Ranking Every NBA Team’s Starting 5, Post-2015 Trade Deadline

February 21st, 2015 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »
Starting fives aren't all that matters in the NBA, but they're pretty darn important. 

After all, the five men who begin the game on the court tend to play the most minutes. They make the first impression and often close games, with some notable exceptions. Here's looking at you, Manu Ginobili and Jamal Crawford.

Teams can use depth to be great, and savvy rotations are a fantastic way to win games. But if you're truly going to be an elite squad, you better have one of the league's best starting fives. And that's what we're interested in here, especially after 37 players changed locations on Feb. 19 prior to the league's trade deadline.

Surely, some of the starting fives will be altered. 

Do note that not all of these will align perfectly with lineups you've seen in recent games. In some cases, I've made slight adjustments to make the groups more ideal, predicting changes that should occur in the near future. Injured players who won't return in the near future are also left out of the starting lineups, and players who would otherwise be included are marked with asterisks at the bottom of each slide. 

So, whic ...

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