How Important Is A Good Bench To NBA Success?

The difference between good and bad bench play could be 3 or 4 points per game.

Back in 2015, Seth Partnow, now a member of the Milwaukee Bucks analytics team, did a great job analyzing how each team deployed lineups featuring each possible number of starters, from 0 to 5.  Inspired by his approach, I gathered data on starting and bench units for the current 2018-19 regular season, through December 30th.  I was particularly interested in the question in the title of this article: How important is a good bench to NBA success?

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