The Numbers: Small Ball (4/3/14)
Over the last 3 games, Carter's minutes have steadily increased while Creeks' have slowly decreased, leading to Rhys getting more minutes than Mitch in the last round versus the Hawks. Creek's minutes haven't leaped as expected not only because he didn't get the starting spot awarded to Brendan Teys but because Wright is playing lots of "small ball".
But is it working?
The Cadee/Ervin/Gibson lineup still stands as our must successful small lineup, tallying an impressive +16 for the year. That lineup works because it pairs Cadee with two dangerous outside shooters.
Looking at lineups featuring Rhys Cater we get the following.
The most successful group is Ervin/Carter/Gibson, who are at +8 in 13:49
Cadee/Ervin/Carter is also doing ok, registering +5 in 8:55
The lineup struggling the most? Cadee/Teys/Gibson who are at -9 in just 5:09 minutes.
Here's how Carter goes with our main guards (excluding lineups with Gibbo at the 4)
Cadee/Carter lineups: -2
Ervin/Carter lineups: +13
Gibson/Carter lineups: +1
Small sample sizes but interesting numbers.
The other interesting stat is without perhaps realising it, Creek has played a fair few minutes this year at the 4 spot. Lineups with Mitch at the 4 with a legit 5 next to him are actually doing pretty well.
That obviously drops if you put him with.....
Creek/ Petrie: -7
It will be interesting to see how our guards are used in the playoffs and if we see more of Mitch at the 4 but it's clear Wright needs to get the minutes allocation and rotations sorted pretty quickly.