And Here we Go. Right on Cue.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, the emergence of Florida dynasty has spawned the age-old argument of the inane: “can they beat an NBA team?? I totally think they can!!”
Why do we have to continue to do this? Why? I really don’t understand why this makes me so mad, but it really gets under my skin. Morons did it with USC a few years back, saying that they could beat the worst of the NFL. It happens all the time.
First of all, full disclosure: regular readers will know that I am an Ohio State fan, and not exactly in love with the athletic teams from the University of Florida right now. That being said, I congratulate them (again) on winning the NCAA tournament and on the great accomplishment of concurrently holding the football and basketball championships.
Now that that’s out of the way, let me get to my point: An NBA team, any NBA team, would CRUSH Florida. They would sweep them in a seven game series with their backups.
Just look at the Charlotte Bobcats for example. They have basically a who’s-who of college all-americans from the past five years, led by Sean May, Raymond Felton, Adam Morrison, Matt Carroll and Emeka Okafor. That’s five all-conference players, four all-americans, two different NCAA tournament most outstanding players, and a national player of the year. This is a much more decorated team than this Gators club. They have 28 wins right now. They get their asses handed to them on a semi-nightly basis.
As great as this Florida team is, and they are GREAT, we have admitted as much in the past, how many guys on this team could even crack the starting five of the Clippers or the Nuggets or another around .500, average NBA team? Definitely Corey Brewer, probably Al Horford and Joakim Noah, but who else? I’m sorry, Taurean Green and Lee Humphrey ain’t starting in the NBA next year on a decent team. These five guys are college studs and they may not even start in the League.
Not only that, but how many NBA teams can you see losing by double digits to Vanderbilt or Tennessee? How many NBA teams would lose by 10 points to a 5-11 in conference LSU team?
Can we please accept the Florida Gators as what they are, that is, a great college basketball team, bordering on a dynasty. We don’t have to elevate them to something that they are not.