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Young NBA Superteam vs. Old NBA Superteam: Who Would Win A 7-Game Series?

Young NBA Superteam vs. Old NBA Superteam: Who Would Win A 7-Game Series?

Seeing superteams go to battle has to be the guilty pleasure of NBA fans in the modern league. After all, superstars are enjoying playing with one another and it creates the most excitement in the league at this moment of time. We are certainly in the era of the superteam because it seems every year we have at least one.

This year, we were expecting to see the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets meet in the Finals since each superteam had 3 superstar players on the roster. Of course, it did not work out that way as the Lakers did not make the playoffs while the Nets were swept in the first round. As far as superteams go, there might not be one in the playoffs so far.

But what if we could create two superteams to face each other in an imaginary world. Specifically, what if we could take 5 superstar veterans and place them in a best-of-7 series against 5 young superstars? Would a group of older and experienced stars take the series or would they fall to the elite youngsters? Here is how a series between the Young NBA Superteam and the Old NBA Superteam would play out.


Ja Morant vs. Chris Paul

Ja Morant vs. Chris Paul

There is no question that Ja Morant is an elite athlete who has not even reached his prime years yet. He can explode off his feet with ease and is also showcasing elite scoring and playmaking ability at such a young age.

Alternatively, Chris Paul is no longer in his prime and is not the best version of the superstar point guard we used to see with the Hornets and Clippers. But he is still one of the best players in the league because of his basketball brain, and this matchup will come down to athleticism against basketball IQ.


Luka Doncic vs. Stephen Curry

Luka Doncic vs. Stephen Curry

Luka Doncic will have no problem scoring against Steph, something that gives the Young NBA Superteam a massive advantage in the half-court. The Slovenian is simply unstoppable on the court because he has a powerful frame and stands 6’7”.

Steph is giving up a ton of size on defense, but he will make up for it on offense. Curry is the best shooter of all time, and Luka has not been known to be an elite defender although he has been improving. The superstar point guard will get his looks, and that bodes well for his team.


Jayson Tatum vs. DeMar DeRozan

Jayson Tatum vs. DeMar DeRozan

This forward matchup will be exciting to watch because Jayson Tatum is an elite shot-maker from the perimeter and has also greatly improved his ability to score around the rim. An improving all-around player and defender, Jayson will make life difficult for DeMar DeRozan throughout the series.

DeMar is an All-Star for a reason because he has arguably the best mid-range game in the league and shares that honor with Chris Paul and Kevin Durant. DeRozan can make shots over lengthy defenders and will do that against Tatum as a result. DeMar will not outscore Tatum throughout the series, but he will take over in Game 3.


Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Kevin Durant

Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Kevin Durant

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the world because no player right now can do what The Greek Freak does on both ends of the floor. Standing 6’11” and weighing 242 lbs, Giannis is more powerful than KD and is also more athletic. We have never seen a power forward with Giannis’ length and speed before.

Durant will struggle to stop Giannis inside, but he has the length to challenge his shots. Of course, on offense, KD is a major part of what the Old NBA Superteam does. Durant will be a threat from deep as he usually is, and will try to put a ton of pressure on Giannis throughout the series.


Nikola Jokic vs. LeBron James

Nikola Jokic vs. LeBron James

Nikola Jokic is arguably the most dominant center in the world right now. Even if he does not play the attractive basketball that Joel Embiid plays, he is the best passing big man of all time and is also an excellent all-around player. Standing 6’11”, Jokic is the only true center in the series and will form a dominant duo with Giannis inside.

Meanwhile, we saw how LeBron James will struggle to defend centers at age 36. After all, even if James is a one-of-a-kind athlete, he does not have the natural size and energy at his age to stop a player like Jokic. That is why The King’s impact will come on the offensive end, as he will aim to run the floor as much as possible to generate easy dunks and layups.


Young NBA Superteam Advantages

The youngsters have excellent balance because they have the two most physically dominant players in the series. Giannis has no match because of his strength, length, and athleticism at the power forward spot. Of course, Nikola Jokic is the only true center in the series.

The youth of the superteam also means that they can run the floor at any given moment of time, especially when the size and playmaking of Jokic make them better. Overall, the youngsters will have a bit more in the tank in terms of exhausting their energy and also an edge in size.


Old NBA Superteam Advantages

The Old NBA Superteam have a tremendous basketball IQ, mainly thanks to the brilliance of Chris Paul and LeBron James as leaders. Both stars are exceptional playmakers and passers and will find ways to give the likes of Curry, Durant, and DeRozan open looks. Perhaps most importantly, the Old NBA Superteam has elite shooting.

Chris Paul is a knockdown shooter, but the core of Curry and Durant are difficult to stop from a defensive point of view. Steph and KD can go off against their opponents because they have the experience and skills to compete well against their younger opponents. Veteran experience cannot be taught, and that will be an advantage even if they lack size.


Who Wins A Best-Of-7 Series?

Game 1 ends in a blowout, because the young players dismantle the veterans with pace and power. Jokic and Giannis combine for 25 rebounds, and Luka finds his range from the perimeter by punishing Steph in isolation. Ja Morant pushes the pace extremely well, leaving the veterans with a lot to discuss following the game that ends 112-96.

Game 2 is a nail-biter, but the young stars once again come through. Jayson Tatum had a magnificent 4th quarter, going 3-4 from three while Jokic chips in 10 points and 7 rebounds as well. LeBron and Steph have big games by combining for 66 points, but a late three-pointer by Tatum over DeRozan seals a 5-point victory for the Young NBA Superteam, 115-110.

After a slow start to the series, the Old NBA Superteam bounce back with key performances by Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan is the man of the hour, specifically, because he goes 12-19 from the floor to finish with a big 35 points. LeBron and CP3 run the show, leaving the veterans with a 105-98 victory.

Game 4 is a very tough one for both sides, although the veterans sneak out with a 2-point victory. They struggle to stop Nikola Jokic and Giannis down low in the first half, succumbing to them in a 55-70 first-half deficit. But the three-point shot proves its worth, because Steph, KD, and James combine for 10 made threes in the second half. The outside shooting proves to be the difference, mainly because the Young NBA Superteam go 3-17 in the game. The game ends in a 110-100 victory for the Old NBA Superteam.

Game 5 is a nail-biter, but a Kevin Durant late jumper with 0.5 seconds left seals a 2-point victory for the Old NBA Superteam. Giannis is the standout performer with 39 points and 17 rebounds, but KD has his best game of the series by scoring 33 points, grabbing 10 boards, and dishing 10 assists. With the game tied 111-111, Chris Paul finds a cutting KD who stops and pops in a shot with less than a second to seal a victory.

The Young NBA Superteam answer in Game 6, although they greatly benefit from the calls of the referees. Luka, Morant, and Tatum combine for 25 free throws attempted while LeBron and company only get to the line for 10 attempts. Adding in another 8 attempts from Giannis, the game is slow over the first 3 quarters. But in the fourth, Giannis comes to life by pushing the pace and dealing massive damage to the undersized KD and LeBron. The game ends 117-110, with a pivotal Game 7 coming.

Game 7 is a hard-fought battle, but the Young NBA Superteam have simply too much youth, energy, and size on their ends. Giannis and Jokic are too big, outscoring the veterans singlehandedly in the post. LeBron grabs a triple-double and the Steph and KD combine for 8 threes, but the youth have a little more in the tank. Giannis and Jokic both have near triple-doubles and Morant goes an efficient 8-13 from the floor in what proved to be the difference in a 107-102 victory. Due to his stats and unstoppable athleticism, Giannis is crowned Finals MVP.

Final Result: Young NBA Superteam vs. Old NBA Superteam 4-3

Finals MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo

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