Wondering what the best 5-man lineups were from last year?
Here you go:
- This is pace-adjusted, since it’s point differential (i.e. points scored minus points scored against) per 100 possessions. This means that the ratings take into account how fast or slow a lineup plays.
- Look at the Toronto Raptors at #5! That’s pretty surprising — we’ll see if that Raptors lineup can be as successful this coming season (and if they can get any bench help).
Sidenote: See the Memphis Grizzlies’ lineups at #15 (with Rudy Gay) and at #4 (without Rudy Gay). I think it is safe to say that both the Grizzlies and the Raptors both benefited from the Rudy Gay trade.
- The Los Angeles Clippers had two completely different lineups in the top ten (#9 and #10). That’s depth. Unfortunately, they broke up that depth by trading Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler for Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick. It’ll be interesting to see if Dudley and Redick can keep the Clippers playing at the same level of effectiveness.
- First Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets lineup to make this list? The lineup of Biyombo, Henderson, Kidd-Gilchrist, McRoberts, and Walker…at number 34 (ouch). They were outscored by 5.4 points per 100 possessions; in other words, they sucked.
Luckily, the Bobcats/Hornets drafted Tyler Zeller so that should fix things…right? (That’s the sound of all Bobcats/Hornets silently crying themselves to sleep.)