FiveThirtyEight: The Raptors bench is destroying the NBA

The Raptors are leading the East and their bench is a big reason for their success. Here is Neil Paine with this week's "Significant Digit in the NBA".
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Transcript for FiveThirtyEight: The Raptors bench is destroying the NBA
This week's significant digit in the NBA is 29 point nine that's the net rating for the league's best lineup. And belongs to a team you might not expect the eastern conference's top seed at the all star break was not the three time defending conference champ Cleveland Cavaliers nor was it last year's number one seed the Boston Celtics know the best team in the east apart this season has been a Toronto Raptors. By now you know about the big name all stars and Toronto. To Marta rose in Kyle Lowry but you might not think of their true secret weapon which is an unheralded group of players who hardly ever start a game. According to India advanced stats the records are outscoring opponents by seven point four points per 100 possessions when at least one of their starters on the court. Averaged thirty in the NBA so party puts them in only territory. But it really kick it up in knots when the reserves come winning by an NBA best nine point four points per 100 when none of their starters are on the floor. That's the best in the NBA by a pretty considerable margin a particular note is the five man bench wrecking crew that consistent CJ miles to line right Yucca hurtled past Osce document Fred man Lee when that group is on the court together the raptors are outscoring opponents by in mind boggling 29 point nine points per 100 possessions according to bath while reference dot com that's the best mark for any five man units starters or reserves in the entire NBA this season. Minimum 100 minutes played together that's crazy. The rapper spent six even more importance when you consider how much Toronto is using them. Only five teams in the league have gotten more minutes out of their events this season in Toronto and only one of those teams ranked higher this Antonio spurs has a winning record. Usually you see bad teams calling their banks for this much work not good ones. It may not only fuels questions about to run his ability to perform in the post season when rotations shorten in inches just take on less important. But by the same token. Having more depth is rarely a bad thing and used to save it to run a superior bench this season could it be exactly what they need. To turn the tides and finally beat a team like the caps.

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