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Let's look at the latest update brought to you by the 2K Insider.
SIXERS: Miller, Iguodala, Young, Brand, Dalembert
ACTUAL: Miller, Iguodala, Young, Brand, Dalembert
BLAZERS: Bayless, Roy, Outlaw, Aldridge, Oden
ACTUAL: Blake, Roy, Batum, Aldridge, Oden
Blake has started every preseason game he's played and was the starter last year. Bayless has started 3 times in 7 games, and one of those starts was at SG. Batum is going to start in Webster's absence as they want Fernandez, Outlaw, etc to retain their consistent bench roles.
BOBCATS: Felton, Richardson, Morrison, Wallace, Okafor
ACTUAL: Felton, Richardson, Wallace, May, Okafor
Adam Morrison starting? You've got to be ****ing me. He didn't even start before he tore his ACL. He has yet to start this preseason. Sean May has started every game this preseason. In case you were wondering, Morrison has 30 rotation minutes set, and May 0.
BUCKS: Ridnour, Redd, Jefferson, Villanueva, Bogut
ACTUAL: Ridnour, Redd, Jefferson, Villanueva, Bogut
BULLS: Rose, Hinrich, Deng, Thomas, Gooden
ACTUAL: Rose, Hinrich, Deng, Thomas, Gooden
I'm a little surprised they have this one. That's three.
Michael Ruffin wasn't added, so injured Larry Hughes is still on the active roster.
CAVALIERS: Williams, Szczerbiak, James, Wallace, Ilgauskas
ACTUAL: Williams, West/Pavlovic, James, Wallace, Ilgauskas
The Cavs SG spot is still up for grabs, but it's been made pretty clear that Wally ain't in the running. Pavlovic has started 4 of 5 games while West has started twice but has impressed in each.
Dwayne Jones is still on the team for who knows what reason.
CELTICS: Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, Perkins
ACTUAL: Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, Perkins
Not exactly a toughie.
CLIPPERS: B. Davis, R. Davis, Thornton, Camby, Kaman
ACTUAL: B. Davis, Mobley, Thornton, Camby, Kaman
Baron/Camby have been hurt this preseason but should be back for the regular season. Hart started in place of Baron and Skinner/Paul Davis in place of Camby. Ricky however has been healthy and has come off the bench behind tenured starter Mobley, something that won't change in the regular season..
GRIZZLIES: Conley, Mayo, Gay, Warrick, Milicic
ACTUAL: Conley, Mayo, Gay, Gasol, Milicic
I have to think common sense will prevail and Warrick will eventually start over one of these stiffs, however as it stands Darko/Gasol have started every game this preseason.
HAWKS: Bibby, Johnson, Williams, Smith, Horford
ACTUAL: Bibby, Johnson, Williams, Smith, Horford
Another easy one. That' five. Good to see Jeremy Richardson is on the Hawks even though he made Orlando yesterday.
HEAT: Quinn, Wade, Marion, Haslem, Blount
ACTUAL: Chalmers, Wade, Marion, Beasley, Haslem
Haslem is expected to start at C over Blount to get Beasley in the lineup. Chalmers is expected to start to get Quinn out of the lineup.
Can anyone tell me why the unsigned Zo is still on this team? Oh right, because they're too lazy to add the player who actually fills his roster spot.
HORNETS: Paul, Peterson, Stojakovic, West, Chandler
ACTUAL: Paul, Peterson, Stojakovic, West, Chandler
I'm half surprised they don't have the 84 overall Posey starting over Peterson (75) or Peja (80).
JAZZ: Williams, Brewer, Kirilenko, Boozer, Okur
ACTUAL: Williams, Brewer, Miles, Boozer, Okur
Miles has started every game over Kirilenko this preseason (AK47's one start came at PF with Booze out). Kirilenko is the 6th man this year.
KINGS: Udrih, Martin, Salmons, Moore, Miller
ACTUAL: Udrih, Martin, Salmons, Moore, Miller
This is one to keep an eye on. Hawes has outplayed Miller in the preseason and the job will be his to start the season thanks to Miller's drug suspension. He may keep it throughout the year.
KNICKS: Duhon, Crawford, Richardson, Lee, Randolph
ACTUAL: Duhon, Crawford, Richardson, Lee, Randolph
Marbury is the sixth man on this team. Why the hell is he still inactive over Jerome James who hasn't even played this preseason (or the previous season)? Gallinari has yet to play this preseason yet he has 20 rotation minutes to Wilson Chandler's zero.
LAKERS: Fisher, Bryant, Radmanovic, Gasol, Bynum
ACTUAL: Fisher, Bryant, Radmanovic, Gasol, Bynum
MAGIC: Nelson, Bogans, Turkoglu, Lewis, Howard
ACTUAL: Nelson, Pietrus, Turkoglu, Lewis, Howard
Pietrus has started every game over Bogans.
MAVERICKS: Kidd, Terry, Howard, Nowitzki, Dampier
ACTUAL: Kidd, Wright, Howard, Nowitzki, Dampier
Wright has started 6 of 8 games this preseason. Terry started 1 of 7. He is the primary backup at both guard spots, very necessary for PG since the only thing behind Kidd otherwise is JJ Barea.
NETS: Harris, Carter, Yi, Williams, Lopez
ACTUAL: Harris, Carter, Simmons, Yi, Lopez
I still have no idea where 2k gets the idea Yi is a SF. Simmons started every game there this preseason and the job was his the moment he was acquired.
NUGGETS: Carter, Iverson, Anthony, Martin, Nene
ACTUAL: Carter, Iverson, Anthony, Martin, Nene
PACERS: Ford, Dunleavy, Granger, Murphy, Nesterovic
ACTUAL: Ford, Dunleavy, Granger, Murphy, Nesterovic
Any starts Dunleavy misses with his balky knee will go to Marquis Daniels.
PISTONS: Billups, Hamilton, Prince, McDyess, Wallace
ACTUAL: Billups, Hamilton, Prince, Johnson, Wallace
Seriously? Amir Johnson was announced as the starting PF two weeks ago. Amir started every game this preseason. McDyess? 1 of 8.
RAPTORS: Calderon, Parker, Moon, Bosh, O'Neal
ACTUAL: Calderon, Parker, Moon, Bosh, O'Neal
I'm half surprised Moon survived between updates.
ROCKETS: Alston, McGrady, Artest, Scola, Yao
ACTUAL: Alston, McGrady, Artest, Scola, Yao
It is literally a crapshoot who starts if McGrady isn't ready to go, my guess is they go with Head.
SPURS: Parker, Finley, Bowen, Duncan, Oberto
ACTUAL: Parker, Finley, Bowen, Duncan, Thomas
Oberto started 2 of 5 games, Thomas 3 of 4. They will most likely alternate depending on the matchup.
SUNS: Nash, Bell, Hill, Stoudemire, O'Neal
ACTUAL: Nash, Bell, Barnes, Stoudemire, O'Neal
It's not like we heard all summer Hill was going to have a bench role.
THUNDER: Westbrook, Durant, Green, Wilcox, Petro
ACTUAL: Watson, Durant, Green, Wilcox, Petro
Interesting note: Thunder.com is 5 games behind on it's preseason stats. I think we just identified the 2K Insider!
WOLVES: Foye, Miller, Brewer, Love, Jefferson
ACTUAL: Foye, Miller, Brewer, Gomes, Jefferson
Love started 1 of 8 games this preseason. By comparison, Mark Madsen started 5 of 8 games.
Note to Insider - Kevin Ollie made the team, not David Harrison.
WARRIORS: Watson, Jackson, Maggette, Harrington, Biedrins
ACTUAL: Nelson, Jackson, Maggette, Harrington, Biedrins
Watson started all of one game this preseason before getting injured. Nelson has started three. But I guess it's tough to make a player you didn't even add to the rosters a starter.
Word is Stephen Jackson could start at PG with Azubuike at SG but I'll believe it when I see it (Azubuike has yet to start this preseason).
WIZARDS: Daniels, Stevenson, Butler, Jamison, Thomas
ACTUAL: Daniels, Stevenson, Butler, Jamison, Thomas
That makes 14 of 30 teams with accurate starting lineups. You know what, I'm a good sport, I'll give him the Spurs so he's got 15.
Living Rosters - You'll be late on a couple trades here and there. Bi-monthly updates from the NBA 2K Insider guaranteee you're playing with the most current roster minus any players we are too lazy to add, and the hottest starters for only half the team's in the NBA.
Somehow, I don't think this would sell many games if it were on the back of the box.