The "Build a Random Roster w' Basketball Reference" Game
So to fight that post-draft lull, I created a game. Here's the rules:
1) Go to Basketball-Reference.com
2) Under the "more" tab, at the bottom, you will see a "random page" link. Click that to go to a random page
3) Take the first 5/12/15 ACTIVE players you come across, and make a team out of them. For fun, you can add the first coach and executive you come across, too
4) Be patient. It's a big database. It will take a while (15 minutes?) before you can get a full roster.
5) Enjoy reading about other random players. I certainly had some Blasts from the Past
6) HAVVVVE FUN!
C-Johan Petro- Well, I didn't exactly get any great centers. But he's bug, he has some starting experience, and he wont completely eff everything up.
PF- Kevin Seraphin-Solid player for the Wizards, maybe my best big man lol
SF- Andrei Kirilenko-Good all-around player, which my team is gonna need. Will be needed especially on D.
SG- Kawhi Leonard-Will have to step up and be the offensive spark here, as he's probably the stud of this team.
PG- Jamaal Tinsley-Old, but a solid floor general. Not a scorer, though.
Draymond Green- He's a good do-everything guy who will provide great energy off the bench. May have to replace Tinsley and be the point forward due to lack of PG depth.
Jason Maxiell- Another great energy guy to come off my bench. Maybe should start, but he's accustomed to being a bench guy.
PJ Tucker- Another solid all-around wing player. Can probably take on more of a scoring role for the team.
Terrence Jones- Played well in the D-League and has star potential, which this team lacks.
James Jones- Great shooter on a team devoid of shooting. Good length, too.
Nazr Mohammed- Scrappy backup center and role player.
Kent Bazemore- Young guy, relative unknown. Can rebound well for a guard, though.
Here's a few other interesting names that popped up:
John Bryant-I needed a 12th guy when he popped up. It was tempting to add him to the roster, but Kirilenko is a wee bit better...
Press Maravich-Pete's dad
Maya Moore-She could probably make this team, which is sad
I worry about you
Made a new team. It's significantly better, although the bench may not be as deep. Might actually be able to compete against real NBA squads...
C- Nene- Big guy can still get it done. Not that I have a lot of other options.
PF- Wilson Chandler- Gonna play a little small ball here. Chandler can rebound and provide some athleticism at the 4.
SF- Paul Pierce- Finally, a star! Pierce isn't great anymore, but he'll have to carry some of the lead offensively here.
SG- Klay Thompson- A budding young SG who can stroke it! He could be The Guy for this team very soon.
PG- Pablo Prigioni- Not a lot of options here at PG, but Prigioni can make some plays and D up. Savvy vet.
Markieff Morris- Solid backup forward with a good midrange game. Decent sixth man here.
Jordan Hamilton- Young athletic scorer who can shoot it very well. Perfect bench scorer.
James Jones-(Again!) Another good shooter on a team of good shooters. May not see much time with the good wings on this team, but he can contribute.
Johan Petro-(AGAIN!)- One of the first guys I picked, again. Decent backup big, I suppose.
Jon Leuer- Skilled big with a polished offensive game. Can be interchanged situationally with Petro.
Darko Milicic- Darko has his moments, so if he has anything left in the tank, maybe we'll get a nice surprise from an end-of-the-bench guy.
Andrew Goudelock- A good shooter who becomes out de facto backup point guard. Not a bad 12th man.
Assistant Coach-Nate McMillan
GM-Ernie Grunfeld (Good thing the team is already made lol)
"Maya Moore-She could probably make this team, which is sad" sorry but no, take the worst NBA players in the last 20 years and face the best women players ever and the NBA guys would win in an wipeout.
This was great. You're my kind of guy. This took me over 20 minutes tho. I think I got a pretty even team position wise. So here it is:
PG: George Hill, Jerryd Bayless, Kendall Marshall
SG: Rasual Butler, Jodie Meeks, Roger Mason Jr.
SF: Harrison Barnes, Quentin Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu
PF: JJ Hickson, Steve Novak, Luc Mbah a Moute
C: Nazr Mohammed, Jon Brockman, Henry Sims
Coach: Paul Silas
As you can see, we are gonna 3s like crazy and crash the offensive boards hard with our big men. Can play big and can play small. Pretty good defensive team except for Jodie, Hedo, and Novak. May not have the star power of Leonard or Kirilenko, but I think we can shoot the lights out most nights. Kinda weak up front, so will probably have to play small with Hickson at centre.
SONNY WEEMS!!!!!!!! I forgot about my man! Wish he would come back to the raptors.....
While going through this I got the same guy twice (which is a very low probability). The guys nickname was mr. Mean. Thought that was pretty bad ass lol.
YESSSSSSSSSSS!!! Someone else who doesn't think this is too nerdy and time-consuming! This team is solid. I would start Bayless at the 2, though. My second team is undeniably better, but this is about even with the first. Although your coach is Paul Silas...
I just went for a starting 5, 6th man and coach.
PG - Mike Conley
SG - Tony Allen
SF - Ryan Anderson
PF - David West
C - Samuel Dalembert
6th - Jeremy Lin
Coach - Greg Popovich
Well getting Pop was definitely the highlight, not exactly an awe-inspiring team but they'd get some wins, definitely not a playoff berth thought :P
I'm in rebuilding mode
Jamelle Horne d league
Kevin McKenna 88th pick in 81 draft
Alvin sims 6'4 235lb 4 games in 99 for Phoenix
Greg bunch 12 games 78-79
Vic bartolome 1970 7'0 38 games 25% fg
Bob dill 57 games in 1947
Kirk penny 6 games 04/05
Shawn Daniels d league
Clinton wheeler 77 games in 87-89
Merlelynne Lange-Harris wnba
Coach John carrol 03-04 14-22 record with boston
I had to stop when I got a wnba player with 6 names
ah yeah i f*cked up. ACTIVE players... I enjoyed my atrocious team
Will we ever see another Alvin Sims???
Pop is coaching NBA players? They're getting to the playoffs.
Pop is coaching NBA players? They're getting to the playoffs.
Aaron Gray :Pops Mensah-Bonsu: Henry Sims
Dirk Nowitzki: Jordan Hill: Tyler Hansbrough
Jared Dudley :Anthony Tolliver: Cartier Martin
Rodney Stuckey: Alec Burks: Jared Cunningham
Rajon Rondo: Eric Bledsoe: Will Bynum
Interesting team with some shooters and scoters around Rondo. Him and Nowitzki would be a good tandom. Not much depth though aside from PG and PF.
I tried this and spent almost 7 minutes with no active players and 2 D-League players (Ironically both named Brown, Roman and Nate) randomly chosen so I gave up lol.
I got very lucky with mine although i will need to trade some bigs for some guards ?
SG Neal, Bradley,
SF Bonner/Thornton (no SF selected)
PF Aldridge, Sanders, Scola, Amandson
C Bogut, Lopez
Coach - Hubie Brown
Assistant - Kurt Rambis
GM - Danny Ferry
Ill post my team when im done.
I could only bring myself to do ten player.
Haddai, gray (so I got my tall and slow covered)
Garnett. (Only pf I found. But not to bad)
Kleiza , aizin. (I still rember kleiza trorching my jazz. And my grandfather used to tell me about Arizin so...)
Kevin Murphy, kobe bryant, keith bogans ( had to check to see if bogans was eligible)
Fisher ( oh no), jenkins. (So my point guard sucks)
How long till kobe chases off one of my centers?
I've been going for 5 minutes and the only current player I have is Keith Gayden. ( averaged 0.5ppg in D-league
Am I doing something wrong?
Yeahhhhhhhh Keith Benson
SOMEONE IVE HEARD OF!!!!!!!
C - Joakim Noah / JaVale McGee
PF - Tyler Hansbrough / John Henson
SF - Dorell Wright / Chris Singleton
SG - Jodie Meeks / Eric Bledsoe
PG - Kyrie Irving / Raymond Felton
Coach: Jerry Sloan
My second attempt is so good, it looks fake.
PG - Tony Parker / Ricky Rubio
SG - Eric Gordon / Jordan Crawford
SF - Carmelo Anthony - Jared Dudley
PF - LeBron James / Tyrus Thomas
C - Timofey Mozgov / Kenyon Martin
Rest of bench: Norris Cole, DJ Augustin, Darius Miller, Chris Singleton, AJ Price
Coach: Hubie Brown
Asst. Coach: Kurt Rambis
Diana Taurasi - sg
Keith Benson - pf
Jim Brasco - Pg
Spencer Hawes - C woooooooooooooooooooo
Jerome Randle - Sf
1949-50 Chicago Stags Roster - Bench
I Give up!!!
hahaha I had the same thing happen. I had a 7'0 C from 1970 (when there were no 7 footers) but he could only manage 25% shooting from the field. He didnt last long in the league
Randle's 5-10 but idc
Took a little while seeing as my first 4 pages where that of dead players haha. All went downhill after Rubio
PG: Ricky Rubio ( I shouted ' YES' at this, deeply confused my housemates, especially when i tried to explain)
SG: Carlos Delfino
SF: Michael Beasley
PF: Terrence Jones
Bench: Earl Watson
Bostjan Nachbar ( I know he's not in the league any more but he was a personal favourite) TWICE
Kwame Brown- He was almost my starting centre
There was a guy called Devin Durrant? For one second I was happy
I miss the Rockie Mountain Review.
Buteenjoy the orlando summer league more then vegas. Personal taste.
So to cover my mistake I wi l pretend that what I said was...
My team could not beat the clippers summer leage team.
Go ahead neg me I deserve it.
PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Eric Gordon
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: Serge Ibaka
C: Meyers Leonard
Reserves: G Ben Gordon, F Kevin Jones, SG James Anderson, G/F James Jones, G Eric Maynor, F DeMarre Carroll, F Thomas Robinson, G Wayne Ellington, G Lance Stephenson, G Marcus Thornton
Coach: Mike Woodson
Asst Coach: Vitaly Potapenko
My front court is kinda thin, but I should be able to drown teams with 3 pt shooting lol. My team started out hot but I just kept getting guards in between the MILLION dinosaurs and D-League guys I came across.
I'm going to just make a team out of the first 12 I get.
PG: John Jenkins (22 year old 6'4" rookie G out of Vanderbilt University, drafted 23rd overall in 2012, played 61 games, the best NBA prospect in Vanderbilt history)
SG: Drew Barry (40 year old 6'5" SG out of Georgia Tech, Rick Barry's oldest son, brother of Brent and Jon)
SF: Robert Churchwell (41 year old 6'6" G/F out of Georgetown University, played 4 games for the Warriors in 1995, coaches high school basketball at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD)
PF: Andre Brown (32 year old 6'9" PF out of DePaul, averaged 19 and 10 in the D-League, McDonalds All-American)
C: Greg Kite (51 year old 6'11" C out of Brigham Young University, awesome stache http://static.bkref.com/images/players/kitegr01.jpg)
C: Kyrylo Fesenko (26 year old 7'1" C out of Ukraine, one time over 300 pounds, making him one of the heaviest players in NBA history)
PF: Hanno Mottola (36 year old 6'11" C from Finland out of University of Utah, drafted 40th overall in the prestigious 2000 NBA draft)
SF: Kenny Carr (57 year old 6'7" PF out of North Carolina State University, 6th overall pick in 1976, won a gold medal with the United States in basketball the same year)
G: Tiffani Johnson (37 year old 6'4" WNBA C out of University of Tennessee, has two career double-doubles)
PF: Jerome Williams (40 year old 6'9" PF out of Georgetown, current Director of Player Development for high school national championship Findlay Prep, famous for being the 1st round pick traded in deal that sent Dennis Rodman from Detroit to San Antonio)
SG: Aud Brindley (34 year old 6'4" forward out of Dartmouth, born Dec 31st 1923, died at age 34, played 12 games with the Knicks in 1946 in the Basketball Association of America)
G/F: Everett Swank (87 year old G/F, height unknown, last played 13 games for the Indianapolis Kautskys of the National Basketball League in 1938, died June 1st 2000)
I'll do one by the rules too.
PG: Michael Redd
SG: Kawhai Leonard
SF: Tyrus Thomas
PF: Jonas Valanciunas
C: Marc Gasol
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Francisco Garcia
F/G: Lazar Hayward
PF: Mike Scott
F: Jeff Pendergraph
F: Darius Miller
C: Daniel Orton
C-Marcin Gortat-Spencer Hawes-Eddy Curry
PF-BJ Mullens-Ed Davis-Cole Aldrich
SF-OJ Mayo-Channing Frye
SG-Marcus Thornton-Garrett Temple
PG-Daniel Gibson-Malcolm Lee
PG - Moe Williams/Darren Collison/JJ Barea - I think starting Darren Collison makes the most sense because he can provide some solid team defense and won't look to get his own shot. Barea as a change of pace guard will be nice for 15 minutes a game and Moe would be the first reserve.
SG - Joe Johnson/Lance Stephenson/Randy Foye/Tony Allen/Roger Mason - Starting Joe Johnson for obvious reasons but Lance Stephenson provides some much needed depth and gives me a very talented wing defender. Randy Foye would be nice to come off the bench too as a 3 point shooter.
SF - Carmelo Anthony - Melo is going to play a lot at the 4 and I see a 3 guard lineup with Collison, Johnson and Stephenson/Foye working best with him to spread the floor and enable him the most space to be able to score.
PF - Amare Stoudemire/Jeremy Tyler/Drew Gooden - I'm not sure what to make of Amare but he's clearly my best PF and I'm sure he could give me something.
C - Larry Sanders/Brendan Haywood/Aaron Gray - Sanders gives me the shot blocker in the middle, but still lack depth in the front court.
Most likely starting 5: Collison, Johnson, Melo, Amare, Sanders
Maybe the end of game 5: Collison/Williams, Johnson, Allen/Stephenson, Melo, Sanders
Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra