The NBA's Best Platoons

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The NBA's Best Platoons
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Sometimes when we look at the NBA power structure, we can look so much at a single player that we overlook a position as a whole. A very good  tandem is often more productive than a single star. 

For example, last year the Chicago Bulls had the second best power forward combination in the NBA based on net efficiency. They accomplished this even though neither Carlos Boozer nor Taj Gibson even ranked in the top 10 in efficiency.

This got us to wondering who the top tandems are so far this season. 

These rankings do present some difficulties in how to determine what a "platoon" really is. The two biggest issues are how do you define "platoon" and how do you determine what position a player plays. 

There are a few rules that were used to make these determinations. 

First, a player has to play at least 10 percent of a team's minutes at a particular position to be considered that position. 

Second, if a player was a starter at another position he wasn't considered as a backup in a platoon. 

Third, a player's position was determined by whichever position he plays the most frequently. 

Rankings are determined by which tandems, meeting the above guidelines, had the best net production over their counterparts. 

All stats used for this article are current as of the games of November 27.

Minutes for positions was based on data provided on respective player pages at

Opponents positional stats were obtained by data provided by using the position filter. 

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