Monday, July 16, 2012

Dream Team Comparison

This should sum it up for anyone who thinks it is a valid argument.  Kobeeeeee


From David Aldridge's terrific weekly article:

"But in '92, Jordan had just turned 29. He was coming off a second straight NBA title with the Bulls, having won the regular season and playoff Most Valuable Player awards. He was first-team All-NBA and first in the league, according to the statistical website Basketball-Reference.com, in Player Efficiency Rating. He averaged 30.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists in the regular season; 34.5, 6.2 and 5.8 in the playoffs.
His Bulls teammate, Scottie Pippen, was 26 in '92. He averaged 21 points, 7.7 boards and 7 assists that season, making the second of his seven All-Star games. He was first team all-defense; the year before, he completely changed the 1991 Finals when he was able to harass Johnson full-court, stifling the Lakers' vaunted fast break.
Charles Barkley was 29, averaging 23.1 points and 11 rebounds in '92, shooting 55 percent from the floor. He was a year away from winning league MVP honors, having been named second-team All-NBA in '92. He was fourth in PER that season. Karl Malone, the Jazz's superstar power forward, was third in PER that season, averaging 28 points and 11.2 boards. He made his fifth straight All-Star game that season and was first team all-NBA.
In the back of the Dream Team's defense was Patrick Ewing, then 30, who averaged 24 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3 blocks that season. He was second-team All-NBA, second team all-defense, having made his sixth All-Star game. Also playing center was the Spurs' David Robinson, then 27, who'd just finished his third NBA season after having spent two years in the Navy Reserves. He led the league in blocks in '92 (4.5 per game), to go with 23.2 points and 12.2 rebounds, and was the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. He was second in the league that season in PER. (The Dream Team had 10 of the top 20 leaders in PER that season, according to Basketball-Reference.com.)
That left slackers and deadweights like Chris Mullin (25.6 points per game in '92, averaging a league-leading 41.3 minutes per game, first team All-NBA), Clyde Drexler (25 points per game, first team All-NBA), John Stockton (second team All-NBA, second team all-NBA defense, led the league in assists and steals that season) and Christian Laettner, who'd only won the Wooden, Naismith and Associated Press Player of the Year awards as a senior at Duke, to fill out the roster.
The team was so good that Jordan was the only player who started each of the eight Olympic games. Chuck Daly had to rotate lineups as much as he could; can you imagine what would have happened if anyone other than Laettner, the college kid, had gotten a DNP-CD?"

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