Mock 16-Player NBA 1-on-1 Tournament: Matchups and Predictions

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Mock 16-Player NBA 1-on-1 Tournament: Matchups and Predictions
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A couple of days ago, Kobe Bryant said he regarded himself as the best one-on-one player ever, and he emphasized that he could even beat reigning NBA MVP LeBron James in a matchup.     

Wouldn't it be fun to put that to the test?

Let's face it, the Slam Dunk Contest is losing popularity, and you never cared for fan voting in the All-Star Game, anyway. But what about adding a one-on-one tournament for the league's 16 best superstars to All-Star Weekend? Then this discussion could be settled once and for all.

The NBA is a league dominated by superstars, but to see epic individual battles between the top players in the Association would be a real treat. For just one day, forget about basketball being a team game and allow the best of the best to put it all out there on the court in a one-on-one game to 21. 

The tournament will have a single-elimination format, and for the sake of this article, all contestants will be fully healthy and ready to play. 

Now, are you ready to meet the participants and allow the greatest tournament of all time to begin? 

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