After three rounds of voting and over 100,000 votes being cast, the final four participants left standing in the Hoops Addict Floor Burn Tournament are Jason Maxiell, David Lee, Ronny Turiaf and Shane Battier.
While the initial pool of 32 players were great, I feel the final four players left standing epitomize the types of players I hoped would advance when I started this Tournament earlier this month. Heading into the Conference Finals, we’re left with the gritty play of Maxiell, one of the more underrated rebounders in the NBA in Lee, one of the great motor guys in the NBA in Turiaf and the ultimate role player in Battier. It’s a great group of players and it will be interesting to see which two will be left standing after this week.
Voting for the Conference Finals start today and you’ll have until 12 am on Saturday to cast your vote.
Eastern Conference Finals
Detroit – Jason Maxiell: “If you want a nice guy to go about his business like a mild mannered man you can look past Jason Maxiell. If he’s in the game for a minute or a quarter he’s making an impact. Gobbling up rebounds, throwing down massive dunks and blocking shots that send players to their knees, all with his 6’5″ frame. How can you not vote for the man who Eats Babies on a regular basis and makes no apologies for it?”
Natalie from Need 4 Sheed
New York – David Lee: “His name is known around the league, but only those who have been paying attention understand the amount of blood, sweat, and… well… more sweat that Lee leaves on the court every night. The man makes every second count.”
Seth from Posting and Toasting
Western Conference Finals
Golden State – Ronny Turiaf: “Few players would be able to parlay a season in which they scored just 6.6 points per game and pulled down 3.9 rebounds a night into a new four-year, $17 million contract. Then again, few players alive play with the energy, heart, and determination Turiaf does. The free-spirited reserve rebounds, defends and blocks shots, but it is his relentless passion for the game that sees him outclass all other hustle players”
Trevor Smith from Hoops Addict
Wild Card - Shane Battier: “Not only is he a shoo-in nominee, the dude should win your tournament outright. He’s not a very good offensive player. He’s valuable because he’s a lock-down defensive player who does everything based on hustle, desire and effort. And he’s certainly not afraid of a few floor burns… or cuts/bruises to the head… or Dikembe’s elbow!”
David from The Dream Shake
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