It would be rather interesting if players from different generations matched up against each other. And it would be even more fascinating if there were two-on-two games, which would allow players to team up with others from a different era and compete against a separate pair. I conjured up several two-on-two matchups that I think would be intriguing. This is all about using your imagination and speculating what would happen if these tandems squared off against each other. CLICK NEXT for matchups and analysis.
Shaq & T-Mac vs. Dwight & Penny - Josh Cohen’s Analysis: Would Tracy McGrady accept being more of a playmaker than a pure scorer and would Dwight Howard’s defensive prowess disrupt Shaquille O’Neal’s power and finesse inside? If T-Mac surrenders the ball and lets Shaq establish an inside scoring attack, I give the edge to them. However, if Howard and Hardaway effectively execute in the pick-and-roll, they could potentially overwhelm a less committed defensive tandem of O’Neal and McGrady.
The Andersons vs. The Wilkins – Cohen’s Analysis: Obviously, if Atlanta’s version of Dominique is on the floor, it’s probably a landslide victory for he and Gerald. However, considering Nique was at the end of his career while in Orlando, Nick and Ryan Anderson’s lethal perimeter shooting and copious size to shoot over their opponents would probably overwhelm the Wilkins brothers.
Harris & Harkless vs. Hill & Turk – Cohen’s Analysis: In three years, Tobias and Maurice will have the experience to deny a more timid and passive combo of Grant and Hedo, who are more likely to play hot potato than attack before the shot clock expires. Until Harris and Harkless become more proficient with their ball handling and perimeter shooting, however, Hill and Turk’s masterful chemistry and cerebral play would likely prevail.
Nelson & Alston vs. Penny & Skiles – Cohen’s Analysis: As long as Penny Hardaway utilizes his size and establishes himself in the post, he and Scott Skiles should have a patent advantage. However, Jameer Nelson and Rafer Alston, who shared the spotlight together during the 2009 NBA Finals, could simply outshoot their opponents. I give the edge to Penny & Scott, who will make sure they only take high percentage shots.
Grant & Redick vs. Lewis & Miller – Cohen’s Analysis: It’s very likely Rashard Lewis and Mike Miller will refuse to play in the paint and will settle for the 3-point shot on every possession. But, that may be enough against a more conventional pick-and-pop unit of Horace Grant and J.J. Redick. If the outside shots fall, Lewis and Miller have the advantage. If not, Horace and J.J. will have a field day with all the screening and moving.
O’Neal & Koncak vs. Howard & Gortat – Cohen’s Analysis: A generational matchup indeed; Shaq and his 1996 backup, Jon Koncak vs. Dwight and his primary reserve for a few years, Marcin Gortat. As O’Neal and Howard battle for positioning and tussle, Gortat would likely outmuscle and out-strategize Koncak, who by the time he arrived in Orlando after many years in Atlanta was washed up.
Hill & Van Gundy vs. Rivers & Vaughn – Cohen’s Analysis: These are four excellent coaches with an outstanding track record. It obviously would depend on the rosters they have in their huddles. I have to side, though, with Doc and Jacque, mostly because they seem to relate to players in a way that is rare in professional sports. Also, Rivers (head coach, 2008) and Vaughn (player, 2007) have won titles while Brian and Stan haven’t.