Which Top 5 Lineup From This Year Was A Top 5 Lineup Last Year?
The five best 5-man lineups (based on net point differential per 100 possessions) from this year that have played at least 500 minutes together are
|2012-2013||Games Played||Minutes||Offensive Rating||Defensive Rating||Net Rating|
|Durant, Ibaka, Perkins, Sefolosha, Westbrook (OKC),||63||1071||110||96||14|
|George, Hibbert, Hill, Stephenson, West (IND)||56||1061||108||94.5||13.5|
|Bosh, Chalmers, Haslem, James, Wade (MIA)||42||617||110||96.5||13.5|
|Allen, Conley, Gasol, Gay, Randolph (MEM)||35||631||101.6||93.2||8.3|
|Faried, Gallinari, Iguodala, Koufos, Lawson (DEN)||59||759||107.2||100||7.3|
The five best lineups from last year that played at least 500 minutes together were
|2011-2012||Games Played||Minutes||Offensive Rating||Defensive Rating||Net Rating|
|Dudley, Frye, Gortat, Hill, Nash (PHX)||45||747||111.2||98.7||12.5|
|Anthony,Bosh, Chalmers, James, Wade (MIA)||39||535||107.1||96.2||10.9|
|Collison, George, Granger, Hibbert, West (IND)||56||1000||106.9||97.2||9.7|
|Durant, Ibaka,Perkins, Sefolosha,Westbrook (OKC)||42||664||100.5||92.9||7.6|
|Butler, Foye, Griffin, Jordan, Paul (LAC)||44||648||108.2||100.9||7.3|
Notice something interesting?
Only the OKC lineup was a Top 5 lineup last year and this year. (Yes, the Heat did come close swapping Joel Anthony (last year) for Udonis Haslem (this year); they do essentially the same thing — hustle, play defense, and set picks/try not to get in the way on the offensive end).
These graphs highlight the areas that OKC has grown between this season and last season. OKC has gotten much more efficient offensively, and this is probably due to more or better passing, as evidenced by their relatively large jump in assist rate. In every category, the Thunder have improved and seeing a very good young team keep growing from one year to the next is pretty awesome and unique in this day and age. One last point is that you can see the importance of Westbrook and the maturation of his decision-making (lack thereof?) especially when looking at the decrease in their turnover rate (I’ve already talked about the sharp increase in their assist rate). What happens to Westbrook will determine what happens to the OKC offense.