USA Basketball: Three New Dream Teams to Impact 2008 Summer Olympics
We all know how the USA basketball teams have underachieved lately. Now, I don't really care because I am Canadian, but seriously, they should be able to make three teams that place 1st, 2nd and 3rd. I know there are some players that don't want to play, or can't because of injuries or whatever, but here are three teams of 10, that WOULD finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
P.S. I'm not sure how many players are on each Olympic team, so I am just making 2 teams of ten, with the final team a 12 man team.
1st Place Team:
Coach: Phil Jackson
Guard, Dwayne Wade: 24.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7 APG. 1.7 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Guard, Kobe Bryant: 28.3 PPG, 5.4 APG, 6.3 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG *NBA MVP*
Center, Dwight Howard: 20.7 PPG, 14.2 RPG, 2.2 BPG, 1 SPG, 60% FG
Forward, Lebron James: 30 PPG, 8 RPG, 7.2 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1.1 BPG
Forward, Kevin Garnett: 18.8 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.2 SPG, 54% FG *NBA Defensive Player of the Year*
Justifications: People don't remember how good Dwayne Wade is because he missed so many games this season, but he IS one of the most versatile and best players in the world. He would look even better if he was on a better team. Picking him over Chris Paul should be the only arguments here.
Guard, Chris Paul: 21 PPG, 11.6 APG, 4 RPG, 2.7 SPG, 2.5 TPG (turnovers)
Forward/Center, Tim Duncan: 19.3 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 2 BPG, 2.8 APG, 0.7 SPG
Forward/Center, Amare Stoudemire: 25.2 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 2.1 BPG, 0.8 SPG
Forward, Carmelo Anthony: 25.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Forward, Chris Bosh: 22.3 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1 BPG, 1 SPG
Justifications: This wouldn't be two set lines, because the bench obviously only has one guard, the reasons are that Lebron James can play forward or guard, and a big team with two good players to handle the ball up top would dominate anyone.
2nd Place Team:
Coach: Greg Popovich
Guard, Deron Williams: 18.8 PPG, 10.5 APG, 3 RPG, 1.1 SPG
Guard, Allen Iverson: 26.4 PPG, 7.1 APG, 3 RPG, 2 SPG
Forward/Center, Carlos Boozer: 21.1 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Forward/Guard, Tracy McGrady: 21.6 PPG, 5.9 APG, 5.1 RPG, 1 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Forward, Antawn Jamison: 21.4 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Justifications: There are just so many good American players, it's so hard to choose. Seriously, shouldn't they be doing better then they are? Deron Williams definitely should be the point guard for the second team, and having Boozer starting would boost their offence because of his and Williams' chemistry. McGrady, Iverson and Jamison are proven veterans who have to be there.
Guard, Baron Davis: 21.8 PPG, 7.6 APG, 4.8 RPG, 2.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 2.8 TPG
Guard/Forward. Paul Pierce: 23.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1 SPG
Center/Forward, Lamarcus Aldridge: 17.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 0.7 SPG
Forward, Richard Jefferson: 22.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1 SPG
Forward, David West: 20.6 PPG, 9 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.3 BPG, 0.8 SPG
Justifications: I felt bad for not being able to fit on great players like Brandon Roy, Kevin Martin, Michael Redd and Joe Johnson here, but it is just so difficult. Jefferson is the best player on the Nets now, not Vince Carter. David West had a fantastic season this year and is a perfect inside out player for this team. One position that might cause debate here is Lamarcus Aldridge. I mean, he isn't even the best player on his team, right? But you tell me, what other center deserves to be there more then him?
3rd Place Team:
Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Guard, Brandon Roy: 19.1 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.7 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.8 TPG
Guard, Michael Redd: 22.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1 SPG
Guard, Joe Johnson: 21.7 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.5 RPG, 1 SPG
Center, Tyson Chandler: 11.8 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 0.6 SPG
Forward, Al Jefferson: 21 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 1.5 BPG, 1 SPG
Justifications: So with team number three we go with a three-guard offense. Seems fitting doesn't it? Brandon Roy is a ball control guard who can play the 1 or the 2, and we got Redd and Johnson who are both pure scorers and amazing outside shooters. Tyson Chandler is a big defensive center who is one of the scariest people in the league to drive at, and Al Jefferson is a great upcoming player.
Guard, Gilbert Arenas: 19.4 PPG, 5.1 APG, 3.9 RPG, 1.8 SPG
Guard, Kevin Martin: 23.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.1 SPG, 1 SPG
Center, Shaquille O'Neal: 14.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 0.6 SPG
Guard/Forward: Jason Richardson: 21.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Forward, Shawn Marion: 15.4 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 2.0 SPG, 1.5 BPG
Guard, Ray Allen: 17.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1 SPG
Forward: Caron Butler: 20.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 5 APG, 2.2 SPG
So there you have it: three teams that could win 1st, 2nd and 3rd from the U.S.A. Yet for some reason they can't seem to make one team to win first, when alone, all of those teams could. Why is that? Maybe during this year's summer Olympics, they can correct it.
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