My friend posted this on FB. I think it’s complete BS for a few reasons, but mostly cause they got at least 4 of these match-ups wrong. Yeah most of the 92 guys had better careers… but that’s cause their careers are over now! Most of the ‘12 guys are just hitting their primes! AND some of the 92 guys were nowhere near their primes when they suited up:
‘92 Magic over ‘12 Chris Paul: WRONG - Magic had been retired for a year because of HIV, plus had already been declining. CP3 just made another 1st team All-NBA.
‘92 Pippen over ‘12 Durant: WRONG - Pippen had just come off his 2nd All-Star, 1st All-NBA team (2nd team), 1st All-Defensive 1st team, a distant tie for 3rd in Defensive POY (he got 3 votes), and 9th in MVP voting (1 bizarre 1st place vote). Durant on the other hand, 3rd straight All-Star selection, 3rd straight scoring title (only other people to do this in last 50 years - Chamberlain, Gervin, Jordan), 3rd straight All-NBA 1st team and a 2nd place finish in MVP voting.
‘92 Bird over ‘12 Westbrook - Where this chart loses all credibility. Bird had just retired because of injury. Westbrook just made 2nd All-NBA and capped it off with an NBA Finals appearance. Like, if ‘92 Bird played ‘12 Westbrook in literally any sport, ‘12 Westbrook would win. Bird was that banged up.
‘92 Stockton over ‘12 Williams - Stock made All 2nd team while DWill whiffed, but isn’t that just cause there’s better PGs now? Stock had to compete with no one (there wasn’t even a PG on the 1st team - what’s that say?) while DWill has CP3, Westbrook and Rondo (not to even mention Rose). I’m taking DWill but that’s cause I’m racist and I pick the tall black guy over the shorter white guy in a basketball game. Also, Isiah Thomas didn’t even make All-NBA this year so who gave a shit that he didn’t make the Dream Team?
All of a sudden it’s 6-6. Plus, if you switch KLove to be matched up with Ewing and Chandler to Robinson (this makes more sense, pairing the starting centers), you can make the case for ‘12 Love over ‘92 Ewing and BAM it’s 7-5 for the new guys. Just saying.
I’d also like to point out that in July 1992, the US team had a combined 12 rings, but 8 of those came from the washed-up Magic and Bird and the other 4 from MJ and Pippen… who were on the same team. It’s also a dumb metric because if the Thunder had beat the Heat all of a sudden the ‘12 team has 2 extra rings but whatever (none of the ‘12 guys won together), so if we wanna be technical it’s 10-7, and if you remove Bird because he didn’t play in 2/3 of the games anyway, it’s a dead heat (JUST SAYING).
Also worth mentioning; in ‘92 the only guys on that team who were LOCKS for the HOF were Magic, Bird and MJ. The ‘12 team you have Kobe and LeBron obviously, but I’d also argue Durant already given that he’s won 3 straight scoring titles and no one who’s done that ever failed to make the hall. For what it’s worth, Bill Simmons in 2010 ranked CP3 one of the 100 greatest players ever as well.
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