Kevin Durant is overseas as part of a promotional tour for his new show and he talked with a website called NBA Maniacs. He talked about his all-time starting five and there were some conflicting personalities, but still a pretty good squad nonetheless. This is from Google Translate so you’ll have to excuse the poor grammar.
“Well, good question. I would stay with Magic Johnson as a basis for their exceptional height, vision and be a triple-double machine. As guard Kobe Bryant is a legend and five-time champion. It’s been half-life in the NBA! Michael Jordan like three. Sorry for Larry Bird , but I have to let him out for Kobe. As a power forward is difficult, between Karl Malone, Tim Duncan … I stay with Tim Duncan . For longevity, the securities and the impact it has had and still has on the court. And Shaquille O’Neal as a dominant power forward.”
Trying to have Jordan and Kobe play together is a small miracle in itself and then you have to get Shaq the ball in the post. Duncan wouldn’t mind taking a back seat and Magic would probably be happy to dish it out to all those guys. There would be no rebounds for the other team with Duncan and the Big Diesel handling the boards, but now the question becomes what versions of these guys do you take? Early prime Jordan or peak scorer Jordan? Athletic Shaq or unstoppable Shaq? I think you get where I’m going with this.
Either way, you can’t really argue too much with that list even if it doesn’t have Larry Legend on it or LeBron James or even Durant himself.