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Sports Opinion Topic: The 'Dream Team' of 1992 vs. Team USA's Men's Basketball Olympic team of 2012.

Updated on March 19, 2013

"The Dream Match-up".

The 2012 Olympic games are currently taking place in London. The Olympics are held every four years, and bring together people from all corners of the Earth. There are various events held during the Olympic games, in which competitors from various countries compete for the gold. One of the most tuned into sporting events held during the Olympic games is men's basketball. Many viewers particularly pay attention to the United States men's basketball team, as the teams feature the talented players from the National Basketball Association(NBA). Last month, the network NBA TV premiered a documentary called "The Dream Team".

The Dream Team is the name given to the 1992 Team USA men's basketball team. This team is considered by many to be the greatest team ever assembled in basketball. Kobe Bryant, who is a member of the current USA men's basketball team stated that he felt like the current team would beat the Dream Team. Bryant's words were: "It'd be a tough one, but I think we'd pull it out". Bryant isn't the only member in agreement. LeBron James, also a member of the current USA basketball team, agrees with his teammate as well. James stated: "As a competitor you never want to say that you will lose no matter who you are going against". Michael Jordan was a member of the Dream Team, and laughed when he heard Bryant's statement. Jordan responded: "For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done". Now that there have been words on both sides, I'm going to give my own personal opinion on who would win the "Dream Match-up". This article is going to draw a comparison between the two teams, and see which one would have the edge. These are strictly my own opinions. I hope you enjoy.

The Dream Team of 1992


2012 men's Olympic basketball team.

2012 men's Olympic basketball team

  • F Carmelo Anthony
  • F/C Anthony Davis
  • PG Chris Paul
  • SG James Harden
  • F/C Kevin Love
  • SG Kobe Bryant
  • G/F Andre Iguodala
  • PG Deron Williams
  • G Russell Westbrook
  • F LeBron James
  • F Kevin Durant
  • C Tyson Chandler

1992 men's Olympic basketball team (The Dream Team).

Before we break down the match-ups, lets list the rosters for both teams.

1992 men's Olympic basketball team (The Dream Team)

  • PG Magic Johnson
  • PF Charles Barkley
  • SF Chris Mullin
  • PG John Stockton
  • PF Karl Malone
  • SG Clyde Drexler
  • SG Michael Jordan
  • SG Scottie Pippen
  • SF Larry Bird
  • C Patrick Ewing
  • C David Robinson
  • PF Christian Laettner

The 2012 Olympics USA men's basketball team.



This section of this article will breakdown the match-ups from several different categories. Again, these are strictly my own opinions. There is no right or wrong.

  • Experience: The 1992 Dream Team had more experience based on players who had played in the NBA for years. The only player on the team who had yet to play in the NBA was Christian Laetttner. This team also had several players who had previously competed in the Olympic games. David Robinson, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Chris Mullin all had previous Olympic experience while competing during the 1980's. From the current USA team, players Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James have all previously competed in past Olympic games. Based on past experience playing in the Olympics, I give the edge to the 2012 men's team.
  • Athleticism: The NBA players now are way more athletic than players of the past. Some of these players look as if they could be competing in multiple other sports. Several of the players from the 1992 Dream Team were on their way heading towards retirement. The current USA men's team contains a fairly young lineup. Kobe Bryant is the only player on the team who is aged 30 or over. Although many of the Dream Team squad members were in their late 20's, I don't feel like they were as athletic as the current USA men's team. I give the edge in this category to the 2012 team.
  • Size: The teams could be classified as fairly even when it comes to size. However, Magic Johnson most likely would have been a match-up nightmare for the current men's team. Johnson, who is 6,9 played the point guard position while in the NBA. None of the current team USA points guards are anywhere near that height -- which means that Johnson would most likely have to be guarded by a shooting guard or small forward. Although the current USA men's team has size at the guard and forward positions, they are lacking a true scoring presence at center. Tyson Chandler is the only player on the team listed at 7 foot or above, while the 1992 team had both Patrick Ewing and David Robinson as 7 footers. The edge in size goes to the Dream Team.
  • Shooting: Both of these teams have tremendous shooters. However, the 1992 Dream Team probably had the more consistent shooters of the two squads. It is regarded by many NBA fans that the players of past were better jump shooters compared to the players in the league now. I personally find this to be a true statement, as I feel that players of the past were more consistent shooters. Both Chris Mullin and Larry Bird are remembered for their sharpshooting abilities on the court. The current USA men's team has great shooters, but with the exception of Kobe Bryant -- I feel that most of the team are streak shooters. When they get hot they're basically unstoppable, but when they're having an off night it's bad. Slight edge in shooting goes to the Dream Team.
  • Defense: Both of these teams have their share of great defenders. However, the 1992 Dream Team has more players to have been selected to the NBA All-Defensive team. From the 1992 Dream Team, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, and Karl Malone have all been selected to the NBA All-Defensive team as some point in their careers. Many of them have been selected multiple times. From the current Olympic team, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Andre Iguodala, Chris Paul, and Tyson Chandler are NBA All-Defensive recipients. Since the 1992 Olympic team's average margin of victory was 43.8 points, along with their ability to completely shut down opposing teams best players, I give the defensive edge to the Dream Team.
  • Coaching: The late Chuck Daly coached the 1992 Dream Team. Current Team USA coach, Mike Krzyzewski was an assistant under Daly during the 1992 Olympics. During his NBA career, Daly led the Detroit Pistons to two consectutive NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. Daly was also known for being able to coach teams that had a variety of different personalities. Although Krzyzewki has had an astounding record as head coach of Duke University since the 1980's, I think that Daly would have an edge over Coach K. The edge here goes to Chuck Daly and the Dream Team.

Who do you think would win the "Dream Match-Up"?

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Based off how I view the teams and their stats, I feel that the Dream Team would defeat the current USA men's team if they were able to meet in their primes. I know that there are a few players like Blake Griffin Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade, and Derrick Rose, who were unable to compete on the current United States team due to injuries. However, I don't think it would have made much of a difference. Talent doesn't always equal teamwork, and I feel that a team of smarter players could defeat a team that may be more talented than them. I will admit that I'm maybe a bit biased in my opinion since I prefer the NBA when I was growing up. It seemed that players back then valued defense more than they do now. Unfortunately for us, we'll never know how the outcome of this game would have turned out. Regardless of my opinion on who I feel would win, I support all United States teams of the past and present. Feel free to share who you believe would win if these two teams could have played against once another. Thanks for reading.



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    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hello mmeade88. Thanks a lot for stopping by and giving this hub a read. I give the 2012 Olympic team a lot of credit for their accomplishments during the Olympics. It wasn't my goal to downplay how great of a team they are. I think that USA Basketball has nothing but good things to look forward to in the future. Just wanted to give my opinion on this topic. Well thanks again for stopping by. It's much appreciated sir.

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      Michael Meade 

      6 years ago from York, Nebraska

      First of all, great work. Secondly, I think the comparison is fun to make, but I tend to not buy into it. I say this because I think it takes away from the Redeem Team's greatness. It seem everytime the topic is brought up that today's team is slighted for being the 2nd best basketball team ever assembeled. Still, great job.

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hey there CSNewYork. Looks like you were right about this years team winning the Gold. Congrats to them. Thanks for your valued opinion and feedback. It's much appreciated!

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      6 years ago from New Jersey

      The Dream Team is called the Dream Team for a reason. They are the all time best. I can't see today's team having much of a chance against the 1992 squad. The Dream team would beat today's team by 15+. Even though I'm considered a "youngster", I can't deny the Dream Team's talent. But, I think this years squad is on their way to a gold medal. Go USA! Great hub by the way!

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hey there again ssmith1534. Glad you enjoyed, and thanks for taking out the time to check it out. I'm glad that others agree with me that the Dream Team would have won. Most of these youngsters these days don't think so lol. Thanks again my friend, and best wishes to you :)

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hi rLcasaLme. Thanks for stopping by. Glad that you found this hub to be what you are looking for. Thanks again, and best wishes :)

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much my good friend Karen. Glad you like it, and thank you for the kind words. I agree with you, I do feel that I've come quite a long way since I started. Glad that you noticed, that makes it even more special. Thanks again, and continued success to you on here :)

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much Patty for stopping by and leaving your amazing feedback. I hope you're interested in following basketball after reading this. If you are, then this hub definitely done it's job lol. Thanks again, and continued success to you :)

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      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      prospectboy, this was GREAT!!!!! I really enjoyed reading it. I agree with you that the Dream Team would've won. I mean, they have Michael Jordan, and I have yet to see/hear of anyone on that level alone. Great Hub!!!!

    • rLcasaLme profile image


      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      This is what I've been looking for. Good analysis.

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      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Wow prospectboy, great research and a wonderfully laid out hub. You've come far my friend since your start on hub pages. Love the breakdowns, and the pictures. I know you have a great future here. Voted up and awesome.

    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awesome Job on covering both teams!!! I haven't followed basketball since 1992 however, you did a fantastic job and obviously a good amount of research!! Well Done!!


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