Dr.J and Pistol Pete nearly played on the same team
Since it's still the offseason and I have nothing else better to do, I'm just rummaging through NBA's history and found out Erving and Maravich nearly played for the same team. They actually did play three exhibition games for the Atlanta Hawks before there was a dispute between Erving and the ABA. This is just one of those what-if moments and it would've been really fun to watch them just shoot through and dissect the defense.
A one two punch combo of a freak athletism and smooth skill? I would take that any day to compete against any NBA team
What's really scary is that the Hawks didn't legally have his rights at the time. The Milwaukee Bucks did. Could you imagine a young Kareem and a young Dr J playing together? Unreal.
I have read more about that about Dr. J's early years and the Hawks and Bucks were really fighting it out over him. Then he gets to the ABA and after that he plays for the Sixers with great success. Ironically, those are 3 teams who look like they are chasing Andrew Wiggins this year. Another great athlete.
Pistol Pete and Dr. J should have happened. If David Stern were running the league then, he would have gotten it done! Those two would have done things that guys 50 years later couldn't replicate. Possibly the two greatest showmen in NBA history.
It would have been really fun building a team around Pistol Pete and Dr. J. You would have your perimeter and wing scoring taken care of. One incredible ball handler and passer plus another good one in Dr. J. All you would really need then would be a guy to set screens, a rebounder, another player who could run the floor and finish, and then off the bench a backup point guard, a guy who could hit mid-range jumpers and rebound some, and an extra big man. You wouldn't even need 3 point shooters since this was before the 3 point line. Pistol Pete could take you outside anyway. ... would have been one of the classic teams in NBA history. Right up there with the LeBron Heat teams, Shaq/Kobe Lakers, Jordan's Bulls, Bird's Celtics, and the Showtime Lakers.
at 39 seconds that Rubio has a resemblance to Pistol Pete. These two would have been Malone/Stockton before there was a Malone/Stockton
I think the Maravich and Dr. J pairing would have been closer to being the first Jordan-Pippen type pairing. Dr. J was the ELITE athlete and finisher and a very creative scorer. Like Jordan in that regard. Then Pistol Pete could also score in a million different ways also like Jordan. Pistol Pete could pass and run the offense like Pippen. Dr. J would also have Pippen's length and ability to get steals and rebounds. Dr. J and Pistol Pete would be an IDEAL pairing on the wing, being interchangeable at those positions. Or, the team could go big with both those two in the backcourt.
And, like I said about building a team around Maravich and Erving, you would not need much, just a rebounder, a screener, another finisher with a backup point guard, mid-range shooter/rebounder, and an extra big off the bench. This is also essentially the same makeup of the Bulls rotations when they had Jordan and Pippen. In the old days though the Hawks wouldn't even have had to worry about stocking up on 3 point shooters. Just somebody to play the Horace Grant/Dennis Rodman role, getting some solid players at center, a backup point guard (BJ Armstrong or Randy Brown type), and possibly a sixth man like Toni Kukoc.
if those 2 paired up, best case scenario is they would have a ring together. but i don't know if that improves dr. j's career honestly. that early 80s 76ers team he was on was really stacked. and we know in a perfect world, they would be unstoppable. but just to look at the other side of the coin, pairing them together in the worst case scenario would be the possibility of a game of h-o-r-s-e within the game as there offense similar to iverson/stackhouse during iverson's rookie season. sometimes stars together just don't mesh. not saying it wouldn't work, but you can't rule it out. and someone mentioned imagine kareem with dr. j. well kareem wouldn't be any better with dr. j in the lineup, however kareem already had 2 of the best play makers to ever play the game in oscar and magic. dr. j played with moses malone, so we could get somewhat of an idea of how that could work. pistol pete and dr. j together i think would work, but i'm not sure whether they would get a ring together or not.