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Wade or Lebron? Kobe or T-Mac? Tim or KG? Magic or Bird? Elway or Marino? Willie or Mickey? Marlon or Tito?
Who would you rather have? It's a hard question to resist.
The Guamish and I, beset with the malais of the offseason, decided to do our best to answer that question. Here are the parameters:
The goal is to win an NBA title this year. Presume that team rosters are scrambled after the playoffs. In other words, you only get the player for one year. Also presume that every player makes the same amount of money. Ignore salary cap restrictions and the like. The likelihood of injury (Shaq) or suspension (Artest) should be considered. Eligible players include everyone who was on an NBA roster last year. 2005 draftees are not considered.
Thems the ground rules. Pretty simple.
We took this project upon ourselves without discussing selection methodology. The Guamanian took a more analytical approach than I did; he looked closer at semi-sophisticated stats such as PER. I, on the other hand, decided what type of player I valued the most and generally used only personal impressions from that point on (but, then again, I in general look at stats a lot, so my impression of Corey Maggette includes his offensive efficiency). I haven't seen his list, but it will likely vary greatly from mine. As would yours. In fact, once this is finished, I am confident that 95% of my readers will think of me as a complete ninny.
So The Gauman, aka Booth52, is going to start things off with the first pick (posted around 7 pm PT) and we will alternate from there. I am going to keep this post at the top and fill in players (with links) as we go. Please feel free to comment and/or come up with your own lists.
1. Kevin Garnett
2. Tim Duncan
3. Amare Stoudemire
4. Lebron James
5. Shaquille O'Neal
6. Kobe Bryant
7. Tracy McGrady
8. Dwyane Wade