Posted by Neil Paine on March 5, 2011
Hanging out with Hoopism's Bailey brothers (Jason & Matt) and Harold Shanafield of Haystack Scouting on Friday night, we had a great conversation about the "ultimate teams" of a given coach. The idea is this: if you had a certain coach, and you had to play a pickup game in his signature style with players from NBA history, who do you pick to play?
Specifically, we were joking around and picking Don Nelson all-stars, thinking of freakish lineups with a SF at the 1, a PG at the 2, a SG at the 3, a SF at the 4, and a PF at the 5. Jason had a few too many beers and picked Travis Outlaw as his PG, I called on Antoine Walker's services at point forward, Matt built a team around Anthony Mason, and I also think Wang Zhizhi was somehow involved. This was all for fun, but what if we actually picked the players who put up the most Win Shares while playing for Nelson?
|Pos||1st Team||2nd Team||3rd Team|
|PG||Sidney Moncrief||Steve Nash||Tim Hardaway|
|SG||Michael Finley||Junior Bridgeman||Brian Winters|
|SF||Chris Mullin||Paul Pressey||Ricky Pierce|
|PF||Marques Johnson||Terry Cummings||Rod Higgins|
|C||Dirk Nowitzki||Shawn Bradley||Bob Lanier|
Even more fun is the exercise of picking a team of players that Nellie never actually coached, but were similar to his best lineup. For instance, as a random Nellie team you might go with:
So who would be on your Don Nelson all-star team? We also discussed the quintessential Larry Brown & Isiah Thomas teams (bonus points for choosing a coach other than the team's namesake), so feel free to throw those in as well.