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Productive 5-man units for Toronto vs Indiana

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Toronto Raptors 101
INDIANA PACERS 105
Complete Game Info – Mon Jan 11 2010

When you take a closer look at the way this specific game was played by these two teams, in terms of their respective rotations:

A.i. LINE-UPS
Raptors and Pacers each use a conventional 5-man unit.
Raptors use Hedo Turkoglu at SF.

1st

Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME

TEAM

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

START

END

DIFF

12:00

Tor

Jack

DeRozan

Turkoglu

Bosh

Bargnani

00

12

+7

06:54

IND

Watson

Head

Granger

Murphy

Hibbert

00

5

-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06:54

Tor

-

-

-

-

-

12

24

-1

01:45

IND

-

Rush

-

-

S-Jones

5

18

+1

Sub-total

Raptors

+6

3rd

Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME

TEAM

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

START

END

DIFF

12:00

Tor

Jack

DeRozan

Turkoglu

Bosh

Bargnani

65

69

-5

07:58

IND

Watson

Head

Granger

Murphy

S-Jones

52

61

+5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

07:58

Tor

Calderon

-

-

-

-

69

72

-2

06:48

IND

-

-

-

-

-

61

66

+2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06:48

Tor

-

-

-

-

-

72

75

-1

05:45

IND

-

-

-

Hansbrough

-

66

70

+1

Sub-total

Raptors

-9

Total

Raptors

-3

A.ii. LINE-UPS
Raptors and Pacers each use a conventional 5-man unit.
Raptors use Sonny Weems at SF.

1st

Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME

TEAM

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

START

END

DIFF

01:45

Tor

Jack

DeRozan

Weems

Johnson

Bargnani

24

24

0

01:28

IND

Price

Rush

Dunleavy

Hansbrough

S-Jones

18

18

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01:28

Tor

Calderon

-

-

-

-

24

30

+2

00:00

IND

-

-

-

-

-

18

22

-2

Sub-total

Raptors

+2

2nd

Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME

TEAM

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

START

END

DIFF

12:00

Tor

Calderon

Belinelli

Weems

Johnson

Nesterovic

30

39

+7

09:44

IND

Price

Rush

Dunleavy

Hansbrough

Hibbert

22

24

-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09:44

Tor

-

-

-

-

-

39

45

+4

08:23

IND

-

-

Granger

-

Murphy

24

26

-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08:23

Tor

-

-

-

-

-

45

48

+3

08:09

IND

Watson

Price

-

-

-

26

26

-3

Sub-total

Raptors

+14

3rd

Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME

TEAM

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

START

END

DIFF

05:45

Tor

Calderon

DeRozan

Weems

Johnson

Bosh

75

76

+1

05:32

IND

Watson

Rush

Granger

Hansbrough

S-Jones

70

70

-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05:32

Tor

-

-

-

-

-

76

80

-2

03:57

IND

-

-

-

-

Murphy

70

76

+2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03:57

Tor

-

Belinelli

-

-

-

80

82

+1

02:36

IND

-

-

Dunleavy

-

-

76

77

-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02:36

Tor

-

-

-

-

Bargnani

82

82

-1

01:12

IND

Price

-

-

-

-

77

78

+1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01:12

Tor

-

-

-

-

-

82

84

+2

00:00

IND

-

-

-

-

S-Jones

78

78

-2

Sub-total

Raptors

+1

Total

Raptors

+17

B. LINE-UPS
Pacers use an unconventional/”small” 5-man unit with Danny Granger at PF.
Raptors use a conventional 5-man unit with Hedo Turkoglu and then Antoine Wright at SF.

2nd

Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME

TEAM

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

START

END

DIFF

05:36

Tor

Jack

Belinelli

Wright

Turkoglu

Bosh

53

59

-1

03:01

IND

Watson

Head

Dunleavy

Granger

Murphy

36

43

+1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03:01

Tor

Calderon

Wright

Turkoglu

Bosh

Bargnani

59

62

-1

01:55

IND

-

-

-

-

S-Jones

43

47

+1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01:55

Tor

Belinelli

-

-

-

-

62

62

-3

11.7

IND

-

-

-

-

-

47

50

+3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.7

Tor

-

-

-

-

-

62

65

+1

00:00

IND

-

-

-

-

Murphy

50

52

-1

Sub-total

Raptors

-4

4th

Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME

TEAM

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

START

END

DIFF

12:00

Tor

Calderon

Belinelli

Turkoglu

Johnson

Bargnani

84

86

+2

11:22

IND

Price

Rush

Dunleavy

Granger

Murphy

78

78

-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:22

Tor

-

-

Wright

Turkoglu

-

86

88

-5

09:50

IND

-

-

-

-

-

78

85

+5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09:50

Tor

Jack

-

-

-

-

88

89

+1

08:42

IND

-

-

-

-

-

85

85

-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08:42

Tor

-

-

-

-

-

89

89

-2

07:56

IND

Watson

Price

-

-

-

85

87

+2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

07:56

Tor

-

-

-

Bosh

-

89

89

-2

07:19

 

-

-

-

-

-

87

89

+2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

07:19

Tor

Calderon

Jack

-

-

-

89

100

-2

13.9

IND

-

-

-

-

-

89

102

+2

Sub-total

Raptors

-8

Total

Raptors

-12

C. LINE-UPS
Pacers use an unconventional/”small” 5-man unit with Danny Granger at PF.
Raptors use an unconventional 5-man unit with Hedo Turkoglu at PF and Sonny Weems at SF.

2nd

Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME

TEAM

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

START

END

DIFF

08:09

Tor

Calderon

Belinelli

Weems

Johnson

Bosh

48

51

-2

07:18

IND

Watson

Price

Dunleavy

Granger

Murphy

26

31

+2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

07:18

Tor

-

-

-

Turkoglu

-

51

53

-3

05:36

IND

-

-

-

-

-

31

36

+3

Sub-total

Raptors

-5

Total

Raptors

-5

what you should be able to see is that each squad had considerable success with specific types of 5-man units and struggled mightily with others.  

LINE-UPS

TYPE

RAPTORS

PACERS

Result

A.i.

Conventional with Turkoglu at SF

Conventional

Tor -3

A.ii.

Conventional with Weems at SF

Conventional

Tor +17

B.

Conventional with Turkoglu and then Wright at SF

Unconventional/”small” with Granger at PF

Tor -12

C.

Unconventional/”small” with Weems at SF and Turkoglu at PF

Unconventional/”small” with Granger at PF

Tor -5

 

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS

#1. When the Pacers first went “small”, at the 08:09 mark of the 2nd quarter, down by 22 points, what the Raptors needed to do in response was:

- Keep Amir Johnson/PF in the game, matched-up vs Danny Granger

- Replace Marco Belinelli/OG with Hedo Turkoglu/SF; shift Sonny Weems to the OG position; and, replace Rasho Nesterovic/C with Chris Bosh

If Toronto would have made these specific moves it would have created the following individual match-ups:

Pos, Raptor [Off|Def|Reb] vs Opp

PG, Calderon [+|-|0] vs Price
OG, Weems [0|+|+] vs Rush
SF, Turkoglu [0|-|0] vs Dunleavy
PF, Johnson [-|+|0] vs Granger
C, Bosh [0|+|0] vs Murphy

and put the Raptors in a good position to maintain their 20+ point lead heading toward half-time.

#2. When the Pacers went “small” to begin the 4th quarter, what the Raptors needed to do was:

- Replace Marco Belinelli/OG with Sonny Weems, at the 11:22 mark

- Keep Amir Johnson/PF on the floor, matched-up vs Danny Granger

If Toronto would have made these specific moves it would have created the following individual match-ups:

PG, Calderon [+|-|0] vs Price
OG, Weems [-|+|+] vs Rush
SF, Turkoglu [0|-|0] vs Dunleavy
PF, Johnson [-|+|0] vs Granger
C, Bargnani [0|0|-] vs Murphy

and put the Raptors in a good position to maintain their 8 point lead heading toward crunch time … i.e. the final 10 minutes … in the 4th quarter.

#3. According to the 5-man unit stats at 82games.com, the Raptors have yet to try the combination of:

Calderon/PG + Weems/OG + Turkolgu/SF + Bosh/PF + Bargnani/C

this season for any significant stretch of playing time.  

Although Sonny Weems has yet to convert a 3PT-shot in his NBA career, at 6-6, 203 he is an athletic defender/rebounder, at the OG position, who:

i. Shoots 45% on his 2FGAs
ii. Slashes well to the basket, in both half and full court situations
iii. Has the ability to draw fouls, and
iv. Plays with a high degree of energy. 

An effective compliment to the specific skill-sets of Jose Calderon [i.e. a good ball-handler and perimeter shooter], Hedo Turkoglu [i.e. a solid ball-handler and perimeter shooter], Andrea Bargnani [i.e. a good perimeter shooter] and Chris Bosh [i.e. a good mid-range/low-post scorer] … Sonny Weems is the player who the Raptors need to play at the OG position when the opposition elects to go “small” vs Toronto, like the Pacers did, during key stretches of Monday’s game.

ROI – Reviewing and rating current NBA Free Agents

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

There’s a tonne of information on-line right now but this one, courtesy of John Schuhmman, is as sound and concise as any:

Position-by-position: Top 5 free agents
As we’ve seen in the NBA Draft over the years, the best strategy is usually to take the best player available. You never know how draft picks will turn out, so selecting the guy closest to a sure thing, even if you’ve already got a similar player on your roster, is often the prudent way to go.

In free agency, though, teams pretty much know what kind of player they’re getting. Teams have seen what these guys can do and are able to better evaluate what they’re capable of and what they can bring to their team.

So the next few weeks will be about finding the right fit, both on the court and on the payroll.

———-

By position, the following players are under-rated [#, indicates where they should be ranked] in this year’s Free Agent class, according to yours truly:

POINT GUARDS
* Ramon Sessions [#1]
* Jarret jack [#2]
* CJ Watson [#6]

OFF GUARDS
* Anthony Parker [#1]

SMALL FORWARDS
* None

POWER FORWARDS
* Antonio McDyess [#3]
* Brandon Bass [#7]
* James Singleton [#9]

CENTERS
* Johan Petro [#4]