There was a time when L.D. was considering making the Twin lineup the regular lineup. He was thinking about using it regardless of the availability of Marvin or the size and/or post-scoring prowess of the opposing center.
If you recall, L.D. likes the lineup because it makes the Hawks sounder on D when they don’t have to double the post.
Now, though, Drew says the “normal” lineup will be Bibby, J.J., Marvin, Smoove and Al. Twin will get in only when the Hawks need to counter beef on the frontline.
“Right now if there are any adjustments with the lineup it will be because who we are playing and we decide to go big or if I have someone who is hurt,” L.D. said.
L.D. added that he considers his rotation to be pretty much set after 48 games. Based on what’s happened lately, that would mean Jamal, Zaza, Damien and Mo will get regular playing time while Teague, Powell and Twin will get in where they fit in.
“I’ve got a good feel for where we are right now,” Drew said.
Looking at the numbers, the Twin lineup with Smoove at small forward is still the best defensively among the most-used alignments because opponents don’t shoot as well from the perimeter. (As I’ve noted before, the lineup’s defensive efficiency is probably helped greatly by Drew narrowly focusing it so using it all the time could have diminishing returns). The Twin-Smoove lineup now also has the best adjusted plus-minus rating, according to BasketballValue.com.
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