With the season finally returning, it is time to uncover which player is truly the best at their position to create the best starting five. Based on what we have seen this season, before the interruption, it is time to put to bed which players truly make up the best NBA’s starting five.
To fully complete the lineup, the NBA’s Best sixth man will also be decided based on the production and impact of the best players who could truly start on most teams. Here is the NBA’s Best Starting Five starting with the best point guard in the NBA right now, LeBron James.
PG: LeBron James
25.7 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 10.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 49.8% FG
In a league that is filled with superstar point guards like Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook, LeBron James is the best passer of the ball and overall best point guard in the NBA. This is truly unbelievable considering how the man has dominated the small forward spot for over a decade, but he has always played like a true point guard.
James can make any pass on the floor, has unbelievable court vision, and controls the tempo of play by reading the defense and always making the right play. Even in clutch moments, he doesn’t waver from his playing style and always gets a good shot for himself or his teammates. Leading the league in assists, LeBron is the best point guard in the NBA’s best starting five.
SG: James Harden
34.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 7.4 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 43.5% FG
Without a doubt, James Harden is the best shooting guard in the NBA and there isn’t really a close second. Probably a top-five player overall anyways, nobody can score as effortlessly as James Harden. He gets to the rim when he wants, has an unstoppable step-back three, and is automatic from the line. As a matter of fact, he gets there very often and attempts FT per game.
Nobody can lead an offense in scoring like Harden, and this is why he will be the starting SG alongside LeBron James. Harden is leading the league in scoring yet again and is truly one of the main contenders for this season’s MVP Award as he has been for a few years now.
SF: Kawhi Leonard
26.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 46.9% FG
At the small forward spot, even with load management, Kawhi Leonard has been the best and most productive player. When he has been healthy, he has been spectacular and his numbers are once again consistent from what we expect from him. Kawhi’s impact goes beyond numbers since he is arguably the best perimeter defender in the league and a very efficient scorer.
Leonard is the man for the Clippers, and the best player on the team, and currently has them sitting 5.5 games behind the Lakers at second in the West. Leonard is the reigning Finals MVP and might have the best chance to make it two in a row if he gets to the NBA Finals this year.
PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
29.6 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 54.7% FG
Most likely this season MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been absolutely spectacular. The Bucks are the best team in the NBA by record, the kings of the East, and the biggest threat to any Western Conference team in the NBA Finals. At the helm is The Greek Freak, a monster triple-double threat every night. Giannis has eye-popping numbers, but it’s his improved game that is what is so scary.
Giannis has improved as a defensive player and never takes a night off in shutting down his opponents. Offensively, he is developing a court awareness and understanding of how to handle double and triple teams very well. Giannis is on his way to the top spot in the NBA, and all we have to do is sit and watch him get there.
C: Joel Embiid
23.4 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.3 BPG, 47.4% FG
Embiid, despite stiff competition from Nikola Jokic, is the best center in the NBA. He has the best overall scoring ability, can be the most dominant defensively, and is pure clutch when he wants to be. In terms of overall impact, Embiid is the man. He can shoot it, has sublime handles, and is improving his court awareness and passing out of the post.
Joel Embiid might not have the team success he expected this season, but it’s hardly his fault. He runs the show offensively and his fit with Ben Simmons might not be what is best for him right now. Still, he is a walking double-double and can literally contend for the DPOY when he puts his mind to it.
Sixth Man: Lou Williams
18.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 41.6% FG
At the sixth-man spot, there is no doubt that Lou Williams is the man. He leads the league in scoring off the bench and is probably the greatest sixth man scorer in NBA history. He has already won the past two sixth man of the year awards, so most likely he gets his third in a row.
Nobody relishes the sixth man role more than Sweet Lou, who seems to be improving as he ages. He is lightning quick and can score from anywhere he wants. Lou is once again the best sixth man in the NBA and completes the NBA’s best lineup.