Dream Team Roster 1992
For the first time in Olympics history, the Dream Team roster of 1992 featured the best players in the NBA instead of relying on amateurs and college athletes. The team was comprised of some of the greatest basketball players to ever play the game. In 2010, the team itself was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and eleven of the players who played on the team are individually members of the Hall as well. The team went undefeated on the way to the Gold Medal, and no game was closer than 32 points. It is highly regarded as the best basketball team ever put together.
- Michael Jordan – The greatest player to ever play in the NBA and the best player on the Dream Team Roster was Michael Jordan. Jordan averaged 14.9 points per game for the team and was the only player to start all eight games in the Olympics. Jordan is a member of the Hall of Fame (2009), won six NBA Championships and was named NBA MVP on five different occasions.
- Magic Johnson – Before Michael Jordan came along, the best player in the NBA was Magic Johnson, and he was also a member of the Dream Team roster in 1992. He started five games in the Olympics, second on the team, while playing in all eight contests. Johnson averaged 8.0 points a game but created controversy by playing despite being HIV-positive. Magic entered the Hall of Fame in 2002 after a career where he won five NBA championships and was a three-time NBA MVP.
- Charles Barkley – Interestingly enough, despite only starting four games (although he played in all eight), it was Charles Barkley who was the leading scorer on the Dream Team roster in 1992. Barkley averaged 18.0 points a game, 3.1 higher than Jordan. Barkley is now the face of NBA on television as a commentator and analyst but, during his career, he played for Philadelphia, Phoenix and Houston and won one NBA MVP while never winning a championship. Barkley entered the Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Larry Bird – The biggest rival to Magic Johnson during their playing days was his Dream Team teammate, Larry Bird. During the Olympics, Bird started three games and averaged 8.4 points a game. However, in the NBA, it was Bird’s Boston Celtics and Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers who battled for the NBA Championship, year in and year out. Bird’s team won three championships while he took home the NBA MVP on three occasions as well. Bird entered the Hall of Fame in 1998.
- Patrick Ewing – The New York Knicks superstar Patrick Ewing averaged 9.5 points a game while starting four as a member of the Dream Team roster in 1992. Ewing spent his seventeen year career playing for New York, Orlando and Seattle, although he will always be known as a Knick. While he was never able to lead New York to a championship, Ewing was an eleven-time All-Star and entered the Hall of Fame in 2008.