA All-Defensive First-Team honors, there's no doubt that Miller's five-inch height advantage, mixed with his quick-release jumper, will be a serious challenge for him to stop.
Miller's size advantage which will give him the space he needs to create more high-percentage shots than West, making him the first player in this tournament to knock off a No. 1 seed.
Reggie Miller 25, Jerry West 22
Latrell Sprewell's magical run in this tournament will come to an end at the hands of Clyde Drexler—a player who's able to equalize his athletic advantage.
Drexler will be a handful for Sprewell to handle on the defensive side of the ball, and Sprewell's ineptitude guarding The Glide will ultimately be his downfall.
When Sprewell has the ball, he will be able to score, but Drexler's defensive prowess will frustrate Sprewell and result in him taking poor, low-percentage shots more often than he should.
Ultimately, Drexler will own this matchup, proving that he's not ready to take his talents home just yet.
Clyde Drexler 25, Latrell Sprewell 18
World B. Free has finally met his match in the Sweet 16 against none other than Dwyane Wade.
While Free will be competitive in this matchup, there's no doubt that Wade would come out on top in this meeting nine times out of 10.
Wade's ability to get to the rim and finish with either strength or finesse will ultimately be too much for Free to handle.
Dwyane Wade 25, World B. Free 20
George Gervin and Eric Gordon aren't exactly similar players, but they aren't all that different either.
While Gordon has the overall athletic advantage, Gervin has the advantage of being the better pure scorer and more complete defender. The difference makers in this game will be the post-up ability of Gervin andhis ability to lock down players on the defensive side of the ball.
With his overall efficiency, Gervin knocks off Gordon in the final Sweet 16 matchup of the tournament.
George Gervin 25, Eric Gordon 19
Marcus Thornton's Cinderella story won't make it past the likes of Michael Jordan.
While Thornton is an extremely versatile and athletic shooting guard in the league today, he doesn't have what it takes on the offensive or defensive side of the ball to hang with Jordan.
Thornton will challenge Jordan early on with his ability to slash into the paint, but Jordan will shut him down before he has time to get hot.
Jordan will use his versatility on on both sides of the ball to take Thornton to school, earning him the first Final Four entry of this tournament.
Michael Jordan 25, Marcus Thornton 13
Kobe Bryant against James Harden will be a much closer matchup than a lot of people might imagine, because when these two players face off against each other, it's always a highly contested and hard-fought matchup.
When Kobe has the ball, Harden's tenacity and strength on the defensive side of the ball will shine, but it won't be something that the Mamba can't overcome. Kobe's ability to hit shots from the perimeter in the face of defensive pressure will be the difference maker.
With a major win over Harden, Kobe moves into the Final Four to face off against Michael Jordan in the matchup that everyone wants to see.
Kobe Bryant 25, James Harden 20
After knocking off the No. 1 seed Jerry West, Reggie Miller faces off against Clyde Drexler, who will prove to be a much more difficult challenge.
On the defensive side of the ball, Drexler has the advantage as he has a 30-lb. advantage and is more athletic. While Miller has the advantage with his smooth jump shot, Drexler will equalize that advantage with his defensive ability.
Clyde the Glide will run over Miller when he has the ball, and will limit Miller's offensive opportunities just enough to win this Elite Eight matchup.
Clyde Drexler 25, Reggie Miller 19
Dwyane Wade and George Gervin will be a hard-fought matchup throughout as both players bring an extremely high level of intensity to the court.
The main difference between Gervin and Wade is found in Wade's ability to handle the ball and get into the paint with an impressive level of ease. While Gervin is known for his abilities on the defensive side of the ball, he will have a difficult time handling Wade's versatility.
Gervin just doesn't have the athletic ability and physicality to hang with Wade in a one-on-one matchup. Wade punches his ticket to the Final Four with an impressive win over one of the greatest shooting guards to play the game.
Dwyane Wade 25, George Gervin 18
Here it is. The matchup that everyone's been waiting for. The throwdown between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
While both players have been compared to one another time and time again, this breakdown is based purely on one-on-one characteristics in both player's games.
There's no doubt that Jordan has the advantage when it comes to overall athleticism, but the advantage when it comes to pure scoring ability has to be given to Kobe. Both players are equally dominant on the defensive side of the ball, as they both have nine NBA All-Defensive First-Team honors to their names.
This matchup will come down to which player has the ball in their hands late in the game, and that could change every time this matchup is played. Ultimately, the nod here goes to Kobe, as his turnaround jump shot is simply unstoppable.
While this game will go way past the 25-point limit as both player's competitive spirits rise to the ocassion, Kobe will ultimately knock of Jordan with his deadly fadeaway in this matchup for the ages.
Kobe Bryant 42, Michael Jordan 40
Dwyane Wade's tournament streak is in serious jeopardy against Clyde Drexler, as The Glide will be able to equalize Wade's athletic advantage on the offensive side of the ball.
While Wade has a 10-lb. advantage over Drexler, Drexler has a three-inch height advantage over Wade, which will give him a solid advantage when he's slashing to the basket and stepping back to hit his patented turnaround jumper.
The lead will go back and forth throughout, as both players will be able to score in streaks, but the real difference maker in this matchup is going to be Drexler's ability to hang with Wade on the defensive side of the ball. While Wade might be the better team defender, Drexler has the size to frustrate Wade in this isolation matchup.
Clyde Drexler 29, Dwyane Wade 27
The long-range ability that Dwyane Wade lacked in his matchup with Clyde Drexler is exactly why Kobe Bryant will come out on top in this finals matchup.
Kobe's ability to spread the floor by hitting shots from nearly anywhere on the court will be too much for Drexler to handle on the defensive side of the ball.
Kobe's defensive abilities will also overwhelm Drexler, as the tenacity that he brings on man-to-man coverage will cause frustration on the part of his opponent.
Ultimately, with his nearly unstoppable jump shot and ability to back down defenders, Kobe will come out on top in this tournament for the ages after knocking off the likes of Pistol Pete, Clyde Drexler and even Michael Jordan.
Kobe Bryant 25, Clyde Drexler 21
There you have it. Kobe Bryant runs away with this 64-player one-on-one tournament for the ages, proving that he's not only one of the greatest shooting guards to ever play the game, but also one of the greatest players to ever step foot on a basketball court.
Kobe dominated this tournament just like he dominates the NBA every night of the week, with his ridiculous offensive abilities, his seemingly unstoppable jump shot and his tenacity on the defensive side of the ball.
Tournament Champion: Kobe Bryant
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