In the NBA, it's not just enough to have a solid starting lineup. The elite teams all get solid performances from their bench. This gives their starters a chance to rest, as well as an opportunity at extending the lead while their best players are watching.
Injuries are another reason teams need a solid bench, as nearly every team will face some significant losses due to injuries throughout the season. Therefore, they need to have someone who can keep their team treading water while they wait for players to get healthy.
When compiling this ranking, two main factors came into consideration. First, individual performance and the name recognition of members of each bench unit was weighed. Second, overall team bench production was taken into account. So, a team could be lacking name recognition or great individual statistics from its bench, but still be ranked highly because its overall production was solid.
Also, feel free to add any suggestions of teams that you think should be included.
(Note: all stats reflect games played through Jan. 1).