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Team by Team "Most Used" 5-Man Unit

We list the top ten most used units for each team on the respective team page (see for example the Kings 5-Man Units page), but one way to get a quick read on how well things are going for a team is by scanning the stats for the unit that's played the highest percentage of minutes. While these units are not always the starting five, they reflect who the coach is going to the most.

NOTES: The following table shows the average points scored on offense, and points allowed on defense per 48 minutes, and the "Net48" which is essentially a plus/minus for that unit on a per game basis. Each individual game the unit appears in is also rated as a Win or a Loss.

Most Used Five-Man Floor Units (as of 12/28, sorted by Net48 rating)
#
Team
Unit
Min
Off
Def
Net48
W
L
W%
1
DAL
 Nash-Finley-Jamison-Walker-Nowitzki 6.25%  115.2  82.5  +33   10 4
71 %
2
MIN
 Cassell-Hassell-Sprewell-Garnett-Johnson 11.01%  101.1  82.9  +18   9 4
69 %
3
LAL
 Payton-Bryant-George-Malone-O'Neal 29.74%  108.0  91.8  +16   15 5
75 %
4
DEN
 Miller-Lenard-Anthony-Hilario-Camby 21.60%  105.9  90.5  +15   12 4
75 %
5
IND
 Anderson-Miller-Artest-O'Neal-Foster 18.14%  94.8  79.9  +15   14 7
66 %
6
NJN
 Kidd-Kittles-Jefferson-Martin-Collins 28.26%  95.9  85.2  +11   15 7
68 %
7
SAC
 Bibby-Christie-Stojakovic-Miller-Divac 37.12%  108.0  97.6  +10   19 5
79 %
8
UTA
 Arroyo-Stevenson-Harpring-Kirilenko-Ostertag 19.52%  96.8  86.4  +10   11 6
64 %
9
SAS
 Parker-Ginobili-Bowen-Duncan-Nesterovic 26.84%  94.3  85.3  +9   13 9
59 %
10
HOU
 Francis-Mobley-Jackson-Cato-Ming 32.96%  87.3  78.8  +9   16 8
66 %
11
PHI
 Snow-Iverson-McKie-Jackson-Dalembert 6.25%  87.6  83.2  +4   3 4
42 %
12
WAS
 Blake-Hughes-Hayes-Jeffries-Thomas 8.36%  87.9  85.8  +2   2 3
40 %
13
ATL
 Terry-Glover-Jackson-Abdur-Rahim-Ratliff 27.15%  90.1  88.6  +2   13 10
56 %
14
NOH
 Davis-Wesley-Lynch-Brown-Magloire 36.87%  88.6  87.2  +2   15 13
53 %
15
NYK
 Ward-Houston-Van Horn-Thomas-Mutombo 10.71%  89.6  89.0  +1   5 9
35 %
16
MIL
 Ford-Redd-Thomas-Smith-Santiago 13.97%  92.6  93.1  -1   6 8
42 %
17
TOR
 Rose-Williams-Carter-Marshall-Bosh 18.09%  96.9  97.7  -1   5 7
41 %
18
MEM
 Watson-Person-Battier-Outlaw-Wright 11.85%  83.1  84.5  -1   6 6
50 %
19
CLE
 James-Davis-Miles-Boozer-Ilgauskas 12.12%  97.9  99.5  -2   6 7
46 %
20
DET
 Billups-Hamilton-Prince-Wallace-Campbell 20.81%  87.0  88.6  -2   10 11
47 %
21
POR
 Stoudamire-McInnis-Randolph-Wallace-Davis 22.70%  90.9  94.7  -4   10 12
45 %
22
SEA
 Murray-Barry-Lewis-Radmanovic-Booth 16.77%  102.6  106.4  -4   10 5
66 %
23
BOS
 James-Welsch-Pierce-Baker-Blount 11.93%  90.7  95.2  -5   8 9
47 %
24
LAC
 Jaric-Richardson-Maggette-Brand-Kaman 11.14%  97.2  103.0  -6   4 7
36 %
25
PHO
 Marbury-Johnson-Marion-Stoudemire-Voskuhl 7.93%  87.3  94.5  -7   5 7
41 %
26
ORL
 Lue-McGrady-Giricek-Gooden-Howard 7.58%  93.6  101.2  -8   6 9
40 %
27
GSW
 Van Exel-Richardson-Dunleavy-Robinson-Dampier 17.08%  92.4  101.9  -10   7 11
38 %
28
CHI
 Hinrich-Crawford-Gill-Williams-Davis 5.31%  76.0  87.1  -11   2 5
28 %
29
MIA
 Wade-Jones-Odom-Haslem-Grant 13.28%  87.2  98.5  -11   5 9
35 %

We'll be up front about it, we love what Don Nelson has done in building teams -- putting together some of the most entertaining rosters and running substitution patterns that go against "the rules." However, his fascination with playing for lineup mismatches may be bordering on stubborness at this stage. The top "most used unit" in terms of per 48 minute net plus/minus production is none other than the Dallas quintet of Nash-Finley-Jamison-Walker-Nowitzki. These guys have played a mere 6% of the total minutes for the Mavs, but are outscoring foes by 33 points "per game." Here's a suggestion: go with these guys for longer stretches! A 53% to 39% effective field goal percentage advantage doesn't strike us as a fluke.

There's a big drop-off from there to the next group of teams, but these units also play far more minutes which will certainly make maintaining a +33 edge downright impossible. The T'Wolves, Lakers, Nuggets and Pacers have all found strong go-to units that can take over games.

The Nets, Kings, Jazz, Spurs, and Rockets also look like powerhouse teams when the main players are on the floor, but with the Nets, Jazz, and Rockets the dropoff once the bench players come in seems pronounced and in need of addressing.

At the bottom end of the table you find the teams that might want to consider shaking up the starting lineup in favor of a new 5-man rotation.

For the extra details on why units are working, look at the following numbers:

Top Five-Man Floor Units, Details
#
Unit
eFG
eFGA
FTA
Close
dClose
Reb
T/O
1
 Nash-Finley-Jamison-Walker-Nowitzki .534  .394  -0.6  33%  35%   94%  +4% 
2
 Cassell-Hassell-Sprewell-Garnett-Johnson .552  .420  25%  31%   94%  +2% 
3
 Payton-Bryant-George-Malone-O'Neal .544  .451  +11.2  47%  29%   101%  0% 
4
 Miller-Lenard-Anthony-Hilario-Camby .499  .459  +8.7  42%  37%   101%  +2% 
5
 Anderson-Miller-Artest-O'Neal-Foster .488  .459  +7.5  32%  37%   107%  +3% 
6
 Kidd-Kittles-Jefferson-Martin-Collins .477  .453  +11.8  42%  31%   98%  +4% 
7
 Bibby-Christie-Stojakovic-Miller-Divac .554  .495  +5.2  36%  28%   97%  0% 
8
 Arroyo-Stevenson-Harpring-Kirilenko-Ostertag .541  .478  +3.0  41%  38%   108%  -1% 
9
 Parker-Ginobili-Bowen-Duncan-Nesterovic .494  .451  +3.0  37%  32%   101%  +1% 
10
 Francis-Mobley-Jackson-Cato-Ming .490  .395  -1.3  30%  29%   102%  -7% 
11
 Snow-Iverson-McKie-Jackson-Dalembert .433  .407  +5.5  43%  32%   96%  +5% 
12
 Blake-Hughes-Hayes-Jeffries-Thomas .424  .449  -2.1  38%  35%   111%  0% 
13
 Terry-Glover-Jackson-Abdur-Rahim-Ratliff .460  .434  +3.8  31%  35%   95%  -1% 
14
 Davis-Wesley-Lynch-Brown-Magloire .465  .466  +2.5  38%  33%   100%  +2% 
15
 Ward-Houston-Van Horn-Thomas-Mutombo .461  .483  +0.3  27%  27%   106%  -3% 
16
 Ford-Redd-Thomas-Smith-Santiago .492  .471  +2.0  34%  41%   89%  +2% 
17
 Rose-Williams-Carter-Marshall-Bosh .512  .499  -2.1  29%  36%   93%  0% 
18
 Watson-Person-Battier-Outlaw-Wright .422  .437  -9.9  27%  33%   94%  +7% 
19
 James-Davis-Miles-Boozer-Ilgauskas .514  .472  -1.9  40%  42%   98%  -5% 
20
 Billups-Hamilton-Prince-Wallace-Campbell .482  .477  +4.3  34%  38%   97%  -1% 
21
 Stoudamire-McInnis-Randolph-Wallace-Davis .499  .522  -1.8  26%  35%   100%  0% 
22
 Murray-Barry-Lewis-Radmanovic-Booth .547  .504  -3.8  31%  36%   88%  -1% 
23
 James-Welsch-Pierce-Baker-Blount .495  .502  -7.0  30%  28%   99%  -1% 
24
 Jaric-Richardson-Maggette-Brand-Kaman .488  .494  +9.8  35%  35%   103%  -10% 
25
 Marbury-Johnson-Marion-Stoudemire-Voskuhl .429  .470  +1.3  36%  35%   90%  +4% 
26
 Lue-McGrady-Giricek-Gooden-Howard .443  .528  +12.3  30%  35%   102%  +3% 
27
 Van Exel-Richardson-Dunleavy-Robinson-Dampier .477  .501  +5.0  31%  31%   102%  -6% 
28
 Hinrich-Crawford-Gill-Williams-Davis .370  .550  +3.3  34%  40%   112%  +4% 
29
 Wade-Jones-Odom-Haslem-Grant .437  .492  -1.0  39%  32%   96%  -4% 

    Legend:
  • Min = the percentage of the team's total minutes the unit was on the floor.

  • Net = the team net points per 48 minutes of playing time for the unit.

  • W = number of games a unit outscored its opponents while on the court.

  • L = number of games a unit was outscored by its opponents while on the court.

  • Win% = the winning percentage for the unit based on Wins versus Losses.
  • eFG = the effective shooting percentage, adjusted for the value of 3-point shots.
  • eFGA = the effective shooting percentage allowed to opponents.
  • FTA = net free throw attempts per 48 minutes.
  • Close = the percentage of shots taken from close range.
  • dClose = the percentage of opponents' shots taken from close range.
  • Reb = the rebound percentage for the unit, based on off. reb% + def. reb%
  • T/O = the net turnover percentage for the unit based on opponent turnovers minus unit turnovers.


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