It's been nearly 15 years since Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls capped off the best season in NBA history, winning a record 72 games while securing a championship and going down as arguably the greatest team ever.
While records are made to be broken, it does not appear that this one will be falling anytime soon, and, for now, we are left only with the ability to argue over which team, and in turn which starting lineup, was the best of all time.
Really, until a team rips off an 82-0 year, there will always be some debate.
So what goes in to determining a great starting five?
Well, there has to be talent of course, and there also have to be some rather daunting statistics involved. Winning matters too, though, so what we're really looking for here is some mix of skill, individual numbers and team results.
After all, what good would it be to have a starting group that averaged 30 PPG a piece if they didn't even make the playoffs?
There are some easy calls with this, such as the Bulls team mentioned in the title and some of the franchises that don't exactly have spectacular histories, but there are also quite a few tough decisions to make when it comes to those organizations blessed with multiple championships, or even some who've had sustained runs that ultimately fell short.
But you're not reading this to hear about the selection process, are you? You want to know who's on this list.
Okay, so let's get into it and let the individually great players, season-long statistics and team achievements speak for themselves.