Center - Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
The Dream won two NBA Finals when Micheal Jordan retired for the first time. During those two seasons, the entire NBA was vying to win, as the greatest player ever left a hole for the rest of the league to fill.
Hakeem makes the list for one season: 1995. His Rockets swept the up-and-coming Magic and Shaquille O’Neil, although they beat the Spurs in six games in the Conference Finals to get there.
The year prior, in 1994, David Robinson posted 71 points against the Clippers to steal the scoring title away from Shaq because they had a well-documented beef. There is no question in my mind that the Spurs could have won an extra title in 1995 against the Magic if Hakeem and company didn’t send them home early.
In that six-game Western Conference Finals, Hakeem posted an absurd 35 points, 4.2 blocks, five assists, and a 12.5 rebound average during six games. The Spurs didn’t stand a chance.
Between Hakeem, Kobe, and Leonard, this All-Rivals team is a defensive juggernaut, and the offense does not have a weak link. On average, this five-man lineup would have shot 40% from behind the arc, moved the ball well, and snagged an astonishing amount of rebounds thanks to their size and athleticism.
The only question I can ask? Would an all-time Spurs starting five be able to beat this team? It would be quite the task, as all five of them are top-75 players.