NBA Dream Team PF (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: Tim Duncan

 

Drafted 1st overall in 1999 by the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan was immediately recognized as a threat. Standing next to NBA legend David Robinson the two were known as the “Twin Towers”. The Spurs now had the best frontcourt in the NBA that no one had answer on how to stop. With Duncans superior post talent and Robinson sheer size and strength the Spurs were once again contenders. In only two years San Antonio won its first championship thanks to Duncan and Robinson leading the way. Again finishing on top in 2003 Robinson retired as a two time champion, leaving the franchise in Duncans hand. With players Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Duncan has turned the Spurs in one of the winningest franchises in NBA history. In 2014 the three set the NBA record for most playoff wins by a single trio.  In the process Duncan has become in many’s eyes the greatest PF in NBA history. He’s led his team while staying out of the media spotlight, letting his numbers do the talking for him.  Winning two more rings in 2005 and 2007 the Spurs again made it to the championship in 2013 where Tim Duncan lost his first finals appearance to the Heat in 7 games. But currently facing the Heat again in the 2014 finals, Duncan has a chance to get his revenge and win his fifth ring. After 17 seasons Duncan was a 14x All-star, 10x All-NBA first team, 8x All-Defensive team, Rookie of the year, 2x MVP, 4x Champion, and 3x Finals MVP.

2nd String: Kevin Garnett

 

Drafted 5th overall in 1995 by the Minnesota Timberwolves,  KG skipped college and went straight to the pros from high school. The first player to do so in 20 years. With a lengthy build and thin stature Garnett was heavily undervalued. It was a shock to the NBA world when the Wolves selected Garnett as many believed he was under developed and too high of a risk to take that early. But former NBA Champion and Celtic legend Kevin Mchale saw the potential in KG. In a short time Garnett became the franchise player the Timberwolves needed.  Averaging nearly a double double each season and taking the Wolves to the playoffs in only his second season. But after growing frustrated with MInnesota after their continues streak of losing in the playoffs KG looked for a new option. In 2007 he was traded to the Celtics, where he teamed up with stars Ray Allen, considerably the greatest three-point shooter of all time and Paul Pierce, one of the greatest long term Celtics players to ever play in the Garden. It was the move that was believed to have created the new dynasty of the NBA. In two finals appearances Garnett was finally able to grab that title that continued to elude him.  At 38 years of age, KG is one of the oldest players in the league. With 19 seasons he has been able be a 15x All-Star, 4x All-NBA first team, 9x All-NBA Defensive first team, 4x Rebounds leader, the Timberwolves all time leader in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, and assists, an MVP in 2004, and NBA Champion in 2008

 

3rd String: Dirk Nowitzki


Drafted 9th overall in 1998 by the Milwaukee Bucks, Dirk was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks, where he’s spent his entire career. A foreign player who started playing professional basketball in Germany is commonly thought to be the greatest international player of all time. With an unblockable turn around and a range of a guard, Dirk is one of the first new hybrid power forwards that the league is full of now. The power forward has always been able to score in the post, rebound, and be a threat in the defensive post. Dirk has become pick n roll based, allowing him to shoot jump shots off the screen of dive low for a score in the paint. Making him one of the highest scoring players off all time currently ranked 10 with 26,786 points. in 16 seasons Dirk also has, 12x All-Star appearances, 4x All-NBA first team, the Mavericks all time leading scorer, and an NBA championship in 2011 where he was also named finals MVP.