By Court Zierk @courtzierk on August 19, 2014
According to Dictionary.com, completeness means “having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire; full.” Keeping this in mind when thinking about the various NBA rosters, which teams fit this description the best? This is certainly not a power ranking of the 30 teams, but these are the rosters I believe to be the most complete from top to bottom.
When the Hornets signed Lance Stephenson this offseason, they plugged what might have been their one and only hole. Looking at this roster, the Hornets are legitimately two deep at every position, and in some cases more. Their biggest question mark, the PF position, could end up being their strongest by year’s end, depending on how Marvin Williams fits in, how Noah Vonleh adapts to the NBA and how Cody Zeller progresses in year two.
The Blazers didn’t make any flashy moves this offseason, but they shored up their team with some veteran depth by adding Steve Blake and Chris Kaman. The PF position behind LaMarcus Aldridge is a bit thin, but they have enough depth at every other position to help compensate for this fact.
The Cavs went from one of the most shallow teams in the league to one of the deepest almost overnight. Assuming the Kevin Love signing goes through, they will be two to three deep at every position, with the possible exception of point guard, where Matthew Dellavedova will be expected to make a jump heading into year two. With Ray Allen still available, it is also possible the Cavs aren’t yet done adding veteran depth.
It was hard to put the Bulls this low on the list, simply because they are so stacked in the frontcourt it frankly puts every other team in the league to shame. That said, they have enough question marks at the shooting guard position to knock them down a few rungs. If Tony Snell begins to develop into the player he is capable of, the Bulls immediately enter the conversation for most complete team.
The Suns may be the envy of the league in terms of quality guard depth, but the question remains how they will all fit together. They have a plethora of talent with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe. Throw in Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee and this team is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the West. Their biggest question mark is probably depth at the center position behind Plumlee.
The Clippers are two strong at every position. They are flat-out loaded with depth in the backcourt, but with Big Baby and Spencer Hawes backing up Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, one injury to any of the four could significantly hurt this team. The Clippers could stand to add another depth player in the frontcourt.
The Nuggets may be the most interesting case on this list. An argument can be made that they are legitimately three deep at every position and that all 15 players could land a spot in the rotation. However, they still lack the transcendental player that today’s NBA is centered around. Kenneth Faried may be the one player who could reasonably make this leap. Don’t be shocked to see the Nuggets use some of their depth this season as trade bait.
The Raptors are in a similar boat as the Nuggets, except that DeMar DeRozan is arguably much closer to being viewed as a viable star. The Raptors also aren’t as deep at the center position as the Nuggets, but they have unmatched depth at the power forward and shooting guard spots. Look for the Raptors to make a run at one of the top two spots in the East.
The Mavericks continue to do what the Mavericks do, which is quietly accumulate incredible depth with veteran players. By acquiring Jameer Nelson, Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler, they really stacked their roster with players who should thrive in Rick Carlisle’s system. Also, they significantly upgraded their small forward position by bringing in Chandler Parsons. I think the Mavericks could be a surprise top four seed in the West.
What else can be said about the Spurs that hasn’t already been said? The were clearly the best team last season, as evidenced by their relative cakewalk through the playoffs, and they managed to keep their team entirely intact. Not to mention, they quietly added one of the steals in the draft in Kyle Anderson. This team is built to win.
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