There are some wild lineups that every NBA team should try this season

NBA team should try this season

NBA Updates PH – Aside from big free-agent moves and possible deals involving Damian Lillard and James Harden, most NBA rosters are set before the 2023-2024 training camps.

That means it’s time to look at possible NBA lineups for each of the 30 teams in the league.

One note before we start: It might be fun to go with the word “wild” in the headline, but we’re going to focus on teams we can expect to play.

Scroll down to see some crazy but possible lines every NBA team update should try. These lineups have big, small, or shooting-heavy groups.

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks Lineup

Trae Young, De’Andre Hunter, De’Andre Murray, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Jalen Johnson

Last season was the first time since Clint Capela joined the Atlanta Hawks that the team did better when he wasn’t playing than when he was. That isn’t exactly a sign of what’s to come, but it does give some reason to play more small-ball lineups that can overwhelm the other team’s offense.

Trae Young and Dejounte Murray score and make plays for this group. De’Andre Hunter (36.2 percent from three over the last two seasons) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (38.7 percent for his NBA career) can also shoot, and Jalen Johnson has a lot of potential.

Johnson is the “wild” part of this team, even though he has only played a few minutes at the 5 position in his career. He is 6’9″ tall with a 7’0″ wingspan. 2022-23, he averaged 9.7 boards and 1.2 blocks per 75 possessions. That may be enough production from the center position to support the speed, flexibility, and (theoretically) shooting that Johnson adds to the mix.

This isn’t a reason to play this NBA team update for more than a few minutes, which is true for most NBA lineups here. It wouldn’t be a big thing, but more of a change.

Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics Lineup

Derrick White, Malcolm Brogdon, Jayson Tatum, Sam Hauser, and Kristaps Porzingis.

This is the “maximize Jayson Tatum’s one-on-one scoring opportunities” lineup.

It might be a mistake not to have Jaylen Brown in the group to draw the attention of one defender, but the four players around Tatum are all good long-range shots.

In the 2022-23 season, Derrick White, Malcolm Brogdon, Sam Hauser, and Kristaps Porzingis shot 40.5% from three-point range. Tatum’s driving lanes would look like Kramer’s two-lane comfort cruise if those four cars were stopped outside the arc.

Even though Hauser might be the weakest link on defense, this lineup has some defensive promise. White and Tatum are two of the best perimeter guards in the league. Porziis can still protect the rim, even though he isn’t as good as he used to be when he played for the New York Knicks.

Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets Lineup

Ben Simmons, Mikal Bridges, Royce O’Neale, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Cameron Johnson

As you’ll soon see, a lot of the teams here are pushing for positionless basketball. The Brooklyn Nets might be as bold as anyone else at doing that.

Ben Simmons is the key if he is healthy and can stay that way. Having a 6’10” playmaker who can work as a point guard or a point center makes it easy for Brooklyn to fill out the rest of this group with its other tall defenders and good shooters.

After the Kevin Durant trade last season, Mikal Bridges showed he deserves to be the NBA team’s top scorer. Royce O’Neale, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Cameron Johnson can all be counted to make open three-pointers. All five players are good defenders.

Even though this group isn’t good at protecting the rim or getting the ball back, it could win its minutes by making enough threes and causing enough trouble in the passing lanes.

Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Lineup

LaMelo Ball, Cody Martin, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, and (if he comes back) P.J. Washington.

The first problem to solve is P.J. Washington’s contract situation. According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, he and the Charlotte Hornets are in a stalemate, but most NBA teams no longer have the money to spend. Even if he ends up playing on his $8.5 million qualifying offer, he’ll almost certainly still be with the Hornets in 2023-24.

If so, he could be a good choice as a floor-spacing 5 in a group with a lot of shooters around LaMelo Ball, who is the playmaker.

Washington, Miles Bridges, and Cody Martin have seasons with above-average three-point percentages. Brandon Miller is one of the best shooters in the 2023 NBA draft class. He shot 38.4 percent from three (on 7.5 attempts per game) and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line. LaMelo Ball’s ability to break through the first line of defense and spread the ball to these players would give them all a lot of open looks.

This group would struggle on defense, but it has some of the same potential as the Nets. They could be more experienced and proven, but this NBA team update could also cause trouble in the passing lanes.

Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls Lineup

Nikola Vucevic, Andre Drummond, Jevon Carter, Alex Caruso, Zach LaVine, and Jevon Carter

After starting this exercise with a bunch of small-ball or “position-less” NBA teams, let’s switch things up a bit.

Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond only played together for 13 minutes last season, and it’s easy to see why. Both are traditional 5s in terms of size and defensive ability.

Because of this, the Chicago Bulls couldn’t play a lot with this group, but there may be enough shooting and rebounding to make it work for short stretches.

Over the last five years, Vuevi has made 35.6 percent of his threes, while Jevon Carter and Zach LaVine have made 39.7 percent and 38.4 percent, respectively. Running pick-and-rolls with Drummond in the middle of the court and surrounding it with three shooters could be the basis of a good offense.

On the other end, Carter and Alex Caruso’s strong on-ball defense could force a lot of tough looks, while Vuevi and Drummond’s frontcourt would control the boards.

In the end, this could be a great way to make up for LaVine’s sometimes poor defense while giving him a lot of chances to score.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers Lineup

Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland, Max Strus, Georges Niang, and Dean Wade.

This season, Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, and Max Strus will spend a lot of time on the court together. With All-Star big men Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, they’ll win their minutes.

But after getting Strus and Georges Niang in the summer, the Cleveland Cavaliers can now put out a lineup with five shooters to try to score a lot of points quickly.

Mitchell has made 36.5 percent of his career three-point shots and is currently fifth all-time in career threes per game. Garland has made 38.7 percent of his career three-point shots, and Strus, Niang, and Dean Wade have all made 38.4 percent of their career triples.

Wade lining up at the 5 is a wild card. He has only played 9 percent of his career minutes there, but Cleveland would struggle on the boards and protecting the rim with him.

So, this group would only be able to play in certain situations.

Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks Lineup

Grant Williams, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, Josh Green, Dante Exum, and Dante Exum

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving can create shots for themselves and others from anywhere on the court. This should make the Dallas Mavericks‘ offense one of the most dynamic and unpredictable in the league, even if many possessions start with isolations or pick-and-rolls.

Clearing the paint and surrounding those two with players who can switch on defense and shoot on the other end will make it even harder to plan a game against them, especially if Dante Exum can add some secondary playmaking.

Exum came to the NBA as a point guard who had trouble shooting but found his range playing overseas. He shot 38.8 percent from deep for Partizan Belgrade last season and 53.3 percent for Barcelona the year before.

Josh Green, also from Australia, showed some three-and-D skills for Dallas last year, but Grant Williams has more experience than both in this area.

Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets Lineups

Jamal Murray, Christian Braun, Michael Porter Jr., Peyton Watson and Aaron Gordon

During the playoffs, Michael Malone, the Denver Nuggets‘ head coach, utilized his “Aaron Gordon at the 5” strategy, which proved crucial in the team’s successful journey toward the championship.

After showing off that lineup, Malone might use it more in 2023–24, or he might decide to spare Gordon the physical punishment that comes with that job.

This is a guess that Malone will be somewhere in the middle, and when Gordon is at the 5, he should be joined by at least one other high-end scorer.

This NBA team update has that with Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., who can both get hot from the outside. However, with Gordon, Christian Braun, and Peyton Watson, it’s mostly a defense-first group.

If MPJ’s defense stays as strong as it was in the playoffs and Murray’s ability to take over stays the same, this group could easily win its minutes next season.

Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons Lineups

Cade Cunningham, Alec Burks, Joe Harris, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Isaiah Stewart

This is another group with a high-end playmaker surrounded by as many shooters as possible. This one is led by a soon-to-be-22-year-old who is ready to break out.

Cade Cunningham made a lot of noise when he played like Luka Doncic for the USA Select Team against the World Cup team. This should give him some confidence going into the 2023–24 season.

If Cunningham’s size, ability to cut, and willingness to pass, which helped him do well against Team USA, translates to the regular season, shooters like Alec Burks (41.0 percent from three over the last three seasons), Joe Harris (43.7 percent for his career), and Bojan Bogdanovic (40.4 percent over the last six years) will get a lot of open catch-and-shoot threes.

The most important question is who plays the 5.

Playing Jalen Duren with those four might become popular, but he needs to fit the theme. Neither do Marvin Bagley III or Isaiah Stewart, but Stewart at least has a season where he took a lot of threes: 4.1 per game in 2022-23.

Golden State Warriors

GSW Lineups

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green

This could be the starting five for the Golden State Warriors, but that doesn’t make it any less strange.

Andrew Wiggins, who is 6’7″, would be the biggest player in the lineup. Its center would be Draymond Green, 6’6″, the same height as Klay Thompson, a small forward.

The backcourt is made up of Chris Paul and Stephen Curry, who are both good guards but not very big.

Because Curry, Green, Thompson, and Wiggins work well together and CP3 knows how to score, this group would score at a good rate. But defense and getting the ball back would be huge problems.

Houston Rockets

Rockets Lineup

Jalen Green, Amen Thompson, Jae’Sean Tate, Dillon Brooks, and Jabari Smith Jr.

This group looks a lot like the one used by the Denver Nuggets, with Jalen Green taking the place of Jamal Murray as the fast guard surrounded by long defenders.

It doesn’t have a proven three-point shot like Michael Porter Jr., but Jabari Smith Jr. could get there (or close). During his one season at Auburn, he made 42.0% of the three-point shots he tried.

Dillon Brooks and Jae’Sean Tate are terrible shooters, but their defense at the forward positions could make up for it.

Last but not least, Amen Thompson can play defense and may be a good enough player to be the point guard on offense. If his shot is ready early, this group might be better than expected.

Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers Lineup

Tyrese Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, and Obi Toppin

Tyrese Haliburton has become one of the best playmakers in the NBA, and the Indiana Pacers now have enough shooters to put them around him.

Buddy Hield is one of the best shooters of all time, and Bruce Brown and Aaron Nesmith shot 36.3 percent from deep in 2022-23.

Brown’s ability to make plays and Obi Toppin’s ability to move around could be the wild cards in this group.

Since Myles Turner can shoot from the outside, leaving him at the 5 would make sense, but Toppin could still improve there. On the other hand, his mobility could make this group more flexible on both ends.

Brown’s ability to fill almost any role, even that of a secondary playmaker, would take a lot of pressure off Haliburton to come up with something at every opportunity.

Los Angeles Clippers

LA Clippers Lineup

Paul George, Terance Mann, Kawhi Leonard, Robert Covington, and Nicholas Batum

This NBA lineup moves past small-ball and into fully position-less territory by starting Terance Mann at the 1 (a spot he spent a lot of time at in 2022-23).

Because the Los Angeles Clippers rely on Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on attack, he doesn’t have to do much from scratch, but he can. Putting these three, along with Robert Covington and Nicolas Batum, in the same starting group would give L.A. one of the best outside defenses in the NBA.

There will always be a “if healthy” caveat for NBA teams with George and Leonard, but this group could see a good amount of time in the playoffs (assuming Covington can show head coach Ty Lue once again how valuable his three-and-D is).

Los Angeles Lakers

LA Lakers Lineup

Rui Hachimura, Anthony Davis, D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, and Rui Hachimura

We know what to expect from LeBron James-led NBA teams because he has been the main force behind them for more than 20 years. So, instead of that, we’ll talk about the best group of players (from a scoring standpoint) to put around Anthony Davis.

Since Davis has struggled as a jump shooter for the last three years, putting floor spacers around him seems reasonable. With D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, and Rui Hachimura on the court with him, opponents would have to be careful about crowding Davis on his inside plays.

A.D. would have to work hard to guard and get rebounds with this NBA lineup, but that’s a role he’s used to. And the Los Angeles Lakers need to start getting ready for a time when LeBron is not on the team.


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Memphis Grizzlies

Grizzlies Lineup

Steven Adams, Marcus Smart, Luke Kennard, Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Ja Morant’s 25-game suspension at the start of the season makes it easier to plan for teams without Ja. We didn’t rule out the Golden State Warriors team because this group could start some games.

Desmond Bane and Luke Kennard, two of the best scorers in the NBA, are on this team. Their total three-point percentage over their careers is 43.2, and Kennard has led the league in three-point percentage for the last two years.

It makes sense to put Marcus Smart and Steven Adams around them because they are tough and good at defense. The fact that Jaren Jackson is good at three-and-D is also a clear add.

So, what exactly makes this group wild?

Memphis will need a lot of playmaking now that Ja is out and Tyus Jones is gone, and this group can get it from three places. Smart is the obvious choice, but Kennard averaged 4.1 assists for the Detroit Pistons in his last season. And in 2022–23, when both Morant and Jones were out of the game, Bane averaged 7.7 assists per 75 plays.

Miami Heat

Miami Heat Lineup

Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Caleb Martin, Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Bam Adebayo

We’ll picture a Miami Heat lineup without Jimmy Butler for the same reason we talked about a Lakers NBA lineup without LeBron.

There is little left to be surprised about when it comes to groups led by Butler and Bam Adebayo.

On the other hand, this group makes it easier for Adebayo to do more of what made him a bit unusual two seasons ago.

In 136 games in 2019-20 and 2020-21, Adebayo had an average of 5.3 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.2 steals. No one in the league has matched or beaten all three of those marks in the same stretch. Only nine players have matched or beaten all three of those marks over a 136-game stretch.

If Adebayo was surrounded by shooters like Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson (and only a few other playmakers), more of that could come out. And he, Caleb Martin, and Jaime Jaquez Jr. could all put pressure on the basket and draw defenders away from the shooters.

Milwaukee Bucks

Bucks Lineup

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Grayson Allen, Khris Middleton, Bobby Portis and Brook Lopez

The Milwaukee Bucks have a few point guards right now. That could give them a chance to try something they had yet to do since 2015-16, when Giannis Antetokounmpo spent almost half his time at the 1.

When Jrue Holiday is taking a break, the Bucks might do well to have Giannis start plays from the beginning when he is on the court. In these cases, he should be surrounded by people shooting.

Last season, Grayson Allen had a 39.9% success rate for his deep shots. Bobby Portis, who has been with the Bucks for three years, has made 40.2% of his attempted three-point shots. Although Khris Middleton has been injured lately, he still has a career three-point shooting average of 38.8%. Additionally, Middleton can help ease some of Giannis’ playmaking responsibilities.

Brook Lopez is the most important player in this NBA team update, though. He’s made 35.1% of his three-point shots in five years with Milwaukee. During that time, only Kristaps Porzingis has made more shots from 28 feet or further away than anyone else.

When rival centers know they have to stay close to a big that far from the basket, driving lanes open up. Giannis is one of the few players who can make the most of a wide-hitting lane.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniel, Kyle Anderson, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Rudy Gobert

The Minnesota Timberwolves took a big zig when they got Rudy Gobert to play with Karl-Anthony Towns last summer.

Even though many NBA teams were getting more versatile and playing small ball, the Wolves almost had to play two bigs and beat people up inside. But because KAT hurt his calf last year and could only play in 29 regular-season games, Minnesota couldn’t give that theory a real try.

This group of songs does that. It has big players at every position, and loves how Anthony Edwards is becoming a hero and taking over for Team USA.

With Edwards as the point guard and at least three other good players (Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, and Gobert) in the same NBA lineup, this group could make scoring hard for the other NBA team.

On offense, having both Gobert and Anderson on the court could make things a little tight, but Anderson’s skill as a playmaker helps a little. Pick-and-rolls with Edwards and Gobert could also be very dangerous.

New Orleans Pelicans

Herb Jones, Larry Nance Jr., Zion Williamson, Trey Murphy III, and Herb Jones.

Putting the ball in Zion Williamson‘s hands and letting him act as a full-fledged point guard is similar to how the Bucks’ NBA lineup works.

The main job of the other four players is different from what they did in Milwaukee, even though Brandon Ingram and Trey Murphy III can give Zion some space. The defense of Ingram, Murphy, Herb Jones, and Larry Nance Jr. is strong and could stop almost any attack.

Even though Ingram and Murphy would need some chances to score, this NBA lineup would be about Zion, the fourth-most efficient scorer per play in NBA history.

New York Knicks

Jalen Brunson, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, Josh Hart and Julius Randle

During the four years that RJ Barrett and Julius Randle have been on the same NBA team (regular season and playoffs), the New York Knicks have been:

  • minus-2.5 points per 100 possessions with both on the floor;
  • plus-3.4 with both off the floor;
  • minus-1.8 with Barrett and without Randle; and
  • plus-3.6 with Randle and without Barrett

Two people in a group who can’t shoot are hard to get by these days. This problem is made worse by the fact that they often play with Mitchell Robinson, who is also not a good shot. So, the first goal here is to tell them apart.

Randle has a bigger effect on the game than Barrett, so he should stay in. It makes sense to put him in a group where he acts like a point center and is surrounded by more shooters than he is used to.

With Jalen Brunson, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, and Josh Hart in the mix, this group is small at spots 1 through 4 but has a good range. Also, Brunson, Quickley, and Hart all play bigger than their stated heights. For a wing player, Hart is also a fierce scorer.

These five would have some problems on defense, but if Randle could spread the floor and have good choices for where to kick the ball, it would be dangerous on the other end.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Aleksej Pokusevski, Vasilije Micic, Josh Giddey, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Chet Holmgren

When the Oklahoma City Thunder switch up their lineups, things can get very crazy. This one score is long, makes plays, and has a lot of Serbian style.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander just finished an All-NBA season in which he scored an average of 31.4 points per game, which was a career-high for him. In this group, Vasilije Micic, Josh Giddey, and Aleksej Pokusevski, who all pass the ball, are all around him to set him up.

It also fixes the team’s biggest weakness last season by adding Chet Holmgren, who can guard the rim.

Even though putting Jalen Williams in place of Poku would make this NBA team update better, it would lose a lot of its “wild” quality. That mark is too high for a team with two 7-footers weighing less than 200 pounds.

Orlando Magic

Jonathan Isaac, Markelle Fultz, Joe Ingles, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, and Franz Wagner

The fact that Paolo Banchero is Team USA’s backup 5 makes it tempting to line him up as a center for this drill, but that’s mostly just a matter of words.

Banchero and Jonathan Isaac are almost the same in terms of how they work. You might also be able to add 6’10” forward Franz Wagner to that mix.

When you add Markelle Fultz (6’3″ with a 6’9″ wingspan) and Joe Ingles (6’8″) to the backcourt, you have a group that can switch all over the floor defensively and score from just about anywhere offensively.

This NBA team update would work much better if Banchero improved a lot as a shooter, but even if that happens later, it’s still flexible enough to give opponents trouble. Orlando is still early enough in the rebuilding process that it makes sense to try some new things.

Philadelphia 76ers

Tyrese Maxey, Patrick Beverley, De’Anthony Melton, P.J. Tucker and Joel Embiid

Having De’Anthony Melton, Patrick Beverley, and P.J. Tucker at positions 2, 3, and 4 makes this NBA team update look very small. Still, all three are competitive defenders who won’t give up anything.

Aside from that, this group is mostly about putting Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid in situations where they can play together as much as possible.

Maxey and Embiid are the future of the Philadelphia 76ers, whether James Harden plays for them in 2023-24 or not. They need to be the top two players on the team, and neither Beverley, Melton, or Tucker will get in the way of that.

On the other hand, these three players will only worry about defense and shooting open threes when Maxey and Embiid move in the middle of the court.

Phoenix Suns

Eric Gordon, Josh Okogie, Yuta Watanabe, Keita Bates-Diop and Deandre Ayton

Even though it would be tempting to play with any combination of the Phoenix Suns‘ four max players, let’s go with the “boost Deandre Ayton’s trade value” lineup instead.

Eric Gordon would get some chances to play in this group, but Ayton would be the top choice.

Gordon, Keita Bates-Diop (39.4% from deep last season), and Yuta Watanabe (39.0% for his career) would spread out the court, giving Ayton plenty of room to move and score inside.

Even though it would make sense to pick another shooter like Damion Lee for that last spot, Josh Okogie’s toughness, defense, and rebounds are pretty good choices.

Portland Trail Blazers

Scoot Henderson, Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Shaedon Sharpe and Jerami Grant

Damian Lillard is expected to be traded by the Portland Trail Blazers at some point, but each week that goes by makes a trade seem less likely.

If he’s still on the team when the season starts, Portland can put together playmaking lines with Lillard, Scoot Henderson, and Anfernee Simons if he’s still on the team.

To keep up with the fast-paced, offense-first style of those three players in the backcourt, we’ll put Shaedon Sharpe at the 4 and Jerami Grant at the 5.

These five would probably get scored on a lot, but they would also score a lot themselves. It could be in short spurts.

Sacramento Kings

De’Aaron Fox, Keegan Murray, Harrison Barnes, Sasha Vezenkov and Trey Lyles

Last season, the Sacramento Kings‘ offense was much worse when Domantas Sabonis wasn’t in the game. Adding 2022-23 EuroLeague MVP Sasha Vezenkov could help.

With him, Keegan Murray, Harrison Barnes, and Trey Lyles, Sacramento can put a lot of shooters and players who can switch on defense around De’Aaron Fox and let him do what he does best.

This group would run a five-out offense that would leave the middle of the floor open for Fox’s drives. If you had four good places to kick the ball out for three-point shots, it would be hard for rival defenses to stop those drives.

Fox would have a feast with this group.

San Antonio Spurs

Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan, Victor Wembanyama and Zach Collins

The San Antonio Spurs have the players to play big NBA teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Even though this one could be better at making plays, pushing Keldon Johnson to improve in that area wouldn’t hurt. Last season, he averaged a career-high 2.9 assists, but this group would need him to pass the ball more.

In theory, Devin Vassell, Victor Wembanyama, and Zach Collins, all of whom can shoot, would be on either side of him. The length of this NBA team line up, especially in the frontcourt with Wembanyama, Collins, and Jeremy Sochan, could make it hard to defend against.

At least in his first season, any team that includes Wembanyama could feel a bit crazy. The 7’5″ wing (big? guard?) is likely to change how the defense works immediately.

If he can make jump shots, he might win Rookie of the Year by a long shot.

Toronto Raptors

Scottie Barnes, O.G. Anunoby, Jalen McDaniels, Otto Porter Jr. and Pascal Siakam

Whether we’re talking about wild lines or not, the first thing the Toronto Raptors should do is improve their point guard, Scottie Barnes.

He played that position at Florida State, and if he doesn’t figure out how to regularly make threes, he might have to play that position in the NBA, too.

Defenses must pay some attention to him when he has the ball. If he’s on the court with good shooters like O.G. Anunoby and Otto Porter Jr., his runs could lead to a lot of chances to pass the ball.

The most interesting thing about this NBA lineup is that it doesn’t have a set place. The length of all these players, plus Jalen McDaniels and Pascal Siakam, means this group can switch from 1 to 5 on defense more than any other group described.

Toronto has tried something similar in the past, but swapping the 6’1″ Fred VanVleet with the 6’9″ Barnes would be a big change.

Utah Jazz

Talen Horton-Tucker, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, Kelly Olynyk and Walker Kessler

In 2021-22, the Cleveland Cavaliers set the stage for this when they were able to play 7-footer Lauri Markkanen at the 3. Last season, the Utah Jazz moved us one step closer when they made him an All-Star and put him on the court with Kelly Olynyk, Walker Kessler, and Jarred Vanderbilt in different ways.

Now that we’ve seen what that looks like, how big a deal is it to move from one wing spot to another?

With Markkanen at the 2 and John Collins possibly following a similar road to get some time at the 3, Utah could keep starting Olynyk and Kessler to make a big NBA lineup.

This NBA team line up is just as crazy as any other one here, no matter which guard is in the fifth spot. But Talen Horton-Tucker has a 7’1″ reach, which fits the theme of this group. In his last 15 games last season, he averaged 20.2 points, 6.4 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Washington Wizards

Jordan Poole, Bilal Coulibaly, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija and Kyle Kuzma

The Washington Wizards have one more group that fits the “playmaker surrounded by positionless basketball” pattern.

Jordan Poole will likely have a high-scoring game against the Wizards. This is due in part to the shooting skills of Corey Kispert and the one-on-one scoring prowess of Kyle Kuzma, which will draw some of the opposing NBA team’s focus away from Poole.

Deni Avdija could also help if he learned how to make threes more often, but he and Bilal Coulibaly are here more for defense.

Poole could have the second big break of his career with this kind of backing from both sides.

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