Point GuardYes, yes, I'd choose Bob Cousy over Magic Johnson. I think that Magic Johnson is the best point guard of all time, hardly even a question.
Bob Cousy has the edge due to a number of things: 1. When he played the game, assists were only given in a Catch and shoot scenario. 2. Point Guards didn't always take it up court. Points, Shooting Guards, and Small Forwards took it up court. That also meant that they weren't relied on to find the open man. He didn't have the ball allot, yet, he still managed to do it. He could easily have 13 assists a game in today's world.
Backup: Oscar Robertson.
My team needs a good overall player! Fine, sue me, I'd take Oscar Robertson over Magic. People often argue that he played in a less competitive era. While that may be true, with skill like his, he could easily have similar stats to LeBron. Maybe not as many rebounds, but nearly 10 assists, 5 to 6 rebounds, 20 points, easy.
Shooting GuardI never said you'd agree with me, only that this is my opinion and I'd make my team. Due to my lack of strong scorers, I need Allen Iverson. He's an underrated passer and leader as well. While I'm not choosing him for his leadership, his scoring - and passing - ability compliments Cousy perfectly. This team still has good scorers, but I would never choose Michael Jordan because he isn't as good of a passer as Allen Iverson. I suppose I still need a clutch performer, which leads me perfectly to. . .
Backup: Jerry West.
Another terrific overall player. He could score with ease and would never forget about his teammates, Mr. Clutch will be my late game go-to guy. Even if it is late in the game and "we're" losing, I can count on him to find the open man to take the shot as well. I need a premiere scorer right from the beginning, Jerry West in today's game, 22 ppg. and 5 apg. I'm also concerned by his low rebounding numbers for a guy as tall as him, 6 ft 3 while active. Either way, I don't regret my choices.
Small ForwardOnce upon a time, in a very competitive era, there was a man named Larry Bird. . . there's nothing he can't do, really. He's considered the best (albeit falsely.) passing small forward of all time, and he is very good. Possibly the best shooter in NBA history and a terrific rebounder, leader, and clutch performer as well. Having 2 excellent scorers and an amazing playmaker will bolster the talent level considerably. Is there anybody that argues with me here?
Backup: LeBron James.
Keeping up with the trend of good overall backups, I'll take LeBron. I know it's still early in his career, but I'm going to go ahead and take him anyways. He's always healthy, he's a prolific, scorer, rebounder, passer, leader, crunch time performer, I was honestly about to put him as the starter. Having a 7th man like LeBron helps tremendously. By the time it's all said and done, LeBron WILL be the best small forward - no, the best player of all time. Yeah, that's right, I said it. But for now, he's a solid backup.
Power ForwardWhile possibly controversial, (Like that's anything new.) he's a very necessary addition to my dream team. Kevin Garnett offers decent range for a big man, unbelievable defensive leadership - which I'm sorely lacking of, - and some rebounding skill. The reason I didn't choose a different all time great is because Kevin Garnett offers defensive skill and leadership that others, such as, Tim Duncan and Karl Malone, simply can't match. Want to win a championship? Get you some Duncan. Want a great defensive TEAM? Garnett, all the way.
Backup: Dennis Rodman.
Yep, you read that right. Every team can use some tenacity, Rodman offers that and much, much more. He's a relentless defender, albeit not a leader, he's a talented individual on defense. His rebounding is irreplaceable and a requirement for any good team. He also doesn't need to score to be effective, nor does he want to score, which goes perfect with the rest of the team.
CenterBill Russell . . . what can I say about him? 11 championships and an uncanny ability to block shots, among other things, puts him miles ahead of my sixth man. His leadership and his ability to play point center, which I haven't ever seen done after him, only cushions his miles ahead of the competition. His knowledge, and talent, of the game made him the great he's considered today. Not the era, not the weaker opponents, everything about him screams "legend." He'd have 17 points, 15-17 rebounds a game, beside 3 or so blocks.
6th man: Shaquille O' Neal.
The freshly retired Shaq is my best bench player due to his brute force and incredible court presence. Guarding Shaq was like jumping in front of a runaway train to stop it, it's just not 'gonna happen. He will run you right over and dunk on your bewildered body. That's why he's my most important bench player. Because if I need aggressive play at any point of a game, I'm throwing Shaq in.
Backup: Moses Malone.
Really, this team is full of specialist. Having the best rebounder of all time only further proves that. But that's not all he did; he could score like nobody's business if he needed too. His 3 MVP's go on to prove how important he is to this team, despite being 3rd at his own position. An aggressive rebounder, well actually, he'd never not fight for an offensive board. I need that.
Well, that was my dream team. I hope you comment who you would have and why, and/or (Dis)like the people you've heard of. I encourage you to make your own as well.
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