Pick a starting 5

Submitted by TK on March 14th, 2018 at 1:22 PM

Similar to the NBA jam discussion and just for fun (since we love fun irrelevant topics here), which starting 5 would you take? We are assuming everyone is healthy and in their prime (as in final season at Michigan). I feel this is a virtual toss up to me so someone sway me.

PG Walton SG Stauskas SF Levert PF GRIII C McGary

OR

PG Burke SG Rahkman SF Hardaway Jr PF Wilson C Wagner

*Not asking for an all time starting 5, just to pick of these 2. Sorry for the confusion I guess. *

Comments

WAR_DAWG'S_RETURN

March 14th, 2018 at 2:45 PM ^

Hudson  Bredeson  Ruiz  Onwenu  JBB. Sorry, just in football mode. Wrestled in high school and never really cared for basketball, but these guys are fun to watch and man I hope they win the tournament. Call me a homer but these guys seem to ooze class compared to the team out of east lansing and especially the coach. As far as the line up, I will just go with what the doctored ordered. Go Blue and kick states ass again.

Zarniwoop

March 14th, 2018 at 5:42 PM ^

I agree with Gary Grant, Glen Rice, Cazzie Russel and Rudy T.

But, I gotta go with Webber. Best center to ever play at Michigan regardless of how you feel about him personally.

Also, on no planet is Glen Rice a power forward. But, I'd still go with your lineup because nobody on this planet can go basket for basket with him.

Mercury Hayes

March 14th, 2018 at 1:27 PM ^

PG Burke, SG Stauskus, SF Hardaway, PF GR3, C Wagner.

 

Close with McGary but I don't feel like I know his ceiling with UM because he barely played! I know what I'm getting with Wagner!

ijohnb

March 14th, 2018 at 1:30 PM ^

Walton - 2

Stauskus - 3

Wagner - 4

McGary - 5

We just did not see enough of Wilson-college for me to include him, nor was he an all-out force like McGary for the brief time he did play.  Also, Levert's college career was aborted so I never saw what he would eventually become in college.

Yes, I am aware I have two point guards.  Both were too good to leave out.

TK

March 14th, 2018 at 1:30 PM ^

To clarify I’m not asking for an all time starting 5, I just picked 5 guys each from the recent era (Last 5 years) and thought it would be a pretty close matchup. We’ve been blessed with some good talent lately. A lot of “what if’s” if some guys stayed healthy or stayed another year.

Indiana Blue

March 14th, 2018 at 1:46 PM ^

that so very few of you got to see Cazzie Russell play basketball.  His time at Michigan brought more positive national exposure than perhaps any other player in U of M basketball history.   To leave Cazzie off any of these "All-Star" lineups is just not right.

Go Blue! 

mGrowOld

March 14th, 2018 at 1:47 PM ^

He said "pick a starting 5".   To be even more nit-pickey he didnt even specify pick a MICHIGAN starting 5 so I'm changing mine.  I'm going with the following 5 now

PG: Magic Johnson

SG: Michael Jordan

SF: Larry Bird

PF: LeBron James

C: Wilt Chamberlan

Go ahead and take that one on you Burke/Stauskas lovers you......

mGrowOld

March 14th, 2018 at 2:17 PM ^

"Similar to the NBA jam discussion and just for fun (since we love fun irrelevant topics here), which starting 5 would you take? We are assuming everyone is healthy and in their prime (as in final season at Michigan). I feel this is a virtual toss up to me so someone sway me."

Show me where it asks for a starting five by era and show me where it asks for a Michigan starting five.

 

BTW I am just busting balls here.  I do know what you meant even if I chose to ignore it by sticking to the actual text and not your fairly clear inference.

Alton

March 14th, 2018 at 1:44 PM ^

Limiting it to just players I have seen (since 1975 or so):

G Rickey Green
G Trey Burke
F Glen Rice
F Loy Vaught
C Phil Hubbard
 
I always liked Loy Vaught's game a lot.  Plus each team should have 1 unusual or unique choice, so there you go.
 
EDIT:  I see your clarification, OP, on what you intended.  Sorry to take this off topic, I guess.

WorldwideTJRob

March 14th, 2018 at 1:43 PM ^

I’m tempted to say the 2nd team because of the talent, but give me the 1st team. I say that because all those players actually played with each other and their chemistry would be there from the get go

ThatTCGuy

March 14th, 2018 at 1:43 PM ^

Burke-Stauskas-Rice-Webber-Wagner.

I was going to have McGary as my 5 but I felt weird about putting a guy who only played here for 5 seconds on my team. Plus, Webber/Wagner would have much better floor spacing in a JB offense.

Bill

March 14th, 2018 at 1:46 PM ^

1 - Burke

2-  Stauskas

3 - Rice

4 - Glenn Robinson

5 - Webber

Coach - Beilein

(Burke, Rice, and Webber are no brainers)