Karl Malone has his warped perception of the best starting lineup in NBA history. What is yours?
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Big, athletic and intelligent lineup. Very well balanced too. Let me push it further. What lineup would you put against them?
....Lets go with C - Bill Russell, PF _ Tim Duncan, SF- Larry Bird, SG - Kobe Bryant, PG - Jason Kidd
I love the Hakeem choice for a lot of teams. This team would be moving, and Hakeem at the post works well.
Two Celtics in the front court with dead eye determination and team oriented skills. Duncan with them and Bryant getting fed from Kidd. Nice.
Outstanding choices. So much offensive firepower.
I almost put Isiah Thomas at the point, but Johnson was 6'9 and could play all five positions if needed.
I agree EJ, breat line up, but I preferred Olajuwon over Jabber because of defensive ability. Defense wins Championships.
True, but Olajuwon has two rings, Jabar has eight.
I have to say, I just can't see the Magic/MJ idea working. No question they were great players in the backcourt, but completely style against style. Michael was, of course great with the ball, but so was Magic. Who plays without the ball here?
You forget Magic was primarily a point guard. He loved to set up his teammates as he did for Kareem for years. He could do that for Jordan easily.
People always forget about Wilt. Such an amazing specimen. People say if he had anything close to the intensity of Bill Russell he would've been truly unstoppable.
I dont give Wilt as much credit because there really wasn't very many centers to compete with in his prime, and the centers that could (Russell, Lew Alcindor) dominated against him
Out of curiosity, why Drexler over Jordan?
Good question, and Rodman?? You have one of the most prolific rebounders, but at the offensive end of the court, its 5 on 4
There wouldn't be enough ball to go around with any such team and Michael Jordan. Jordan, a big man, and 3 also-rans yes. I picked this team to win. Drexler could spot up and shoot with the best, drive the lane, and could pass. Does it win?
Dont think anyone can definitively say whether any of these teams would win. The Lakers were a supposed Super team & couldn't win for the 2nd time (failed with Shaq, Kobe, G Payton & Karl Malone), but it does look dam good on paper
Good point, Alpha. But I was looking for the rebounder. Plenty of offense already.
You need the proper mix of everything. Rodman was a great team player, preferring to pass, rebound and defend over shooting. Drexler would've fit perfectly with Magic Johnson on the fast break and then you have Kareem in the paint and Bird outside.
It's true what you say about 5 on 4. But (almost) anyone can set a pick. And that's sometimes the most effective offense, isn't it?
Interesting moving Bill to the forward spot. You have his defense and Kareem's offense on the floor at the same time.
Nash is actually a great choice given his speed, quickness and uncanny knack for running the fast break. People always forget Dr. J for whatever reason. Amazing player.
As fine a player as Gail Goodrich, and Walt Frazier were, how fine would it have been to have West (in his prime) and Monroe together? Or for that matter, Frazier and Goodrich? We'll never know.
People can dream.
Great Question, EJ. Great answers, everyone.