Hey, let’s have some fun here.
NBA TV is celebrating Sixers “team day” on this Thursday, and as such they would like us to create our starting Sixers lineup from a crop of 15 players who cost a certain amount of “points.” How are you gonna use these points to build a well-rounded squad?
Here are the candidates:
— NBA TV (@NBATV) August 8, 2019
I would have put Andrew Toney on the list, but anyway, here’s what I came up with while trying to flesh out a starting five with everybody at a realistic position (after the jump):
- center: Wilt Chamberlain (5 points)
- forward: Dr. J (5 points)
- forward: Iggy (1 point)
- shooting guard: Hal Greer (3 points)
- point guard: Ben Simmons (1 point)
I just can’t take Allen Iverson over Wilt and Dr. J. Same with Moses Malone (RIP) and Charles Barkley, as great as they were.
And Hal Greer (also RIP) was a 10-time All-Star who played 92 playoff games while averaging 20.4 points. He goes in as my shooting guard, while Ben Simmons and Andre Iguodala fill out the roster as cheap one-pointers. That’s a starting five that can pass the hell out of the ball with a dominant, all-time center anchoring the front court.
But it’s a good exercise, and it’s interesting going through the responses and seeing how people value contemporaries like Iverson and Joel Embiid vs. the all-timers like Moses and Wilt.