Even though basketball is a team sport, the thrill of the game seems to always be centered on individual matchups. Whether watching from the stands or at home, everyone's eyes are fixated on the two best players on the court.
The same holds true when fans compare today's era to the generations of yesteryear. It is less about the 1996 Chicago Bulls and 2013 Miami Heat and more about Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James. Barbershops are filled with spirited debates over who was better or more dominant (or so I've been told by people who have enough hair to cut).
It makes sense when you think about it. A debate between eras should be based around the two best players squaring off. After all, nobody spends a ton of time arguing over whether Hersey Hawkins could beat Manu Ginobili off the dribble or whether Toni Kukoc was better than Detlef Schrempf.
Thanks to NBA2K's insistence on mixing in great teams of the past with today's rosters, gamers can pit old school against new school whenever they want. That sparked the idea you are about to read.
If you could take NBA legends in their prime and put them up against today's stars, what individual matchups would you want to see?
The list is about which head-to-head showdowns would pique our interest the most. Which matchup would have us breaking out the hashtags on Twitter or setting the DVR? It's not about who won more rings or MVPs or who was better than who.
Deciding on a winner between players of different eras is hard to quantify, but in an effort to promote crowd participation, feel free to weigh in on who would get the best of who in the comments section.