How do Heat’s all-time starting 5 stack up against greatest from Celtics, Lakers, others?

 

 

Wade, Zo, LeBron are joined by Hardaway, Bosh on the Heat's all-time starting five.

Wade, Zo, LeBron are joined by Hardaway, Bosh on the Heat’s all-time starting five.

For the last week we brought you the top 5 players at each position in Heat history. The lists span all 28 years of the Heat with three players from this year’s team making the top five at his position, several players from the early (pre-Pat Riley) years and many more from title winners and the playoff teams of the late 1990s.

Here are the top players form each position, or our starting five:

PG – Tim Hardaway

SG – Dwyane Wade

SF – LeBron James

PF – Chris Bosh

C  – Alonzo Mourning

Which got me thinking, how would this team stack up against the top 5 from the nine other franchises that have won at least two championships. Here are the all-time starting fives for the Bulls, Celtics, Knicks, Lakers, Pistons, Rockets, 76ers, Spurs, and Warriors.

Where do the Heat rank?

Bulls

PG – Derrick Rose

SG – Michael Jordan

SF – Scottie Pippen

PF – Bob Love

C  – Artis Gilmore

Celtics

PG – Bob Cousy

SG – John Havlicek

SF – Larry Bird

PF – Kevin McHale

C  – Bill Russell

Knicks

PG – Walt Frazier

SG – Earl Monroe

SF – Carmelo Anthony

PF – Willis Reed

C  – Patrick Ewing

Lakers

PG – Magic Johnson

SG – Kobe Bryant

SF – Elgin Baylor

PF – James Worthy

C  – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Pistons

PG – Isiah Thomas

SG – Joe Dumars

SF – Grant Hill

PF – Dave DeBusschere

C  – Bob Lanier

Rockets

PG – Calvin Murphy

SG – James Harden

SF – Rudy Tomjanovich

PF – Moses Malone

C  – Hakeem Olajuwon

76ers

PG – Allen Iverson

SG – Hal Greer

SF – Julius Erving

PF – Charles Barkley

C  – Wilt Chamberlain

Spurs

PG – Tony Parker

SG – Manu Ginobili

SF – George Gervin

PF – Tim Duncan

C  – David Robinson

Warriors

PG – Stephen Curry

SG – Chris Mullin

SF – Rick Barry

PF – Nate Thurmond

C  – Wilt Chamberlain

tumblr_ltv58hNoHq1r4z6lbo1_r1_400Here is how I rank the all-time starting fives from the NBA’s most iconic franchises

1. Celtics

2. Lakers

3. 76ers

4. Spurs

5. Heat

6. Warriors

7. Bulls

8. Knicks

9. Pistons

10. Rockets

Any disagreements/comments, let me know.

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