Top 15 Worst NBA Team Benches

The NBA today certainly is a super star driven league. When the NBA is being commercialized often times players such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and other star caliber players will be front and center, in an effort to promote the league. We have seen recently super star tandems such as the big three of the Miami Heat, be able to win multiple championships together. There is no doubting that most teams need super stars to be elite, and without a super star presence on the roster, it can be extremely difficult to compete for an NBA championship.

Another trait that is undeniable in many championship contending teams is strong bench play. An NBA team with a good rotation allows super stars to be able to rest when needed, and still keep their team in games. This is evident when we look at the 2015 NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who had a good mix of superstars and bench players. Andre Igoudala proved to be monumental against the Cleveland Cavaliers off the Warrior bench, and even managed to be the NBA Finals MVP.

These NBA teams that are deprived of great bench players are mostly teams that struggle to compete with the elite class of NBA teams. Championship caliber teams rarely have putrid bench play, and starting line ups cannot play an entire game without help from key reserves. When studying these poor benches, it is obvious that winning does not come easy for most of these teams. Frequently these poor benches have a low plus minus rating, which in this case is how much the teams bench is winning or losing by when they are in the game. Here are the 15 worst NBA team benches.

15 15. Denver Nuggets

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14 14. Houston Rockets

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13 13. Los Angeles Clippers

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12 12. New Orleans Pelicans

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11 11. Dallas Mavericks

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10 10. Detroit Pistons

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9 9. Los Angeles Lakers

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8 8. Memphis Grizzlies

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7 7. Washington Wizards

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6 6. New York Knicks

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5 5. Phoenix Suns

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4 4. Milwaukee Bucks

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3 3. Minnesota Timberwolves

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2 2. Philadelphia 76ers

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1 1. Brooklyn Nets

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The Brooklyn Nets had the worst bench in the NBA this season. Sean Kilpatrick spent a majority of the season in the D league, so it is eminent he has not quite adapted to being a backup shooting guard in the NBA yet. Shane Larkin is an under six foot guard who can score at times, but does not facilitate an offense well. Sergey Kerasev is a tremendously one dimensional player. Thomas Robinson is a rebounding machine, but he does not shoot the ball with any type of consistency. The Brooklyn Nets had a -3.9 plus minus rating this season.

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