Using data provided by nba.com on advanced statistics, I have managed to make careful observations on the effectiveness of several line-ups the Toronto Raptors showcased this past season (2011-2012). The purpose of my analysis is to use statistics in order to determine the more effective line-up - with either Jose or Jerryd Bayless as the PG.

There is no subjectivity involved in attempting this analysis, only facts, as presented by nba.com. However, I was inspired by a post comment from a different thread in which a user posted that Jose is that much better(see When could we contend for Mr. Nash thread)

The Toronto Raptors played a total of 43 different line-ups which do not include a line-up where Leandro Barbosa was showcased.

Parameters

- The statistics presented are per 48 minutes (points/48, assists/48, etc.)

- Offensive rating (Offrtg) is defined as points produced per 100 possessions

- Defensive rating (Defrtg) is therefore, points allowed per 100 possessions

- Net rating (Netrtg) is obtained by subtracting defrtg from offrtg, with a positive amount indicating better effectiveness as a line-up(in other words, point differential per 48 minutes)

- Rebound percentage (Reb%) is the percentage of available rebounds collected while on the floor

For the sake of effective comparison, I will only compare line-ups where the other four positions are constant. The only difference between the line-ups being compared is the presence or absence of Jose Calderon/Jerryd Bayless. Altogether there will be four line-ups for each point guard.

Other line-ups where either Jose or JB did not see floor time were excluded. The category in which the player sees an advantage over the other will be highlighted.

* First, the line-up that consists ofDeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Andrea Bargnani and Amir Johnson.

With Jose as the point guard:(played together in 15 games for a total of 93 mins)

Pts AstTO FG% 3PA3P%FTAReb% 97.5 28.412.4 49.7% 15.027.6%19.648.6%

Offrtg DefrtgNetrtg 108.2 100.77.5

With Jerryd Bayless as point guard:(played together in 6 games with a total of 49 mins)

PtsAst TOFG%3PA 3P% FTA Reb%98.926.4 10.851.3%10.8 27.3% 15.7 52.6%

OffrtgDefrtg Netrtg113.4101.4 12.1

The line-up in which Bayless is the point guard is more effective scoring the ball, but less effective on the defensive end. Overall, the net rating of JB’s line-up is higher than Calderon’s line-up by 4.6. This line-up also rebounds the ball better by 4%.

** Second, the line-up which featuresDeMar DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani, Aaron Gray and James Johnson.(Aaron Gray replaces Amir at the 5 spot)

With Jose Calderon as the point guard:(played together in 8 games totalling 90 mins)

PtsAstTOFG% 3PA3P% FTA Reb% 94.426.48.045.4% 15.527.6% 12.3 43.9%

OffrtgDefrtg Netrtg 103.4105.9 (2.4)

With Jerryd Bayless as the point guard:(played together in 3 games totalling 25 mins)

Pts Ast TO FG%3PA 3P%FTAReb%92.2 23.0 21.1 48.6%13.4 57.1%17.356.8%

Offrtg DefrtgNetrtg102.2 90.311.9

Jerryd Bayless’ line-up is more effective defensively and rebounding but also turns the ball over at a higher rate while Jose’s line-up is slightly more effective scoring the ball. Jose’s line-up produces a higher rate of assists as well.

*** Third, the line-up which featuresDeMar DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani, Ed Davis and James Johnson.(Once again, a change at the 5 spot)

With Jose Calderon as the point guard:(played together in 5 games totalling 13 mins)

PtsAstTOFG% 3PA3P% FTAReb% 93.222.222.247.4% 25.828.6% 18.545.0%

OffrtgDefrtg Netrtg 91.9127.7 (35.8)

With Jerryd Bayless as the point guard:(played together in 5 games totalling 17 mins)

Pts Ast TO FG%3PA 3P%FTA Reb%70.6 16.9 36.7 47.6%8.5 66.7%16.9 59.3%

Offrtg DefrtgNetrtg74.3 101.4(27.1)

Statistics show that both line-ups are not effective (Ed Davis effect). However, Jose’s line-up is more effective scoring the ball while Jerryd’s line-up is more effective defensively. Jose’s line-up average more assists per 48 while JB’s line-up rebounds better.

**** Next, the line-up which featuresDeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Amir Johnson and Ed Davis.(no Andrea Bargnani for this line-up)

With Jose Calderon as the point guard:(played together in 14 games totalling 53 mins)

PtsAstTOFG%3PA 3P%FTAReb% 86.021.715.444.2%10.0 27.3%18.145.5%

OffrtgDefrtgNetrtg91.5107.3(15.8)

With Jerryd Bayless as the point guard:(played together in 4 games totalling 12 mins)

Pts Ast TO FG% 3PA3P% FTA Reb%[/B] 76.0 20.0 20.0 38.1% 16.00.0% 12.0 60.0%

Offrtg Defrtg Netrtg 95.1 110.9 (25.8)

Once again, both line-ups are not effective (Andrea Bargnani effect). However, this one is a landslide for Jose’s line-up, with exception to rebounding.

Overall

With exception to the last match-up, statistics show that a line-up with Jerryd Bayless as the point guard is more effective than a line-up with Jose Calderon as the point guard (better point differential). Although these statistics do not take into account situational match-ups, it is still a good indication on how well the team performs with either man as the quarterback. This analysis also includes a small sample size which can be deterrent to a more accurate conclusion.

Since these line-ups taken into account are more or less considered the “core group” of the Toronto Raptors moving forward, it is very refreshing to see the difference in statistics when the point guard switches.

- All four line-ups with Bayless as the point guard indicate higher rebounding percentage (not really a surprise)

- The offensive rating in 3 out of 4 match-ups favours well for Jose (not a surprise)

- More assists were generated in all 4 match-ups when Jose is the point guard (not a surprise)

- 3 out of 4 match-ups indicate better point differential in favour of Jerryd Bayless (this is a surprise)

- A line-up with Jose Calderon usually turns the ball less than JB’s similar line-up (no surprise here, it’s what Jose is known for)

- JB’s line-up shoots at a higher field goal percentage (ehh)

- Jose’s line-up gets to the free throw line at a higher rate (I’m not sure what this indicates in this situation, except perhaps that with Jose as PG, others are more confident and excited to attack the basket)

- Defensive ratings as well as 3 point percentage balance out to 2 match ups each (although JB’s line-up nearly had a 3rd victory)

- Ed Davis had a significant negative effect in these featured line-ups

- Andrea Bargnani, on the other hand, was very effective

The point differential in the first match-up really catches my attention, with the advantage going to Jerryd Bayless. Why? Because Toronto’s main “core guys” match-up well against opponents, whether it be Jose or JB at the point.

So, there it is. The match-up between Jerryd Bayless and Jose Calderon with similar line-ups. I hope this changes some people’s perception on Jerryd Bayless. He seems to be getting a lot of heat when actually, statistics show that his effect is rather positive on the line-up.