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Fantasy Matchup: 1986 Celtics vs. 2023 Team

 It would come down to the size/savvy/skills/synergy of the 1986 crew against the youth/athleticism/quickness/talent of the current version of The Green. Imagine this!

Al Horford facing Robert Parish

Rob Williams versus Kevin McHale

Jayson Tatum confronting Larry Bird

Jaylen Brown covering Dennis Johnson

Marcus Smart vs. Danny Ainge

Then come the benches:

Luke Kornet against Bill Walton

Grant Williams facing Scott Wedman

Derrick White covering Jerry Sichting

Horford would have trouble with Robert's size and strength - and that unstoppable rainbow jumper. McHale's inside moves and tremendous wingspan would give Rob fits. But Kevin gave all defenders fits.

Larry would be a bit slow in trying to contain Jayson's speed and handles but would out-clever Tatum as he did with most opponents. Jaylen Brown's quickness and size advantage would give DJ a few headaches, but that matchup overall would be fairly even

Smart versus Danny? Ainge was known as the "quickness white guy in the NBA" during his time, but The Wolverine would give him fits. 

From the bench, Walton makes the difference. Though listed as 6'11", he was at least 7'1" in height. He was quite healthy in the 1985-86 season and dominant at times. 

So, how would this all work out. I have to give the nod to the 1986 troops. They very-well may have been the best NBA team ever assembled. But if the Jay Team continues to progress, we may revisit this Fantasy Contest once again.


  1. 86 finds a way to win that game or series. With that said I expect a ring this year.


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