Michael Jordan announces his All-Time Pickup Team

11/14/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Michael Jordan announces his All-Time Pickup TeamThere are not many athletes who can draw headlines simply by announcing who they think the best players in their sport are, but Michael Jordan is one of those athletes. In a promotional video for the video game NBA 2K14, Jordan announced his ideal pickup basketball team, saying, "I got no chance of losing. None at all." Here are the players he picked:

PG - Magic Johnson
SG - Michael Jordan
SF - Scottie Pippen
PF - James Worthy
C - Hakeem Olajuwon

You really can't argue Magic Johnson, who some people will tell you was even better than Jordan. He's a matchup nightmare as a 6'8'' point guard and was one of the best facilitators of all time.

Jordan obviously picked himself, A) because he is generally considered the greatest player of all time and B) because he is too confident and too proud to exclude himself even if there were a better option.

Pippen may be a questionable selection, but while there are certainly better individual players than Pippen, there may not be any who have better chemistry with Jordan. The two Hall of Fame ballers won six championships together.

There may have been a little bit of nepotism with Worthy, who played with Jordan at UNC during their collegiate years. Even so, Worthy was a great player, making the All-Star team seven times and being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

I'm thrilled to see Olajuwon on Jordan's squad, because despite how well-renowned he is, I still believe he is largely underrated. A lot of centers excel on one end of the floor, but Olajuwon dominated in just about every facet of the game. During crunch time, you could rely on Olajuwon to create a play and make the game-winning shot, or shut down an opponent and block the game-winning shot.

With Jordan coming out with his All-Time Pickup Team, I think I am going to have to take this opportunity to come up with one of my own. At just 23 years old, however, I don't think I could fairly make decisions between guys like, let's say, Olajuwon and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I know the stats and I've seen the highlights, but I did not watch them play constantly throughout their careers. I'm going to stick to the players of my era, guys who were in their prime in 2000 or later. Check the next page for my All-Time (Post-2000) Pickup Team...
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