NBA Playoffs are in full swing as the weather gets hotter and days get longer. Increased attendance restrictions in more and more arenas are allowing for the high-intensity atmosphere that was missing last year in the playoff bubble to gradually return.
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The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Dallas Mavericks in seven games to bring the first round of the NBA2K21 MT playoffs to a close. They are one of eight teams remaining in the Western Conference that will advance to the conference semi-finals. The other teams are: the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Utah Jazz, and Philadelphia 76ers.
NBA2K21 MT player ratings indicate that neither the Utah Jazz nor the Philadelphia 76ers are particularly well-regarded in their respective conferences, despite the fact that both teams are top-seeded. Using2K MTas a benchmark, how do these teams compare to one another?
The Atlanta Hawks are ranked eighth in the league.
This season, the Atlanta Hawks have quickly established themselves as one of the league's brightest and most promising teams. They will face a daunting challenge against the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers after eliminating the surprising New York Knicks in the first round.
Atlanta hopes to continue its Cinderella story, led by point guard Trae Young (87 points per game), center Clint Capela (86 points per game), and power forward John Collins (85).
*Young, who is only 21 years old, has quickly developed into one of the best shooters in the NBA despite being a relatively inexperienced player. A+ for inside play, A- for mid-range play, and A- for 3-point shooting, he is classified as an Offensive Talent.
*With an A+ in rebounding and an A- in interior defense, Capela is one of only two players left in the NBA with a perfect rebounding rating.
*A 3-level scorer with slightly better offensive ratings than Young, Collins is only 22 years old and is a 3-level scorer with slightly better offensive ratings than Young: inside (A+), middle of the court (A), and three-point shooting (A-).
Utah Jazz is the seventh band on this list.
The Utah Jazz, who hold the top seed in the Western Conference, are hoping to finally cash in on that elusive championship. Rudy Gobert is putting up a screen for Donovan Mitchell.
From 1997 to 1998, Utah was eliminated from the NBA Finals by the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in consecutive championship series.
The Jazz are poised to return to the Finals for the first time in 23 years, led by defensive juggernaut Rudy Gobert (88) and high-scoring Donovan Mitchell (88).
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*The Utah Jazz have elevated Mitchell to the top of their offensive depth chart since he was drafted in 2017. Through the course of this season, Mitchell's all-around scoring ability has drawn comparisons to future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade. With his finishing skills (A+), Mitchell can make both mid-range and 3-point shots, and he can also block shots from beyond the arc (A-).
*It's not a strong suit of Gobert's to score goals, however. However, despite Gobert's outstanding interior defense (A+), his inside offensive game (B+) and mid-range jump shot (C-) fall short of expectations.
The Nuggets of Denver
A dunk from Nikola Jokic
The Denver Nuggets, who advanced to the Western Conference Finals last season, finished as a top-three team in the Western Conference this season for the second consecutive season. Following a first-round victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, the Nuggets will now face the upstart Phoenix Suns, who were led by MVP finalist Nikola Jokic (96).
As a result of a back injury, Michael Porter Jr. (85) fell down draft boards until he was selected by the Nuggets with the fourteenth pick, despite being projected as a top-tier lottery selection. Porter Jr. is a complete offensive package, which is fortunate for Denver.
*As a 3-level playmaker, Jokic is extremely dangerous on offense from any position on the court. He is 25 years old and plays center. Even from long range (A+), Jokic is capable of scoring efficiently inside the arc (A+).
*With A ratings across the offensive board, Porter Jr. is a versatile small forward who can score from any spot on the court. The interior (C-) and perimeter (C-) defenses, on the other hand, are both weak spots for him, but he still has an excellent potential rating (A).
5. The Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.
Dribbling by Kawhi Leonard
For the most part, the Los Angeles Clippers have struggled in the postseason, in contrast to their inter-city rival, the Golden State WarriorsThe Clippers have never advanced past the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in their 51-year history.
It is the Los Angeles Clippers' goal to upset the top-seeded Utah Jazz, led by Kawhi Leonard (96), a two-time NBA2K21 MT champion, and Paul George (7-time All-Star).
*When it comes to defensive excellence (A+) and offensive excellence (B+), Leonard is one of the best players on the planet. He is equally adept at scoring from the inside (A+), mid-range (A+), and downtown (A-).
*George is an outstanding perimeter defender (A+) in his own right, and he also has offensive ability that is comparable to Leonard's.