Read the entire article. Then rip apart the selections, agree with them, completely revamp the team if you so choose. This is just one writer's opinion, and I'm sure that there is more than one player that is left off these teams.
The NBA All-Star game is likely the most entertaining of all the four major sports. Its total lack of defense and supreme offensive firepower is the most involving game to watch for fans.
After the Olympics this past summer, the debate of Dream Team '92 versus the Redeem Team '08 was a popular topic among basketball enthusiasts.
What about All-Time West versus All-Time East? What would that look like?
Below is a roster for the both Eastern and Western Conferences with a few honorable mentions. Obviously, every player is to be taken within their prime years. Players that were apart of both conferences were placed based on championships won.
Western Conference (starters in BOLD)
C - Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon
PF - Tim Duncan, Karl Malone
SF - Oscar Robertson, Moses Malone
SG - Kobe Bryant, Jerry West
PG - Magic Johnson, Pete Maravich, John Stockton, Chris Paul, Steve Nash
Honorable Mentions - Gary Payton, Charles Barkley, Chris Mullin, David Robinson
The West, as opposed to the East, is a big-man- and point-guard-driven conference. They have the best 6'9" point guard ever to play the game in Magic Johnson and the most athletic and physically dominating center. Both wore the purple and gold of the Lakers during their primes.
While the bigs and floor generals highlight this team, the small forwards and shooting guards are nothing to scoff at. Oscar Robertson and Kobe Bryant would demand double teams at all time during most contests.
And, we can't forget "the logo," Jerry West.
Eastern Conference (starters in BOLD)
C - Dwight Howard, Patrick Ewing, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain
PF - Dominique Wilkins, Larry Bird
SF - LeBron James, Julius Erving, Scottie Pippen
SG - Michael Jordan, Dwayne Wade, Reggie Miller
PG - Jason Kidd, John Havlicek
Honorable Mentions - Isaiah Thomas, Allen Iverson, Bob Cousy
The East features a guard and small forward set that simply cannot be defended. LeBron James is coming off the bench in this game.
That should tell you how good the East is.
With James having not yet reached his peak in talent, it's tough to give him the start over Dr. J. It's rather easy, however, to pick a starter at the two guard position.
Michael Jordan is the obvious choice as the greatest player ever to play the game. Having a sharpshooter like Miller to come in and spell Jordan is huge for the East, along with Dwayne Wade being able to come in and run the point or play the two.
While All-Star games typically have a lack of defense, this Eastern squad is made up of some former defensive player of the year winners.
So, I'll leave the comments about the teams short and the debates up for grabs. Who wins a seven game series between these two teams? Who got snubbed? Who should be starting and who should be coming off the bench? Who guards who?
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