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John Schuhmann

Getting the best five on the floor paramount in playoffs


Posted Apr 16 2010 11:44AM

It's playoff time. Every possession counts from here on out, so you had better know who on your team can help you put points on the board, and who can prevent your opponent from doing the same.

With the intensity of the action about to go up several levels, coaches need as much information as they can get. So there's no better time to use the data that has been gathered over the last six months. Unless you're Mike Brown, Nate McMillan or Scott Skiles, the time for experimenting with your lineups is over. If you want to shorten your rotation, you need to know which lineups work best together.

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With the help of StatsCube, we put together the best five-man units, with a minimum of 100 minutes together, among playoff teams.

(Here's a breakdown by conference: The Eastern and the Western.)

Best overall units
Team Lineup G Min. Off. Rat. Def. Rat. Diff.
OKC Maynor, Harden, Durant, Collison, Ibaka 38 152 110.2 79.1 31.1
MIL Jennings, Bell, Delfino, Ilyasova, Bogut 18 118 106.0 83.6 22.4
LAL Fisher, Brown, Artest, Odom, Gasol 12 142 107.5 85.9 21.6
MIA Chalmers, Wade, Richardson, Haslem, Anthony 33 106 108.1 88.0 20.2
DAL Kidd, Terry, Marion, Nowitzki, Dampier 40 342 112.0 92.2 19.8
MIA Chalmers, Wade, Wright, Haslem, Anthony 31 107 105.4 85.6 19.8
ORL Nelson, Carter, Barnes, Lewis, Howard 49 773 113.3 95.0 18.3
UTA Williams, Matthews, Kirilenko, Millsap, Boozer 30 110 110.4 92.8 17.6
DEN Billups, Smith, Anthony, Martin, Andersen 31 122 118.6 101.7 16.9
ORL Williams, Redick, Pietrus, Anderson, Gortat 26 127 115.9 99.2 16.8
Best offensive units
Team Lineup G Min. Off. Rat. Def. Rat. Diff.
PHX Nash, Richardson, Dudley, Stoudemire, Frye 60 223 119.8 104.7 15.1
DEN Billups, Smith, Anthony, Martin, Andersen 31 122 118.6 101.7 16.9
OKC Westbrook, Harden, Durant, Green, Collison 47 153 118.4 108.7 9.7
DEN Billups, Carter, Anthony, Martin, Nen 8 102 117.7 103.5 14.2
UTA Williams, Matthews, Korver, Millsap, Boozer 22 109 117.6 108.4 9.2
UTA Williams, Matthews, Miles, Millsap, Boozer 33 148 117.4 115.9 1.5
ATL Crawford, Johnson, Williams, Josh Smith, Horford 69 356 116.9 104.5 12.4
ATL Bibby, Crawford, Johnson, Josh Smith, Horford 65 406 116.4 105.7 10.7
PHX Nash, Richardson, Hill, Stoudemire, Frye 65 829 116.3 108.7 7.6
ORL Williams, Redick, Pietrus, Anderson, Gortat 26 127 115.9 99.2 16.8
Best defensive units
Team Lineup G Min. Off. Rat. Def. Rat. Diff.
OKC Maynor, Harden, Durant, Collison, Ibaka 38 152 110.2 79.1 31.1
MIL Jennings, Bell, Delfino, Ilyasova, Bogut 18 118 106.0 83.6 22.4
MIA Chalmers, Wade, Wright, Haslem, Anthony 31 107 105.4 85.6 19.8
LAL Fisher, Brown, Artest, Odom, Gasol 12 142 107.5 85.9 21.6
BOS Rondo, Ray Allen, Tony Allen, Garnett, Perkins 16 121 100.5 87.0 13.6
MIA Chalmers, Wade, Richardson, Haslem, Anthony 33 106 108.1 88.0 20.2
MIL Jennings, Salmons, Delfino, Mbah a Moute, Bogut 19 282 105.3 89.9 15.4
DAL Kidd, Terry, Marion, Nowitzki, Dampier 40 342 112.0 92.2 19.8
UTA Williams, Matthews, Kirilenko, Millsap, Boozer 30 110 110.4 92.8 17.6
LAL Farmar, Brown, Artest, Odom, Gasol 37 112 99.5 93.3 6.2
G: Total games played together this season
Min: Total minutes played together this season
Off. Rat.: Points scored per 100 possessions
Def. Rat.: Points allowed per 100 possessions
Diff.: Point differential per 100 possessions

All stats are through the end of the regular season and were compiled with the help of the NBA and StatsCube.

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John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here and follow him on twitter.

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