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Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

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  • #16
    Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

    Yeah, links not working for me, but I'm guessing it shows that our bench was pretty much astronomically bad, which anyone with a pair of working eyes should have figured out from the playoffs.


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    • #17
      Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

      Originally posted by Speed View Post
      What was the grade?
      I'll post the Pacer's analysis. He surprisingly gave the team a B-, so not horrible by any means.
      Originally posted by Chad ford
      INDIANA PACERS
      Key additions: Roy Hibbert (re-sign), George Hill (re-sign); D.J. Augustin(FA), Gerald Green (FA), Ian Mahinmi (sign-and-trade), Miles Plumlee(draft), Orlando Johnson (draft), Donnie Walsh (team president), Kevin Pritchard (GM) Key subtractions: Darren Collison, Dahntay Jones, Larry Bird (team president), David Morway (GM)
      After experiencing a level of success that even they couldn't have predicted last season, the Pacers goal this offseason was to bring back their starting five and strengthen their bench. The Pacers achieved their first goal. The team was hit with a huge four-year, $58 million offer sheet from the Blazers for Hibbert on July 1. Hibbert has been a key part of the rebuild, but virtually everyone agrees that $58 million is a lot for him. The Pacers wisely agreed to pay Hibbert, but it cost them. In the meantime, the team overreacted a bit and threw a whopping $40 million at Hill. I'm a Hill fan and think he's still got upside, but again, the contract seemed a tad excessive.

      Whether they achieved the second goal is debatable. The decision to trade away Collison (who led the team in playoff PER) for the right to give $16 million to Mahinmi is a head-scratcher. Considering the Pacers could've re-signed Mahinmi straight up (he was an unrestricted free agent) for probably half the cost (Mahinmi wasn't getting two years, $8 million from anyone else) -- it's completely unclear why they had to give away Collison to do it. Did they really need to get Jones' $2.9 million off the books that badly? Mahinmi does give the Pacers a credible backup 5 when Hibbert is out of the game. But the cost (both in dollars and lost assets) was unusually high. The Pacers quickly countered Collison's loss by signing Augustin to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. Collison was statistically superior to Augustin by virtually every metric but one -- pure point guard rating. Augustin is a better passer than Collison and that is a need for the Pacers. Hill isn't a pure point guard and Augustin's specialty is getting everyone involved. But when you factor in that Augustin can't guard anyone and that they're paying him $1.3 million more than they were Collison, I'm not sure this is an upgrade. Green is, offensively, an upgrade over Jones. He put up some big numbers for the fledgling Nets last year. However he lacks the defensive toughness or maturity that Jones brought to the table. Finally, the Pacers' draft night call on Plumlee also felt a little off. Plumlee had wowed scouts (and apparently Bird) in workouts with his freakish athletic ability. But he rarely showed it during his four years at Duke. Workout wonders infiltrate the first round virtually ever year. They rarely pan out. None of these smaller moves should keep the Pacers from being a Top 4 team in the East. But the difference between good teams and great teams often is in the details and the Pacers, for the first time in a while, seemed to smudge them this summer. GRADE: B-
      http://insider.espn.go.com/

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      • #18
        Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

        Originally posted by Anthem View Post
        Here's both rounds 1 and 2... Magic and Heat. I had it hide everybody who played 12 or fewer minutes, so Lance/AJ/Penderwall are out.

        http://bkref.com/tiny/ZXBIo

        Pretty striking.
        I get it. Our bench stinks. That said, I am not sure about Vogel putting them all in at one time for the most part. That certainly did not help the cause.

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        • #19
          Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

          Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post
          Those numbers would mean getting Brand or Scola would have also helped quite a bit, as West was the glaring issue on the starting unit.
          His #'s look much more in line with the other starters versus Orlando, and why would I assume Brand or Scola is better than West? I don't. They're all close, I suppose.

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          • #20
            Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

            I'm admittedly stupid to the situation because I didn't read the link but some things are obvious.

            A) Lou Amundson shot 43.0% on the season. Ewwwwww. Mahinimi, check out his percentage.

            B) Tyler Hansbrough is a black hole. He'll pass 1 out of every 10 times he gets the ball. I'm glad he believes he's a winner but damn.... it just looks selfish when you don't improve. He's amazing at drawing fouls but he's a poor rebounder that's a ballhog.

            I'm not trying to hate on our players. I like Amundson and Hansbrough but liking them doesn't change the fact that they're terrible for big men as far as scoring. They don't even have to score but don't waste possessions. That's all I'm saying.
            "I have never taken the high road, but I tell other people to ’cause then there’s more room for me on the low road."

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            • #21
              Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

              @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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              • #22
                Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

                Originally posted by Hicks View Post
                I imagine part of the problem with West's # is he spends some of his time as a backup C playing with Tyler.
                Yup, which is reflected in the minutes played. West played 24.7 more minutes than Hibbert in the series, which almost perfectly corresponds to Lou and Tyler's playing time (Tyler played 20.8 minutes more than Lou did).

                The Pacers 5 bench players in the rotation (Collison, Barbosa, Hansbrough, Amundson, Jones) played 405.4 minutes in the series. They were a combined -254 plus/minus.

                To think about it another way, if the whole team had played at the pace the bench did the Pacers would have lost by 30.07 points per game.

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                • #23
                  Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

                  Originally posted by Anthem View Post
                  Definitely says something about the "The starters are the problem" meme.
                  When I was making this argument right after the Heat series, a certain poster told me that it was still the starters problem, because they didn't outscore the Heat by enough to make up for the bench play...
                  Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.” ― Ricky Gervais.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

                    This had been an issue all season, by most metrics our starters were really good. Our bench has been crap.

                    When people said we had good depth that was a misnomer, we had good 'balance". There is a difference. Hopefully with the roster additions we can now say we have depth as well.
                    "As a bearded man, i was very disappointed in Love. I am gathering other bearded men to discuss the status of Kevin Love's beard. I am motioning that it must be shaved."

                    - ilive4sports

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                    • #25
                      Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

                      Really is a shame we couldn't trade Hansborough for Augustin, then use the money to sign Brand or Scola. Psycho T is going to have to shape up

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                      • #26
                        Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

                        Originally posted by Hicks View Post
                        His #'s look much more in line with the other starters versus Orlando, and why would I assume Brand or Scola is better than West? I don't. They're all close, I suppose.
                        Come to think of it, didn't he play a good bit of 5 with the second unit? If so, the would explain some things.
                        "Look, it's up to me to put a team around ... Lance right now." —Kevin Pritchard press conference

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                        • #27
                          Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

                          Originally posted by Since86 View Post
                          When I was making this argument right after the Heat series, a certain poster told me that it was still the starters problem, because they didn't outscore the Heat by enough to make up for the bench play...
                          Well, in their defense, if our starters were comprised of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh, it wouldn't matter how bad our bench played...

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                          • #28
                            Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

                            Wow. And, if I had to guess (and based off of five-man-unit stats), I would think West's PM is so low because he was in there with Tyler and Lou on occasion.

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                            • #29
                              Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

                              Its actually kind of surprising that Granger is still +14. He played just about the same amount of minutes as West and was stuck out there with the bench guys often too. Our starting 5 was damn efficient against the Heat. Glad the numbers show that too. I do think our moves will help this. Mahinmi will be nice to have in the middle over Lou. I like Lou, but he wasn't that great when people were attacking the basket, especially when paired with Tyler.
                              Last edited by ilive4sports; 07-13-2012, 05:06 PM.

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                              • #30
                                Re: Have you seen the plus-minus from the Miami series?

                                Two things Vogel needs to work on this offseason

                                1 - Teach the guys how to run the zone, basically lets copy what Carlisle did against them
                                2 - Teach the bench not to give up huge runs. Be efficient slow the game down

                                If we can work on those and if the guys we have who should improve, 6 out of the first 8 off the bench, then we might have a chance against the Heat. I mean historically Wade or Bosh will be hurt next playoffs. We stand a chance.

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