Depth is good, only if you know how to use it…part 2

In part 1, I look at how many minutes each player should be getting if I’m Jay Triano. Here I will look at the possible lineup combination that we can use in 09-10 season. I hope Jay Triano is going to be creative here and figure a way to maximize our strength against different lineups.

Before I get into it, I want to mention that since only 12 players can be dressed for each game, therefore there will always be 3 guys on the inactive list. My three right now: Patrick O’Brien, Sonny Weems, Marcus Banks (until he is officially traded)

– Starting lineup
PG Calderon, SG Wright/DeRozan, SF Turk, PF Bosh, C Bargnani
Comment: I have mentioned that I would like to see Wright in numerous posts so I won’t mention it again. DeRozan will probably get the starting nod if the season starts now.

– Scrub lineup. This is the lineup we use when we are up by 20 or down by 20 in the 4th quarter.
PG Douby, SG Belinelli, SF DeRozan, PF Evans, C Johnson
Comment: The game will be out of reach under the scenario, so it shouldn’t matter. It’s always good to give DeRozan extra playing time.

– 3 point lineup. This is the lineup that opposing teams will pay for using zone D against us. We can really spread the floor here.
PG Calderon, SG Belinelli, SF Turk, PF Bosh, C Bargnani
Comment: I understand Bosh isn’t really a 3 point shooter, but you do need someone inside who can draw defenders to him. You can insert Jack in there if one of the above is having a bad shooting game.

– Defensive lineup
PG Jack, SG Wright, SF Hedo, PF Evans, C Rasho
Comment: I have heard good things about Belinelli’s defense from some Warrior fans, but I haven’t seen him enough to make a judgement on it. Hedo is here because he is actually a decent defender who uses his length effectively; I am aware that he did have good help behind him last year (some guy name Dwight Howard). This lineup will struggle to score since both Wright and Evans are in there, but if you need a stop, this could be the one to use.

-Athletic lineup. To run an up tempo offense.
PG Calderon, SG Belinelli, SF DeRozan, PF Bosh, C Johnson
Comment: I was tempted to put Jack over Calderon here, Jose seems to prefer playing in a half-court set, and Jack will drive to the basket quite a bit. Ultimately, Jose is a much better passer and Jack is more turnover prone. DeRozan would excel in a fast court setting since he is a working in progress in terms of his ball handling ability and his jump shot. Amir Johnson runs the floor extremely well for a big and you will see a lot of amazing dunks with him in the lineup. Belinelli is the designated spot up shooter, while Bosh runs the floor very well.

– Last play lineup (offense). This is the lineup I would use if the Raptors are tied or down by 1 possession with less than 24 seconds to play.
PG Calderon, SG Jack, SF Turk, PF Bosh, C Bargnani
Comment: Turk will probably be the first option here, but Jack has made some big shots over his career.

– Last play lineup (defense). See the defensive lineup. Though if opponent is known for their quickness, then I would sub out Rasho and put in Bosh.

– Big Lineup
PG Belinelli, SG Turk, SF Bargnani, PF Bosh, C Rasho
Comment: I doubt you will see this lineup very much, but with Hedo in the lineup, he can be the ‘PG’ and run plays. Orlando actually use a similar lineup in the playoffs, using the lineup of Lee, Pietrus, Hedo, Lewis and Howard, with Hedo handling the ball. If Don Nelson is coaching this team, I guarantee you will see this lineup almost every game.

– Small Lineup.
PG Jose, SG Jack, SF Belinelli, PF Turk, C Bosh
Comment: This is where we miss Moon or Marion. Both players can rebound very well and play PF. Here we have Hedo who is an average rebounder at SF, Bosh will have to be the main rebounder here. Playing small is strategy that can work against slower/bigger teams. This is also the best ball-handling lineup.

FT lineup: To shoot Free throw of course.
PG Calderon, SG Jack, SF Belinelli PF Bosh, C Bargnani
Comment: I didn’t put Turk here since he is quite streaky in this regard. We have plenty of good FT shooters on this team, so this is not an area we should worry about. Last season, it’s almost a guarantee that Parker would miss a clutch free throw, so let’s hope we won’t see that this season.

– All Euro
PG Calderon, SG Belinelli, SF Turk, PF Bargnani, C Rasho
Comment: Also the closet thing to the Boston Celtics in the mid 80s.:) I do wonder how often we will see this lineup.

– All American. We have a Euro lineup, we should have all-american too.
PG Jack, SG Wright, SF DeRozan, PF Bosh, C Johnson
Comment: Which lineup is better, the Euro or the American? My money is on Euro, but it will be close.

That’s it for now, please feel free to add your lineups here.

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2 Responses to “Depth is good, only if you know how to use it…part 2”

  1. Raul Says:

    Hi, great post one of the best out there in a while. I like it more than the first part because player’s minutes should change every game depending of match ups, foul troubles and the type of game. Instead the different type of line ups this team would use is something to keep an eye on.
    About the starting line up, I agree with Wright being the starter SG but just for the first games of the season, then if DD is ready he should take that spot to do what Ariza did for the lakers with marco being a great scoring punch in the second unit. The minutes in the starting line up will help a lot DD’s development because he won’t have the much pressure of being the go to guy in the second unit. In the first unit he will have a limited rol and will lear how to do the much needed little things in basketball. I think if DeRozan fits well in the starting line up, Wright’s days with the raptors are counted.
    You forgot to put a standar second unit, I think it could be Jack, Marco, Wright (we need a quality back up SF), Evans or Amir (that spot will be earned in training camp), and Rasho. That looks very good on paper, Marco and Jack will take care of the scoring in that line up.

    I also think that we will see a lot this line up Jack, Marco, Turk, Amir, Rasho, with turk being the playmaker and jack and marco the scorers. I think if Amir lear how to play the pick and roll with turk this year, he will have a much better impact in the team. Turk knows how to use his teammates atlethics abilities (see Dwight)

    In the defensive line up i’ll put Bargs over Rasho and bosh over evans, just because it’s bosh. In some point of the season i hope we’ll put DeRozan over Wright.

    I agree with you in the Last play line up on offense, jack will play the SG in that situation, although it could depend on how Marco played in that particular game

    I think we will see a lot more your small unit than the big one (I think and hope we won’t see that line up in the entire season, Bargs is not a SF) The small line up instead is very likely to be used almost every game with maybe Bargs for Bosh and DeRozan for one of Wright or Marco.

    One last thing, the Euro line-up is a lot better than the american line up. Actually a like a lot that line up and i think we will see it frecuently (Jose and Turk making plays, Marco and Bargs scoring and Rasho putting picks to everybody in the offense).

    Again, great article, i like it a lot

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