NBA Top-10 Starting Lineups Post Free Agency: Nuggets Above the Rockets

NBA Top-10 Starting Lineups Post Free Agency

1.   L.A Clippers

PG: Patrick Beverly

SG: Paul George

SF:  Kawhi Leonard

PF:  JaMychal Green

C:   Ivica Zubac

16.6% Odds to Win Championship

54.6 Projected Wins by SportsLine

Strengths: The Clippers have two of the best players in the world with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Pat Beverly might be the best defensive point guard in the NBA, and Ivica Zubac should provide quality minutes at Center

Weaknesses: There aren't a whole lot of weaknesses in this lineup, especially with two MVP candidates. Zubac is the biggest weakness in the starting lineup, but Montrezl Harrell will be playing starting minutes off the bench.

2.    L.A. Lakers

PG: Quinn Cook

SG: Danny Green

SF:  Lebron James

PF:  Kyle Kuzma

C:   Anthony Davis

10.4% Odds to Win Championship

52.4 Projected Wins by SportsLine

Strengths: The Lakers, like the Clippers, have two of the world's best in their starting lineup in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Danny Green was a good sign as a 3-and-D player who shot 45.5% last season for the Toronto Raptors. Keeping Kyle Kuzma was big for the Lakers, and he is versatile enough to play multiple positions.

Weaknesses: While LeBron James will play a lot of point forward, the point guard position is the Lakers' weakness. The Lakers brought in Quinn Cook and re-signed Rajon Rondo, but those moves don't stick out as game changers. Cook has gotten experience playing behind Steph Curry in Golden State, and I would wait and see if he is a capable starter before betting on the Lakers.

3.    Utah Jazz

PG: Mike Conley

SG: Donovan Mitchell

SF: Joe Ingles

PF: Bojan Bogdanovic

C:   Rudy Gobert

5.1% Odds to Win Championship

51.8 Projected Wins by SportsLine

Strengths: The Jazz might have the most balanced starting-5 of any team in the NBA with the additions of Conley and Bogdanovic. Donovan Mitchell is an emerging star and should benefit from playing alongside Mike Conley.

Weaknesses: The Jazz don't have a true superstar. Donovan Mitchell looks like he can be a great player, but I'm not sure he is at the point where he can carry a team in the playoffs if his shot isn't falling. Teams need superstars to win championships.

4.    Philadelphia 76ers

PG: Ben Simmons

SG: Josh Richardson

SF:  Tobias Harris

PF:  Al Horford

C:   Joel Embiid

9.0% Odds to Win Championship

52.8 Projected Wins by SportsLine

Strengths: The Sixers have size at every position. Simmons, the Sixers' starting PG, is 6'10", and the frontcourt of Al Horford and Joel Embiid is also huge. There is no other starting lineup in the NBA that can compete with the size of the Sixers.

Weaknesses: Perimeter shooting has been a weakness of the 76ers the past few seasons, and the loss of J.J. Reddick will only cause more concerns to grow. Richardson and Harris are capable 3-pt. shooters but are far from marksmen. Simmons can't shoot from the point guard position. Mike Scott is a good shooter coming off the bench, but the Sixers should look into adding a 3pt. specialist like Kyle Korver.

5.   Golden State Warriors

PG: Steph Curry

SG: D'Angelo Russell

SF: Klay Thompson/Alfonzo McKinnie

PF: Draymond Green

C:   Kevon Looney

11.5% Odds to Win Championship

48.7 Projected Wins by SportsLine

Strengths: The Warriors lose Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, but they still bring back a lot of players with championship experience. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson (when he returns from injury, and Draymond Green all know what it takes to win a championship. D'Angelo Russell givers the Warriors another All-Star while they wait for Klay to heal from his torn ACL.

Weaknesses: The Warriors don't have the depth that they once had. It looks like Alfonzo McKinnie is going to start for them while they wait for Klay to return, and McKinney is a big drop off. Injuries are the reason why the Warriors didn't win the championship for a third season in a row, and any injury to this lineup can threaten the Warriors shot at making the playoffs with the Western Conference being so deep.

6.   Milwaukee Bucks

PG: Eric Bledsoe

SG: Sterling Brown

SF: Kris Middleton

PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo

C:   Brook Lopez

18.5% Odds to Win Championship

58.0 Projected Wins by SportsLine

Strengths: The Bucks have the MVP. Any team with Giannis will have the capabilities of making a championship run. Bringing back Brook Lopez and Kris Middleton was key for the Bucks who are the favorites to win the Eastern Conference.

Weaknesses: The backcourt is the Bucks biggest weakness. The loss of Malcolm Brogdon to Indiana is a big loss from an offensive and defensive standpoint. Bledsoe was not good for the Bucks during the playoffs last season, and George Hill was better than Bledsoe down the stretch. Sterling Brown is a weakness at SG, and the Bucks will need some sort of contribution from him this season

7.    Indiana Pacers

PG: Malcolm Brogdon

SG: Victor Oladipo

SF: Jeremy Lamb

PF: Domantas Sabonis

C:   Myles Turner

12.3% Odds to Win Championship

54.9 Projected Wins by SportsLine

Strengths: The backcourt of Brogdon and Oladipo (when healthy) is going to be entertaining to watch. Oladipo is an All-Star when healthy, and he and Brogdon form a very good defensive backcourt tandem. Jeremy Lamb and TJ Warren are good scoring threats at the 3, Domantas Sabonis is a bruiser at the 4, and Myles Turner is one of the better defenders in the league at the 5.

Weaknesses: Oladipo may not be the same player after rupturing his quad a season ago. If the Pacers are going to contend, they need Oladipo to play like he had before suffering his injury. Myles Turner will also need to step up from a scoring standpoint for the Pacers to be contenders.

8.    Denver Nuggets

PG: Jamal Murray

SG: Gary Harris

SF:  Will Barton

PF:  Paul Millsap/ Jerami Grant

C:    Nikola Jokic

4.1% Odds to Win Championship

49.7 Projected Wins by SportsLine

Strengths: The Nuggets are incredibly deep at every position. Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic look like they can be a star duo for the Nuggets. The addition of Jerami Grant offers insurance for Paul Millsap. The Nuggets also have many capable shooters in their starting lineup and their bench.

Weaknesses: The Nuggets have a bunch of very good players like the Jazz, but they will need a superstar player to emerge if they are going to make a championship run. Nikola Jokic is a star player, but he will need to become a superstar for the Nuggets to win the championship. There are rumblings that Michael Porter Jr. can be a superstar, but he needs to stay healthy and play before I buy into that.

9.    Houston Rockets

PG: Chris Paul

SG: James Harden

SF: Eric Gordon

PF: P.J. Tucker

C: Clint Capela

Strengths: The Rockets have the best scorer in the league with James Harden. If the Rockets need to get a bucket, they can rely on James Harden to score or draw a foul.

Weaknesses: Chris Paul and Chris Paul's contract. Paul is making $40 million, and he is no longer the player that he once was. The Rockets wanted to make a splash in Free Agency, but they couldn't with their lack of salary cap flexibility. Clint Capela looked like he could be a star after turning things on in the 2017/18 playoffs, but he was disappointing this season and doesn't look like the player many thought he could be.

10.   Portland Trail Blazers

PG: Damian Lillard

SG: CJ McCollum

SF: Rodney Hood

PF: Zach Collins

C:   Jusuf Nurkic/Hassan Whiteside

0.8% Odds to Win Championship

45.5 Projected Wins

Strengths: The backcourt of Lillard and McCollum puts them in the top-10 list. Outside of those two, the starting unit is solid yet unspectacular. Collins and Hood have shown flashes but will need to become more consistent. Nurkic was playing very well, but he suffered a gruesome leg injury, and his return is unknown.

Weaknesses: The departure of Al Farouq-Aminu leaves the Blazers with very little experience at PF. Zach Collins will probably be thrust into the starting lineup, and I'm not sure he is ready for that role yet. Whiteside was a liability in Miami, and although he might be a better fit in Portland, I wouldn't bet on it.

Top-5 NBA Second-Units

1.    L.A. Clippers

PG: Lou Williams

SG: Landry Shamet

SF: Rodney McGruder

PF: Moe Harkless

C: Montrezl Harrell

2.   Brooklyn Nets

PG: Spencer Dinwiddie

SG: Joe Harris

SF: Garrett Temple

PF: Nic Claxton

C: Jarrett Allen

3.   New Orleans Pelicans

PG: Lonzo Ball/ Frank Jackson

SG: Josh Hart

SF: E'Twaun Moore

PF: Darius Miller

C: Jahlil Okafor/Jaxson Hayes

4.   Sacramento Kings

PG: Corey Joseph

SG: Bogdan Bogdanovic

SF: Trevor Ariza

PF: Nemanja Bjelica

C: Harry Giles

5.   Denver Nuggets 

PG: Monte Morris

SG: Malik Beasley/ Torrey Craig

SF: Michael Porter Jr.

PF: Jerami Grant

C:   Mason Plumlee