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

Fred VanVleetAmen ThompsonDillon BrooksCam WhitmoreJae'Sean Tate

Versatility

84.6

Projected NetRating/100

1.4

4.2

BOS

Al HorfordDerrick WhiteJayson TatumJaylen BrownJrue Holiday

Versatility

82

Projected NetRating/100

15

7.9

PHI

Tyrese MaxeyTobias HarrisBuddy HieldNicolas BatumRobert Covington

Versatility

80.2

Projected NetRating/100

5.2

7.6

MEM

Desmond BaneLuke KennardJohn KoncharSanti AldamaMarcus Smart

Versatility

73.4

Projected NetRating/100

2

6.2

WAS

Corey KispertJordan PooleLandry ShametBilal CoulibalyDeni Avdija

Versatility

72.6

Projected NetRating/100

-9.5

5.0

GSW

Draymond GreenStephen CurryKlay ThompsonChris PaulJonathan Kuminga

Versatility

71.8

Projected NetRating/100

7.9

6.8

NOP

CJ McCollumTrey Murphy IIIBrandon IngramNaji MarshallHerbert Jones

Versatility

71.2

Projected NetRating/100

5.5

6.8

OKC

Chet HolmgrenIsaiah JoeJosh GiddeyLuguentz DortShai Gilgeous-Alexander

Versatility

70.6

Projected NetRating/100

8.3

6.2

LAL

LeBron JamesCam ReddishAustin ReavesD'Angelo RussellJarred Vanderbilt

Versatility

70

Projected NetRating/100

4.3

4.9

LAC

Mason PlumleeTerance MannJames HardenKawhi LeonardPaul George

Versatility

69.4

Projected NetRating/100

14.9

6.9

DAL

Dereck Lively IIKyrie IrvingLuka DoncicTim Hardaway Jr.Derrick Jones Jr.

Versatility

68.6

Projected NetRating/100

8

5.0

PHX

Drew EubanksKevin DurantJosh OkogieBradley BealDevin Booker

Versatility

66

Projected NetRating/100

6.5

4.5

BKN

Nic ClaxtonCameron JohnsonMikal BridgesBen SimmonsDorian Finney-Smith

Versatility

65.2

Projected NetRating/100

2.3

4.8

NYK

Julius RandleDonte DiVincenzoAlec BurksJosh HartOG Anunoby

Versatility

63

Projected NetRating/100

4.1

5.3

UTA

John CollinsJordan ClarksonKris DunnLauri MarkkanenTalen Horton-Tucker

Versatility

63

Projected NetRating/100

0.3

4.2

CHA

Miles BridgesLaMelo BallKyle LowryGrant WilliamsCody Martin

Versatility

62.2

Projected NetRating/100

-1.9

5.2

POR

Duop ReathAnfernee SimonsScoot HendersonMatisse ThybulleMalcolm Brogdon

Versatility

59.4

Projected NetRating/100

-4.5

4.2

DEN

Kentavious Caldwell-PopeAaron GordonMichael Porter Jr.Reggie JacksonJamal Murray

Versatility

58.8

Projected NetRating/100

3.8

5.6

CLE

Sam MerrillIsaac OkoroMax StrusDonovan MitchellDean Wade

Versatility

57.6

Projected NetRating/100

9.4

7.4

TOR

RJ BarrettImmanuel QuickleyGradey DickBruce BrownScottie Barnes

Versatility

57.2

Projected NetRating/100

-3.6

5.2

SAS

Victor WembanyamaDevin VassellKeldon JohnsonCedi OsmanJulian Champagnie

Versatility

57

Projected NetRating/100

-3

5.4

DET

Isaiah StewartJaden IveyQuentin GrimesAusar ThompsonCade Cunningham

Versatility

55.4

Projected NetRating/100

-5.9

2.9

MIL

Khris MiddletonDamian LillardGiannis AntetokounmpoPatrick BeverleyPat Connaughton

Versatility

53

Projected NetRating/100

9.9

6.2

MIA

Bam AdebayoTyler HerroCaleb MartinDuncan RobinsonJimmy Butler

Versatility

52.8

Projected NetRating/100

7.1

6.1

ATL

Trae YoungJalen JohnsonDejounte MurrayBogdan BogdanovicDe'Andre Hunter

Versatility

48.6

Projected NetRating/100

1.8

5.2

CHI

Andre DrummondPatrick WilliamsCoby WhiteZach LaVineAlex Caruso

Versatility

44.4

Projected NetRating/100

2.7

4.1

IND

Myles TurnerTyrese HaliburtonAndrew NembhardPascal SiakamAaron Nesmith

Versatility

39

Projected NetRating/100

5.8

5.4

MIN

Rudy GobertNickeil Alexander-WalkerMike ConleyNaz ReidAnthony Edwards

Versatility

37.6

Projected NetRating/100

9

5.6

ORL

Jalen SuggsGary HarrisPaolo BancheroMarkelle FultzFranz Wagner

Versatility

36.2

Projected NetRating/100

1.3

3.4

SAC

Domantas SabonisKevin HuerterMalik MonkDe'Aaron FoxTrey Lyles

Versatility

34

Projected NetRating/100

5.1

5.6

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