Kobe’s dreaming about the Olympics: The 1992 Dream Team vs. the 2012 team

Posted on 07/13/2012 by

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Editor’s Note: I did say I would still use this site occasionally right? 99% of my stuff will still show up over at the Wages of Wins, except under special circumstances. This is such a one. Enjoy!

We have a tendency to want to build up the present at the expense of the past.

Case in point, Kobe Bryant came out and said that the current olympic team could beat the legendary dream team.

Yeah, these guys. I know, Kobe’s a little delusional here.

Michael Jordan laughed at him. My gut and my eyes told me to agree with his airness.

But you know at this blog we like to take it a little further. Let’s break out the numbers.

This is the numbers for all the members of the team is question with my estimates for minutes for each team. In the interest of time, I’ve allowed Blake Griffin to stay in under the assumption that Anthony Davis will produce at a similar clip. Let’s break it down by position.

Point Guard ( Magic and Stockton vs CP3, Russell and Deron)

CP3 is the only guy who can keep this competitive against Magic and Stockton. He is not enough to offset Russell being Russell by himself though. Still the verdict is:

  • Win for the Dream Team

Shooting Guard ( Michael and Clyde vs Kobe,Harden and probably a little Russ and Deron)

Huge Mismatch. Michael and Glyde would crush it completely here. Michael would put the glove on the opposition and completely fluster them. Best bet for the current team is Harden but I don’t think he has the maturity to handle Michael based on what we just saw in the Finals.

  • Big Win for the Dream Team

Small Forward ( Chuck, Scottie and a Legend Cameo vs The King, KD, Melo and an Iggy sighting)

Lebron is a big difference maker here. I’d play him all 40 minutes if I were coaching his team (just ask spo). Chuck and Scottie are awesome but KD and Iggy hold their own. The fly in the ointment here is Melo who should not be on the team or on the floor.

  • Bloody Draw on the Melo Factor

Power Forward ( More Chuck, Mailman and Lattner  vs A King/Melo/KD/Blake/Love sandwich)

Dream team relies on the Mailman and gives Chuck some more. The 2012 Olympic team scrambles for  a cloning machine for Lebron. They won’t find it.

  • Big Win for the Dream Team

Center ( The Admiral and Mr. Ewing vs Tyson, Kevin and probably some more Lebron)

I like Tyson Chandler, in a completely platonic way of course. He keeps this from being too horrible.

  • Win for the Dream Team

So the Dream team gets 2 Big Wins, 2 wins and a draw. By the numbers they also come out as about ten points better than the current olympic team over 40 minutes. That means they would win about 80% of the games between these teams and I’d pick them to beat the 2012 Olympic team in a seven game series 4 games to 1.

However, the gold medal is won on single elimination, so in theory Kobe would have a 20% chance of being right.

This is called winning despite yourself.

-Arturo (@arturogalletti)

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