Dream wins in a rout.
In basketball, the athleticism of the AVERAGE player has increased. It has NOT increased at the top of the pack.
Magic and Stockton versus Chris Paul and Deron Williams? Advantage Dream.
It honestly doesn't matter how fast or quick Deron and Chris Paul are, Magic would dominate both in the post, on the boards, score more, and is better in the open court than either. Then you have Stockton who is assuredly less athletic. That said, with hand checks, part of that athletic advantage is sent into oblivion. Let's not get it twisted, Chris Paul and Deron would give up as much as they got at best. Neither are great defenders. Magic would slap Paul's midget [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] up and down the court. Deron aspires to become Stockton and his own coach calls him a "mini-Stockton".
Kobe / Wade / Redd or Jordan / Clyde / Mullin? Advantage dream.
There is NO athletic advantage when it comes to Kobe/Wade over Jordan and Drexler. Jordan was called Air for a reason. Clyde was called the Glide for a reason. Not to mention, Wade against hand-checks? Are you kidding me? No easy fouls inside? There goes half his game. Redd is not that impressive athletically and neither is Mullin. That said, Mullin was 1st Team All-NBA 91-92 season and Redd doesn't even sniff that kind of status. Mullin is the definition of a pure shooter. Redd just pretends to be with his sling shot release.
Bron and Tayshaun versus Pippen and Bird? Advantage Dream.
LeBron is surely more athletic than Pippen, but the gap is NOT even close to big. LeBron is bigger and stronger, but he doesn't use his strength appropriately. He can CREATE contact and finish, but respond to contact by posting people up? LeBron hates to post. Hates it. Pippen guarded positions 1-4 during his career and SHUT DOWN almost everyone he played. Larry Bird isn't athletic in any era and it really doesn't matter. He's used to play with severe athletic disadvantage and he still wins. Look at his battles with Dominique Wilkins. He would teach James that basketball doesn't have similarities to football when you playing smart competition.
Barkley and Malone versus Boozer and Melo? Huge advantage Dream.
LOL. Come on. Not only does Dream win this athletically, they just DOMINATE it skills-wise. Barkley was one of the most impressive athletes in the history of the game. More impressive than Jordan in my opinion. Any 6'5" or 6'6" guy who can play against Cs and win the battle is amazing. Malone is the super rich man's version of Boozer as it is. Barkley playing against Melo? How is it even close?
David Robinson or Patrick Ewing versus Dwight Howard and Bosh? Huge advantage Dream.
There is an athletic advantage here for Redeem because of the Bosh versus Ewing match-up. That said, Ewing would dominate the boards against Bosh and would easily score more than he gave up. Remember, Ewing was an All-Defensive team caliber defender. What is Bosh besides a turnstyle beanpole defensively? D-Rob is one of the most underrated athletes in NBA history. In my book, he's one of the five best athletes to ever play his position. Just watch him work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKVqpXl3M18
Dream TEAM or Redeem Collection of talents? DECISIVE ADVANTAGE HERE.
Dream Team actually had a TEAM that had multiple skill sets and abilities. Mullin and Bird are better snipers than anyone on our team could ever pretend to be. Their front-court had fast-break bigs, rebounders, DPOY caliber defenders, and some of the best post scorers in the HISTORY of the game. They had wings who specialized in scoring AND passing.
Bottom line is that the Dream Team is just better in every phase of the game: play making, passing, shooting, rebounding, scoring on the perimeter, scoring in the post, play recognition and reaction (IQ), and DEFENSE!
Most importantly they were simply more talented. They brought the best players in the game, no exceptions, at the time to the Team. I would say that the guys who aren't on this USA team have a good chance to beat the guys we do have.
PG: Chauncey Billups, Baron Davis, Joe Johnson
SG: Tracy McGrady, Joe Johnson, Danny Granger
SF: Paul Pierce, Ron Artest, Danny Granger
PF: Kevin Garnett, David West, Tim Duncan
C: Tim Duncan, Andrew Bynum, Chris Kaman