Most Versatile Defensive Lineups

Each team's projected most versatile 5 man lineup, their projected net rating per 100 possessions, and the lineups synergy rating.

Short Story:

  1. Remove the least versatile defenders, unless they happen to be a superstar.
  2. Remove the horrible defenders, unless they happen to be a superstar.
  3. Spit out the four best defenders of the remaining PG's, SG's and SF's.
  4. Spit out the two most versatile defenders among the remaining PF's and Centers.
  5. Spit out the 5 best defenders among the remaining 6 players.

This weeds out the defenders who would likely be exposed in a playoff matchup as well as the least switchable players (think Trey Burke/Greg Monroe). The idea was to find the best/most versatile lineup for those tough playoff matchups.

*Some teams may not have 5 players meet these qualification. These teams are usually garbage, or they have a position of great weakness and therefore did not have 5 players qualify.

Versatility Rating comes from a project put together by both Krishna Narsu and Patrick Miller of Nylon Calculus. A quick, concise explanation of Versatility Rating (higher is better) can be found on the glossary page.

HOU

Kevin Porter Jr.Josh ChristopherChristian WoodEric GordonJae'Sean Tate

Versatility

86.8

Projected NetRating/100

-6.3

5.3

GSW

Stephen CurryAndrew WigginsOtto Porter Jr.Draymond GreenAndre Iguodala

Versatility

84.6

Projected NetRating/100

16.8

7.0

BOS

Josh RichardsonJayson TatumAl HorfordMarcus SmartJaylen Brown

Versatility

83.8

Projected NetRating/100

10.5

6.2

CHA

P.J. WashingtonLaMelo BallCody MartinGordon HaywardMiles Bridges

Versatility

81.4

Projected NetRating/100

4.4

6.2

LAC

Isaiah HartensteinReggie JacksonTerance MannPaul GeorgeNicolas Batum

Versatility

80.6

Projected NetRating/100

8.5

6.4

DAL

Tim Hardaway Jr.Reggie BullockKristaps PorzingisDorian Finney-SmithLuka Doncic

Versatility

77.6

Projected NetRating/100

8.3

6.1

SAS

Doug McDermottDevin VassellDerrick WhiteKeita Bates-DiopKeldon Johnson

Versatility

77.2

Projected NetRating/100

-1.9

4.6

CLE

Ricky RubioRajon RondoIsaac OkoroKevin LoveLamar Stevens

Versatility

71.2

Projected NetRating/100

-1

4.8

CHI

DeMar DeRozanLonzo BallAlex CarusoJavonte GreenDerrick Jones Jr.

Versatility

69.8

Projected NetRating/100

5.6

4.8

LAL

Malik MonkKent BazemoreRussell WestbrookLeBron JamesAnthony Davis

Versatility

69.4

Projected NetRating/100

7.7

5.8

MEM

De'Anthony MeltonJohn KoncharJa MorantDesmond BaneBrandon Clarke

Versatility

69

Projected NetRating/100

10.4

5.6

MIA

Bam AdebayoGabe VincentKyle LowryJimmy ButlerCaleb Martin

Versatility

67.8

Projected NetRating/100

11.8

6.1

BKN

Blake GriffinJoe HarrisBruce BrownKevin DurantJames Harden

Versatility

65.8

Projected NetRating/100

7.6

5.4

IND

Justin HolidayMalcolm BrogdonCaris LeVertDomantas SabonisKelan Martin

Versatility

65.4

Projected NetRating/100

4.1

5.7

TOR

Fred VanVleetGary Trent Jr.Svi MykhailiukPascal SiakamOG Anunoby

Versatility

65

Projected NetRating/100

8.5

6.3

ORL

Wendell Carter Jr.Gary HarrisR.J. HamptonJalen SuggsRobin Lopez

Versatility

63.4

Projected NetRating/100

-8.2

4.6

DET

Cory JosephHamidou DialloSaddiq BeyCade CunninghamKelly Olynyk

Versatility

62

Projected NetRating/100

-4.2

5.2

POR

Damian LillardBen McLemoreCJ McCollumNorman PowellRobert Covington

Versatility

58.4

Projected NetRating/100

5.2

6.4

MIN

Patrick BeverleyMalik BeasleyD'Angelo RussellAnthony EdwardsJarred Vanderbilt

Versatility

58.4

Projected NetRating/100

6.8

5.7

WAS

Daniel GaffordCorey KispertKentavious Caldwell-PopeBradley BealSpencer Dinwiddie

Versatility

56.8

Projected NetRating/100

1.7

4.8

OKC

Ty JeromeLuguentz DortShai Gilgeous-AlexanderKenrich WilliamsDarius Bazley

Versatility

54.4

Projected NetRating/100

-3.8

4.0

PHX

JaVale McGeeChris PaulMikal BridgesDevin BookerCameron Johnson

Versatility

53.6

Projected NetRating/100

12

5.3

NOP

Jonas ValanciunasNickeil Alexander-WalkerGarrett TempleBrandon IngramJosh Hart

Versatility

53.6

Projected NetRating/100

-1.9

5.2

DEN

Michael Porter Jr.Monte MorrisBones HylandWill BartonAaron Gordon

Versatility

52.8

Projected NetRating/100

0.8

4.8

MIL

George HillGrayson AllenGiannis AntetokounmpoJrue HolidayPat Connaughton

Versatility

49.2

Projected NetRating/100

16.8

6.0

PHI

Andre DrummondTobias HarrisFurkan KorkmazSeth CurryMatisse Thybulle

Versatility

49

Projected NetRating/100

0.6

4.5

ATL

Trae YoungDelon WrightBogdan BogdanovicKevin HuerterJohn Collins

Versatility

46.4

Projected NetRating/100

5.2

5.8

SAC

De'Aaron FoxTyrese HaliburtonBuddy HieldHarrison BarnesTerence Davis

Versatility

42.8

Projected NetRating/100

-0.1

5.5

UTA

Hassan WhitesideJoe InglesDonovan MitchellJordan ClarksonRoyce O'Neale

Versatility

35.8

Projected NetRating/100

7.1

5.5

NYK

Mitchell RobinsonEvan FournierImmanuel QuickleyAlec BurksObi Toppin

Versatility

30.8

Projected NetRating/100

2.2

4.7

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