What-If Wednesday: The Worst of the Worst

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We’re back with What-if Wednesday, but this time we are going to spice things up. We’re heading to the hardwood, and just like last time, we are going to start out with the five worst teams in the NBA. In case you didn’t read the NFL version, here is a rundown of what we are doing. I am going to take what would be the best fit and put them on a team. This time, instead of doing five teams an article, we are going to be doing three. The first group of the worst teams in the NBA are the Warriors, Cavaliers, and Knicks.


Golden State Warriors (3-15)


Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Just imagine if they didn’t lose their three best players, you would have to wait six weeks to read my slobbering over how much fun they are to watch play basketball. Instead, we are going to talk about how this is the best G-league roster in history. As a fan of college basketball, it’s kind of nice to see guys who are barely hanging on playing on the runner-up squad from last year. What I’m saying is they need anything. Since we are just talking about the here and now, the timeline for returning players doesn’t matter. We are just trying to make the best out of a bad situation. Therefore, we are just going to throw the best player in the league in a Golden State jersey.


The Greek Freak, the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, whatever you call him--his dominance on the basketball court cannot be understated. My goal as a writer is to one day learn how to spell his last name without googling it, but that’s besides the point. 30-14-7 is unbelievable for anyone, even if he is shooting 29% from three. Antetokounmpo will continue his dominance regardless of the roster. With running mate D’Angelo Russell, the new look Warriors easily go .500 and sneak into the playoffs.


Cleveland Cavaliers (5-12)


The post-LeBron era has not been good to the city of Cleveland. The one shining moment has been the hiring of John Beilien, even with this dumpster fire of a roster. With a questionable draft pick of Darius Garland and Collin Sexton the year before, the Cavs don’t need anymore point guards. Similar to the Warriors, the Cavs need anything they could get. This team needs a leader and a small forward, so who better than Kawhi Leonard?


Even with taking games off and the possibility of a lingering injury, are there many players more valuable than The Klaw? Kawhi would be valuable on and off the court. He could help the young guys handle their business like NBA players do, which will benefit the league and the team.  The two-way superstar that handled the Warriors in the Finals last year will now take the Cleveland Cavaliers to at least forty wins.


New York Knicks (4-13)


I write this with a heavy heart as a Knicks fan. It never gets easy looking at the blue and orange last place in the east. That being said, the team of backup power forwards is actually a likable, gritty team, but that’s beside the point. Regardless of how much I like this team, the record shows they still suck. So, let's fulfill my dream and MKGA (Make the Knicks Great Again). First thing’s first: we know we don’t need a shooting guard or a center, seeing how RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson cover those pretty well. Frank Ntilikina will work as a defensive minded point guard for right now, so the Knicks need a forward. Who better than former MVP Kevin Durant?


Let’s forget the Achilles injury for a second. A couple years ago, we saw Durant go toe-to-toe with one of the greatest players of all time in LeBron James. Maybe, under head coach David Fizdale, he can bring the squad back to the playoffs, and not the playoffs where they lost in the first round.

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