By Jon Carlos RodriguezThe NBA starts tomorrow and what better way to spend the time waiting than to daydream about past heroes helping the current roster in this final installment of NBA Fantaserye.
Will the Houston Rockets ever make it back to the NBA Finals? That’s a question I find myself asking some nights before I go to bed, right after the question, Will Chris Paul ever make it to the NBA Finals and right before the more important question, Will we ever like Carmelo Anthony?
The Rockets lost two defensive tools in Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, but they did gain a defensive headache in Carmelo Anthony. Will he fit in the Rockets three-all-you-can buffet? That’s another question I often ask myself.
The three-pointer betrayed the Rockets when they were a game—and a healthy hamstring—away from the NBA Finals, which is why they need a Rockets legend who can help in that department: Robert Horry. Sorry Hakeem, but the Warriors is a problem that Big Shot Bob might help fix.
G – Chris Paul
G – James Harden
F – Robert Horry
F – Carmelo Anthony
C – Clint Capela
Sixth Man – James Ennis
The Toronto Raptors are finally free from being LeBron James’ personal doormat. This year, everything is so fresh and so clean with a new coach and a new franchise player to get chummy with Drake. The bad thing is that the new franchise player is Kawhi Leonard (he doesn’t get chummy with anyone). The good thing is that the new franchise player is Kawhi Leonard, who (when healthy) is an MVP candidate.
The Raptors won 59 games last season, a fact that was buried thanks to another disgusting loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But now LeBron is out West and the East is for the Raptors to lose. I think in times like these, a reliable, stable, efficient Chris Bosh will help the Raptors in finally shutting down the Barney jokes.
G – Kyle Lowry
G – Danny Green
F – Kawhi Leonard
F – Serge Ibaka
C – Chris Bosh
Sixth Man – OG Anunoby
The Rockets and the Raptors are technically playing for second place now that the Warriors added yet another All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins. Let’s just admit that both teams are bound to lose. With the NBA only a day away, the only true winners in this little exercise are the fans.
[Photos from NBA; graphics by BuhayBasket]