Some fans might disagree on the way it happens, but Superteams make the NBA more interesting. Unstoppable teams either give fans something to cheer about or boo about, and the media eats it all up. We have seen the latest version of a Superteam in the Golden State Warriors completely dominate the NBA and make 4 straight NBA Finals. Since then, we have seen superstar duos run the league without any true Superteam.
Fast forward to this year’s offseason, and a few Superteams might be in the making. Since there is tremendous talent on every NBA team right now, so one or two trades for an All-Star player can create many dominant teams across the league right now. Some of them could be downright scary.
Here are the 10 scariest Superteams that can be formed and the trade packages that must be offered to make it happen.
10. Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony
Trade Package: Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr, 2020 No. 4 overall pick for Ben Simmons
Trade Package: Kris Dunn, a future 2nd round pick, Chandler Hutchison for Derrick Rose
Sign Carmelo Anthony via Free Agency
To kick off the list, the Chicago Bulls need to make some moves. They have a young star in Zach LaVine who wants to see team results, and a flurry of moves by Bulls management could happen. First, acquiring Ben Simmons gives the Bulls one of the best playmakers and all-around players in the league. Derrick Rose returns to the city where he always belonged, with a chance to make the Bulls relevant again. Rose was the best player since Michael Jordan to play for the Bulls, so the excitement would be unreal. Finally, adding forgotten swingman Carmelo Anthony would complete an excellent version of a redeem team in the East.
The first way to make this happen is via a trade with the Detroit Pistons who would like anything they can get for 33-year old veteran Derrick Rose. Offering Kris Dunn will do the trick since it gives the Pistons an immediate point guard replacement. Next, striking a deal for All-Star Ben Simmons is the big fish. By offering talented forward Lauri Markkanen and the extremely valuable No. 4 overall pick, the Sixers might have to move on from Simmons and build around Embiid. Carmelo Anthony can be convinced to join The Windy City by signing as a free agent, making the Bulls a strong contender in the East.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
D’Angelo Russell, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns
Trade Package: 2020 No. 1 overall pick, James Johnson, Jarrett Culver, Josh Okogie, 2020 first-round draft pick from Brooklyn for Devin Booker
The Minnesota Timberwolves always look like they are a few years away from competing in the playoffs since franchise star Karl-Anthony Towns still needs developing. But adding sharpshooting and scoring phenom Devin Booker might speed up the process. Booker, Russell, and Towns all get along very well so this would be a modern version of the “Banana Boat” crew where 3 stars play together. Booker’s arrival makes the Timberwolves a threat to reach the Western Conference Finals.
Phoenix will hold onto Devin Booker for dear life because they are building a promising team and need Booker to stay to help them compete. But Booker’s desire to play with his friends in Minnesota might be too much to resist, and they will have to accept the No. 1 overall pick along with Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie. There won’t be a better deal than this for Booker so this deal helps both teams if the star demands a trade. Booker with Towns and Russell means the West will be put on notice immediately.
8. Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Pascal Siakam, LaMarcus Aldridge
Trade Package: Fred VanVleet (Sign and Trade), Serge Ibaka (Sign and Trade), Norman Powell, Patrick McCaw, a future first-round pick for DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge
The Toronto Raptors were very good during the regular season last year, although they didn’t quite have enough to repeat the same historical run last year without Kawhi Leonard. They still have All-Stars Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry, and could do with adding 2 more. DeMar DeRozan is a Raptors legend so his return would improve everybody’s morale, while LaMarcus Aldridge gets a fresh start as well. By striking a deal with the Spurs, the All-Star pair of DeRozan and Aldridge can form a Big 4 in Toronto which could win the East.
The San Antonio Spurs need to rebuild as soon as possible since Greg Popovich is likely close to retirement and the squad can’t win with DeRozan and Aldridge alone. Moving both of them and getting back Fred VanVleet to start over with makes sense, in terms of future cap space and a clean slate. A future first-rounder gives the Spurs some more rebuilding pieces and this deal ultimately makes the Raptors a dominant force in the East once again.
7. Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum, Russell Westbrook, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward
Trade Package: Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, 2020 No. 14 overall pick for Russell Westbrook
The Boston Celtics are looking like a better team ever since Kyrie Irving left town. Irving’s departure allowed Tatum to blossom into the role as the franchise player, where he is unstoppable on offense. Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward also possess All-Star talent, which would be greatly bolstered by the arrival of superstar Russell Westbrook. Westbrook wants to win a ring, and could probably try his luck by playing in the East. With Tatum acting as his “Kevin Durant”, the Celtics might finally make the NBA Finals.
The Rockets will want another All-Star to replace Russell Westbrook, meaning Kemba Walker will be the player they request. Houston will also want Jaylen Brown, but they will have to settle for Marcus Smart as well which is still an excellent return for the disgruntled star. Walker, Smart, and Harden are a very good Big Three in their own right; but Westbrook makes the Celtics a legitimate Finals contender because he might be more efficient playing with Tatum under head coach Brad Stevens. This is a win-win for both sides.
6. Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic, Bradley Beal, Jamal Murray
Trade Package: Garry Harris, Will Barton, Michael Porter Jr., 2020 No. 22 overall pick for Bradley Beal
Murray and Jokic carried the Nuggets all year and even took them to the Western Conference Finals showdown with the eventual champion Lakers. We all knew Jokic is probably a top-2 center in the world right now, but Murray showed us just how good he can be. The only knock against the Nuggets has been their lack of a third star, something that can be solved by Bradley Beal. Beal scored 30.5 PPG a night last season so imagine what he can do with Jokic in the post and Murray alongside him.
To strike a deal for arguably the second best scorer in the league, the Nuggets have to part ways with future All-Star Michael Porter Jr, Gary Harris, and Will Barton. This trip of starting-caliber players hurts Denver for sure, but Bradley Beal is exactly what Denver needs to get to the Finals. A Big Three of Beal, Murray, and Jokic is the best in the league and only injury can possibly stop them from capturing an NBA title together
5. Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, Bam Adebayo
Trade Package: Andre Iguodala, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Kelly Olynyk, 2020 No. 20 overall pick for Damian Lillard
Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo completed a historical Finals run this year that unfortunately ended with Adebayo’s injury in the Finals. With Jimmy left to fight the Lakers alone, the Heat’s fairytale story ended. Imagine if they added superstar point guard Damian Lillard? Lillard proved he is a top-10 player in the world this year after carrying the Trail Blazers to the Playoffs. Butler and Adebayo are already All-NBA Defensive performers, so letting Lillard dominate the offense would boost the current stars’ impact tremendously.
Striking a deal for Damian Lillard won’t be easy, since Portland consider him completely untouchable. The only way to get them to listen is by offering everyone on the team besides Butler and Bam, which they will do. If Lillard doesn’t want to be there anymore and Portland needs to rebuild, a return package of Herro and Robinson with a first-round pick could be convincing. Lillard with Butler and Adebayo under head coach Erick Spoelstra means the Heat are making the Finals this coming season, and everyone should be afraid.
4. Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, Paul George
Trade Package: Patrick Beverley, Louis Williams, Ivica Zubac, Rodney McGruder, JaMychal Green for Chris Paul
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were already expected to be the most dominant duo on both ends of the floor, although that didn’t happen this year. Now imagine if they add the Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul to join them? Paul almost single-handedly took out the Rockets in Round 1 of the Playoffs this season, so he is still one of the 5 best point guards in the league. With Chris Paul handling the ball and getting Leonard and George to their spots, the Clippers might finally get a chip (or two).
The Oklahoma City Thunder were smart to let Chris Paul show his worth this past season, as now teams are scrambling to try to acquire him. By offering the Thunder talented young big man Ivica Zubac and some other quality players, the Thunder can continue their rebuild and get rid of Paul’s insane salary. Zubac is the prize for the Thunder who can mold him into their franchise center and continue making deals around the league. Getting rid of Paul’s massive contract is perhaps the main priority, although his floor leadership might be enough to make the Clippers win it all.
3. Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan
Trade Package: Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince, 2020 No. 19 overall pick for James Harden
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant alone is a Superteam because both players can drop 30 points in their sleep. Both players are also NBA champions who delivered on the brightest stage of them all, despite the fact they each had Hall of Fame teammates backing them up. Imagine if KD and Kyrie added James Harden to the mix? We are looking at the most unstoppable offensive ever and they will probably win 2-3 rings in a row if Durant returns to his normal self.
James Harden is the best scorer in the NBA by a margin. The Rockets need to hold onto their franchise star, but if the Rockets are in a state of flux, there is no reason why The Beard should waste his prime years for an uncertain situation. The Rockets could do a lot worse than adding some fringe All-Star talents in Dinwiddie, LeVert, and Allen with the No.19 overall pick and Taurean Prince for a rebuild. Harden with former teammate Kevin Durant and All-Star Kyrie Irving makes the Nets a top-3 contender in the world and there is no doubt about that.
2. Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green
Trade Package: Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, 2020 No. 2 overall pick for Joel Embiid
The Golden State Warriors don’t have Kevin Durant anymore, meaning they at least look beatable on paper. KD made the Warriors unbeatable although the Houston Rockets came closest before the Raptors took advantage of Durant’s and Klay’s injuries to win a chip. Since Durant is out of the question for a return, Joel Embiid would instead create the second scariest Superteam in the league right now.
For the Sixers to accept, they need to be convinced that Joel Embiid is not the player they need alongside Ben Simmons. Head coach Doc Rivers has stated he loves the duo on the court together, but we can see it hasn’t worked. To make this deal, the Sixers will need the extremely valuable No. 2 overall pick alongside Andrew Wiggins and Eric Paschall. Wiggins is a very good player despite his flaws, and Paschal looks like a starter in the NBA. The pick gives the Sixers another star they can add, and they can focus on rebuilding around Ben Simmons. For the Warriors, they acquire probably the most talented center in the game to dominate the paint with the Splash Brothers on the perimeter. This is absolutely the scariest lineup although one team will usurp this by signing the league MVP.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis
Trade Package: Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso, 2020 No. 28 overall pick, Rajon Rondo (Sign and Trade) for Giannis Antetokounmpo
Out of all the superteams that would be the scariest to play against, by far the most dominant would be Giannis Antetokounmpo alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The only way the Lakers can land Giannis if The Greek Freak requests a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. That is the only feasible way Milwaukee will consider moving him, and the only way the Lakers would appear on Antetokounmpo’s radar. If it does happen, the Lakers might break the Golden State Warriors 73-9 record.
If Giannis wants out, the Bucks need to find the best deal out there for a rebuild. Kyle Kuzma is the prizes possession on the Lakers right now outside of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, so he will absolutely need to be a part of the deal alongside the other role players for salary matching. Rajon Rondo is also a key piece to the deal since he is essentially a player-coach, and the pick adds a nice asset. Overall, Giannis Antetokounmpo easily makes the Lakers the most unstoppable team in recent memory and the Lakers would probably break all sorts of records if he does join. Giannis alongside LeBron and Anthony Davis is the single scariest Superteam that can be formed this coming season.