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All-Time Red Team vs. All-Time Blue Team: No One Can Beat Michael Jordan And LeBron James When They Are On The Same Team

All-Time Red Team vs. All-Time Blue Team: No One Can Beat Michael Jordan And LeBron James When They Are On The Same Team

Which team would win a best-of-7 series between the All-Time Reds and All-Time Blues? The Reds have had some elite superstar players play for “red” franchises including the Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, and Houston Rockets. With red color in their jerseys, we have seen a ton of superstar players play for the reds including Damian Lillard, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, LeBron James, and Hakeem Olajuwon.

For Team Blue, we have seen superstars such as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, and Shaquille O’Neal play for the Warriors, Mavericks, and Magic. These superstars have all experienced championship success over their careers and will form a dynamic five-man rotation to take on Team Red. Who wins a best-of-7 series? It is time to find out.

Damian Lillard vs. Stephen Curry

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At the point guard spot, we are seeing arguably the two greatest sharpshooters over the last decade go to battle. Lillard is a master of the three-point shot and has a knack for letting shots fly at deep range without any hesitation. Of course, in the clutch, he is extremely deadly.

Meanwhile, Steph is the single greatest shooter ever and can take over games with his scoring ability from the perimeter. We have not seen a player like Curry before, which is why this matchup will excite fans because shooting is at a premium over the series.

Michael Jordan vs. Klay Thompson

Michael Jordan vs. Klay Thompson

Michael Jordan is the greatest shooting guard of all time, and he dominates any matchup he is in against any opponent. Of course, the matchup won’t be easy with Klay Thompson across from him, but Jordan will find a way to impose his will on the series.

Meanwhile, Klay forms a dynamic partnership with Stephen Curry as they make outside shots together while putting pressure on Team Red. Klay is also an elite defender, meaning he will do as good a job as possible keeping up with Air Jordan which is a very difficult task.

Scottie Pippen vs. Kevin Durant

A premier matchup at the small forward spot, Scottie Pippen and Kevin Durant will go head-to-head with their different skill sets. Scottie Pippen does not have the scoring power of Durant, but he brings playmaking and defense at an elite level, however. His partnership with Michael Jordan will be critical for Team Red.

Meanwhile, Durant will play his usual unselfish style of play alongside other all-time great players. Despite being the best pure scorer on the team, KD does not mind taking a step back to allow others to shine. That makes Durant even more deadly because he will choose his spots efficiently.

LeBron James vs. Dirk Nowitzki

LeBron James vs. Dirk Nowitzki

At the other forward position, LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki go to battle. Of course, both superstars have a history with one another after they competed for the NBA title in 2011 against each other. James is a completely different player than Dirk because he is a point-forward who can dominate the game with physicality and basketball IQ.

Meanwhile, Dirk is a sweet-shooting power forward who is one of the most unstoppable offensive players ever. Nowitzki can shoot over any defender, including LeBron, without having a fear that his shot will be blocked. After all, he made a career off his one-legged fadeaway.

Hakeem Olajuwon vs. Shaquille O’Neal

Hakeem Olajuwon vs. Shaquille O’Neal

This matchup is about skill against athleticism. Hakeem has his way with scoring, dribbling, and even shooting; while Shaq counters with raw strength and size. The best possible defensive opponent for Shaq is Olajuwon, but he is still too “small” when compared to Diesel.

Hakeem Olajuwon realizes he must play smart against Shaq, fouling when necessary and also putting pressure on him on the other end of the court. The series will be an interesting one nonetheless because both centers are easily two of the top-five ever.

Team Red Advantages

Team Red has a unique mix of lockdown defensive players and winning intangibles. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are the best defensive duo ever because they are capable of locking down players the entire length of the floor. After all, the legendary Bulls duo made history doing so, winning 6 NBA titles together. But their defense is bolstered by the presence of LeBron James and Hakeem Olajuwon.

LeBron was arguably the most dominant perimeter defender in the game when he was with the Heat over 3 years because his physicality and lateral quickness made him a scary player to score against. Standing 6’9” and weighing over 240 lbs, James complements Jordan and Pippen in a horrifying manner. Finally, Hakeem owns the paint as a dominant defensive player who holds the record for most blocks in NBA history. Quite frankly, this team will lock any team up on an elite level.

Team Blue Advantages

Team Blue counters Team Red with all-time great shooting ability around the most dominant physical force in NBA history. Curry is the greatest shooter ever, and he will always have an edge over Damian Lillard, who is also a great shooter. But Steph can create his own shots from three, something rare in NBA history. Alongside him are 3 Hall of Fame shooters that join Curry as some of the top-10 shooters in NBA history.

Klay and Durant won NBA titles with Steph and formed the best shooting trio we have ever seen. Adding in Dirk Nowitzki is literal overkill on the court, especially with Shaquille O’Neal down low. Team Blue can spread 4 shooters around Shaq, something that will put a ton of pressure on Team Red because these aren’t any ordinary shooters.

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 Red will win a hard-fought series that stretches 7 games. This is how the series plays out.

Game 1 is all Team Red, as Jordan and Pippen combine for 50 points. They play lockdown defense on Steph and Klay, preventing them from getting hot from three. Shooting a combined 30% from three, 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.

Team Blue respond in Game 2, as the “Big Four” nail 17 threes combined. Team Red struggle to handle the perimeter, despite a monster 25-point, 17-rebound performance from “The Dream” Olajuwon. Team Blue get off to a hot start and never cool off, leaving Team Red coasting the rest of the game because the lead is out of reach.

Team Red respond in Game 3, winning the game 118-117 thanks to a game-winner from Damian Lillard. Skipping to the fourth quarter, Dirk Nowitzki 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 Dirk control the quarter. Dirk nails a one-legged fadeaway over James to give Team Blue a 1-point lead with 10 seconds left. Jordan drives and kicks to Lillard, who nails a contested jumper with his toe on the line over Steph to win the game.

Game 4 is also about Team Red, once again 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 Red trailing by 8 points in the quarter, MJ scores and assists on 12 points in the quarter including a stepback jumper over Klay Thompson to put them up 1. Kevin Durant gets a good look as time expires, but Hakeem and Pippen do just enough to throw him off.

Down 3-1, Shaquille O’Neal puts his head down and goes to work. Hakeem finishes the game with 25 points, but Diesel drops 40 points in dominating fashion. There is simply no answer for Shaq, as he makes sure he forces the ball into the basket. No matter what Team Red did, there was no answer. As in the case with Game 2, Team Red coast the rest of the way to conserve energy as the game is out of reach.

Game 6 is about the shooters because Team Blue respond again in a scintillating fashion. This was only a 2-point victory because Team Red have a chance to win the game in regulation. Jordan’s stepback jumper rolls in and out, allowing Team Blue a chance to come back in incredible fashion in Game 7.

But it is not meant to be. Hakeem registers 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 blocks while Jordan and Pippen combine for 48 points in the game. LeBron James has a triple-double, and Lillard has a hot streak in the first half. With Team Red firing on all cylinders, Team Blue have no answer despite the 32-point performance by Shaquille O’Neal. Team Red have a 10-point lead heading into the 4th quarter and never let it slip away, as LeBron controls tempo for the majority of it. With so many contenders for Finals MVP, Michael Jordan takes it in the end for his clutch performances in Games 3 and 4.

Final Result: Team Red vs. Team Blue 4-3

Finals MVP: Michael Jordan


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