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Rotations

I was listening to "The Saturday Show" over at Salt City Hoops this last week and they had a good discussion on rotations. One point that Andy brought up was that there is a difference between allocating the number of minutes a player should get, and actually planning the rotations that will get those minutes.

I thought that was a very good point, so I started playing around with the rotations. I started with the assumption that all of our players are healthy, so Marvin is getting regular playing time. I think these rotations still work (for the most part) if you substitute Williams with Jefferson (Evans for when I have Marvin at the 4). Here's what I came up with:


1st Half

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter

2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
PG Burke Burke Burke Burke Lucas Lucas Lucas Burks Burke Burke Burke Burke
SG Rush Rush Rush Burks Burks Burks Burks Rush Rush Rush Burks Burks
SF Hayward Hayward Hayward Hayward Williams Williams Jefferson Jefferson Hayward Hayward Hayward Hayward
PF Favors Favors Favors Favors Evans Evans Favors Favors Williams Williams Favors Favors
C Kanter Kanter Kanter Gobert Gobert Biedrins Kanter Kanter Gobert Gobert Kanter Kanter
2nd Half
3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
PG Burke Burke Burke Burke Lucas Lucas Lucas Lucas Burks Burks Burke Burke
SG Rush Rush Rush Burks Burks Burks Rush Rush Rush Rush Burks Burks
SF Hayward Hayward Hayward Williams Williams Rush Jefferson Jefferson Hayward Hayward Hayward Hayward
PF Favors Favors Favors Evans Evans Williams Favors Favors Evans Evans Favors Favors
C Kanter Kanter Kanter Kanter Gobert Gobert Biedrins Biedrins Biedrins Kanter Kanter Kanter

This gives Hayward and Favors 30 minutes each. Kanter, Burks, Burke, and Rush each play 28 minutes. Williams, Lucas, Evans, and Gobert all play between 12-14 minutes, and Jefferson and Biedrins are under 10 minutes per game. Clark would play garbage time in this scenario.

I wasn't completely happy with these rotations, but I thought they were alright. I started wondering if I could do better and came up with the following (In this scenario Williams and Jefferson are interchangeable):


1st Half

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter

2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
PG Burke Burke Burke Burks Lucas Lucas Lucas Lucas Burke Burke Burke Burke
SG Burks Burks Burks Rush Rush Rush Rush Rush Rush Burks Burks Burks
SF Hayward Hayward Hayward Hayward Williams Williams Williams Williams Hayward Hayward Hayward Hayward
PF Favors Favors Favors Evans Evans Evans Evans Evans Kanter Favors Favors Favors
C Kanter Kanter Kanter Kanter Gobert Gobert Gobert Biedrins Biedrins Kanter Kanter Kanter
2nd Half
3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
PG Burke Burke Burke Burks Lucas Lucas Lucas Lucas Burke Burke Burke Burke
SG Burks Burks Burks Rush Rush Rush Rush Rush Rush Burks Burks Burks
SF Hayward Hayward Hayward Hayward Williams Williams Williams Williams Hayward Hayward Hayward Hayward
PF Favors Favors Favors Evans Evans Evans Evans Evans Favors Favors Favors Favors
C Kanter Kanter Kanter Favors Favors Gobert Gobert Biedrins Biedrins Kanter Kanter Kanter

I found there wasn't much difference in minutes for a lot of guys. Hayward and Lucas play 2 more minutes, Rush plays 24, Williams/Jefferson split 16 minutes, Gobert only gets 10 minutes, and Evans gets bumped up to 20 minutes a night. Clark still gets garbage time.

I decided that I preferred my first attempt.

While I was constructing these I realized how hard it is to always have a decent lineup on the court without playing guys all twelve minutes in a quarter. I tried to limit players to no more than 8 consecutive minutes in a quarter, but then found it hard to make sure we had scorers and defenders on the floor at the same time. It gave me a different perspective on how difficult it must be to do this on the fly during a game while also taking into account how well a guy is playing, how tired a player is, and matchups.

If you get a chance, I recommend sitting down and coming up with your own lineup rotation.

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