(CBS) In one of the biggest stories in NBA history, LeBron James chose to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers for one primary reason.
It was home.
In the aftermath of Decision 2.0, an interesting question began popping up on social media. What if every player in the NBA returned home to play? What if NBA teams were constructed like high school teams, if those on the same block played together? What team would be the best with homegrown players?
Luckily for us, Joseph Milord of elitedaily.com composed a story operating under this premise. This was incredible effort, and it leads to some fun arguments.
In Chicago, Milord projects a star-studded starting lineup of Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Jabari Parker, Shawn Marion and Anthony Davis. When surveying the field in this hypothetical, many reasonable people would conclude this is a serious title contender.
Who might be Chicago’s stiffest competition here? Washington.
The Wizards could sport stars Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, along with Roy Hibbert at center, Ty Lawson at point guard and Rudy Gay on the wing. No other team could boast a duo better than Durant and Anthony, though their defense outside of Hibbert could raise some questions in the title chase.
Other intriguing teams? Charlotte’s backcourt would boast John Wall, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry. Problem is, the frontcourt would have John Henson and Chris Wilcox. (Who? Exactly.)
Milord splits the two teams up in Los Angeles. The Lakers would boast Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan, Robin Lopez and Tyson Chandler. That’s definitely a title contender too. The Clippers would have Jrue Holiday, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard and Brook Lopez.
Who do we pity? Milwaukee. The Bucks would feature Devin Harris, Kyle Weaver, Caron Butler, Tony Mitchell and Carl Landry. Guess some things never change.