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All player stats are from NBA season directly preceding the Olympic games
1992 US Men’s Team:
Magic Johnson* - 19.4 PPG, 12.5 APG, 7.0 RPG, .477 FG%
John Stockton - 15.8 PPG, 13.7 APG, 3.3 RPG, .482 FG%
*Magic Johnson sat out the 1991-92 NBA Season. His stats are from 1990-91.
2012 US Men’s Team:
Chris Paul - 19.8 PPG, 9.1 APG, 3.6 RPG, .478 FG%
Deron Williams - 21.0 PPG, 8.7 APG, 3.3 RPG, .407 FG%
Russell Westbrook - 23.6 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.6 RPG, .457 FG%
Magic Johnson became a member of the Dream Team less than a year after discovering he had contracted the HIV virus. After making the decision to immediately retire in November 1991, Johnson did not play professional basketball again until the summer of 1992 in Barcelona. Although Magic's much anticipated return to the game was a sight to see, his impact was minimal. Unfortunately, it was the beginning of the end of his incredible 13-year career.
Although John Stockton was selected to the Hall of Fame in 2009 he can still be considered somewhat underrated. For those who watched the NBA TV documentary "The Dream Team" you will remember the part where Stockton roamed the streets of Barcelona unrecognized. He even talked to an American basketball fan for about a minute before she realized he was a player.
Since 2005, Chris Paul has been the standard for NBA point guards. He is one of he leagues most complete players with his skills including scoring in the lane, shooting from the perimeter, facilitating the offense, and playing stellar defense. He has already drawn comparisons to the previous generation of great point guards including Magic Johnson and John Stockton.
Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook are not far behind him. While not as good as Paul defensively, Williams holds his own in terms of scoring and ball distribution. Westbrook on the other hand, is known for his extreme athleticism and ability to make jaw-dropping dunks while lighting up the score-sheet.
Simply put, the three of them are not a force to be reckoned with.
Advantage: 2012 Team
Sure, this may seem a little crazy—Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Russell Westbrook over Magic Johnson and John Stockton? Blasphemy! However when taken into context the current squad boasts a younger, and as a result, more talented group of point guards.
Yes, Magic Johnson and John Stockton (on paper) made up arguably the greatest backcourt of all-time in 1992, but it is hard to ignore the depth and athleticism of the 2012 team at point guard.
In other words, Magic made the team at a bad time in his career. He was a shell of himself and was far removed from the greatness that had defined him just a few years prior. Had he never contracted HIV and still been in his prime, there is absolutely no question the Dream Team would have had the advantage here.