Starting Lineup Predictions 2022: Cavaliers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pistons, and Golden State Warriors


Cleveland Cavaliers

Point Guard: Darius Garland

Shooting Guard: Donovan Mitchell

Small Forward: Isaac Okoro

Power Forward: Evan Mobley

Center: Jarrett Allen

Sixth Man: Caris LeVert

This starting lineup already has two All-Stars, Garland and Allen, but Mitchell adds more firepower. Moreover, this will be one of the hardest backcourts in the NBA to control. Meanwhile, Allen and Mobley, two of the NBA’s finest defensive players, could help to mitigate Garland and Mitchell’s defensive issues. On the other hand, LeVert or Okoro will most likely compete for the starting small forward position. However, Okoro suits the role better as a three-and-D specialist.

Dallas Mavericks

Point Guard: Luka Dončić

Shooting Guard: Spencer Dinwiddie

Small Forward: Tim Hardaway Jr.

Power Forward: Dorian Finney-Smith

Center: JaVale McGee

Sixth Man: Christian Wood

The Mavericks now need another major offensive threat to play alongside Dončić because Jalen Brunson is no longer available. Moreover, Wood is in the final year of his contract, and if the Mavs don’t offer him a starting position immediately, he will almost surely look for one elsewhere. Meanwhile, Dončić and Dinwiddie are the only two responsible ball handlers on the roster, and it would also be a good idea to stagger them. Nevertheless, this starting lineup appears quite unimpressive if Wood ends up sitting on the bench.

Denver Nuggets

Point Guard: Jamal Murray

Shooting Guard: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Small Forward: Michael Porter Jr.

Power Forward: Aaron Gordon

Center: Nikola Jokić

Sixth Man: Bones Hyland

This starting five was completed by the Washington Wizards’ trade for Caldwell-Pope. Meanwhile, Jokić is always improving and will be a contender for the MVP award for a third consecutive season if Denver wins the Western Conference. He will benefit from the ball handling and spot-up shooting of Murray, Porter Jr. Moreover, Gordon will play many defensive positions and finish lobs. In addition, Hyland might help the Nuggets move up the standings as he recently had a remarkable rookie season.

Detroit Pistons

Point Guard: Cade Cunningham

Shooting Guard: Jaden Ivey

Small Forward: Saddiq Bey

Power Forward: Bojan Bogdanovic

Center: Isaiah Stewart

Sixth Man: Jalen Duren

After a surprise landing from the Jazz, Bogdanovic will start as a power forward. Meanwhile, Cunningham, Ivey, and Bey appear locked in as the team starts the season. Moreover, Stewart and Jalen Duren will compete for the starting center position. However, considering Stewart’s three-point shooting ability, it is likely that the Pistons will include both him and Duren in the starting lineup.

Golden State Warriors

Point Guard: Stephen Curry

Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson

Small Forward: Andrew Wiggins

Power Forward: Draymond Green

Center: Kevon Looney

Sixth Man: Jordan Poole

The Warriors are all set to rock and roll again as this five-man starting lineup has already won a championship. Meanwhile, Thompson will be healthy for training camp for the first time since the 2018-19 season. It indicates that Poole will once again play full-time bench duty. However, Poole ought to be among the favorites for the sixth man because a large contract extension is on the horizon. On the other hand, Looney is among the NBA’s most underestimated players despite proving his significance to the Warriors in the previous season’s playoffs.

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