Back when I was about to initially establish Advance ProBasketball, I was knee deep into this aspect and pattern of substitutions based on feel vs. metrics. Although basketball is a combination of feel (the good oldway) in the more recent years more and more coaches, assistant staff and analysts have been seeking out a more efficient method to player substitutions.It’s a given fact that coaches need a lot of information and process them well to decide on a beneficial lineup that will bring them the best production value both on offense and defense.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to pull all your three point shooters on the floor at the same time to loosen up a zone offense but you do need a combination of guys that can handle, distribute as well as make a high percentage field goal shot when needed. In the old days playing an all big line up would predominantly bring your supposed best defenisve lineup however the fact that teams would potentially switch up from playing man to man vs. zone would mess up any thought in such cases.
A key to the best you can draw up out of lineup analysis on both ends of the court we covered in the first part of this understanding. But the general consensus and word we all should focus on is TOGETHERNESS. There is an element of intangibles involved in lineup analysis that still is being worked out in terms of kinks but overall, there always area group of players (the ideal 5) that play selfless, productive and good defense when you find them.
Thanks to modern tools nowadays things have become much more clear as to how player alignment – lineups are effective through numbers.
Most coaches either across Europe or the ones I come across usually are old school and trying to get their feet wet with analytics, so it’s a struggle for them to understand and grasp till things settle in and a process overall. However once they become comfortable with being able to sub based on say AST/TO ratio or USAGE RATINGS they really start to master how not just their most productive five players are always on the top of their games but also how the entire rotation becomes that much more effective.
All to well, in pro basketball experimentation is a tough thing to go through and while it takes 2-3 games to fully figure out how you hit the floor running playing “small ball” vs. “an all passers” team it should not be forgotten that this is an INVESTMENT. It will gradually allow forcoaches to make solid decisions based on much more evidence based and metrics based decisions and won’t have to doubt themselves. Let us also not forget that its vital that a designated assistant coach really needs to do a lot of work throughout the 2-3 games to chart out the lineups and in what time frames therotations have played out both defensively and offensively their best.