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Unlocking the NBA Season: Remainder of 2011-12

2011 NBA Lockout Simulation scores and results for the remainder of the 2011-12 season

By Jake Westrich - WhatIfSports.com
December 24, 2011

Each Wednesday until the beginning of the NBA's abbreviated season, WhatIfSports.com's NBA simulation engine will simulate the previous week's unplayed games, using the NBA's actual 2011-2012 pre-lockout schedule. The NBA simulation includes cumulative standings updated each week, a game of the week, a player of the week and statistical leaders.

The statistical inputs to the NBA simulations are based upon analysis of each team's roster, depth charts and statistically-based player rankings. Rosters reflect all transactions prior to the lockout and rookies are based on players of statistical equivalence.

Christmas Day marks both the beginning of the long-awaited 2011-12 NBA season and the conclusion of WhatIfSports.com's NBA lockout simulation. We'll complete the simulation by "playing" the remainder of the NBA's season, providing final standings and awards. But that's not all...

We've added a wrinkle.

In light of recent blockbuster acquisitions in the NBA's abbreviated offseason, we've decided to tinker with our rosters by incorporating some of the bigger player movements. Curious how much better the Los Angeles Clippers will be with the addition of Chris Paul? Consider this a litmus test. Our final simulation is highlighted by the following transactions:


Los Angeles Clippers
Before: 10-16 (0.385)
After: 37-19 (0.661) Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups

Paul proved to be every bit the boon the Clippers franchise had hoped for in trading Gordon, Aminu, Kamen and a draft pick for his services. The additional signings of Billups and Butler launched the Clippers into the NBA's upper echelon.

New Orleans Hornets
Before: 11-11 (0.500)
After: 25-35 (0.417)

Although the Hornets received some solid pieces in the Paul trade, including a future star in Gordon, it was not enough to prevent a slide in wins. Lost in Paul's exit was the departure of West, whom the Hornets received no compensation for.

New York Knicks
Before: 13-12 (0.520)
After: 38-19 (0.667)

In acquiring Chandler, the Knicks improved upon two of their biggest weaknesses, defense and rebounding. Although the loss of Billups left some ambiguity at the point, Davis proved a capable substitute.

Dallas Mavericks
Before: 16-9 (0.640)
After: 35-22 (0.614)

The Mavericks lucked out in finding a replacement for departed center Chandler when Odom suddenly became available. However, the team's defense took a hit, allowing the seventh-most points in the league.

Indiana Pacers
Before: 13-13 (0.500)
After: 31-25 (0.554)

The already tough-minded Pacers found a player that fit their mold perfectly in West. The power forward's scoring took a bit of a dip, dropping from 20.8 points per game with the Hornets to 17.4 points per game with the Pacers, but his rebounding improved from 8.0 boards per game to 9.4 with his new playoff-bound squad.

Boston Celtics
Before: 13-9 (0.591)
After: 30-30 (0.500)

Although Green has appeared somewhat out of place since arriving in Boston last season, he is an important part of the Celtics' rotation, if for no other reason than the lack of a suitable replacement. Boston saw its win percentage dip after losing Green, who will miss the 2011-12 season with a heart condition.

Portland Trail Blazers
Before: 17-7 (0.708)
After: 39-19 (0.672)

The Trail Blazers, already off to a hot start, were not slowed down with the retirement of Roy and acquisition of scoring guard Crawford. His addition to the starting lineup relegated Wesley Matthews to the role of super-sub.


MVP: Dwight Howard
Average Points Average Rebounds Average Assists Average Blocks Average Steals
24.9 15.8 1.6 2.4 0.9

Howard joins Michael Jordan (1987-88) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94) as the only players to win the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year award in the same season. Kevin Garnett and David Robinson have also been recipients of both awards but won each in different seasons.

Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard
Average Points Average Rebounds Average Assists Average Blocks Average Steals
24.9 15.8 1.6 2.4 0.9
Dwight Howard
Sixth Man of the Year: Lamar Odom
Average Points Average Rebounds Average Assists Average Blocks Average Steals
13.7 8.8 2.8 0.8 0.5

Odom is the first player since Detlef Schrempf in the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons to win consecutive Sixth Man of the Year awards. Kevin McHale also accomplished the feat in the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons.

Most Improved Player: Joakim Noah
Average Points Average Rebounds Average Assists Average Blocks Average Steals
12.2 12.3 2.3 1.6 1.3

Noah saw improvements in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and assists as he anchored the NBA's best defense. He is the first Chicago Bulls player in franchise history to be a recipient of the Most Improved Player award.

Coach of the Year: Nate McMillan
Team Record Points For Points Against Avg. Margin of Victory Win Increase
56-26 110.7 103.4 7.3 +8

McMillan received his first Coach of the Year award. He guided the Portland Trailblazers to a Western Conference-best 56 wins, an eight-win improvement over the team's 48-34 mark in the 2010-11 season.

Rookie of the Year: Derrick Williams
Average Points Average Rebounds Average Assists Average Blocks Average Steals
11.9 5.2 0.8 0.3 0.4

The Minnesota Timberwolves' Williams was challenged for the Rookie of the Year award by first overall pick Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who averaged 11.1 points, 4.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds.

Derrick Williams
All-NBA Teams
First TeamSecond TeamThird Team
F: LeBron JamesF: Dirk NowitzkiF: Amar'e Stoudemire
F: Blake GriffinF: Pau GasolF: Kevin Durant
C: Dwight HowardC: Al JeffersonC: Al Horford
G: Dwyane WadeG: Russell WestbrookG: Chris Paul
G: Derrick RoseG: Kobe BryantG: Monta Ellis

All-Defensive Teams
First TeamSecond Team
F: LeBron JamesF: Serge Ibaka
F: Gerald WallaceF: Josh Smith
C: Dwight HowardC: Joakim Noah
G: Dwyane WadeG: Tony Allen
G: Rajon RondoG Chris Paul
NBA Simulated Standings - 2011-12 Season
Eastern Conference
New York51310.622
New Jersey13690.159

View the statistical leaders or the lockout simulation.

Western Conference
Oklahoma City43390.524
L.A. Lakers50320.610
L.A. Clippers47350.573
Golden State33490.402
San Antonio50320.610
New Orleans36460.439


Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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