Sacramento Kings: Breaking down the Kings’ three best five-man lineups in 2018-19

SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Marvin Bagley III #35 and De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings celebrate during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 19, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Marvin Bagley III #35 and De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings celebrate during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 19, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – FEBRUARY 21: Sacramento Kings players (L-R) Harrison Barnes #40, Bogdan Bogdanovic (obscured) #8, Buddy Hield #24, Willie Cauley-Stein #00 and De’Aaron Fox #5 talk during a timeout from the game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on February 21, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – FEBRUARY 21: Sacramento Kings players (L-R) Harrison Barnes #40, Bogdan Bogdanovic (obscured) #8, Buddy Hield #24, Willie Cauley-Stein #00 and De’Aaron Fox #5 talk during a timeout from the game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on February 21, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

With most of the 2018-19 roster likely to return for the Sacramento Kings next season, which players were part of the Kings’ best five-man lineups?

The Sacramento Kings had a great year in 2018-19 and figure to return most of the roster that finished the 2018-19 campaign for the 2019-20 season, but how many of those players were part of the Kings’ best five-man lineups?

In this exercise we’ll be looking at lineups that played at least 30 minutes together during the regular season. This will leave us vulnerable to small sample size flukes, but the Kings only had nine lineups that played more than 48 minutes — so we’re sort of stuck. Also, lineups that feature players shipped off at the deadline won’t be counted. We’ll also only focus on lineups that finished the year with a positive net-rating, for obvious reasons.

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Unfortunately, this means the Iman Shumpert-Willie Cauley-Stein-De’Aaron Fox-Buddy Hield-Marvin Bagley III lineup that posted a net rating of plus-26.9 in 97 minutes won’t be included. In fact, of the 10 lineups to play 30-plus minutes and finish with a positive net-rating for the Sacramento Kings this season, seven won’t be counted because they feature one of Iman Shumpert or Justin Jackson.

Still, of the three that will be counted, all feature four players that are under contract for next season — giving the Sacramento Kings and Head Coach Luke Walton something to build on next season.