1. Miami Heat
Mario Chalmers (PG)-Dwyane Wade (SG)-LeBron James (SF)-Udnois Haslem (PF)-Chris Bosh (PF/C)
Blah, bah, blah, “I hate the Heat,” “They bought rings”…got it all out of your system? Good.
The simple truth is that the Heat roll out top three players at all their [natural] positions every night, including the best player on the planet in LeBron James. This strategy has earned them three consecutive Finals appearances and two consecutive Larry O’Brien trophies in that time.
Chris Bosh is the second or third best power forward in the league, Dwayne Wade is still second or third at shooting guard and LeBron James is, well, you know…the best small forward and best player in the NBA (sorry Kevin Durant, you’re still at second).
The other members of their starting lineups are at least average or just above average at their positions, even Mario Chalmers. The Heat are the best lineup out there, and that gives them a big ol’ target on their backs going into the year that they seek a three-peat.