NBA Each Birth Years Starting Five! Which one is the best?

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    Here's an interesting thread - each birth year's starting five. I'll only be doing the approximate millennial birth years (1980-2000) in the thread starter, as it would be too much to go through every birth year for the last 100 years, but of course, feel free to post a birth year outside that range. :)

    After researching all the birth years, among those born between '80-'00, I gotta say 1988 is probably the most loaded NBA birth year, they got 4 former MVPs!!!!!

    BOLD = Best Player
    2000:
    PG- Darius Garland, SG- RJ Barrett, SF- Tyler Herro, PF- Kevin Porter, C- Zion Williamson
    1999:
    PG- Ja Morant, SG- Luka Doncic, SF- Cam Reddish, PF- Marvin Bagley, C- Jaren Jackson
    1998:
    PG- Trae Young, SG- S.G. Alexander, SF- Jayson Tatum, PF- Rui Hachimura, C- DeAndre Ayton
    1997:
    PG- De'Aaron Fox, SG- Jamal Murray, SF- Brandon Ingram, PF- Lauri Markannen, C- Bam Adebayo
    1996:
    PG- Ben Simmons, SG- Devin Booker, SF- Donovan Mitchell, PF- Domantas Sabonis, C- Myles Turner
    1995:
    PG- Zach Lavine, SG- Kyle Kuzma, SF- Andrew Wiggins, PF- Karl-Anthony Towns, C- Nikola Jokic
    1994:
    PG- Fred VanVleet, SG- Caris Lavert, SF- Giannis A., PF- Pascal Siakam, C- Joel Embiid
    1993:
    PG- Denis Schroder, SG- Bradley Beal, SF- T.J. Warren, PF- Anthony Davis, C- Andre Drummond
    1992:
    PG- Kyrie Irving, SG- Victor Oladipo, SF- Tobias Harris, PF- Enes Kanter, C- Rudy Gobert
    1991:
    PG- C.J. McCollum, SG- Khris Middleton, SF- Kawhi Leonard, PF- Nikola Mirotic, C- Tristan Thompson
    1990:
    PG- John Wall, SG- Damian Lillard, SF- Klay Thompson, PF- Paul George, C- DeMarcus Cousins
    1989:
    PG- Eric Bledsoe, SG- James Harden, SF- Jimmy Butler, PF- Blake Griffin, C- Serge Ibaka
    1988:
    PG- Stephen Curry, SG- Russell Westbrook, SF- Kevin Durant, PF- Kevin Love, C- DeAndre Jordan
    1987:
    PG- Mike Conley, SG- Darren Collison, SF- Danny Green, PF- Wilson Chandler, C- Andrew Bynum
    1986:
    PG- Rajon Rondo, SG- Kyle Lowry, SF- Lou Williams, PF- Rudy Gay, C- Al Horford
    1985:
    PG- Chris Paul, SG- J.R. Smith, SF- Luol Deng, PF- LaMarcus Aldridge, C- Dwight Howard
    1984:
    PG- Deron Williams, SG- Brandon Roy, SF- Carmelo Anthony, PF- LeBron James, C- Chris Bosh
    1983:
    PG- Devin Harris, SG- Ben Gordon, SF- Kevin Martin, PF- Danny Granger, C- David Lee
    1982:
    PG- Tony Parker, SG- Dwayne Wade, SF- Tony Allen, PF- Amare Stoudemire, C- Tyson Chandler
    1981:
    PG- Jose Calderon, SG- Jason Richardson, SF- Joe Johnson, PF- Carlos Boozer, C- Zach Randolph
    1980:
    PG- Jamal Crawford, SG- Caron Butler, SF- Tayshaun Price, PF- Pau Gasol, C- Yao Ming

    NOTE: The ones with two bolded players meant that I couldn't pick between who was better
     
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    The best birth year is 1963. 6 Hall of Famers and 4 members of the Dream Team. Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Chris Mullin, sixth man Joe Dumars.
     
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    Forgot to add in the sixth mans.

    2000: Coby White
    1999: Collin Sexton
    1998: PJ Washington
    1997: John Collins
    1996: D'Angelo Russell
    1995: Kristaps Porzingis
    1994: Julius Randle
    1993: Steven Adams
    1992: Buddy Hield
    1991: Derrick Favors
    1990: Kemba Walker
    1989: DeMar DeRozan
    1988: Derrick Rose
    1987: Joe Ingles
    1986: Goran Dragic
    1985: Marc Gasol
    1984: Andre Iguodala
    1983: Jarrett Jack
    1982: Gilbert Arenas
    1981: Andrei Kirilenko
    1980: David West
     
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    Yeah 1963 is the GOAT birth year for NBA players. It's crazy that one year can produce so many ATGs. I think only 1988 can come close to '63 in terms of ATG names, and depth.

    I was gonna rank the lineups above but on second thought, there's not much of a point to rank those born from the late 80's onward as they're all either still in their primes or are just beginning, hence, it will only fluctuate going forward as we still have a lot more to see of all of them
     
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    God, team 1987 is so mediocre. That's why my life is middle class at best.
     
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    Thanks for this. Some good teams there. 1982, my birth year, is looking pretty good. Wade, Parker and Stoudemire is a good starting trio.
     
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    I'd probably go with '88

    Curry, Westbrook, Durant, Love, Jordan, with Rose as the 6th man

    That's a tough out right there!
     
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    87 is likely gonna do down as the weakest class among those born between '80-Y2K, although in other sports, team 87 has excelled.

    Star athletes born in 1987 - just to name a few - include: Lionel Messi, Novak Djokovic, Sidney Crosby, Sebastian Vettel, Ronda Rousey, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Jon Jones, etc.
     
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    Class of 1986 is......okay!
     
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    Class of 1990 looks pretty darned good to me. :thumbu:
     

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