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Forget 1992 vs 2012 – Who would win, the 1992 Dream Team or 12 Lebron James clones

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English: Basketball player LeBron James during...

English: Basketball player LeBron James during the game Washington Wizards versus Miami Heat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all know that Kobe Bryant’s statement that the 2012 US Olympics Men’s Basketball team beating 1992’s “Dream Team” was laughable. It’d have been an uphill climb enough if the 2012 team was fully healthy, but without Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, 3 of its superstars, any shot went out the door.

A better question perhaps is who would win a match between the Dream Team and 12 clones of the 2012’s team’s best player, Lebron James.

12 Lebrons would be a fearsome team to face. First and foremost they would be the most dynamic transition scoring team the earth has ever seen. Every time the Dream Team turned the ball over, 5 superhuman forces would charge down the court with superhuman speed, size, ballhandling, passing and decision making. Any odd man rush would be near impossible to stop. Because the Lebrons would all be excellent rebounders, they would also start these breaks off miss shots constantly. The Dream Team would be facing an uphill battle off the start just due to the immense amounts of fastbreak points they’d face from the Lebrons. In the halfcourt the Lebrons would have 5 players who can shoot out to the 3 – Despite it initially seeming like 5 on ball Lebrons would be weak spacing, the fact that regular teams don’t traditionally have more than 2 or 3 outside shooters on the team, especially from the PF/C spots, would mean the Lebrons may actually have better spacing than a normal team. On that note a Lebron who’s left wide open from 3 may be a much better shooter than his 3P% suggests, as he is guarded so heavily under normal circumstances that he doesn’t have a chance to put up gaudy spot up shots. Of course the Lebrons would be the best halfcourt passing and cutting team of all time, making them a terror in terms of slashing into the paint off the ball and getting a pass. Any time a Lebron got the ball within 7-10 feet, whether by pass or off the dribble, it’d be hard to stop a score or trip to the foul line. Furthermore every Lebron in the matchup would have to play 20 minutes a game if distributed evenly, therefore unlike in regular games now where James has to conserve his energy and fouls, they could go all out on both ends to further increase their effectiveness. The 12 Lebrons would be like when in an alien movie or video game the hero keeps blasting away the creatures climbing over the side of the ship, but an unlimited amount keep coming out. They’d just keep coming.

However the Dream Team is uniquely made to play this force. In fact it’d be difficult to find a collection of players who fits guarding the 12 Lebrons more than this specific team. For one thing they have a very high amount of wings over 6’6 who can handle and run an offense like a guard in Clyde Drexler, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen. This would allow them to play players at the PG and SG position at all times who are big enough to not be exposed by the size of a Lebron. Another key factor is that Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, David Robinson and Patrick Ewing, to go along with their offensive talents in the post that a Lebron would be inequipped to guard, are 4 incredibly fast and athletic big men who would not be out of place running back in transition against the Lebrons, as opposed to just about every other kind of modern big man who might score in the post but give as much back on the break. Barkley and Robinson may be the two X factors. Barkley because he’d have the ability to log SF minutes while dominating in the post and Robinson because he’d have a 6 inch+ height advantage over Lebron while running the floor like a guard. So the Dream Team’s plan would have to be to use a lineup of all fast and athletic 6’6+ players to minimize the transition baskets by the Lebrons, while hoping their skill level and fit and post options gives them an advantage in the halfcourt. While Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley in particular, the two most dynamic scorers at the 1992 Olympics and in the world at the time, are asked to unleash holy hell on the Lebrons.

Aside from the obvious spectacle of this match, this would be a marvellous watch due to the all-time great passing, speed of the game and competitors/legends involved. The 1992 Dream Team is the most talented group of players ever assembled by the 12 Lebrons would top them in total talent by a mammoth amount. It may very well be a toss-up but if I had to choose a side I would go with the 1992 Dream Team due to the X factor of having dynamic post players who could keep up with the speed of the game.

Written by jr.

July 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

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  1. This is fun to think about, but I’d really like to examine the prospects of a healthy 2012 team with Wade, Howard, Rose, etc. vs the 1992 team.


    July 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm

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