There is a new article out today on fivethirtyeight.com entitled, "How the Best NBA Teams Juggle Their Lineups." The article compares star minutes management strategies across the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Nuggets, Bucks, Jazz, and Raptors. I am generally a fan of the writing team over there and have been hoping they would do a deeper dive into the success of the Jazz. No luck there, but this article has a section about how the Jazz manage the time Conley, Gobert, and Mitchell spend on the floor separately. Here is what Jared Dubin has to say about our Jazz:
Contrast that strategy with that of the Jazz, who match Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert, and stagger that duo with Donovan Mitchell.6 Conley and Gobert come off the floor midway through the first, while Mitchell remains. A few minutes later, they switch, with Mitchell taking his first rest of the game. Mitchell then returns to play a few minutes without his point guard and center, who rejoin him on the floor to end the half. This process typically repeats after halftime, and it works extremely well for the Jazz, who dominate the Conley/Gobert minutes against second units and get by just fine when Mitchell has to play without either of them in the game. Utah can do this because it trusts each of Joe Ingles, Jordan Clarkson and Derrick Favors to pick up the slack in the rotation.
One thing that stands out compared to other top teams is just how consistent Utah has been with its rotations, with the exceptions of the games that Mitchell or Conley have missed due to injury.
I'd love to read Dunkers takes on Quin's rotations. What are your favorite Jazz lineups? I know it's hard to complain when we are on such a hot streak, but are there any lineups you'd like to see more or less of?