BREAKDOWN—Playing the five youngs together

Tyrone Corbin has said that he will make a concerted effort to play Burke, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter together.

For the season, this five-man grouping has played 54 minutes together. That makes them the12th most-used five-man lineup for the Jazz this season. As I documented earlier, playing Favors and Kanter together had not yielded positive results, which moved Coach Corbin away from using this grouping.

Corbin played the young five together for 18 minutes over four games in January and got limited results. In those 18 minutes, the Jazz were outscored 44-35. Defensively, the group really struggled, allowing 123.5 points per 100 possessions (league average is 103.7, the worst team in the NBA is 108). Offensively, the group had success, scoring at a rate of 110 points per 100 possessions.

Surprisingly, the group not only didn’t defend—allowing an EFG% defense of 57.1%—they also didn’t grab defensive rebounds—allowing 40% of all misses to be offensive rebounds.

However, after not being played together for the month of February, the group has fared much better in March. Over 22 minutes, they have outscored their opponents 48-46. The offensive rating has been a strong 107.6, and the defensive rating has improved to 102.9.

One outlier in the recent period has been the offensive rebounding. This group has pulled down 54.5% of all offensive rebounds, which is unsustainable.

More importantly, the group has been good defensively in this limited time—allowing just a 47.3% EFG% and forcing turnovers on 18% of possessions.

After a rough going in January with the five youngs, it looks as though Corbin has installed them back into his rotation, and they are showing improvement.

With this improvement, I would not be surprised if we see more of them in the final 17 games of the season.