Starting Lineup Predictions 2022: Heat, Bucks, Timberwolves, Pelican, and Knicks


Miami Heat

Point Guard: Kyle Lowry

Shooting Guard: Max Strus

Small Forward: Jimmy Butler

Power Forward: Caleb Martin

Center: Bam Adebayo

Sixth Man: Tyler Herro

Only Butler, Adebayo, and Lowry have confirmed starting positions in this five-player lineup. Meanwhile, it will be determined who wins the starting positions for shooting guard and power forward after the conclusion of training camp. Although starting with Martin at power forward seems undersized, it helps maintain the floor spread and spares Butler from guarding 4s constantly. Moreover, the Heat might not change Herro because he was the NBA’s top sixth man last season. Meanwhile, the Heat could eventually make a deal for a real power forward between John Collins and Jae Crowder to make their starting five a lethal touch.

Milwaukee Bucks

Point Guard: Jrue Holiday

Shooting Guard: Grayson Allen

Small Forward: Khris Middleton

Power Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Center: Brook Lopez

Sixth Man: Bobby Portis

Despite having only 20 total possessions together last season due to Lopez’s back surgery, this combination showed promise with a plus-21.7 net rating. Meanwhile, with Antetokounmpo, Holiday, and Middleton, this starting five is capable of winning championships. However, if Lopez’s performance dwindles, Portis may replace him.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Point Guard: D’Angelo Russell

Shooting Guard: Anthony Edwards

Small Forward: Jaden McDaniels

Power Forward: Karl-Anthony Towns

Center: Rudy Gobert

Sixth Man: Kyle Anderson

This starring five will be worth watching in the upcoming season after the inclusion of Gobert and Towns switching to full-time power forward positions. Meanwhile, Edwards will continue to be the greatest player on the squad. Moreover, this might be one of the finest starting lineups in the NBA if Russell gets momentum and McDaniels gets better on the defensive end and from three-point range.

New Orleans Pelicans

Point Guard: CJ McCollum

Shooting Guard: Herbert Jones

Small Forward: Brandon Ingram

Power Forward: Zion Williamson

Center: Jonas Valančiūnas

Sixth Man: Devonte’ Graham

Despite not being a conventional point guard, McCollum will probably be the Pelicans’ floor general, especially given that this team has several ball-handlers. Moreover, adding the 6’8″ Jones as a shooting guard gives New Orleans one of the NBA’s most extensive starting lineups. Although Williamson scored 27.0 points per game last season, he may occasionally rank as the fourth scoring option.

New York Knicks

Point Guard: Jalen Brunson

Shooting Guard: RJ Barrett

Small Forward: Evan Fournier

Power Forward: Julius Randle

Center: Mitchell Robinson

Sixth Man: Immanuel Quickley

Brunson won’t find it easy to motivate the remaining Knicks to play at their best as the four-player combination of Barrett, Fournier, Randle, and Robinson collapsed last season. However, to give this team tremendous potential and a better overall defense, they could provide Quickley or Quentin Grimes a chance instead of Fournier. Meanwhile, their chances of qualifying for the playoffs will be slim if Randle starts dismally again.

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