What if you had a basketball time machine? What if you could go back through the history of the NBA and pull out the best of the best, bringing them all to the same location in the time-space continuum so they could play just one game?
Whom would you choose?
That's the question at the heart of this article, though it's important to set forth some context and rules before proceeding to the selections.
Think of this all-time All-Star squad as a team that has to compete against an extraterrestrial squad for galactic supremacy. Entertaining crowds doesn't matter, because the point is just to win the game for the sake of humanity.
Unfortunately, the aliens have a few rules:
- You have to specify which year you're drawing the player from.
- A single player can't be selected multiple times, so no teams comprised solely of Michael Jordans, LeBron Jameses and Wilt Chamberlains are allowed.
- Each player selected must have started the All-Star Game that year.
- Standard All-Star roster composition rules apply.
Basically, this isn't about selecting the biggest names nor is it about rewarding the legends who had the greatest careers. Single seasons are all that matter, and the playoffs don't count for anything, which could make for some interesting and surprising choices.
Legends will be omitted. Hall of Famers will be snubbed.
This isn't an easy task, but the fate of the human race depends on our selections.
To the time machine!