G: 1996 Michael Jordan
G: 1997 John Stockton - I think John is brilliant this season. I know that in retrospect people kind of look at this as "John's already past it", but I really think that he just scaled back his scoring (like 3-4 points?) because the Jazz had some offensive help for once. Generally speaking, I think John is better than Gary Payton who's not as impactful on offense as his boxscore suggest. John's playmaking is just in another galaxy from Payton's, he's a better off ball player when he needs to be, he can shoot, the scoring gap is not that large (Gary is more aggressive and in a good way, but John's efficiency and complimentary scoring shakes off the damage). Stockton was great in a very deep post season run, I really think offensively they're not in the same class - now granted you could say the same defensively, and either way we cut it both are not chop liver on either side of the ball. I'm going with short shorts though. I'd consider Reggie Miller but I haven't looked too deeply into him. Penny is up there, but ultimately decided Stockton's stats are more convincing (and I understand his game outside of his stats much deeper than Penny's as I've seen him play more).
F: 2000 Tim Duncan - If someone plays the bulk of the RS it's good enough for me. 3rd year Duncan is clearly better than 2nd year Duncan, but I get why people would vote for 99 Duncan - we've already established that having no post season is a big no no for some.
F: 2000 Kevin Garnett - I see myself changing my vote to Karl Malone, but I think this era of Garnett is a bit overlooked. The scoring isn't pretty, no denying that, but I still think Karl Malone's scoring is not that impressive (clearly way above KG's). One thing I noticed is that during Garnett's abymsal shooting in the first round he averaged 9 assist on less than 3 turnovers, that's pretty crazy. Anyway, I think I'll take Garnett's superior defense, passing and even slightly better rebounding over Malone - Malone is great at all those things, and is a near equal to Garnett in rebounding during this period. While Malone is way above Garnett offensively, I'm not really convinced of 98 Malone's defense (he's good, but I think he's not as good as his younger years, and even his younger years he was never as good as KG). I could be way off and Malone is certainly the more conservative pick, but I'll roll with Garnett for now.
C: 2000 Shaquile O'Neal