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Old 11-19-2012, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just how inconsistent are the Kings' rotations?

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Last year Keith Smart took over a flailing Kings team early on in the season and didn't really get to change too much due to a lockout shortened season, little available practice time, and no time for anything drastic. The few tweaks he did make included moving Tyreke Evans off the ball and promoting Isaiah Thomas to starting point guard, utilizing him as a Pick and Roll creator.

This year, Smart finally is getting his chance to put his stamp on the team. He had a full offseason and preseason to prepare and arguably has more talent on this year's roster than last years. So why is it floundering so bad?

One sticking point with me in particular but also among many other fans has been the inconsistent rotations. Basketball-Reference recently began to track lineup data so I decided to take a look at which lineups the Kings used most often and just how different each lineup was.

Sacramento's Top 10 Most Played Lineups (Time played in parentheses):

Thomas-Evans-Johnson-Thompson-Cousins* (100:01)
Brooks-Thornton-Evans-Hayes-Cousins (26:09)
Brooks-Thornton-Garcia-Robinson-Hayes (16:06)
Fredette-Thornton-Salmons-Robinson-Thompson (14:13)
Thomas-Thornton-Evans-Hayes-Thompson (13:53)
Thomas-Thornton-Evans-Thompson-Cousins (13:31)
Brooks-Evans-Salmons-Thompson-Cousins** (12:24)
Thomas-Evans-Outlaw-Johnson-Thompson (12:15)
Brooks-Thornton-Salmons-Thompson-Cousins (10:20)
Brooks-Thornton-Outlaw-Robinson-Hayes (9:53)

* Old Starting Lineup
** New Starting Lineup

In terms of weird rotations, the data seems to back my initial observation up. Those lineups are all over the place. DeMarcus Cousins, considered our best player, appears in five of them. Tyreke Evans is in six. Marcus Thornton appears the most, in 7 lineups. There's also a lot of variation in the backcourt.
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