Isiah Thomas and the Biggest Snubs from 1992 Dream Team

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IJune 14, 2012

Perhaps the greatest team ever assembled in sports history, the 1992 Dream Team turns 20 years of age this year and as 2012 just happens to be an Olympic year, much has been revisited about that team, including who was snubbed.

Michael Jordan came out this week and confirmed that he kept Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas off the team, but Thomas wan't the only player that you could make a good case for at the time.

With that being said, here's a look at the biggest snubs from the 1992 Dream Team.

Isiah Thomas

All Thomas was at the time was one of the best point guards in the NBA and a winner.

He was great when the Pistons weren't winning championships and was pretty good when they started collecting trophies.

By 1992 he was in the latter part of his career and his numbers were beginning to slide from when he was in his prime, but he was still a guy who averaged 18.5 points and 7.2 assists in 1992.

While that may not have been the best statistical season of Thomas' career, the Dream Team clearly rewarded players for their career achievements, hence why a 35-year old Larry Bird and a retired Magic Johnson were selected.

By that criteria alone, Thomas should have been selected.

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq may have been the biggest snub of them all as he was clearly the most dominant college player coming into the draft.

He was the clear-cut No. 1 overall pick in the draft and that year was not only the SEC Player of the Year, but led the nation in blocks (5.23 BPG), ranked second in the nation in rebounding (14.0 RPG) and averaged 24.1 points per game.

Yet the selection committee decided to give Christian Laettner the spot after a great collegiate career that resulted in back-to-back national championships at Duke.

Had it been based strictly on talent, Shaq would have been a no-brainer.

Dominique Wilkens

In 1992, Wilkens was one of the best scorers in the NBA, period. Yet there was no outrage when a player like Wilkens who averaged 28.1 points per game an 7.0 rebounds was left off the team.

"The Human Highlight Film," had six straight seasons before 1992 averaging at least 25.9 points per game and was a legitimate snub from the original Dream Team.

Larry Johnson

Johnson was a rookie in 1992, but if the committee was selecting players based on talent, then Johnson probably should have been on the team, especially considering he came off a rookie season in which he averaged 19.2 points and 11.0 rebounds.

James Worthy

He may have been a long shot, but if career achievement was taken into account, what about a guy like Worthy, who at the time was a 10-year NBA veteran, coming off six consecutive seasons in which he averaged 20 points per game.

In addition, Worthy was a seven-time All-Star and won three rings at the time.

Tim Hardaway

In 1992, Hardaway was only in his third NBA season, but was playing as good as any point guard in the league.

He averaged 22.9 points and 9.7 assists per game in 1991, only to follow that up with a 23.4 point and 10.0 assist season in 1992.

Reggie Miller

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Miller would go on to become the NBA's best three-point shooter of all-time before Ray Allen eventually broke his record.

But he was coming of age in the early 1990's, averaging 22.6 points per game from 1990-92. In addition he was already one of the NBA's best long-distance and free-throw shooters in the game.

Dennis Rodman

Rodman was a snub mostly due to the fact that his image started to take a turn for the worse back then. But in 1992, Rodman started a string of seven straight years where he was the most dominant rebounder in the NBA when he averaged 18.7 rebounds per game.

Now naturally the problem is that with all of these guys making the team, someone would have had to come off it and that was the difficult part of selecting the original Dream Team.

Yet these eight players definitely had a strong case that they should have been included on what was possibly the greatest team ever assembled.

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