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Which team had the best collection of talent...
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... if every player was in their prime and willing to buy in?

Is it the 1986 Celts? Adding MVP Walton to that team is unfair.

The 2012 Celts, with a prime Big three, Shaq, JO, etc.?

This year's Cavs?

The Warriors, adding a prime David West and Iguodala?

Shaq, Kobe, Malone, Payton?



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The 2005 Heat had Shaq, Mourning, Payton, Wade, Antoine, and Derek Anderson.


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Certainly not best but the Rockets of '96-97 come to mind.  Hakeem, Drexler, Barkley for the their big three (I chose over the Hakeem/Barkley/Pippen team because of bench)  but you also had some guys like Kevin Willis, Mario Elie, & Sedale Threatt on that roster too.

'12-13 Nash/Kobe/Gasol/Howard in their primes together would've been formidable.   Had Artest & Jamison on that team too.


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The 2005 Heat had Shaq, Mourning, Payton, Wade, Antoine, and Derek Anderson.

Okay, you broke the hypothetical, haha. What does Antoine buying in look like?

I still love me some Toine, but I think he'd still be bombing 4-pointers no matter what.


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Let's get 16 of these together, and we can do an arbitrarily-seeded tournament.


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'96-97 Bulls.  Already loaded with Jordan, Pippen, & Rodman.  Then you have prime Parish to go along with that?  Pretty solid.


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Those late 90's Rockets have to be included. They had Hakeem, Barkley, and Drexler. They also had Pippen but that was after Drexler retired.

Remember that the 80's lakers had Bob McAdoo. Imagine what could have been if he was in his prime then.

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'94-95 Spurs.  Robinson, Rodman, Moses Malone, Terry Cummings.



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The 2002-2003 Spurs.
David Robinson/Kevin Willis
Tim Duncan
Tony Parker/Steve Smith
Manu Ginobli
Stephen Jackson/Bruce Bowen/Danny Ferry

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1985-1986 76ers
Moses Malone
Julius Erving
Charles Barkley
Maurice Cheeks
Bob McAdoo

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63-64 Celtics

Havlicek
Russell
Sam Jones
KC Jones
Tom Heinsohn
Frank Ramsay
Tom Sanders
Clyde Lovellette

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The 2002-2003 Spurs.
David Robinson/Kevin Willis
Tim Duncan
Tony Parker/Steve Smith
Manu Ginobli
Stephen Jackson/Bruce Bowen/Danny Ferry

That's a good one.


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'63 Celts

Russell
Heinsohn
Sam Jones
Cousy
K.C. Jones
Havlicek
Lovellete

'81 Celts (not the best, but fun):

Larry
Tiny
Cowens
Pistol Pete
Max


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... if every player was in their prime and willing to buy in?

Is it the 1986 Celts? Adding MVP Walton to that team is unfair.

The 2012 Celts, with a prime Big three, Shaq, JO, etc.?

This year's Cavs?

The Warriors, adding a prime David West and Iguodala?

Shaq, Kobe, Malone, Payton?

Hey thanks Roy. Just thinking about the 2012 team with Shaq as it was incredible at times. Rondo passing and Shaq's hands...the way they swung the ball until the whole defense just froze...  Ah...

In their primes, well... with even a healthy but still old lineup, we win a chip with old Shaq and also one with healthy but old Sheed. Health KG and we win 09.

So our last big 3 might've won 4-5 or so. It's a sonofa**** to only have one from that period. Shame, really.

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Shaq/Jermaine was '10-11.  Shaq was gone by '11-12.


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