NBA: The Best Team Money Can Buy

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NBA: The Best Team Money Can Buy
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With NBA superstars such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant teaming up on Team USA and cruising through the Olympics, it got me thinking. What is the best 12-man roster you could possibly assemble?

But that’s almost too easy. All you have to do is name the best two players at each position, then add two role-playing specialists. Plus, there’s no way you could fit all those top-tier players under one salary cap.

So I decided to get a little more realistic. The NBA salary cap right now is about $58 million, but only eight teams are actually under that mark and avoiding the luxury tax. A better mark to go by is the average NBA team’s total roster salary, which is just under $66 million.

My aim was to create the best possible team whose 2012-13 salaries add up to right around that average. The following team is the result.

(All salary numbers credit to

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