Designing the top 5 NBA Franchises

Designing the top 5 NBA Franchises

Featured Post, Young Bloggers  /   /  By Leo T. Smith
Stone Soup Magazine
November 2017

NBA Basketball Key (image courtesy Wikimedia)

These are the best 5 NBA franchises of all time, in my opinion. I include the team’s best point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, center, and 6th best player. I also calculate chemistry. For example, Steph Curry, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, Charles Barkley, and Shaq would not be the best team ever, even though they are some of the best players ever. There is only one ball, so five of the best scorers who just aren’t great passers would not work.

5. Golden State Warriors

PG: Steph Curry

SG: Klay Thompson

SF: Kevin Durant

PF: Draymond Green

C: Wilt Chamberlain

Sub: Tim Hardaway

It’s surprising to see Draymond Green as the Warriors best power forward. You’re probably thinking, “there had to be someone better, right?” I know some old Warriors power forwards who weren’t as good as Draymond Green, but I can’t think of any who were better. The reason the Warriors are not 3rd or 4th best is only that they have too many pure scorers.

4. Chicago Bulls

PG: Derick Rose

SG: Michael Jordan

SF: Scottie Pippen

PF: Dennis Rodman

C: Artis Gilmore

Sub: Jimmy Butler

For this to work, it would have to be the MVP, uninjured Derick Rose. Artis Gilmore is a Hall of Famer, along with Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and of course, the G.O.A.T. [Greatest of All Time], Michael Jordan. Jimmy Butler is a rising All-Star for the Timberwolves, but I still count him as a Bull.

3. San Antonio Spurs

PG: Tony Parker

SG: George Gervin

SF: Kahwi Leonard

PF: Tim Duncan

C: David Robinson

Sub: LaMarcus Aldridge

This is the opposite of a selfish team. If you watch the Spurs play, you can see their ball and player movement, and also their unselfishness. Adding “The Iceman” and ‘The Admiral” would be safe because neither one of them were selfish players.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

PG: Magic Johnson

SG: Kobe Bryant

SF: Elgin Baylor

PF: Kareem Abdul Jabbar

C: Shaquille O’Neal

Sub: Jerry West

The hardest thing about this was positioning Kareem and Shaq. They are both almost the definition of center. Kareem is a bit more athletic than Shaq, so I put him at power forward. Hopefully Magic Johnson will make up for Kobe’s selfishness. Having Mr. Clutch (Jerry West) definitely helps.

1.  Boston Celtics

PG: Kyrie Irving

SG: Paul Peirce

SF: Larry Bird

PF: Kevin McHale

C: Bill Russell

Sub: Bob Cousy

What???!! Kyrie Irving? He hasn’t even played ten games for the Celtics! But, he has the most points of any Celtic for his first five games. It’s hard to argue that they are not the best team though. Which other team has 17 championships? This is like combining all of the NBA’s eras. First, the earliest era (Bob Cousy). Then, the Bill Russell era. Then, the Bird/Johnson era. Then, the beginning of the modern era (Paul Peirce). Then, the Future era (Kyrie Irving).

Leo T. Smith
About the Author

I am 10 and I live in Evanston, Illinois. I am a huge Bulls fan and I love sports in general.

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