With Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors are stacked with talent and labeled a super team. Few teams in league history can match that much talent, though the Detroit Pistons of the mid-2000s might come close.
Those Pistons teams had a formidable roster with All-Stars Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace. Then there was versatile Tayshaun Prince and a solid bench with Mehmet Okur, Lindsey Hunter and Corliss Williamson. The scoring power may not rival the current Warriors, yet the Pistons were an elite team for several years, and won a championship in 2004.
So who would win in a seven-game series between those Pistons and today's Warriors?
Unsurprisingly, Hamilton and Prince believe that the Pistons would win.
"It would be no comparison." Hamilton said on CBS Sports' NBA Crossover. "We can guard every position. Every guy from our point guard to our five, can guard any position. We were big. We were long."
Indeed, those Pistons were an elite defensive team, so Hamilton's bravado has merit. However, while Prince agrees with his former teammate's belief that the Pistons would win, the veteran forward has one qualifier.
"It depends on what the rules are." Prince said. "Because back when we played, we could play hands-on, physical. As you can see from the Pacers rivalries and all of the rivalries we had back in the day, we were scoring in the high 70s, low 80s. We were physical. So now if you play this style of play, where they're running and gunning and touch fouls and things like that, all of sudden we would start getting in foul trouble because back when we played, we were very, very aggressive on defense."
Prince is on point in noting those differences. Like every single player that has ever played in the league, Hamilton and Prince are confident in their team. So while their assertion may seem off base on the surface, one never knows, that confidence could help the Pistons beat the Warriors in a hypothetical series.
You can catch Rip Hamilton and Raja Bell on CBSSports.com's NBA Crossover every Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.