Now that we're four games into the 2012 NBA Playoffs we can start to see some patterns. Let's take a look at which teams have efficient players, measured by PER.
You can take a look at the player stats at this ESPN Insider page which for some reason I can access even though I'm not an "Insider." Taking a look at just the Top 100 playoff performers here are the number of players per team for the ten deepest teams so far (the Miami Heat don't make the top ten):
Pacers (in order): Hibbert, Collison, Hill, West, Granger and George.
Thunder: Harden, Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka, Fisher and Cook
Lakers: Bynum, Bryant, Gasol, Hill, Sessions, Ebanks
Mavs: Mahinmi, Nowitzki, Kidd, West, Terry and Marion
TIED FOR 3RD THROUGH 5TH with 7 players: Clippers, Sixers and Bulls
Clippers: Paul, Griffin, Young, Williams, Bledsoe, Evans and Jordan
Sixers: Hawes, Holliday, Young, Brand, Williams, Turner, Allen and Iguodala
Bulls: Noah, Rose (based on 1 game), Gibson, Hamilton, Lucas, Boozer, and Korver
SECOND PLACE: Memphis Grizzlies with 8 players: Conley, Speights, Gay, Mayo, Gasol, Randolph, Pondexter, Mayo and Cunningham. And if you look at their team efficiency on offense and defense, they should be beating the Clippers. Although a 3-1 hole is deep I won't be shocked if they come back.
FIRST PLACE with ELEVEN players, your SAN ANTONIO SPURS
In order of efficiency: Parker, Blair, Neal, Duncan, Splitter, Jackson, Leonard, Diaw, Green, Ginobili and Bonner.
It's not even close. The Spurs are by far the deepest team measured by player efficiency. By contrast the Miami Heat have two of the top PER performers in LeBron and Wade but then a steep drop to Chris Bosh and an even steeper drop to Chalmers and Miller. That's it, 5 players in the top 100 Playoff performers. If the Spurs eventually face them it will be a series won by, ironically, having fresher legs due to a much deeper bench.
If the Spurs face the Clippers in round 2 the result will be:
Spurs in 4 (15 votes)
Spurs in 5 (41 votes)
Spurs in 6 (15 votes)
Spurs in 7 (0 votes)
Clippers beat the Spurs (0 votes)
71 total votes