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NBA 2012: Rating the Top 5 Benches in the League

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NBA 2012: Rating the Top 5 Benches in the League
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To be a contender in the NBA, a team needs a lot of things to fall into place. They need to be able to avoid the injury bug and be able to ride their momentum to obtain win streaks. 

But the one constant on most teams that compete for a championship is the fact that their talent doesn't stop at the starting five.

While teams like the Portland Trailblazers and the Miami Heat will be able to get by with an average bench, the teams that will truly have a shot at getting the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy this year will need more than five or six guys to win.

The teams that I picked are not only strong with their starting lineup, but who comes off their bench makes them even stronger.

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