I was thinking, during this down time, we would pit all time teams from each of the 30 current franchises plus the Seattle Supersonics and the Charlotte Hornets against each other in a bracket. This would be 1-32, 2-31 and so on. My two questions before we get it started: should we allow player overlapping (Shaq, Kareem, Barkley, LeBron, etc.) or keep them with the franchise they made the most impact? The second question: would we use certain years to build more of a game (and mentalities) or just assume they are all at the height of each their abilities? I think this could be a lot of fun so lets get the ball rolling.
Sounds like a bracket Grantland should be working on instead of their current one.
This is Grantland, mother &$#%#&@!. Haha but seriously would the scoring margin of the Lakers-Bobcats game be larger than the amount of points the Bobcats finish with?
Here's my 2 cents. I think it's a fun idea but people will inevitably rate more modern players higher than players from other eras, they always do
I think you should allow overlapping of certain players but players can only be evaluated at their peak form with the team in question; so for example Miami could start Shaq as their center but it would be the Shaq of 2005, whereas LA could start the Shaq of 2000.
What about the strictness of position? Could the Lakers start Kareem at PF and Shaq at Center or would Pau start? I say allow it considering the coach would definitely start Kareem. And should coaching factor in?
I think players should be able to play multiple positions depending on their own skill set and playing ability. To be fair a lot of the greatest players in history played multiple positions and roles even thought people iconically think about them playing certain positions strictly, for example Larry Bird played PF, Oscar Robertson played some SG, Jerry West played PG, Moses Malone sometimes played PF etc
Also we should keep in mind that while Boston and LA probably have the deepest teams overall when it comes down to a winner take all tournament most teams would go to a rotation of about 8 players, giving teams with very strong starting 5s like Philly, Chicago, and even San Antonio and Utah a fighting chance. Also having 8 guys who need to shoot and/or have the ball in their hands to be successful would be a recipe for disaster as far as team chemistry goes.
i'm sure this team could be tweaked, but it would be hard to beat:
magic/jerry west/van exel
kobe/gail goodrich/eddie jones