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SF: LeBron James (2012-13 salary: $17,545,000; running total: $17,545,000) - If you’re making the best team possible, you’ve got to take the best player in the world and build off of him. So, my first pick is LeBron James. The best pieces to surround him with would be shooters, big men who can rebound and defend the rim, big guys who can hit mid-range jumpers and at least one guy who can create his own shot to help take off the scoring load.
C: Dwight Howard ($19,536,360; $37,081,360) – The combination of Dwight Howard and LeBron James would be the best possible one-two punch in the league. They would be an unstoppable rebounding force, and since they both draw tons of fouls and double teams, they could both get easy buckets in the post when needed and throw alley-oops to each other all day long. And that’s not even including the defensive side of the ball. Howard is a one-man team defense, which would allow LeBron to roam around and create turnovers with the safety net of Howard. You almost don’t even need anyone else on the floor if you’ve got these two.
PF: Luis Scola ($4,148,510; $41,229,870) – Luis Scola is one of the most underrated big men in the league. He doesn’t play outstanding defense, but you don’t need to when Dwight Howard is your fellow frontline partner. What Scola lacks in athleticism and height, he makes up for in smarts and craftiness. He can score down low, and his mid-range jumper is solid. He would make a great pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop partner with LeBron.
SG: Ray Allen ($3,090,000; $44,319,870) – A knockdown three-point shooter is a must-have to go along with James and Howard. Allen is the most reliable shooter in the league, and he can effectively create his own shot with his ability to run around the court until his defender finally gets lost through a forest of screens. He’s also an underrated defender and slasher, two qualities you always want in a starter.
PG: Stephen Curry ($3,958,742; $48,278,612) – Although he has injury problems, Curry is another deadly weapon when behind the three-point arc. He would feast off all the double teams drawn to LeBron and Dwight. He can also set up other players himself; he’s averaged 5.8 assists per game in his young career.