Josh Skaar (TheSTN) – Dream Team Comparisons Should Stop

The original ‘Dream Team’ – 1992 USA Basketball

In 1992 the greatest combination of talent was compiled for the Olympic basketball tournament. Featuring 11 future Hall of Fame players, the Dream Team is widely considered the greatest team ever assembled. Twenty years later, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are staking claim to the “greatest ever” title.

Instead of breaking down player by player matchups it I will simply compare the most essential ruling in all of sports: Championships.

The Dream Team- throughout each player’s career- accumulated 23 NBA titles (17 if you only count Jordan and Pippen’s titles as one whole). The 2012 team has a combined seven. Granted the average age of the 2012 team is 26 and the Dream Team had an average age of 29. Those title numbers can change considerably in the next three years.

However, the only players on the same team that could combine to help up the total titles are the NBA Finals Runner-up- OKC Thunder’s Kevin Durrant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

Is Dream Team 2012 the best of all time?

But for the sake of argument, let’s not count individual titles and if a player is on the same team that title only counts as one whole shared amongst several players.

17 titles compared to seven. That’s the number we should be looking at. Looking into skill and talent is a waste of time considering rule changes and a whole new generation of basketball evolving over the last twenty years.

17 titles shared among six members of the Gold Medal winning US team. Compared to seven titles among three members of the current Olympic roster, five are tallied to Kobe Bryant, the other two go to 2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Tyson Chandler and first-time Champion, LeBron James. In three years they will be able to reach 10 titles. They would still out matched in the title category.

The biggest issue with the 2012 team is that it still doesn’t feel like much of a team. But rather a grouping of extremely talented and athletic individuals looking for more sponsorships.

Even if the 2012 team exceeds the Dream Team’s average win differential of 43 it will not be the same achievement it was 20 years ago when Larry Legend, “Air” Jordan, Magic Johnson, Sir Charles, and Karl “Mail Man” Malone graced the floor as one team.

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