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Old 07-05-2012, 01:54 AM   #1
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Your Go-To Association Players?

I think everyone has those certain players that when they fire up an association, they look to try and pick up to improve their team. Usually you pick players who can develop well that you can get for cheap... Who are yours?

1] Marcus Thornton - Not cheap, but the man is an insane scorer. If you play every game, you could lead the league in scoring with Thornton. Also, not bad on defense either, and can handle the ball and pass pretty well. All around solid player.

2] Alonzo Gee - This one is all about progression. In the first season, he seems like a mediocre offensive, to good defensive player. But give him two or three years and he'll be like a mini LeBron for your squad. His offensive game flourishes and his defense only gets better. Progresses into a top 15-20 SF.

3] Terrence Williams - What is to be said about Marcus Thornton, the same can be said about Terrence Williams, except he has about two inches on Thornton and is probably 2x stronger. Plus a better defender. Great pickup, super cheap as well.

4] Kenneth Faried - Young Dennis Rodman with an offensive game. Nuff said. Crazy energy, great rebounder, immaculate defense through progression.
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:54 AM   #2
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Re: Your Go-To Association Players?

In 2K13 my list will include:

Jimmer Fredette
Stephen Curry
J.J. Redick
Gordon Hayward
Kawhi Leonard
Kevin Love
Jared Sullinger
DeMarcus Cousins
Hasheem Thabeet
Channing Frye

Two teams I am really looking forward to starting Associations with are the Kings and Thunder.

For the Kings I would be looking to trade Thomas Robinson, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton (sorry OP), Isaiah Thomas, and necessary draft picks to acquire a team that looks like this...

PG - Steph Curry, Jimmer Fredette
SG - J.J. Redick, (someone)
SF - Kawhi Leonard or Gordon Hayward
PF - Kevin Love, Jared Sullinger
C - DeMarcus Cousins, Hasheem Thabeet

As for the Thunder, I'm really excited about what they did in the offseason through the draft (Perry Jones III) and free agency (Hasheem Thabeet). I'll be looking to trade Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka, Eric Maynor, Reggie Jackson, Cole Aldrich, Thabo Sefalosha, and necessary draft picks to acquire a team that looks like this:

PG - Russel Westbrook, Jimmer Fredette
SG - James Harden, J.J. Redick
SF - Kevin Durant, Perry Jones
PF - Kevin Love (if possible to acquire for Ibaka/Perkins/picks)
C - Hasheem Thabeet
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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Re: Your Go-To Association Players?

Even though he's rated pretty high my biggest pickup is usually Kyle Lowry. I'm also big on Alonzo Gee. Tyler Honeycutt is also somebody I like to round my bench off with.
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:28 PM   #4
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Re: Your Go-To Association Players?

The guys I usually go for are Dorrell Wright, Anthony Randolph, DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe. The rotation of Randolph Cousins and Monroe is a great front-court for years to come!
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:35 PM   #5
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Deshawn Stevenson and Courtney Lee. All you can expect from them is 3's and D, but they're so easy to trade for and I love having them as backup SG's for all my teams.
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:41 PM   #6
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Re: Your Go-To Association Players?

andre igoudala (not very hard to score with him plus a great defender.)
wilson chandler (solid scorer and defender)
^these two make my favorite duo in any of my associations

kevin martin (comes off the bench with my 2nd or 3rd unit. i've gone on 5+ consecutive 3 point streaks with him on more than one occasion)

josh smith (i use him as a sixth man but he gets 32 minutes per game behind rakeem christmas' 24)

kevin durant, afro kobe (obvious reasons)
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:03 PM   #7
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I love Stephen Curry as my pseudo-Superstar franchise player. Guy lights it up. I usually pick up Paul George on the wing. Jimmer is cash from 3 and seems to get open a lot. Also LeBron is an absolute god, but most people already knew that.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:16 PM   #8
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The guys I usually go for are Dorrell Wright
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