How to Form the Next NBA Super-Team

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With the NBA season now less than a week away from being a month complete, we have a good sense of where teams are at. Teams that are stuck in the middle have the worst situation in front of them, as they don’t get to enjoy winning large amounts of games, but they also don’t get to look forward to having the absolute best draft picks this summer like the teams that are outright bad.

Creating a super team gives these teams below a way out of mediocrity and into contention in their conference while allowing the other team involved in each realistic trade with draft picks and role players to complement a rebuild process.

Here are the paths for these teams to establish contention-capable rosters:

Charlotte Hornets:

Trade 1: Bismack Biyombo, Marvin Williams, 2019 1st Round Pick for Kevin Love

Trade 2: Nicolas Batum, 2019 2nd Round Pick (OKC), 2019 2nd Round Pick (DEN) for Harrison Barnes

Trade 3: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk for Bradley Beal

Resultant Hornets Depth:

C – Cody Zeller, Willy Hernangomez

PF – Kevin Love, Frank Kaminsky

SF – Harrison Barnes, Miles Bridges

SG – Bradley Beal, Devonte Graham, Dwayne Bacon

PG – Kemba Walker, Tony Parker

Detroit Pistons

Trade 1: Jon Leuer, Langston Galloway, Stanley Johnson, Reggie Bullock, 2019 2nd Round Pick, 2024 2nd Round Pick for Otto Porter Jr.

Trade 2: Luke Kennard, 2019 1st Round Pick, 2022 1st Round Pick, 2025 2nd Round Pick for Devin Booker

Resultant Pistons Depth:

C – Andre Drummond, Zaza Pachulia

PF – Blake Griffin, Henry Ellenson

SF – Otto Porter Jr., Glenn Robinson III

SG – Devin Booker, Bruce Brown

PG – Reggie Jackson, Ish Smith, Jose Calderon

Miami Heat

Trade 1: Tyler Johnson, James Johnson, Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow, 2019 1st Round Pick, 2024 1st Round Pick for Otto Porter Jr., Bradley Beal

Trade 2: Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk, 2020 1st Round Pick, 2022 1st Round Pick for Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond

Resultant Heat Depth:

C – Andre Drummond, Bam Adebayo

PF – Blake Griffin, Udonis Haslem, Yante Maten

SF – Otto Porter Jr., Wayne Ellington

SG – Bradley Beal, Dwyane Wade, Duncan Robinson

PG – Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder

Los Angeles Lakers

Trade 1: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, 2019 1st Round Pick, 2020 1st Round Pick for Anthony Davis

Trade 2: Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley, Lance Stephenson, 2021 1st Round Pick, 2020 2nd Round Pick, 2021 2nd Round Pick for Bradley Beal

Resultant Lakers Depth

C – Tyson Chandler, Javale McGee

PF – Anthony Davis, Moritz Wagner

SF – LeBron James, Nick Young*

SG – Bradley Beal, Josh Hart

PG – Lonzo Ball, Jarrett Jack*, Mario Chalmers*

Oklahoma City Thunder

Trade 1: Dennis Schroeder, Jerami Grant, Alex Abrines, Terrance Ferguson, 2019 1st Round Pick, 2020 2nd Round Pick for Blake Griffin

Trade 2: Andre Roberson, Patrick Patterson, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, 2021 1st Round Pick for Bradley Beal

Resultant Thunder Depth:

C – Steven Adams, Nerlens Noel

PF – Blake Griffin, Trevor Booker*

SF – Paul George, Corey Brewer*, Abdel Nader

SG – Bradley Beal, Hamidou Diallo

PG – Russell Westbrook, Raymond Felton

Portland Trailblazers

Trade 1: Evan Turner, Meyers Leonard, 2019 1st Round Pick, 2022 1st Round Pick  for Kevin Love, Kyle Korver

Trade 2: Maurice Harkless, 2020 1st Round Pick for T.J. Warren

Resultant Trailblazers Depth:

C – Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins

PF – Kevin Love, Al-Farouq Aminu, Caleb Swanigan

SF – T.J. Warren, Jake Layman

SG – C.J. McCollum, Nik Stauskas

PG – Damian Lillard, Seth CurryAnfernee Simons

Phoenix Suns

Trade 1: Ryan Anderson, Dragan Bender, 2019 1st Round Pick, 2019 2nd Round Pick, 2020 2nd Round Pick for Blake Griffin

Trade 2: Trevor Ariza, T.J. Warren, Elie Okobo, 2019 1st Round Pick (MIL) for Mike Conley

Resultant Suns Depth:

C – DeAndre Ayton, Richaun Holmes

PF – Blake Griffin, Trevor Booker*

SF – Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges

SG – Devin Booker, Troy DanielsJamal Crawford

PG – Mike Conley, Isaiah Canaan,

San Antonio Spurs

Trade 1: Pau Gasol, Rudy Gay, 2019 1st Round Pick for Mike Conley

Trade 2: Patty Mills, Davis Bertans, Lonnie Walker, 2019 1st Round Pick (TOR) for Hassan Whiteside

Resultant Spurs Depth:

C – Hassan Whiteside, Jakob Poeltl

PF – LaMarcus Aldridge, Dante Cunningham

SF – DeMar Derozan, Quincy Pondexter

SG – Marco Belinelli, Bryn Forbes

PG – Mike Conley, Derrick White, Dejounte Murray

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