by Micah Hart
For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. Our first Bragging Rights matchup features two schools known for producing big men: the Stanford Cardinal and the LSU Tigers.
Starters (all stats per 48 minutes for their current teams):
Josh Childress, Suns: 15.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.41 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.4 steals
Landry Fields, Knicks: 15.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.36 blocks, 1.59 steals
Robin Lopez, Suns: 21.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, 1.0 steals
Brook Lopez, Nets: 27.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.2 blocks, 0.8 steals
Jason Collins, Hawks: 8.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 steals
Missed the cut: Jarron Collins, Clippers
Team synopsis: The Cardinal are interesting for this kind of tournament, with two wingmen (Childress and Fields) and three centers (the Lopez-Lopez-Collins combo). In a regulation NBA game they’d get killed, but in a pickup game, their size could be difficult to deal with. Josh Childress hasn’t gotten a ton of run in Phoenix this season, but his per-48 stats show he can be a productive player. He’s not a great perimeter shooter, but that may be a good thing for Stanford, as I would imagine a team like this would get a lot of offense off putbacks.
Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):
Glen Davis, Celtics: 19.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.6 steals
Tyrus Thomas, Bobcats: 23.6 points, 12.7 rebounds 1.6 assists 3.7 blocks 1.7 steals
Shaquille O’Neal, Celtics: 21.6 points, 11.4 rebounds 1.7 assists 2.7 blocks 1.0 steals
Brandon Bass, Magic: 21.0 points, 10.7 rebounds 1.5 assists 1.2 blocks 0.7 steals
Marcus Thornton, Kings: 25.3 points, 7.1 rebounds 3.1 assists 0.3 blocks 1.7 steals
Missed the cut: Anthony Randolph, Timberwolves; Garrett Temple, Bobcats; Chris Johnson, Trail Blazers
Team synopsis: Thornton, you’re going to have your hands full. When Shaq is arguably the second-best ballhandler, there could be issues. But, there is a lot of athleticism and bulk in the paint on this club.
All Ball’s take: LSU has more talent, as every starter plays a relatively prominent role (when healthy) for his team, while Stanford’s Jason Collins is pretty much only in the NBA at this point due to his height. The Cardinal have a height advantage at just about every matchup, but LSU’s talent is much more dynamic. This looks like a toss-up.
Result: You voted, and by your estimation the LSU Tigers scratch their way past the Stanford Cardinal by a 79.7%-20.3% tally. LSU moves on.