By Adam Paris
The regular season is rapidly approaching. That means it’s time for the now-annual tradition of our Calculated Countdown series examining a particular stat that corresponds to the number of days until tipoff. Today, that figure focuses on a few intriguing 5-man lineups from last year.
5 Days to Tipoff
An examination of several “5-man” lineups Milwaukee trotted out last season
Lineup statistics are some of the most fickle data to evaluate. You’re usually dealing with small sample sizes. It’s tough to parcel through how those folks interacted together beyond extrapolating assumptions from who the lineup’s focal points were. All of this is doubly difficult when you’re looking at a team who is staring at a radical schematic overhaul and the injection of fresh blood into the roster. With that being said, let’s do just that and peek at a few notable 5-man lineups the Bucks trotted out last year.
The primary starting lineup from last year posted gaudy advanced stats to the tune of +7.0 net rating in just over 600 minutes of play. This has been a continuing trend for this Bucks team over the last few years; its starters play positive ball, only to have the lead splinter away when players start rising up from the pine. The more important part of that positive net rating, in my opinion, is their stingier defensive rating of 104.2, nearly a full 3 points lower than the team’s season average. Any unit that managed a secure blockade is of more interest to me, as I expect almost any lineup with the marquee three to be competent offensively. There’s not a lot more to glean from this crew, particularly with Henson likely relegated to a secondary role with Brook in the fold....