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Thoughts on next years bench

We know next year we will definitely be looking to upgrade our bench. We have the worst bench in the last 15 years both offensively and defensively according to hoopstats. Our bench is the lowest ever on accumulation stats(rebounds, pts etc...) because it's played the fewest minutes of any bench in history. However, we also rank lowest on efficiency ever. So it isn't just a matter of giving the bench players more of a run.

http://www.hoopsstats.com/basketball/fantasy/nba/teamstats/13/7/pts/1-1

Given that we're going to get new bench players and probably replace up to 7 players on the team. We can choose any type of bench we want. There has been some about going after a lightening rod combo guard, a player like Jamal Crawford(this years version) but I think with our style our best bet is to try to replicate the starting line-ups strengths. We're playing a motion offense with a lot of pick-and-rolls. We don't want to switch to a 1 v. 4 iso offense once our sixth man comes in. While it might be a good change of pace, it wouldn't give Stotts the opportunity to mix and match pieces. Benches rarely substitute as units so our best bet is finding players that fit well with our starters and their style of play. This would suggest a point guard that can run the pick and roll solidly. A wing that is good in motion and coming off of screens who can shoot threes. An offensive post-up big and a defensive rebounding big. This way when LMA is out we still have somebody in that can post up, when Lilliard is out we still have somebody that can run the pick-and-roll and run the same plays that the rest of the players are used to seeing and when our wing players are out we don't have to change our style of play. The ideal rotation would allow us to play 8-9 players decent minutes while never breaking our continuity.

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