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Old School Superteam vs. New School Superteam: Who Would Win This Duel Of Generations?

Old School Superteam vs. New School Superteam: Who Would Win This Duel Of Generations?

Out with the old, and in with the new. This longtime idiom has been around for quite some time. It means getting rid of old ideas or things and starting fresh with new ones. As the NBA transitions to the next batch of faces representing the league, the generation of “old school” has a growing population.

Old school might still have an effect on you thinking back to the old, physical Detroit Pistons teams in the late 80s, the Showtime Lakers, or the Chicago Bulls dynasty with Michael Jordan. You can’t stop the clock, so the new generation of fans will be looking at players from the 2000s and 2010s as the next batch of old-school players.

In this instance, the old school team will feature players that are over the age of 30, while the new school team features players age 29 or less. If the stars separated and joined their respective aged teams, could the old school team teach the youngsters another lesson in a seven-game series?

Old School Starting Lineup

Old School Starting Lineup

Stephen Curry (PG), DeMar DeRozan (SF), LeBron James (SF), Kevin Durant (PF), Nikola Vucevic (C)

If you look at the stats in today’s league, you have the leading scorer in Kevin Durant and last year’s scoring leader Steph Curry on the same team. The combination of Curry and Durant was lethal during their days in Golden State, which included three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals where Durant won two Finals MVPs. While Curry never won a Finals MVPs during the team’s run to three titles dating back to 2015, Curry was a two-time MVP in 2015 and 2016, including a unanimous selection in 2016.

This team is so deep in the starting lineup that not even LeBron James would be the team’s best overall player. It’s Durant’s time to shine these days as the face of the league, but even at 36 years old, LeBron is playing like a top-10 player, especially since he has reinvented his career as a point forward.

Speaking of players reinventing themselves, the way DeMar DeRozan is playing these days, you can’t leave him out of the lineup. DeRozan has played like a shooting guard/forward combo for the Bulls and is averaging 26.9 points with a 51% shooting clip. With Nikola Vucevic pegged as a top-3 center in the league for his scoring, rebounding, and passing abilities, there would be a lot of open shots available for not just DeRozan, but the entire team.

Old School Bench

Damian Lillard (PG), Chris Paul (PG), James Harden (SG), Paul George (SF), Jimmy Butler (SF), Kawhi Leonard (PF), Brook Lopez (C)

The way Chris Paul helped the Phoenix Suns turn into a top offense in the league shows that he has a lot to offer. Paul is 36 years old and is leading the league in assists this season as the only player averaging double-digit assists. If the Old School team needed a true ball handler, they have one ready to come off the bench.

If you need scoring, you have a three-headed monster in Damian Lillard, James Harden, and Paul George. Lillard would be the third option to come off the bench given his play this season, but this is still a First-Team All-NBA caliber player we are talking about here. Harden can pull down a triple-double on most nights, while George is contending for a scoring title this year in Kawhi Leonard’s absence.

Leonard is listed as a power forward on this roster because he will play small ball with this lineup. Durant would have to be moved to the center, but the team could implement a lineup of Paul, Curry, DeRozan, Leonard, and Durant if necessary. Lopez makes the roster as the team’s backup center. Unless you want Al Horford on the roster, there are not a lot of over-30 options at this position.

New School Starting Lineup

New School Starting Lineup

Luka Doncic (PG), Zach LaVine (SG), Jayson Tatum (SF), Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF), Nikola Jokic (C)

Some could say that Giannis Antetokounmpo is the true face of the league right now. After leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first championship in 50 years, and winning Finals MVP, Giannis has the sight of the entire world. The two-time MVP is also a Defensive Player of the Year. When it comes to forming teams, he is the player you want to build around, especially when that player gives you about 26 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and two blocks each night.

Pair Giannis with the reigning MVP in Nikola Jokic, which gives the New School team the last three MVP winners. Jokic is the best center in the game, but also a top-5 overall player in the league right now. Jokic can shoot, rebound, and distribute. It’s uncommon to see centers rack of triple-doubles, but Jokic is doing that as we speak.

Luka Doncic is another triple-double machine, having already owned the record for Mavericks franchise history. With Doncic and Jokic on the roster, you would have one of the best inside-outside punches we have ever seen. Zach LaVine is a dangerous scorer that has no range, while Jayson Tatum looks like a lite version of Kevin Durant some nights. Pound-for-pound, this New School lineup would give many teams fits.

New School Bench

Ja Morant (PG), Devin Booker (SG), Bradley Beal (SG), Jaylen Brown (SF), Anthony Davis (PF), Joel Embiid (C), Rudy Gobert (C)

The bench features some of the game’s best players, which also include some of the best up-and-coming players too. For starters, Joel Embiid was the reigning runner-up in the MVP race last year. Embiid averaged 28.5 points and shot 37.7% from three-point range as a 7-footer. Having that as your backup center will give this team a mega mismatch.

The New School team could go big with Giannis, Jokic, Embiid, and Rudy Gobert on the court at the same time. Gobert is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Throw in Anthony Davis, the team is loaded with front-court talent. Giannis and Davis alone were the one-two finishers in the DPOY voting in 2020.

As for the guards, Ja Morant is on pace to win the Most Improved Player of the Year award with his lien of 26 points and seven assists each night. This would be the ultimate backup point guard. The bench is supposed to give the team a jolt of electricity. Imagine a Morant dunk coming off the bench. Try containing that excitement. Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, and Jaylen Brown are as good as it gets when it comes to scoring, so the team would have plenty of offense at their disposal.

Old School Advantages

Having LeBron, KD, and Curry on the same team is an advantage in its own right. These are three of the best closers we have ever seen play the game of basketball. LeBron led the league in assists in 2020, so he could handle point guard duties. With his age, it would allow him to take on a different role because he wouldn’t have to score so much. This allows Curry and Durant to play off the ball. With Vucevic playing as an excellent passer, the Old School team would have a plethora of open shots.

The team has the ultimate combination of skill players too. For example, LeBron is a great finisher at the rim. Curry is a three-point shooter. Durant can do everything, while Vucevic can draw defenders out with his outside shooting. DeRozan can handle the mid-game. Where exactly are the weaknesses here? Small ball lineups have proven to work, especially if you factor in the play of Paul, Lillard, George, or Leonard in the mix too.

New School Advantages

The size of the New School team will give the Old School team fits on the rebounding side. With Giannis, Embiid, Gobert, and Jokic on the same team, how is the Old School team going to grab a rebound? With Durant having to play the center position in small-ball lineups, that will take away his transition game. The size also takes away the lane and will force Old School to shoot from outside. Outside of LeBron, there’s not a player that can get into the lane to create a shot or draw contact from these big bodies.

If New School buys into offensive rebounds, they will have second-chance points. This could lockdown the Old School team. Defensively, this team is stacked. You could take Tatum out of the lineup and put in Embiid or Gobert to create a sizeable advantage. If Old School doesn’t hit their outside shots, this could be a tough matchup.

Who Would Win A 7-Game Series

The Old School team would let their presence be known in the first matchup. After a slow night for Vucevic shooting the ball, the Old School team would go to their smaller lineup. Instead of keeping DeRozan on the floor, the team would turn to George and Leonard. With George and Leonard on the floor, the defense gets a jolt of energy and forces the bigger New School team into a fit of turnovers. Curry and Durant take advantage in transition and each score over 30 points, leading the team to a 107-98 win.

In the second game, the New School team gets their revenge win. Doncic scores a line of 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. LaVine hits six three-point shots, including a heave at halftime to give New School the lead. LaVine finishes with 32 points, while Jokic just misses joining Doncic on the triple-double list on the box score with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists. New School wins 118-102.

The third and fourth games go to Old School because the team makes adjustments. The third game sits LeBron to give him rest, instead of inserting Paul to run the show. Paul allows Curry to play off the ball and gives him the freedom to air it out. Curry scores 40 points and makes eight three-pointers. The fourth game features a vintage Durant performance with 32 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and two blocks. Vucevic scores zero points but finish with 12 rebounds, taking care of the post defense.

The New School team takes care of the fifth and sixth game to hold off elimination. Giannis takes over in Game 5 and scores 45 points and pulls down 23 rebounds. Jokic adds five three-point shots and the duo display one of the greatest performances from big men we have ever seen. In the sixth contest, the bench comes alive. Beal, Booker, and Embiid are given more minutes and they shoot lights out. Combine that with another triple-double from Doncic, and this goes to a Game 7.

In the final game, it all comes down to the piece of leverage that Old School has. They are the better outside shooting team. The New School defense tries to pack in the paint, but the effort is futile as Curry is left open too many times. Time and time again Curry sinks shot after shot and throws up a 50-spot in the clinching game. Combine that with the typical games from his supporting cast, the Old School keeps class in session and reminds everyone that the shiny things in life aren’t always better.

Final Result: Old School Superteam vs. New School Superteam 4-3

Finals MVP: Steph Curry

Credit for an idea: BreakAnklesDaily/Instagram


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