1. Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    Quick! Name a time when the Sonics/Thunder had NO top-flight talent. It’s pretty tough. Throughout the years, this has been one talent-laden franchise...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 4,311 reads 20 comments

  2. Minnesota Timberwolves: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    Other than the Los Angeles Clippers and the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies, it’s tough to think of a franchise that’s faced more hardship (both as a result of their own doing as well as bad luck) than the Minnesota Timberwolves...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 2,747 reads 7 comments

  3. Denver Nuggets: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    Is there another NBA franchise that’s less associated with playing defense that’s had a pair of Defensive Player of the Year winners?With the exception of T.R...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 19,929 reads 6 comments

  4. San Antonio Spurs: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    While the Lakers and Celtics are undeniably the most celebrated franchises in professional basketball- and rightfully so- the incredibly consistent San Antonio Spurs are deserving of a spot atop the next tier...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 14,407 reads 14 comments

  5. Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    Whether in Charlotte or New Orleans, the Hornets franchise is where dynasties never begin. For the better part of two decades, the Hornets have managed to acquire- either via the draft ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 18,001 reads 7 comments

  6. Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    The Grizzlies’ lack of success is no secret, but there’s a surprising dearth of positivity to mention here. The Vancouver Grizzlies entered the NBA a decade and a half ago, at the same time as the Toronto Raptors...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 5,849 reads 10 comments

  7. Houston Rockets: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    The San Diego/Houston Rockets (four years in San Diego, before moving to Houston for the 1971-72 season), have been defined through the years by their talented big men...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 2,734 reads 4 comments

  8. Dallas Mavericks: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    After a brief hiatus, it's time to return to the NBA's All-Time Starting Fives. It's on to the Western Conference, where we'll be starting in the Southwest Division with the Dallas Mavericks...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 22,912 reads 13 comments

  9. Washington Wizards: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    Who are these guys? Seriously. Talk about a franchise with an identity crisis. The NBA franchise now known as the Washington Wizards began play as the Chicago Packers in the 1961–62 ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 509 reads 4 comments

  10. Orlando Magic: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    Like their Florida counterparts, the Orlando Magic have accomplished quite a bit in their 22-year NBA life: four distinct superstars, a pair of draft lottery wins, two Finals trips...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 3,833 reads 8 comments

  11. Miami Heat: All-Time NBA Starting Five

    For a franchise that began its existence about as badly as possible, the last two decades (22 years, to be exact) have played out rather well for the Miami Heat...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about 4 years ago 4,132 reads 8 comments

  12. Atlanta Hawks: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    While it’s been 50 years since their last Finals appearance and it’s now been 53 years since Bob Pettit led the Hawks to their lone NBA title, the Hawks are another team ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 335 reads 0 comments

  13. Milwaukee Bucks: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    For a often-overlooked, “small market” franchise tucked away in the Northern Midwest, the Milwaukee Bucks are awfully accomplished...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 7,975 reads 3 comments

  14. Indiana Pacers: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    For most of the past two decades, the Indiana Pacers have been one of the NBA’s most successful organizations, reaching six conference finals, and finishing just two wins shy of the ultimate prize in 2000...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 1,808 reads 1 comments

  15. Detroit Pistons: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    The Detroit Pistons have an interesting identity. Despite having some fantastic offensive players throughout the years, this is a franchise in which individual achievement has had little correlation with team success...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 4,129 reads 7 comments

  16. Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    What is it with guys in #23 jerseys breaking Cavs fans’ hearts? As counterintuitive as this sounds, the Cavs should simply retire LeBron James’ #23, if for no other reason than to move one step closer to having it removed altogether from the

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 5,694 reads 3 comments

  17. Chicago Bulls: NBA All-Time Starting Fives

    The Chicago Bulls have the third most championships (six) among NBA franchises. On two separate occasions, this franchise has celebrated three consecutive titles. The greatest player in NBA history plied his trade in Chicago for over a dozen years...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 3,948 reads 7 comments

  18. Toronto Raptors: All-Time NBA Starting Fives

    I'm not really sure how to sum up the fifteen year-old Toronto Raptors. By the numbers, this is a totally unremarkable franchise with only five seasons with a record of ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 7,036 reads 16 comments

  19. All-Time NBA Starting Fives: Philadelphia 76ers

    Despite mainstream media portrayal as one of America’s more tortured cities/fan bases, I, with all the credibility of someone’s who’s never set foot in the city (scale ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 8,463 reads 3 comments

  20. All-Time NBA Starting Fives: New York Knicks

    Funny thing about the Knicks. If it’s possible for a franchise to be simultaneously overrated and underrated, the New York Knicks are that franchise...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 7,851 reads 3 comments

  21. All-Time NBA Starting Fives: New Jersey Nets

    Yesterday I kicked off a series in which I’ll be looking at each of 29 NBA franchises (excluding the Charlotte Bobcats) and determining each team’s All-time starting lineup...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 13,430 reads 12 comments

  22. All-Time NBA Starting Fives: Boston Celtics

    There have been countless books, articles and barroom debates aimed at determining the greatest teams and greatest players in NBA history, assembling the greatest starting five or 12-man NBA roster in history...

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  23. NBA Ownership: The Money Is in Cashing Out, Right?

    Early yesterday afternoon, CNBC reported that Joe Lacob, managing partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins (early investors in Google in addition to over 150 companies that have ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 916 reads 1 comments

  24. Repreat The Three-Peat: Deja-Vu For Phil Jackson

    While the new crew in Miami attracts the lion’s shares of headline this NBA offseason – and deservedly so – with Dan Gilbert’s sobbing diatribes (less deserving) ...

    Emile Avanessian Written by Emile Avanessian about over 4 years ago 462 reads 0 comments