2012-13 All-Courtroom Teams

Here at The Peoples Court, we like to play with the relationship between a basketball court and a court of law. We hold basketball trials and close each podcast with “court is adjourned.” And now, rather than selecting typical All-NBA teams, we’ve assembled our All-Courtroom teams. Unlike an All-NBA team, or an All-Star team, we’ve made sure to combine complimentary players who excel not only as individuals, but as an actual team. Without further ado, presenting The Prosecution and The Defense.

The Prosecution

  • Steph CurrySteph Curry
  • Kevin MartinKevin Martin
  • Kevin DurantKevin Durant
  • LeBron JamesLeBron James
  • Marc GasolMarc Gasol

If I’m a plaintiff and I need to put together five offensive stalwarts to prosecute my case, I’d go with these five in a heartbeat. These guys have been the epitome of offensive efficiency all season and could operate superbly together in the full or half court. Best all-around player in the game? James. Best scorer? Durant. Best shooter? Curry. Now you might wonder why Kevin Martin is on this team instead of a Kobe Bryant or James Harden, but consider that he spaces the floor much better than those guys. Martin shot 43% from behind the arc this season and has a true shooting percentage above 60%. Nothing against Bryant or Harden, who were both tremendous this season, but we’ve already got James and Durant and needed someone who would compliment them better, and Martin is our guy. Our final prosecutor is Marc Gasol, who just so happens to be the best passing center and can operate out of the low or high post.

The Defense

  • Eric BledsoeEric Bledsoe
  • Tony AllenTony Allen
  • Andre IguodalaAndre Iguodala
  • LeBron JamesLeBron James
  • Marc GasolMarc Gasol

If I’m a defendant building a squad that can defend all five positions, pressure the ball, cause turnovers, and protect the paint, I roll with these guys. The defense, much like the offense, begins and ends with LeBron James. To be successful on defense, you have to communicate, and LeBron is fantastic at keeping guys on the same page. It doesn’t hurt that he’s never mismatched, since he can guard any body. Eric Bledsoe and Tony Allen make it hard for any opposing backcourt to even advance the ball, Iggy is as lockdown as it gets on the wing, and Marc Gasol is stout defending the low post and helping out. You didn’t know Gasol averages nearly two blocks a game, did you? The defense rests.

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