If I'm talking about who I think the objective, all-time greatest players are (not my own, personal, favorite would-be all-time great team)...then I think I'd go with: C: S. O'Neal PF: H. Olajuwon ...explaining those who didn't make it: W. Chamberlain. He was probably a better athlete than both O'Neal and Olajuwon, probably a better defender than both, probably a better rebounder than both. But it's just impossible to know how good of a scorer he would be in the modern era. The best big man he ever went up against - Bill Russell - was SF sized by modern-day standards. K. Abdul-Jabbar. He, on the other hand, we know would be able to score in the modern era. His sky-hook transcends time, and would still be impossible to defend. Probably at least equal, perhaps even superior to O'Neal and Hakeem in terms of athleticism. But at 7-2, 210lbs...man, he was skinny. I've got to imagine that he'd get pushed around a lot by modern-day bigs and not be quite as effective. B. Russell. Again, probably a better athlete than both Shaq and Hakeem...but so much smaller. Not sure he'd be able to hang with some of the bigger bigs throughout an entire game. And he was never much of an inside scorer anyways. M. Malone. Certainly deserves mention here, if you're aware of his accolades (3 MVP's). The greatest offensive rebounder of all-time, and a solid inside scorer...but I just don't think he was on the same level as Shaq or Hakeem in terms of inside scoring, and I don't think he'd be much better, if at all, in the other important area, post-D. T. Duncan. I hate when I see him over the likes of Hakeem on all-time teams. The best big man on a team IS the C. Duncan was a PF bc the spurs had a HoF-er at C. Ever since Robinson left, he's more or less been their C. The positional assignment between PF and C is really irrelevant. And I don't think there's anything Duncan brought to a team that Shaq and Hakeem didn't bring better. Robinson, Malone, Barkley, etc. All behind Duncan, who didn't make it on this team, IMO. D. Howard/K. Love. I wanted to take all the current 'best at their positions' into consideration. D. Howard, to me, is basically a worst-case W. Chamberlain, so there's no sense in taking him. Love, wouldn't even stand up to Malone I don't think.