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Deke would be all smiles to find himself rightfully on this team.
This eclectic mix of bench players serves a multitude of purposes. Again, they are chosen not just because they are among the best, but because they would function brilliantly as a unit. They all could slide in seamlessly with the starters in the event that any got in foul trouble.
Reggie Miller: SG
Every team needs a sharpshooter, and since this team is comprised of only retired players, why not take the absolute best retired shooter (since Ray Allen is the best ever)?
Miller could knock down the open three better than anyone in league history and would be great for late-game daggers.
Pete Maravich: PG/SG
"Pistol Pete" could create for himself or teammates. He wasn't just a great shoot-first point guard; he was also a creative and splendid passer.
George Gervin: SF
The "Iceman" was Kevin Durant before Durant. The quintessential scorer, Gervin would score in bunches on a team with no problem scoring, but what's wrong with that?
Allen Iverson: PG/SG
"AI" is the third point guard on this team, and he's not really a point guard, which makes him the best option to have here.
While Iverson fits the bill with Dominique Wilkins as a guy who has questionable team-play merits, he's simply too good to leave off this team. Besides, who better to light it up in garbage time than Mr. Iverson?
Dikembe Mutombo: C
As I mentioned in Ewing's slide, a premier defender at center helps in a lot of ways. "Deke" was the best big-man defender in the last 20 years (actually tied with Ben Wallace), and he won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year four times.
That's a testament to not only what a good shot-blocker he was (the best ever?) but also to his overall defensive impact. It makes great sense to have a defensive stud backing up a defensive stud, and if you haven't noticed, this team is not short on scorers.
Dominique Wilkins: SF/PF
Dominique and Iverson can fight it out in garbage time for who gets to chuck up the most shots. It's a sad role for one of the best small forwards ever, but Nique's game is bested by Baylor and Gervin.
What could earn Nique some minutes, though, is if the team needed to go small. Though only 6'7", Dominique could easily play power forward on this squad. The added versatility would earn him some minutes.