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Friday Fun: If you could bring one player from any time period to play in 2020, who would it be?

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2000 NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Way back when I first took over Fake Teams, I started writing weekly Friday Fun articles in which I’d ask some random sports question and help distract you from the relentless ticking and tocking of the clock as you waited to get out of work.

You may not be sitting in your office watching the clock right now, but everyone can get excited for the weekend and nothing helps that quite like procrastinating work, so I’m back to offer my assistance once again.

This week’s question: If you could bring one player from any time period to play in 2020, who would it be?

This is a tough one because there a ton of really good options.

Prime Vikings-era Randy Moss playing in today’s pass happy offenses would be a sight to behold. Imagine him playing with Patrick Mahomes and just running go routes where corners were physically unable to keep up with him and Mahomes was physically unable to out-throw him.

Or give me elite wing shooters like Larry Bird or Reggie Miller or Steve Nash and drop them into today’s NBA where players shoot 10+ threes a game. Those guys would light up the stat sheets.

Those are all great options. They aren’t wrong answers. But there is a right answer.

1999-2000 Shaquille O’Neal would obliterate teams in this small ball NBA. Just imagine this Shaq facing off against the Rockets. I feel bad for PJ Tucker for even bringing up this as a possibility. Here’s Shaq’s stat line from that year: 29.7 PPG on 57% shooting, 13.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, and 3 BPG. I would LOVE watching prime Shaq rip through the NBA in 2020.

Who would you bring? Leave your thoughts in the comments or—if you want to tell us more and paint a verbal picture for us—write a FanPost and we’ll make sure to share it!

Hopefully this will be able to distract you for the final moments of the week.

Happy weekends!