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Heat, Thunder have smallest roster turnover this summer

Aug 27, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

Miami Heat's James and teammates wait to take the court against the Spurs during the second half in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

Roster consistency is a good thing. Look at the final four teams left standing in the NBA last season — Miami, Indiana, Memphis and San Antonio. Every one of them is consistent. You have to make some moves to get the talent you need, but after that there is really something to be said for letting that talent jell rather than changing a lot of parts around.

So which teams stood pat and which ones shook up the roster?

John Schuhmann at broke it down — ranked by which teams are returning players with the majority of minutes played — and found three contenders in the top four.

Despite the departure of Mike Miller, the Heat will return 95 percent of their regular-season minutes leaders, a number that leads the league by a good amount. The Thunder lost Kevin Martin, but are still returning 87 percent of last season’s minutes, a number that ranks second. The Spurs swapped Gary Neal for Marco Belinelli and obviously aren’t bringing back Stephen Jackson, but will have 82 percent of last season’s minutes on this year’s roster, a number that ranks fourth.

Who was third? The Charlotte Bobcats. Seriously. They bring a lot of players back, but they will be pretty different next season with Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller taking up a big block of minutes in the frontcourt.

By the way, the Wizards round out the top five. There were a few surprises, such as the Knicks at 16 (a lot of minutes lost with Steve Novak, Chris Copeland and Jason Kidd.

The five teams with the most turnover (in order of most to least): Milwaukee, Utah, Dallas, the L.A. Lakers and Atlanta.

  1. adamsjohn714 - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Haha, yes. Switching it up to jell.

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I like it. You don’t always have to have a huge overhaul. Develops cohesion, which is maaaaad underrated.

    • bougin89 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      I’m still upset about the Pachulia signing, mainly because it’s for 3 years which makes no sense for the position that the Bucks are in, but am happy we overturned the roster and it looks like we are commited to build around Sanders, Henson, and whats his name SF.

      A lineup of:


      has about 32 wins written all over it, which is by far the worst place you can be in the NBA in order to improve as a small market team. I hope I’m wrong and it’s more like 20 wins.

      • miamatt - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Your totally right. Good to lock Sanders up to see what he can become, and there’s no reason to keep a roster in tact that wasn’t going anywhere. You are also on point as far as “worst place you can be” in the NBA. If you don’t have a team that is young and a potential future contender, the best thing you can be is really bad in the right year. Even then, the gods of ping pong balls need to be on your side.

    • bougin89 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Whoops, didn’t mean to reply to your comment Malt, that was suppose to be on it’s own. My bad.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Lol, it’s all good.

        But since we’re here, yeah, If I were a Bucks fan I’d be a little upset about the Zaza signing too. But if you want to look at it this way, it’s always great to have depth at the big man position. Bigs get hurt ALLL the time (but what position doesn’t though, right!) and the C position is the 2nd hardest position to fill behind PG.

        I say PG because you can’t just slide anybody over to the PG position without them knowing how to handle the rock and lead a team and be a coach on the floor. But C’s would come a close 2nd because there aren’t too many quality bigs out there and when you’re starting big guy gets hurt/ejected/fouled out/sick, the drop off in talent and production is HUGE when it comes to the backup (usually).

        Pachulia is a decent C. They only thing I’d be worried about is if he takes time away from Sanders and Udoh. Hopefully he’s just there as an insurance policy (although that contract would say otherwise).

        I may be the only non-Buck fan who thinks this, but I’m kinda digging your patchwork squad. I currently got them as a 10th seed, but going over this roster I may just have to bump them up to the 9th. You got a lot of solid, if unspectacular pieces……

        PG- B. Knight / L. Ridnour
        SG- O. Mayo / G. Neal
        SF- G. Antetatoamokounmpbebeboijdbnmbo/ C. Delfino
        PF- J.Henson / E. Illyasova
        C- L. Sanders / E. Udoh

        Utility- Z. Pachulia, K. Middleton

        That’s actually a nice 10-man rotation. Like a not-so-poor man’s version of the Nuggets. Hell, I could even see them make the playoffs. Especially if another team that’s ahead of them suffers key injuries for an extended time, they could leapfrog them.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        ***BTW, I put Henson over Ersan only because I think a Henson/Sanders pairing would be fierce on the glass and on defense! I love the PF combo of Henson and Illyasova a ton though.

        I love how they each have a different skill set and how it contrast each other. You need scoring and floor spacing, throw in Ersan. Hell, the rebounding doesn’t even fall off much. You need length and defense and rebounding, go with Henson. And it’s cool that none of them really commands huge minutes, so you can reward the player that deserves/needs the time against a certain team/match-up or whoever is just flat out on their job that day.

  3. loungefly74 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    hmmm…will this be the year the Thunder finally get a title? so far…Durant is shaping up to be basketball’s “Dan Marino”…it’s true.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Although the Heat’s roster turnover may be small, the addition of Oden brought the roster one extremely large member.

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