Like all sports, the NBA values a handful of skills at each position. The stars always have attributes that stand out from the rest, making them unique. However, no player is perfect.
But what if the perfect player could be made? Combining the best skills of NBA players for each position would create a devastating lineup. Using players from 2010 to modern-day, what would the ultimate NBA starting lineup look like? Continue reading to find out.
Building the Best NBA Point Guard
We kick it off with the ultimate point guard. Since 2010, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, and many more have been nearly unstoppable. But what if one player had all of their skills? Good luck stopping them.
Most consider Curry the greatest shooter of all time. Irving has the best ball-handling since Allen Iverson. Paul has consistently been a lead assist man combined with seven First Team All-Defensive teams. Plus, Ja Morant could be the most athletic guard of this generation with his 44-inch vertical along with his incredible burst in the open court.
Combine all of these skills and you get the ultimate NBA point guard since 2010.
The NBA has become a positionless game. The wing position — which is a player that can play shooting guard and small forward — has become the most important position in the league.
Select wing players can play power forward in small lineups. While we have seen fantastic shooting guards since 2010, such as Dwyane Wade or James Harden, the ultimate wing player is exclusively made of small forwards.
The best wing borrows LeBron James’ elite athleticism, fantastic playmaking, and the ability to finish through contact. In addition, the ultimate wing utilizes Kevin Durant’s unstoppable jumper. Last but not least, Kawhi Leonard has built a reputation as one of the NBA’s best defenders.
For the best power forward, skills from traditional power forwards are exclusively used. These players stay in the frontcourt and rarely switch to a wing position.
Currently, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the world. He can do it all and is particularly troubling around the rim and in the open court as a playmaker. Dirk Nowitzki is one of the greatest shooting bigs of all time and retired in 2019. Kevin Love has consistently been one of the league’s best rebounders since 2008.
When healthy, Anthony Davis is a superb shot-blocker but can also guard players on the perimeter. Zion Williamson is one of the most athletically gifted players to enter the NBA since 2010. His explosive step and vertical are mind-boggling for his size.
Like the power forward spot, the ultimate center only borrows skills from traditional centers that rarely switch positions.
Dwight Howard has been a role player in recent seasons. During his peak, he was one of the best centers of this generation. Howard has always possessed elite athleticism and won three straight Defensive Player of the Year awards from 2009 to 2011.
For seven seasons in a row, Andre Drummond averaged more than 13 rebounds per game. Nikola Jokic is on the verge of winning back-to-back MVP awards. Jokic’s unique passing ability and playmaking puts him above the pack.
Karl-Anthony Towns has consistently shot 40% or better on 3-pointers and won the 2022 3-point Contest. And finally, Joel Embiid constantly demands double and triple teams with his ability around the rim.
This is the ultimate NBA lineup using players since 2010. What would you change about for each position?
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