I have a lot of time on my hands. With no NBA on, and probably no shot of their season resuming this year, I wanted to do a little project to spark some debate and have some quality fun. I’ve seen a ton of people do all-time franchise teams in the past. While that is definitely fun to compile and the teams would be way better, I’m not going to pretend like I watched any of those players. I’m 22 years old, I don’t admire the game of John Stockton and I wasn’t actively routing for Dr. J. As you’ll see, this will really hurt some teams in here I struggled to even name five starters. For that reason though, this is the last 10 years of NBA ball.
Each team get’s a starting five and a sixth man from the last 10 years (2010-2020 season.) We’re allowed to play around with lineups to fit the modern NBA style, so we don’t necessarily need a pg, sg, sf…etc. Each player we select has to have finished a complete season with their team. So Jimmy Butler can (and will) be on the Sixers lineup, but not the Heat. Similarly, Durant or Kyrie cannot count for the Nets (sorry nets fans.) Lastly, the player that we select is their form when they actually played for that selected team, not their best years. So Garnet would ideally be on the Celtics, not staring in the new bug-out Sandler movie Uncut Gems, or the Nets again. There will be a ton of overlap here obviously, and again: THIS SEASON DOES NOT COUNT BECAUSE IT WAS NOT A FULL SEASON.
Thanks to all the people that helped me form these squads because while I am a huge hoops fan, I don’t necessarily remember how many rebounds Zach Randolph had in 2014. Also, after doing some reasarch, I think Jason Terry played for every team in the NBA.
Here we go…
6 man: Jamaal Crawford
6 man: Al Horford/ Rajon Rondo
6 man: Deron Williams
6 man: Terry Rozier
(This is possibly the worst team. I struggled to find anyone relevant to plug in here.)
6 man: Dwayne Wade/ Kirk Hinrich/ Pau Gasol
This team is dangerous.
Zydrunas Illgauskas (Big Z!)
6 man: Deon Waiters
6 man: OJ Mayo
6 man: Jameer Nelson/ Paul Millsap
6 man: Marcus Morris/ Brandon Jennings
(Unfortunately the Pistons have been a joke since 2010, go back a few years and they got a nice squad.)
Golden State Warriors:
6 man: Monta Ellis/ Andrew Bogus
(This was one was pretty simple…)
6 man: Trevor Ariza
6 man: Danny Granger/ Thad Young
Los Angeles Clippers:
6 man: Lou willllll, JJ Redick
(What could have been if this season finished. As a Sixers fan it sucks how nice Tobi was with the Clips.)
Los Angeles Lakers:
6 man: Lou Willllllllll/ Kyle Kuzma
Mike Conley Jr.
6 man: Josh Jackson/ Chandler Parsons
6 man: Ray Allen/ Shane Battier
6 man: Brook Lopez/ Jabari Parker
Karl Anthony Towns
6 man: Al Jefferson/ Zach Lavine
New Orleans Pelicans:
6 man: Lance Stephenson/Julius Randle
(I don’t even really know how this works with the hornets or whatever, so I’ll keep Cp3 out of here, he’s been on enough teams anyway. Sucks that Zion didn’t get his full season.)
New York Knicks:
Dennis Smith Jr.
6 man: Marcus Morris
Oklahoma City Thunder:
6 man: Steven Adams
6 man: Aaron Gordon
I’m sure I’ll have some chirps for this one.
6 man: Josh Richardson/ Iverson when he came back for his last season..love that guy.
6 man: Miles Plumlee/Gerald Green
Portland Trail Blazers:
6 man: Meyers Leonard
6 man: Marvin Bagley/ Isiah Thomas
San Antonio Spurs:
6 man: DeMar DeRozan/ DeJounte Murray
(these guys were definitely older but definitely still balling.)
Chris Bosh (last season before Miami)
6 man: Bismack Biyombo/ Jonas Valanciunas
Rudy Gobert (Corona spreader)
6 man: Raja Bell (just remember this guy for some reason, don’t really care about the Jazz bench.)
Gilbert Arenas (2010 was last year with Wiz before gun situation.)
6 man: Swaggy P