Sunday, March 10, 2024

Practice? Asking the 40th Greatest of All Time About Practice Against LSU?

 A few strategy tips based for playing VABG if the Georgetown 1995 squad led by the original AI - Allen Iverson. Normally you want him on the court with the three front line starters who would also make the NBA - Don Reid, Jerome Williams and Othella Harrington, as well as some early minutes for freshman and future NBA player Jahidi White against one of the all-time greatest rebounders in LSU's Bob Pettit. However, none of the other future NBA players ever made a 3-point shot, so if you ever have this Georgetown team down and needing a 3-pointer the last couple of possessions to catch-up, there is a small "all 3-point shooters" line-up you can put on the floor.

Using the advanced strategy of going for a 3-pointer (which entails changing one number at the bottom of the 2-point made range to a 3-point made in exchange for changing a top number in the 2-point ranged for a missed 3-pointer and automatic defensive rebound) you get this line-up for end of the game 3-point attempts. Keep in mind you can also never more than double a 3-point made range in this process, so the other NBA players mentioned above cannot add any 3-pointers because they don't have any to start with. 

Small 3-pt line-up   Gets Ball   3pt   2pt     Def Reb   2xFT  3pt Miss   2 pt Miss
Allen Iverson1,6,71-45-56-78-1112-1415-20
George Butler21-5 6-78-1112-1617-20
Eric Myles31-67-7 8-89-1718-20
Irvin Church41-56-67-78-89-1516-20
John Jacques5,81-45-56-67-89-1617-20

Notice the bottom two right players. One reason I try to play one game with each new team is to catch any mistakes on the cards, or times when I have a suggested line-up that accidentally does not have 5 players on the court at some point in the game. The other is to see if there is a specific strategy suggestion on on possession. 

In the case of Allen Iverson, who led Georgetown to wins at #9 Villanova and #17 Syracuse late in the season before the Sweet 16 run that ended with a loss to #4 UNC, a neat strategy appears in the cards. AI played with a few front line players who would also make the NBA, so normally he was slashing to the basket to score or dump to a big man.

However, while Georgetown did not shoot many 3-pointers, they did have four other 3-point shooters so that if they needed a 3-pointer late in the game, they could put five 3-point shooters on the floor. Therefore I set up the rotations based on Stamina so that backup guards Eric Myles (incredible 1-6 on 3-pointers made on the 20-sided dice) and Irvin Church (1-4 on 3-pointers made) would have 2 left on their Stamina after playing earlier in the game, and could come back on the court with John Jacques to give AI a floor of 3-point shooters.

If this were done in conjuction with the "looking for a 3-point shot" which means you can change the bottom 2-point made basket to a 3-point shot made for every 2-point shot taken off the top of the range and turned into a miss - provided you never more than double the 3-pointers made - then for the last two possessions the small 3-point line-up could look like this:


One other note on the dunk range. In most Value Add Basketball Games, the dunk range is the same for an entire team - using their dunk ranges against the opposing Adjustment to dunk ranges. So for most of the players, LSU has a dunk range of 51-52, and Georgetown does not have a dunk range.

However, when playing fantasy league with the great players assembled into teams, or with these teams added due to having one of the 75 greatest players of all-time, the great players have a different dunk range and adjustment.

Therefore LSU great Bob Pettit is a 51-55 dunk range and will hold opposing power forward Jerome Williams to a 51-56 stop range - meaning a missed shot and Pettit grabs the rebound automatically.

AI is a 51-56 dunk range and holds opposing point guard Norman Magee to a 51-53 stop range. The dunk range chart is in the Value Add Basketball Game instructions.

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