Defenses do win championships, but nothing aids a Championship basketball team more than an elite bench. The sixth through eighth men on an NBA roster play pivotal roles in the regular season and playoffs. The minutes bench players are on the court often determine the outcome of games. If your bench stinks, it will be hard to win a Championship. Luckily for Brooklyn Nets fans, they have a strong bench unit, which could portend good things to come in the Big Apple.
NBA Bench Ratings: Who has the best bench in the association?
30. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs have the worst bench in the NBA, as their only decent bench pieces are Malakai Branham, Tre Jones, Cedi Osman, and Doug McDermott. Those four average below nine points a game. San Antonio has struggled to start the season, and they are just not a good team, though Victor Wembanyama has looked solid so far.
29. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ depth is one of the reasons they were eliminated by the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs last season. Outside of Isaac Okoro and Caris LeVert, their bench is not very good and has generated a net rating of -4.5.
28. Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets are just a dumpster fire of an organization, and their only solid bench players are rookie Brandon Miller and Nick Richards.
27. Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz do not have a good bench either and have generated a net rating of -3.7.
26. Toronto Raptors
Gary Trent Jr. is the only solid bench player on the Toronto Raptors, and rookie Gradey Dick has gotten off to a plodding start.