It’s safe to say that the lockout has definitely left its mark on the basketball world already. After word broke that the NBA was cancelling all NBA summer leagues, my heart was crushed. The fact that the rookies won’t initially be in NBA 2K12 has me convinced that they are taking this lockout thing a little too far, but that’s beside the point. A couple weeks ago we informed you about the “Lockout League” that will be taking place this fall out in Las Vegas. Why they didn’t think of this idea sooner is beyond me. It’s too bad that the games won’t be televised because the rosters look extremely intriguing. Unless you’ll be living the fast life in Sin City this fall, these lineups will have to serve as eye candy for now. And with that, here is Dime’s official roster breakdown of all eight teams.
This group is an athletic handful of guys. Rumor is that Leonard is only playing for a week though. His presence will definitely be missed. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lee take the driver’s seat on this team. Someone’s gotta put the ball in the basket and it looks like this group will be looking at Lee to carry the weight. Telfair is the only real PG, so he’ll have to do his best to be the captain of this ship.
Team B is very deep, experienced and well rounded. Fish, Allen, Harrington and Jackson will make it their duty to put some of the younger competition through hell defensively. There are also a few younger guys on this team who have something to prove, especially guys like Caracter, Silas and Karl. One player to keep your eyes on is Selby. If you caught a glimpse of the work he’s been putting in this summer, I’m sure you already know why.
This is a very well-rounded team from top to bottom. Look for Lowry to take control of this group. They’ve got some long-range snipers with Dudley, Frye and Lee, so putting up points shouldn’t be difficult for these guys. Hopefully some of Warrick’s tenacity down low can rub off on Daye. Don’t sleep on Anderson, either.
Roger Mason Jr.
Team D will definitely be looking a lot older and slower than the others. With Billups and O’Neal both coming off of injuries, and Tinsley and Mason Jr. fighting to stay relevant, Team D will have a hard time keeping up with some of the younger, more athletic rosters. Last I heard, Jones was dabbling in construction this summer. Hopefully that’s not a reflection of what he’ll be bringing to the table this fall. Needless to say, all eyes will be on Shumpert. Since most Knick fans don’t know how to feel about him, he’s definitely going to be playing with something to prove this fall as well.