So we need to break this down positionally first and go from there:
G – Westbrook vs Magic – Westbrook is the second coming of the great Oscar Robertson. He’s a triple double machine. But Magic still consistently ranks above Oscar as the greatest of all time. Magic was like Lebron James but smaller. Magic played...
Best answer: So we need to break this down positionally first and go from there:
G – Westbrook vs Magic – Westbrook is the second coming of the great Oscar Robertson. He’s a triple double machine. But Magic still consistently ranks above Oscar as the greatest of all time. Magic was like Lebron James but smaller. Magic played every position very well and was virtually unstoppable. Edge goes to Magic.
G – Kobe vs Jordan – As far as pure scoring and clutch, both are equals to each other. Jordan was a bit better defensively (having appeared on multiple all-defensive teams) and Jordan was a better passer. And Jordan is one of those rare greats that makes everyone he plays against better. Edge goes to Jordan.
F- Lebron vs Bird – Wow! This one will be hard. Bird in his prime (mid-80’s) before his knees started giving away was as dominant as what Lebron is right now. Bird was an underrated passer and defender. Both Lebron and Bird have/had similar careers. However, Lebron’s edge is his athleticism. Edge goes to Lebron.
F- Durant vs Barkley – Another worthy match up. Early 90’s Barkley was the second best player in the league outside of Jordan. He could control a game and carry his team. Durant has done the same in OKC. Less so in Golden State but he’s still capable of it. I’d give the slight edge to Durant just on sheer length of his wingspan.
C- Deandre vs Ewing – Not even close. Yes…Deandre is the better defender but Ewing in his prime would play circles around him. BIG EDGE to Ewing.
Team USA 2010’s Paul, Irving, Harden, Melo, George, Davis and Cousins VS
Dream Team - Malone, Stockton, Robinson, Pippen, Mullen, Drexler, Laettner
Chris Paul is arguably one of the greatest PGs to ever play the game. Irving reminds me of Iverson in his prime…unstoppable when focused. Harden is like having a second Westbrook/Oscar Robertson on your team. Melo and George are scoring machines. I don’t think we’ve seen Davis’s prime yet but using last year as his best he’s definitely an all-star. And Cousins is a good anchor if you need scoring and defence down low.
Malone is one of the greatest PFs in history. No one on the 2010’s bench can stop him. You’ll need James or Durant on him at all times. Stockton can pass like Nash but he’s no Chris Paul. David Robinson dominated in his prime but I think AD and Cousins could handle him. Pippen is a defensive stopper who can light it up from outside. Harden, Melo and George would struggle against him. Mullen is a 3 pt specialist. Alone he won’t do anything but hanging outside, he’d be deadly. Drexler would basically cancel out Melo in pts. Laettner is the weakest link in all of these but in his prime he could go.
I’d give Team 2010’s the edge on the bench for pure depth. But if Stockton/Malone or Pippen/Jordan ever play some series together, the Dream Team gets back that edge.
Overall, I’ve got to give the edge to the Dream Team because of their purely dominant back court and no one except maybe Anthony Davis could stop Ewing in his prime. The 2010’s get the advantage in the forward position but Pippen could lock down Lebron if he started going off.