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Dinos & Digits: Deadly Lineups for Toronto

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This week, we look at the Raptors’ league-leading lineups, Jonas Valanciunas’ franchise records, Kyle Lowry’s minutes, and DeMar DeRozan’s usage.

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Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a column where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion.

We like to explore a mix of both individual player and team statistics, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics. The goal is to present the numbers without too much opinion attached, leaving those debates for the comment section.

OK, let's get down to it. Here are this week's interesting digits:

The lineup of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Patrick Patterson, and Jonas Valanciunas that the Raptors started in Tuesday’s win against the Celtics has a net rating of 26.4 (points scored minus points allowed per 100 possessions) in 136 minutes played together this season.

That would rank that particular five-man combo third in the entire NBA in net rating for lineups with at least 100 minutes of action together.

The Raptors actually have two five-man combinations that place in the top five in said rankings, with the other being the fifth-ranked Lowry, Cory Joseph, Terrence Ross, Patrick Patterson, and Lucas Nogueira (or “Lowry plus the bench”) lineup, which has a net rating of 23.2 in 151 minutes played together.

Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson have the highest net rating of any two-man combo in the NBA this season (minimum 100 minutes played) at 20.6 in 689 minutes together.

The next closest duo is the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who have a net rating of 19.1 in 926 minutes played together.

Lowry and Patterson are the common thread in both of the Raptors’ league-leading five-man lineups listed above, so it remains a bit odd that they’ve only started together once so far this year.

Throw in DeMar DeRozan, and the Raptors also have the league’s top three-man lineup in Lowry, DeRozan, and Patterson with a net rating of 25.1 in 393 minutes played together.

Jonas Valanciunas is currently the franchise leader in both career true shooting percentage (weighted twos, threes, and free throws) at 60.4% and career rebound percentage at 18.5%.

The previous leader in career true shooting percentage was Amir Johnson at 60.3%, while Ed Davis previously led the franchise in career rebound percentage at 16.8%.

Kyle Lowry leads the NBA in minutes per game at 37.4.

DeMar DeRozan, meanwhile, ranks 12th at 35.7.

DeMar DeRozan is third in the NBA in usage rate at 34.5%.

That trails only Russell Westbrook at 42.0% and DeMarcus Cousins at 36.9%.

All stats courtesy of basketball-reference.com and NBA.com/stats.