NBA Twitter is a beautiful place where entertainment and debate reign, and great ideas can be found. Recently, the team at NBAMath organized a #TimeMachineDraft in which 30 personalities from around NBA Twitter selected an ultimate roster comprised of individual seasons from NBA greats. Let’s take a look at the top 15 picks:
1. 1988/89 Michael Jordan (Bryant Knox of Bleacher Report).
2. 2012/13 LeBron James (B/R’s Andrew Bailey).
Who else was going to be selected in the top two? The Jordan-LBJ debate has been going on for several seasons now and with James showing no signs of slowing down, it’ll likely continue for quite some time. I wouldn’t determine whether GoodFellas or The Departed is the better film without seeing how each movie ended. With LBJ still playing at a high-level, I’m not ready to pick between the two.
3. 1971/72 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Former Bulls beat writer Sean Highkin).
4. 1986/87 Magic Johnson (HoopsHype’s Bryan Kalbrosky).
5. 2015/16 Stephen Curry (CBS Sport’s Adi Joseph).
You could talk me into these three in any order, though if I were picking third, I might pull the trigger on Curry, a player who looked like his 2015 self during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals this week.
6. 1999-00 Shaquille O’Neal (T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports).
This pick might be too low or just right. Does this theoretical league play 82 games? When you pick a player, do you get him in peak form or how he looked prior to opening night of a given season? That might influence my pick in this spot. However, if we’re taking a Shaq season, this is probably the best one.
7. 1985/86 Larry Bird (NBAMath’s Coach Adam Spinella).
8. 1993/94 Hakeem Olajuwon (RotoBaller’s Justin Carter).
9. 1963/64 Wilt Chamberlain (NBAMath’s Tony East).
It would be fantastic to see each of these Hall-of-Famers play against each other in their respective primes. Also, can you image any of these players floor, surrounded by the long-range shooting in today’s game?
10. 2002/03 Tim Duncan ( The Score’s Chris Walder).
11. 2013/14 Kevin Durant (B/R’s Tyler Conway).
Two very underrated seasons. Not sure which moment was more emotional for basketball fans: Durant making his MVP speech or Popovich speaking about Duncan after the big man retired.
12. 2003/04 Kevin Garnett (NBAMath’s Tom Rende).
13. 2008/09 Chris Paul (B/R’s Dan Favale).
Two players who have had heard their fair share of criticism. Add being partially responsible for Durant’s signing in Golden State to their haters’ lists.
14. 1993/94 David Robinson (HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy).
15. 2016/17 Kawhi Leonard (Nylon Calculus’ Krishna Narsu).
Leonard was my selection for the 2016/17 MVP award after putting up a great, efficient season. Russell Westbrook – whose 2016/17 campaign was also selected in the first round of this Twitter draft – won the actual award after averaging a triple-double for the season.
I’m not sure I’d take a player who took over 2,000 shots and committed 438 turnovers in a season with my top pick in this kind of draft, but then again Westbrook provided special moments over and over again during his lone MVP campaign.
So tonight’s Community Shootaround is all about which player had the best NBA season in history and which ones are severely underrated.
Think 2006/07 Dirk Nowitzki should have gone higher in the draft? How about a season from Kobe Bryant? What about Charles Barkley, Anthony Davis or Grant Hill?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. We look forward to what you have to say!