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Team Shooters vs. Team Dunkers: 5 Splash Brothers Against The 5 Furious Dunkers

Team Shooters vs. Team Dunkers: 5 Splash Brothers Against The 5 Furious Dunkers

Shooting is arguably the most important skill in today’s game. That is why teams scramble to sign shooters every offseason because floor-spacing has never been this important before. Having shooters on the court means a team can generate 3-points per possession as often as possible, which gives them the best chance to have more points on the board.

While often not considered a skill, dunking is an art. Most of the exciting players in league history have all been dunkers who can throw it down with force, style, and grace. That is why players such as Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, and Vince Carter are such fan favorites. But are elite dunkers better all-around players than elite shooters?

It is time to place a team with 5 Hall of Fame shooters in a best-of-7 series against 5 Hall of Fame dunkers for a massive showdown for the ages. Here is who comes out on top.

Stephen Curry vs. Zach LaVine

Stephen Curry vs. Zach LaVine

Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter ever, and he will show it off in the series. The best shooter on the court will create his own shots and often leave Zach LaVine frustrated. Steph will have his way until MJ switches onto him.

Zach LaVine will be a force on the break because he can run the floor and slam dunks over anybody with ease. The All-Star shooting guard is a force on offense when he has help and will put pressure on Steph as much as possible.

Ray Allen vs. Michael Jordan

Ray Allen vs. Michael Jordan

At the shooting guard spot, there are very few players in NBA history that can shoot like Jesus Shuttlesworth. A superstar offensive player in his prime and an unselfish star, Allen will have no problem coming off screens to space the floor.

Meanwhile, Allen has a tough task ahead of him in Michael Jordan. The single greatest player and competitor on the court, Jordan will simply dominate the court since he has 4 other All-Star caliber stars beside him.

Klay Thompson vs. Vince Carter

Klay Thompson vs. Vince Carter

Klay normally competes at the shooting guard position, but he will have to handle Vince Carter at the small forward spot. Thompson is also one of the best shooters ever and will form a dynamic duo alongside Steph and Allen.

Carter will make highlights, average around 20 PPG, and spot up for threes as much as possible. These are things Carter does at a high level, mainly because he will have to accept a lesser role in the offense thanks to the talent around him.

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James

One of the most dominant scorers of all time, Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James will be the most fascinating matchup in the series. Durant will lead his team in scoring, but he will also have to handle LeBron James who will average a near triple-double.

The King is not only an incredible athlete and passer, but he shines brightest when he has other superstars beside him. With LeBron playing a “Magic Johnson” role for the majority of the game, he will make Michael Jordan’s life easier on the court.

Dirk Nowitzki vs. Shaquille O’Neal

Dirk Nowitzki vs. Shaquille O’Neal

Dirk is not a natural center, and everybody knows this. But his ability to space the floor at a Hall of Fame level means he gets to pull Shaquille O’Neal out of the paint and give space to the shooters and scorers by his side to do their thing.

But on the other end, Shaq will go to work. LeBron and company will try to slow the pace down as much as possible because Diesel will get whatever he wants down low. When Shaq gets the ball, the game stops and he will almost always score or get fouled.

Team Shooters Advantages

Team Shooters can stroke the ball from deep at an unbelievable rate, to nobody’s surprise. Steph Curry is the single greatest shooter ever, and we already saw what happened when he has the likes of Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant by his side.

Throwing in Ray Allen and Dirk Notiwzki, Team Shooters have arguably 4 of the top-10 greatest shooters to ever lace them up. In a 7-game-series, shooting can be key as long as they can get timely stops and run the break.

Team Dunkers Advantages

Team Dunkers have elite physicality. Zach LaVine is an oversized point guard, although the main areas of size will be the remainder of the positions. MJ and Carter are two of the most athletic players of all time, and they will show it on the court.

Of course, LeBron and Shaq are two massive figures who will own the physical battle against the likes of the finesse and slender Durant and Nowitzki. If they can slow the pace down, Team Dunkers have the edge.

Who Wins Best-Of-7 Series?

Game 1 is a slugfest with plenty of offense. Curry leads the way with 32 points and Dirk chips in 27 for Team Shooters. It takes a monster game from Michael Jordan to overcome a 3-point onslaught because the legendary shooting guard scores 38 points including 10 in the 4th quarter to seal a 123-119 victory.

Game 2 is more of the same in terms of offensive firepower, but this time Shaquille O’Neal dominates with 41 points and 10 rebounds. There is no answer for Shaq because LeBron James (15 assists) does a great job slowing the pace and feeding the beast. Dirk and Durant have no chance of stopping Shaq and lose the game 118-110.

Finally, there is some defense in Game 3. With the game tied heading into the 4th quarter, Team Shooters have the momentum because Jordan and LeBron are struggling with efficiency (a combined 43% from the field). As expected, MJ drops 8 points in the 4th and sparks an early lead to the quarter. But the shooters wake up, as the team combines for a total of 5 threes in the quarter to seal a 110-105 comeback.

Similar to Game 4, shooting is the key. Dirk does a tremendous job forcing Shaq out of the paint, and Durant attacks the paint early to set the tone. The swingman finishes with a game-high 33 points on 12-17 shooting and also registers 10 assists. Durant’s best game by far, he also gets plenty of help including a Ray Allen dagger with 10 seconds left to give his team a 5-point lead. The game ends 104-101 after MJ drains a meaningless buzzer-beater.

Not to be outdone, Team Dunkers fire on all cylinders in Game 5. Every player registers at least 17 points, and completely own the rebounding and turnover battle. Team Shooters have a whopping 14 turnovers in the game, mainly caused by the hounding defense of Jordan and the backcourt. Shaq registers 22-18, and LeBron finishes with a triple-double in a 113-90 blowout.

Team Shooters need to respond, and they do. But somehow, Team Dunkers make it tough on them thanks to the exceptional two-way play courtesy of Michael Jordan. The shooting guard finishes with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks, and 52% shooting. It is hard for a team to compete when the legendary shooting guard puts up these numbers, and he completely dominates his matchups. He holds Steph to 2-10 shooting from three, and Shaq is once again a force with a monster double-double. But Klay Thompson goes ballistic in the final two minutes of the game, nailing 5 three-pointers in a span of minutes to snatch an unlikely victory for his side.

After blowing leads they shouldn’t have, Team Dunkers push aside the noise and focus on one thing: dominating. Once again, Jordan has a monster two-way game and completely dismantles the opposition. He once again holds Curry to sub-.400 shooting from three, and drops 30 points on 48% FG. James has his most efficient game yet, controlling the tempo and finding Shaq each time in the half-court. Carter adds 23, and there is no chance for Team Shooters to battle against elite physicality. The game ends in a blowout 123-100 victory after they get stunned by the size, power, and aggression the opposition shows. Michael Jordan goes home with Finals MVP honors.

Final Result: Team Dunkers vs. Team Shooters 4-3

Finals MVP: Michael Jordan


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