Playoff Fantasy Basketball: The Finals

John LorgeSenior Writer IJune 1, 2009

For lack of a better phrase, The Finals are finally here.

While fans aren't getting the LeBron V Kobe matchup that Nike and Vitamin Water desired, the Orlando Magic are a formidable opponent for the defending Western Conference Champions.

My wishes were aligned with Phil Knight and 50 Cent, not only because I wanted to see the Cavs and Lakers showdown, but my One and Done Fantasy Basketball Playoff team at Fantasy Sports Madness needed it.

Last round I selected Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Dwight Howard, and Kobe Bryant in an effort to save fantasy-machine LeBron James for the final round.

The joke’s on me.

Now I am left with Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Mickael Pietrus, Rashard Lewis, and Hedo Turkoglu to choose from.

I do think Odom is a strong play this round, he should see extended time because the Lakers will need to use him and Trevor Ariza to guard the 6'10" duo of Lewis and Turkoglu.

Pietrus has hit double-digits in eight-straight games and he hit 47.2 percent of his threes against Cleveland.

That being said, Odom has not been a consistent scorer during the playoffs and Pietrus is the Magic's fourth option, so I will put the offensive minded Lewis and Turkoglu on my roster over Odom or Pietrus.


Here is my board for The Finals

1. Kobe Bryant
2. Dwight Howard
3. Pau Gasol
4. Rashard Lewis
5. Hedo Turkoglu
6. Mickael Pietrus
7. Lamar Odom
8. Trevor Ariza
9. Rafer Alston
10. Andrew Bynum

If you're deciding between Gasol and Lewis you have a tough choice.  Lewis is a good rebounder and his confident three makes him a better scoring threat but I like Gasol's nine-straight double-doubles.  The Lakers can go small and use Gasol to pull Howard away from the hoop which could lead to many open jumpers for the Spaniard.

Good luck and enjoy the action!