Skip to main content

“Ain't nobody beatin' this team in a seven games series”


LeBron James created a superteam in Miami. Kevin Durant helped create one when he joined the Golden State Warriors. Shaquille O'Neal was a member of one when he dominated the league alongside Kobe Bryant. And now, almost a decade after his retirement, Shaq built another one.

But Larry O'Brien is not what this group is after. In fact, there is no tangible validation this team can receive. Because while all other superteams mentioned were on a quest for an NBA championship, this one is competing in the league of hypotheticals, trying to consensually be viewed as the best all-time starting five the NBA has ever seen. And Shaq, the GM, has no doubt in his mind - no one is coming close to his bunch.

You have to hand it to Shaq; this really is a special collection of NBA talent. First, for the accolades. 12 MVPs, 19 NBA championships, 15 NBA Finals MVPs, 19 NBA scoring champions, 63 All-NBA selections, 30 All-Defensive selections, and so much more is shared among the five.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Second, their individual greatness. You have MJ and LeBron - two guys that are in most people's GOAT conversation. You have arguably the most skilled player ever in Kobe Bryant, alongside one of the most dynamic scorers ever in Allen Iverson. And then you got Shaq orchestrating the paint, being one of the most dominant forces the NBA has ever seen. Four out of five guys are a consensus top 10 players in the history of the association, and one is one of its most influential individuals ever.

There are some questions about the fit, but that's inevitable when you're discussing all-time starting fives. People tend to look at it more piece by piece than as a collective, and it seems like the 'there's only one ball' argument always comes up. But neither fit nor talent-wise, I don't see a group that would've been able to compete with this one. Do you?

Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird and Atlanta Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins

“I did not shake Larry Bird’s hand for 13 years” — Dominique Wilkins reveals the truth about his rivalry with Larry Bird

Wilkins said that he and Larry never really had to talk or shake hands to let each other know that the respect was there.

Los Angeles Lakers small forward Kobe Bryant and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker

How Kobe Bryant learned to speak french so he could trash talk Tony Parker

Tony Parker did his best not to react to Kobe Bryant's french but deep inside he couldn't stop laughing.

Elton John and Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand

“Well you rebound like Elton John” — Elton Brand explains why he only lasted 24 hours on Twitter

Elton Brand did not find social media useful. Instead, he saw it as a platform where random people can easily insult him.


“They should be honored because they got to play with me” — Greg Ostertag's epic tribute to Karl Malone and John Stockton

Ostertag explained why Stockton and Malone should be everyone's rolemodels if they want to be great in the NBA.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett

"My wife is like, ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’" - Kevin Garnett admits he felt the itch to make an NBA return

Kevin Garnett admitted that at one point, he thought his body was urging him to make an epic NBA return.

New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum

CJ McCollum signs a two-year, $64 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans

With McCollum now secured for the future alongside Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans are a team to keep an eye on.