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All-Time Starting Five

With all this talk recently of former NBA superstars naming their all-time starting lineups, I thought that I would take a shot at making my own lists.

Hakeem Olajuwon's list:

PG: John Stockton

SG: Michael Jordan

SF: LeBron James

PF: Moses Malone

C: Shaquille O'Neal

Karl Malone's List:

PG: John Stockton

SG: Oscar Robertson

SF: Scottie Pippen

PF: LeBron James

C: Wilt Chamberlain

Michael Jordan's List:

PG: Magic Johnson

SG: Michael Jordan

SF: Scottie Pippen

PF: James Worthy

C: Hakeem Olajuwon

My List:

PG: Magic Johnson

SG: Michael Jordan

SF: Oscar Robertson

PF: LeBron James

C: Bill Russell

Personally, I think, while Scottie Pippen was a great player, saying that he is the best at his position all-time is a travesty. There have been too many other great players at the SF position to put him there.

Oscar Robertson is possibly the most balanced player statistically in all of basketball history. Averaging a triple-double is unheard of nowadays, because, yes, the NBA has changed, but it takes nothing away from his feat.

John Stockton is probably the best pure point guard of all time; I want the best playmaker of all time as my PG. That's why I picked Magic.

LeBron is a shoo-in at either forward postion. MJ also necessitates no explanation.

Bill Russell is probably the most controversial player on my list; it would have been easy to pick Chamberlain (I almost did) or Kareem Abdul-Jabar. However, there was something to Russell's incredible desire to win, and to win, and to KEEP winning, that made me have to pick him. Put his competitive spirit inside of Chamberlain's body and talent, and the NBA single-game scoring record would be 200 points. More championship rings than fingers on your hands is pretty hard to argue with.

My runner's up:

PG: John Stockton

SG: Kobe Bryant

SF: Larry Bird

PF: Karl Malone

C: Wilt Chamberlain

Here is a great video I found last night that reminded me of my childhood:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAr6oAKieHk

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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