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Inspired by this thread: http://www.basketballforum.com/nba-forum/469323-00s-90s-80s-team-do-you-choose.html

Simple premise. We are trying to make the best possible 10-man roster of players who dominated the decade from 1970 to 1979. I do not think we should require that the player fit into any particular positional requirements. Whatever 10 guys you think would make the best possible overall team, you post.

Let me help a little. Here are the top 31 players in the decade (sorted by PER) that played a reasonable amount of their career (over 410 games - 5 full seasons) during that time period:

1) Kareem (26.9 PER; 773 Game Played)
2) Erving (24.5; 641)
3) Gilmore (23.2; 666)
4) Lanier (23.0; 644)
5) McAdoo (22.4; 525)
6) Gervin (21.7; 513)
7) Issel (21.4; 742)
8) McGinnis (21.4; 624)
9) Billy Cunningham (21.1; 453)
10) Rick Barry (20.8; 755)
11) Westphal (20.6; 548)
12) Tiny (20.2; 536)
13) Spencer Haywood (20.2; 654)
14) Chet Walker (19.6; 474)
15) Mel Daniels (19.4; 485)
16) Frazier (19.2; 668)
17) Lenny Wilkens (18.7; 440)
18) Big E (18.6; 815)
19) Pistol (18.6; 615)
20) Calvin Murphy (18.6; 722)
21) Donnie Freeman (18.3; 501)
22) Fred Brown (18.1; 572)
23) Willie Wise (18.1; 552)
24) Swen Nater (18.0; 462)
25) Hondo (17.8; 719)
26) Larry Kenon (17.8; 489)
27) Billy Paultz (17.7; 728)
28) Dave Bing (17.6; 665)
29) Sweet Lou (17.6; 683)
30) Cowens (17.4; 660)
31) Bob Kauffman (17.4; 443)

Also, take a look at the BBF 2000's All Decade Team thread and the BBF 1990's All Decade Team thread and the BBF 1980's All Decade Team thread. Vote there, too.
 

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This one also has a bunch of must-picks in my mind. I think Kareem, Hondo, Rick Barry, Dr J, Clyde Frazier, McAdoo, and the Big E are all definites for my team.

For the second PG spot, I will give Tiny the edge over the Pistol and the Pearl because of his efficiency and because of the abundance of scoring this team will have.

I give Cowens the advantage over Gilmore, Haywood, and Lanier simply because he will give this team an infusion of energy and athleticism that it will need against these other, more modern teams. EDIT: Bill Walton gets the nod over Cowens despite his injuries because of his dominance when healthy. Credit Dornado for reminding me about the point I wanted to make before I started typing this thread.

That leaves one wing spot open for either Maravich, Westphal, Walker, or the guy who I am actually choosing because of his tough defense, his ability to run the floor, and his solid shooting percentages... Bobby Dandridge.

PG Clyde/Tiny
SG Rick Barry/Dandridge
SF Erving/Hondo
PF McAdoo/Hayes
C Kareem/Walton
 

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because for starters you have to take Julius Erving off your starting unit and he (along with Kareem) was the defining player of his era
He's on my starting unit. Gervin isn't off my team because of his ABA days. It's because he's on my 1980's list. If you're referring to Cowens over Gilmore/Haywood, I made my argument. You're the one who put Westphal (no ABA experience) on your team.

I don't exactly know what you are contesting.
 

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He's on my starting unit. Gervin isn't off my team because of his ABA days. It's because he's on my 1980's list. If you're referring to Cowens over Gilmore/Haywood, I made my argument. You're the one who put Westphal (no ABA experience) on your team.

I don't exactly know what you are contesting.
you dont have them listed (hence nerfed) and if they dont qualify then Erving's games count post merger takes him out of the running
 

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The ABA players definitely count.
 

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Good ol' PER... glad to see Tom Boerwinkle make a top 30 list of the decade in something, but it should tell you that simply listing the top guys in PER won't give you a true sense of who the top ballplayers of the decade were.
 

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... and can we throw Bill Walton and his injured-ass in the mix? He'd certainly make the all 70's team from a skill perspective if he was healthy.... I'd want him backing up Kareem on my roster.

Artis Gilmore deserves some love too.
 

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you nerfed the ABA players
Now I get it. You were talking about the list. I didn't mean for the list to be the be-all and end-all for picking this team, but I understand the issue you were taking with it. It has been fixed.
 

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1970's All-Decade Team

A 10-man lineup of the top players of the 1970s, though I do have the right to change my list:

PG: Clyde Frazier (starter); Jo Jo White
SG: John Havlicek (starter); George Gervin
SF: Julius Erving (starter); Rick Barry
PF: Elvin Hayes (starter); Dave Cowens
C: Kareem Abdul Jabbar (starter); Artis Gilmore

 

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Najee, I'm curious about a few things. Why did you choose Jo Jo over Tiny? When the team features arguably the best 6th man in NBA history, why did you start him? Isn't Rick Barry more of a candidate to play the 2 than Hondo?
 

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JoJo was the man - huge role in the best game ever played but no he was not a 30-10 guy (like Tiny)

Barry was actually a couple inches taller than Hondo about whom, if you're calling him 'the best 6th man' you definitely missed the 70s where he peaked and put up 29-9-8 and 28-8-8 seasons starting
 

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Hondo about whom, if you're calling him 'the best 6th man' you definitely missed the 70s where he peaked and put up 29-9-8 and 28-8-8 seasons starting
None of that changes the fact that he was the best 6th man ever.
 
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