What should be the Houston Rockets’ “Death Lineup” for next season?
The Death Lineup is a representation of just how much the game has changed, even in recent years. The Golden State Warriors popularized the term in 2015, when they finished first place in the standings and won the NBA championship.
They would deploy a lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green. This lineup had everything from great shooting and playmakers to elite defenders that can switch everything on the pick-and-roll.
The reason this versatile combination of players was nicknamed the Death Lineup is because it’s absolutely lethal on the court. In the 2015-16 season, Golden State’s Death Lineup decimated their opponents by 47 points per 100 possessions. They also played at a pace of 107.67, which would’ve easily led the league.
Of course, now Golden State’s Death Lineup has gotten even deadlier with Kevin Durant replacing Harrison Barnes. It’s easy to assume that a lot of other teams will attempt to put together a similar lineup because of Golden State’s success. Just like other coaches have adopted Mike D’Antoni‘s philosophy of shooting 3-pointers and layups. It’s a copy cat league.
For the Rockets, they can deploy their own Death Lineup for special situations. Houston can use it against other smaller, quicker teams or against the Warriors themselves.
Because most teams can’t match the versatility of Golden State, they might need two Death Lineups. A certain combination for offense and another one for defense. Let’s take a look at the Houston Rockets’ offensive Death Lineup.