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NBA Power Rankings: Judging Every NBA Team by Its Starting Lineup

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NBA Power Rankings: Judging Every NBA Team by Its Starting Lineup
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For as much as NBA fans and pundits talk about the importance of depth to a team's success, it is hard to overlook the importance of a quality starting lineup. The five guys who have their names called during warm-ups are usually the most responsible for a team's success or failure.

Those five players will play the brunt of the minutes, do the lion's share of scoring and be asked to defend the opposing team's best players. Despite the grueling nature of an NBA season and the need for good reserves, there are plenty of reasons why a team puts so much thought and money into who they trot out every night.

These power rankings do not reflect the overall talent of a team. Sixth men, elite role players and valuable rotation pieces were not taken into consideration. Only the handful of starters on each ballclub were considered in compiling these rankings.

Without further ado, here are the power rankings for each NBA team based on their starting lineups.

 

Note: Each slide will open with a list of the starting lineups from positions 1 through 5 (PG - C). Lineups are projected upon the state of each team at the time of publishing and are certainly subject to change.

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