1st Team All-Defense
3rd Team All-NBA
League Leader in Rebounds (18.7)
Most Rebounds Per Game since the merger
League Leader & 4th Highest Rebound Percentage Ever (26.2%)
League Leader in Defensive Win Shares (7.0)
League Leader in Playoff Defensive Rating (99)
[Regular Season] 9.8 PPG (.531) 18.7 RPG 2.3 APG 0.8 SPG 1.0 BPG | 17.0 PER
[Playoff] 7.2 PPG (.593) 10.2 RPG 1.8 APG 0.8 SPG 0.4 BPG | 13.5 PER
The greatest rebounder, the greatest role player and the most versatile defender ever to step onto an NBA court. Coming off back-to-back DPOY awards, Dennis hit his peak as a pro in 91-92. Although he didn't win DPOY that year, he had almost 2 more defensive win shares than his previous year (DPOY) and almost 3.3 more than his next best season. His 18.7 rebounds per game are the most EVER since the merge. That was also arguably his best offensive season as he averaged 10 point a game on 53%. What makes Dennis Rodman so valuable is there is no one else who can do what he does nearly as well as him. The ultimate dirty-work player role player. It's nice to think in this Super-Team scenario, all your stars will produce like stars but really some guys will have to embrace being a role player and there is no greater role player than Dennis Rodman. I'm not worried about his scoring when I'll have 4 other high level scorers on the floor. I'm just gonna let him do what he does because he does it better than anybody, ever. For that reason, I have no problem taking him this early. No matter if he's matching up against Michael, Magic or Shaq, you can count on The Worm to create serious problems for whoever he lines up across from. Haven't decided if he'll be my energy 6th man or my starting PF but either way, no matter who I'm up against, I can go to war with Rodman.
Scottie was always known to be Jordan's sidekick, but he was a complete player and one of the very best defenders to ever play. Known for his defensive prowess, Scottie was the first (or second depending on how you consider Rodman) "lock him down" guy. He could defend 4 positions at an elite level, and was respected amongst his peers as a complete player. He was the ultimate stat stuffer, and would pick up the slack wherever it was needed, whether it be scoring, on defense, offensive or defensive rebounding, locking down an offensive player or creating turnovers. Pippen did it all, and he did it all at an elite level. His size and flexibility to play multiple positions makes him a perfect fit for my team.
2002-2003 Tracy McGrady
32.1 ppg, 6.5 rpb, 5.5 apg
Okay, so his injuries and "loser" label has really been what many remember of T-Mac, but let's face it: the dude was incredible. In this year, he won the scoring title with 32.1 and his total game was never really questioned. He could do it all. He could shoot, attack the rim, was versatile and his defense wasn't half bad either. He could handle, rebound and score. He fits in beautifully with my team of Robertson, Dr. J and Russell. Pure scorer who's loser title would be a problem with them.
We ALL bleed scarlet
New York Giants Super Bowl 46 Champs
UNITED: I actually attend the college I root for
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BTW, if it's 3rd and 97... I'm throwing a screen pass to Brian Leonard and he will convert.
27.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 4.2 AST, 1.7 BLK
23.3 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 3.1 AST, 1 BLK
All-NBA First Team
Easy to forget what a beast Webber was in his prime. He was fortunate to play on a team filled with talent, but he was the cog that kept everything going for these Kings. Great passer and ball handler for his position, and his ability to operate in the high post compliments the rest of my squad very nicely.
50/40/90 Club Member
League Leader in True Shooting Percentage (.636)
League Leader in Offensive Rating (123)
#2 in Free Throw Percentage (.908)
#3 in Three Point Percentage (.421)
#4 in Offensive Win Shares (8.8)
#5 in Win Shares/48 Minutes (.212)
Great shooters are a rare commodity among the all time greats, and as obnoxious as Reggie may be as a commentator, he's arguably the greatest shooter we've ever seen. In 93/94 he was phenomenal, joining he 50/40/90 club whilst leading a very lackluster Pacers team to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost in 7 to the New York Knicks. Hard to blame Reggie for that loss though, as he averaged 25 points per game while continuing his elite shooting from distance, hitting 42% of his 3's, including 6 three's in a 39 point performance in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden to put his team up 3 games to 2. Will see plenty of open looks with Kareem being unguardable in the post even against the very best, Magic and Malone on the pick and roll making the defense rotate and scramble, and in transition where he will no doubt find a ton of pull ups courtesy of the greatest fast break conductor and greatest passer of all time in Magic Johnson.
First Team All NBA
First Team All Defense
One of the better all around players in NBA history, Hondo could pass, rebound, and score, all while being one of the best perimeter defenders that the nba has ever seen. That all around brilliance was on full display in the 74 playoffs as he guided the Celtics to their first post-Russell championship by going through McAdoo's Braves (26ppg), the defending champion New Yew Knicks (30ppg), and the Kareem/Oscar Bucks in the finals. He claimed the finals MVP for his efforts.
All-NBA First Team
All-NBA First Team Defense
This is very clearly Ewing's best career as he enjoyed elite success in the regular season as well as performing at an elite level in the playoffs as well (29/11, 52% shooting). He was an anchor on defense and extremely skilled on offense which makes him a great rotational guy to have whenever we need to go with a huge lineup (Hakeem, Ewing, Lebron), or to spell Hakeem with a guy that could dominate the post on defense as well.
Finals MVP (23 pts/20 rebs/8 asts/7 blks in series clincher)
2nd Team All-NBA
1st Team All-Defense
#2 in MVP Voting
League Leader in Rebounds per game
League Leader in Blocks per game
League Leader in Post-Season Assists
Most Rebounds per game in a Finals series - post merger (19.0)
There are some who say that had he been able to stay healthy, Bill Walton might have become the best all-around center to ever play. Widely regarded as the greatest passing big man of all time and one of the smartest defenders, in 1977 he carried Portland on his back to win the franchises first and only NBA title. They swept Kareem's Lakers and beat the much more talented Sixers led by Dr.J to win the title and Finals MVP with what was the youngest team ever to win a championship. Although he led the league in blocks and rebounds, his impact always superseded his stats. Walton and Duncan are the two best passing bigs ever and both are effective as high and low post players who can set up the athletes who can cut and get to the basket surrounding those great passers.
Pierce/Ray Allen/KG, only now all of them in their full prime. Success baby. I needed a small forward, so I took the one with the best combination of skills left. He can be a tough defender, he's shown to mesh well with players on this team before and a pure passer in Rondo, and when you factor in that he has experienced a title with that same core (as well as a ton of success). He's a good shooter, good defender and a good passer, he fits right in with the rest of the team.
Wanted a guy who could play either forward position as a back-up, and I got it. Matrix is extremely versatile, can shoot, rarely turns the ball over, can defend, and doesn't need the ball to be effective at all. He was in the top twenty of points, rebounds, steals and blocks for a reason. Combine his jack of all trades act in the regular season and the postseason (he/Nash did push the Suns to within a couple of games of the finals with nothing else really), and he's the GOAT fit.
What better way to round off my starting five than by adding the ferocious Isiah Thomas? His intensity and defense fits perfectly with the rest of the team, adding a fourth elite on ball defender is the last important cog to allow Jerry West to roam as a "Free Safety" on the weakside, playing the passing lanes, leaving his man to help double and poke away balls from the post. It's the cherry on top for what looks to be the strongest team defensively. His 14 APG this year were ridiculous and show he can be a good distributor while being able to create for himself as well.
First Team All NBA
First Team All Defense
#4 in MVP Voting
League Leader in FG%
League Leader in Offensive Rating
Playoff Leader in Offensive Rebounds
#5 in PER, #3 in TS%, #3 in Offensive WS, #4 in Total WS, #4 in WS/48
Perhaps the greatest low post offensive player ever, no one had as many moves as McHale. But it wasn't just that he had a ton of moves, it was that he had perfected each and every one of them, and was impossible to guard on the block. In 1987 he had his best offensive season, scoring 26 ppg on a staggering .604% shooting and .655 TS%. He played a huge part in the Celtics 57 win season and their playoff wins over the Bulls, Bucks, and Pistons, before falling to the second greatest team of all time - the 87 Lakers - in the finals. An elite offensive weapon, a tremendous defender, and a selfless player who had won two Sixth Man Awards up to this point in his career (he would have zero problem with coming off of the bench for me to spell Malone and Kareem), he's the perfect 3rd big on an all-time team. Oh, and this is the season that he broke his foot and played through it in the playoffs, because pain is just as useless at stopping McHale as all of your defenders. Absolutely crazy that he wasn't taken sooner.
Hayes pumped in 21.4 ppg and put together a career year on the boards, averaging a league-best 18.1 rebounds. He also led the NBA in minutes played, averaging 44.5, and ranked fifth in blocked shots with a career-best 2.96 per contest, earning the first of two straight selections to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Third Team All NBA
Top 10 in MVP Voting
#7 in PER
#6 in WS/48
#10 in TS%
I took the best bench big ever with my last pick, so now I take one of the best bench guards ever in Manu. When he's at his best as he was in the 2008 campaign, Manu is a fantastic creator and lethal scorer as a Sixth Man. And he can do it at 3 positions! He's another guy on my squad who would have zero problem coming off the bench, where he'd spell Magic Johnson, Reggie Miller, or John Havlicek, and do it extremely well. I added the perfect bench big last pick, now its the perfect bench guard.
1st Team All-NBA
Playoff leader in Points, FG's, and FT's
Playoff leader in Point Per Game
Finals Runner Up (Lost to the Celitcs by 3 in OT of Game 7)
Most Points ever scored in a finals game (61)
61 points/22 rebounds in Game 5 of the finals
[Regular Season *48 Games*] 38.3 PPG (.492 TS%) 18.6 REB 4.6 AST | 26.5 PER
During the 1961-62 season, Elgin played only 48 games -- all on weekends, all without practicing -- and somehow averaged 38 points, 19 rebounds and five assists a game.
Why was this better than Wilt's 50 per game or Oscar's season-long triple-double? Because the guy didn't practice! He was moonlighting as an NBA player on weekends! Wilt's 50 makes sense considering the feeble competition and his gratuitous ball-hogging. Oscar's triple-double makes sense considering the style of play at the time -- tons of points, tons of missed shots, tons of available rebounds. But Elgin's 38-19-5 makes no sense whatsoever. I don't see how this happened. It's inconceivable. A U.S. Army Reservist at the time, Elgin lived in a barracks in the state of Washington, leaving only whenever they gave him a weekend pass ... and even with that pass, he could only fly coach on flights with multiple connections to meet the Lakers wherever they happened to be playing. Once he arrived, he would throw on a uniform and battle the best NBA players alive on back-to-back nights -- fortunately for the Lakers, most games were scheduled on the weekends back then -- and make the same complicated trip back to Washington on Sunday night or Monday morning. That was his life for five months.
...We would have given him the MVP on the spot. Forty-six years later, nobody even remembers Elgin's 38-19-5 happened. When he carried the Lakers to the cusp of a championship against a juggernaut Celtics team -- becoming the first-ever member of the 60-20 Club in the process (in Game 5, Elgin exploded for an incomprehensible 61 points and 22 rebounds) -- he came within an errant Frank Selvy 10-footer of winning the title in Boston.
...maybe I should've picked a year when he played more games but that is just legendary.