NBA Dream Team SF (1994-2014)

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NBA Dream Team (1994-2014)

 

What would the “Dream Team” look like if it took place with only players from the past two decades? In order to qualify for this list you’ve must have been drafted or started your playing career between 1994 and 2014. Excluding players like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan.

1st String: Lebron James

 

Drafted 1st overall in 2003 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James has become one of the greatest stars in NBA history. Being guaranteed the 1st overall pick coming out of high school, Lebron was an instant phenom. With numerous records that compare him with players like Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan, James is currently considered to be the best basketball player/athlete in the world. At 18 and still in high school, Lebron set an all time record with a 90 million dollar contract deal with NIKE. More than Shaquille O’neal, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan’s first deals all combined. Be labeled as the next cover man of the NBA at  such a young age, James has never looked back. With size and speed that is unmatchable by anyone in the world, Lebron James is almost made for the game of basketball. With great footwork, ability to shoot, drive, and handle the ball, Lebron is the first player since Magic Johnson to have played all 5 positions on the court at one time or another.  In now 11 seasons he has 10x All-Star appearances, 7x All-NBA first teams, 5x All-Defensive first teams, a Rookie of the Year, 4x MVPs, 2x NBA Championships, and 2x Finals MVPs.

2nd String: Kevin Durant

 

Drafted 2nd overall in 2007  by the Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant has the opportunity to go down as the greatest scorer in NBA history. His tall stature (6’10), long limbs, skinny frame, quickness, and ability to handle the ball make him the epitome of a scorer in basketball. Kevin Durant is currently the only player in the league who gives Lebron a run for his money when it comes to the MVP race. Brought up around basketball his whole life, Kevin Durant has always been thought of as a star when he played. In college his took his game to a new level by becoming the PAC 12 player of the year. The Trailblazers had the number one pick in 2007 and were unsure on who to take, Kevin Durant or Greg Oden. Considering the Greg Oden has never played more than 61 games in a season and retired after only two years in the NBA due to injury, its safe to say the Trailblazers made the wrong decision  Already a 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA first team, 4x Scoring Champion, Rookie of the Year, and the 2014 MVP, Kevin Durant has already created a legacy for OKC and has a lot of basketball left in him.

 

3rd String: Carmelo Anthony


Drafted 3rd overall in 2003 by the Denver Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony came into the league with one of the best freshman seasons in NCAA history. Playing for Syracuse, he averaged 22 ppg, 10 rpg, and 1.5 spg. He also won the first and only NCAA Championship for Syracuse all at the age of 18. In the same draft class as Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and T.J. Ford, Anthony was a heavily favored choice at number 2 to the Pistons. In what went down as one of the greatest drafts in NBA history, Carmelo fell to number 3 to Denver and never looked back. An instant star he averaged 21 ppg, 6 rpg, and 1.2 spg. His ability to score is what’s made him a star. His size and shooting skill plus his handles make him a difficult player to guard. But after 8 years of playoff failure, Carmelo was traded to his home state of New York to play for the Knicks. Things not getting better for Anthony when it comes playoff time questions have officially begun to accumulate if he’ll ever capture a title like he did in college. But despite his playoff failures his individual skill is undoubtedly one of the best in the past two decades. In 11 seasons Melo has been a 7x All-Star, 2x All-NBA second team, 4x All-NBA third team, and 2013 Scoring Champion.