The Golden State Warriors rolled out “The Hamptons’ Five” starting lineup against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night, amassing a plus-26 differential within their 18 minutes together on the floor.
A lineup seldom used by head coach Steve Kerr this season, logging only 127 minutes together in 2017-18 due to the plague of injuries the team withstood, it has proved a kill-shot for teams that have been forced to face it — the Pelicans being the latest victim.
Stephen Curry, who was one of the four Warriors who went to The Hamptons to convince Kevin Durant to join Golden State in the summer of 2016, hence getting the name coined by Tim Kawakami of The Athletic.
“We all bring the best of each other,” Curry said of the Hamptons’ unit, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge. “We increase the pace of the game, but the versatility (is) at the defensive end — Andre, Draymond, KD shoring up the paint, switching a lot of the screens and the action from the offense and Klay doing what he does on the perimeter. I think the biggest thing offensively is that we’re all playmakers, try to look for the best shot, stay within ourselves and just make the right play.”
Golden State’s success has been founded on the ability of its players making plays at both ends of the floor, seamlessly transitioning defense into offense. The Hamptons’ Five undergoes that same exact concept, putting not only the five best players in the starting lineup, but also the most well-rounded at both ends of the floor from each position.
With every player capable of scoring, passing, rebounding, and making plays on the defensive end — it has proved ultimately lethal to face, carving out teams only for their bench to finish off.