When you pull back and look at the whole season, GR3’s is posting a 12.5 net rating compared to -4.2 by Monta’s. The new Robinson lineup shoots 3% better from the field and 9.8% better from 3-point range as a group compared to the group with Ellis.
On Sunday, McMillan commended Robinson’s energy during the road stretch but was unwilling to say whether he could keep a starting spot once Ellis returns. Robinson, however, left no question about what he wants: He wants to stay in the starting lineup.
“I think when another role guy goes down, this opportunity that I’m given, I’m really trying to keep it,” Robinson said. “That’s my job (to) come in competitive and to come in wanting to keep that spot. Like I said from the beginning of the season, I’ve been on the bench way too long (and I’m) trying to get back (in the starting lineup). Obviously, that’s what I’m trying to do, that’s my goal, but in the end, it’s on Nate to make that decision.”
With Ellis still out, we’ll get to see more of the GR3 lineup and also how other teams adjust to it. The bench units are still a bit of a tossup in my mind as they’ll have to integrate Monta into them before we declare this experiment a success. If Monta can’t fit in (or Rodney Stuckey and Aaron Brooks, whatever the case may be), then the Pacers will need to make some moves if they want to improve the team.