There are a few ways to answer the question, “which lineups are best for the Charlotte Bobcats.”
The “best” lineup should be the one that produces the most net points, or, in other words, combines offense and defense to give Charlotte the best chance to win.
We’ll work backwards to get to that eventual lineup.
First, the best defensive lineup the Bobcats have sent to the court is the combination of Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions, Jeff Taylor, Byron Mullens and Bismack Biyombo. According to 82games.com, that lineup gave up just .78 points per possession in the 16.7 minutes that lineup was on the floor this year.
Next, the best offensive lineup was Sessions, Ben Gordon, Taylor, Mullens and Biyombo. That lineup scored 1.3 points per possession in the 14 minutes it’s been on the court this year.
Yes, 16.7 and 14 minutes of total floor time might not be enough to gauge just how effectively these lineups have played, so what about the lineups that have seen the most playing time this year? What are the best offensive and defensive lineups from the top 10 used combinations of players?
The five-man lineup of Walker, Sessions, Michael-Kidd-Gilchrist, Mullens and Brendan Haywood has given up .95 points per possession this season 44.6 minutes of playing time.
Offensively, Walker, Sessions, MKG, Mullens and Biyombo have scored 1.27 points per possession in 32.9 minutes of play this season.
And therein lies the answer to which lineup has been the best for Charlotte this season.
The lineup of Walker, Sessions, Kidd-Gilchrist, Mullens and Biyombo has a higher +/- than any other five-man unit Mike Dunlap has thrown on the court this season.
Still, that combination has played just the fifth most minutes out of all the lineups Charlotte has used this year.
When Mullens comes back, it’d be nice to see Dunlap go to this combination of players more, and see if those positive numbers stay the same as the lineup’s total minutes go up.