This Team Would Plow Over Any Other Team In The NBA
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid will now always be a big part of NBA history with his winning of the 2023 NBA MVP award. He has been close in the past but was finally able to get over the hump. If Embiid keeps stacking up accolades, he’ll start being in the conversation for the greatest center in NBA history. However, he’s not quite there yet.
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If we’re talking about the greatest NBA superteam of all time, Embiid either needs a couple more MVP awards or championship trophies to be in the conversation. For now, the spot for the greatest center of all time is locked down.
There’s no question, Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
He was the NBA’s all-time leading scorer for decades before LeBron James passed him this year. He’s a six-time champion, 19-time All-Star, and six-time MVP. Not only is he the greatest center of all time, but some argue that he belongs at the top with LeBron and Michael Jordan as the greatest overall player of all time.
May 4, 1977: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the putback dunk during Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Abdul-Jabbar had 36 PTS/26 REB/5 STL/4 AST in the Lakers’ 97-84 win over the Golden State Warriors. During the 7-game series, he averaged 37.1 PTS/18.7 REB/4.3 AST/3.6 BLK. pic.twitter.com/vTsQaKYHlc
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Now, who’s the starting power forward on the all-time NBA starting lineup? There are great options like Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, and Charles Barkley but there’s one player at the position who stands above the rest: Tim Duncan.
The San Antonio Spurs legend was much less flashier than the three aforementioned players but his resume kicks ass. The five-time champion and two-time MVP would form an unstoppable frontcourt with Abdul-Jabbar. This team’s starting to shape up!
HBD Tim Duncan. 🍾
The greatest Power Forward of all-time. pic.twitter.com/L0PIHuC60k
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While there are plenty of great small forwards in the history of the NBA, LeBron James is without a doubt getting the nod in the all-time NBA starting lineup. Larry Bird was incredible but can’t come close to James’ two-way ability and athleticism. James is still going strong at 38 and just keeps adding to his resume. He’s the closest a player has gotten to unseating Michael Jordan as the greatest player in NBA history.
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Speaking of Michael Jordan, no all-time NBA starting lineup is complete without him starting at shooting guard. It feels like a crime to keep Lakers legend Kobe Bryant off of the team but there’s only one starting shooting guard position open and there’s no denying the six-time NBA Finals MVP is the most deserving.
An iconic image of Michael Jordan, 1988 pic.twitter.com/WqnOi78bN1
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The starting point guard position is where things get tricky. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry continues to stack up accolades and records. There has been recent discussion about him being the greatest point guard of all time. However, he hasn’t quite surpassed Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Johnson has more championships, more All-NBA selections, and more MVPs than Curry. Johnson also only played 13 seasons while Curry is currently in his 14th. The Warriors star is still playing and another championship might turn the conversation in his favor but for now, Johnson has earned his place in the all-time NBA starting lineup.