Not everyone can have the same history as the L.A. Lakers or even the San Antonio Spurs. But still, that’s not stopping us from ranking the 15 all-time Western Conference starting lineups. From Wilt all the way down to Wally â€” yes, Wally Szczerbiak â€” here are the top players at every position for every West franchise.
* Indicates that the player mentioned is the greatest to ever wear a jersey for his franchise, atleast in my humble opinion.
A quick word, the selections are mine and mine alone. The teams were put together using team success, statistics, and a healthy dose of my opinion.
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PG- Steve Nash
What could’ve been. After several playoff runs in which the Mavericks failed to win a championship, Nash departed for Phoenix. Dallas spent the money they should’ve spent on Nash on Erick Dampier and sealed their future title. Nash and Nowitzki had excellent chemistry, we know they were close evidenced by the fact Nowitzki is the godfather of Nash’s kid. We’ll never know if the duo could’ve won a title together, but we do know Nash went on to win two MVP awards, and Dirk won one himself. The Mavericks would also go on to win their first NBA championship. Erick Dampier was traded eventually in a deal that netted the Mavericks Tyson Chandler. It was a weird road but it all worked out in the end for both parties. While a championship ring has eluded Nash, he would likely never have won multiple MVP awards sharing the spotlight with Nowitzki. Both the Mavericks and Nash had to separate in order to fully reach their potential. It was hard to leave Jason Kidd off this list but he definitely spent his best years in New Jersey.
SG- Rolando Blackman
Before the big German showed up Rolando Blackman was the flagship for this franchise. A quality scorer and a four-time All-Star, Blackman narrowly beats out Michael Finley for the job. Although never a superstar, Blackman maintained a high level of play for a long time. Over 10 straight years in a Mavericks uniform he averaged over 18 points a game with 46 percent or better shooting. Blackman, to this day, is the Mavericks second overall leader of win shares.