One of my favorite channels that I’ve come across on YouTube is run by an NBA 2K player, Krispy Flakes. On this channel, Krispy completes various challenges using the video game NBA 2K.
One of these challenges is the Wheel of Rebuild challenge, where he spins a wheel filled with all of the teams in the NBA ten times, and he tries to build a team that can go 82-0 in a season.
This is a great, innovative idea, and I wanted to try my hand at it.
However, I only spun the wheel five times, with the goal of creating the best starting five possible.
Spin 1: For my first spin, I was ecstatic to see the Wheel land on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This was quite honestly the EASIEST pick I would make, since I was looking for the best player possible to help lead my team. And who better to pick up with spin #1 than, the triple-double machine, Russell Westbrook at point guard.
Westbrook is without a doubt the best possible player on the OKC roster now, and with his ability to do it all on the court, he will be the perfect PG for my team.
Spin 2: The second spin was not as kind to me, as the Wheel landed on the very young team from California, known as the Los Angeles Lakers.
This is a difficult decision, since there are alot of great players left on the board, and I didn’t want to waste a spot.
With Westbrook being very ball-dominant, and known for attacking the basket quite often, I really wanted to look for a perimeter shooter; such as Lou Williams.
The problem with that is, Williams has basically come off the bench for his entire career, and is NOW having the best season of his career.
Having said that, there are plenty of quality shooters out there that I can still get, so I shouldn’t really put all my eggs in the Lou Williams basket.
So for my second spin, I’m going to go with Julius Randle. He’s a young big-man who is averaging 13 pts and 8 boards a game.
Since I am a big believer in the 3-point shot, we will need a big man to be a monster in the paint to corral any shots not converted.
Spin 3: With my third spin, the Wheel tasked me with choosing from the Memphis Grizzlies.
With this pick, I would have been a FOOL not to choose Marc Gasol for my center.
Gasol, an eight year vet, is averaging 20.6 pts and 6 boards per game. He is the best player in Memphis right now, and a dominant scorer in the post.
In addition, I already had Westbrook, so I didn’t need another PG in Mike Conley. So this was basically a no brainer.
Spin 4: The wheel hated me at this point. For my fourth pick, I was given the Dallas Mavericks. With Shooting Guard and Small Forward left to fill, the choices were very slim.
I still needed a quality perimeter shooter to give the squad a long-range threat. The only guard that really fit that role was Wesley Matthews.
Matthews, averaging 15 pts a game this year, is a career 38.6% shooter from behind the arch. His long-range game would give Westbrook someone to dish out to if need be, and would come to be very necessary in clutch situations.
Spin 5: The final spin for my starting five landed on the New York Knicks.
So basically, Carmelo Anthony, welcome to the squad.
This was a less-than-ideal situations in my book, since Westbrook and Anthony both are very ball-dominant players. They expect the lion’s share of the shots on their respective teams, and that could prove to be very detrimental to the overall success of my team.
But he needs to be the SF of my team. Who else am I going to pick from the Knicks? Lance Thomas? Mindaugas Kuzminskas? NOT A CHANCE!
Overall: This is not the greatest team that could have been assembled, but it’s not horrible.
To start, Julius Randle and Marc Gasol provide the team with the big bodies it needs to crash the boards. The problem is, Randle is not the strongest scorer at this point of his career, and Gasol would need to adapt his game to become a more dominant rebounder.
Wesley Matthews and Carmelo Anthony will give us the long-range threat we will need, while Russ can be the all-around slasher and sniper to lead the team.
The only problem is, as stated before, Westbrook and Carmelo will both want the ball. Chemistry needs to be built with this team before any winning can happen.
In the end, I see this team being the 4th seed in the East or the 7th seed in the West.
THANK YOU: There are two people I have to thank for the making of this article.
The first would be YouTuber, Krispy Flakes, who inspired me with his idea for the Wheel Of Rebuild challenge. If you would like to see more of his content, please go to the link below which will bring you to his YouTube channel:
Then, if you would like to try one of these yourself, you can go make your own Wheel at the website “Wheel Decide,” located here: