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G Chris Paul
G Kobe Bryant
F Kevin Durant
F LeBron James
C Kevin Love
What you want from this lineup is defensive stops, rebounding, clutch shooting and high free-throw percentage. Three of the five on this list are solid defenders; all five have had 20-point averages during the season.
Obviously, you start with Kobe and his five rings. LeBron and his three MVPs are next (though, surprisingly, he is the only one of the five with a free-throw percentage below 80 percent). Then you add Team USA’s next-best player in Kevin Durant. Then their best point guard at either end of the floor to quarterback the offense.
I went with Love over Chandler for scoring and free-throw percentage (82.4 percent against 63.3 percent). Though there’s an argument to be made for Chandler because of his defense, Love is a better scorer, slightly better rebounder and fits more in with the international style of play.