After a day of discussing it on the air and much careful deliberation, here is my NBA All Time team. Unlike Celania, I am not cheating. Every guy is put in my lineup at their natural position.
PG- Magic Johnson- 20 ppg, 12 apg, 7 rpg- The best PG ever. He ran the Showtime Fast Break to perfection. He was clutch as evidenced by his performance in the Finals as a rookie, filling in at Center for Kareem. He won 5 titles and 3 MVPs in his career.
SG- Michael Jordan- 30 ppg, 5apg, 6 rpg, 2 spg- He is the GOAT. The best ever to play the game. He could put a team on his back and was the best clutch performer I have ever seen. I firmly believe if he didn’t play baseball, he would have won 8 straight.
C- Wilt Chamberlain- 30ppg, 23 rpg, 4 apg- I believe he was the most dominant player individually the game has ever seen. He averaged 50 ppg in a season. He led the league in assists just to prove he could. Wilt won 11 rebounding titles, 7 scoring titles and led the league in fg pct. 9 times. He won 4 MVPs but thanks the Boston team dominance of his era, he is only a two time champ.
PF- Tim Duncan- 21 pppg, 12 rpg, 2 bpg- The Big Fundamental didn’t need a fifth title to secure this spot on my team. He and Pop were the 2 common denominators when it came to all 4 Spurs championship teams. He won the Finals MVP 3 times and the NBA MVP 2 times. He is never overly exciting, but he gets the job done and then some.
SF- Lebron James- 28ppg, 7rpg, 7apg, 2 spg- With apologies to the Bird and Dr. J fans, I put The King on this team at the age of 28. Lebron features a combination of versatility and athleticism that has never been seen before. He now has 2 rings and 4 MVPs and is the best player in the game by a big margin. And, did I mention he is only 28?