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It’s World Cup time, but why not compare 2 of the best US Olympic rosters (on paper, at least) - the 1992 and the 2012 Dream Teams.

Whoever made this picture didn’t take into account the age of the players and what stage of their careers they were in.

Example: Bird in his prime would be an easy pick over Westbrook, but 1992 Larry vs. 2012 Russell? Give me Russell any day of the week! Same goes for Magic vs. CP3, while Pippen vs. KD is just flat out wrong. Pippen was amazing in his own right, but KD is once in a lifetime scorer.

The rest I agree with.

The Basketball World Cup starts tomorrow! The pictures above show the last 6 champions.

Here’s a quick history crash course, most World Cups won:

1. Yugoslavia (present day Serbia) - 5x

2. United States of America - 4x

3. Soviet Union (present day Russia) - 3x

4. Brazil2x

5. Argentina and Spain 1x each


List of Champions and the most valuable players on their roster  (MVP in bold if he was on the winning team) over the last 30ish years:

1982 - Soviet Union

  • Myshkin, Tkachenko, Sabonis.

1986 - USA 

  • Robinson, Sean Elliott, Kenny Smith.

1990 - Yugoslavia

  • Toni Kukoc (MVP), Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac.

1994 - USA 

  • Shaquille O’Neal (MVP), Reggie Miller, Kemp.

1998 - Yugoslavia 

  • Dejan Bodiroga (MVP), Rebraca, Obradovic.

2002 - Yugoslavia 

  • Dejan Bodiroga, Peja Stojakovic, Vlade Divac.

2006 - Spain 

  • Pau Gasol (MVP), Garbajosa, Navarro.

2010 - USA 

  • Kevin Durant (MVP), Odom, Billups.
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