During the slow NBA days of summer, it's fun to ponder about history and "what if" scenarios. Which got me thinking about a dream matchup regarding the league's two most storied franchises: the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Celtics have won 17 championships, and the Lakers have won 16. Both franchises have boasted some of the greatest players and coaches in NBA history.
What if all-time teams from these two clubs were to meet in a series? Who would come out the victor in a seven-game series?
In order to put together such a scenario, I have laid a few ground rules.
First, since playoff series often come down to players matching up with each other, I will break down each position.
Second, each player considered would play at the highest level they played with their respective franchises (with best season stats highlighted).
Third, all-time greats that have played with either team but did not play at All-Star caliber levels would not qualify (for example, Karl Malone and Bob McAdoo with the Lakers, Gary Payton and Bill Walton with the Celtics).
Lastly, I included a comparison of the teams' best coaches since they are essential to winning.
If I got the matchup picks wrong or left out any players or coaches who deserved to be included in the discussion, please let me know in the comments.