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Here it is. LeBron vs. Magic, Durant vs. Jordan and Barkley vs. Chandler.
While the 1992 Dream Team has the advantage in the paint with Barkley's polished offensive moves, he will have a difficult time truly overpowering Chandler—who will be on the court purely as a defensive presence.
The focus of this matchup won't be in the paint; it will certainly be on the perimeter with LeBron and Durant vs. Magic and Jordan. Both duos will certainly swap responsibilities back and forth on the defensive side of the ball, but for the most part, LeBron will be tasked with slowing down Magic, and that will be key to a 2012 Team USA victory here.
The versatility that Jordan has on offense will certainly be an advantage for him over Durant, and even LeBron, but with LeBron constantly bringing help-side defense, the focus will be on allowing Magic to beat them from the perimeter, which is something he's not ridiculously strong at doing.
In the end, the difference maker is going to be LeBron's athleticism, physicality and intensity on both sides of the ball. Getting into the paint will be key not only to getting high-percentage baskets for himself, but also for opening up the floor for Durant, and that's what will be at the foundation of LeBron's success in this matchup.
In what will be a close matchup, the 2012 Dream Team trio will ride LeBron's historic 2012 campaign to yet another championship; this time, coming against one of the most dominant trios in NBA history.
Final Score Prediction
(1) LeBron, Durant, Chandler (25) vs. (1) Jordan, Magic, Barkley (23)