Points per Game: 2nd (117)
Average Margin of Victory: 1st (44)
PG: 1st (Magic Johnson, John Stockton)
SG: 1st (Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler)
SF: 1st (Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullin)
PF: 1st (Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Christian Laettner)
C: 2nd (Patrick Ewing, David Robinson)
Obviously. It would be grossly negligent to have any other No. 1 on a ranking of Team USAs. In fact, this team would likely sit atop a ranking of best teams in any sport. The Dream Team was truly the best of the best, loaded with depth at every position.
Over their careers, the 12 players combined for 117 all-star appearances (next best was 1996 with 110), 56 All-NBA 1st teams (44), 15 MVPs (6) and 23 NBA Championships (16). When the NBA announced its 50 Greatest Players in 1996, 10 played on the 1992 Olympic team.
In its opening game against Cuba, the Dream Team won by 79 points, and the rest of the world only did marginally better. Between the Barcelona Games and the Olympic-qualifying Tournament of the Americas, the United States went 14-0 with an average margin of victory of 47.1 points.
The original Dream Team was so good that it wasn’t even really about basketball that year. It was a spectacle of greatness that went beyond just sports. It wasn’t only fans that were in awe, but also opposing players that begged for pictures and keepsakes with the American superstars before, after and even during games.
With the world watching, the 1992 team probably did more to improve the quality of international basketball than anyone or thing else. Players from all over the world began to compete on the highest stage. Just ONE international player was drafted to the NBA back in 1992, compared to 16 in 2011. No American team will ever again dominate like the Dream Team, in part because it raised the level of competition for the US teams to follow.