The Dream Wins the 1992 Olympics
The original Dream Team was the first USA Olympic Team to feature active, professional NBA players and has been described as the greatest sports team ever asembled.
During the 1992 Olympics, the Chuck Daly coached Dream Team defeated their opponents by an average of 44 points on their way to defeating Croatia 117-85 in the Gold Medal game.
Prior to the 1992 Olympics, only amateur athletes were able to participate in the men’s Olympic basketball team. The bronze medal disappointment of the 1988 USA men’s Olympic basketball team prompted calls for professionals to be allowed to play in the Olympic Games.
11 of the 12 Dream Team players would become NBA Hall of Famers and 10 named to the NBA’s Greatest 50 players of all time (sure to change in more recent years).
The 1992 Dream Team Roster
Below is the full 1992 Dream Team roster, including players, coaches and staff.
1992 Dream Team Olympic Roster
Head Coach: Chuck Daly
Roster: Magic Johnson (Guard), Larry Bird (Forward), Michael Jordan (Guard), Charles Barkley (Forward), Clyde Drexler (Guard), David Robinson (Center), Patrick Ewing (Center), Karl Malone (Forward), John Stockton (Guard), Scottie Pippen (Guard/Forward), Chris Mullin (Forward), Christian Laettner (Forward)
Avg. Margin of Victory: 43.4
Dream Team Highlights
Watch highlights and a short preview of the 1992 Dream Team Olympic run.
Dream Team Player Statistics
Below are Dream Team player stats including points per game, rebounds per game and more.
The 1992 Dream Team were enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Charles Barkley said, “I don’t think there’s anything better to representing your country. I don’t think anything in my life can come close to that.”
Larry Bird called the Olympic medal ceremony and the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner “The ultimate experience.”
Magic Johnson said “The 92 Dream Team was the greatest moment of my life in terms of basketball, bar none.”
Michael Jordan stated that the biggest benefit for him from the Olympics was that he was able to learn more about his Dream Team teammates’ weaknesses. (classic Jordan).