Earlier this month, we used our general manager skills to build Super Teams out of two up-and-coming NBA contenders and the New York Knicks.
The only way to really compete with the Warriors and Cavaliers is to get a bunch of stars to team up. And following a blockbuster trade between the Sixers and the Celtics, our previous plan to build the Celtics into a Super Team has proven obsolete.
But fear not! Now that the NBA Draft has come and gone, it’s time to do a draft of our own. We’re drafting a Super Team that could contend with the Warriors and Cavaliers, selecting a starting five from the other 28 teams that haven’t made the NBA Finals the last three years.
Let’s pretend that we’re now the 31st franchise in the NBA. Let’s call ourselves the Seattle SuperSonics, because they deserve it. And now we’re on the clock.
But first, here are the surprising stars who didn’t make the team:
Russell Westbrook and James Harden
To the dismay of many, the top two contenders for this year’s MVP award didn’t make the cut for the Sonics. To beat the defending champions, we need players who aren’t ball-dominant and are able to share.
As much as we love triple-doubles, we can’t worry about the stat sheet against the Dubs.
Paul George and Jimmy Butler
George and Butler are two of the biggest names on the trade market this off-season. And as tempting as it to draft these solid players, we just couldn’t find a position for them in the starting lineup.
The pair match up well against the Warriors and Cavs because they offer position versatility, solid on-ball defense and go-to scoring. It’s essential to have two-way players like George and Butler, but it proves how talented our team is that we don’t need them.
Our Sonics Starting Lineup:
Point Guard: Chris Paul
First off, congrats to Chris Paul for finally joining a team that might advance past the second round of the playoffs. The Point God, who is still in his prime, would be the perfect floor general for a team to compete against the Warriors.
Plus, CP3 loathes Steph Curry, and that would make the Finals that much more entertaining.
Shooting Guard: Kawhi Leonard
Leonard, one of the best defenders in the NBA, can play three different positions. He offers enough shooting to make the floor spacing work.
Leonard could also defend the opposition’s best perimeter player. He’d be tasked with defending LeBron James against the Cavaliers and Kevin Durant against the Warriors, as long as Zaza Pachulia doesn’t try to break his ankles.
Small Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Greek Freak is another player who can defend multiple positions on the court. Antetokounmpo, just 22, has already proven that he’s a future MVP and one of the top 10 players in the NBA.
The Greek God could also play point forward when CP3 is on the bench. The only thing missing from his game is a jump shot, but spacing shouldn’t be an issue with him on the floor.
Power Forward: Anthony Davis
When healthy, Davis is arguably the best big man in the NBA. The unibrow would be a perfect fit on the Sonics, as he can play inside and outside while being a rim protector on defense.
Imagine defending a pick-and-roll with CP3 and the ‘Brow. Not even the Warriors could stop that.
Center: Karl Anthony-Towns
A frontcourt of Kentucky players would be a fun storyline for this Sonics squad. Towns and Davis would both essentially play similar positions. KAT would also help on defense (even though he’s got a lot of work to do on that side of the ball), and he’s such a good shooter that he’d fit perfectly with Davis and the rest of the team.