There is one ritual that began in 1996 and has continued to occur leading up to every Summer Olympics since: comparing the current men's basketball team to the 1992 Dream Team.
We used our roster-building feature (appropriately called Dream Teams) to assemble the 1992 and 2016 teams, simulating them head-to-head 1,001 times.
Kevin Durant's free agency features six teams, the Thunder, Spurs, Warriors, Clippers, Heat and Celtics, with varying odds to land the superstar. Durant will weigh many factors that scribes and pundits can only guess at, but what if his sole consideration was winning a championship in 2017? Using WhatIfSports.com's NBA simulation engine, we added Durant to each of the six teams -- at the expense of other players when necessary -- and played the teams against the 2015-16 Cavaliers and Warriors.
A few months ago, WhatIfSports.com challenged 20 individuals to assemble 25-man rosters of present and past Boston greats. After a draft determined each team's rosters, the owners set lineups and rotations, competing in a 162-game simulated regular season in SimLeague Baseball. Ted Williams swept the NL and AL MVP awards (his 1942 and 1946 seasons, respectively), while 2000 Pedro Martinez and 1905 Cy Young proved to be the league's best pitchers. But it was 1988 Wade Boggs who led his team, the Blood Sox, to a World Series title.
The Cavaliers' first title in franchise history puts the team among elite company, joining the fraternity of past championship-winning squads. But where does Cleveland fall in the pecking order? Using the WhatIfSports NBA simulation engine, we placed the Cavs into a round-robin tournament featuring every Larry O'Brien Trophy winner since the 1990-91 season. In the simulation, every team played every other team 51 times.
Hoops Dynasty player mniven took a break from his coaching commitments to field a few questions from WhatIfSports.com. The 12-time National Championship winner discusses some of his strategies, his penchant for job-hopping and some tips for fast-tracking teams to success.