Mar 5 2013 7:59AM

The 2012-13 NBA's Fab 5s


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We're less than seven weeks away from the 2013 NBA Playoffs and all the top contenders have their best quintets rounding into shape.

Here's a good look at the NBA's 10 best five-man combos, who have met the 3-minutes-per-game minimum (usually around 180 total minutes at this point).

KNICKS Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler (+24.5, 229 minutes): The New York three-guard lineup, implementing Carmelo Anthony at his true position (power forward), is the NBA's most potent offensive weapon, posting 117.1 points per 100 possessions.

SPURS Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter, Tim Duncan (+23.5, 254 minutes): Different Spurs starters have missed stretches of games this season, but when these five are together, San Antonio's starting lineup is at its best, posting an 84.0 defensive rating that ranks No. 1 in the NBA.

HEAT Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier, LeBron James, Chris Bosh (+17.4, 270 minutes): Erik Spoelstra and Shane Battier's love for analytics have helped Miami--and LeBron James--take their offense up another notch, posting a league-best 58.0 effective shooting percentage with this combo, and proving this fleet-afoot playoff lineup was no fluke in last year's NBA Finals.

PACERS George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert (+14.2, 940 minutes): Coach Frank Vogel has a penchant for playing his old, reliable lineups to great success--like he did last year with Hill and Stephenson subbed out for Darren Collison and Danny Granger. Now with a healthy Granger back in the starting lineup, replacing Stephenson, look for this combo to have success too. However, it'll be tough to top the 93.7 defensive rating these five are posting now.

HAWKS Jeff Teague, DeShawn Stevenson, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith, Al Horford (+14.2, 238 minutes): Wanna see a pass-happy bunch? Watch Hawks basketball, especially this fun-loving quintet that not only posts an impressive 112.9 offensive rating, but leads the league in 22.0 assist ratio. It's a shame that Smith won't likely be back next season.

HEAT Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem (+12.8, 502 minutes): While it's fun to see Bosh and James have great success at their new center and power forward positions, it is nice to see Miami still field a top-10 quintet with this old-school lineup that not only posts a 98.3 defensive rating, but also pays tribute to the three starters--Haslem, Wade and Chalmers--who were Heat players before the dynasty days.

THUNDER Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins (+12.7, 932 minutes): This may be the oldest starting lineup as a unit in the NBA, with these tough-minded vets posting an impressive 96.8 defensive rating this year. It's a big overall improvement for this group, which didn't play this well as a quintet last season.

CLIPPERS Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Ronny Turiaf (+11.2, 270 minutes): The Clippers have a nice closing lineup with Barnes and the four starters finishing games, but the key to their overall success is A Tribe Called Bench, which puts the clamps down on other weaker benches with the Clips' 89.5 defensive rating.

THUNDER Russell Westbrook, Kevin Martin, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins (+8.9, 308 minutes): This is the OKC closer offensive lineup--as opposed to the aforementioned Thunder defensive lineup--since these Thunder five, with Martin replacing Sefolosha, post a better offensive rating (111.0 to 109.6), albeit with a weaker defensive score (102.1 to 96.8).

GRIZZLIES Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol (+8.3, 631 minutes): Gay is gone, but this lineup is still potent with Tayshaun Prince playing the small forward spot. With the Grizzly standard starters, the Prince Grizzlies have posted a +8.9 score in 220 minutes (almost met the minutes qualifications for this list), with a better defensive rating than the Gay Grizzlies (88.9 to 93.2), albeit with a lower offensive rating (97.8 to 101.6).