If you could pick any 12 players in the league to win as many championships as possible who would who pick and what would be your style of playing on the offensive and defensive ends. Remember that teams need role players to win championships.
PG - Stephon Marbury
SG - Kobe Bryant
SF - Rasheed Wallace
PF - Kevin Garnett
C - Shaquille O'Neal
PG - Steve Nash
SG - Jamal Crawford
SF - Tayshaun Prince
PF - Brian Cook
C - Brad Miller
C - Eddy Curry
G - Frank Williams
Well my PG is Stephon.. I'm sure he could find any of those other players.. need I mention the others are good passers theirselves so this starting lineup would be SET for me.
Then when you look at the bench (It's nothing real special), Key subs easily. You have your bigs (Cook/Miller/Curry), some shooters (Crawford/Prince), and some nice guards that could back Stephon up (Nash/Williams)..
BTW, I didnt wanna make a bench full of superstars.. Just wouldnt seem right, but neither does the starting lineup lol
Point Guard: Jason Kidd Shooting Guard: Tracy McGrady Small Forward: Andrei Kirilenko Power Forward: Kevin Garnett Center: Tim Duncan
Bench: Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Ron Artest, Rasheed Wallace, LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Zach Randolph
It's not the best player at every spot (though four of the starting spots one could argue are), but players like Wallace and Artest are for defense off the bench (but both have scoring punch), James, Stoudemire and Randolph are young hedges against the future to win for as long as possible, Ray Allen is the pure shooter and Kobe Bryant is just for sheer firepower off the bench.
I think Marbury is a better overall player than Kidd, but this team needs a pass-first, complimentary point guard...a John Stockton rather than an Isaiah Thomas.
Andrei Kirilenko provides a versatile defensive presence with the ability to score but mostly a tough compliment to the four superstars in the lineup.
Point Guard: LeBron James / Stephon Marbury / Jason Kidd Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant / Ray Allen / Allen Iverson Small Forward: Tracy McGrady / Vince Carter / Shawn Marion Power Forward: Rasheed Wallace / Shareef Abdur-Rahim Center: Kevin Garnett
Only one center, and even he is a bit slender. But what can I say...I prefer to watch the slick, stylish perimeter players over the big man game, even though I believe big men are the key to success over the long haul.
PG - Brent Barry/Bobby Jackson
SG - Ray Allen/Manu Ginobili
SF - Ron Artest/Tayshaun Prince
PF - Tim Duncan/Theo Ratliff
C - PJ Brown/Erick Dampier
I chose Brent Barry because hes a tall point, and can handle the rock well and see the floor. He can also shoot very well, got a 49% FG and 44% 3pt. That would come in handy with Duncan. Bobby Jackson would get almost equal minutes, but off the bench him and Ginobili are more effective as energy guys. Allen can shoot the lights out, which would come in handy with Duncan. Artest and Prince are defensive guys who can contribute on offense some as well. The offense would be run through Duncan, I chose Brown and Ratliff, because they are both capable of playing the PF and center. That would make rotations easier and more flexible. Not to mention, Brown can hit a midrange shot if his man doubles. The 4 post guys make it difficult to score, and once the shot is up you'd hardly get a 2nd chance because they are great rebounders.
I tried not to stack up superstars like most peoples team, mine has Duncan/Allen/Artest who are all star calibur players.
J.Kidd- At the age of 30 Kidd will stay the best "Pure PG" in the league for the next 3-4 years, where he will start. And will keep on playing until he´s 37-38, possibly 39...I see him being a 5-8ppg and 8+apg with 30-32mpg while he starts and a fairly decent PG off the bench after that with 5-6apg...
L.James- He won´t be starting until he´s 23-24 but in the mean while he will be receiving a generous 20-22mpg, scoring 10-13ppg to go along his 3apg. And learning from a master like Kidd will contribute in developing his PG game...When he starts, at around 23, he will be getting 18-23ppg to complement his 6-7apg with 35-38mpg until he´s 30 years old...
T.McGrady- Being a year younger than Kobe I chose him...At 24 he will be a 23-27ppg with 35-38mpg until he´s 30, and a decent SG until he´s 35...
D.Wade and K.Hinrich...
KG and Duncan- Both being 27, will be starters until they´re 33-34 years old combining for 32-35ppg, 20-22rpg, and 4-6apg with around 32-34mpg each. One of them could slip into C for support in the early years...After going to bench they would still combine for 18ppg and 12rpg with 15mpg each for 3-4 more years...
C.Boozer- I chose him over Randolph because he defense wouldn´t be a weakness for the team, and over Brand because he is 2 years younger, plus he could model his game after Duncan while he sits on the bench for 6-7 years, getting 8ppg and 5rpg with 15mpg. That means he would be starting at the age of 28-29 with a good 4-5 years of play left in him where he could get 16-18ppg and 10rpg with +40mpg...
C.Anthony- 19 years old...before he starts together with Boozer he will be getting 8ppg and 3rpg with 15mpg...Starting at the age of 26 he would be putting up decent numbers of 17-19ppg and 6-7rpg with 36-38mpg until he´s 34-35...
E.Brand and Z.Randolph...
Yao- 23 years old, will be starting until he retires...He will be getting 16-19ppg and 8-14rpg during his first 10 years...