Apr 24, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs players (from left to right)Kawhi Leonard
, andTim Duncan
, andTony Parker
, andManu Ginobili
watch on the bench against the Los Angeles Clippers in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
There are many terrific frontcourts in the NBA. The addition of LaMarcus Aldridge gives the Spurs an elite front court. There are a few terrific frontcourts that missed the cut.
The Miami Heat’s front line of Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside, and Luol Deng was left off. The Hawks duo of Paul Millsap and Al Horford, and the Kings duo of Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins barely missed the cut as well.
Next: 5. Memphis Grizzlies
Feb 27, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies centerMarc Gasol
(33) and Memphis Grizzlies forwardZach Randolph
(50) during the game at FedExForum. Los Angeles Clippers beat Memphis Grizzlies 97-79. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
5) Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies have had one of the best inside duos the past five years. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, both all-stars are terrific low post players. Gasol has quickly evolved into of the best all-around big men in the NBA. Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks. Gasol is also an elite defender with a Defensive Player of the Year Award under his belt. Randolph averaged 16.1 points and 10.5 rebounds last year. The small forward spot is the only question in their frontcourt. Tony Allen and Jeff Green take turns at small forward. Green struggles to defend at times and Allen is an offensive liability.
Next: 4. Los Angeles Clippers
May 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forwardBlake Griffin
(left) and centerDeAndre Jordan
celebrate in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets in game three of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Rockets 128-95 to take a 3-1 lead. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
4) Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers have a dominant defender in DeAndre Jordan down low and a dominant offensive threat in Blake Griffin. Jordan had a career year as he averaged 11.5 points, 15 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks. Griffin averaged 21.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. The only question for the Clippers, is who will start at small forward? The Clippers can start either Wesley Johnson, an inconsistent shooter with defensive ability or the aging Paul Pierce.
Next: 3. Cleveland Cavaliers
Mar 27, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forwardLeBron James
(23) talks with forwardKevin Love
(0) against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Cavaliers 106 – 98. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
3) Cleveland Cavaliers
Timofey Mozgov, Kevin Love, LeBron James
Timofey Mozgov came to play in the NBA Playoffs. The Russian big man averaged 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in the postseason. He isn’t as good as the other centers on this list, but his running mates make up for it. Kevin Love is an automatic double-double that can shoot the three ball as good as any big, when healthy. LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world.
Next: 2. Oklahoma City Thunder
Dec 9, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forwardKevin Durant
(35) congratulates Oklahoma City Thunder forwardSerge Ibaka
(9) after a play against the Milwaukee Bucks at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
2) Oklahoma City Thunder
Enes Kanter, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant
Assuming Enes Kanter starts, the Thunder will have a dominant frontcourt. Kanter averaged 18.7 points and 11 rebounds in 26 games since being traded to the Thunder. Serge Ibaka is arguably the best shot-blocker in the league and has turned into a reliable three-point shooter. Kevin Durant, when healthy is without question a top-3 player in the NBA.
Next: 1. San Antonio Spurs
Jan 28, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs players (from left to right) Kawhi Leonard, and Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker watch on the bench during the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
1) San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard
Where are the holes in the Spurs frontcourt? There isn’t any. Tim Duncan will likely start at center and he might be their weakest link at this stage. I know, that doesn’t sound right. LaMarcus Aldridge signed with the Spurs and he has made four consecutive all-star games. He is also the only player in the league to average at least 23 points and 10 rebounds back-to-back seasons. Leonard is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and his offense is starting to catch up to his defense.