Which team would win a best-of-7 series between the All-Time “Letter A” Team and the All-Time “Letter B” Team? The Letter A Team has had some elite superstar players that have last names ending with the letter A in each position. We will see a ton of superstar players play for the Letter A Team, including the offensive superstar point guard Nate “Tiny” Archibald, one of the best shooters ever in Ray Allen, future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, and 6-time NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
For the All-Time “Letter B” superteam, we will see 2004 Finals MVP Chauncey Billups lead the point guard spot alongside 5-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, 3-time MVP Larry Bird, Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, and 2-time NBA champion Chris Bosh. These stars have all experienced individual success over their careers and will form a dynamic five-man rotation to take on Team Letter A. Clearly, these players bring toughness and elite play on both ends of the floor.
As you can see, both superteams are filled with talent, and each has a chance to win a series if things go their way. But who wins a best-of-7 series in the end? It is time to find out because a 7-game-series between them will need to be analyzed in terms of player talent, lineup chemistry, and a host of other factors. But make no mistake, this series will come down to a few elite plays by some exceptional players.
Tiny Archibald vs. Chauncey Billups
Nate “Tiny” Archibald is one of the best point guards of his time and will have a ton of opportunities in terms of making other players better. Archibald is one of the best passers on the court, and he will have some elite targets to pass to, including Ray Allen and Carmelo Anthony, two of the most talented players from the perimeter. Tiny will also bring his elite scoring ability to keep Billups active on the defensive end and will feed his big men throughout the series well.
Chauncey Billups is a very solid playmaker, although his most impactful attribute is his deep-range shooting and clutch ability in big moments. Billups has above-average strength for a point guard and will also have his hands full dealing with offensive superstar Nate Archibald ahead of him. Overall, “Mr. Big Shot” will have a solid series on both ends of the floor.
Ray Allen vs. Kobe Bryant
Ray Allen is one of the greatest shooters ever and will always be on the move to receive passes from Archibald as much as possible. Multiple-time All-Star Ray Allen will average 23 PPG in the series while shooting 45% from the field and 836% from three. Allen’s off-ball movement will be critical for his team because the player will need to match what Larry Bird does when shots start falling from the perimeter.
Kobe Bryant is obviously an all-time great shooting guard and a top-10 player, although he is arguably just as effective on defense. The Black Mamba will average over 30 PPG, although he will contribute well with his all-around game by chipping in 6.5 RPG, 5.0 APG, and 2.5 SPG. Kobe also understands Ray Allen is the best shooter on the floor besides Larry Bird, so he will keep tabs on defending the perimeter consistently.
Carmelo Anthony vs. Larry Bird
Carmelo Anthony’s job is to score and put pressure on Larry Bird, things he will do throughout the series. The playmaking presence of Tiny Archibald will greatly benefit Anthony’s game because he will find space to shoot and find himself in a position to score in the post. A strong scorer, Anthony will have a very solid series by averaging 25 PPG.
Larry Bird will be the primary playmaker for his side, even if Chauncey is known to be a solid passer and floor general. Bird will average 24 PPG in the series, although he also averages 8 APG and 9 RPG. Bird will also be a threat from the perimeter and will get his shots whenever his superstar offensive teammates impose themselves on the court.
Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Charles Barkley
Giannis is always a matchup nightmare because of his tremendous athleticism, except that will be mitigated due to Charles Barkley’s superstar presence. Giannis will do a ton of things well on the floor, from passing and rebounding to attacking the basket on the fast break. Team Letter A will try to give Giannis the ball on the break to cause immediate matchup issues due to his ability to pass the ball and obviously score inside.
Charles Barkley might have an advantage in the post because he is a natural scorer on the block even if he lacks the explosiveness of The Greek Freak. The superstar power forward will average 24 PPG and 14 RPG while shooting an efficient 53% from the field. Defensively, he will also need help from Chris Bosh to stop The Greek Freak through the use of a “wall” in the post.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar vs. Chris Bosh
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar forms a dynamic partnership with Giannis Antetokounmpo in the front court. The center is another inside scorer for Team Letter A, although his presence in the paint most often gives his shooters space. Armed with the most unstoppable offensive move in NBA history, Kareem will be a force on the block and won’t have much trouble getting his shot over Chris Bosh.
Chris Bosh is a versatile offensive player, and his ability to nail perimeter shots will take Kareem out of the paint to contest shots. That will be invaluable, especially because Charles Barkley will want plenty of space inside. Bosh will have a solid series from the perimeter, nailing 36% of his three-pointers and 46% of shots overall. Unfortunately, he will also give up 31 PPG to Kareem.
Letter A Team Advantages
Team Letter A has all-time great perimeter scoring ability around two very consistent inside presences. Allen is one of the greatest shooters ever, and he will always have the edge over anyone else when it comes to making three-point shots in terms of efficiency. Carmelo Anthony can create his own shots from the perimeter, something rare in NBA history. Alongside him is Hall of Fame point guard Tiny Archibald.
Most importantly, Team Letter A has the most impactful inside presence. Giannis is unstoppable when he has room to attack the paint, and Kareem is the most impactful post-scorer in the series. The two bigs will cause a ton of havoc for the opposition, which also creates shots for the elite perimeter players. Overall, Team Letter A will have a size advantage for sure.
Letter B Team Advantages
Team Letter B has a unique mix of talented scorers and winning intangibles. Chauncey Billups and Kobe Bryant are a match made in heaven because they are capable of using their size and athleticism to play defense and also lead an all-time great offense. Remember, both players are known for coming in big in clutch moments. But their play is bolstered by the presence of Larry Bird.
Bird is easily one of the most dominant perimeter players in this series because his shooting and basketball IQ make him a scary player to compete against. Standing 6’9” and weighing 220 lbs, Bird complements Billups and Bryant in a horrifying manner. Finally, Charles Barkley is a talented inside scorer and rebounder to counter Giannis while Chris Bosh can pull Kareem out of the paint.
Who Wins A Best-Of-7 Series?
In a best-of-7, the team that can get the most stops normally wins. That is why Team Letter B will win a hard-fought series that stretches all 7 games. This is how the series plays out.
Game 1 is all Team Letter A, as Giannis and Kareem combine for 61 points. They play lockdown defense inside the paint, preventing the opponents from making an impact on the other end. Shooting a combined 50% from the field, both stars get enough room to operate from the paint and ultimately decide the outcome of the result. Kobe Bryant makes up for the poor production by his team by dropping a game-high 35 points, but it is not enough as his efficiency was sorely lacking. Adding another 15 assists from Archibald, the game ends 113-94.
Team Letter B tries to respond in Game 2, and they do as Larry Bird scores a game-high 40 points, including 5 three-pointers made. Team Letter A struggles to handle Larry Legend, despite a monster 35-point, 14-rebound performance from Carmelo Anthony. Team Letter B gets off to a hot start and does not cool off until the fourth quarter, leaving Team Letter A fighting for the rest of the game to keep up. A late 12-4 run to start the fourth makes Team B nervous, but Barkley has a big quarter to tie the series thanks to a 109-100 victory.
Team Letter A responds in Game 3, winning the game 113-111 thanks to a game-winner from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Skipping to the fourth quarter, Carmelo and Bryant go head-to-head, scoring 12 points apiece. The score is tied 100-100 at one point, but that does not last long, as Kareem goes berserk over the last 2 minutes. He grabs 3 rebounds, blocks two shots, and has two made shots, including a buzzer-beating sky hook shot over Chris Bosh to win the game. Archibald inbounds to Kareem, who fakes a pass, takes a dribble, and swishes through the shot to win via two points.
Game 4, this time, is about Team Letter B, this time coming away with a 3-point victory. This time, it is Kobe Bryant who wins the game. Giannis shines brightest with 30 points and 16 rebounds, but Kobe is clutch in the fourth. With Team Letter B trailing by 8 points in the quarter, Bryant scores and assists on 12 points in the quarter, including a clutch three-pointer with 15 seconds left to give his side a 3-point lead. Ray Allen gets a good look as time expires, but a late contest by Billups and Bryant forces the shooter to barely miss the shot at the buzzer. Heading to Game 5, the series is tied 2-2.
With the series tied 2-2, the bigs in Team Letter A put their heads down and go to work. Kareem finishes the game with 25 points, and Giannis drops 27 points in dominating fashion. There is simply no answer for them early on, as Team Letter A ensures the ball is forced to them in the post. No matter what Team Letter B did, there was no answer. The first half ends 59-44 and looks out of hand. Chauncey has a big second half, scoring 15 points thanks to 5 three-pointers made, but Carmelo Anthony counters with a 14-point second half. Overall, the bigs earned the victory for their side because Team Letter B only managed to cut the lead down to 6 before another run ends the game, 121-106.
In Game 6, Larry Bird ends up with a triple-double and also has two straight assists at the end of the game to seal the victory for his side. The first assist goes to Kobe Bryant, who receives the ball on the perimeter and pump-fakes Ray Allen before draining a fadeaway jumper. The second assist comes via a pick-n-roll, where Bird has a perfect bounce-pass to Chris Bosh, who nails a mid-range shot off the glass. Carmelo tries to answer, taking both shots for his side but misses both. Ultimately, Team Letter B forces a Game 7.
Game 7 is a hard-fought contest, as the first quarter ends 25-25, with the key performers being Bryant, Kareem, and Giannis. The second quarter ends 60-60, as this seems like a game that will be heading to overtime. That ultimately does not happen because an excellent defensive strategy at the end of the game prevents OT from happening. Kobe takes Ray Allen to work with 1 minute left, gets double-teamed, and passes to Larry Bird, who drains a corner three. Down three points, Team Letter A feeds Kareem, who comes through with a patented sky hook. Billups is fouled with 30 seconds left and drains both free throws. Down three again, Carmelo hoists a three-pointer over Bird that goes right through. Team Letter B answer through Charles Barkley, who draws a foul and makes both free throws. With 5 seconds left, Kareem receives the ball from a timeout, but he gets blitzed by 3 defenders. Clever defense pokes the ball away, and Ray Allen finds the ball to make the shot but time expired 2 seconds too late. Thanks to a clever defensive play, Team Letter B wins an exciting Game 7. There are a couple of contenders for Finals MVP, but Kobe Bryant takes it thanks to his clutch plays throughout the series.
Final Result: Letter A Team vs. Letter B Team 4-3
Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant
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