in today's style of play as a bottom feeder if you had 5 years to win a title? Who is the best to build around as a rookie? Let's assume as a GM you can draft well and make good moves, but there's no guarantee you'll land another great player.
Dr J (starting in the ABA)
Kobe (give one year college)
Lebron (one year college)
Personally I would go Bird, he came out already with skills + the right mentality. His body might break down but like you said there's only a 5 year window. With a GM that can surround him with talent, I gotta go with Bird.
Bird and dr j were superstars out of college. Lebron as rookie wasn't a great player until the 07-08 season, and really took off the 08-09 season. Yes, I know he took the cavs to the finals, but that was because the east had not one good team that year. That was the most pathetic thing I had ever seen in the nba other the heat winning the championship vs a mavs team that forgot how to play basketball in 2006.