ConstableGeneva wrote:Kemba/Brown/Tatum/Theis with Gordo: 116.6 ORtg (92nd percentile), 104.7 DRtg (93rd percentile), +11.9 NRtg (97th percentile)
Kemba/Brown/Tatum/Theis with Smart: 105.0 ORtg (13th percentile), 100.0 DRtg (99th percentile), +5.0 NRtg (80th percentile)
That's too much of a dropoff in offense to justify the improvement in defense.
And to hugepatsfan's point, we don't use hockey 5-for-5 substitutions. Brad usually pulls out Hayward or Tatum early to bring them back before the 1Q/3Q ends so they can lead the "second unit." So not only do you maximize your starting group this way by getting them more minutes together, you also have someone to make your bench group's offense functional/more potent.
It's the same counter-argument to fans who have suggested that Kemba should come off the bench in favor of Smart.
EDIT: Smaller sample but the current starting lineup w/ Smart is scoring about the same (105.1 pts per 100 possessions) in the playoffs.
Our starting lineup with Smart is scoring only 88 pts/100 possessions against the Raptors. That is not good.
Nor is it surprising. It would take a superstar Tatum to carry a Theis and Smart lineup to offensive success. That's just two players that in Theis case doesn't have enough and in Smart's case seems to try his best to turnover the basketball or make the wrong play on offense as often as he makes the right play.
Hayward being a steady hand, steady passer, and steady 3 point shooter would do wonders for us right now.