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NBA Big Men vs the Little Guys

Jake WestrichSenior Writer IMarch 2, 2010

Foxsports.com NBA analyst Charley Rosen recently cracked open his mail bag and a couple of "knuckleheads" fell out.

One guy wanted to know the outcome of a hypothetical 48-minute game between a team of NBA big guys (power forwards and centers) and NBA point guards.

Rosen predicted the Goliaths would wipe the floor with the Davids by at least 20 points.

Whatifsports.com wanted to see if Charley was just supporting his big guy brethren or if there was some statistical data to back up his assumption.

Including the same starting fives suggested by our "knucklehead" Gary, we loaded up our
NBA Dream Team rosters. The basketball simulation engine based its predictions off of the final regular season statistics from the 2008-09 season.

NBA Bigs

Tim Duncan
Dwight Howard
Amar'e Stoudemire
Kevin Garnett
Andrew Bynum

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Reserves

Shaquille O'Neal
Chris Kaman
Zach Randolph
David Lee
Andrew Bogut
Brendan Haywood
Al Horford

NBA Point Guards

Steve Nash
Deron Williams
Chris Paul
Tony Parker
Chauncey Billups

Reserves

Rajon Rondo
Mo Williams
Jason Kidd
Baron Davis
Derrick Rose
Monta Ellis
Dwyane Wade   (Yes, he's a shooting guard by trade, but can also play the point.)

Whatifsports.com's NBA simulation engine "played" the game 1,001 times.

NBA Bigs vs Point Guards
Matchup Win% Average PPG  
NBA Bigs 85.1108.3Boxscore
@ NBA Point Guards14.989.1Simulate Game


Charley Rosen is a wise man. He nearly nailed the "Bigs" 20-point winning margin. The NBA big guys won 85-percent of the time by an average of 19 points per game.

What I did find amusing was in the example box score (see link above), the big guys only managed five blocks in 48 minutes. Though their 70-22 rebounding advantage truly tipped the scales in favor of our vertically gifted group of ballers.

Now we all know NBA general managers would never attempt nor could they afford to bring together a 12-man roster consisting of only big guys. But in the Whatifsports.com world YOU CAN!

Just like I demonstrated in this article, you can create your own Dream Team and play a season of SimLeague Basketball with that roster. Now I don't condone using all big men to win a title. However, I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and, if you are like me you, will do anything to enjoy the euphoria of a championship season.

Even if that means stepping on the little guy.

Ryan Fowler is the Digital Content Manager for Whatifsports.com. He can be reached at rfowler@whatifsports.com .

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