5 NBA Teams with Deeper Rotations Than the L.A. Lakers

Roberto Payne@@HouseofPayne555Contributor IOctober 5, 2012

5 NBA Teams with Deeper Rotations Than the L.A. Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers made sure to grab all the headlines this offseason by acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, all the while making the team a very serious title threat.

    But one area still seems to lack compared to some of the other top teams in the NBA; Los Angeles has a considerably weaker bench then fellow powers like the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    That could prove to be detrimental come playoff time and the one weakness of this Lakers squad.

    Read on for five teams with deeper rotations than L.A. 

Boston Celtics

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    The Boston Celtics have had a solid starting lineup for a couple of years now, but have consistently lacked depth.

    That changed completely when Ray Allen decided to leave the team and management revamped the bench this offseason.

    Now coming off the second squad are Jason Terry, Avery Bradley (when he comes back from his injury), Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Jason Collins.

    Add in incumbent starters Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass, and the team really starts to take shape.

Denver Nuggets

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    The Denver Nuggets were already one of, if not the deepest team in the NBA, but that didn't stop them from getting even better this offseason.

    The Nuggets helped facilitate the Dwight Howard trade and ended up getting the versatile Andre Iguodala in return.

    Igoudala steps in to the starting shooting guard spot and gives the team the perimeter defender it sorely had lacked.

    Throw in Ty Lawson, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee and Andre Miller, and the Nuggets are a scary team that can go 10 deep on any night.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder are fresh off an NBA finals appearance and bring back largely the same team.

    That's definitely a good thing considering how deep the team is.

    New additions Perry Jones III and Hasheem Thabeet should provide solid bench depth to a squad that already includes Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and James Harden.

    If there's a deeper team in the NBA, let me know.

Golden State Warriors

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    The Golden State Warriors may not be as talented as the other teams on this list, but they have just as much depth.

    The Warriors have been really busy re-tooling the roster and it finally seems like things are starting to pay off.

    New to the team are Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Jarrett Jack and Draymond Green. All four players will be huge, but Bogut and Barnes really stand out as impact players at positions of need.

    Adding these players to Stephen Curry, David Lee and Klay Thompson seems like the perfect way to help rebuild a franchise.

    As long as this team can stay healthy, they could make a ton of noise in the Western Conference this year.

Miami Heat

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    The Miami Heat are coming of their second championship and didn't take the summer off to let the title soak in.

    The team went right back at it and ended up adding some big names to their roster, the biggest of which were Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.

    As if the team didn't have enough shooters as it is, the Heat went out and got the all-time leading three-point shooter in Allen and a darn good shooter in Lewis.

    These signing will help free up lanes for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and add even more veteran leadership in the locker room.

    From top to bottom, the Heat have turned themselves in to a top three team in the league.