Bleacher Report's Ultimate 1-on-1 NBA Tournament of the Ages

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Bleacher Report's Ultimate 1-on-1 NBA Tournament of the Ages
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How often does a sports event that would make you want to empty your entire bank account for tickets come around? 

Bleacher Report's ultimate one-on-one NBA tournament of the ages would be one such event. 

Quite frankly, I'd be willing to empty my bank, write an IOU for whatever money I make over the next 10 years and promise to give up my firstborn child if that's what it took to get front-row seats. I may even do so just for the ability to watch this event unfold on television. 

That's what tends to happen when you take 128 of the great one-on-one players in NBA history and throw them together into a single-elimination tournament.

Who doesn't want to see Michael Jordan play someone like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon or Oscar Robertson? Would anyone turn down a chance to see Wilt Chamberlain play one of the modern-day greats? 

Maybe those matchups happen, maybe they don't.

I won't spoil it for you yet. 

This tournament was set up with four regions and 32 players to a region. Point guards got one, shooting guards got one, centers got one and small forwards and power forwards were combined into a single region. From there, the bracket was formatted so that the Final Four would be a battle of guards and a contest between frontcourt players. 

The players included in each region were determined by selecting the best players at the position in NBA history and then throwing in at least a few of the current standouts to give the tournament a more modern feel. They were seeded by myself and Marvin Barge, a good friend of mine, but the seedings themselves weren't done in scientific fashion. 

We wanted some upsets after all. 

B/R's NBA writers and editors were asked to vote on every matchup, and you can see the voting disparity represented by the final scores of each game. This was a purely democratic process. 

So, what about the games themselves? 

Standard one-on-one rules apply. He who makes it takes it, fouls are called by the players, shots are worth either two or one points, first to 21 wins (must win by two), etc. Oh, and all players are squarely in the middle of their primes. 

Now, let's get to these juicy matchups. 

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