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My New NBA Team

I was again presented with a challenge from a friend of mine that loves basketball. The challenge was to build a ten person NBA team. My friend presented me with the same challenge last year. My friend again provided me with three key rules.

  • You can only select one NBA All-Star from 2015
  • You can only select one player from the 2015 NBA Draft
  • There are no salary cap restrictions

I again realized that I can still build a solid team within the guidelines. Below is the team I built and the reasoning behind choosing these players.

First up is my starting five.

  • Stephen Curry – He’s my NBA All-star and starting point guard. Stephen is a superb shooter. He is a winner and he gets his teammates involved. He can also score. He would be the perfect floor general to lead my team.
  • Bradley Beal – He is again my starting shooting guard. Bradley has a great outside jumper. He has developed nicely into a solid player and should be a mainstay in the lineup for years to come.
  • Andrew Wiggins – He is my starting small forward. He’s a solid defender and can score. He has the potential to become a star in the NBA for years to come. He will continue to develop that potential on my team.
  • Jahlil Okafor - He’s my 2015 player from the NBA Draft and my starting power forward. Jahlil is a solid scorer and a winner. I watched him this year play in several games at Duke and he is a true force in the trenches. He is a perfect fit for my team. In time his defensive game will develop.
  • Andre Drummond – He is again my starting Center. Andre is one of the top rebounders in the league. He is also one of the NBA’s top shot blockers. He again averaged a double double every night. Defense is his game plus he can score some. Having Andre as my starting center gives me in my opinion, the best non All-Star Center in the NBA.

Below is my bench players

  • Isaiah Thomas – Again he’s my backup point guard. He’s a spark plug and a scorer. Every time I watched him play this season he put up solid numbers. You need that type of energy off of the bench in a backup point guard. That plus his dependability will work well on my team.
  • Manu Ginobili – He’s my backup shooting guard. He’s a little older but he has NBA Championship experience. Having a solid veteran on a young team is a necessity if you want to achieve greatness. Manu fits that qualification perfectly.
  • Shabazz Muhammad – He’s my backup small forward. I watched Shabazz in several games this season. He’s a contributor. He also has stepped up when needed and provided several solid performances when there were injuries on his team. As Wiggins continues to develop into a future star at small forward having a steady player like Shabazz as a backup solidify’ s this position on my team.
  • Markieff Morris – He’s my backup power forward. Markieff again this past season put up solid numbers. He’s not afraid to bang upfront and he contributes offensively. This is exactly what you need in a backup power forward.
  • Meyers Leonard – He’s my backup Center. I watched Meyers during the playoffs and he was solid. Meyers is someone who could enter the game and provide not only solid minutes, but solid numbers. Meyers isn’t afraid to crash the board, but he can also shoot the three. That’s a wicked combination. If necessary he could even start at center. He truly is a great asset to have on my team.

I presented my ten person NBA team to my friend. He was again impressed with the team I built. He asked me to explain the rational for my team. Here is what I told him. I believe defense wins championships. You also have to be able to score. My starting lineup is built with solid defenders and players that can score. My starting lineup also has several players with solid upside who have yet to reach their potential. This gives my team the ability realize long term success based on the talent in the starting lineup. I also have a solid bench built with players that have experience. Anyone of them could start if one of the starters were out with an injury. That is a good luxury to have. If this was a real NBA team, making the playoffs would be a certainty especially in the Eastern Conference. How far would this team advance in the playoffs? I believe they would advance deep into the NBA playoffs. Based on the talent level I believe they could challenge for an NBA title right now.

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