1. The perfect starting five
In terms of talent, this LA Clippers starting five is, by far, the best in the world. Each of these starters can score on their own, defend at a high volume, and fight through adversity when needed. These are aspects most starting fives in the NBA don’t have.
On that note, Leonard and George crack these positions by default. Unless there is an injury or personal reason, these two will remain starters from the start of the season til the finish.
Furthermore, the point guard in this lineup will be Russell Westbrook, a former league MVP. When looking at the UCLA product last season, he improved significantly after the trade deadline. This is no coincidence, as Westbrook fits much better with Leonard and George and brings a level of energy that the Clippers have been missing since Patrick Beverley.
Moreover, even on the nights when Westbrook isn’t shooting too well, he still manages to impact the game off the glass and on defense. He has proven he is not scared of anyone and is ready for whatever challenge lies ahead.
The shooting guard in this lineup is none other than Norman Powell, another former UCLA star. He proved in the postseason that when given the keys, he would flip the switch and dominate on both sides of the ball. Not to mention Powell was in the mix for Sixth Man of the Year last season. If he were to start, there is no doubt he would shine immediately.
Last but not least, the center position goes to Ivica Zubac. He is the perfect lob threat for Westbrook and one of the best rim protectors in the NBA. He has all the talent in the world and is due for an all-star-level season.