Growing up in Canada, I clearly had no use for the game of basketball until I moved to Portland in the summer of 2007 and got swept away in the "We Are The Future Of The NBA" draft in which we already had Roy and LMA and had just won the draft lottery.
As a sports fan, this lead to a year or two of learning the more in-depth ins and outs of basketball strategy (as opposed to hockey which I had religiously followed and played in college). Perhaps because I didn't grow up watching the NBA, this has lead me sometimes to wonder why some things aren't done differently...which lead me to today's questions below.
It seems like basketball strategy is remarkably based on the execution of a system. The system on offence is designed to create opportunities as opposed to, say, hockey which is as much about capitalizing on opponent mistakes as it is about creating opportunities. So, after noticing that we have some decent players who's strengths don't necessarily "fit" with the Starting Five's system, here's my thought. Why not create two completely distinct units, again, like hockey in which you have scoring lines and checking (defensive) lines. You'd have your Starting five and a Bench Five and sub them in and out en-mass? Have assistant coaches run the Bench Five which would have a distinct offensive and defensive system from the Starting Five. The players would have to know both systems in case of injuries etc. of course, but it would provide a lot of versatility. Starting Five's strategy not working? Sub in the Bench Five for a few minutes and give your opponents something completely different to look at. As they start to adjust, but the Starting Five back in to capitalize.
Our Bench Five could run iso plays for CJ (one of his strengths), pick and pop for Leonard to draw opposing Centers out of the paint and let T-Rob crash the offensive boards.
In addition, basketball is a lot about unit cohesion and trust, and this system would allow the Bench Five to develop that trust/cohesion as a unit as opposed to getting a few minutes here and there to be incorporated into the Starting Five's game.
Just thinking out loud I guess. Has anyone ever seen something like this in basketball?