San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich would have to be in charge of the “Rest of NBA” team, and would have an abundance of weapons.
I’d imagine Popovich’s squad to have LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Chris Paul, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, Andre Drummond and John Wall.
It would be a fascinating chess match to watch Popovich take on Steve Kerr and the Warriors, as there would finally be a worthy opponent to Golden State’s ‘death lineup’ of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. Popovich could employ a lineup of LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Paul George and Anthony Davis, which could seamlessly neutralize Golden State’s versatility.
Popovich clearly has the deeper roster with so much star power, but this matchup would serve as perfect evidence for the classic talent vs. chemistry debate. With limited practice time, it would be fascinating to see if Golden State’s well-oiled machine could beat the best players in the world.
I spoke with John Avello, race and sports operations director at Las Vegas’ Wynn and Encore, and his proposed line on this hypothetical game was to favor Popovich’s squad by 8.5 points.
It makes sense for the NBA stars to be considered heavy favorites, and would certainly be a game no fan would want to miss. Unfortunately though, this legendary showdown can only exist in our imaginations.
Instead, the 2016 All-Star Game will feature another farewell brick show courtesy of Kobe Bryant, and a collective defensive effort that can best be summarized as James Harden-like.
Simply put, this will surely be another forgettable NBA All-Star “Performance.”