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.

BKN

Nicolas ClaxtonKyrie IrvingKevin DurantBlake GriffinJames Harden

Versatility

75.6

Projected NetRating/100

16.9

7.5

TOR

Fred VanVleetChris BoucherKyle LowryPascal SiakamOG Anunoby

Versatility

74.4

Projected NetRating/100

11.5

7.3

HOU

Dante ExumJohn WallDavid NwabaKelly OlynykJae'Sean Tate

Versatility

67.6

Projected NetRating/100

2.6

4.1

BOS

Robert Williams IIIKemba WalkerMarcus SmartJaylen BrownJayson Tatum

Versatility

65

Projected NetRating/100

12.2

6.0

CHA

Cody ZellerDevonte' GrahamLaMelo BallGordon HaywardCody Martin

Versatility

65

Projected NetRating/100

2.6

5.1

DAL

Jalen BrunsonKristaps PorzingisMaxi KleberLuka DoncicDorian Finney-Smith

Versatility

64.8

Projected NetRating/100

8.8

6.9

LAC

Serge IbakaPatrick BeverleyPaul GeorgeKawhi LeonardNicolas Batum

Versatility

64.6

Projected NetRating/100

16

7.8

MIA

Bam AdebayoVictor OladipoDuncan RobinsonTrevor ArizaJimmy Butler

Versatility

64

Projected NetRating/100

11.1

6.1

GSW

Kevon LooneyStephen CurryKent BazemoreDraymond GreenDamion Lee

Versatility

62.4

Projected NetRating/100

10.4

6.8

CLE

Isaiah HartensteinYogi FerrellLarry Nance Jr.Taurean PrinceDean Wade

Versatility

61.6

Projected NetRating/100

2

6.3

ATL

Clint CapelaJohn CollinsBogdan BogdanovicDanilo GallinariDe'Andre Hunter

Versatility

61.6

Projected NetRating/100

9.7

6.4

IND

Myles TurnerDomantas SabonisJeremy LambMalcolm BrogdonCaris LeVert

Versatility

60

Projected NetRating/100

6.4

6.0

SAC

Richaun HolmesDelon WrightDaQuan JeffriesHarrison BarnesJabari Parker

Versatility

58.2

Projected NetRating/100

0.6

3.9

PHX

Frank KaminskyCameron PayneChris PaulJae CrowderMikal Bridges

Versatility

58

Projected NetRating/100

9.6

7.8

POR

Jusuf NurkicCJ McCollumDamian LillardNorman PowellRobert Covington

Versatility

57.8

Projected NetRating/100

12

7.1

PHI

Dwight HowardTobias HarrisMatisse ThybulleDanny GreenBen Simmons

Versatility

57.2

Projected NetRating/100

7.9

5.2

OKC

Tony BradleyAustin RiversLuguentz DortKenrich WilliamsDarius Bazley

Versatility

56.8

Projected NetRating/100

-3.2

4.4

DEN

JaVale McGeePaul MillsapJamal MurrayAaron GordonMichael Porter Jr.

Versatility

56.6

Projected NetRating/100

6.4

5.3

UTA

Derrick FavorsMike ConleyGeorges NiangJoe InglesRoyce O'Neale

Versatility

55.8

Projected NetRating/100

9.4

7.7

LAL

Dennis SchroderAnthony DavisAlex CarusoTalen Horton-TuckerLeBron James

Versatility

54

Projected NetRating/100

11.5

5.2

ORL

Michael Carter-WilliamsMo BambaChuma OkekeOtto Porter Jr.James Ennis III

Versatility

52.6

Projected NetRating/100

-1.6

4.8

CHI

Daniel TheisTomas SatoranskyThaddeus YoungGarrett TempleLauri Markkanen

Versatility

52.4

Projected NetRating/100

1.9

5.6

MIL

Bobby PortisDonte DiVincenzoJrue HolidayGiannis AntetokounmpoKhris Middleton

Versatility

52.4

Projected NetRating/100

16.2

6.6

MIN

Jordan McLaughlinNaz ReidRicky RubioJarred VanderbiltJosh Okogie

Versatility

52

Projected NetRating/100

-1.1

4.2

MEM

Jonas ValanciunasXavier TillmanDe'Anthony MeltonBrandon ClarkeKyle Anderson

Versatility

50.6

Projected NetRating/100

8.8

6.2

SAS

Jakob PoeltlDrew EubanksDejounte MurrayDerrick WhiteRudy Gay

Versatility

50.4

Projected NetRating/100

6.8

4.8

DET

Dennis Smith Jr.Isaiah StewartRodney McGruderJosh JacksonJerami Grant

Versatility

48

Projected NetRating/100

0.4

4.6

WAS

Daniel GaffordIsh SmithRaul NetoRussell WestbrookDavis Bertans

Versatility

47.8

Projected NetRating/100

4.6

5.0

NOP

Willy HernangomezNickeil Alexander-WalkerLonzo BallZion WilliamsonJosh Hart

Versatility

46.6

Projected NetRating/100

5.9

4.9

NYK

Taj GibsonDerrick RoseImmanuel QuickleyJulius RandleAlec Burks

Versatility

35.8

Projected NetRating/100

4.8

5.9