|2012 Team USA|
|1992 Dream Team|
Point being, I don't think the current team could beat the Dream Team. Would it be a good game? Absolutely. Would it sell out the biggest stadium in the US? Of course. But again, no way that the Dream Team loses. Here's why:
|C||235||7-1||David Robinson||>||Tyson Chandler||7-1||240|
|PF||240||7-0||Patrick Ewing||>||Kevin Love||6-10||260|
|PF||255||6-9||Karl Malone||>=||LeBron James||6-8||250|
|PF||220||6-6||Charles Barkley||>=||Carmello Anthony||6-8||240|
|PF||235||6-11||Christian Laettner||<||Blake Griffin||6-10||251|
|SF||220||6-9||Larry Bird||<=||Kevin Durant||6-9||235|
|SF||220||6-7||Scottie Pippen||>||Andre Iguodala||6-6||207|
|SF||215||6-7||Chris Mullin||>=||Deron Williams||6-3||209|
|SG||200||6-6||Michael Jordan||>||Kobe Bryant||6-6||205|
|SG||215||6-7||Clyde Drexler||=||Russel Westbrook||6-3||187|
|PG||250||6-9||Magic Johnson||>||James Harden||6-5||220|
|PG||175||6-1||John Stockton||>=||Chris Paul||6-0||183|
As you can see. The numbers are there. Sheer size and historical awesomeness of the Dream Team leads me to believe they wouldn't lose, even to this really awesome team.
Some of you might have already looked at the table and notice a few question marks. LeBron v. Malone? Both are MVP's. Both have a lot of size and strength. Before you go off on how LeBron is the best player in the league, remember, Malone was named the best player in the league, 2 times, when MJ was still playing/winning titles. And the Mailman...delivers.
Next, Durant v. Bird. This is the one that I think the legends might get beat on. Bird was past his prime during the Dream Team and KD is just getting into his. Larry was really experienced at that point, which might have given him an edge. Plus Larry had proven he could play against Magic and beat him. But I think KD has got this one. This matchup would be really cool to see.
Deron Williams doesn't play well against bigger guys. So I think Mullin edges him, but just barely. And it pains me to say this, but I think Blake Griffin is the only one other than Durant that would most likely beat the Dream Team counterpart.
Jordan v. Kobe? Jordan was in his prime in 92', Kobe is not. Easy win for MJ. Being the best player ever helps. Clyde the glide has Westbrook on patience and quality of plays. Both are super athletic, so Clyde gets it. Magic? No question he's better than the reigning 6th man of the year. Not to mention he is 4 inches taller and 30 pounds stronger. The Admiral v. Chandler? Please. And Ewing v. K.Love? Both are amazing, but Ewing is bigger, so his height makes him better. Stockton? He was in his prime, and didn't have knee injuries like Paul does. He is way bigger and heavier, plus he is the all-time assists king. And those short shorts? Might be a distraction. The only reason I'm putting CP3 as equal is because he is black and can dunk. (Something I'm not sure Stockton could do.) He probably has Stockton beat on pure athleticism.