Coach: Dwayne Casey GM: Jarrett Zimmerman
Starting lineup: Shai, Dillon Brooks, PG, Crowder, Brook Lopez
Bench: Bruce Brown, Jordan Clarkson, Leandro Bolmaro, Maxi Kleber, Cody Zeller
Former coach of the year Dwayne Casey has easily his best roster to date since taking over as a head coach. This teams prominent features of defense, length, veteran prowess, and versatility mixed with an infusion of young playmakers will be trouble for any team to cope with. 5 time All-NBA Paul George once again has the keys to the car and is surrounded by some of the best role players in the association. Rising star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and fellow Canadian Dillon Brooks man the backcourt. Both impressive defensively, with Shai’s rebounding being a major asset and ability to push the break, while slashing into the paint and creating for himself and others. Playoff tested Journeyman Jae Crowder is a prototypical stretch 4 and has the muscle to guard down low, while still having foot speed to switch out onto guards. All-NBA defensive 2nd team center Brook Lopez finishes off the starting five. Splash mountain will protect the paint while knocking down 3’s to open up lanes for teammates on offense.
Flamethrower Jordan Clarkson averaged 15PPG in 24 minutes last year and also was efficient when starting games. Kleber can play both C/PF and shot 37% from 3 with over a block per game. Cody Zeller was 11PPG and 7RPG in 23 minutes. Bruce Brown is a do it all floor general who started nearly every game for the pistons last year. 9PPG 4.7RPG 4APG 1SPG. 6 foot 7 rookie PG/SG Leandro Bolmaro played meaningful backup minutes for Barcelona last year one of the best teams in Euro hoops. He will only play minutes if there’s any injuries on this squad.
PG- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 34, Bruce Brown 14
SG- Dillon Brooks 19, Jordan Clarkson 29, Leandro Bolmaro DNP
SF- Paul George 36, Dillon Brooks 12
PF- Jae Crowder 30, Maxi Kleber 18
C- Brook Lopez 26, Cody Zeller 14, Maxi Kleber 8