AL EAST- Boston leads the division by 4.5 games with the best record in baseball. The New York Yankees are second in the division and have the third best record in baseball, and they are in control of the American League Wildcard (4.5 games ahead of 2nd place). When the regular season ends, I expect Boston to come away with the pennant and New York to earn a wildcard spot.
Since the 2018 free agency period began on July 1, the balance of power has continued to shift further from East to West. With LeBron James’ move from Cleveland to LA, the Western conference now contains all seven of the league’s active MVP winners. The juggernaut of the NBA, Golden State, added yet another all-star to their already-legendary roster. The Warriors could potentially start five all-stars, as well as feature a former all star/NBA Finals MVP off the bench in Andre Iguodala.
DeMarcus Cousins’ move to the Bay Area tilts the table even more in favor of the Warriors than it already was. These two significant free agency moves got me thinking: What would the league look like if every active NBA player had to play for the team that drafted him? What would the league look like if there was no free agency? Would the balance of power be spread more evenly?
Listed below I put together potential starting lineups for each NBA team, given that each team consists only of players that were originally drafted into the organization.