Today I would like to take a closer look at one of the tools available in Play Index+: the Lineup Finder. With the Lineup Finder, you can search through thousands of 5-man lineups to find the best offensive units, the best defensive units, the best overall units, and much, much more.
Let's start by taking a look at the search form:
First you should select the query type. You have five options:
- Single Game queries will look for single games that match the parameters you have specified.
- Cumulative Season Game queries will summarize the results of games in a single season that match the parameters you have specified.
- Cumulative Multi-Season Game queries will summarize the results of games across all seasons that match the parameters you have specified.
- Number of Season Game queries will count the number of games in a single season that match the parameters you have specified.
- Number of Multi-Season Game queries will count the number of games across all seasons that match the parameters you have specified.
The next step is to select the output type. There are three options:
- Totals will output the raw totals for each lineup.
- Per 48 Minutes will summarize the results for each lineup on a per 48 minute basis.
- Per 100 Possessions will summarize the results for each lineup on a per 100 possession basis.
After selecting the output type you can select a season range. Please note that these queries can take up to five seconds per season, so the maximum time span is five seasons. If you would like to select a single season, set the first season, then click the red "to" and the second season will be set equal to the first season.
The rest of the parameters should be fairly easy to figure out, although I should note that the game numbers are reset for the playoffs. For example, if you're searching for the best performances in a team's first playoff game, you would select "Playoffs" as the Game Type and "1" for each Game Number.
The Additional Criteria section allows you to filter the search results (e.g., you can select minimum playing time requirements). Here are a few things you should be aware of:
- Minutes Played (MP), Possessions (Poss), and Opponent Possessions (Opp Poss) should be entered in integer form (e.g., 123).
- Shooting percentages (FG%, 3P%, eFG%, and FT%) should be entered in decimal form (e.g., .456).
- Rebounding percentages (ORB%, DRB%, and TRB%) should be entered in percentage form (e.g., 78.9).
- All other criteria should be entered in units corresponding to the output type. In other words, if you selected "Totals" as your output type, then you should enter totals here; if you selected "Per 48 Minutes" as your output type, then you should enter per 48 minute averages here; and if you selected "Per 100 Possessions" as your output type, then you should enter per 100 possession averages here.
- Net statistics are always computed as team value minus opponent value. For example, a net field goal percentage of .123 means that a team outshot its opponent by .123 from the field and a net field goal percentage of -.123 means that a team was outshot by its opponent by .123.
To complete the search form, select the "Sort By" statistic and then decide if you want the results in descending order (the default) or ascending order. To sort the results in ascending order, check the "Use ascending order" box.
To wrap this up, here are five example queries:
As always, please let us know if you have any comments or questions.