What’s Missing from Chicago Bulls Bench Mob This Year?

January 15th, 2013 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Last year, the Chicago Bulls rolled during the absence of Derrick Rose, winning 18 of 27 games in his absence—thanks in large part to the bench.

Hoopsstats.com keeps track of various statistics, including efficiency, a formula used by NBA.com to measure overall performance. Like all formulas, it has it's pros and cons, but what makes this formula interesting is that at Hoopstats you can break down performance by position, or by bench or starters. Applying this formula to the Bulls bench, then, allows for a detailed comparison between this year's and last year's respective units.

Overall, on the season in 2011-12, the Bulls bench outperformed their counterparts 45 of 70 times (with two draws), and that was in spite of the fact they had to step up and fill in for 84 different starts in only 72 total games.

If you look at games where the Bulls had their full starting lineup, the bench outperformed their counterparts 11 of 15 times, and the Bulls were 13-2 in those games. (Starting lineup dates were obtained from basketball-reference.com and then compared against the Hoopstats data). 

The Bulls did not lose a single game when they ...

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