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Old 06-11-2010, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1975, who is the best all-star team?

The ABA in it's last full year had around 1/2 as many teams as the NBA (exactly 1/2 if you ignore the VA team which had sold off all its stars). Which of the three all-star teams do you think is the best, the All ABA team, the NBA East All-Stars, or the ABA West All-STars? Why?

C Artis Gilmore/Sven Nater
PF George McGinnis/Marvin Barnes
SF Julius Erving/Geroge Gervin
SG Ron Boone/Brian Taylor
PG Mack Calvin/James Silas

C McAdoo/Cowens/Unseld
PF Elvin Hayes/Paul Silas
SF John Havlicek/Rudy Tomjanovich/Steve Mix
SG Phil Chenier/Earl Monroe
PG JoJo White/Walt Frazier

C Kareem/Bob Lanier/Sam Lacey
PF Spencer Haywood/Sidney Wicks
SF Rick Barry/Bob Dandridge
SG Charlie Scott/Gail Goodridge
PG Nate Archibald/Dave Bing/Jim Price

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Re: 1975, who is the best all-star team?

maybe if I knew who some of these players were... hmmm...

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Re: 1975, who is the best all-star team?

This is really tough, but I'm inclined to give it to the NBA East. I'd run a three-big rotation of Cowens, Unseld, and McAdoo, and hope that Frazier and Havlicek between them had enough gas in the tank to slow Doc.

I like NBA West the least. A prime Kareem and an older, savvy Barry could be a formidable a duo, but the rest of the team is too populated with chuckers, ballhogs and knuckleheads for me to believe they have the chemistry to play team defense and set Kareem up inside consistently. That squad could explode in the locker room at halftime.

The ABA bunch is the darkhorse. Calvin has the speed to stay with Tiny and make him work at both ends of the floor. Gilmore, even though he's all elbows and knees sometimes, is a load for the other bigs. I'd make sure Nater saw lots of playing time, sometimes alongside Gilmore - Swen is one of the best rebounders ever on a per minute or per possession basis. Gervin was mostly used as a SF in those days but I'd slide him to SG and let him do his thing. Erving and McGinnis were both amazing on the break, so I would just roll out the ball and let this team run.

The reason I don't see the ABA winning it all is that lineup would give up too many turnovers and personal fouls to successfully control the tempo and momentum of the game. I have a hunch they'd do themselves in, and the steady veterans of the NBA East would eventually steal the win in the fourth quarter.
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