Who would win in a pick-up game: '92 Dream Team or 2012 Redeem Team? | The Tylt
Who would win in a pick-up game: '92 Dream Team or 2012 Redeem Team?
25 years ago, the most unstoppable team took the floor and brought back the gold. The world was helpless in trying to combat the superstar team. The teams that had the unfortunate task of being in opposition stood no chance. The Dream Team beat opponents by an average of 44 points—historical domination that will more than likely never happen again.
Of the 12 players on the roster, 11 are currently in the Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2012 Redeem Team was good. The Dream Team was better.
Name one person on the 2012 Redeem Team who could stop David Robinson, Patrick Ewing or Karl Malone in the post. Anthony Davis? Tyson Chandler? The Dream Team has way too much size for the Redeem Team to handle. Michael Jordan would have no problem checking Kobe Bryant, and Scottie Pippen would lock down on Kevin Durant, or LeBron James. As good as the Redeem Team is at running the floor, Magic Johnson had the Dream Team humming on all cylinders. They had enough size to slow the game down and work inside.
The Redeem Team had an easy time dispatching teams with their small lineup, but the Dream Team had incredible defensive prowess on the perimeter and low post. The 2012 USA Basketball team can cause a lot of problems, but the Dream Team has every answer.
Like technology, basketball teams have only improved with time. Everyone respects the original Nintendo Entertainment System, but to say it's better than the Sony PS4 would be ludicrous. The Dream Team is an original for sure, but to say that team could beat the versatile and athletic 2012 Redeem Team is insane.
A lot of people like to point to the scoring margin to justify the Dream Team's hypothetical domination of the 2012 Redeem Team. However, the competition Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson were facing was nowhere near as competitive as it was in 2012. International teams like Spain, Argentina or France were filled with NBA-level players in 2012, and the Redeem Team still dominated with a 34-point average margin of victory. The Dream Team never faced anything as challenging.
Respect the original, but don't deny the truth—the Redeem Team would run circles around the Dream Team.
The Dream Team had the individual brilliance of Michael Jordan, but who else? Magic Johnson, who hadn't played NBA basketball for a year, a broken down Larry Brown and a bunch of big guys.
The 2012 Redeem Team was versatile and had skilled players at every position. People want to look at the 2012 team's lack of size as a disadvantage, but small ball is a proven winner in today's game. On the 2012 team, everyone can shoot, pass, drive and finish. Pippen and Jordan might stop some people, but they can't guard all five positions.
The overall brilliance of the 2012 Redeem Team would be too much for the Dream Team. Move over, Dream Team. There's a new squad in town.