Jan. 28, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard (9) Tony Allen stretches prior to the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Grizzlies 86-84. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Top Five Lineups From Last Season Return Intact, Except For The Clippers'

 

Net rating is point differential per 100 possessions (essentially, how much you outscore your opponents for every 100 possessions that you get).  Here are the top five 5-man lineups from last season (that played at least 420 minutes), based on net rating.

 

Every single one of these lineups returns intact…except for the Los Angeles Clippers’ lineup.  They traded Caron Butler, along with Eric Gordon, to the Phoenix Suns for J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley.

  • Does this mean that the Clippers won’thave one of the top five lineups in the NBA next year?Probably not — the Clippers added a pretty decent shooter in Redick, who should act as a floor spacer for the Clippers.  In fact, the addition of Redick might make this Clippers lineup even better.
  • Does this mean that we’ll essentially see the same top five lineups next season?Probably.Maybe Houston’s lineup could become extremely efficient next year, but I think there will definitely be growing pains along the way.  And other than Houston, I can’t see any other team with a lineup to rival these five.  The Knicks (and the Golden State Warriors) have the offensive fire power, but lack a robust enough defense.  The San Antonio Spurs are getting old.  Of course, this is assuming something huge/NBA-altering doesn’t happen over the course of the off-season, like Chris Bosh getting traded.

 

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