Utah’s lineup madness

This is an intervention.

The Utah Jazz clearly have no idea what lineups they should be using, so I’m here to help. I’m going to start with Randy Foye, because he seems to be single-handedly murdering the Jazz.

Foye has been so bad that I quadruple-checked all the data because it was so jarring. Individually, he doesn’t seem like much of a train wreck – he has a PER of 11.1 and a true shooting percentage of 53.0%. Obviously that’s not good, but it’s not so bad that it jumps off the page. This season, it puts him in a similar class as Mario Chalmers and Toney Douglas, who have each been passable.

Here’s where Foye has been different – when he’s on the court, Utah scores 104.4 points per 100 possessions and allows 110.1 points per 100 possessions, for a -5.7 net. When he’s off the floor, those numbers flip – Utah scores 111.8 points/100 and allow 102.5 points/100, for a +9.3 net. Combine the two and Foye is costing Utah FIFTEEN POINTS per 100 possessions just by stepping on the court. That’s the difference between being the Heat and being the Bobcats.

Now, there’s an obvious counter-argument to this – looking solely at the +/- of one player is rather disingenuous when so much of that statistic is dictated by (a) the other four players on the court, and (b) how productive the team’s bench is when the player isn’t on the court. With Foye, however, that counter-argument doesn’t hold up when you start digging into the numbers.

If you look at Utah’s most-used lineups and the on/off numbers for two-player combos, it becomes obvious that Foye is the problem. Check out how Utah performs based on Foye sharing the court with either Al Jefferson or

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