What is your all-time NBA starting lineup?

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  1. EJ Lambert profile image72
    EJ Lambertposted 5 years ago

    What is your all-time NBA starting lineup?

    Karl Malone has his warped perception of the best starting lineup in NBA history.  What is yours?

  2. Alphadogg16 profile image91
    Alphadogg16posted 5 years ago

    Karl Malone is a moron, and if it wasn't for John Stockton making him look good, he wouldn't even be a house hold name. When you say "best starting line up", I interpret that as best all around players, both offensive and defensive. With that being said, my starting five would be PG - Magic Johnson, SG - Michael Jordan, SF - Scottie Pippen, PF - Lebron James/Charles Barkley (tie, couldn't decide) and C- Hakeem Olajuwon.

    1. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Big, athletic and intelligent lineup.  Very well balanced too.  Let me push it further.  What lineup would you put against them?

    2. Alphadogg16 profile image91
      Alphadogg16posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      ....Lets go with C - Bill Russell, PF _ Tim Duncan,  SF- Larry Bird, SG - Kobe Bryant, PG - Jason Kidd

    3. Mr. Smith profile image80
      Mr. Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I love the Hakeem choice for a lot of teams. This team would be moving, and Hakeem at the post works well.

    4. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Two Celtics in the front court with dead eye determination and team oriented skills.  Duncan with them and Bryant getting fed from Kidd.  Nice.

  3. Mr. Smith profile image80
    Mr. Smithposted 5 years ago

    Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dennis Rodman, Clyde Drexler, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    1. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Out of curiosity, why Drexler over Jordan?

    2. Alphadogg16 profile image91
      Alphadogg16posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good question, and Rodman?? You have one of the most prolific rebounders, but at the offensive end of the court, its 5 on 4

    3. Mr. Smith profile image80
      Mr. Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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?

    4. Alphadogg16 profile image91
      Alphadogg16posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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

    5. Mr. Smith profile image80
      Mr. Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good point, Alpha. But I was looking for the rebounder. Plenty of offense already.

    6. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    7. Mr. Smith profile image80
      Mr. Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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?

  4. Thief12 profile image91
    Thief12posted 5 years ago

    PG - Magic Johnson
    SG - Michael Jordan
    SF - Larry Bird
    PF - Tim Duncan
    C - Wilt Chamberlain

    1. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. Alphadogg16 profile image91
      Alphadogg16posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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

  5. Man of Strength profile image76
    Man of Strengthposted 5 years ago

    I'd have Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan as my guards. Lebron James and Tim Duncan as my forwards. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would be the center.

    1. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Outstanding choices.  So much offensive firepower.

    2. Man of Strength profile image76
      Man of Strengthposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I almost put Isiah Thomas at the point, but Johnson was 6'9 and could play all five positions if needed.

    3. Alphadogg16 profile image91
      Alphadogg16posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree EJ, breat line up, but I preferred Olajuwon over Jabber because of defensive ability. Defense wins Championships.

    4. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      True, but Olajuwon has two rings, Jabar has eight.

    5. Mr. Smith profile image80
      Mr. Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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?

    6. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  6. Tim Quam profile image59
    Tim Quamposted 5 years ago

    Karl was fair in not including himself, but I'll put him on my team as the prototypical power forward.  I like Julius Erving at the other forward.  Hakeem Olajuwon in the pivot.  And Michael Jordan and Steve Nash in the backcourt.  I realize I don't have any pre-1980s players, so for my classic starting five let me take Elgin Baylor and Bob Pettit at the forwards, Wilt Chamberlain in the pivot, and Earl Monroe and Jerry West in the back court.

    1. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. Mr. Smith profile image80
      Mr. Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    3. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      People can dream.

    4. Mr. Smith profile image80
      Mr. Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great Question, EJ. Great answers, everyone.

  7. toptendeals profile image78
    toptendealsposted 5 years ago

    PG - Magic Johnson

    SG - Michael Jordan

    SF - Lebron James (Larry Bird honorable mentions)

    PF - Bill Russell

    C - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Wilt honorable mentions)

    1. EJ Lambert profile image72
      EJ Lambertposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting moving Bill to the forward spot.  You have his defense and Kareem's offense on the floor at the same time.

 
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