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Net Gains: How the Celtics, Suns and Jazz are Linked Amid Solid Starts

:加布施米特莱因

波士顿凯尔特人队, 菲尼克斯太阳队 and 犹他爵士队 have experienced early success following an offseason of change that is inextricably linked.

Not only did the Celtics lose a pair of All-Stars in Kyrie Irving and Al Horford over the summer, 但他们也失去了大个子阿伦·贝恩斯, who just might be having the best season of the three so far. 贝恩斯举起了太阳队, 里基·卢比奥的到来也是如此, who came over from the Jazz via free agency. 卢比奥在爵士的位置, 与此同时, has since been filled by longtime Grizzlies star Mike Conley, 谁在自己的能力上有过人之处.

With the use of 数据执行’s proprietary NBA lineup data, we can dive deeper into these impressive starts to see what’s working, 什么是不, 以及它们是如何联系在一起的.

波士顿凯尔特人队 forward 杰森-泰特姆 dunks during the first half against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, 11月. 2019年20日,洛杉矶.

波士顿凯尔特人队

Most people believed the Celtics would struggle following after losing those three key players just weeks after bowing out to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals in disappointing fashion.

然而, 肯巴·沃克的加入, 也许更重要的是, the development of talented young players and peripheral figures have led to Boston (11-4) to a tremendous start.

具体地说, 杰森-泰特姆, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward (currently out with a broken hand) have shined with a Net Rating of 27.在这个赛季一起打球的时候. Perhaps we should have expected improvement from the trio. In 2018-19, Tatum, Brown and Hayward achieved a Net Rating of 14.4 when playing without Irving, Horford and Baynes.

Net Rating is calculated as the net point differential between a player’s team and the opposing team over 100 possessions. 净评分8分.0 for a player means that when that player is on the court, his team scores an average of 8.0 points per 100 possessions more than the opposing team.

Individually, Tatum and Hayward have also made impressive jumps. The Celtics’ Net Rating with Tatum on the floor is 9.7,而评分下降到-2.当他离开法庭时. Tatum’s on-off splits last season were still positive, but not nearly as impressive as the team’s net rating was 5.有他在场上,8分,2分.4 .他走了.

Hayward was similarly unimpressive a year ago as Boston’s Net Rating dipped just .4分8分.9 to 4.当他离开地板的时候. This season, the Celtics’ Net Rating with Hayward on the court is 11.2,而3.他下班的时候5分钟.

Hayward and Walker are sidelined due to injuries, but all signs point to the Celtics being right back in the mix at the top of the East once they return.

菲尼克斯太阳队 center Aron Baynes (46) drives past 波士顿凯尔特人队 forward Daniel Theis during the second half on Monday, 11月. 2019年18日,凤凰城.

菲尼克斯太阳队

尽管开局强劲, the Celtics could be looking longingly at Baynes’ early-season production.

He’s been one of the Suns’ most valuable players thus far, providing tenacious rebounding and defense while shooting 45% from the 3-point line. In a low-usage role in 2018-19, Baynes helped the Celtics to a Net Rating of 8.1 when he was on the court and that dipped to 3.当他离开的时候.

仍然, not many people expected that he could replicate that impact with a higher usage and fewer talented players around. 然而, Phoenix’s Net Rating with Baynes on and off the floor mirror Boston’s ratings with him on and off last year.

Baynes hasn’t been the Suns’ only impactful addition, though. Rubio has proven to be an unheralded signing that has paid major dividends. He’s playing solid defense, shooting 34.3% from 3 – the second-highest mark of his career – averaging a career-high 5.8 rebounds and moving the ball well with 8.场均1次助攻.

Rubio has seemingly built impressive chemistry with Baynes. With both players on the court, the Suns have achieved a Net Rating of 9.8,而他们的评分是-2.3个都离开了地板.

And with Rubio dealing with a back injury and Baynes nursing a hip issue, Phoenix has dropped four of its last five games following a surprising 7-4 start.

犹他爵士队

The last piece of this three-team puzzle is the Jazz, who are off-and-running at 11-5 in large part due to the addition of the veteran point guard Conley.

Conley has excelled with a lower usage rate with the Jazz than what he had commanded the last few years with the Memphis Grizzlies. Utah’s Net Rating with Conley on the court is 7.0,然后下降到0.7 when he’s off – similar numbers to those that Rubio produced last year in Utah.

The Jazz will certainly be hoping that Conley can be the piece that elevates them from mid-seed playoff team to legitimate contender in the stacked Western Conference. It’s a tough ask, but early returns look positive.

Advanced analytics and data analysis provided by 数据执行’s Matt Scott