Re: Points from the bench...
- --- In APBR_analysis@yahoogroups.com, "Xeifrank" <xeifrank@y...>
> My question is, how important is it in having your bench outscorethe
> opponents bench players? And do stats show it any more importantthan
> having your starters outscore the other teams starters.Perusing last night's box scores, this jumped out at me:
The Knicks' bench outscored the Mavs' bench 49-36. But Dallas won
by 29 pts.
NY starters went 13-53 from the floor (.253).
> Perusing last night's box scores, this jumped out at me:http://www.knickerblogger.net/2004/12/dallas-123-new-york-94.htm
> The Knicks' bench outscored the Mavs' bench 49-36. But Dallas won
> by 29 pts.
> NY starters went 13-53 from the floor (.253).
In either case Nowitzki had no problems scoring, as he had 23 points
by halftime. All of those were while Kurt Thomas was on the court,
but he wasn't the only New Yorker playing matador defense. Finley
lit up the boys in orange & blue for 17 first half scores, and
Howard poured in another 14. That's 54 points from the Mavs new-not-
so-big-three, by halftime.
- the problem with "bench points" is that we're given no context --
i.e., how many minutes the bench players have been on the court. In a
typical Phoenix game, for instance, the bench will barely score. But
that's partly because the starters combine for over 200 minutes. So
on a per-minute basis, they may not be doing that badly.
> > Watch an NBA game and you will probably see the stat pop up onthe
> > screen at some point. And that stat is 'points scored from bench
> players". ... how important is it in having your bench outscore the
> > opponents bench players? And do stats show it any more important
> > having your starters outscore the other teams starters?..
> Only if the makeup of the starting lineup is such that a team is
> Counting On big production from the bench, and it doesn't happen.
> Or if a normally unproductive bench bursts forth with production.
> Only total points count, of course. But even in a close game, a
> team's bench may be accounted responsible for keeping them In the
> game, when the starters have failed.