Starting Five: Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, Devean George, Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal

This might not have been the first superteam—the 1985-86 Boston Celtics featured three future Hall-of-Famers—but it was one of the most consciously designed ones. In the real world, they fell just short of glory, losing to the Detroit Pistons 4-1 in the NBA Finals. But in the digital realm, they were world destroyers, with Malone and Payton's skills hardly diminished by age. Speaking of age, this virtual powerhouse that turned out to be a playoff disappointment had the same average age of 32.75 as another Lakers superteam