You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.
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Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.
These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Boston Celtics, who have been so good over the last 60 seasons that they have no numbers left to give you.
C: Bill Russell. Completely changed the way basketball was played. Was the devastating go-to defensive force on 11 Celtic championship teams, an outfit that helped shape the way modern basketball is run. Won five NBA MVP awards. I once saw him eat an ice cream sandwich in two bites.
F: John Havlicek. A durable two-way forward that probably could have played at a high level several years following his 1978 retirement. Was the NBA’s third-leading all-time scorer upon that retirement day. An eight-time champion and 13-time All-Star. Once stole the ball.
F: Larry Bird. Overcame a debilitating lack of athleticism that sportswriters of the era chose to talk up despite his ability to out-run, out-quick, out-shoot, out-pass, and out-rebound just about every player of his position in his or several players’ other eras. Won three championships and guested in two other Finals’ stages. Quite possibly the finest all-around player of all time. Would go to great lengths in order to secure a hamburger sandwich.
G: Sam Jones. Quite possibly the greatest bank-shot artist in NBA history. Won ten NBA championships, because that’s what Celtics did back then.
G: Bob Cousy. Made the game interesting at a time when, let’s be honest, the game wasn’t all that interesting. Easily the greatest NBA player …Read More