Because it's Monday, and because I'm bored, I've been mulling over some of the most ridiculous 5-man lineups I can come up with. Rules: current NBA players only, and we are assuming that all players have their current skillsets and health situations, and players can only be put in positions where they would otherwise normally play (i.e. Anthony Davis is currently out, Rondo is no longer the player he was 5 years ago, "point forward" type players can slide over to PG, etc).
My favorite so far:
The "Ultimate Length" lineup
PG: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 6'11", 7'3" wingspan
SG: Kawhi Leonard, 6'7", 7'3" wingspan (and absurdly massive hands)
SF: Kevin Durant, 6'9", 7'4" wingspan
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge, 6'11", 7'5" wingspan
C: Rudy Gobert, 7'2", 7'9" wingspan
First 3 off the bench: Shaun Livingston (6'7", 6'11" wingspan), Nicolas Batum (6'8", 7'1" wingspan), Kristaps Porzingis (7'3", 7'6" wingspan)
Leonard at the 2 is a *bit* of a stretch, but he defends 2 guards regularly enough that I don't feel too bad for fudging things there. The Greek Freak is playing nearly all of his minutes now at point guard, and the other 3 players are at their natural NBA positions. Ridiculous length, great wingspans top to bottom, positions 1-3 can switch with ease, and tons of rebounding everywhere. Bonus points for crazy length off the bench as well. That might be the most terrifying 5-man lineup on both ends of the floor. A 3-headed offensive monster (who do you focus on defensively?) and some of the most insane perimeter defense backed by some legit rim protection. Aldridge is really the only defensive weak link here.
There were a few other fun ones ("Jacks" lineup, "6th Men" lineup, "Deceptively Athletic" lineup, "Speed and Quickness" lineup, "Too Many Techs" lineup, etc)
*sigh* I need game day to get here.