Dwyane Wade does not believe there has ever been a better starting five than the Golden State Warriors' formidable quintet.
The Warriors signed four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins after retaining their NBA title last year and are favourites to be crowned champions for a third season in a row.
Wade's Miami Heat side suffered a 120-118 defeat to the Warriors in his final game at Oracle Arena on Sunday and the retiring star rates Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Cousins as five of the best.
Asked about the Warriors' starting line-up, Wade said: "That's as good as it gets. I know DeMarcus is working his way back, but they play off each other very well.
"It's as good as it gets in our game and any team that ever played this game. That's as good as it gets, that starting five.
"That's why they are who they are, that's why they are champions and to be able to add a guy like DeMarcus to it.
"That's what great teams do, they add a piece and keep adding the right pieces."