Here's a look at Jack McCallum's 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.
Only player to average triple-double for a season
10-time All-NBA first team in 14 years; 27.4 ppg, 13.5 rpg
Six titles, 10 All-Defensive teams, seven All-NBA teams
Three titles, two Sixth Man Awards; 26.1 ppg in '86-87
'69 MVP and Rookie of the Year; '78 Finals MVP; 14 rpg
All-time leader with 2,612 threes; nine-time All-Star
Two titles for NY in '70s; six-time All-Defensive first team
'68 Rookie of the Year; 15.5 ppg in NY's '73 title season
Two titles; four-time All-Star; '02 Rookie of the Year
Four titles with Celtics in '50s/'60s; seven-time All-NBA
Seven straight All-Star Games ('79-85); '88 FT% leader
Leading scorer (25.9 ppg) on title-winning '72 Lakers
COACH: Doug Moe, the sixth pick (out of 10) in the coaches' draft. My team has so many good defenders that I needed Moe mainly to institute his motion offense and to share an adult beverage on those nights, however rare, when things don't go perfectly.
STYLE OF PLAY: The team was built, first, on defensive strength. No one is a defensive liability and four members of the McCallums (Dave DeBusschere, Kevin McHale, Scottie Pippen and Bill Sharman) are among the best defenders at their respective positions. But while we shut you down, Moe will also get us scoring big; after all, we start out with 60 from Oscar Robertson and Elgin Baylor and go from there.
BIGGEST CONCERNS: My starting center, Wes Unseld, is only 6-foot-7 (though he's about that wide, too), so I suppose it would be size. But McHale, Pau Gasol and Jack Sikma help in that area and Davey D. plays bigger than his 6-6. Also, I may need a preseason sit-down between my immortals, Robertson and Baylor, to explain that there will be more than enough glory to go around when we win a championship. Pippen has rings for six fingers, more than anyone else, but I convinced him of his value as a sixth man.
MY GAME-ON-THE-LINE PLAY: I put Oscar in a high pick-and-roll with Baylor and station McHale on the other block. Pippen and Ray Allen are the wing players. It's Oscar's call. He can give it up to a rolling Baylor; work for his own (almost unblockable) jumper in the lane; find a spotted-up Allen (who's only the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooter) or dump it into McHale. And I still have Pippen (who gets the nod over Earl the Pearl or Goodrich in this situation because of his offensive rebounding) as an acceptable bailout.
SCARIEST RIVAL: "Scariest" is way too strong. But Alex Wolff does have Michael Jordan and two other players I really wanted, Dave Cowens and Dennis Johnson. The only other team I truly like from top to bottom is Richard Deitsch's. He did particularly well in the late rounds to get Hal Greer, Dave Bing and Bobby Jones.
WHY MY TEAM IS THE BEST: Four reasons: defense, positional versatility, no nutjobs (another way to say good chemistry) and championship pedigree. Among my players, only Baylor was never on a title team (a fluke considering that he excelled on several truly great teams and retired early in the Lakers' 1972 championship season), so no other team can match our big-game experience.
Raymond's late goal helps Leafs rally, end Kings' win streak
Schwartz, Blues stay hot with win over Oilers