Here's a look at Lee Jenkins' complete roster and the writer's analysis of his team, including his preferred starting lineup, his pick in the coaches' draft and his assessment of how these players would come together on the court.
Six titles, record six MVPs; all-time scoring/minutes leader
Two MVPs, 11 All-NBA first team; No. 2 all-time scorer
No. 2 all time in assists; No. 3 in triple-doubles, threes
Five-time All-NBA first team, four scoring titles in '70s/'80s
Won third title with triple-double in Game 7 of '88 Finals
'77 scoring leader (31.1 ppg); two-time All-NBA first team
Four titles in 21 years; all-time leader in games played
Only player named MVP of ABA and NBA All-Star Games
Three-time All-Star and All-Defensive team; 17 ppg, 8 rpg
No. 11 all time in assists; nine-time All-Star in '60s/'70s
NBA's leading scorer in '80s; No. 13 all time in points
ABA/NBA All-Star in '70s; NBA: 20.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 50% FG
COACH: John Wooden, the 10th pick (out of 10) in the coach's draft. He built his college dynasty inside-out, with Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton, and he can do the same in the pros, with Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. Wooden was used to having the most talented teams, but his gift was keeping them driven for 10 championships, which is why he suits this group so well. Wooden can harness a free spirit like David Thompson, just as he did Walton. For those who claim he is too folksy and old-fashioned, that pros will not pay attention when he tells them how to put on their sweat-socks, they can answer to Kareem.
STYLE OF PLAY: We will try to get out and run when the opportunity is there -- when Jason Kidd or Pete Maravich has the ball, with James Worthy, Thompson or Alex English alongside him -- but our comfort zone will be in the half court. We will run a lot of pick-and-rolls with Kidd and Malone, and we will try to isolate Abdul-Jabbar in the post, letting him shoot his sky hook or kick the ball out to George Gervin.
BIGGEST CONCERNS: Perimeter defense could be a problem, specifically covering shooting guards. Gervin and Thompson are natural scorers, but they will have to defend players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
MY GAME-ON-THE-LINE PLAY: A pick-and-roll with Kidd and Malone. Jerry Sloan will have to be employed as an assistant to help Kidd assume the same role that John Stockton did in Utah, feeding Malone as he barrels toward the basket like one of his runaway rigs. Either he gets inside for a high-percentage shot or forces the opposition to foul. Abdul-Jabbar crashes the rim from the other side, and if the defense helps on Malone and his last-second attempt rims out, Abdul-Jabbar is there for the easy putback.
SCARIEST RIVAL: Chris Ballard's team. Along with LeBron James as his big point guard, he has the defensive acumen (Bill Russell) and bulk (Charles Barkley) up front to neutralize our front line. He also has the shooter, Reggie Miller, who can take advantage of our weakness in defending on the wing.
WHY MY TEAM IS THE BEST: It will be very difficult for any front line to match up with Malone and Abdul-Jabbar at the same time. Kidd will keep pounding the ball into them and they will wear out opposing big men. When we go small, Kidd and Maravich will be able to push past anybody, with a stable of finishers led by Worthy and Gervin. But come the fourth quarter, Abdul-Jabbar and Malone will take over.
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