Team Professional Perfection: NBA
Every true sports fan has been posed this question, has had this conversation, or quite possibly brought it as close to real life as it is going to get through a video game.
The NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL bring this to light in All-Star games and All-League honors, but would an All-Professional team be the best team?
Skill and statistics make for the whole reason that players get these All-League honors, but what players would actually optimize statistics for every individual.
I want to bring to light true teams of perfection. Playing to all the strong suits of the players to max out their statistics in the categories they are best in.
Over this three-part series, I want to put focal points on the NFL, NBA, and MLB. In this article I will be discussing the Perfect NBA team.
Point Guard: Chauncey Billups, Denver Nuggets
The calm, cool collected Billups led the surprise of the playoffs—Denver Nuggets—into a nice playoff run. The point guard needs to control the game, know how to get the ball to the play makers, and how to take over when the team needs an extra boost.
He will stick with most point guards on the defensive side of the ball and has a methodical offensive outlook. Billups has shown Detroit and Denver fans this. Giving the ball to Wallace and Hamilton when they were in their stride, finding Carmello Anthony, so he can show off his offensive abilities, and always knocking down a jumper right when the team needs it.
Billups is tested, tough, and a well-balanced point guard. He averaged 17 points and 6.5 assists a game, and kicked it into another gear in the playoffs putting down 20 a night and boosting his assists to almost seven a game.
All this said, the fact he has been able to tone down personalities such as Rasheed Wallace and the whole cast of the Denver Thuggets give an indicator as to how he would handle himself on a team of super stars.
Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
An obvious pick—Kobe—shown his rugged finesse style to be unstoppable over the years. This season proved to be no different as he was up two points of his career scoring average of 25 points per game.
He was down in turnover, up in assists and about par with rebounding. Kobe has shown his ability to take over a game. His sensational 82-point game and countless NBA titles have shown this. The man is driven to win.
Kobe, alike his partner guard on this team Billups, has shown he can handle playing with big egos and big stars. Although falling victim to Detroit, Bryant played on a team with Karl Malone, Gary Payton, and Shaq, all of whom will be in the hall of fame.
This year he plays with the hyped up Bynum and players such as Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. He can handle pressure and on a team with Billups this guard tandem would boost assists for Billups and points for Kobe. When Kobe is double teamed, Billups can hit that big 3 pointer.
ESmall Forward: Ron Artest, Houston Rockets
Expecting someone else?
Artest has finally shown the maturity to play on a team and not be an idiot in Houston. Artest is a solid scorer, but can be very streaky at times. His best attribute is his defense.
Not going to have a huge game altering block, he will just make opponents miss shots. He is the guy who gets no credit for the things not counted statistically.
With Artest being to be able to be lax on the scoring with Kobe and company. Also being able to have big men that can rebound and help out Artest would be able to check anyone in the league.
He would also be able to help get stops that can better help his team set up their offense. Put the ball in the hands of the trigger man, Billups. Artest would be vital to this team.
Power Forward: Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
A big man can't do it on his own, it took three in Orlando to be successful and two were shar shooters.
Bosh has been carrying the Raptors ever since he came into the league. This year he proved that he can be a rock for a team after the flop of Jermaine O'Neal. Bosh still averaged a double-double. He has a menacing finesse style to math up with the other big man's power style.
Bosh has yet to prove what he would be like with stars around him. His defensive rebounding is a big part of his upside and with the tactical defense of Artest this would be exploited.
Also, with Billups and Kobe manning the back court, he will find opportunities to have a better set offense. Even in the scramble of being the main offensive player in Toronto, Bosh still shot nearly 50 percent proving he can make his shots.
Any miscues on defense he won't be an easy score as he is averaging almost a steal and block a game. At power forward, he would also be the third best FT shooter (Barely behind Kobe and way behind Billups) proving he can knock it down when he gets to the line.
Center: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
The perfect storm would develop down low. You have Bosh's finesse style and Howard's unrelenting physical offense. He gets fouled a lot, but has proved he can be a clutch scorer for his team.
He averaged a double-double this season and any miscues on offense Howard averaged four offensive rebounds. This guy is a game changer, his dunk can erupt all of Orlando and quiet opposing crowds.
Now on to his bigger upside, his defense.
With Artest and Billups checking the peremeter and help on the weak side from Bosh, Howard would be untouchable. He would shut any big man down in this set-up. His blocks and his size simply scare the other teams.
The one thing about Howard, as well as Kobe and Artest, is his temper. He is quick to get angry and has been questioned as cheap. With players like Billups and Bosh, they will have two level heads to calm them down.
Sixth Man: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
He is simply the best all around player in the sport. The starting squad is specialist designed for domination. LeBron would be the final memento off the bench.
He is so good at, everything he would be able to fill in for any of the players. He would be a perfect utility man for this team, because he is so well rounded.
If universes collided and they formed a league of teams off of planets. LeBron would win sixth man of the year every year and quite possibly MVP. It is a compliment that he is being put in this role.
To have the perfect team, you must work together and sacrifice your ego. That is why this is the perfect team.
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