How many Drafts are we gonna do? Not one. Not two ... How many times will the opening post of a basketball draft contain that joke? Not one, not two ... Anyways, let's get down to business here. This is the thread where I play David Stern, @EmpireForever plays Adam Silver, and the rest of you play Pat Riley/Dork Elvis/Danny Ferry/Isiah Thomas. Basically, you're trying to put together the best basketball team ever. We've done this before. Check out: The First Basketball Draft (Won by @EmpireForever) - any player, any time The Basketball Draft II (won by @tom) - limited to 2012/13 players Now, how do we play this game? Two types of participants are needed, and five phases are utilized. The Participants: 1) The Commish and Co-Commish. That's me. And @EmpireForever. It's our job to randomize draft order, post matches and results, and keep the game flowing. 2) The GMs. There will be 8 or 12 of these. It's your job through the draft, free agency and trades to build your team, select your starting lineup, and create your sub strategy. The Phases of the Game: 1) The Draft. The GMs will be randomized into an order that will reverse every round. This will continue for 12 rounds. When your turn to pick is up, you will have 24 hours to make your selection. When making a selection, you will need to specify a specific year this draft, as it is an all-time draft. During the draft, trades of players and future picks can be made. All parties must produce a private conversation and involve the Commish. The Commish has the ability to veto any trade. You will also have the opportunity to name a "home arena" for your games. This can be done at any time during drafting, and need not be unique to your team (that is, two different GMs can pick the same Arena .. hell, every GM could). You should also feel free to designate a head coach, which will have no impact whatsoever on the game. But it's fun. 2) Free Agency Period The GMs will be given 48 hours after the close of drafting to make add/drops to their team. Once they are done, they will post their final roster and team name. Trades can be done during this time, with the same rules as above. Once this phase is done, rosters are locked, and no trades or add/drops can be done, until midway through the season when a second Free Agency Period will open. 3) Regular Season This is conditional ... If we get 8 GMs ... Each team will play the other team four times, with each team being designated as "home" for two of the games. When the schedule is posted for the next set of games, each GM will have 24 hours to post their starting lineup. The GM will also post their first and second sub at each position, and target minutes for each player at each position. Then, the games will be simulated at www.whatifsports.com. The Commish will provide the results and box scores, as well as any exciting/amusing acts from the simulation. All four games will be simulated back-to-back-to-back-to-back, and lineup changes will not be permitted during the four game series. Lineup changes will always be permitted between series. If we get 12, 6 per conference and 4 games against in-conference teams and 2 games against out of conference teams. 4) The Playoffs For eight teams, the top four teams will advance to the playoffs. The #1 team in the regular season will play the #4 team, and the #2 will play the #3. These will be best 4-of-7 series. Each GM will be allowed to change their starting lineup and sub strategy between each game.For ten or twelve teams, the top three in each conference will make the playoffs, with the top seed getting a bye to the conference finals. In the case of a tie for determining who will advance to the playoffs (or to determine seed), the following tie-breakers will be used: Record in games involving tied teams Margin of victory in games involving tied teams Overall Margin of Victory One Game Playoff The winners of each playoff series will continue to advance until only one team stands. Again, each GM will be allowed to change their starting lineup and sub strategy between each game. 5) The Championship Parade The winner of the championship game will be given a parade in his honor, with the mayor blocking off much of downtown. Or, well, Game winner VIPship and colors for a week. But, before we get to any of that, we need to finish the preliminary phase. Sign-ups! Once we have all our participants, we'll play. And, we'll still look into other sports such as Baseball, Football, hockey, and even college basketball or football in the future! Good luck, and let's see who can come out on top! 1) tom (defending champion) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9*) 10*) 11*) 12*) * - Spot not guaranteed To sign up, just copy/past the list and add your name to it.