Super Teams are becoming a new trend in the modern NBA with several teams having superstars that aren’t able to succeed and lead their teammates to the Larry O’Brien Trophy due to how competitive and harsh the league has become.
And with Kevin Durant reinforcing an already scary and terrific Golden State Warriors squad, teaming up with 2-time MVP Stephen Curry and fellow All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, it proved what we all already knew, playing with the best will pretty much guarantee you a paved road to the NBA Finals.
Besides, most people don’t respect you unless you have some jewellery on your hands, so no matter how hard you try, how much of a winner you are and how impressive your nightly stats are, you need to get a ring to finally prove your worth, and that’s why today we’ll talk about 5 possible super teams that might as well put Golden State’s dominance in jeopardy.
5. The Banana Boats
We all remember that infamous Banana Boat picture featuring longtime buddies Chris Paul, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade in the Bahamas a couple of offseasons ago, literally having a blast between seasons.
And with those 4 friends set to become unrestricted free agents this upcoming summer, and both Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony both desperate to win a championship, it wouldn’t be surprising to see all 4 guys take a significant pay cut to make numbers work and play side by side.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could be an ideal destination for them, especially if they trade Kyrie Irving this offseason. This will be their last opportunity to win an NBA Championship together because they are getting older and they can't play on the highest level as they used to, especially Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.
4. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are already one of the most entertaining and promising young squads in the Association, featuring a lot of young talent to bring back Playoff basketball to the desert after some failed stints over the past 5 years or so.
So, with Kyrie Irving reportedly on their agenda, they could send Eric Bledsoe and standout prospect Josh Jackson to the Cavs while they wait until 2020 to sign free agent Kristaps Porzingis who would be entering his 6th season in the majors and pretty much reaching his prime already.
Kyrie Irving, Devin Booker and Kristaps Porzingis could create a young Super Team who can dominate the NBA for the next 5-7 years. If the New York Knicks don't have any solid success in the next 2 years, Kristaps Porzingis will probably want to run from the Big Apple and play somewhere else.
3. New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are already quite an impressive squad featuring Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday, although some really bad luck has constantly plagued AD and his buddies, and even if they have roughly enough to be legit contenders in the Western Conference, they can still do a lot better.
And that’s why they would be wise to pursue All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who’s not getting nearly as much as he deserves in Boston and is set to become a free agent next season, being able to either play as the first point guard, move Holiday to the bench or even better, play off the ball without having to handle playmaking duties and shifting to the shooting guard position to play isolation ball or to create extra space for Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
This scenario could happen in the next few months, as the Thunder just entered win-now mode with the defending MVP on their ranks desperate to take a championship to the franchise that drafted him, especially now that he’s entered the pinnacle of his career.
So, after landing Paul George in a rental deal that sent Sabonis and Oladipo to the Pacers, the Thunder would be wise to pursue LaMarcus Aldridge as well, as the big man isn’t comfortable with the Spurs and pairing him with Steven Adams would definitely make up for his defensive liabilities and significantly increase Oklahoma’s chances in the West.
They will probably have to send Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, Jerami Grant and future picks if they want to get one of the best power forwards in the league.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will be under pressure this season because Paul George is a free agent next summer and if they don't play in the Western Conference Finals, the Big Three could play just one season together. And don't forget that Russell Westbrook hasn't sign an extension yet.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
Magic Johnson has been quite emphatic with his determination to bring the Los Angeles Lakers back from the dead to rise and shine once again as the best team in the Western Conference, and he’s not afraid to aggressively pull the trigger in order to bring All-Star caliber talent to the Staples Center once again.
So, with them already drafting Lonzo Ball and most likely losing Paul George after a mediocre season a couple of years from now (if Oklahoma City has a good season) they should thrive with their already developed youngsters Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram, while they retain Brook Lopez and finally make a huge bid for California native Klay Thompson in 2019, considering his father was a key piece during the showtime era and should he want a bigger role at that stage of his career.
This LA squad will be awesome to watch, they will play so fast with Lonzo Ball and Klay Thompson, and if Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle develop well, they will have a really good starting lineup with underrated center Brook Lopez.
Magic Johnson knows that the Los Angeles Lakers need superstars, and they will sign someone as soon as possible.