We are in the midst of a very eventful NBA offseason, where we have seen some of the league's most talented change teams. The Brooklyn Nets have revamped their roster, and the Clippers stole the show from their rival the Lakers. Utah and Portland quietly built up some strong contending lineups in the west. Boston and Toronto have some question marks after losing some of their top options to other teams. NBA rosters are still being filled out and undrafted names could still make the roster. While things are slowing down for the offseason, it gives you a good chance to catch up on what has happened and what starting lineups could look like for the 2019-20 season. Be sure to follow @nbastartlineups for on the minute lineup updates and confirmations.
Starting NBA lineups are one of the more important things to track, especially as players get more rest games. The injury reporting is one of the NBA’s biggest flaws, and often we don’t know the confirmed starting lineup until just a few minutes before, or even after tip-off. Our projected lineups give the best look as to what is likely going to be happen, but keeping tabs on news is still in your best interest. Because a player is in the starting lineup, it isn’t guaranteed for them to play 30+ minutes. For example, Ivica Zubac starts forClipperson occasion, but will play close to 15-20 minutes.
With the fantasy basketball industry growing, knowing who is going to play has become very important. You don’t want to see a zero in your lineup, but often we have to take some risks due to that shoddy injury reporting. The lineups page will have projected starting lineups out until teams confirm their starting five. This is not a guarantee to happen before lineup lock, and sometimes teams will confirm up to five minutes before tipoff. With the offseason in the works, we talk about potential lineup changes and free agent moves for 2019-2020.
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The biggest news to rock free agency was Kawhi Leonard joining the Los Angeles Clippers. He held on the media, and this created the biggest question mark. Not only did Leonard join the Clippers, but he demanded that they trade for another star. This created the trade for Paul George. This gives them two starting forwards that can do some damage. Patrick Beverley, Ivica Zubac, and Landry Shamet will likely start around them.
We won't see Kevin Durant this year, but Kyrie Irving will step into the starting point guard role. DeAndre Jordan will also be the starting center. Until Durant returns, look for the Nets to use a lot of Caris Levert and Taurean Prince within the starting lineup. Joe Harris should see time time out there too. The Nets are about a year away from having the starting lineup they hoped for.
There was a lot of rotating point guards over the offseason. Chris Paul ended up in Oklahoma City, while Russell Westbrook reunites with James Harden in Houston. Kemba Walker signed with Boston, as the Celtics traded for Terry Rozier. Ricky Rubio signed with Phoenix, and Mike Conley was traded to the Utah Jazz. All of these names will be the starting point guard come the new season.
The 76ers made a somewhat shock move in signing Al Horford. He will likely play alongside Joel Embiid, and also provide one of the top front court defenses in the league. Philly wasn't done trading Jimmy Butler for Josh Richardson in a sign and trade. This freed up easy money to pay Tobias Harris. He will take over the small forward role, pushing Richardson to shooting guard.
After whiffing on Kawhi Leonard and other free agents, the Lakers were left filling in with scraps off the free agent market. Ending up signing Danny Green, Avery Bradley, and Quinn Cook will provide depth in the backcourt. Rajon Rondo and Green will likely start. The signing of DeMarcus Cousins should push both Davis and James to their forward roles, although James has hinted at playing some point guard.