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The NBA's Most Dysfunctional Starting Fives
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An NBA team’s starting lineup is not necessarily its most effective group of players. Though some teams, like the Portland Trail Blazers, live and die almost entirely on the play of their starters, other teams, like the L.A. Clippers, are equally dependent on the strong play of the bench unit.

While the Clippers are lucky to have such a deep and versatile bench, not every team is so lucky. Some teams have no choice but to rely heavily on their starting five, and the results are not always pretty. 


Note: the Washington Wizards are notably absent, as John Wall's return has drastically improved the team's starting lineup and, not coincidentally, record. 

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