Michael Jordan's '92 Olympic Dream Team: The Best Basketball Team Ever?
Most NBA enthusiasts who remember the 1992 Summer Olympics will tell you the Dream Team is the best basketball team of all-time. In those Olympics the Dream Team, the affectionate name for the American men's basketball team, won all of its eight games by an average of 44 points.
Ten of the Dream Team's players are on the NBA's list of the 50 Greatest PLayers.
The only two not on the list are five-time NBA All-Star Chris Mullin and Christian Laettner, the team's only college player and later a 13-year NBA veteran.
This was the team of Michael Jordan, Majic Johnson, and Larry Bird. Except for centers Patrick Ewing and David Robinson, forward Karl Malone, and point guard John Stockton, everyone was interchangeable and could play forward and guard.
Charles Barkely, Scotty Pippen, and Clyde Drexler were the other members of the Dream Team.
This team could play small when it wanted to press or big when it wanted to dominate the boards. The Dream Team was an amazing collection of NBA legends.
But let me tell you about another basketball team, in case you've never heard of them or just forgot them: The 1968 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team didn't have a catchy name like the "Dream Team," or "Redeem Team," but they might have been the greatest team to ever set foot on a basketball court.
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While the Dream Team claims 10 players on the 50 Greatest Player list, the '68 team has 11 of its 12 players on the list. Only Dick Barnett, shooting guard for the Knicks, didn't make it.
The '68 NBA Eastern All-Star team had one glaring problem at center—it didn't know who to start.
There was Bill Russell of the Celtics, the winningest athlete of all time, who won 11 NBA Championships, five MVP awards, and was a 12-time All-Star.
Wilt Champberlain went to 13 All-Star games, won four MVP awards, and is the only player to ever score 100 points in a game.
If they didn't feel comfortable with these two legends, they could start Willis Reed. Reed was the guy who came out of the locker room with a torn leg muscle and led the Knicks to the 1970 NBA Championship.
There was just as much depth at forward and guard: The forwards were Dave DeBusschere, John Havlicek, Gus Johnson, and Jerry Lucas, and the guards were Dave Bing, Hal Greer, Sam Jones, Barnett, and a fellow named Oscar Robertson.
Robertson, known by fans as the "Big O" is regarded by Orlando Majic coach Stan Van Gundy as "The greatest player I ever saw" and Van Gundy's been around.
Was the '68 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team better than the Dream Team? It's hard to say who was the dreamiest.
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