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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Who has NBA's best starting five?
By Mike Mazzeo
have the best starting five in the NBA?
ESPN analyst and former coach Jeff Van Gundy thinks so.
“If they play well and remain healthy, which is always a challenge for an older team, I think they have the best starting-unit talent in basketball,” Van Gundy said recently.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are focused on bringing a championship to Brooklyn.
Let’s take a look at the Nets’ projected starting five by games missed last season:
: 4 (dealt with ankle and wrist issues for first 50 games)
: 10 (plagued by plantar fasciitis at end of season)
5 (plagued by elbow injury in playoffs)
14 (plagued by bone spurs in ankle and foot)
8 (underwent third foot surgery in 18 months in offseason)
As Van Gundy said, if they can stay healthy, and that’s a pretty big "if," the Nets, at least on paper, do have one of the best starting fives in the league.
Let’s take a look at some of the other elite projected starting units:
Golden State Warriors
San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder
Los Angeles Clippers
Do you agree with Van Gundy? If not, where do you think the Nets stack up? Let us know in the comments section.