Which team would win a best-of-7 series between the All-Time “Letter J” Team and the All-Time “Letter D” Team? The Letter J Team has had some elite superstar players that have last names ending with the letter J in each position. We will see a ton of superstar players play for the Letter J Team, including the greatest point guard ever in Magic Johnson, the best talent ever in Michael Jordan, the best small forward ever in LeBron James, a talented inside-outside scorer in Antawn Jamison, and 2-time MVP Nikola Jokic.
For the All-Time “Letter D” superteam, we will see superstars Luka Doncic, Clyde Drexler, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, and Anthony Davis play for the team. These superstars have all experienced individual success over their careers and will form a dynamic five-man rotation to take on Team Letter J. Clearly, these players bring a “new-school” vibe that includes some elite shooting around superstar big men.
Clearly, 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 special players.
Magic Johnson vs. Luka Doncic
Magic Johnson is the best point guard of all time and will have a ton to teach Luka Doncic in terms of making other players better. Johnson is the greatest passer in NBA history, and he will have some elite targets to pass to, including Michael Jordan and LeBron James, two of the most physically talented players we have ever seen. Johnson will also bring his elite rebounding and size to counter the 6’7” Doncic.
Luka cannot pass as well as Magic and is not a natural playmaker like him, but he is a tremendous scorer and will be tasked with creating scoring opportunities for his team. Doncic is slightly shorter than Magic, but he has the girth and all-around size to act as a deterrent to the greatest point guard of all time. Of course, Luka can make outside shots and is always a threat from the perimeter.
Michael Jordan vs. Clyde Drexler
Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever and will always dominate every shooting guard matchup against any other competitor in his position. That includes Clyde Drexler, as MJ will average 31.2 PPG in the series while shooting 49% from the field and 82% from the line. Jordan is also an obsessed winner and will act as a cut-throat shooter and defensive player for Team Letter J because he wants to set the tone and prove he is the greatest player of all time.
Clyde Drexler is an all-time great shooting guard and a top-50 player, although he is not as good as Michael Jordan. Drexler will not be able to stop Jordan from averaging over 30 PPG, although he will contribute well with his own 23.5 PPG average to go along with 6.7 RPG. Clyde understands Kevin Durant is the number one scoring option and does a great job acting unselfish enough to feed the superstar small forward.
LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant
LeBron James is an unselfish player, but since he is playing next to Magic Johnson, he will opt for more of a scoring role. In fact, James will act as a secondary scorer to Michael Jordan and will average 25 PPG to go along with 10 RPG and 7 APG. The King will also focus on the defensive end, defending Kevin Durant as much as possible to allow Magic and Jordan to control the series. James knows his team is unbeatable if he acts unselfish enough.
Kevin Durant will be the number one scoring option for his side, even if the player is not a natural gunner. KD will average 27 PPG, although he has moments where he does not impose himself and often takes a backseat role to the other stars on his team. Durant will still be a threat from the perimeter and will get his shots whenever Duncan and Davis impose themselves in the paint.
Antawn Jamison vs. Tim Duncan
Antawn Jamison is one of the better inside-outside scorers of his time, and he was always an awkward matchup because of his versatility. Nowadays, we see power forwards with a skill set similar to Jamison’s, but there is no doubt the power forward did it very well. Jamison will average 12 PPG in the series, but he will have his hands very full defending the bigger and more talented Tim Duncan.
Duncan has an advantage in the post, and he will be the best player on his team. The Big Fundamental will average 24 PPG, 14 RPG, and 3 BPG while shooting an incredible 58% from the field. Defensively, he will hold Jamison to 30% whenever he does not shoot outside shots and will also lead all players in BPG. No doubt, Tim Duncan will have the biggest impact on his side.
Nikola Jokic vs. Anthony Davis
Jokic forms a dynamic partnership with Antawn Jamison in the front court. Nikola is another inside scorer that can space the floor, although he will be in the paint most often to give his shooters space. Of course, he will be required to feed Kevin Durant as much as possible and act as an option whenever Luka wants to pass the ball. The two-time MVP will post 21 PPG, 15 RPG, and 9 APG in an incredible series.
This is yet another superstar matchup because Anthony Davis is widely considered one of the most talented big men in NBA history. Davis prefers to play the power forward, but he will need to accommodate the more impactful Tim Duncan and compete at the center position. The versatile big man will be required to defend Nikola tightly but also make his shots and be a primary rebounder. As great as Davis is, he will not have his best series as he gets outplayed by Jokic while posting averages of 18 PPG, 13 RPG, and 5 APG.
Letter J Team Advantages
Team Letter J has a unique mix of lockdown defensive players and winning intangibles. Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson are the best two-way duo ever because they are capable of using their size and athleticism to play defense and also lead an all-time great offense. Remember, both players have a combined 11 NBA championships to their name. But their play is bolstered by the presence of LeBron James.
LeBron is arguably the most dominant frontcourt player in this series because his physicality and lateral quickness make him a scary player to compete against. Standing 6’9” and weighing over 240 lbs, James complements Jordan and Magic in a horrifying manner. Finally, Jokic owns the paint as a dominant big man who is the only natural center in the series. Quite frankly, this team has tremendous versatility on both ends of the floor.
Letter D Team Advantages
Team Letter D counters Team Letter J with all-time great shooting ability around the most consistent inside presences. Durant 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. But Durant can create his own shots from the perimeter, something rare in NBA history. Alongside him are 2 Hall of Fame talents in Doncic and Drexler, who can create their own offense as well.
Most importantly, Team Letter D has the most impactful inside presence. Duncan and Davis are a better duo than Jamison and Jokic because Duncan is the greatest power forward ever. Team Letter D has more size than Letter J, and they will use it effectively to diversify their offense. With size to their advantage, they can slow the pace down.
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 J will win a hard-fought series that stretches only 5 games. This is how the series plays out.
Game 1 is all Team Letter J, as Jordan and LeBron combine for 55 points. They play lockdown defense on Doncic and Durant, preventing them from getting hot from three. Shooting a combined 40% from the field, neither star gets enough room to operate from the perimeter, which leaves the team shorthanded. Kevin Durant makes up for the poor production by dropping a game-high 36 points, but it is not enough as his efficiency was sorely lacking. Adding in another 15 assists from Magic and a triple-double by Jokic, the game ends 115-90.
Team Letter D tries to respond in Game 2, as Duncan and Davis combined for 50 points and 30 rebounds. Team Letter J struggles to handle the post, despite a monster 25-point, 17-rebound performance from Nikola Jokic. Team Letter D gets off to a hot start and does not cool off until the fourth quarter, leaving Team Letter J fighting for the rest of the game to keep up. But in the fourth quarter, they do catch up. Jordan goes off for 12 points and kickstarts a 20-6 run which ultimately ends in a Game 2 victory for Team Letter J.
Team Letter D responds in Game 3, winning the game 113-111 thanks to a game-winner from Kevin Durant. Skipping to the fourth quarter, Luka Doncic and LeBron James go head-to-head, scoring 10 points apiece. It is a hard-fought game for the majority of the game, but James and Luka look to be controlling the quarter. But that does not last long, as Tim Duncan goes berserk over the last 4 minutes. He grabs 6 rebounds, blocks two shots, and has 3 assists, including a clever pass out of the post to Kevin Durant, who swishes a three-pointer over LeBron James to win the game at the buzzer. This was sorely needed because going down 3-0 would ultimately spell the end for Team Letter D.
Game 4 is also about Team Letter J, this time coming away with a 1-point victory. This time, it is Michael Jordan who wins the game. LeBron James shines brightest with 30 points and 10 rebounds, but Jordan is clutch in the fourth. With Team Letter J trailing by 8 points in the quarter, MJ scores and assists on 12 points in the quarter, including a stepback jumper over Clyde Drexler to put them up 1. Kevin Durant gets a good look as time expires, but LeBron and Magic blitz him and force him to pass instead of taking a jumper. Davis nails a one-handed lob from mid-range, but it came after the buzzer, and Team Letter D goes down 3-1 in the series.
Down 3-1, the bigs in Team Letter D put their heads down and go to work. Davis finishes the game with 25 points, and Duncan drops 27 points in dominating fashion. There is simply no answer for them early on, as Team Letter D makes sure the ball is forced to them in the post. No matter what Team Letter J did, there was no answer. The first half ends 60-43 and looks out of hand. But instead of guaranteeing a Game 6, Team Letter J wakes up. Magic registers 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in the second half alone, while Jordan and James combine for 30 points in the second half.
LeBron James ends up with a triple-double and has a critical block on a hot-handed Luka Doncic when the Slovenian drives and tries to score to put his side up by 4. Rebounding the shot is Jokic, who dishes to Magic which eventually leads to a Michael Jordan and-one. Instead of going up 4, they are down 1, thanks to a spectacular play. Clyde Drexler answers with a mid-range shot, but once again, Jordan comes through thanks to some excellent unselfish play from both Magic and LeBron. Jordan’s mid-range basket gives his side a 1-point lead, leaving Team Letter D with a chance to win it with 10 seconds left. Luka has the ball and tries to set up a play for Durant, but he quickly sees the play will break down. He takes Magic one-on-one and steps back for a three. It rims out, and Jokic lobs the rebound to MJ on the other side of the court to dribble out the clock and win the series. With so many contenders for Finals MVP, Michael Jordan takes it in the end for his clutch performances and series-high scoring average.
Final Result: Letter J Team vs. Letter D Team 4-1
Finals MVP: Michael Jordan