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Quote from: wdleehi on November 21, 2017, 11:39:25 AMI think the issue with him not starting is the team either starts the only other real C on the team or start a 2nd rookie. I think I would try starting a 2nd rookie and see how it works, keeping the 2nd C off the bench as well. Starting Baynes and Horford hasn't been an issue. You can start both and stagger their minutes so one of them is in the court for probably 90% of the game. I think Theis can competently handle 5 minutes a game on the court as the center. Unless the opponent is starting a truly bad matchup for Horford (i.e. Aaron Gordon), Baynes should be starting, as it would make both our starting unit and bench better.It's about maximizing the abilities of the individual players. Morris clearly adds more to the bench than he does the starting unit, and the opposite seems to be true about Baynes.
I think the issue with him not starting is the team either starts the only other real C on the team or start a 2nd rookie. I think I would try starting a 2nd rookie and see how it works, keeping the 2nd C off the bench as well.
Just my opinion.I think the offense has had more success when either Baynes or Theis starts. Neither player has to create his own offense, and just needs to focus on blocking shots and rebounds. Any offense they produce is a bonus. Marcus Morris seems to take away shots with Jaylen, Jason, Al and Kyrie on the court. I really like Marcus Morris and think he is a fantastic addition to the team. On the second unit, he gives more opportunity to stabilize and add offense to a currently struggling group.I know Baynes will start against Miami, but I think Theis should also start against teams with less physical centers. Just more balance to the team.
I think the issue with him not starting is the team either starts the only other real C on the team or start a 2nd rookie.
Those three lineups represent by far more minutes used than any other lineups, In fact like three times as much - AND each of those is getting almost exactly the same number of minutes.We can track the offensive and defensive effectiveness of each of those three; if we're looking at points per possession, this is what we see: The lineup with Morris gets 1.11 points and gives up 1.21;The lineup with Baynes gets 1.06 points and gives up .90; andThe lineup with Smart gets 1.16 points and gives up .92.These lineups range from 62 to 69 minutes, and the next most commonly used lineup has been on the court for less than 25 (which, by the way, has Irving/Smart/Brown/Horford/Baynes). So there are tiny gaps between the top three lineups and a huge gap between them and all the other lineups. I said that the “second unit” is a myth - the “first unit” is also. What more accurately reflects reality is that there are three primary units with four core guys plus either Smart, Baynes, or Morris.The Baynes unit is the best defensive unit, bolstering the argument for the Baynes supporters; while its offense lags the other two, it’s still plus. The Smart unit is almost identical for defense, while its offense is substantially better (again, Smart detractors take note!). So far the Morris unit gives a net negative in points, again bolstering the Baynes supporters in the Baynes versus Morris debate. But note that the Smart unit gives the team the highest net points of the three; the net is a quarter of a point per possession (.24) - that’s an enormous advantage!
He's just too exploitable on D.
He's excellent when there's a plodding big man to cover and he protects the rim very well for someone who isn't a shot blocker.But there's a reason he played all of about 5 minutes vs GSW, they just destroy him in switches and backdoor cuts.Having Morris out there