Every NBA team has had its share of great players. Here’s what it would look like if they all took the floor together.
Sometimes a starting lineup is composed of the best players a team has and other times it is more of a chemistry experiment where teams are trying to find the best combination of players to bring out the best results for their team.
This season we saw the Golden State Warriors put together the most talented starting lineup in NBA history when they had Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins on the floor at the same time. However, for all the talent they had in that five-man unit, it wasn’t Golden State that emerged as the champions of the 2019 NBA season.
In this article, we’ll go through each of the 30 NBA franchises and try to construct the best possible all-time lineup we can when picking through the entire history of each team. While this isn’t just picking the five best players to ever suit up for each team; it’s more about trying to compile the best five-man lineups while staying within the positional confines. So that means finding the best point guard, the best shooting guard, the best small forward, the best power forward, and best center and turning that into a starting lineup.
Some liberties will be taken, as for certain teams, it’s hard to pick from two worthy players or two players both deserve to be on the team but were listed as playing the same position, etc.
In the following slides, you will see who we choose as the best all-time starting lineups for every team in the NBA today. Come for your favorite players and stay for the surprises that are offered within.
To get things started we kick it off alphabetically with the Atlanta Hawks.