THE ODD SQUADS

SI's Ian Thomsen presents a medley of select midseason lineups, some of which players and coaches would strongly prefer not to crack
February 21, 2005

ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM

F LEBRON JAMES, Cavaliers
F TIM DUNCAN, Spurs
C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, Heat
G ALLEN IVERSON, 76ers
G STEVE NASH, Suns
Coach MIKE D'ANTONI, Suns

ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM

F DIRK NOWITZKI, Mavericks
F KEVIN GARNETT, Timberwolves
C AMARE STOUDEMIRE, Suns
G RAY ALLEN, Sonics
G DWYANE WADE, Heat
Coach NATE MCMILLAN, Sonics

ALL-INDISPENSABLE

F ANDREI KIRILENKO, Jazz (11-13 with him, 6-20 without)
F RON ARTEST, Pacers (6-1 with, 18-25 without)
C BEN WALLACE, Pistons (27-14 with, 3-5 without)
G BOB SURA, Rockets (25-13 with, 6-8 without)
G JASON KIDD, Nets (18-17 with, 4-12 without)
Coach MIKE FRATELLO, Grizzlies (25-11 with, 5-11 without)

ALL-SIXTH MAN

F HEDO TURKOGLU, Magic
Realizing his potential at both ends for playoff-bound team
F VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC, Sonics
Versatile 6'10" scorer unafraid to launch at crunch time
C TYSON CHANDLER, Bulls
His shot blocking energizes No. 1 field-goal-percentage defense
G BEN GORDON, Bulls
Rookie Microwave has already put up 21 double-digit quarters
G JERRY STACKHOUSE, Mavericks
His post-up game will be especially valuable in playoffs
Coach DWANE CASEY, Sonics
Veteran 47-year-old assistant is essentially second head coach

ALL-QUESTION MARK

F KWAME BROWN, Wizards
Will top pick in 2001 show he's worthy of a fat, new contract?
F CARMELO ANTHONY, Nuggets
How much further behind classmate LeBron James can he fall?
C DARKO MILICIC, Pistons
Can he develop the work ethic and toughness to merit minutes?
G LATRELL SPREWELL, Timberwolves
Does 34-year-old have enough left to help team reach the playoffs?
G STEPHON MARBURY, Knicks
In how many ways can he refute self-proclamation as best point guard?
Coach KEVIN MCHALE, Timberwolves
Does anyone expect him to do a better job than Flip Saunders?

ALL-RED INK

F TIM THOMAS $27 million remaining over two years; 10.3 ppg for 20-31 Knicks
F BRIAN GRANT $43 million remaining over three years; 3.1 ppg for 25-24 Lakers
C THEO RATLIFF $46 million remaining over four years; 5.1 ppg for 20-29 Blazers
G ALLAN HOUSTON $57 million remaining over three years; 11.9 ppg for 20-31 Knicks
G PENNY HARDAWAY $30 million remaining over two years; 8.0 ppg for 20-31 Knicks
Coach MIKE MONTGOMERY $10 million remaining over four years; leads 14-37 Warriors

ALL-BUSINESS

F TIM DUNCAN, Spurs
No-nonsense star has become dominant figure in Shaq-less West
F DANNY FORTSON, Sonics
His rebounding and sharp elbows have transformed Seattle
C P.J. BROWN, Hornets
Plays out of position without griping for league's worst team
G MANU GINOBILI, Spurs
Wins games by attacking opposition at both ends of floor
G KIRK HINRICH, Bulls
Hard-nosed sophomore floor leader reminds Chicago of former guard Jerry Sloan
Coach SCOTT SKILES, Bulls
After 0-9 start has shown that a young team can win with defense

TWO COLOR PHOTOSJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (DUNCAN, STACKHOUSE) COLOR PHOTOMANNY MILLAN (STOUDEMIRE) COLOR PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR. (KIRILENKO) COLOR PHOTOJIM CISAAC/GETTY IMAGES (HOUSTON) COLOR PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (HINRICH) COLOR PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (ANTHONY)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)