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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The All-NBA of What?

Here is an all-time NBA starting line-up from the past 30 years:

Point Guard: Isiah Thomas.
Shooting Guard: Dwayne Wade
Small Forward: Scottie Pippen
Power Forward: Chris Webber
Center: Patrick Ewing

You may think, yes these are great players, but what are you talking about?

After all, Magic Johnson won three MVPs during this period. Thomas never won one.

Shooting guard? Michael. Enough said. Kobe. More than enough said.

Small forward? Bird's peak years were before this, but there is, you know, LeBron.

Power forward? What about Duncan, Malone, Barkley, and Garnett?

And center? Hakeem. Shaq. Robinson. HELLO???

But if I told you all those players are disqualified. As well as Curry and Durant.

What disqualifies them?

They've all won NBA MVP at least once. No one in my lineup ever did.

And I think they're the best at their position in the last 30 years that never won MVP.

Thomas was the best player on a 3-time East and 2-time NBA champion.

Wade was the best player of the '06 Heat championship team, and 2nd-best player on two other title teams, and still going.

Pippen was  the 2nd best player on six championship teams, and 7-time 1st, 2nd, or 3rd-team all-NBA.

Webber was also a 7-time 1st, 2nd, or 3rd team all-NBA.

Ewing was 1st-team all-NBA once and 2nd team six times and on two teams that made the Finals.

Is there someone else  more deserving of being on this team than any I've listed?

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