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Hypothetical Question on NBA (not the 2013 draft)

The Miami Heat have re-introduced the "super team" back into the NBA. Now the entire league is fighting over basically some 20 odd players to form their own super team. My question is... is there another way to compete with the Heat without making a different super team. What if you were able to put together a team that consisted on the 5th best player at every position. Would that team be able to beat the Heat in a 7 game Finals?

Now everyone has their own different rankings on player positions, but here is my team of people who I feel are the 5th best at their position. Do they beat the Heat? Who would your team be?

PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Joe Johnson
SF: Paul George
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
C: Al Horford


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Yes they'd be able to beat

Yes they'd be able to beat the heat... those are all all star caliber players except Johnson.

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Wade is slipping and Ray

Wade is slipping and Ray Allen, Battier aren't getting any younger. Next year they might be on the outside looking in at the Thunder, Bulls, Grizzlies, and Pacers.

They way to beat Miami is with size, defense, and athletes. Be able to mix it up with post players and also an up tempo game.

I actually think the Spurs can do it this year with Duncan, Parker, Manu, Kawhi Leonard, Splitter, Bonner, and Danny Green.

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Good question

The way the Heat are built it would be tough for a lot of teams, even that five, to win a seven game series. I like the Pacers to beat Miami (in a world where David Stern doesn't influence games) this year because of not only their history against Miami but they're peaking with a suffocating defense. So they are beatable.

My 5's (starters only)

PG:
1. Chris Paul
2. Rajon Rondo
3. Russell Westbrook
4. Tony Parker
5. Stephen Curry

SG:
1. James Harden
2. Kobe Bryant
3. Dwyane Wade
4. Manu Ginobili
5. Monta Ellis

SF:
1. Kevin Durant
2. Paul George
3. Andre Iguodala
4. Nicolas Batum
5. Rudy Gay

PF:
1. LeBron James
2. Carmelo Anthony
3. Kevin Love
4. Lamarcus Aldridge
5. Blake Griffin

C:
1. Tim Duncan
2. Marc Gasol
3. Dwight Howard (healthy or motivated #1)
4. Joakim Noah
5. Chris Bosh (Al Jefferson for paradoxal purposes)

We can debate rankings at any time, but this 5 would be
PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Al Jefferson

I don't think this squad beats the Heat in 7. Too small on the wing, poor defense in the interior. It's an interesting topic but the Heat have 7 3 point specialist to surround James and Wade and their driving abilities.

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Part of the problem with that

Part of the problem with that team is that you just happen to have quite a few selfish, inefficient players ranked #5. None of them really compliment each other. I feel like I could make up a team without any of those guys you have ranked in your top 5s that could beat the Heat in seven games.

PG: Derrick Rose
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Luol Deng
PF: Serge Ibaka
C: Brook Lopez

or maybe

PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Tony Allen
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Al Horford
C: Larry Sanders

It would need to be the right mix of talent and compatibility with a system, but yes I'm sure it can hypothetically be done.

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Agreed

Haha 4 negs, no reasons why.

I agree though, especially if you break the heat on lethal fastbreaks:

PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Avery Bradley
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jeff Green
C: Anthony Davis

I need to watch more teams that execute fastbreaks to get player personel fits, but you've got defenders for LeBron, Bradley on Wade, Davis for stretch Bosh as well as shot alterer in the middle, and athletes to stretch with Miami's 3-point shooters.

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The problem is, there isn't a

The problem is, there isn't a team that has a couple of star players and a GREAT supporting cast. When you look at the Heat, LeBron is obviously the key. He is going to be better than anyone on the other team, but if you have balance, and you have 5 good starters and a couple of role players off the bench, you are going to have a chance. Indiana's problem is they have no bench, and George isn't quite on that top tier of players. San Antonio will be an interesting matchup for them.

The most interesting thing is if OKC had never made any trades the past couple years...Westbrook-Harden-Durant-Green-Ibaka would have been unstoppable.

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I think the super team talk

I think the super team talk is overrated. Wade is clearly on his way down and bosh was never elite in my eyes. The heat are the best team and the favorites, but I wouldn't call them a "super team". Look at the pacers, they start 5 guys where only one of them was a lotto pick. They just built a well rounded complete team and i wouldn't count them out of this series for one second.

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@Chewy

Gotta show love for my boy Paul George, can you name 4 better SF's? I mean James and Durant yeah sure. The Carmelo thing is nearing on a consistent debate now of who is better.

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Trust me Festar35

I love Paul George too. I have Lebron, Durant, Melo and Pierce above him. I really think he has a chance to leap frog Paul Pierce as soon as next year, but he isn't near that top 3.

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I agree about Pierce. It

I agree about Pierce. It seems like everyone completely forgot about the guy. He put up 18.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 4.8 APG while trying to make up for the absence of Rondo in Boston. He had a very good season at the age of 35. George might jump him soon but as of this season Pierce still deserves to be considered a top 5 SF.

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There's a reason for this.

I think with the new labor situation in the NBA this is now the most efficient way to have a top notch team. Have 2 or 3 max contract guys and surround them with solid role players. Otherwise you have a tough and expensive situation in keep 5 guys that all probably deserve double digit mills

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If a team had no real

If a team had no real superstars you could in theory have 5 players on teeam earning $10 million a year each but in theory this would never happen. People thought that the Lakers so called superteam this year would run Miami close.

If we do get a Miami vs Spurs final then it will be a lot closer than a lot of people expect as the Spurs if they can win the frontcourt battle can be competitive with Miami I feel. Also it could come down to bench depth and almost perhaps how Coaches Spolestra and Poppovich use their rotation. Obviously you'd perhaps suspect that Coach Popps could create a tactical advantage but you then have the LeBron factor to weigh in as he can easily win games on his own.

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