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Usually in the NBA, the starting five that start games on the court every night are the best players a team has to offer up, but that isn’t always the case.

Sometimes, a team’s bench unit, or at least one or two members off the bench, are far better players than their starting counterparts — Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford spring to mind — but don’t start games for a host of reasons, including not being able to play enough minutes, or they’re better suited playing for the bench where the offense may be stagnant without them.

We’re going to run down the top ten worst starting five’s in the league today, based on points scored per game, and most of the starting lineups in the top 10 are expected to be down here — tanking teams who sit near the bottom of their conference — but there are one or two teams who may surprise you.

 

10. Utah Jazz – 66.8 Points

Starters:

PG: Ricky Rubio

SG: Donovan Mitchell

SF: Joe Ingles

PF: Derrick Favors

C: Rudy Gobert

 

9. Los Angeles Lakers – 66.3 Points

Starters:

PG: Lonzo Ball

SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

SF: Brandon Ingram

PF: Julius Randle

C: Brook Lopez

 

8. Dallas Mavericks – 66.0 Points

Starters:

PG: Dennis Smith Jr.

SG: Yogi Ferrell

SF: Wesley Matthews

PF: Harrison Barnes

C: Dirk Nowitzki

 

7. Miami Heat – 64.0 Points

Starters:

PG: Goran Dragic

SG: Dwyane Wade

SF: Josh Richardson

PF: Justice Winslow

C: Hassan Whiteside

 

6. Chicago Bulls – 63.3 Points

Starters:

PG: Kris Dunn

SG: Zach LaVine

SF: Paul Zipser

PF: Lauri Markkanen

C: Robin Lopez

 

5. Atlanta Hawks – 63.0 Points

Starters:

PG: Dennis Schroder

SG: Kent Bazemore

SF: Taurean Prince

PF: John Collins

C: Dewayne Dedmon

 

4. Brooklyn Nets – 62.0 Points

Starters:

PG: Spencer Dinwiddie

SG: Allen Crabbe

SF: DeMarre Carroll

PF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

C: Jarrett Allen

 

3. Memphis Grizzlies – 61.9 Points

Starters:

PG: Andrew Harrison

SG: Wayne Selden

SF: Dillon Brooks

PF: JaMychal Green

C: Marc Gasol

 

2. San Antonio Spurs – 60.6 Points

Starters:

PG: Dejounte Murray

SG: Danny Green

SF: Kyle Anderson

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge

C: Pau Gasol

 

1. Sacramento Kings – 54.2 Points

Starters:

PG: De’Aaron Fox

SG: Bogdan Bogdanovic

SF: Justin Jackson

PF: Skal Labissiere

C: Zach Randolph

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