After a month of grueling basketball, the NBA Jams tournament has been narrowed down to two teams: The Bulls and the Thunder. Read below to check out our writers picks for the final!
Writer picks and explanations:
VC: The Artist formerly known as The Seattle SuperSonics
Unfortunately for the Bulls, Dion Waiters did not crack Oklahoma City’s three man squad.
Fortunately for the Bulls, they probably still get free t-shirts for winning the Eastern Conference of this hypothetical tournament. Shit, that sounded kind of sad too. Fortunately for the Bulls, if coaching was a part of this game they would probably find a way to pull off the upset. Unfortunately for the Bulls, coaching is not a part of this game. Oklahoma City wins by double digits.
BD: Oklahoma City Thunder
If NBA jams was made after Russ Westbrook, jams would be made for Westbrook. He may be one of the most athletic humans ever. He’s unbelievably explosive, and the Bulls just won’t have a defensive answer for his freakishness. Combine that with Durant’s ability to shoot the ball, and Ibaka-Flocka-Flames ability to grab boards and smack balls out of mid air, I think this is a no brainer.
Let’s put it this way, if you did a fantasy draft on 2k15, You might be able to draft a combination of the Bulls’ three guys. You’re not going to be able to draft Westbrook, Durant, and Ibaka on the same team. They’re just all too good. Thunder win comfortably.
RM: Oklahoma City Thunder
In an absolutely stacked final, loaded with six all-stars, a single misstep could lead to a team’s downfall. Looking at the respective rosters the teams have similar make-ups: Dominant, scoring point guards at the helm, All-Star swing men, and high-energy, defensive big men. However, at each position, Oklahoma City appears to have a slight advantage. The oft-injured Derrick Rose will struggle to guard the most athletic player in the game in Russell Westbrook. Jimmy Butler has had a breakout season, but he’s still a step below Kevin Durant, possibly the best player in the game. Joakim Noah is always going to bring the hustle and toughness for the Bulls, but the younger Serge Ibaka will not be outworked. The big three for Oklahoma combine for 65 points, 20 rebounds, and 12 assists per game. Although their numbers won’t be quite as inflated against a quality Bulls opponent, the Thunder should pull this off.
JR: Oklahoma City Thunder
Face it, this OKC team was built for JAMS and to win this tournament. You have a big man in Wacka Flocka Ibaka Flame that can block, muscle people, and grab rebounds in addition to hitting outside shots.
KD and Russ are explosive, unstoppable players, especially when they catch fire. The Thunder 3 beat the Bulls 3 any day. Noah might be a better overall defender than Ibaka, but thats just one slight advantage the Bulls would have. Sure they play better team defense but this is JAMS. Russell Westbrook is going to run DRose off the court and Durant is a tough matchup even for the elite defender Butler. I personally think that the Warriors-Thunder would have been a closer matchup, but hey I guess you got to have a team from the East represent. With that being said, I think OKC runs away with this one.
I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to include this interesting YouTube clip. Anyways,in a virtual world where athleticism and russdiculous shots reign supreme, this was a no-brainer. Russell Westbrook (most athletic NBA player) combined with Kevin Durant (can shoot over anybody from any angle) and Serge Ibaka (incredible range, freak athlete) cannot be stopped on offense. Thus, the only chance at dethroning this team would be to outscore them. Can Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Joakim Noah OUTSCORE this squad? Hell no. Chicago may be elite defensively, but at the end of the day, you gotta put the biscuit in the basket. With Noah posing as a non-existent threat on offense, the Thunder will eat this squad alive. If coaching factored into this final, Thibs could lead the Bulls to the title. But Thunder fans, thank the heavens that Scotty Brooks is forced to sit this one out!
And with that the Oklahoma City Thunder have been unanimously been named NBA JAMS Champions! We hope you enjoyed the tournament!