Ranking the Top 4 NBA Super Teams Created by the Offseason

By Anthony Haage in Sports
| August 18, 2021 11:31 am PST

The 2021 NBA free agency period got wild. A bunch of superstar players will be playing in new uniforms for the upcoming season.

New NBA super teams have been formed and we have a chance to see some new faces deeper in the playoffs than they have been before.

But which new NBA super teams are the best? To get you familiar with some big names in new places, let’s break down which teams are the new NBA super teams.

4. New York Knicks

Super Team Starting Lineup Key Role Players
PG Kemba Walker PG Derrick Rose
SG Evan Fournier SG Immanuel Quickley
SF R.J. Barrett SG Alec Burks
PF Julius Randle PF Obi Toppin
C Nerlens Noel C Mitchell Robinson
      

Head Coach of the Knicks, Tom Thibodeau, transformed the Knicks into a playoff team last season. He also helped revive some players’ careers like Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel, and Derrick Rose.

He knows how to get the best out of his players, but this year they added some more firepower.

Kemba Walker

The Knicks’ biggest addition to their lineup is star point guard, Kemba Walker.

Walker recently was traded from the Celtics to the Thunder before having his contract bought out. He signed with the Knicks, and they became an even stronger team than last year.

The Knicks also added some good depth, as well. SG Evan Fournier will be a solid scoring option and PG Derrick Rose, SG Alec Burks, C Nerlens Noel were all re-signed.

The Knicks landed the fourth seed in the East in 2020-21, to a record of 41-31. They underperformed in the first round of the playoffs, being bested by Trae Young and the Hawks, to a series score of 4-1.

The Knicks will look to redeem themselves behind their new additions and make it farther in the playoffs.

3. Miami Heat

Super Team Starting Lineup Key Role Players
PG Kyle Lowry SG Tyler Herro
SG Victor Oladipo SF Duncan Robinson
SF Jimmy Butler PF Markieff Morris
PF P.J. Tucker C Dewayne Dedmon
C Bam Adebayo PF P.J. Tucker

The Heat made a big move in the off season’s free agency. They grabbed PG Kyle Lowry and re-signed SG Victor Oladipo, who they traded for last season. Lowry makes the Heat a potential super team for the upcoming 2021 NBA season.

The Heat made the NBA Finals in the 2019-2020 season and are looking to return in 2021-22. Kyle Lowry was part of the 2018-19 Toronto Raptors, who ended up beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Lowry could be a great addition and just what the Heat needed.

In the 2020-21 NBA Finals, Jimmy Butler took over. Look at his insane stats.

  • 43 minutes per game
  • 26.2 points per game
  • 9.8 assists per game
  • 8.3 rebounds per game

His best game was an incredible performance in Game 3. Butler finished with 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists and almost single-handedly beat the Lakers.

Kyle Lowry

Butler’s performance in Game 3 and the series as a whole weren’t enough to win them the series. Butler was incredible, but the Heat struggled to get production out of their other players. Bam Adebayo scored the next highest points per game (15.3 PPG), but only played four out of the six games in the series.

Lowry could be the extra piece they need in order to win a ring.

Oladipo isn’t exactly a new addition, as the Heat grabbed him at the trade deadline last year. He didn’t really play enough to be considered a Heat player anyways, only playing four games for them in 2020-21.

Oladipo has struggled with health in the past three years, but maybe being on a team with players who could help shoulder the load, will help him stay healthy. Oladipo is a talented player and the Heat liked him enough to trade for and re-sign him for this season.

Lowry and Oladipo could be the last piece of the puzzle the Heat need in order to get back to the Finals and win it.

This Heat roster should be lethal behind Head Coach Erik Spoelstra.

2. Chicago Bulls

Super Team Starting Lineup Key Role Players
PG Lonzo Ball PG Coby White
SG Zach Lavine SG Alex Caruso
SF Demar DeRozan C Tony Bradley
PF Patrick Williams
C Nikola Vucevic

The Bulls are back. After struggling through years of GarPax in the front office and head coach Jim Boylen, new executive Artūras Karnišovas and GM Marc Eversley have transformed their roster into a super team.

Last season, they acquired the All-Star center, Nikola Vucevic from the Magic at the trade deadline.

Vucevic and Zach Lavine were playing great together and were looking to sneak into the playoffs, but Lavine missed a chunk of games towards the end of the year and the Bulls finished as the 11th seed.

After barely missing the play-in tournament, the Bulls looked toward the future. Lavine and Vucevic were their focus going in, and they decided to build around them.

They did exactly that this offseason, bringing in big names Lonzo Ball and Demar DeRozan.

Here is how they got these two solid players through two sign-and-trades with the Pelicans and the Spurs.

  • To Bulls: PG Lonzo Ball
  • To Pelicans: PG Tomas Satoransky, F Garrett Temple, 2024 Second Round Pick

The first deal gave up little to secure Ball, who was a former lottery pick and one of the best defensive point guards in the league.

The second trade acquired DeRozan, although it did sacrifice some draft picks.

  • To Bulls: F Demar DeRozan
  • To Spurs: F Thaddeus Young, F Al-Farouq Aminu, Protected First Round Pick (early as 2025), Lakers’ 2022 Second Round Pick, and Bulls 2025 Second Round Pick

Derozan agreed to a three-year contract worth $85 million with the Bulls. Lonzo Ball also got a deal worth $85 million, but over the course of four years.

The Bulls have some firepower and could employ their best roster since the 90s Bulls’ teams.

1. Los Angeles Lakers

Super Team Starting Lineup Key Role Players
PG Russell Westbrook SF Carmelo Anthony
SG Kendrick Nunn SG Malik Monk
SF LeBron James SG Wayne Ellington
PF Anthony Davis SF Trevor Ariza
C Marc Gasol C Dwight Howard

The Lakers added a bunch of players this offseason, headlined by star point guard Russell Westbrook. They also added great depth with Nunn, Monk, Ellington, Bazemore, Ariza, Anthony, and Howard.

Russell Westbrook

Their amazing roster changes easily had them coming in as one of the most improved NBA teams in free agency in 2021.

Any team that has LeBron James could be considered a super team, but the Lakers have great players outside of him this year. Anthony Davis is still in town and he and LeBron should both have solid seasons together again.

New addition Russell Westbrook is an interesting piece in the Lakers’ puzzle and joins the Lakers after just one season in Washington.

The Lakers gave up F Kyle Kuzma, C Montrezl Harrell, G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the #22 overall pick in the NBA draft (Isaiah Jackson, traded to Indiana Pacers) to get Westbrook.

The Lakers front office got aggressive in free agency and could be trying to get another ring while they still have LeBron. The King has plenty of help to get his fifth ring.

Which NBA Super Team Can Win the 2021 NBA Finals?

The 2021 NBA Free Agency was action packed. The past two out of three years, LeBron James has not been in the NBA Finals, which might have motivated some teams to make some big moves this summer.

The King is turning 37 this year and some franchises may think that his time is over. These teams are geared up for the upcoming season and could make a play for the 2022 NBA Finals.

The transactions by these teams were great for the NBA in general, as well. They have struggled with viewership; but that may no longer be the case with the recent aggressive moves.

With the 2021-22 NBA season just around the corner, get excited with some more NBA content below.

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