The duo that makes the Toronto Raptors feared is the All-Star duo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. But their bench unit keeps them winning.
As noted by Basketball-Reference, the five-man lineup of CJ Miles, Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright has outscored their opponents by more than 30 points per 100 possessions since December 11.
This is the best among all five-man lineups in the NBA who have played at least 100 minutes together during the last 30 games, which is even better than all starting lineups.
VanVleet was particularly dominant last month, averaging 22.3 points per 36 minutes.
He shot 25-of-49 (51.0 percent) from three-point range in January and his accuracy from downtown trails just Reggie Bullock among those with as many opportunities since January 1.
Both he and Wright rank in the Top 10 on above-the-break three-pointers when looking at those with at least 48 attempts since December 8.
Meanwhile, Poeltl and Siakam are among the best in the league on shots within five feet of the basket so far this season. With such consistent, efficient scoring, it’s no surprise the young bench unit is one of the most celebrated in recent memory.