I was reading some NBA Draft stuff on The Ringer (Bill Simmons’ website) the other day and there was a reference to the site HoopLens.com in one of the articles.
Looked it up and it’s pretty cool. Has sortable lineup data for every college team. You can pick and choose your search criteria, whether it be best offensive 3-man grouping, best overall 5-man lineup, worst defensive lineup, best rebounding group and so on. It allows you to filter out the smaller sample size lineups and you can select individual games or groups of games.
I got pretty pumped and went ahead and subscribed. Working on about 6 different stories right now and will incorporate this into a lot of them, but have just been messing around on it the last day or so. Came across some interesting stuff.
First, the base lines. The median NCAA points per 100 possessions last year was 103.9. Arkansas was 110.9 on offense, 103.5 on defense.
You figure Anton, Jaylen and Daryl will play together a bunch next year. Last season, they weren’t a great grouping on offense, averaging 97.7 per 100. Defensively, they were a little better than the team average at 101.
The best lineup on the team, by far, was Anton, Daryl, Manny, Dustin and Moses at 151 per 100 (!) on offense and 60 on defense. They didn’t play together a ton, but were super effective. Barford, Hannahs, Macon, Dustin, Moses were 115.7 on offense and 77.9 on defense. Anton, Dusty, Manny, Dustin and Moses were 114.9 on offense and also 77.9 on defense.
The worst lineup was Anton, Dusty, Daryl, Dustin and Moses at 91.3 on offense and 106.3 on defense. You’d think that would have been a good offensive grouping. Anton, Dusty, Daryl, Arlando and Trey were 94 on offense and 105.5 on defense. Jaylen, Anton, Daryl, Dustin and Moses were 92.2 on offense and 101.5 on defense. So the common denominator in the 3 worst lineups was Anton and Daryl being on the court together, but they were also both in the best lineup. Ha.
When you whittle it down to 3-man groupings, CJ was part of 4 of the best 5 based on points per possession differential. Obviously most of that came during the nonconference schedule against weaker opponents when he was part of that bench group that was just obliterating teams.
CJ, Jaylen, Arlando — 131.3 O, 80 D
CJ, Trey, Arlando — 124.1 O, 74.4 D
CJ, Anton, Trey — 109.6 O, 73.7 D
Anton, Manny, Dustin — 122 O, 86.3 D
CJ, Anton, Arlando — 116.9 O, 82.7 D
Trey was in each of the 5 best 3-man offensive groupings.
Wanted to see which big played best next to Moses…
Dustin — 112.6 O, 95.3 D (+17.3 net rating) … 35.2 ORB%, 67.1 DRB%
Trey — 127.8 O, 110.8 D (+17 net rating) … 38.7 ORB%, 62.6 DRB%
Manny (w/Moses as only big) — 114.1 O, 118 D (-3.9 net rating) … 26 ORB%, 67.1 DRB%
Adrio — 99.5 O, 108.4 D (-8.9 net rating) … 26.8 ORB%, 62.4 DRB%
Arlando — 101.4 O, 119.5 D (-18.1 net rating) … 33.1 ORB%, 64.2 DRB%
According to this, the net rating on the team was Dustin followed by Trey and Dusty.
Some interesting stuff. If anyone has any specific lineup requests for me to look up, let me know. I’m kind of enamored with this right now.