California has always been closely tied with basketball culture, as it has given us some of the greatest ballers in the history of the game, let alone the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors.
Ever since the dawn of basketball, Los Angeles has had some of the fiercest and most heartfelt fan bases in the world, and that has obviously had a huge influence in the kids that grow in their streets.
Naturally, that has made California one of basketball’s prime states, and as a matter of fact, we believe a team featuring just Cali-born players would dominate the NBA. Today, we’re going to let you know about California’s Dream Team.
Point Guard: Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is the most athletic player I’ve ever seen, not to mention the fact that he’s a one guy fast break that can sprint the entire court in the blink of an eye to finish with an emphatic dunk.
Westbrook is a walking triple-double, a clutch scorer, an underrated defender and even a willing facilitator, although his overconfidence has been a major issue and his biggest foe throughout his career.
Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan is a guy that really impresses me because he's found the way to dominate as a shooting guard in the league even despite his complete lack of three-point shot, something that tells may make you think he’s the best mid-range scorer in the game.
DeRozan hasn’t been able to lead his team to success and has been a massive choker throughout his career, but even so, when given a good support cast, he’s got the potential to be one of the most consistent scorers in the league.
Small Forward: James Harden
James Harden is one of the league’s top-tier scorers and even though he’s lacked the character to lead his team in the playoffs, he’s one of the most unstoppable offensive players we’ve all ever seen.
Traveling or not, he’s a master at drawing fouls and finishing through contact, a versatile scorer and a guy that could easily pull up from all three levels and hit all net. A defense may not be his forte, but he doesn’t need it.
Power Forward: Kawhi Leonard
When healthy, Kawhi Leonard has proved to be the best two-way player in the world, and a guy that’s a yearly frontrunner to win both the Most Valuable Player and the Defensive Player of the Year award, something we haven’t seen since Michael Jordan.
Leonard has managed to improve on a yearly basis and has quietly, yet quickly surged as one of the league’s biggest stars. He’s an offensive stud that can play lockdown defense and check the best scorers in the world, a combination you may not find pretty often.
Center: Kevin Love
People just don’t give Kevin Love enough credit despite being one of the league’s most versatile big men, and a guy that’s pretty much tailor-made for modern basketball with his ability to stretch the floor.
Love is a hell of a shooter, a dominant rebounder on both sides of the glass, an underrated passer and a versatile scorer that could even slide all the way to the small forward spot or play as a small-ball center.
Bench: Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Klay Thompson, Paul George, Aaron Gordon, Brook Lopez, Darren Collison
When it comes to scoring, California natives are pretty much elite. Damian Lillard is a prime example of this, being a guy that even though may not be your old-fashioned point guard, is able to carry the load as any team’s go-to-guy in the offensive end of the floor.
Jrue Holiday and Klay Thompson are a couple of the most underrated players in the league, the first being capable of lockdown opposing point guards on defense while throwing dimes with ease, while the ladder is arguably the best pure shooter and backcourt stopper in the NBA.
Paul George is still in debt in the clutch, but regardless, he’s one of the league’s top-tier two-way players that can do a little bit of everything, while Aaron Gordon is a stud in the making that has even added the three-point shot to his repertoire.
When it comes to their 11th and 12th player, they’re still quite ok, as Brook Lopez has made a living out of being a great scorer and has even become a threat from three-point territory, while Darren Collison is an elite backup point guard that can get hot in the blink of an eye. Looking at this kind of roster, there’s no doubt this team could even beat the Golden State Warriors.