All-Time NBA Teams: The Ultimate Draft, Part 2

Zander FreundSenior Writer IApril 12, 2007

IconWelcome to part two of the All Time NBA Mock Draft. The goal, if you're just joining in,  is to draft a five man roster that—if they stepped on the court today—could do the most damage.
Four Bleacher Report writers participated: myself, Trey Bradley, Mike Bell, and David Finocchio.  We drew names out of a hat to determine drafting order.
What follows are the results of the final three rounds. 
Without further ado, let's get right back into the action:
DF: "With the ninth pick in the draft, I'm going to select Hakeem Olajawon."

TB: "Love that pick."

DF: "With the two guys I've got already and the triangle offense we're going to be running—if you can remember Mr. Wennington, Mr. Perdue, and Mr. Longley, that 10-foot jumper's key.  Hakeem can shake off his man and hit it—he's got such a pure stroke, and can hit the fade when needed.  Great shot blocker, very solid overall player.  Happy to have him on my roster."

TB: "Alright I really wanted to take Oscar Robertson, but I think I'm gonna have to give the edge to Steve Nash at the point guard position."

AF: "Interesting pick"—
TB: "I need a pure assist manager who can shoot the three ball—I don't think there's anyone better than Steve Nash, or at least anyone who has proven himself with the current three-point line.  Back-to-back MVP awards, one of the best point guards of all time."  

DF: "God is that guy good.  From the offensive side of the ball, I'd say he's better right now at his position than anyone else there has ever been."

AF: "Though he is a defensive liability—but you can make up for that."

DF: "Alright Zan, who you got?"

AF: "It's Mike Bell's turn."

DF: "Oh, OK."

AF: "What are you trying to do, cheat Mike Bell out of his pick?"

MB: "I'm going to select Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the center position.  Solid defensively, high field goal percentage—six-time MVP, won championships with two different teams."

AF: —Nice.
Ok this is a tough position to find myself in—let's see here—first things first:
I'm looking at the centers on the other three teams—the big question is whether Russell can D up on these behemoths."
DF: "Last time I checked, Bill Russell was 6'9"."

AF: "How tall is Ben Wallace?  How tall is Dennis Rodman?"

DF: "Fair point, fair point."

AF: "So far I have Bill Russell, a terrific defender and winner, and Magic Johnson, who will be distributing the ball and running my offense.  What I need more than anything right now is someone who can score.

One of the guys who I bet no one has considered picking but who I have always felt is one of the finest scorers out there is Allen Iverson. 
He does take—and miss—a lot of shots, but I've never seen a guy more determined to win.  Give him one other significant star on his team and he would have won a championship a long time ago.  He's learned over time to distribute the ball—he averaged nearly eight assists a game last year.  He's been able to play the point, as well as the two-guard position, but I'll probably start him at the point." 
DF: "In the words of a recent NBA announcer—just because Iverson brings the ball up the court doesn't mean he's a point guard."

AF: (Laughs) "Well, he still can start at point guard, plus I've got Magic to distribute the ball.

With my second pick, I'm looking for a center who can play on both sides of the floor.  I don't want to throw all my eggs in one basket and take someone like Ben Wallace, cause then I wouldn't have enough scoring potential on my front line.  So I'm going to have to go with—Moses Malone."
DF: "Moses Malone—I like it! He's gonna be doing a lot of rebounding"—

AF: "Yeah great on the boards, can play both sides of the ball—NBA champion, three-time MVP."

MB: "I select Jerry West as my shooting guard. Mr. Clutch—what else do you need to say?  27 a game, and I know I'll be able to get my point guard."

AF: "One thing you can see developing on Bell's team—winners.  Duncan, Kareem, Larry Legend, Jerry West—no choke artists here, all guys who can get it done when it counts."

TB: "Again I'm tempted to take Oscar Robertson, but I think he's better off as a point guard, having the ball in his hand at all times.  With the #4 all-time scorer Elgin Baylor still on the board, I have a hard time not putting him at the off-guard at 6'5". 
Averaged better than a career double double with more than four assists a game, so I think he'd fit in nicely there at the off-guard position, and hopefully he could bang out some shots for me.  So I'll take Elgin Baylor and spend the next five minutes finding the best defensive player I can."
AF: "That's for damn sure."

DF: "Fair enough."

This is just the way I wanted it'I thought there was probably more room to maneuver at the point guard and power forward positions than anywhere else, and sure enough there is. 

At point guard, I want someone who's big, who can distribute, play defense, and shoot from the outside...I don't need anyone who's great at driving or scoring. Going through the books, I haven't really found many point guards who fit my criteria—except for maybe Isiah Thoams, but I hate that bastard and he's only six feet tall."

AF: (Laughs)

DF: "Anyway, I am going to go have to go ahead and pick Oscar Robertson, 6'5" out of Cincinnati.  One of the best all-around players in the history of basketball, revolutionized the game in many ways.  Gets a lot of credit for being the only player to average a triple-double for an entire season.

I want to talk a little bit more about his competitiveness.  One day Oscar Robertson shows up to a gym; he's in his late fifties.  A witness said Big O was the toughest, fiercest competitor he'd ever seen—and that he kicked the living crap out of all these 20- and 30-year-olds. 
The Big O was a winner, a competitor, a great outside shooter, great rebounder and great defender who unfortunately played on not-too-great teams.  He won one championship with Kareem in Milwakuee, but other than that never had a legitimate supporting cast.  In my triangle offense I love that the Big O could stick an open shot or create on his own. 

I didn't see the guy play, so I'm leaving myself open to a little bit of criticism here, but he seems like the type of player and competitor that could fit in with any type of system.  He's clearly the best player on the board, so I'm taking him."
TB: "I don't know if he's gonna be averaging a triple double with Jordan holding the ball all the time."

DF: "I'm hoping to get maybe 15, 5, and 5 out of him a game.

I guess it's my pick again—boy this is tough."

AF: "Come on, it's so obvious—how can you not see it?"

DF: "I'm looking at three players.  I'm looking at David Robinson, Karl Malone, and Dennis Rodman."

AF: "There ya go..."

DF: "But my team's gonna be facing some pretty big competition out there.  So while I'd love to take Rodman or the Mailman, I think I'm gonna have to go with the Admiral.

He can hit shots from everywhere on the court.  In his prime, he averaged over 27 points and 10 boards in five straight years, and was always near the top of the league in blocked shots.  As far as centers are concerned, he's one of the more athletic guys in NBA history—and I think he'll fit in nicely overall with my team.

TB: "Does anyone want to vote on my small forward?"

DF: "LeBron? Grant Hill?"

AF: "John Havlicek?"

TB: "I think I'll take Ron Artest at small forward."

DF: "That's tough."

AF: "Interesting"

MB: "I need a point guard—I choose Jason Kidd. 
The one liability of Jerry West is his size.  Jason Kidd's a big point guard and solid defender—and all he needs to do on offense is distribute the ball to my scorers."
AF: "So I guess I have the last pick—tough call.  I need to pick a shooting guard. I'm tempted to take Kobe but I don't think him and Al could share the ball.

I've got my ball-handler and distributor in Magic Johnson, my scorer in Allen Iverson, my defensive specialist in Bill Russell, and all-around basketball courtesy of Moses Malone.  What I think I'm really missing still is a big-time shooter. 
Throughout my life, the guy who for my money could make a shot more often than anyone else down the stretch—other than MJ or Bird—would be Reggie Miller.  A little one-dimensional, but his main job on my team would be to score points and make big shots when it counts, and he sure can do that."
Final Rosters

Dave Finocchio
PG: Oscar Robertson
SG: Michael Jordan
SF: Scottie Pippen
PF: David Robinson
C: Hakeem Olajawon

Trey Bradley
PG: Steve Nash
SG: Elgin Baylor
SF: Ron Artest
PF: Wilt Chamberlin
C: Shaquille O'Neal
Mike Bell
PG: Jason Kidd
SG: Jerry West
SF: Larry Legend
PF: Tim Duncan
C: Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Alexander Freund
PG: Allen Iverson
SG: Reggie Miller
SF: Magic Johnson
PF: Bill Russell
C: Moses Malone
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