Every time people normally post about Dream Teams, they put all the top players ever on one team, like so:
C - Shaq
PF - Duncan
SF - Bird or LeBron
SG - Jordan
PG - Magic
Utterly boring. Takes zero thought, and shows no basketball knowledge. So here's a different approach to choosing a Dream Team:
GROUND RULES (Read Before Posting)
Rule #1: You may have no more than 3 players on your team who have ever been First Team All-NBA at any point in their careers. You may use less, but you may not exceed that number.
Rule #2: Exactly 1 of the three players chosen above may be a Top 12 Player of All-Time. You may not exceed this number. To leave no uncertainty, refer to Pro Sports Daily's Official Top 10 NBA Players of All Time list. To these players, add Kobe and LeBron. One and only one of these players may be chosen.
Rule #3: You may have no more than 1 other player apart from the three chosen for Rule #1 who has ever been Third Team All-NBA at any point in their careers.
Rule #4: Your fifth player to round out the starting lineup may not have ever been chosen for an All-NBA Team at any point in his career. So your starting five should consist of:
3 First Team All-NBAers (only one of whom may be a Top 12 Player of All Time, defined as the 10 players voted as PSD's Official Top 10 NBA Players of All Time, plus Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.)
1 Third Team All-NBAer
Rule #5: After choosing your starting lineup, choose a bench. Your bench may have no more than 1 player who has ever won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award at any point in his career.
Rule #6: The rest of your bench must consist of players who actually came off the bench. Bringing starters in the game off the bench is not permitted. If a former starter came off the bench at one point in his career, then that is acceptable (e.g., Alonzo Mourning in 2005-06, Bill Walton in 1985-86). In such case you must specify the year in which you are using the player in which the primarily came off the bench.
Rule #7: After choosing your team, explain how you envision them working together. Specify who your franchise player is and why you've chosen him. Explain the reasons behind the other players you've chosen, and how they complement your franchise player. There should be an offensive hierarchy and clearly delineated roles, as there would be on an actual TEAM. Explain why they work together.
Let's see what teams you people can construct where you actually have to think about your choices and can't just stack them with Top 10 GOAT players with MVPs coming off the bench. Who can construct the best TEAM?