Ackerman’s NBA All-Time Starting 5

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – They’re sweeping up the confetti on the streets of Cleveland, where 1.3 million fans gathered to celebrate LeBron James and the Cavaliers winning the city’s first major professional sports title in 52 years.

James, the Akron, Ohio native, said he was coming home to win a championship and he delivered. He also put himself among the greatest players in the history of the NBA.

Love you so much!!! #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #RWTW

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If you could build the ultimate NBA team, would you include James on your roster? I’d start him. Yes, LeBron James, a three-time champion who outplayed everyone in a seven-game series against Golden State, is now in the conversation as one of the greatest players of all-time.

I’d win a lot of games with this team…

The starters (5)

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Guards: Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan. Magic is the greatest playmaker in history, a wizard on the Lakers’ fast break. Jordan is not only the greatest player in NBA history, but there isn’t a clear No. 2…which might make him the most dominant individual of any of the four major sports.

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with Hall Of Famer Bill Russell after Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on June 19, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with Hall Of Famer Bill Russell after Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on June 19, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE

Forwards: Larry Bird, LeBron James. Bird is arguably the greatest clutch shooter the NBA ever had, with the toughness to go inside and grab a rebound, make a pass, or get in someone’s head. James is the ultimate hybrid, a player who can run the point or dominate the paint. LeBron’s ability to change a game is remarkable.

Center: Bill Russell. An 11-time world champion with the Celtics, Russell was a defensive presence and a transcendent talent. Bottom line, he was a winner in more ways than any other big man in history.

Bench (5)

Guards: Oscar Robertson, Kobe Bryant. The “Big O” averaged a triple-double for an entire season. He backs up Magic at point guard. Bryant is a Jordan clone, the perfect complement, competitive to his core.

Forward: Tim Duncan. The most complete power forward in the history of the game and the championship rings to prove his worth.

Centers: Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. With Russell, they make up the top three rebounders in the NBA history. Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Chamberlain once averaged 50 points per game and is No. 1 all-time in rebounds. I’m putting two centers on the bench and it’s going to be these two.

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Sorry, Shaq.

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