Matchups between some of the NBA greats have always been talked about and discussed but here are 10 of the top 10 Dream 1-on-1 matches we all want to see!
10. Kobe Bryant vs. Shaquille O’Neal
Everyone is aware of the mix up that Kobe and Shaq went through that led to their downfall together. The Lakers decided to move on and trade Shaq and keep Kobe, which turned out to be a very smart choice. For years Shaq would boast that Kobe could not win a championship with out his help, but then he won two. To this day, Shaq is still bitter and to see the two hash out their differences on the court again in a one on one match up would be priceless.
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9. Tim Duncan vs. Kevin Garnett
Duncan and Garnett are both in the hunt for going down in NBA history as two of the best power forwards to ever play in the NBA. Both have won championships and both have a similar style of play. Matched up one on one, it would be interesting seeing what they will pull out of their skill set to get the upper hand.
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8. Moses Malone vs. Hakeem Olajuwon
It’s only right that two Houston Rockets players hash it out in a one on one grudge match. Both players are more than capable to score with the basketball in their hands but its going to be up to their defensive abilities in order to come out on top.
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7. Shaquille O’Neal vs. Bill Russell
Shaq and Bill Russell were both centerpieces to their respective teams and both established the tempo at which their teams would play at. Shaq played with so much heart and anger that while attempting a dunk he shattered an entire backboard. The Celtics ran their offense through Bill Russell when he was on the floor and he became their most reliable player while he was with the franchise.
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6. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James
The question has always been asked, Whos better Kobe or LeBron Obviously there is no easy answer to this question but regardless it will continue to be debated. Kobe has 5 rings and LeBron has 2 but obviously LeBron is much more athletically gifted than Kobe Bryant ever was. That being said, what Kobe lacks in athletic ability to LeBron, he makes up for with his work ethic and basketball IQ.
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5. Kevin Durant vs. George Gervin
George Gervin was an absolute scoring machine much like Kevin Durant. They both have the ability to score whenever they want and put up an insane amount of points. If these two went head to head there is no doubt that this would be a high scoring match.
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4. Wilt Chamberlain vs. Shaquille O’Neal
When Shaq was in his prime he was absolutely unstoppable. There was nobody in the league who could match up with him and he could dunk on anyone who decided to come up and contest his shot. Wilt Chamberlain was very much the same kind of player as he dominated the league for years. It would be interesting to see who would be outmatched if these players went head to head for 48 minutes.
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3. Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan
Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are the most clutch basketball players to ever play in the NBA. The amount of game winning shots they have made is ridiculous and to see them square off while both of them were in their prime would be a dream for basketball fans. Kobe has been compared to Jordan recently in his career and hes on pace to tying Jordan with 6 championship rings.
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2. Wilt Chamberlain vs. Bill Russell
Wilt Chamberlain was a scoring machine and holds almost every record in the NBA history by a landslide. Whos the next best center in NBA history Bill Russell of course. Russell has won the most NBA championships of any player in the league with 11. To see them go one on one would truly be exhilarating to watch as history would be in the making.
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1. LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan
LeBron James is by far the best athlete in the game today and of course Michael Jordan is the best of all-time. To see both of them taking on each other head on would surely be a spectacle that millions all over the world would pay to see. They both have freakish athletic abilities and to see them hash out who truly Is the best basketball player of all-time would be crazy to witness.