Which pre-1980 NBA player would be the most likely to make an All-Star game in today’s era?

The players most likely to have a game that will translate well into today’s NBA..

Wilt Chamberlain – because he was basically Shaq with better defense and thus could dominate probably anyone today

Bill Russell / Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – well we KNOW Kareem can play in the 80s because he did and was an all star up until he retired. Russell on the other hand I think might not get his rebounding numbers but his basketball IQ and defense would definitely be invaluable in any era. He would definitely have to be more of a Dennis Rodman / Ben Wallace / Dikembe Mutombo type defense specialist though because Russell was not a great shooter or scorer

Oscar Robertson – Think Russell Westbrook…

Jerry West / Pete Maravich – could be 3 point elite shooters today

Rick Barry / John Havlicek – versatile wingmen that could be great point forwards much the same way Lebron is today

Julius Erving / David Thompson / Elgin Baylor / Connie Hawkins – Michael Jordan / Kobe Bryant type above the rim players

Wes Unseld / Dave Cowens / Bill Walton – I thought about this alot. These guys are basically the spiritual successors to Bill Russell (basketball IQ wise, minus the defense) but in terms of rebounding and passing ability, they are comparable to Russell. While their rebounding numbers probably won’t be as good today, I think they would be formidable passing centers much like Joakim Noah was that one 2014 season.

Bob Pettit / Hal Greer / George Gervin / Bob McAdoo / Dave Bing / Dan Issel  – they had sweet jumpers and their fundamentals were great. I think they would definitely have to develop a 3 point shot, and I don’t think it would be a problem for them although it wouldn’t come as easily as it would to a Pistol Pete or Jerry West.

Bob Cousy / Walt Frazier / Tiny Archibald – because great point guards in any era would probably thrive in today’s point guard oriented league today

Jerry Lucas / Nate Thurmond / Mel Daniels – rebounding specialists that would be probably play a little farther away from the basket these days, but would still be effective

If you made a 13-man NBA team based on players from each decade, which team would win?

Ok so here’s my teams.

In order to get the most variety I’m gonna put in 2 restrictions:

-Can’t have 2 of the same players. I.e I have to choose between 70s Kareem and 80s Kareem but not both
-the player must have played at least 5 years in that decade to be considered i.e the majority of the decade. So no Bill Russell for the 1950s.

PG: Bob Cousy/Slater Martin
SG: Bill Sharman/Richie Guerin
SF: Paul Arizin/George Yardley
PF: Dolph Schayes/Vern Mikkelsen
C: George Mikan/Neil Johnston

Reserves: Jim Pollard, Clyde Lovellette, Ed Macauley

PG: Oscar Robertson/Lenny Wilkens
SG: Jerry West/Hal Greer
SF: Elgin Baylor/Billy Cunningham
PF: Bob Pettit/Jerry Lucas
C: Wilt Chamberlain/Bill Russell

Reserves: Tom Heinsohn, Sam Jones, Willis Reed

PG: Walt Frazier/Tiny Archibald
SG: George Gervin/Pete Maravich
SF: Rick Barry/John Havlicek
PF: Elvin Hayes/Dave Cowens
C: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Mel Daniels

Reserves: Dan Issel, Wes Unseld, Nate Thurmond

PG: Magic Johnson/Isiah Thomas
SG: Sidney Moncrief/Joe Dumars
SF: Larry Bird/Julius Erving
PF: Kevin McHale/Bob McAdoo
C: Moses Malone/Robert Parish

Reserves: Adrian Dantley, Dennis Johnson, Dominique Wilkins

PG: John Stockton/Gary Payton
SG: Michael Jordan/Clyde Drexler
SF: Scottie Pippen/Grant Hill
PF: Karl Malone/Charles Barkley
C: Hakeem Olajuwon/David Robinson

Reserves: Kevin Johnson, Mitch Richmond, Patrick Ewing

PG: Jason Kidd/Steve Nash
SG: Kobe Bryant/Allen Iverson
SF: Paul Pierce/Carmelo Anthony
PF: Tim Duncan/Kevin Garnett
C: Shaquille O’Neal/Dwight Howard

Reserves: Chris Webber, Tracy McGrady, Pau Gasol

2010s (Note: Im gonna consider Cs as PFs since there’s no real Cs anymore):
PG: Chris Paul/Stephen Curry
SG: Dwayne Wade/James Harden
SF: Lebron James/Kevin Durant
PF: Dirk Nowitzki/Kawhi Leonard
C: Anthony Davis/Blake Griffin

Reserves: Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook

These are all great teams, but I’m gonna go with 90s team if we go by ‘old school rules’ and the 2010 team if we go by ‘new school handchecking’ rules

What would be the greatest starting 5 in NBA history?

I’m going for the most unselfish team here

  1. Magic Johnson. Highest average assists in NBA history. Most decorated PG ever. Team leader.
  1. Jerry West. The reason why I don’t put MJ or Kobe here is because I want the most unselfish team. I don’t want any ball hogs or egos on this team. West is perfect. He can score (actually he averages higher than Kobe does) and he is also one of the best assisters as well. He also keeps his ego in check. He’s also super clutch and a great defender as well.
  1. Lebron James. He’s a beast both offensively and defensively. He is the all time leader in assists for his position. He has one of the highest scoring averages in NBA history at 27 a game. The King has very few flaws – and the flaws he does have gets fixed up by the other people on this team.
  1. Hakeem Olajuwon. I think anyone can agree with me that Hakeem > Duncan. Hakeem is a great fit for the PF position because he has great footwork and plays almost like a guard. He is also a monster on defense and very clutch when the time comes.
  1. Wilt Chamberlain. I was thinking of putting Russell in this spot then I realized Wilt was also a great team player in his later years. Russell was a great team player all his career… but sorry Russell, Wilt is just the complete package. He almost equals Russell in defense and WAY surpasses him in offense. I also took him over Kareem because I feel Wilt was the more dominant player (in fact old Wilt gave young prime Kareem tons of trouble). There’s just no replacement for a guy who averaged 30/23/4.