We all have a favorite team and favorite player, but can we select all-time starting five for every NBA franchise? It’s a very tough question, but I’m a Lakers fan and I always wanted to write all-time starting five for each team.

Feel free to criticize my choice and do comment your own first fives.


Atlanta Hawks

(PG) Mookie Blaylock (SG) Pete Maravich 

(SF) Dominique Wilkins (PF) Bob Pettit (C) Dikembe Mutombo

Boston Celtics

(PG) Bob Cousy (SG) John Havlicek 

(SF) Larry Bird (PF) Kevin McHale (C) Bill Russell

Brooklyn Nets

(PG) Jason Kidd (SG) Drazen Petrovic 

(SF) Julius Erving (PF) Derrick Coleman (C) Billy Paultz

Charlotte Hornets

Muggsy Bogues (PG)  Dell Curry (SG) 

Glen Rice (SF)  Larry Johnson (PF)  Alonzo Mourning (C)

Chicago Bulls

Derrick Rose (PG) Michael Jordan (SG)

Scottie Pippen (SF) Dennis Rodman (PF) Artis Gilmore (C)

Cleveland Cavaliers

Mark Price (PG) Austin Carr (SG)

LeBron James (SF) Larry Nance (PF) Brad Daugherty (C)

Dallas Mavericks

Steve Nash (PG) Rolando Blackman (SG)

Mark Aguirre (SF) Dirk Nowitzki (PF)  Roy Tarpley (C) 

Denver Nuggets

Fat Lever (PG) David Thompson (SG)

Alex English (SF) Antonio McDyess (PF) Dan Issel (C)

Detroit Pistons

Isiah Thomas (PG) Joe Dumars (SG)

Grant Hill (SF) Dennis Rodman (PF) Bob Lanier (C)

Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry (PG) Chris Mullin (SG)

Rick Barry (SF) Nate Thurmond (PF) Wilt Chamberlain (C)

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Houston Rockets

Calvin Murphy (PG)  James Harden (SG)

Tracy McGrady (SF) Moses Malone (PF) Hakeem Olajuwon (C)

Indiana Pacers

Mark Jackson (PG) Reggie Miller (SG)

George McGinnis (SF) Jermaine O’Neal (PF)  Mel Daniels (C)

Los Angeles Clippers

Chris Paul (PG) Randy Smith (SG)

Danny Manning (SF) Elton Brand (PF) Bob McAdoo (C)

Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson (PG) Kobe Bryant (SG)

Elgin Baylor (SF) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (PF) Shaquille O’Neal (C)

Memphis Grizzlies

Mike Conley (PG) Mike Miller (SG)

Rudy Gay (SF) Shareef Abdur-Rahim (PF) Pau Gasol (C)

Miami Heat

Tim Hardaway (PG) Dwyane Wade (SG)

LeBron James (SF) Chris Bosh (PF) Alonzo Mourning (C)

Milwaukee Bucks

Sidney Moncrief (PG) Ray Allen (SG)

Glenn Robinson (SF) Bob Dandridge (PF Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (C)

Minnesota Timberwolves

Stephon Marbury (PG) Anthony Peeler (SG)

Tony Campbell (SF) Kevin Love (PF) Kevin Garnett (C)

New Orleans Pelicans

Chris Paul (PG) Baron Davis (SG)

Jamal Mashburn (SF) David West (PF) Anthony Davis (C)

New York Knicks

Walt Frazier (PG) Earl Monroe (SG)

Bernard King (SF) Dave DeBusschere (PF) Patrick Ewing (C)

Seattle SuperSonics

Gary Payton (PG) Ray Allen (SG)

Kevin Durant (SF) Shawn Kemp (PF) Jack Sikma (C)

Orlando Magic

Penny Hardaway (PG) Tracy McGrady (SG)

Nick Anderson (SF) Horace Grant (PF) Dwight Howard (C)

Philadelphia Sixers

Maurice Cheeks (PG) Allen Iverson (SG)

Julius Erving (SF) Charles Barkley (PF) Moses Malone (C)

Phoenix Suns

Steve Nash (PG) Paul Westphal (SG)

Shawn Marion (SF) Charles Barkley (PF) Alvan Adams (C)

Portland Trail Blazers

Terry Porter (PG) Clyde Drexler (SG)

Jerome Kersey (SF) Maurice Lucas (PF) Bill Walton (C)

Sacramento Kings

Oscar Robertson (PG) Mitch Richmond (SG)

Peja Stojakovic (SF) Chris Webber (PF) DeMarcus Cousins (C)

San Antonio Spurs

Tony Parker (PG) Manu Ginobili (SG)

George Gervin (SF) Tim Duncan (PF) David Robinson (C)

Toronto Raptors

Damon Stoudamire (PG) Vince Carter (SG)

Morris Peterson (SF) Chris Bosh (PF) Antonio Davis (C)

Utah Jazz

John Stockton (PG) Pete Maravich (SG)

Adrian Dantley (SF) Karl Malone (PF) Mark Eaton (C)

Washington Wizards

Gilbert Arenas (PG) Earl Monroe (SG)

Gus Johnson (SF) Elvin Hayes (PF) Wes Unseld (C)

My Team All-Time Starting Five

Magic Johnson (PG) Michael Jordan (SG) 

Kobe Bryant (SF) Larry Bird (PF) Wilt Chamberlain (C)

Edit: About the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats and New Orleans Pelicans/Hornets dilemma, I assumed that the original Charlotte Hornets did not relocate to New Orleans and instead, they did change their nickname to Bobcats and back to Hornets again. On the other hand, New Orleans Hornets just changed their name to Pelicans.

What do you think, which team have the best roster? If they play NBA season, who will win? My prediction for NBA Finals would be Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Derrick Rose and Artis Gilmore and Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Shaq O’Neal.

But, who will win? I guess nobody can beat Michael Jordan, so my prediction would be 4-3 for the Chicago Bulls.

Credit: MainMendoza


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