June 11, 2012

Adventures In NBA 2K11: The End

     In a tragic accident, I wrote over the file that the Orlando Quinn series was based off of.  So I guess I'm done with that.  But I figured the least I could do was start another career for Quinn, put him on the Cavaliers, and simulate the whole thing out.  This is what transpired:

     The first three years of Quinn's career brought great statistical success, including a 32.2 PPG season in 2013-14, but it was wasted on an underperforming team.  Then in 2014, Cleveland made a push in the free agent market, most notably signing Paul George as a second primary scorer.  This led to a perfect season for Quinn in 2015-16, as he won the MVP award (after a 24/12/5 season), a championship, and the Finals MVP award.  Though the team's performance leveled off in the next few years, Quinn continued to post around 25 points and 12 rebounds a game.

     After 9 seasons in Cleveland, Quinn became a free agent and chose to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers.  He immediately entered an in-team rivalry with PF Preston Butler, whose numbers were in line with (and in many cases better than) the stats Quinn was able to put up.  Despite the superstar duo, Portland failed to win a championship in the 4 years Quinn was there, and he decided not to re-sign with the team.

     What happened next was shocking.  Orlando Quinn went the entire offseason without being signed.  22 games would pass before the Houston Rockets picked up the still-productive 34-year-old.  Despite a small dip in scoring, Quinn had his best season of passing ever, with an impressive 5.5 assists per game.  Things got more bizarre the following year, as Quinn could not crack Houston's starting lineup and ended up winning the Sixth Man of the Year award.

     Feeling disrespected by the Rockets, Quinn left for the Dallas Mavericks the following year, and after 2 years of average basketball he signed with his 5th team, the Philadelphia 76ers.  Now 38 years old, Quinn decided that his 18th season would be his last.  With Quinn playing a limited role, the 76ers made it to the playoffs in the hopes of giving their legendary center one last championship to remember.  Philly made it through the first round.  Then the second round.  Then the third round.  The team capped off the run with a championship victory, allowing Orlando Quinn to ride off into the sunset as a champion.

     In 18 seasons, Quinn racked up 32,003 points, 14,077 rebounds, and 2,665 blocks.  He averaged 22.5 points and 9.9 rebounds a game.  Quinn played in 15 All-Star games, was on the All-NBA First Team 13 times, and made the All-Defense First Team 9 times.  He led the league in rebounds 4 times, in blocks 4 times, and in points once.  He won the Rookie of the Year award in 2011-12, the MVP award in 2015-16, the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2025-26, and an astonishing 6 Defensive Player of the Year awards.  Quinn won two championships, one with Cleveland, when he was named Finals MVP, and one with Philadelphia.  Orlando Quinn accomplished just about everything you can in the NBA, and was rightfully inducted into the Hall of Fame.

     (And if you're curious about the future, Kevin Durant will score over 42,000 points.  It's going to happen.  Don't say I didn't warn you.)

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